Prep football roundup: Morgan notches 1st win; Caldwell victorious
McCONNELSVILLE – Morgan is winless no more.
The Raiders (1-9 overall, 1-7 MVL) compiled 336 yards on the ground and held West Muskingum (0-10, 0-8) to 159 total yards of offense in 21-6 victory on Senior Night at The Athletic Field.
Nate Smith-coached Morgan drove 73 yards in eight plays on its first drive of the game. Quarterback Michael Apperson ran 27 yards on a fake punt and later handed off to Kody Driggs for a 32-yard touchdown run. Riley Newton’s kick made it 7-0.
The Raiders would later find the end-zone again in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard TD run by Apperson to make it 13-0.
The Tornadoes answered with a five-yard touchdown pass from Seth Mirgon to Parker Cordial to cut it to 13-6.
West M would get the ball back late in the period with a chance to tie, but Morgan’s James Vickers intercepted a pass and returned it the Tornadoes 25. Two plays later, Driggs ran into the end-zone from 23 yards out to extend the Morgan advantage to 21-6.
Driggs then secured the victory with an interception on the ensuing West M drive to put Morgan in the win column in the final week of the season.
Driggs finished 188 yards on 22 carries.
Redskins 36, Zeps 0
CALDWELL – The playoff bound Caldwell Redskins geared up for the post season with a 36-0 victory Pioneer Valley Conference victory over the visiting Shenandoah Zeps in the “Battle of Noble County” Friday night.
Bricker Lori ran for 160 yards on 16 carries, his sixth consecutive 100-yard out put, and Tanner Clark ran for 110 yards and passed for 171 more to send the ‘Skins to their eight victory in their last nine games.
Lori and Clark each scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter as Caldwell broke open a close game to take a 22-0 lead into intermission.
The Redskins increased that lead to 29-0 when Clark connected with Tanner Baker on an 11-yard touchdown pass and finished the scoring on a five-yard run by senior Andrew Minosky.
The Zeps were led by sophomore running back Michael Vanfossen who carried the rock 25 times for 98 yards.
Shenandoah finished their season with a 1-9 mark, and a 1-5 mark in conference play while Caldwell wraps up the regular season with an 8-2 record while going 5-1 in the PVC.
Caldwell will now wait to find out who they will play in the opening round of the playoffs next week.
Chieftains 49, Warriors 22
LOGAN – The Logan Chieftains jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated Warren 49-22 in the final game of the regular season Friday night.
Offensively, Logan dominated Warren, accumulating 515 total yards of offense to just 189 for the Warriors.
Down 28-0 late in the second quarter, Austin Klintworth scored on a two-yard touchdown run to get Warren on the board.
Midway through the second quarter, Jared Isner ran for a 16-yard TD, followed by Alex Miller’s extra point kick, to cut it to 35-14. That’s as close as the Warriors could get it, though, as Logan’s Isaac Schmeltzer scored his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the game to make it 49-14.
Klintworth would hit David Ryan on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:04 remaining in the game, and Ryan would connect with Jake Scott on the two-point conversion to make it 49-22, but that was.
Schmeltzer was a thorn in Warren’s side all night, rushing for 275 yards on 23 carries.
The Warriors finished the season at 3-7.