COSHOCTON — Coshocton County had another good week of football in Week 4. Coshocton dominated Bishop Rosecrans, and Ridgewood won a road game against state-ranked Sandy Valley, but there was one loss: River View fell to Philo at home.
But with victories and losses, once the night is over, that last game doesn’t matter. Each county school will be looking to get in the win column on Friday.
East Canton vs. Ridgewood
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Ridgewood
Records: East Canton (1-3); Ridgewood (3-1)
Last Week: East Canton was defeated by Garaway 46-27; Ridgewood defeated Sandy Valley 21-7
The Generals took down then-fourth-ranked Sandy Valley on Friday behind a big day from running back Trent Harrison who ran for 176 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.
But what was more impressive was the Generals’ ability to keep the ball away from the Cardinals for most of the first half, a half where they scored 21 points.
They also forced the Cardinals into two interceptions.
Coach’s comments: “Last week was just one of those games where every kid played well,” coach John Slusser said. “We didn’t have any turnovers and we only had one penalty.”
“This week we have to come out and be the most aggressive team and bring the same intensity we had last week,” he said.
River View vs. Maysville
When and Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Maysville
Records: River View (0-4); Maysville (4-0)
Last Week: River View was defeated by Philo 35-0; Maysville defeated West Muskingum 47-3
The Black Bears lost their homecoming game 35-0, but it wasn’t without some excitement.
Early in the second quarter, Jorn Hocter returned a punt return 53 yards for a touchdown cutting the lead to 14-7, but it was called back because of an illegal block.
That changed the momentum, and the Black Bears never really bounced back.
Coach’s comments: “Maysville will be the best team we have faced this year,” coach Bob Forgrave said. “We need to continue to improve in execution of our offense and aggressiveness on defense and cut out the turnovers and big plays.
“We are getting better and our team has a very positive attitude,” he said.
Coshocton vs. Cambridge
When and Where: 7 p.m., Friday at Cambridge
Records: Coshocton (2-2); Cambridge (2-2)
Last Week: The Redskins defeated Bishop Rosecrans 45-17; Cambridge lost to Logan 47-31.
In their homecoming Week 4 win, Coshocton tallied 204 yards on punt and kick returns, giving the team good field position throughout the first half. That good field position would help the team jump out to a 38-3 lead at halftime.
In the second half, most of the starters got some rest, while the junior varsity and freshmen got the chance to play in front of their family and friends.
The win marks the second consecutive victory for the Redskins after starting the year 0-2; they will look to keep that going against Cambridge on Friday.
Coach’s comments: “Cambridge is very well coached, and they are always going to be physical. Every time we play them, it’s a battle,” coach Jim Woodrum said. “We are playing very well defensively, I think we are up for the challenge.”
“We will have to control the line of scrimmage. The best way to stop their offense is to control the line of scrimmage, and that’s what we plan on doing. Once we do get on defense, we have to contain their kids. They three or four guys who are explosive, we have to prevent big plays, he said.