Quarterback Miles Fleming recovered his own fumble on an exchange on the Hartley football team’s first play from scrimmage.
Little else went wrong for the Hawks after that, however, as they rolled to a 39-0 win over Watterson in a CCL contest Oct. 18 at Ohio Dominican.
“We’re getting better, there’s no question,” Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said. “We have a lot to play for with the (CCL) championship game here in a couple of weeks and then a playoff run. This is a big win.”
Jalan January rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries to help lead Hartley, which improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCL.
“Coach put in a great game plan and we executed the right way,” January said. “Everything else was just off to the races and I just happened to have a good night.”
January capped an eight-play, 45-yard opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Watterson’s Dominic Orsini recovered a Marcellis Parker fumble on Hartley’s second drive, but Fleming, who also plays in the secondary, intercepted Eagles quarterback Jacob Hoying on the next play.
Eight plays later, January scored on a 12-yard run to push the Hawks’ lead to 13-0 with 11 minutes, 24 seconds left in the second quarter. He added an 8-yard touchdown run later in the quarter and a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
“He’s a tough runner and he’s a physical runner,” Burchfield said. “… When we get slowed down, he does such a good job of putting a pounding on people and wears them down over four quarters.”
Later in the second quarter, Fleming connected with Richard Kenny on an 86-yard touchdown pass on third-and-20 to extend the Hawks’ lead to 26-0.
Fleming was 5-for-6 passing for 193 yards and a score, with all six passes coming in the first half. His top target was Angelo Evans, who had four catches for 107 yards.
Mason Sawyer capped the onslaught with a 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Hartley held the Eagles to just 157 total yards while racking up 483 of its own.
“They did whatever they wanted to do,” said Watterson coach Brian Kennedy, whose team fell to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the CCL. “They’re a really good team. It seems we made a lot of mistakes and you can’t make a lot of mistakes against a good team.”
Hoying was 11-for-28 passing for 98 yards and an interception.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HARTLEY 7 19 6 7 39 WATTERSON
0 0 0 0 0
H – January 1 run (Hawk kick)
H – January 12 run (kick failed)
H – January 8 run (pass failed)
H – Kenny 86 pass from Fleming (Hawk kick)
H – January 3 run (kick failed)
H – Sawyer 77 run (Hawk kick)