Maysville Pulls Off Shocker Against Undefeated West Muskingum in Defensive Battle< < Back to
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Going into Friday night’s game, the undefeated West Muskingum Tornadoes scored at least 35 points in every matchup this season. That would change on Friday night, as Maysville stunned the Tornadoes 31-7 in a matchup highlighted by the Panthers imposing defense and running game.
In the first quarter, both teams did an effective job on the defensive front as no points were scored on the board. The Maysville pass rush held their own against West Muskingum’s tricky playmaking, preventing any significant yardage from quarterback Harley Hopkins on QB sneaks. The Tornadoes defensive backfield caused problems all night as well, as an interception by defensive back Dylan Padgett stopped a potential scoring drive by the Panthers midway through the first.
With limited passing options, the Panthers offense shifted their game plan to focus on their running back Hayden Jarrett. Jarrett would make a statement in the second quarter, leading the Panthers to their first score of the game to cap off a 70-yard scoring drive.
Following this drive, the Tornadoes bounced back with a quick drive to the red zone led by big catches from wide receiver Rashid Sesay. However, the Panthers came up big on the goal line stop, as the defensive line stopped QB Hopkins from rushing in the ball on all four downs. The offense followed up this stop with a big time 71-yard rush by Jarrett to line up the Panthers for a field goal to end the half.
The Panthers would go on to rally 31-7 and end West Muskingum’s hopes of an undefeated season. Jarrett would end his big night with two touchdowns and 189 rushing yards. With the win, the Panthers move to 2-3 on the season and look to continue the momentum at Crooksville next week. The Tornadoes fall to 4-1 on the season and face a tough matchup next week against Philo.