The Ready High School football team played an almost flawless game against host Bexley, scoring touchdowns on all eight of its first-half possessions to lead 55-6 at the break en route to a 62-13 victory Oct. 18.
The Silver Knights gained 419 total yards in the first two quarters and limited Bexley to 36 yards.
Ready — which improved to 8-0 overall — finished with 568 total yards while the Lions had 133. Bexley lost its third straight after a 5-0 start.
Seven Ready players had at least one touchdown led by running back Akili Taylor, who scored three times and rushed for 70 yards on nine carries.
Quarterback Matt Yoho was 9-for-12 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Myles Fowler carried twice for 90 yards, including a 58-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. Fowler also caught four passes for 74 yards.
Fowler, Taylor and Yoho and most of Ready’s starters did not play in the second half.
“They (Bexley) are a playoff-contending team, a good team, and I was excited to see that our kids came to play,” Ready coach Joel Cutler said. “Our kids brought a good energy level and all classes, from freshman to senior, executed out on the field.”
The Silver Knights cleared the bench in the second half. Backup running back Seth Stock ran for a 57-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to give his team a 62-6 lead. Stock finished with a game-high 143 yards on 11 carries, all in the second half.
“I’m proud of Seth. He stepped up his game tonight,” Cutler said. “He got in there and really got after it.”
Bexley Quarterback Andre Stewart was 5-for-10 passing for 47 yards and had 48 yards rushing on 11 carries. He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Youssef Abou Hashish late in the game and also had one interception.
Bexley’s Rasheed Morgan returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the first half, but he was held to 17 yards rushing on 10 carries.
“We played a very good football team tonight,” Bexley coach John Smith said. “We played hard, but they have pretty good players, are well coached and have great kids. It’s hard to believe they’re No. 2 in the state and not No. 1 in Division VI.”
Cutler said his team is still improving despite the lopsided margin.
“We’re still getting better,” he said. “We’re expanding the offense and the kids are working hard. The defense improved from last week when we gave up 35 points to Washington Court House.”
R – Fowler 58 run (Dulin kick)
R – Golden 7 run (Dulin kick)
R – Taylor 11 run (Dulin kick)
R – Taylor 23 run (Dulin kick)
R – Havens 42 pass from Yoho (Dulin kick)
R – Chapman 4 run (kick failed)
R – Taylor 2 run (Dulin kick)
B – Morgan 90 kick return (kick failed)
R – Dulin 25 pass from Yoho (Dulin kick)
R – Stock 57 run (Dulin kick)
B – Abou-Hashish 18 pass from Stewart (Hirsch kick)