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Written by: David Burnworth on Saturday, June 19th, 2021
Tonight I drove the short. 8.8 miles from home to Heath high school in Heath, Ohio to watch the Licking County/ Muskingum Valley all-star game. Before I get to the game I wanted to thank the P.A. announcer for being so kind and giving me the rosters after the game. The crowd was very big especially for an all-star game and at times the large Licking County student was very loud in the first half.
Lincoln Valentine (Utica) would bust loose for a nice 20-yard gain, but there were two flags thrown on the play. One on the offense for holding and the other being a personal foul on Muskingum Valley. The result gave Licking County the ball on the M.V. 19-yard line, with 6:15 left in the opening quarter. The drive fizzled out shortly after the big run. The defense was the show for most of the first half with this being a prime example Drew Hess (Newark Catholic) got to Casey Munyan (Philo) for a 3-yard loss. Just 35 seconds later Malachi Clark (Johnstown) tackles Eli Preston after a catch for a 2-yard loss. Preston will be going to Kent State. The first score came with 33.9 seconds left in the quarter when Kaiden Hall (Maysville) was called for intentional grounding when he was being pressured in the end zone the call would make this a 2-0 L.C. lead.
After a bad snap on a punt, Rhett Dyer (Meadowbrook) would get Blake Rine ( Granville) for a big loss putting the MV offense back on the field, with 11:26 left in the half. Bodee Creech (Licking Valley) would make a nice read on a pass thrown by Josh O’Ryan (Sheridan) with the end result being a pick. Luck would be on the L.C. side when Denali Harris (Licking Valley) coughed the ball up after making a catch but his teammate Keshawn Bonner (Granville) pounced on the ball like a tom Cat on a gutter rat. Licking County would waste little time taking advantage of their luck when Rine found Garrett Ramsey (Newark) for a 6-yard touchdown Ryan Auer hit the P.A.T. to give L.C. the 9-0 lead with 10:29 left in the half. Rine would find Creech for a nice 24-yard gain with 4:49 left in the half. The drive came to an abrupt end when Rine threw a bad pass that was easily picked off by Brayden Cavinee (Crooksville) with 3:58 showing on the clock. M.V. would tally a 35-yard field goal from Carsen Kerns to give us a 9-3 score at the half.
Just 17 seconds into the third quarter L.C. got an 85-yard screen pass for a touchdown. Rine threw the ball to Bonner. Bonner would make a move then easily outrun the defense to the end zone. Logan Ranft (Sheridan) picked off a two-point conversion pass leaving this a 15-3 game. A shade under two minutes later M.V answered the score with a 20-yard touchdown catch by Ranft, who was wide opened making the pass very easy for O’Ryan, The P.A.T from Kerns gave us a 15-10 score. On the ensuing drive, Rine would be picked off again this time by Brayden Johns (Coshocton). 9 Seconds after the pick M.V. would go up 18-15 on a 15-yard quarterback keeper by Hal, who also ran the two-point conversion try in. The clock showed 4:35 left in the quarter and M.V. was lined up for a chip shot field goal, a bad snap would result in a 16-yard loss and give the ball back to L.C. Once again the L.C. all-stars would take advantage of their good luck this time it would be a 34-yard pass from Rine to Creech taking the ball to the M.V. 2-yard line. Wes Myers (Johnstown) would score from one-yard out to make this a 21-18 game. With less than a minute remaining in the quarter Dylan Dodson would get Blake Sands before he could gain a yard bringing up a fourth and three for M.V. On the fourth-down play Andrew Lefevre (Newark) stopped Sands for a two-yard loss.
M.V. would be called for intentional grounding again resulting in a safety for L.C. making this a 23-18 game with 7:02 remaining. O’Ryan was the quarterback this time for M.V. and this would mark the first time I have ever seen two safeties in the same game. With 1:29 left in this hard-hitting game L.C. iced the game on a Xaiver Puryear (Heath) 1-yard touchdown run giving us our final score of 29-18. The Licking County defense who was dominant in this one made the games last big play with Bonner picking off an M.V. pass with 1:18 left.
PASSING 4=16 1 TD 2 INT’D
L.C. 62 PLYS
PASSING 17-31 2 TD’S 2 INT’S
The rest of the pics are at the below link. All pics shot from top row 50=yard line.
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