Muskingum County football flashback: Week 2


By Nick McWilliams, Sports Director

Week 2 is officially over in the Muskingum County area, but unlike last week, it was all about the blowouts.

From John Glenn displaying dominance away from home to Justin Buttermore’s return to the area, there’s more than enough for fans to sink their teeth into with the dust now settled. Here’s a look back at the action from the county.

John Glenn 45 – Cambridge 7

The second featured game for the 2018 season left little to be desired in terms of competition.

Straight out of the gate, the Little Muskies imposed their will upon the Bobcats with a pounding running style and hits that would make any hardened football fan cringe. After being unsatisfied with his team’s rushing attack in their first game, John Glenn coach Matt Edwards saw the improvement needed for the Muskies to be back atop the MVL.

With an offensive attack much more centralized around moving the ball methodically, along with more than enough chunk plays, John Glenn racked up 317 total yards, most of which coming on the ground. All signs pointed to a solid showing when Brady Emerson galloped between the hash-marks for a 68-yard score just four plays into John Glenn’s opening drive.

Cambridge struggled mightily in the passing game, collecting fewer than 50 yards through the air and only finding the end zone in garbage time against the Muskies backups, as senior Cooper Kerns galloped through the middle of the field for the lone score of the night in front of the Bobcats’ faithful.

John Glenn will be on the road this Friday, traveling to in-conference rival Sheridan’s home turf. Last season, the Muskies walked away with a hard fought 30-26 victory.

Tri-Valley 71 – Morgan 6

Morgan fans were likely calling for Tri-Valley to call off the dogs — or Scotties in this case — with this one.

Managing just 63 yards of total offense on 48 plays, the Raiders were only able to come up with a single score. Apart from that lone, sustained drive in the first half, there was little for the Morgan players to hang their hats on.

Tri-Valley starting quarterback Luke Fargus lit up the stat sheet, going 7-for-10 through the air for 187 yards and four scores. Five different Tri-Valley ball carries found the end zone, including Jordan Pantaleo, Hayden Mealey, Luke Hill, Zach Baker and Aiden Fritter.

Three turnovers for the Tri-Valley defense helped keep Morgan out of the end zone for nearly the entire game.

Morgan returns home on Friday to face New Lexington, who is fresh off a 48-0 decimation of West Muskingum. Tri-Valley will also play on home turf, taking on Zanesville.

New Lexington 48 – West Muskingum 0

New Lexington quarterback Logyn Ratliff picked up a pair of touchdown passes and one on an interception returned for a touchdown while on defense, as the Panthers handled the Tornadoes easily at home.

Following a fumble on their opening drive, West Muskingum was never able to generate any offense and allowed 29 points to New Lexington in the first quarter alone. The Tornadoes put forth just 13 yards of total offense.

The Panthers travel to Morgan next, whom they defeated 33-13 last season. West Muskingum will be heading to Philo to meet the Electrics, which ended in a 67-6 loss last season for the Tornadoes.

Sheridan 49 – Maysville 0

Off to a fast start this season, the Generals left no doubt of their skill in 2018 with a thorough 49-0 victory against Maysville.

Starting off with a 55-yard touchdown strike from Ethan Heller to Jacob Rhodes, the Generals hopped out to 7-0 and never took their proverbial foot off the gas. Heller scored multiple times through the air and on the ground.

Maysville struggled to find consistent defense, even after intercepting a Heller pass and getting the occasional stop. By halftime, the game was already well in hand for Sheridan, who held a 35-0 lead.

Sheridan’s will power is likely going to be put to the test come Friday, with a revitalized John Glenn team coming to town. Maysville will face Crooksville at home.

Philo 47 – Crooksville 0

Opening up the scoring with a 40-yard drive that ended up in the end zone, Philo joined the fray as an area team dominating their opponent.

Running back Casey Munyan rumbled for 141 yards in the Electrics win, while the Ceramics floundered without their junior quarterback Caden Miller. Freshman Noah Dickerson completed just four of his ten passing attempts and was picked off twice.

Quarterback Hunter Adolph threw an interception, but found the end zone on the ground. Kicker Colton Stotts knocked through a pair of field goals.

The Electrics face West Muskingum, while Crooksville will meet Maysville.

Granville 17 – Zanesville 14

Justin Buttermore picked up where he left off the last time he was in the area.

In a matchup that kept fans on their feet throughout, the Blue Devils came up just short of spoiling the Blue Aces night. Led by senior quarterback Cameron Crouch, Granville found the end zone just twice, which ultimately proved enough.

Crouch was a dynamo in the passing and rushing games, tossing for 116 yards and rushing for 134 more. His only score came on the ground.

Zanesville had success of their own in the passing game, picking up 182 yards from Ben Everson and a pair of scores. He remained mistake free on Friday night, but his team’s inability to find a power running game that led to points ultimately haunted the Blue Devils.

Trailing 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Everson connected with wide receiver Casey Cassell for a 51-yard gain which set Zanesville up in Granville territory. After getting inside Granville’s 5-yard line and going backwards on two runs, the Blue Devils scored on a 12-yard pass to Dekkar Davis.

But, with little time on the clock, Zanesville was unable to stop the rushing attack of the Blue Aces, dropping their first game of the year. Coach Chad Grandstaff’s team will look to rebound in a tough matchup against undefeated Tri-Valley in Dresden on Friday.