The Licking Heights High School football team played the role of playground bully during the Battle for Broad Street, keeping the ball away from visiting Watkins Memorial en route to a 28-3 victory on Oct. 25.
The Hornets, who improved to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the LCL-Big School Division, took 58 offensive snaps compared to the Warriors’ 35.
Leading 14-0 at halftime, the Hornets took the second half kickoff and went 60 yards in eight plays to assume a 21-0 lead when Robbie Moore scored on a 5-yard run. It was the last of his three rushing touchdowns. Moore, who rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries, also scored on runs of 8 and 40 yards.
“I was very happy with the opening drive in the third quarter,” Licking Heights coach Darren Waters said. “I thought it was important for us to come out and go up 21-0 in order to dictate what (Watkins Memorial) had to do offensively. I’m proud of our offensive execution in that third quarter and the way the defense played for most of the game. It was a far cry from last week (33-14 loss to Licking Valley on Oct. 18).
“That was much more fun tonight,” Moore said. “I just visualize the whole field before the play, then take the ball, make a read and make the first cut. The biggest thing is I try not to let one guy tackle me.”
The Warriors, who dropped to 4-5 and 0-3, had only four offensive plays in the third quarter. Plus, their first play of the fourth quarter resulted in David Lancaster intercepting a Ben Shroyer pass and returning it 38 yards.
That set the Hornets up at the Warriors’ 27-yard line and five plays later Ron Carruthers-Kimball scored on a 1-yard run to make it 28-0 with 9 minutes, 14 seconds remaining.
“They’ve got some thick kids and we had trouble stopping them,” Watkins Memorial coach Jeff Severino said. “We had trouble matching them. They have a nice defense and we knew going in we couldn’t let them get up on us.”
The Warriors averted the shutout when Jerrod Lyon made a 31-yard field goal with 5:51 left.
The Hornets rushed for 318 of their 348 total yards and limited the Warriors to 134 total yards.
Quarterback Martell Davis added 105 yards on 17 carries.
“I’m happy to be back and helping my team,” said Davis, who was suspended in the first half of the season. “We have to keep going forward and getting better for the playoffs. But winning the Battle (for) Broad Street in my senior year is a great feeling.”
LH – Moore 8 run (Christian kick)
LH – Moore 40 run (Christian kick)
LH – Moore 5 run (Christian kick)
LH – Carruthers-Kimball 1 run (Christian kick)
WM – Lyon 31 FG