Among the positives during the Watterson football team's 3-0 start has been its ability to consistently put drives together.

The Eagles, who are averaging 26.3 points, scored the decisive points Sept. 13 in a 24-21 win at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit on a 36-yard field goal by Jonah Fortkamp with three seconds left.

Watterson began that possession at its own 4 with 2:46 remaining and moved into Warriors' territory on a 10-play drive that included quarterback Jake Hoying running for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Walsh Jesuit 36 with 12 seconds left.

In a game that wasn't completed until about 12:45 the next morning because of weather delays, Hoying threw incomplete on the next play but the Warriors were whistled for pass interference to set up the field-goal attempt.

Watterson will look to continue its strong start when it plays Dayton Carroll on Friday, Sept. 20, at Ohio Dominican.

Hoying was sacked just one time by Walsh Jesuit and has completed 38 of 73 passes for 501 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions on the season.

Pass protection provided by linemen such as senior tackles Chris Crane and Mason Graney and sophomore center Brady White has been a strength, according to coach Brian Kennedy.

"Jacob didn't get touched all night long (in a 31-7 win over Maria Stein Marion Local on Sept. 6)," said Kennedy, whose team has won six games in a row spanning to last season. "We've got some inexperienced guys and we're not going to scare anybody when we get off the bus, but our offensive line (has done) a really good job."

The game against Walsh Jesuit represented a breakout performance for junior running back Cam Nickelson, who had 17 carries for 155 yards.

Davis Boone had four receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown and Andrew Bettendorf had four catches for 43 yards.

Carroll's forte during a 2-1 start has been a passing game featuring senior quarterback Trent Fox, who is 44-for-72 passing for 747 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions and has rushed for 72 yards.

Senior Donovan LaJeunesse and juniors Steven Chapman, Michael Cozart and Sam Severt all have between nine and 14 receptions.

The Patriots opened with a 35-28 loss to DeSales on Aug. 31 at Huber Heights Wayne before beating New Carlisle Tecumseh 23-13 on Sept. 6 and Indianapolis Washington 37-12 on Sept. 13.

Against Washington, Fox was 16-for-24 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns, but Carroll was limited to 75 yards rushing on 30 carries.

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