The Hartley High School football team is one victory from the program’s first undefeated season.
The Hawks dominated from the outset and defeated visiting Coshocton 38-7 Friday, Oct. 21, to improve to 8-0.
They will play Ready on Friday, Oct. 28, in the regular-season finale.
Hartley drove 82 yards in 10 plays on the game’s opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead on Marcellus Calhoun’s 17-yard run.
Fullback Aaron Zang (4-yard run), kicker Brent Wahle (30-yard field goal) and then Calhoun again (4-yard run) scored to give the Hawks a 24-0 halftime lead.
Hartley gained 258 yards of total offense in the first half and had 11 first downs on 36 plays.
The Redskins, who dropped to 7-2, gained 70 yards and two first downs on 16 plays in the first half.
“They are a great football team. They came in averaging 40 points a game and our defense just did a great job and controlled the game,” Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said.
The Redskins entered the game ranked third in Division IV, Region 15. Hartley was ranked fourth in Division IV, Region 14.
Coshocton’s only sustained drive of the game was the opening drive of the third quarter.
The Redskins drove 76 yards in 10 plays to cut the Hartley lead to 24-7, but that was as close as they would get.
In a key defensive series late in the third quarter, Kalil Morris and Eric Selegue sacked Coshocton quarterback Brody Philabaum at Coshocton’s 31-yard line and knocked him out of the game with an ankle injury.
Five plays later, Philabaum’s replacement Brock Bolden and running back Jacob Bresciani botched a handoff exchange and Hartley’s JaWuan Woodley scooped up the ball and ran in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Hawks a 31-7 lead with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in the third quarter.
“We pride ourselves in our defense,” Hartley two-way standout Jacob Matuska said. “We know if we play tough and all do our jobs, good things will happen. They tried to pass early on us and then tried to run and we closed off the gaps on the run and just played hard.”
Bresciani led the Redskins with 114 yards on 19 carries. Coshocton finished with 199 total yards.
The Hawks continued their season-long domination offensively.
Zang carried 14 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Woodley had 94 yards on 14 rushes. Calhoun had 85 yards on 13 carries, and Anthony Alwein hard 45 yards on three rushes.
Hartley finished with 339 yards rushing and quarterback Jared Brandewie completed three of four passes for 54 yards.
“It was a physical game and that was the big difference,” Burchfield said. “Our game plan was to control the clock tonight.”
Matuska said the offensive line has played well all season.
“We have a very young offensive line and we aren’t as big, but we all play hard and that’s one of the reasons we’ve been so successful.”
Hartley closed the scoring when Zang powered through the middle of Coshocton’s defense for a 23-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
COSHOCTON 0 0 7 0 -- 7
HARTLEY 7 17 7 7 – 38
H —Calhoun 17 run (Wahle kick)
H—Zang 4 run (Wahle kick)
H —Wahle 30 FG
H—Calhoun 4 run (Wahle kick)
C —Ogle 5 run (Philabaum kick)
H —Woodley 36 fumble return (Wahle kick)
H —Zang 23 run (Wahle kick)