Monday Muskingum County football flashback: Week 7


Tri-Valley pestered Ethan Heller all night, but how did other local defenses fare?

By Nick McWilliams, Sports Director

Tri-Valley has reclaimed the throne of the Muskingum Valley League — or maybe just solidified themselves as the top team once again.

In the featured Game of the Week, it was the Scotties who walked away from overtime with a 20-19 victory, thanks to a Sheridan kicking blunder for Cole Casto on the Generals extra point after scoring on the opening drive. After all the back-and-forth action in this one the collective heart rate in the stadium was likely breaking the century mark.

But the Scotties and the Generals were not the only teams putting on a show in the seventh installment of the 2018 season. Here’s a breakdown of what happened in Muskingum County on Friday night.

Tri-Valley 20 – Sheridan 19

You cannot make this stuff up.

Sheridan arrived in Dresden as a slight favorite in terms of offensive firepower, defensive prowess and overall hype behind the team, but counting against the team that has rattled off a dozen MVL titles over the last couple decades is a very bad move.

Neither side seemed to overlook the other, as Paul Culver’s team traded blows with the Aiden Fritter-led Scotties all night. The Generals offense failed to create much noise, totaling just seven points in the first quarter thanks to Ethan Heller’s legs.

But, the ultra-tough Sheridan defense folded on key third downs, mostly due to Fritter’s ability to extend plays. Tri-Valley went 11-for-19 on third downs, while the Generals went just 3-for-13 as a group.

Both Fritter and running back Blake Sands punched in touchdown runs, while kicker Kaden Bay added a pair of field goals. Heller accounted for all three Sheridan scores, but a missed overtime extra point left the door open for Tri-Valley, who promptly found the end zone in just three plays in overtime.

Fritter produced 224 total yards, while Chase and Blake Kendrick’s sacks came in key moments, as well as Ben Reiss’ interception. Sheridan’s offense was overall stiffened by the Scottie defense when compared to their normal output.

Tri-Valley is now 7-0, and will face their toughest remaining opponent this Friday against John Glenn. Sheridan drops to 6-1 with the loss and will now look to New Lexington.

Zanesville 27 – Logan 13

Moving out of the MVL briefly, Zanesville is picking up speed right when they need to.

Ben Everson continues to impress, tossing three touchdowns and running in another to lead the Blue Devils to a 27-13 win over Logan. Jeremiah Norman was equally impressive, grabbing three receptions for two scores and an eye opening 143 yards.

The Blue Devil run game was split between Everson and Julius Murphy, who combined for 15 carries for 91 yards. The Chieftain offense sputtering trying to pass the ball, leaning heavily on the rushing attack from Braeden Spatar, Preston Yates and Tyler Cummin.

A 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter was all the separation Zanesville would have needed, but a long pass from Everson to Norman in the third, followed by a score with less than a minute left for the Blue Devils pushed them ahead for the 27-13 victory.

Zanesville will next travel to Dover for a tough matchup with the Crimson Tornadoes.

Philo 35 – Coshocton 7

The Electrics needed to recover in a big way, and recover they did against Coshocton.

Bouncing back from a two-straight physical losses to Tri-Valley and Sheridan, Casey Munyan got back on track with a grinding 11 carry performance for 89 yards. Hunter Adolph showed off his arm and his legs, for 15-for-18 through the air for 180 yards and two touchdowns and adding 57 yards on 13 carries.

Philo’s leading receiver Ashlin Bailey picked up two scores, while Coshocton used its rushing attack to muster their only offense. Cameron Johns pumped out 118 yards on the ground on 24 carries, while sophomore quarterback Tucker Nelson threw the ball just three times for two completions and one touchdown.

Philo next turns to Maysville for their yearly rivalry game, while Coshocton faces a struggling Cambridge squad.

John Glenn 40 – Morgan 7

Joseph Clifford put on a show in the first quarter, taking the opening kickoff 82 yards for a score and hauling in a 37 yard pass from Parker Zachrich.

The Little Muskies quickly dispatched on Morgan, thanks to a four touchdown day from Zachrich for 250 yards. John Glenn leaned heavily on its passing game and ran the ball just a handful of times, backed by Brady Emerson and Zachrich.

Morgan was picked off twice and found themselves trailing 28-0 before finally earning a touchdown, after Colton Young went 44 yards on a Lucas Waters pass. It was half of the total passing yards he earned all night.

The Muskies are now above .500, with their toughest task at hand against Tri-Valley up next.

Maysville 49 – West Muskingum 6

There were very few details provided with this one, but the Tornadoes were once again outmatched by a tough MVL opponent. The Panthers have now moved up to 4-3 overall this season and will take on Philo at home Friday.

Bishop Rosecrans 56 – Dohn Community 16

The Bishops running game is hard to slow down, especially when Carter Dosch reels off 230 yards on 28 carries and three scores.

Rosecrans put up 11 tackles for loss against the Panthers, who barely eclipsed 100 yards of total offense and failed to convert six fourth downs. According to the stat sheet following the game, Dohn was guilty of 24 penalties for 210 yards — that is not a typo.

Austin Church added two rushing touchdowns, while the only offensive score for Dohn came on a 47-yard touchdown reception for Jaylen Chambers.

Rosecrans meets up with Berne Union next.