The Gahanna Lincoln High School football team needed only seven plays on offense to score three touchdowns during its first three possessions en route to a 42-0 victory over visiting Grove City on Friday, Oct. 14.
Gahanna improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division, while Grove City fell to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Gahanna quarterback Tyler Grassman completed a short pass on the Lions’ first offensive play from scrimmage to receiver Sante Cook, who made one defender miss then sprinted 60 yards to score with 9 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter.
“Overall, it was a great win for the kids," Gahanna coach John Snoad said. "Big plays and great defense, I was very, very pleased overall."
On the ensuing Grove City drive, Gahanna defensive back Julian Lowe intercepted a Nick Davis pass to give the ball back to the Lions at the Dawgs’ 12-yard line. Three plays later, running back Mitchell Rowell scored from 1 yard out with 8:34 left in the first quarter.
Cook also had a 62-yard touchdown reception and Dante Carroll added a 2-yard scoring run as the Lions led 28-0 entering the second quarter.
Cook finished with seven catches for 173 yards and three touchdowns from Grassman, who was 11-for-17 passing for 230 yards,
Aaron Roberson rushed for 103 yards on seven carries for the Lions, including a 27-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter.
Gahanna's defense continued its strong play at home, where it has allowed 28 points in four games. All of those points came in a 28-7 setback to Pickerington Central on Sept. 30, as Gahanna blanked Strongsville 31-0 on Sept. 2 and Lancaster 17-0 on Sept. 23.
"We play fast defensively and that's the key," Snoad said. "We play fast because we know what we're doing and when you have to think you don't play fast. To me, that's everything for us right now."
Grove City struggled on offense the entire game and finished with 107 total yards.
"We were down 21-0 before you could even blink your eye," Grove City coach Matt Jordan said. "That to me is the key. They had a lot more speed than we do. We just didn't execute things correctly to keep it respectable and give ourselves a chance tonight."
Grove City quarterback Nick Davis was 4-for-9 passing for 49 yards, and running back Avery Eickle added 48 yards on 15 carries.
The Dawgs reached the Gahanna 12-yard line midway through the third quarter before turning it over on downs.
GROVE CITY 0 0 0 0 -- 00
GAHANNA 28 7 0 7 -- 42
G--Cook 60 from Grassman (Grassman kick)
G--Rowell 1 run (Grassman kick)
G--Cook 62 from Grassman (Grassman kick)
G--Carroll 2 run (Grassman kick)
G--Cook 8 from Grassman (Grassman kick)
G--Roberson 27 run (Grassman kick)