after two straight losses to Dover and Uhrichsville Claymont. On Friday night at Stewart Field the Redskins got the train back on its tracks with a 23-19 victory over Cambridge.
On Friday night at Stewart Field the Redskins got the train back on its tracks with a 23-19 victory over Cambridge.
“We had a some of the best practices this week that we have had all year,” Coshocton coach Marty Arganbright said. “We focused on keeping effort and intensity for four quarters and I thought we did that tonight.”
Not only did the hosts bring that focus and intensity, but they did it in front of among others former Ohio State quarterback Steve Bellisari and former Indiana lineman James Boyles.
“We addressed the team before the game and told them to have fun and wished them luck,” Bellisari said.
The game was a story of two halves with both teams’ offenses producing in half number one with the defenses stealing the show in the second half.
Coshocton (5-2, 2-2 East Central Ohio League) got things going early when a long drive to open the game was capped by a 34-yard field goal from Trevor Bradford at the 5:49 mark of the first quarter to make it 3-0.
The hosts made it 9-0 when super sophomore Marcus Johnston raced 52 yards for a touchdown to make it 9-0 when the extra point was no good.
The Bobcats (4-3, 2-2 ECOL) fought back when Tyler Hardesty scored from 41 yards out to make it 9-7 at the 1:07 mark of the first quarter after Nick Liptak’s extra point.
Liptak was equal to Bradford’s task and then some booting a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the visitors a 10-9 edge.
Sophomore Dom McCluskey responded for Coshocton with a 37-yard touchdown run at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter and when Seth Nolan found Cody Sampsel with the two point pass Coshocton was up 17-10.
“We played as hard tonight as a team as I can remember,” Nolan said.
The lead was short-lived as Cambridge responded with 1:02 left in the first half when Kirk Wetherell hauled in a Vince Daugherty pass and went 40 yards to pay dirt and with Liptak’s extra point it was 17-17 at the intermission.
As explosive as half number one was, the second half was a polar opposite.
The lone touchdown of the second half came on an 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Coshocton’s Nick Shaw at the 7:47 mark of the third quarter making it 23-17.
Neither team got much going offensively until Cambridge took advantage of a 41 yard punt return by Zach Freeman midway through the fourth quarter.
After three plays the Bobcats had a first-and-goal at the Redskin six, but failed to score when Nolan stuffed Hardesty for a one yard loss on fourth-and goal at the one.
“We knew they were going to give it to their tailback (Hardesty) and go off tackle,” Arganbright said. “That stand was just unbelievable.”
After taking on downs the Redskins were faced with a fourth-and-six at their own six and intentionally took a safety rather than risking the punt from their own end zone.
After the free kick, Devan Kimberley intercepted a Cambridge pass to seal the victory for Coshocton.
Johnston led Coshocton’s offense with 121 yards on 17 carries while McCluskey had 60 yards on six tries and junior Ian Chrisman added 53 tough yards on 12 tries.
The Cambridge offensive attack was led by Hardesty’s 83 yards on 25 carries.