Article: Newark Catholic Dominates Licking Valley,25-9
Division three Licking Valley Panthers (4-2) came into their game with Newark Catholic (5-1) red hot with a huge win two weeks ago over Granville (5-1) and a 54-0 win over Lakewood(1-5). Newark Catholic who has been very hot themself came into this one on the heels of a 20-0 shutout over a bad Bexley (2-4)team.
Newark Catholic faced a third with 9:57 left in the opening quarter and with a wide receiver wide-opened quarterback Chayce(THE PROJECT)Crouch threw a bad pass no where close to where he wanted and that forced a Green Wave punt.
Crouch got off a short punt allowing the Panthers to start their drive on their own 47-yard-line. The Panthers quarterback Grant Gerber was able to connect with his receiver, but a nice play by Mitch (SWISH) Cox able to hold the gain to six yards.
After the Green Wave got the ball back Crouch picked up a eight-yard gain, with 6:32 left on the clock. On the play the big quarterback had a receiver wide-opened but opted to use his legs instead of his arm and this turned out to be a good decision.
With 5:48 left in a quick moving first quarter Crouch again had a receiver wide-opened but he would miss him by five yards on the throw. Eight seconds later Crouch would drop back to punt where he got off a short twenty-eight-yard kick. This time the Panthers would start their drive on the Newark Catholic thirty-eight-yard-line.
It appeared Newark Catholic had stopped the Panthers drive on third down, but a late flag was thrown
by the ref behind the play and the call was pass interference on the Green Wave giving the Panthers a gift first down.
The Newark Catholic would hold the Panthers to a field goal on the drive. The kick was from twenty-two-yards and the kicker was by Austin Harlow. The score was 3-0 with 2:49 left in the quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff Kevin(LIGHTSOUT) Bourne fielded the ball near is own five and with some nice blocking and smart running he took the ball all the way to the Panthers nine-yard-line. Bourne was said by one poster on jjhuddle.com had made all of his big plays against bad teams. Well tonight the young man put that incorrect post to rest as he made play after play in this one.
11:18 showed on the 2nd quarter clock when Bourne used a nice still arm to get into the end zone, after the Green Wave opted to go for it on fourth and one. Sam Bell hit the point after to give the Green Wave a, 7-3 lead.
After the Newark Catholic defense did their job in getting the Panthers offense off of the field, it was time for the offense to get back to work.
Crouch would convert a third and five when he connected with Cox on a nice pass play that went to the right side of the field Then with 7:12 left in the half Bourne took off on a twenty-yard run, where he used a couple of nice moves and some nice blocking by his line. The offensive line dominated the Panthers defensive line all night long.
Ryan(The Surgeon)Fitzgerald, who was not used much tonight was able to use some nice work by his lineman to pick up four tough yards, with 6:05 left in the half.
Bourne would pick up six-yards in large part because of the work the line did again. The nine-play-fifty-nine-yard drive came to an end with Bourne on another hard run, where his lineman dominated the Panthers line. Bell missed the point after kick leaving the score at, 13-3 Newark Catholic, with 5:12 showing on the clock.
The Panthers would be forced to punt on their ensuing drive. The snap went way over the punters head where he raced back to pick it up, at the four-yard-line where Anthony (The Play Maker)Wing made a big tackle.
The Green Wave needed just one play to score from there, with Bourne doing the honors. After a penalty on the Panthers Coach Franks sent his offense back on the field to go for two. It appeared Bourne got into the end zone for two, but the refs said he did not. Newark Catholic had the lead,19-3, with a little over three minutes left on the White Field scoreboard clock.
Spencer(General)Magers would Drew McArtor before the talented Panther back could get started holding him to a gain of just one. The Panthers would be forced to punt a short time later, and another horrible snap sent the punter racing back to retrieve the ball. After fielding the ball he some how managed to get a nice kick off considering the pressure he was under.
Fitzgerald, out of the wildcat formation took the sanp and took off on a twenty-two-yard run. The kid is as dangerous as any player Newark Catholic has and when he gets a chance he usually shows this to be the case.
Ty Griffith would force Crouch to fumble the ball with 9:43 showing on the third quarter clock and the Panthers defense pounced on the ball. Giving the visitors a ray of hope in getting back into this one sided contest.
The Panthers had a nice drive going and just when it looked like they might score Bourne step up for his team and picked off a Garber pass in the end zone and then he raced all the way back to the Panthers forty-six.
Bourne would have his number called one-play later and he would twist and turn, break a tackle on his way to a twenty-one-yard run.
2:55 was all that remained in the third quarter when Crouch used a nice block to pick up five-yards to the Panthers six.
Crouch, who over came his slow start connected with Bourne, who made a nice diving catch after Fitzgerald looked to have slipped and fallen to the ground for the Green Wave’s final score of the night to make the score 25-3, with 1:20 left in the quarter.
Garber had his pass tip at the line of scrimmage by 6-3-190 pound junior, Spencer Chapman to force a second and ten, with 1:11 left in the quarter.
Crouch would have his punt partially blocked with 9:38 left in the game, giving the Panthers the ball at the Newark Catholic thirty-five-yard-line.
Patrick (LITTLE BIG MAN) Oehlman would get to Garber for a three-yard loss with nine minutes left in the game. Oehlman, is listed as a 5-7 180 pounder, but he plays like a 6-5 300 pound man, with speed little seem to notice until he has them on the ground.
Just five seconds letter Bourne would dive and tip a pass into the air where Erik (THE GHOST) Lensink gathered it in for a pick.
Crouch would be called onto punt after the drive stalled and this time the young punter got off a punt that went 65-yards down field.
With the Newark Catholic starting defense on the bench McArtor took off on a forty-five-yard run.
The Panthers would get their final score when Garber hit Devin Carr for a touchdown. The Panthers night ended with another bad snap, this time it was on the point after attempt.
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