ZANESVILLE — Senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler completed 16 of 20 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Zanesville High School football team past visiting St. Charles 38-0 on Nov. 8 in a first-round Division II, Region 5 playoff game.
The top-ranked Blue Devils improved to 11-0 and will face Worthington Kilbourne on Nov. 15 in the second round at a site to be determined. The Wolves defeated Dublin Scioto 38-3 on Nov. 8.
Wibbeler said his team went away from its normal offense on the opening drive, which resulted in a 24-yard field goal by junior Logan Graham with 7 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We went away from what we’ve been doing all year and tried some trickery,” Wibbeler said. “We went back to what we do best.”
The Cardinals drove to the Zanesville 44-yard line on their first possession, but a snap sailed over the head of punter Will Groeber on fourth down. The junior fell on the ball at the St. Charles 28 — a loss of 28 yards — and that miscue helped set up Zanesville’s first touchdown.
“We came out ready to play, but we made some mistakes that hurt us,” said St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion, whose team finished 8-3 overall. “Zanesville is a good team and they proved that tonight.”
Sophomore Jacob Nowell led the Cardinals with 43 yards rushing on 12 carries, and senior Michael Hamrock added 27 yards rushing on 12 carries. Junior quarterback Jacob Moehrman rushed for 31 yards on two carries and he also recovered a fumble at linebacker.
For Zanesville, senior Jamal Gladden rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries and Wibbeler added 28 yards on eight attempts. Senior wide receiver J.T. McFarland caught 10 passes for 141 yards with two touchdowns and senior wide receiver Dar Stanford had four receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Z -- Graham 24 FG
Z -- McFarland 1 pass from Wibbeler (Graham kick)
Z -- Stanford 33 pass from Wibbeler (Graham kick)
Z -- Stanford 25 pass from Wibbeler (Graham kick)
Z -- Gladden 24 pass from Wibbeler (Graham kick)
Z -- McFarland 36 pass from Wibbeler (Graham kick)