The Canal Winchester High School football team clinched the MSL-Buckeye Division title with its sixth consecutive victory, as the host Indians defeated Teays Valley 24-0 on Oct. 19.
Canal Winchester, which improved to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the league, will close the regular season Oct. 26 at Circleville. The Tigers lost 31-0 to Logan Elm on Oct. 19 to fall to 4-2 in the MSL-Buckeye with one game remaining.
The Indians turned in a dominant performance on defense while posting their first shutout this season, holding Teays Valley to 13 total yards and two first downs in the first half and 139 total yards in the game.
On offense, Canal Winchester gained 210 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground and had 92 yards passing with another touchdown through the air.
The biggest sequence for the Indians’ defense came late in the first quarter after a blocked punt had given Teays Valley a first-and-goal at the Canal Winchester 5. The Indians stopped the Vikings on four plays and took over on downs to preserve a 7-0 lead.
“That stand was huge, not only because it gave our defense confidence, but a score by them would have tied the game,” Canal Winchester coach Shawn Hinkle said. “It took away their momentum and gave us momentum.”
Teays Valley coach Steve Evans, whose team dropped to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league, also pointed to that sequence as a turning point.
“That was big because it was just a 7-0 game there,” Evans said. “You can’t squander points against a good team like Canal Winchester and we did it there.”
The Indians’ Khari Golden returned a punt 40 yards to the Teays Valley 37-yard line to set up the first touchdown. Quarterback Isaac Pifer threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Scott to cap the five-play scoring drive less than five minutes into the game.
John Franklin ran for a 19-yard touchdown late in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead at halftime, and Noah Ising (38-yard field goal) and Jaquan Ransome (15-yard run) rounded out the scoring.
“It feels good,” Ransome said. “But we’ve got to stay focused if we want to go undefeated in the league.”
Pifer was 8-for-19 passing for 92 yards, and he also ran four times for 24 yards. Franklin carried 15 times for 80 yards and Ransome ran 14 times for 74 yards.
Teays Valley quarterback Corey Mullins was held in check all night, finishing 5-for-10 passing for 39 yards with one interception. He also was sacked four times.
Landon Foreman led the Vikings with 68 yards on 18 carries.
CW—Scott 17 pass from Pifer (Ising kick)
CW—Franklin 19 run (Ising kick)
CW—Ising 38 FG
CW—Ransome 15 run (Ising kick)