EAST LIVERPOOL - The Potters cast the Golden Scarabs into the fire.
The East Liverpool football team jumped out to a 21-0 lead and did not look back in defeating Cleveland East Technical, 42-6, Friday night on Homecoming at Patterson Field.
With the win, the Potters improve to 3-6 on the season. East Liverpool is now 3-1 at home. The loss drops the Division I Scarabs to 2-7.
East Liverpool’s John Rickerd (36) gets help in wrapping up a East Tech runner during play Friday at Patterson Field. (Photo by Jimmy Joe Savage)
"You definitely have to be happy with the win," second-year East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott said.
The Potters won the battle up front against the Scarabs. East Liverpool ran the ball 51 times for 239 yards and five touchdowns. East Tech ran the ball 25 times for 2 yards and no touchdowns.
"Our focus every week is we want to eliminate turnovers, we want to limit our penalties and we want to control the line of scrimmage and the clock," Prescott said. "We have been much-more efficient at doing that. That is going to continue to be our focus."
All told, the Potters ran 60 players for 324 yards of offense. The Scarabs ran 52 plays resulting in 87 yards.
Stefan Yoho did the most damage for East Liverpool. The senior running back ran the ball 31 times for 136 yards and four touchdowns. Payton Newlun and Kaleb Tallent each also tallied touchdowns.
Newlun also netted 62 yards through the air with an interception. Kade Reynolds threw for 23 yards.
Tyler McComas led the Potters with 34 yards receiving.
East Tech quarterback Daishon Bryant completed 7 of 27 passes for 85 yards,
including a 5-yard touchdown to Arsuntae Lowe.
Lowe finished the game with three catches for 48 yards.
"They are a scary team to play," Prescott said about the Scarabs. They have some talented kids. They have kids who can break one off for 80 yards on any play, and they play hard. They always do."
The Potters recorded 20 first downs in the game, while the Scarabs picked up seven. The Potters committed eight penalties for 45 yards. The Scarabs committed 12 penalties for 89 yards.
East Liverpool fumbled three times losing one. East Tech fumbled twice losing one.
The Scarabs punted seven times in the game for an average of 27.14 yards. East Liverpool punted once for 42 yards.
East Liverpool opened the game by scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Yoho opened the scoring with a 3-yard run, and Justin Barr recorded the first of six extra points on the night to put the Potters up 7-0 with 9:29 left to play in the quarter. Next, Yoho scored on a 1-yard, and Barr's conversion kick made the sore 14-0 with 4:36 showing on the clock. Finally, Newlun ran one from the 5, and Barr's PAT put the hosts up 21-0 with 1:15 left to play in the stanza.
The Golden Scarabs scored the lone touchdown in the second stanza.
Bryant hooked up with Lowe from the 5 to make the score 21-6. The 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete, and the Potters led 21-6 with 7:14 left to play before halftime.
The score was setup by a 42-yard pass to Lowe.
The drive was set up after Zack English was stopped short of the sticks on a fake-punt run.
The Potters tallied two touchdowns to add to their lead in the third quarter. Yoho scored both touchdowns.
The first one came on a 5-yard run, and Barr's kick split the uprights making the score 28-6 with 8:29 left to play in the quarter. Yoho's fourth touchdown came on a 4-yard run. Barr's extra point put the Potters out in front by a score of 25-6 with 2:20 showing on the scoreboard clock.
East Liverpool tacked on its final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Tallent ran it from 3-yards out, and Barr's kick made the score 42-6 with 4:49 left to play in the game.
With the win, the Potters have now won back-to-back games for the first time since defeating Oak Glen and Cleveland John Marshall in Weeks 8 and 9 of the 2010 season. Those two wins were a part of the Potters' seven-game winning streak during the season.
The Potters will look to make it three wins in a row when East Liverpool takes on Weir at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Patterson Field on Senior Night in the season finale for both teams.
The Red Riders enter the game with a record of 0-9. Brooke defeated Weir, 62-12, Friday night at Brooke Memorial Stadium.
"We want to go with a victory," Prescott said. "That is our goal.
"We want to send our seniors out with a win. Our seniors have become real-good leaders. They have made a lot of sacrifices football-wise since they were freshmen. We want them to go out with a win."
East Tech is scheduled to end the season Thursday at home against Cleveland John Hay.