It might be a little surprising to learn that Utica High School football coach Randy Felumlee isn't asking Scott Cline to sweep out the locker room after practice.

It might be a little surprising to learn that Utica High School football coach Randy Felumlee isn't asking Scott Cline to sweep out the locker room after practice.

Then again, perhaps it's best not to put another idea out there on how to fully utilize the versatile junior, who led the district in receiving yardage (454) and ranked second in receptions (24) after four weeks.

Aside from playing wide receiver, he punts and kicks off while also handling the placekicking duties. He's a starting safety in the defensive secondary and the backup to quarterback Jason Hoar, too.

"He can certainly do it all," said Felumlee, whose team was 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the MBC entering last Friday's game against Northridge.

About the only time Cline does come to the sideline is when the punt and kickoff return units are on the field.

"I'm just doing what I can to help the team," he said. "I knew I was going to be asked to do a lot. so during the off-season I did what I had to do to be in shape for it. The coaches made sure I was hitting the weight room and running and coming in this year conditioned for this kind of a role."

As expected, Felumlee also is getting plenty of mileage out of Hoar, who ranked third in the district in passing yardage (807) through four games while rushing for another 422. He had completed 53.6 percent of his pass attempts (52 of 97) and thrown for seven touchdowns, six of which went to Cline. Hoar's six rushing touchdowns included the decisive one in overtime as the Redskins defeated Grandview 20-14 in the opening game on Aug. 29.

Cline had a rushing touchdown as well after leading a key second-half scoring drive in place of Hoar. All told, he and Hoar played a role in 14 of the team's 18 touchdowns entering last Friday. Hoar starts at the other safety spot on defense although he did manage to catch an occasional breather during a 55-13 home win Sept. 18 over East Knox, playing mostly in the nickel package.

"Jason's played all year with a torn ligament in his thumb, and he's wearing a cast to protect it. It's quite impressive he's been able to do all he has with that thing on," Felumlee said. "And he was our rushing game in the first three weeks."

That's because tailback Justin Newsome and fullback Ryan Combs were nursing ankle injuries. Those two and Billy Bryant combined to rush for 134 yards against East Knox, however, and Newsome scored two touchdowns as the Redskins put losses to Granville (45-21 on Sept. 4) and Heath (41-27 on Sept. 11) behind them. Hoar ran the ball 61 times during the opening three games, which isn't exactly the mix Felumlee wants from his quarterback out of the spread offense.

"My thumb hurts, yeah, but the adrenaline just kicks in. I love this game and that takes over," said Hoar, also a junior. "But we know we can be more effective when we're getting a lot of guys involved."

The Redskins might need the full complement of their roster as a pivotal stretch of MBC games begins Friday at Loudonville, which started 2-2 overall. They play host to two-time defending-champion Johns-town on Oct. 9 and then play Oct. 16 at Fredericktown, which won its opening four games. The Johnnies also started 2-2, and sweeping those games would put the Redskins in the driver's seat in the chase for the league championship.

It also would go a long way in helping the team qualify for the Division IV playoffs for the first time since 2000.

"That's what I always preach, anyway," said Felumlee, whose Redskins conclude the regular season with games against Danville and Centerburg, both of which started 0-4 and wouldn't contribute much to the team's computer points total. "Since we joined the MBC, Centerburg in 2001 is the only champion or co-champion I can remember that didn't go to the playoffs. It all starts with winning the league."

•HOME SWEET HOME -- A 21-19 victory over then-undefeated Heath in the MSL-Ohio Division opener on Sept. 18 gave Licking Valley 56 wins in the last 59 games played in Hanover.

"It was just a great atmosphere," coach Randy Baughman said, "and it was a great show for the fans."