EAST LIVERPOOL — A turbulent week for the Potters ended with a resounding loss to Canton Central 49-6 on Friday night at Patterson Field.
Canton Central (5-3) was solid in every phase of the game. The Crusaders scored touchdowns on offense, defense and even on special teams – with two punt returns for touchdowns. The Crusaders defense was extinguished in the first quarter – catching four interceptions and forcing a turnover on the downs.
East Liverpool head coach Don Phillips resigned on Monday, leaving sporting director Jason Duke in charge of the Potters (1-7).
“We are a young team. said Duke. “A young team that had a hell of a week. Our message this week was to compete on every game and I feel like we did that. Now our mistakes show up on the scoreboard, but we told them when we came out there was a lot of new stuff on offense, a lot of new stuff on defense and any mistakes they made would be on me. – and I’ll stick to it. I’m proud of the kids and the amount they bought. There is no surrender in them.
One of those new changes on offense came at quarterback. Junior Anderson Fitch took over signal call duties against Canton Central. He finished the first quarter completing three of his first seven passes for 37 yards and four interceptions. After the first quarter, he settled into something of a rhythm, frequently completing touch passes into the backfield for second Quentin Conrad. Fitch finished the game completing 13 of 21 passes for 113 yards with five interceptions.
“The goal tonight was just to compete” said Fitch. “(Tonight was) better than the last few weeks, but the coach just wanted us to come out and compete.”
Julius Jones scored the Potter’s lone touchdown, which also took over the majority of the Potter’s rushing attack. He finished with 12 carries for 21 yards.
Despite the scoreline, Canton Central spent the majority of the game in defense – racking up just six attacking drives against East Liverpool’s 10. Either way, the Crusaders defense never seems to get tired. They finished the fourth quarter with four interceptions against four different players: Grady Noggle, Daniel Boron, Amar Coney and Andrew Neal.
Amar Coney had the game of the game on defense when he took out the itch and fell back 85 yards the other way for a touchdown.
“I was settled in a blanket 2” Coney said. “So when I saw the receiver I was on, I gave it a little nudge and it cut inside. The second receiver went on a post and I just backed up, stayed in my space – he threw a bad ball – and I just went up and grabbed him and ran – ran until I can’t anymore.
On the offensive end of the ball, Jack Talkington set the tone early by throwing his four passes in the first quarter. He threw three completions on four attempts for 66 yards. His last achievement was a 32-yard pass to Alexander Anderson in the end zone for a touchdown.
Special Crusader teams came to play too. They scored on both East Liverpool punts. Daniel Boron returned the first punt 36 yards, while Andrew Neal returned his punt 64 yards for Canton Central’s final score of the night.
The Potters host Oak Glen next Friday, while Canton Central travel to Massillon Jackson to take on the Polar Bears.
TOWNSHIP CC: 28-7-14-0–49
C–Alexander Anderson 14 run (Grady Angerman kick)
C – Daniel Boron 7 run (Grady Angerman kick)
C–Alexander Anderson 32 pass from Jack Talkington (kick from Grady Angerman)
C interception return – Amar Coney 85 (Grady Angerman kick)
C – Daniel Boron 36 punt return (Grady Angerman kick)
C–Andrew Neal 64 punt return (Grady Angerman kick)
E–Julius Jones 22 run (missed kick)
First attempts 10 10
Total meters 249 170
Runs-yards 20-183 22-57
Passing 66 113
Comp-Att-Int 3-4-0 13-21-5
Scores 2-59 2-67
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-20 2-15
PREVIOUS–Township CC, Jack Hopkins 4-64, Jack Talkington 4-41, Alexander Anderson 7-37, Louis DiRuzza 2-27, Daniel Boron 1-7, Eric Peterson 2-7; East of Liverpool, Quentin Conrad 3-23, Julius Jones 12-21, Trent Davis 7-13.
PASSAGE–Township CC, Jack Talkington 3-4-66-0; East of Liverpool, Anderson Fitch 13-21-113-5.
RECEPTION–Township CC, Alexander Anderson 2-46, Daniel Boron 1-20; East Liverpool, Quentin Conrad 7-72, Trent Davis 3-26, Dorian Burchett 1-6, Gavin Wright 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS – Canton CC, Grady Noggle, Daniel Boron, Amar Coney, Andrew Neal, Hunter Baus.