The Licking Heights High School football team allowed Mansfield Senior to score 10 points in the final seven seconds of the first half Nov. 8, and the host Tygers rode that momentum to a 24-0 victory in the first round of the Division II, Region 5 playoffs.
The Hornets, who finished 9-2, were held to less than half of their rushing average and never got on track offensively. They rushed for 145 of their 155 total yards after averaging 305 yards rushing per game in the regular season.
Late in the first half, the Tygers faced a fourth-and-6 at the Hornets’ 37-yard line. Quarterback Jalen Reese connected with Chek Washington for 35 yards on a slant pattern. Reese then threw a fade route to 6-foot-6 receiver Robert Jones, who caught it with seven seconds remaining before halftime.
Hutch Blackstone added the extra-point and then pooched the kickoff and the Tygers recovered on the Hornets’ 26. He then made a 43-yard field goal to end the half.
Reese and Jones hooked up two more times for touchdowns, a 16-yarder in the third quarter and a 15-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Reese was 18-for-24 passing for 177 yards. Jones, who missed the final six games of the regular season with a wrist injury, had five catches for 53 yards. Licking Heights limited Mansfield to 123 yards rushing on 36 carries.
The Tygers were averaging 40 points per game.
Licking Heights was led by Ron Carruthers-Kimball, who had 60 yards rushing on seven carries. Robbie Moore had 39 on eight runs and Adrien Hammonds, playing for the injured John Neary, had 30 yards on four carries.
-- Brad Emerine
M – Jones 2 pass from Reese (Blackstone kick)
M – Blackstone 43 FG
M – Jones 16 pass from Reese (Blackstone kick)
M – Jones 15 pass from Reese (Blackstone kick)