John Glenn dismantles Cambridge, 45-7


By Nick McWilliams, Sports Director

Matt Edward’s was unhappy with his team’s rushing attack in John Glenn’s loss to Meadowbrook to start the season.

Against Cambridge, he got more than a slight improvement.

The Little Muskies earned the first score of the night on a huge 68-yard touchdown run from Ben Emerson and found the end zone on plenty of run plays en route to a 45-7 win over the Bobcats. He found the end zone again on the next drive, spinning out of a tackle and cutting across the field for a score.

Failing to sustain drives against the Colts in Week 1 hurt the Muskies, but they seemed to have no problem against Cambridge. With a stout push up front from the offensive line and a balanced attack on offense, John Glenn burst out to a 28-0 lead at halftime.

Edwards said he was pleased with the way his team ran the ball throughout the night.

“We took advantage of some defensive looks they gave us,” he said. “I thought we ran the ball much better between the tackles than we did last week. I don’t know exactly what the numbers were or whatever, but it just felt like we ran the ball better.”

After depending on big-hitting plays for large chunks of yards last week, the Muskies moved the ball with a variety of plays, chipping away for long drives while also finding chunks of yardage when they needed to. Ben Larson and Emerson were key contributors, with the former finding the end zone multiple times, including an interception returned for a touchdown.

The prettiest play, perhaps, came from 6-foot-2 wide receiver Reece Perkins, who made a clean cut on a slant route near the goal line and made the Bobcats pay for a coverage miscommunication. Through the air, quarterback Evan Williams was mistake free, showing touch on passes over the middle.

On defense, linebacker Parker Zachrich sent shockwaves through the stadium with a pair of back-to-back, shoulder pad-crumbling hits on Cambridge’s Cooper Kerns. It was that kind of night on defense for the Muskies.

But for those hard hits came plenty of penalty flags. Some were for hits deemed illegal, while others came for holding. Edwards was visibly frustrated by a few of the hits that he seemed to feel did not need to be flagged, and noted his team played with the kind of intensity he wants every week.

“You could tell we got a little chippy,” he said. “A couple of our kids got some toughness penalties. You know, we encourage them to play hard but … I thought they answered the bell, and you could tell they were coming out to prove a point tonight.”

John Glenn hits the road again Friday for a tough road showdown against Sheridan in the year’s first Muskingum Valley League action. The Generals are 2-0 and will be fresh off a 49-0 dismantling on Maysville.