Monday Muskingum County football flashback: Week 9


John Glenn solidified their playoff standing once again with their fifth-straight win.

By Nick McWilliams, Sports Director

Back for the second to last installment of Monday Muskingum County football flashback, the regular season is practically gone before the weather really starts to take a turn.

It was John Glenn taking down conference rival New Lexington in the featured game, but that does not mean other teams from around the area missed out on their time in the spotlight.

With Tri-Valley back on track, the Muskies and Philo nearly neck-and-neck in their region and others on the outside looking in, let’s get started on replaying all of Friday’s action.

John Glenn 34 – New Lexington 0

In what could have been one of the more tightly contested games of the week, the Little Muskies put on a show in the opening frame. Powered by three Joseph Clifford touchdowns in the first quarter, John Glenn roared past New Lexington, who had a night to forget at home.

Four turnovers for the Panthers and a rough night through the air with just 13 yards put New Lexington in a rough spot. Running back Christian Vance provided most of the offensive push, totting the ball 25 times for 115 yards, but was kept out of the end zone as the Panther offense were unable to push deep into the red zone.

Parker Zachrich was electric through the air, going for 143 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Clifford.

The Muskies have the potential to earn a home playoff game with a win against Crooksville and a few things going right above them in the regional rankings. But if the last five weeks have shown anything, luck might be on Matt Edwards’ side.

Tri-Valley 54 – West Muskingum 0

The Scotties got back to their winning ways on Friday night.

Sophomore Kaiden Carpenter got an extended look Friday night, going 4-for-5 for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Luke Fargus was 3-for-5 for 94 yards and a pair of scores, while Aiden Fritter went a perfect 2-for-2 for 59 yards and a touchdown.

In another rough night for the Tornadoes, freshman quarterback Harley Hopkins was the leading passer and rusher for West Muskingum, with 31 and 46 yards, respectively. Two of his three interceptions came in the second half.

Running back Jordan Pantaleo had his best night receiving of his career, hauling in a pair of passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins and Hunter Fox each had tackles for loss for West Muskingum, but it was far from enough for the Tornadoes to make a dent in the scoreboard.

Tri-Valley currently sits in fifth in their region with Maysville left, while West Muskingum will face Monroe Central to round the 2018 season.

Zanesville 27 – New Philadelphia 23

Hopping outside the Muskingum Valley League momentarily, the Blue Devils best the Quakers in a huge comeback.

Trailing by as much as 16 at one point, Zanesville quarterback Ben Everson put on a show, earning 227 yards with his arm and 35 with his legs, picking up a touchdown with each. His solid performance was backed by a 101 yard day on the ground for Julius Murphy, who averaged over 10 yards per carry.

JC Curtis earned a third quarter touchdown, before Dekkar Davis caught an Everson strike to bring Zanesville within two. Everson pounded the ball in from short distance a while later, giving the Blue Devils the edge.

New Philadelphia quarterback Baron May picked up 270 total yards and three scores, but the Quakers failed to put away a hard-charging Zanesville offense that came alive in the final frame.

Zanesville will meet a tough Marietta team, which is coming off back-to-back losses to the Quakers and Dover.

Philo 55 – Morgan 14

Perhaps sophomore running back Casey Munyan’s best game of his young career, a seven carry, 88 yard and four touchdown day paced the Electrics to another MVL win.

With over 450 yards as a team, Philo proved to be far too much for Morgan, who fell to 1-8 this season. Both Hunter Adolph and Aaron Philip earned playing time for the Electrics, both proving effective.

The Raiders found success in the passing game from Lucas Waters who earned 176 yards and two scores, but inconsistencies cost Morgan. Munyan pushed Philo ahead in the first with three trips to the end zone, making it smooth sailing from there.

The Electrics cap off their season with New Lexington, while Morgan draws a tough Sheridan team.

Maysville 26 – Coshocton 14

If you find Caden Mercer in a gap as a defender, chances are he’s going to know you backwards.

The Maysville offense fed the senior fullback the ball 15 times, and he returned the favor with 106 yards. Easton Smith found the end zone once, while quarterback Cole Tompkins burned the Coshocton defense with a pair of rushing touchdowns of his own.

The Redskins jumped out to an early lead, but Tompkins picked up a rare passing touchdown to Mason Swauger to even things up, before the Maysville offense turned to their patented power running to earn the win. Coshocton scored in the fourth on a kickoff return to bring game within 12, but two costly picks earlier in the quarter ruined any chance of a comeback.

Maysville will round out its season against Tri-Valley, and could potentially put plenty of strain of the Scotties playoff standing with an upset.

Bishop Rosecrans 33 – Grove City Christian 19

Carter Dosch is the battering ram every team wants at running back.

Racking 194 yards and three touchdowns, the Bishops managed an effective game against Grove City. The running attack for the Eagles was held mostly in check, barely edging 100 yards on 25 carries.

Even with a pair of Cam Hagy interceptions, Rosecrans benefitted from a key fourth quarter touchdown from Dosch and a last minute pick-6 from Marcus Browning.

The Bishops end the season against Fisher Catholic.