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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021
Last night I made my first trip this season to White Field in Newark, Ohio. Back when Newark Catholic played all of their home games on Saturday nights I seldom missed a game as a fan and a person who covers the games for PAFOOTBALLNEWS I missed those Saturday nights. Newark Catholic entered this game undefeated, while Johnstown entered this one winless. The last time the Johnnies finished under .500 was way back in 2001, where they finished the season (4-6). The Greenwave are ranked two in the state in Division seven behind the machine known as Maria Stein Marion Local.
This game started out as Tony “The Tiger’ would say G-R-E-A-T for the Green Wave with Grant Moore taking the opening kickoff doing his best Ted Ginn Jr. impression by making a move or two and then take off all the way to the Johnnies 22-yard line. Three plays later Tristan Gorius caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cole Canter. Warren Knowlton showed his powerful leg with his point-after kick to make this a 7-0 game just 1:53 seconds in.
Gorius would get to Jacob Hochanadel for a 2-yard loss from there Caden Canning stopped the Johnnies quarterback Joe Sahr for a short loss. Canning would go on to have a very solid game for the Green Wave. After getting the ball back the Green Wave offense would get a 10-yard run to the Johnstown 23-yard line from Grant Moore. Gorius added his 2nd touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run to make this a 13-0 game, with 6:27 showing on the clock.
The Newark Catholic defense would register a sack when according to the PA guy Gabe Carlisle got to Sahr at the 5:13 mark. The Johnnies would try a fake punt with 4:12 left in the quarter but the Green Wave was ready for it with Elijah Wallace stopping Caleb Schneider with a huge Marcus Marek type of hit.
On the ensuing drive, Mason Hackett had a 37-yard run then he closed out the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. Out of the hold of Tanner Elwell, the kick by Knowlton increased the Green Wave lead to 20-0, with 3.09 still remaining in the first quarter.
The Newark Catholic defense would get another sack caused by a bad snap that easily allowed Canning to get to Sahr. From there the quarter would end without any more scoring. I was setting up top on the 50-yard line on the visitors side as I normally do when attending games at White Field and the nice size Johnnies crowd knew that this one was all but over but they were still pretty vocal cheering on their team.
The Green Wave ended a drive that started late in the opening quarter just one second into quarter number two with Gorius walking in from a yard out, after the point after kick we had a 27-0 game. The drive lasted for four plays and totaled 20-yards.
Canning would raise Sarh up off of his feet and pound him into the ground with 9;57 left in the half. As I said earlier Canning would have a nice game. The kid might not be the biggest player on the defense but he sure isn’t shy about using all of his frame to get the job done. The Johnnies offense showed some life when Schneider picked up 14-yards. Justin Larochelle would go right up the heart of the Green Wave defense picking up 9-yards giving his offense a first and goal at the Newark Catholic 8-yard line. The drive ended with a bad snap allowing Canning to sack Sahr for a big loss on fourth down.
Mason Hackett picked up 26-yards on a run where his offensive line made things way too easy for the talented runner. Canter would show some Aaron Rodgers deep ball throwing skill when he connected with Mikey Hess for a 52-yard touchdown making this a 34-0 game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hess would recover the loose football putting the Green Wave offense right back on the field. Canter would find Brandon Buchanan for a first down to the Johnstown 13-yard line. From there Mr. Touchdown, Gorius scored from 8-yards out making this a 41-0 game with 4:19 left in the half.
In the 2nd half, Graham Grinstead showed a never-quit attitude for the Johnnies with a nice tackle for loss where he teamed up with Dodge Hughes to stop Hess. He also got to #9 Owen Helms for a 7-yard loss.
In the final frame, the highlight was a fumble recovery by Owen Helms of the Green Wave as the running clock made the entire 2nd half a blur.
After the game, I spoke to Graham Grinstead and he was honest in his evaluation of the season and the way the team is doing. We talked about all of the injuries that have made the long-season loner, how they need to be more disciplined and work harder every day to get better. We talk about college recruiting and I said to him hang in there you guys are Johnstown and will be back soon.
JOHNSTOWN 48 PLAYS
278 YARDS (259 FIRST HALF)
PASSING 7-9 2 TD’S
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