Granville’s Devon Haley, Formidable Defense Push Blue Aces Past Heath

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GRANVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — In a tough-fought battle headlined by Granville running back Devon Haley, the Blue Aces toppled the Heath Bulldogs 21-12 to remain undefeated after four weeks.

The defense were in control to start the game as each team was unable to finish drives. The Blue Aces were able to move the ball in the first quarter, but a couple of Heath defensive stops on fourth down shut down their effort. As for Heath, two interceptions grabbed by Granville’s Caden McDermontt and Miles Eckenrode would close the door on their first half scoring chances. 

Midway through the second quarter, Granville’s Devin Haley dashed his way up the middle from one yard out. The two point conversion attempt was good giving the Aces an 8-0 lead. Devon Haley continued his strong performance by scoring another rushing touchdown from four yards out to increase Granville’s lead to 14-0 going into halftime.

Heath’s offense ignited in the second half behind the legs of Ar’Moni McCrae, who quickly found himself in the end zone to put the Bulldogs on the board. The following two point conversion attempt failed which left Heath at a 14-6 deficit. Heath continued their offensive momentum as quarterback Brayden Bayless found wide receiver Keylan Williams on a forty yard touchdown strike. The critical two point conversion attempt for Heath failed, leaving the score at 14-12.

Shortly after Heath had closed the gap to only a two point deficit, Granville’s Christian Hilton made a sensational kickoff return that positioned Granville perfectly to extend their lead. The Aces did just that at the beginning of the fourth quarter as a one yard score from Granville’s rushing attack gave the Blue Aces a 21-12 lead — a nine point difference that would hold true until the final whistle.

Devon Haley led the way for the Aces as he totaled two rushing touchdowns on the day behind a solid effort from his offensive line.

Granville (4-0) looks to continue their red hot streak on the road at Johnstown this Friday. As for Heath (3-1), they will look to rebound against the Blue Devils of Zanesville.