Mother Nature wrecked havoc on high-school football games last Friday, with only a few involving Licking County teams managing to finish because of bad weather moving across central Ohio.

Mother Nature wrecked havoc on high-school football games last Friday, with only a few involving Licking County teams managing to finish because of bad weather moving across central Ohio.

Licking Valley bounced back from an opening setback, defeating host Zanesville 35-13 to even its record at 1-1 in a matchup of 2007 playoff teams. Newark Catholic also prevailed on the road, moving to 2-0 by beating Centerburg 26-0. Granville also improved to 2-0 with a 49-7 victory over visiting Utica in a game also under a delay in the third quarter when the decision was made not to resume last Saturday, when most of the remaining games were to be completed. The Redskins slipped to 1-1.

In another final, Heath improved to 2-0 with a 28-14 victory over Johnstown, which fell to 0-2.

At Licking Heights, visiting Watkins Memorial scored a touchdown late in the second quarter to forge a 14-all tie in the annual "Battle for Broad Street" before play was suspended at the half until last Saturday. Clay Nixon threw 60 yards to Tyler Richardson on a hook-and-go route for the score.

The first half was marked by several big plays, including Matt Truex's 93-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. The Hornets responded with two consecutive touchdowns, including Shawn Smith's 45-yard pass to Dereke Acosta late in the first quarter. Roy Bias added a 1-yard scoring run for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

The other suspended games included Hamilton Township at Northridge and Lakewood at Canal Winchester.

In a game delayed nearly two hours because of lightning, Heath may have sent the Johnnies' quest for a third-consecutive playoff appearance to the witching hour in the game which finished at midnight.

Heath used its speed and Cameron Ross' 104 yards rushing on 14 carries.

"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.