JOHNSTOWN — Utica held Johnstown’s leading rusher, Cody Farley, to one of his worst games of the season on Friday, but QB Tyler Thompson made up for that with five total touchdowns in a 49-8 victory.
Thompson had only 10 carries out of the Johnnies 50 for the night, but ran for 143 yards and four touchdowns. Thompson also threw for a touchdown, a 35-yarder to Corbin Grassman with 4:07 to play in the first quarter to give Johnstown (6-1, 4-0) a 7-0 lead. With another chance with 23.3 seconds left in the quarter Thompson came through with his first TD run, this one of 27 yards, to give his team a 14-0 lead.
The Redskins (1-6, 0-4) almost got out of the first half without any more damage, but the Johnnies drove into the Utica red zone with under two minutes to play. Thompson called his own number again, and scored a 14-yard TD for a 21-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter was the a good one for Johnstown, which doubled its halftime lead in only 12 minutes. Thompson scored his third touchdown of the game with 6:14 left in the period on a 28-yard run to increase the lead to 28-0.
Thompson had a hand in the next touchdown as well, picking off a Trent Vickers pass and returning it 50 yards to set up Farley’s 11-yard TD run at the 3:28 mark. If that wasn’t enough, Thompson concluded the third quarter with his fourth rushing TD, taking off from his own 24 yard line to rumble 76 yards for a 42-0 lead.
Johnstown’s reserves took over in the fourth quarter, and Elijah Cowl scored a touchdown with 4:07 to play for a 49-0 advantage. Utica drove for its only touchdown with 1:43 left in the game, as Travis Baldwin ran 1 yard for the score and also for the 2-point conversion.
Farley ran 17 times for 61 yards following a pair of 200-yard games for the Johnnies. Thompson completed only 2-of-5 passes for 49 yards and a TD.
Baldwin led the Redskins with 13 carries for 84 yards, and Briar Mueller gained 16 yards on two carries. Vickers was 7-of-20 passing for 41 yards, with two passes each to Mueller for 19 yards and to Ben Hays for 15 yards.
Utica will return home to face Fredericktown on Friday at 7 p.m.