Newark Catholic came into this game touting the fact they had more playoff appearances than any other team in Ohio high school history. They also came in boasting that they had more victories than any other Ohio team as well. But tonight they would be denied.
The defending Class-A Kentucky State Champs took one step toward a repeat as they clobbered Newark Catholic 42-10. In a game full of turnovers, the backs were certainly the featured component for both offenses. Beechwood back Erik Sawyer would lead his team to victory this night and Newark's Zack McPherson did his best before going out in the fourth with a leg injury. Newark has been plagued with injuries this season and it showed when they had five men cramp up during the second half. Play was stopped often to tend to the fallen.
With the score being so lopsided one would think that it was Beechwood's game from the beginning. That wasn't the case as both teams had their fair share of turnovers. The first three touchdowns of the game, all scored by the Tigers, were results of the other team losing the ball. Newark's only score in the first half was an impressive 41-yard field goal off the foot of senior David Tung. It looked as if Newark would have a chance if they could just hang on to the pigskin.
The second half was a different story. Beechwood's offense was able to come out fired up and score a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter. Then the their defense came out and shut down Newark's offense for good and the game was essentially over. Two more turnovers led to two more scores and the game was out of hand when Beechwood's second teamers took over in the fourth quarter.
Next week Beechwood will take on Lloyd (1-1) at home.