The Reynoldsburg High School football team improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division by easily defeating visiting Newark 36-10 on Friday, Sept. 23.
The victory total is the most for the Raiders since going 6-4 in 2005. Reynoldsburg was 3-7 in 2010 and 2007 and finished 2-8 in 2009, 2008 and 2006.
However, this was no time to celebrate according to Raiders coach Buddy White, who was wiping off his pants after a minor victory shower courtesy of his exuberant players.
White made sure to keep his players focused on the next game, which is Friday, Sept. 30, against Pickerington North.
The Panthers were 4-1 and 1-1 after losing to Pickerington Central 24-21 on Friday, Sept. 23.
"I was yelling at them a little bit,” White said. “Don't celebrate four wins. We still have a lot of work to do especially if we want to talk about beating a team the caliber of Pickerington North.
“You know our kids are gonna be pumped. They're gonna be excited next weekend, and I don't know whether we'll win or lose, but I guarantee we're gonna come in expecting to win."
While White tried to keep his players grounded, they had reason to be excited by the way they handled the Wildcats.
The Raiders made no secret of their plans to keep the ball in the hands of their two talented running backs.
Kumar Collins, a 5-foot-9, 225-pound junior, rushed for 217 yards on 19 carries. He had touchdown runs of 31 and 1 yard.
Mykel Traylor-Bennett (6-2, 205), also a junior, used his speed on the edge to rush for 111 yards and two touchdowns (10 and 26 yards) on 10 carries.
For the game, the Raiders rushed for 480 yards and five touchdowns on 52 carries.
Collins capped the Raiders’ opening drive with a 31-yard run; however, the Wildcats responded. Led by sophomore quarterback Grant Russell, Newark, which fell to 0-5 and 0-2, drove 62 yards on six plays to the Raiders’ 11-yard line. On second-and-1, Russell’s pass was intercepted by Jimmy McKean in the end zone.
Although the turnover was early in the game, it did its damage.
"We had the opportunity early in the game and we just didn't take advantage of it,” Newark coach Gregg Forsythe said. “You have to do that to be a good football team. You can't turn it over. You can't do that. We have a lot of young kids but we've just got to get them all on the same page."
Traylor-Bennett’s second touchdown gave the Raiders a 30-0 lead at the half.
Down 36-0, Russell got the Wildcats on the board with a 1-yard run.
NEWARK 0 0 7 3 --- 10
REYNOLDSBURG 7 23 6 0 --- 36
R – Collins 31 run (Hedrick Kick)
R – Collins 1 run (Hedrick kick)
R – Safety
R – Traylor-Bennett 10 run (Hedrick kick)
R – Traylor-Bennett 26 run (Hedrick kick)
R – Brown 2 run (Kick failed)
N – Russell 1 run (Griffith kick)
N – Griffith 30 FG