John Glenn, West Muskingum Expect to Establish Consistency

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The West Muskingum Tornadoes (0-2, 0-2) have lost to the John Glenn Little Muskies (0-2, 0-0) five years in a row, but that streak came oh so close to ending last season.

During last year’s match-up, the Tornadoes held a 10-7 lead with one minute to play and found themselves one fourth-and-12 stop away from sealing the win. They were unable to make the stop and John Glenn punched in the touchdown with seconds to spare.

West Muskingum went on to finish the season 2-8, but this year, head coach Jeremy Katchem insisted the team has turned a new leaf.

“The mentality this year is completely different from last year,” Katchem said. “The kids have confidence.”

Confidence is key, but so is skill.

Rocky starts have plagued both teams this year and the numbers show it. The two teams have combined for three touchdowns while allowing a cumulative total of 158 points.

However, the numbers don’t always tell the clearest story. John Glenn head coach Matt Edwards noted the team’s defense has shown promise. The Little Muskies have caused several turnovers this season, but have been unable to capitalize on any of them.

“The defense as a whole has played better than the scores have indicated,” Edwards said. “Offensively, on the other hand, we’ve lacked some consistency.”

Finding consistency will be key for both teams on Saturday. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. at West Muskingum.