In a game delayed nearly two hours because of lightning, the Heath High School football team delivered a 28-14 victory over visiting Johnstown last Friday.

In a game delayed nearly two hours because of lightning, the Heath High School football team delivered a 28-14 victory over visiting Johnstown last Friday.

With the Johnnies falling to 0-2, their quest for a third-consecutive playoff appearance might have reached the witching hour in the game which finished at midnight.

Heath used its speed and Cameron Ross' 104 yards rushing on 14 carries to improve to 2-0.

"We've got a lot of speed with Ross, Charles Gresham, Arsenio White and Cole Benner and we did a nice job getting them the ball in space," Heath coach Mark Collier said. "We need to be more consistent between the tackles though."

The Heath defense, which played the second half without defensive coordinator Tim Ward who left to be with his wife at the hospital after she went into labor, did a nice job containing Johnstown.

Johnstown was led by Brad Couts, who had 81 yards rushing on 19 carries.

"We gave up some big plays again and we've got to much talent to be 0-2, but that's where we're at," Johnnies coach Mike Carter said. "We've got to regroup and get back to work."

Heath quarterback Cole Benner ran for a 62-yard touchdown and threw for a 53-yard score to Gresham.

•FRIENDLY CONFINES -- The Johnnies return home Friday to play Licking Heights, which beat them 16-6 last season.

"They have a lot of experienced players from last year back, especially in the skill positions," Carter said. "They've had a couple of good scrimmages and they opened well against Philo (27-0 victory Aug. 22). They look like a good football team and I expect that will mean four good quarters of football."

Key members of the Hornets' senior class are tailback and linebacker Roy Bias, two-way lineman Cody Dening, wide receiver and defensive lineman Phillip Grizer, quarterback and cornerback Shawn Smith and tailback and safety Storm Timson.

Smith was second-team all-district and threw for more than 1,200 yards last year. Timson had five touchdowns before suffering a broken leg.

Junior tailback and linebacker Dan Pennington was second-team all-district on offense.

"They have a nice quarterback who scrambles well and is good with his feet," Carter said. They have a couple of good running backs to pound the ball up in there. They are a very quick team."

Against Philo, Licking Heights dominated by limiting the Electrics to 25 total yards, including (minus)-24 yards on the ground. Grizer had three sacks with Denig and senior end Dereke Acosta adding two each. Acosta also blocked a punt.

The Hornets' defense started the scoring when junior Alex Keilmeyer intercepted a pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the opener.

Timson and senior Rob Speakman also had interceptions.

Next game

JOHNSTOWN vs. LICKING HEIGHTS

•When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

•Last meeting: 2007, Licking Heights 16-6

•Licking Heights to date: Defeated Philo 27-0; played Watkins Memorial

•Top Hornets: Dereke Acosta, Roy Bias, Cody Dening, Phillip Grizer, Alex Keilmeyer, Dan Pennington, Shawn Smith, Rob Speakman and Storm Timson