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Riders blank the Panthers

September 29, 2012
By RICK DeLUCA - Special to the Herald-Star

YORKVILLE - Three pass interceptions by Martins Ferry's Damon Outward, an offense that churned out 274 yards on the ground and a defense that limited Buckeye Local to just 64 totals yards led the way to a 40-0 Martins Ferry win that spoiled Buckeye Local's Homecoming activities Friday night.

Coach Phil Pest's Panthers, playing without the services of two-way standouts Austin Marshall and Devon Pyciak, saw their record dip to 3-3. Buckeye Local is back in action on Friday traveling to Union Local.

"We know what it is like to play short-handed like that," Bruney remarked. "We have a couple guys hurt, but I think we have a little more depth that Buckeye does. They play hard though. I give them a lot of credit. It's tough to practice all week to do certain things and then at the last minute to find you won't have a couple of your good players available. You still have to play what you practiced. That's a tough deal.

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EYES UP — Buckeye Local’s Caleb Agnew makes a play during Friday’s loss to Martins Ferry.

"We are happy with the way our kids played tonight. They defended well against whatever they tried to do. We have 10 sophomores playing and at times seven of them are on the field. The kids are showing progress. I just hope they continue to progress and get better. We have some pretty tough opponents coming up."

A Christian Hopkins punt was fumbled by the Riders at the 9:18 mark in the first and covered by Nathan Kirk, but the Panthers opportunity was short-lived.

Starting on their 27, the Riders put together a 73-yard, 11-play drive that featured five carries by quarterback Eric Flowers that covered 29 yards and set up Brandon Laughman's 17-yard off the right side for the score with 3:32 on the board. The pass for the PAT was off the mark as the Riders led 6-0.

Fact Box

Martins Ferro 40, Buckeye Local 0

Martins Ferry14 8 6 12 - 40

Buckeye Local0 0 0 0 - 0

MF: Laughman 17 run (pass failed)

MF: Laughman 10 run (Flowers run)

MF: Burger 2 run (Schau pass from Flowers)

MF: Schau 28 pass from Flowers (pass failed)

MF: McGee 1 run (pass failed)

MF: Coleman 12 run (kick failed)

RUSHING: Buckeye Local (32-31-0) - Stock, 8-35; Kirk, 10-(-16); Tustin, 4-(-7); Beall, 4-6; Agnew, 1-(-4); Crawford, 2-6; Mosser, 1-(-3); Pielech, 1-9; Miller, 1-7. Martins Ferry (41-274-5) - Flowers, 10-66-0; Laughman, 9-61-2; Burger, 2-5-1; Fitch, 3-34; McGee, 4-6-1; Sutton, 7-46; Coleman, 3-23-1; Reed, 1-7; Lanum, 1-10.

PASSING: Buckeye Local (3-11-33-0-3) - Kirk, 2-10-23-0-3; Miller, 1-1-10-0-0. Martins Ferry (10-14-128-1-0) - all by Flowers.

RECEIVING: Buckeye Local - Stock, 1-17; Mosser, 1-10; Duncan, 1-6. Martins Ferry - Schau, 5-791; McGee, 2-30; Barritt, 1-8; Fitch, 1-7; Sutton, 1-4.

FIRST DOWNS: Buckeye Local, 7; Martins Ferry, 22.

PENALTIES: Buckeye Local, 2-20; Martins Ferry, 8-70.

FUMBLES: Buckeye Local, 3-2; Martins Ferry, 2-2

A fumble on the ensuing kickoff that as collected by the Riders' alert Kyle Rine set up the next Martins Ferry score. A 25-yard Flowers to Sean McGee pushed the ball to the Buckeye 10. Laughman then swept the left side to score from the 10 with 2:23 on the first quarter clock. Flowers up the middle to tack on the PAT for a 14-0 lead.

Outward picked off one Buckeye Local pass late in the first frame and added another with 4:20 on the clock in the second to set up the third Rider score. Starting from the Panther 42, the Riders followed the running of Flowers, Marcus Sutton and Laughman to inch the ball to the two on six plays. Bruce Burger then plowed off left tackle to added another Ferry six-pointer with 1:12 on the first half clock. Flowers' pass to sure-handed Cody Schau added the PAT and pushed the margin to 22-0 at the intermission.

"We got beat in every phase of the game," Pest said. "With those two guys out, we had four positions to fill and that's not easy. We played flat. We couldn't get started and we couldn't stop them."

"Best thing for us to do is regroup and try to salvage the season."