performance against visiting Reynoldsburg Friday. The Celtics led from
start to finish in a 37-0 win. Senior Ricky Kovatch powered the Celtics to the lopsided win. The
senior rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and
chipped in with an interception and blocked punt.
DUBLIN – The Dublin Jerome High School football team turned in a dominating performance against visiting Reynoldsburg Friday. The Celtics led from start to finish in a 37-0 win.
Jerome improves to 2-1 and will return to action next Friday when it visits Central Crossing. Reynoldsburg falls to 1-2 and will play host to Gahanna on Friday.
Senior Ricky Kovatch powered the Celtics to the lopsided win. The senior rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, and chipped in with an interception and blocked punt.
The victory helps Jerome avenge a 45-14 loss to Reynoldsburg last season.
“We were expecting a little closer game since last year’s score was 45-14, but we were ready to come out this week and show them how much we’ve improved this year,” Kovatch said.
Kovatch scored on touchdown scampers of 33 and 24 yards in the first half, helping Jerome build a 24-0 lead at the half. He finished with 133 yards on 10 carries in the first half.
Kovatch added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, set up by a 94-yard interception return by Ben Hartman.
Junior quarterback Kevin Jackson rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries and kicked off the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The score capped a quick 3-play, 98-yard drive, which took just 50 seconds. Kovatch’s 50-yard run on first down from the Jerome 2 pushed the ball into Reynoldsburg territory. Two plays later, Jackson gave his team the lead for good.
Jackson added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Robert Carmona with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
Ben James rounded out the scoring with a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics rushed for 324 yards and finished with 405 total yards. After being held to just 19 yards in the first half, Reynoldsburg finished with 156 yards in total offense.
“It’s all a team effort,” Jackson said. “We came out and the O-line took control of the game. It was basically everybody working together. After what they did to us last year, we wanted to take it to them as a team. It was a total team effort. The linemen definitely took it the whole way for us tonight.”
Reynoldsburg running back Jay R. Taylor saw limited time due to a sprained ankle sustained last Friday against Toledo Scott.