CIRCLEVILLE — Jaquan Ransome rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and John Franklin ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Canal Winchester High School football team to a 21-6 victory at Circleville in an MSL-Buckeye Division game Oct. 26.
The Indians improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the MSL-Buckeye to earn a spot in the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.
Circleville dropped to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Buckeye.
“It feels really good to be back in the playoffs,” Canal Winchester coach Shawn Hinkle said. “We had already won the MSL-Buckeye title outright, but it feels good to go undefeated in our league, too.”
The Indians scored with 1 minute, 25 seconds left in the first quarter on a 12-yard run by Franklin to lead 7-0 at halftime.
Circleville drove to the Canal Winchester 20-yard line midway through the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs.
The Tigers’ wing-T offense was limited to 57 yards of offense in the first half and zero yards in the third quarter.
“Our defense stepped up again and kept us in the game while we were having some trouble scoring,” Hinkle said.
On a fourth-and-2 play on the opening drive of the second half, Canal Winchester punter Elante Moore faked a punt and ran for an 11-yard gain to the Indians’ 48.
Nine plays later, Ransome broke two tackles during a 16-yard touchdown run to put Canal Winchester ahead 14-0.
“We knew going into that play that (Moore) was probably going to fake it, and it’s fine for him to do that as long as he knows he can make it,” Hinkle said. “That’s the fourth or fifth time we’ve faked a punt this season and we’re 100 percent with it so far. That play definitely gave us a lot of momentum.”
The Indians took a 21-0 lead with 59 seconds left in the third quarter as Franklin capped a nine-play, 67-yard touchdown drive with a 10-yard run.
Circleville quarterback David Burroughs scored on a 1-yard run with 29 seconds remaining in the game to cap a 21-play, 96-yard drive that took 9:10.
Tommy Holloway rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries to pace the Tigers, but Burroughs was held to minus-5 rushing yards on 16 carries and was 1-for-4 passing for 7 yards.
CW--Franklin 12 run (Ising kick)
CW--Ransome 16 run (Ising kick)
CW--Franklin 10 run (Ising kick)
C--Burroughs 1 run (kick failed)