Licking Heights powers past Johnstown

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Licking Heights powers past Johnstown

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JOHNSTOWN — Licking Heights did not have much to play for Friday night.

Nobody told the Hornets. Heights snapped a three-game losing streak, beating host Johnstown at its own game for a 9-6 victory in Licking County League crossover play.

Heights (6-4) had its league title and playoff hopes dashed in previous losses, but the Hornets were able to secure their third consecutive winning season. Robbie Moore capped the opening drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, and the defense made it stand up.

“We told (our seniors) that the advantage we had over Johnstown (Friday) is we knew it was our last game,” Heights coach Darren Waters said. “(Johnstown is) counting on next week, so we wanted to make sure that our kids left it all on the field and closed their high school chapter, feeling like they left an exclamation point for next year’s class.”

Johnstown (8-2) clinched the LCL-Small School Division title and a Division IV playoff berth in Week 9. On Friday, the Johnnies lost an opportunity to host a playoff game. They instead will be traveling to Steubenville next Friday, according to Joe Eitel’s unofficial rankings.

Heights (6-4) limited Johnstown to 131 total yards, a week after holding Watkins Memorial to 124 yards in a 10-7 loss. Johnstown standout Cody Farley was limited to 94 yards on 21 carries.

“The defensive line put in work to where the linebackers could make plays and the safeties were coming up and making plays,” said senior linebacker Chris DeLeau, who recovered an errant shotgun snap during the final seconds to end the Johnnies’ desperation drive.

With a victory, Johnstown could have received another shot at beating Licking Valley, which handed the Johnnies their only previous loss. Coach Mike Carter said he did not hear his players talking about the postseason this week, but he could not be sure.

The Johnnies fumbled three times, including on a fourth-quarter punt return. After forcing a Heights punt, Luke Kramer pinned the Johnnies at the 1-yard line with 2:02 left in the game. The Johnnies got as far as their 37-yard line before the bad snap.

“The kid was a great punter,” Carter said. “That definitely makes it difficult to be able to get things rolling from there, but you still have to make things happen. We have to do a great job of blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”

Running out of its stack-I offense, Licking Heights kept the ball on the ground for the first 14 plays of the game. Moore’s run off left tackle capped the 67-yard drive.

Neither team scored until one play after Kramer’s 44-yard punt put Johnstown at its 13-yard line. The first bad shotgun snap of the game eluded quarterback Cody Workman, and L.A. Kelly sacked him for a safety at the back of the end zone with 1:21 left in the half.

“I took advantage of my opportunities,” said Kramer, who averaged 38 yards on seven punts. “When my team needs me, I come through for them because I know they are going to come through for me. I like to give our defense some help out there.”

Johnstown had its best drive of the game spanning the third and fourth quarters. Farley started it with runs of 11 and 13 yards. He eventually scored on a 2-yard run with 9:16 left in the game after carrying nine of 11 times on the drive.

Kendall Bradley led Heights with 75 yards on 17 carries, and DeLeau added 68 yards on 20 carries.

“We knew (Friday) it was going to be two teams with similar philosophies,” Waters said. “We were excited to just play old-fashioned football.”


Licking Heights senior Robbie Moore carries the ball as Johnstown sophomore Pace Branson pursues in Friday nights Licking County league crossover game.

Licking Heights 9, Johnstown 6

Licking Heights

7

2

0

0

9

Johnstown

0

0

0

6

6

First quarter

LH: Moore 6-yard run (Christian kick), 5:13.

Second quarter

LH: Safety, Kelly sacked Workman in end zone, 1:21.

Fourth quarter

J: Farley 2-yard run (kick failed), 9:16.

L

J

First downs

12

8

Total Net Yards

187

131

Rushes-Yards

62-187

36-131

Passing

0

0

Comp-Att-Int

0-1-0

0-2-0

Punts-Average

7-38

3-48

Fumbles-Lost

2-0

4-3

Penalties-Yards

11-74

7-45

Individual statistics

Rushing — Licking Heights, Kendall Bradley 17-75, Chris DeLeau 20-68, Robbie Moore 22-45, Gabe Caldwell 3-(-1). Johnstown, Zack Fleming 2-37, Elijah Dowell 2-6, Cody Farley 21-94, Cody Workman 9-13, Trent Coe 1-5.

Passing — Licking Heights, Gabe Caldwell 0-1-0 0. Johnstown, Cody Workman 0-2-0 0.

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