Storm Klein of the Licking Valley High School football team rushed for a career-high 344 yards on 35 carries and scored five touchdowns to anchor a 45-17 victory at Heath on Friday.

"Desmond Lovell put the load on me before the game," said Klein, who increased his season rushing total to 793 yards. "He said, 'We're going to ride you all the way.' This is our last year and we want to make it count."

Licking Valley improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division. Its victory leaves Granville as Licking County's only remaining undefeated team, and both are marching toward a showdown Oct. 3 in Hanover after Granville defeated Columbus Academy 38-6 last Friday to move to 5-0 and 2-0.

The Bulldogs slipped to 4-1 and 1-1 and never got their running game on track, although sophomore quarterback Cole Benner completed 16 of 24 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. That came on a 21-yard pass to Arsenio White as the Bulldogs pulled to within 31-14 with 2 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Klein answered with touchdowns runs of 36 and 34 yards.

"We had to have that out of him," coach Randy Baughman said. "We put it on his shoulders and on our offensive line's shoulders."

The Panthers scored on their first seven possessions, which included three touchdown runs by Klein and a 27-yard field goal by Vince German for a 24-10 halftime lead. Quarterback Drew Ryan rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown and threw only four passes, one of which he intentionally spiked to stop the clock.