Week 1 Recap

Canal Winchester 28, Groveport 19

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The Canal Winchester football team celebrates its victory over Groveport 28-19, as the two teams met for the first time in 50 years.

The first game between the Groveport and Canal Winchester high school football teams since 1964 went down to the wire, as the visiting Indians won 28-19 when Elijah Miller returned a botched field-goal attempt for an 83-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left.

“I just saw it kind of bounce up and I said to myself, ‘Here’s my chance to help us go 1-0,’” Miller said. “Last year was frustrating, and with this being my senior year, it’s a thrill to start like this.”

The teams were a combined 1-19 last season, with the Indians going 0-10.

“Hopefully we can use this one and move forward with some momentum and success,” said Canal Winchester coach Phil Mauro, who is back with the Indians for a second stint. “Groveport is a good, physical team and Bryan Schoonover is getting them going in the right direction.”

Groveport pulled within 21-19 midway through the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Terrell Gibbs, but the conversion run failed.

Groveport got the ball back with 4:16 remaining and Gibbs connected with senior wideout Markel Davis for a 50-yard gain to the Canal Winchester 15-yard line. Davis cramped up after being tackled and left the game, however, and on a third-and-13 play, Groveport ran for 8 yards to the 10 to set up the field-goal attempt.

Davis is also the Cruisers’ holder.

“He had to come out of the game and he did return for one play but cramped up again,” Schoonover said. “We couldn’t use him to hold because he couldn’t get down into the position. I don’t know if the snap was too high or if it went through our holder’s hands. We’ll have to look at the film.

“But we allowed some big plays by missing tackles and it hurt us. We played hard and gave ourselves a chance to win, which is all I ask for as a coach.”

Canal Winchester quarterback Nick Hammond ran for 95 yards on 15 carries and scrambled to extend plays before making some long runs. Alonzo Booth scored on runs of 2, 2 and 11 yards.

Groveport was led by D’Lante Smith’s 112 yards rushing on 18 carries. Dana Cherry and Wesley Fearing both added 62 yards rushing.


Team 1 2 3 4 Final
GROVEPORT  6 7 0 6 19

G—Cherry 4 run (kick failed)

CW—Booth 2 run (Graber kick)

CW—Booth 2 run (Graber kick)

G—Smith 5 run (Snyder kick)

CW—Booth 11 run (Graber kick)

G—Gibbs 2 run (run failed)

CW—Miller 83 fumble return (Graber kick)