Grove City Record


Ready keeping season objective in perspective


As his team sat in its postgame circle Nov. 8 at Upper Arlington, Ready High School football coach Joel Cutler talked about how the goal was five postseason wins but so far the Silver Knights had gotten only one.

Then he told his players to chant "One-two" in unison, signifying it was time to move on to the next task.

Considering how easily Ready beat Oak Hill 48-6 in its Division VI, Region 21 first-round playoff game, Cutler's point was this isn't the time of year to look past anyone.

"We just have to take it one step at a time until we get to week five," senior running back Nickolas Chapman said.

The next step could have a similar outcome if the Knights execute as well as they did during a 28-point second quarter against Oak Hill.

Second-seeded Ready takes a 10-1 record into its game Friday, Nov. 15, at Zanesville against sixth-seeded Woodsfield Monroe Central, which upset third-seeded Centerburg 15-9 on Nov. 8 and is 8-3.

The Ready-Monroe Central winner plays top-seeded Lucasville Valley or fourth-seeded Newark Catholic for the regional title Nov. 23.

"I'm really proud of the boys for how they came out and took care of business (against Oak Hill)," Cutler said. "Now it's a one-game season."

Against Oak Hill, quarterback Matt Yoho completed eight of 11 passes for 190 yards. Running back Akili Taylor rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown on 18 attempts, senior wide receiver Myles Fowler caught two touchdowns, senior wide receiver Hunter Clanin had a touchdown reception and Chapman and senior running back DeAndre Golden also ran for scores.

It was much more in line with an offense that has averaged 50.8 points rather than the one that lost to Hartley 21-14 in overtime Nov. 1 in the regular-season finale.

The Knights now go against a Monroe Central defense that allowed 265 yards but didn't surrender a fourth-quarter touchdown while holding Centerburg to a season-low point total.

Coach Jay Circosta, who has won more than 300 games and has coached in the playoffs 12 times, has gotten his team into a regional semifinal despite having just 33 players.

Senior quarterback Curtis Nixon, who also plays in the defensive backfield, took over the offense in a 47-0 win over Hannibal River on Sept. 13 after his team lost its first two games and has passed for more than 1,300 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also has rushed for about 1,000 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Junior running back Levi Brown, who also plays in the secondary, has rushed for about 1,000 yards with 18 touchdowns.

Mikey Jones (WR/LB), Gavin Morton (WR), Marshall Mozena (OL/DL), Tanner Potts (OL/DL) and Jake Schuerman (WR/LB) are other two-way players.

"They're predominantly a running team with some play-action passes," Cutler said. "They're kind of similar to Columbus Academy. They have a small roster of 33 players, and 14 are freshman. Coach Circosta has been around the game for a long time and has a lot of wins. They're well-coached, physical and they play hard.

"They're not going to try to confuse you or trick you, but coverage-wise, Monroe caused Centerburg some fits by mixing up some reads."