Coach Jeff Buchanan might feel a little better after reviewing the film from the Newark High School football team's first game under his direction.

Coach Jeff Buchanan might feel a little better after reviewing the film from the Newark High School football team's first game under his direction.

Then again, maybe he won't.

The Wildcats turned over the ball four times in Buchanan's debut last Friday at White Field and the result was a 30-14 loss against Zanesville in the 103rd meeting between the teams.

The Blue Devils pressured quarterback Rahlin Watson throughout the first half and then quickly turned a fumbled punt into a 17-0 lead when Cole Hudson rushed 4 yards for a touchdown with 6 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"It's disappointing, sure," Buchanan said. "But we don't go over a game right away. We're all still too emotional. We'll come back Monday morning (after seeing the tape) and get back to work."

The Wildcats turned over the ball on their final three possessions of the second quarter, and Zanesville turned two of those into points for a 10-0 lead. The teams combined for seven turnovers in all, but it was the Blue Devils who capitalized. Hudson, who like Watson was making his first start under center, threw for 252 yards and another touchdown.

"Anytime there's a turnover, when people come back and convert, it's a big swing (in momentum)," said Zanesville coach Chad Grandstaff, who is 2-0 in the series after ending Newark's seven-game winning streak a year ago.

The Wildcats closed to 17-7 when Watson threw a 42-yard scoring pass to LaVelle Spivey down the left sideline late in the third quarter, but the Blue Devils answered with two more touchdowns before Watson and Spivey hooked up again for 32 yards in the final minute. Watson, rolling out more in the second half to buy time, passed for 224 yards. Spivey had seven receptions totaling 148 yards.

Buchanan's replacement at Watkins Memorial, Jeff Severino, won his debut as Matt Truex rushed for two touchdowns in a 28-7 win at Westland.

Elsewhere, the visiting team won six other games involving Licking County schools, which included Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's 48-14 triumph at Licking Valley and Granville's 35-23 victory at Johnstown. All four teams made the playoffs a year ago.

Heath won 62-20 at Maysville, West Muskingum topped host Lakewood 18-7, Coshocton rolled 49-0 at Northridge and Licking Heights prevailed 27-0 at Philo. Utica won at home in its opener for the first time since 2000, topping Grandview 35-21. Newark Catholic played Amanda-Clearcreek last Saturday.

LOOKING AHEAD -- Three all-Licking County matchups highlight the second week of the regular season, with all games being played Friday.

Watkins Memorial visits Licking Heights for the third "Battle of Broad Street" since the series resumed in 2006. The home team has lost both games and neither was close. The Warriors won 35-0 in 2006 and the Hornets won 40-7 a year ago.

Utica also plays at Granville and Heath plays host to Johnstown. In last year's games, the Blue Aces (34-10) and Johnnies (41-14) won.

"We've really enjoyed playing Watkins," Licking Heights coach Darren Waters said. "I think it's been good for both schools, the whole community. There's a lot of interest on both sides."

Elsewhere, Lakewood plays at Canal Winchester and Licking Valley travels to Zanesville to meet a 2007 playoff team for the second time in as many games, having prevailed 27-7 a year ago. The Indians stopped the Lancers 42-0.

Newark Catholic and Newark face new opponents. Newark Catholic will play at Centerburg and Newark will play host to Dayton Dunbar.

Dunbar, a Division II school, finished 5-5 a year ago. The Wildcats have fared well playing competition outside central Ohio in recent years, toppling visiting Shaker Heights 32-14 last season and winning 24-7 at Fairfield in 2006.

The Trojans replace Bainbridge Paint Valley on the Green Wave's schedule, and coach Bill Franks probably is hoping they provide a stiffer challenge and possibly more computer points than Paint Valley, which his team beat 20-0 in 2006 and 41-7 last year. Paint Valley finished those seasons 2-8 and 6-4.

Centerburg has made the playoffs only once (2005) since moving up to Division V three years ago, but a new coach (Ken Kish) and improved rushing attack could make things more interesting for Newark Catholic, which won 42-7 in a Division VI regional semifinal in 2003 in the last meeting between the two.

"They're a physical kind of football team," Franks said. "We think playing them can make us better."

Hamilton Township plays at Northridge, which won 7-6 a year ago in coach Bob Jacoby's first season. Jacoby, whose team finished 5-5 after starting 5-1, won three state titles coaching at DeSales.