Potters bulldoze Oak Glen
EAST LIVERPOOL — After suffering a broken foot over the summer, East Liverpool junior Jalen Moman never felt 100 percent over the season’s first six games. Friday, the junior fullback was back at full strength for the first time, and it clearly showed.
Moman led a punishing East Liverpool ground attack with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries to help the Potters rout their rivals from Oak Glen, 52-14, at Patterson Field.
“Jalen was cleared to start the season, but this was the first game where I didn’t see a limp,” East Liverpool coach Josh Ludwig said. “This was his first game where he felt completely healthy, and he came out and shined.”
“This is the first time I’ve been able to go through a whole game this year; it felt beautiful to come out and play like that tonight,” Moman said. “My offensive line did a great job opening holes for me and everyone else.”
The Potters offensive line dictated the tempo all game as the Potters racked up 384 yards on the ground and only punted once.
Speedy sophomore Derek Carter provided a nice compliment to Moman’s physical running with 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries. Lane Kopras added 48 yards on 10 carries.
“We did a good job of executing our game-plan with our multiple threats in the backfield,” Ludwig said. “We’re very happy with the way our offensive line was able to get movement. You have a quick scat back in Derek and Jalen is 6-2, 240 pounds and shows some wheels too. Those two make you prepare for two different styles. It makes us excited for the future.”
Moman-who also converted a pair of two point conversions-set the tone for the night when he got the Potters out of a 7-0 hole with a 49 yard run to the 2-yard line, which set up his first touchdown with 4:19 left in the first.
With the Potters holding a slim 16-14 lead late in the second quarter, Levi Turner gave them a big spark with a 75-yard kickoff return to set up a 5-yard plunge by Moman to make it 24-14 at the half.
In the second half, it was Carter’s time to shine. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, he sliced through the defense for a 60-yard touchdown. His 23-yard score late in the third quarter triggered a running clock.
For the Potters, who scored 64 combined points in the first six games, Friday’s game snapped a five-game losing streak and represented their most complete performance by far this season.
“It felt really good for us to come out and pound the football like we’ve wanted to all season tonight,” Moman said.
“Our first six games were a gauntlet of a schedule, we needed to win at least two or three of those,” Ludwig said. “Tonight we got some redemption and put some pride back in East Liverpool.”
The Golden Bears operated through the air most of the night, with freshman quarterback Nick Chaney completing 13-of-27 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Gage Patterson was the leading receiver with three receptions for 49 yards.
The highlight of the night came when Zach Taylor (three receptions, 32 yards) came up with an acrobatic 22-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter to make the score 16-14 East Liverpool. From there, it was all Potters, however.
“We just couldn’t stop the run tonight, physically we just have to get a little tougher inside,” Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault Jr. said. “We’ll employ anything we can to make sure that happens. We have to work on firing off the ball and being physical defensively.”
ØEast Liverpool’s Hannah Newlin was crowned homecoming queen at halftime.
ØThe Potters have now won five of their last six games against Oak Glen.
ØThe Potters didn’t stray from the ground too much, but receiver Noah Wheaton provided a nice passing game highlight when he snagged a Peyton Reed pass on 4th-and-11 in the first quarter and wove his way through the defense for a 16-yard touchdown.
East Liverpool 52, Oak Glen 14
OAK GLEN 7-7-0-0 –14
EAST LIVERPOOL 8-16-21-7 — 52
OG: William Straight 2 run (Collin Williams kick)
EL: Jalem Moman 1 run (Moman run)
EL: Noah Wheaton 16 pass from Peyton Reed (Moman run)
OG: Zach Taylor 22 pass from Nick Chaney (Williams kick)
EL: Jalen Moman 5 run (Derek Carter run)
EL: Derek Carter 60 run (kick failed)
EL: Jalen Moman 4 run (Lane Kopras run)
EL: Derek Carter 23 run (Dominik Vallera kick)
EL: Cory Weyand 35 run (Vallera kick)
First downs 11 16
Total Yards 192 409
Rushes-yards 18-46 43-384
Passing 146 25
Comp-Att-Int 13-29-0 3-8-0
Punts 5-24 1-38
Fumbles lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-28 6-60
RUSHING: Oak Glen 18-46 (William Straight 7-21); East Liverpool 43-384 (Jalen Moman 12-142, Derek Carter 11-113, Lane Kopras 10-48, Peyton Reed 5-29, Cory Weyand 3-45).
PASSING: Oak Glen 13-29-146 (Nick Chaney 13-27-146-0); East Liverpool 3-8-25 (all by Peyton Reed).
RECEIVING: Oak Glen (Gage Patterson 3-49, Zach Taylor 3-32, Ethan Travis 3-26, Michael Lemley 3-25); East Liverpool (Noah Wheaton 2-24).
FIRST DOWNS: Oak Glen 11, East Liverpool 16
FUMBLES-LOST: Oak Glen 0-0, East Liverpool 0-0
PENALTIES-YARDS: Oak Glen 4-28, East Liverpool 6-60
PUNTS-AVG: Oak Glen 5-24, East Liverpool 1-38