LOUDONVILLE - A perfectly timed play turned out to be just the remedy for the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team last Friday.

LOUDONVILLE - A perfectly timed play turned out to be just the remedy for the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team last Friday.

Jay Orders threw a sideline pass to Mitchell Hendren, who caught it and ran 62 yards for a touchdown to jump-start the visiting Johnnies in a 32-0 rout of Loudonville in an MBC game.

"I just dropped back and did a fake and got hit as I let go of the ball," said Orders, who was 4-for-9 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns. "I never saw the touchdown, but the line did a good job and gave me enough time to get the ball off."

The Johnnies, who moved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the MBC, were scoreless with the Redbirds through one quarter. But Colton Rosshirt intercepted a pass from Loudonville's Byron Weiss at the Johnstown 2-yard line with 11 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the first half. Orders hit Hendren with the 62-yard touchdown with 7:45 left in the half to end the 98-yard drive.

"Jay put the ball right where he needed to," Hendren said. "I really didn't expect to get behind the safety, but I looked back and he was gone and I was wide open."

Orders completed a second touchdown pass just before halftime, hitting running back Scott Robinson from 16 yards with 1:01 remaining.

"We came out and took what they were giving us," coach Mike Carter said. "They are a very good team with talented players and they came out doing stuff that was tough to stop early, but we made some adjustments and we were able to stop them."

Orders, who ran for 47 yards on seven carries, also had a 12-yard scoring run on the first drive of the third quarter. That drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Levi Jacobs at the Loudonville 23.

"It was great to get a shutout and our defense really made some big plays," Carter said. "Cody Bracken had a big interception in the first quarter and then Colton had his interception before the first touchdown drive. But Levi Jacobs had a fumble recovery that really set the tone for the second half."

Loudonville, which dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the MBC, had just 3 yards rushing in the second half on 13 carries. The Redbirds finished with 19 yards rushing on 24 carries and had 151 total yards.

The Johnnies rushed for 257 yards on 44 carries, led by Brad Couts with 61 yards on 13 carries. Will Carter had 53 yards on 10 carries with a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth. Jake Hollis added a 39-yard run to score the final points for Johnstown.

Kortney Cartwright also had an interception for the Johnnies, who limited Weiss to 11 of 21 passing for 132 yards and three interceptions.

•MBC SHOWDOWN- The Johnnies went 7-0 in the MBC last season with Fredericktown finishing 6-1 to take second place. The only loss for the Freddies was 20-13 at Johnstown.

The two teams meet again Friday, this time at Fredericktown. The Freddies entered last Friday at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the league after beating Northridge 42-7 on Sept. 12.

"We knew they would be a very good and we would have to play our best game against them," coach Carter said of Fredericktown, which finished 10-3 and reached a Division V regional final before losing to Ready 35-7 last year. "We have to limit our mistakes and play four quarters of hard-nosed football."

Against Northridge, quarterback Thomas Hinkle had 113 yards on 11 carries and completed 10 of 14 passes for 164 yards.
"They have a really good quarterback (Hinkle), wide receiver (Tony Lybarger) and running back (C.J. Ruhl) and a lot of talented kids," coach Carter said. "Their defense has been playing really solid and they always play solid defense."

Against Northridge, the Vikings finished with just 41 yards rushing on 28 carries. They did not have a first down in the first half.
In a 38-7 win over Crestline on Sept 6, Ruhl, also a linebacker, returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. The Freddies also had other three turnovers and eight sacks.

Through four games, junior running back Brad Couts led the Johnnies with 356 yards rushing on 62 carries with three touchdowns and senior fullback Will Carter had 256 yards on 40 carries with five touchdowns. Sophomore running back Scott Robinson added 172 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns and quarterback Jay Orders had 146 yards on 43 carries with two touchdowns.