The Watkins Memorial High School football team had hoped to build on its 49-7 win over Utica on Sept 23 when it played host to Licking Heights in the Battle for Broad Street on Sept. 30.

The Watkins Memorial High School football team had hoped to build on its 49-7 win over Utica on Sept 23 when it played host to Licking Heights in the Battle for Broad Street on Sept. 30.

Hope was short-lived, however, as the Hornets won 14-11.

Now Watkins Memorial will turn its attention to its contest at much-improved Lakewood on Friday, Oct. 7.

The Warriors are 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the LCL-Buckeye Division after losing 14-11 against Licking Heights in their league opener Sept. 30. Lakewood is 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the LCL-Buckeye.

The Lancers, who finished 1-8 last season, won their first four games before losing to Newark Catholic 30-10 on Sept. 24.

"Lakewood has some real nice size up front on both sides of the ball," coach Jeff Severino said. "Coach (Craig) Conley is doing a great job getting that program back up. They've got a nice quarterback (Scott Painter) and a very good receiver (Cameron Downs)."

The Warriors rolled past Utica, as quarterback Kaleb Morris completed nine of 13 passes for 205 yards and ran for 131 yards. Morris threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Garth Medors and a 7-yard score to Michael Reed and scored on a 59-yard run. Terry Lowery added 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

"We moved the ball quite well and had over 450 total yards, so we finally got some things going on offense," Severino said. "Kaleb had a real nice game and Garth was finally able to make a big play.

"Defensively, Chad Henry was big at linebacker again and our secondary is beginning to understand concepts and play well. I thought (defensive back) Dante Fair played well. He had a few sacks."

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