East Knox at Grandview Heights
East Knox (1-0) dominated the line of scrimmage in earning its first win of the season (and tie last year’s victory total) Friday, 27-19, over Coshocton. The line opened big holes for Dylan Wears and Mason Lyon, and Wears responded with 139 yards on 20 carries. Steven Jacobs was a big factor in getting the Bulldogs good field position, taking two returns into Coshocton territory. East Knox almost entirely ignored the pass, but Cody Howard went 2-of-3 for 41 yards.
Grandview Heights (1-0) won its season-opener over Centennial, 42-20. QB Nick Shopis has a number of weapons at his disposal, including RBs Payton Jones, Nick Tittel and Tyler Mosier. Leading the blocking is all-star lineman Andy Treasure. If it comes down to the kicking game, the Bobcats, who were 10-1 last year and a Division V quarterfinalist, have a good one in sophomore Leo Readey. LB Chase Douglass leads the defense.
Fredericktown at Bishop Ready
A new quarterback and running back debuted for Fredericktown (1-0) on Friday night, and the Freddies deftly mixed the run and pass for 347 total yards. The defense gave up 327 rushing yards to Highland, but recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes to spur Fredericktown’s late comeback. QB Austin Hathaway gained 118 yards on the ground and threw for 154, making him the focus of opposing defenses.
Ready (1-0) has another strong team in 2012, as evidenced by its 34-20 win over perennial power Newark Catholic on Saturday. Leading a balanced offense featuring 222 yards rushing and 206 passing, Ready QB Matt Yoho completed 11-of-19 passes, seven going to Kelly Culbertson for 163 yards. RB Akili Taylor had three TDs and 179 yards on 27 carries. The Freddies will have to shut down Ready’s high-powered offense early to stay in the game.
Highland at Northmor
Highland (0-1) let its season-opener against Fredericktown get away from it on Friday night, turning the ball over five times. That helped ruin a great rushing night from Kyle Minyo, who gained 199 yards on 24 carries. QB Josh Gahm completed only 4-of-10 passes, including two interceptions, but with Minyo, Garret Mentzer (55 yards) and Shawn Beltz (53 yards) handy, he won’t have to carry the offensive load.
Northmor (1-0) outdueled Crestline on Friday night, 49-35. A winless team a year ago, when Crestline beat them 42-12, the Knights scored only 54 points all of last season, and were shut out three times. The much-improved offense is led by senior RB Tyler Beck. He runs behind a line anchored by Bryan Mayes and Jesse Ivy, who also serve to protect junior QB Zach Carroll.
Utica at Granville
Utica (1-0) did a great job on special teams early in Friday’s game, scoring twice without its offense. When the offense got going, however, it proved hard to stop with 313 yards on 41 carries. QB Trent Vickers gained 89 yards passing and rushing, but Travis Baldwin (68 yards) and Ben Hays (61 yards) give him great options on the handoff. The Redskins defense gave up four yards per carry to Licking Heights, but held the passing game to a 4-of-12 effort.
Granville (1-0) gave the Mid-Buckeye Conference its only loss of the season in Week 1, 42-20, over Johnstown. Returning First Team All-Ohioan QB David Fraley completed five touchdown passes in the game, four to Brock Hill. Another receiver, Ajay Alderman, is also a frequent target. The Blue Aces rely on a speed game, but have little depth on either line, which could make it easier on Utica to get pressure on Fraley and to exploit its own running game.
Danville at Zanesville Rosecrans
Danville (1-0) went away from its traditional running game to throw for 347 yards in a 43-6 victory over Rittman in Week 1. Bryce Staats went 24-of-41 with two touchdowns — both in the third quarter. This came after the Blue Devils established a 29-0 halftime lead via the run. On defense, Danville surrendered 216 total yards, and limited Rittman to 6-of-19 through the air. The Blue Devils will have to deal with Rosecrans strong running game, which had two 100-yard efforts last week.
Rosecrans (0-1), who upset Danville in the Division VI Regional Quarterfinal last season, 34-7, held a 21-7 lead over Crooksville in Week 1, but gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter to fall, 42-38. Rosecrans had 11 penalties in the game, and went only 1-of-8 on third downs while allowing Crooksville 10-of-13 on third downs and 2-of-2 on fourth downs. The Blue Devils’ spread passing attack should cause some difficulty for Rosecrans, who gave up two passing TDs in the final period Friday.