Quarterback Zach Thompson of the Hamilton Township High School football team entered an MSL-Buckeye Division game against Canal Winchester on Oct. 5 with impressive credentials.
Thompson had passed for 1,043 yards and rushed for 10 touchdowns through six games.
So Canal Winchester studied the film and formed a plan: Pressure Thompson, key on his top targets and create opportunities for its defense.
The Indians intercepted Thompson four times and beat the Rangers 28-7.
Canal Winchester improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the league, while Hamilton Township dropped to 5-2 and 2-2.
Three of the turnovers led to touchdowns.
“We’ve got to feel good after this game,” said Canal Winchester senior Jaquan Ransome, who returned an interception for a score and ran for a pair of touchdowns. “We’ll have some momentum to finish things out and see if we can get to the (Division II, Region 7) playoffs and see what we can do from there.”
Ransome returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown and staked Canal Winchester to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Both offenses sputtered until a second pick, this one by William Totten, ended a Hamilton Township drive at the Canal Winchester 11-yard line with 5:26 remaining in the first half.
It was followed by an 89-yard, 13-play drive that Canal Winchester running back John Franklin capped with a 5-yard run to push the Indians’ lead to 14-0 in the final minute of the second quarter.
A third interception, by Khari Golden, led to a 28-yard touchdown run by Ransome that gave Canal Winchester a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.
“They have some tough kids,” Hamilton Township coach Nate Hillerich said of Canal Winchester. “When you get down like that against a team like that — they can break a tackle and turn a loss into a 7- or 8-yard gain. That can really break a defense.”
CW -- Ransome 82 interception return (Ising kick)
CW -- Franklin 5 run (Ising kick)
CW -- Ransome 17 run (Ising kick)
CW -- Ransome 28 run (Ising kick)
HT -- Harris 15 pass from White (Fields kick)