Springfield head coach Maurice Douglass says senior Saalih Muhammad looks the best for quarterback right now.
HILLIARD — Springfield has three capable quarterbacks according to head coach Maurice Douglass. But the Wildcats have an established starter… for another week, anyway.
Seniors Nick McCaughey and Saalih Muhammad battled for the Wildcats’ starting position in preseason camp. McCaughey earned the start against Dublin Coffman in Springfield first game. He threw for 151 yards and one touchdown in the game before sustaining a concussion that kept him on the sideline last Friday.
Muhammad started at quarterback at Shawnee last week and threw for 174 yards and one touchdown and ran for 149 and two scores. Douglass liked what he saw from Muhammad against the Braves and started him against Darby. He threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns with one interception against the Panthers.
“He had a great game last week and led us to a victory last week,” Douglass said of starting Muhammad. “Offensively, I just thought it was a better fit for us.”
McCaughey played at wide receiver against Darby on Friday and caught two passes for 21 yards. He is also Springfield’s kicker.
Douglass said Muhammad will probably start next week against Miamisburg. He didn’t say if Muhammad will start for the rest of the season.
Kenton Ridge can’t stop Trevor Anderson
Kenton Ridge’s quest for a third-straight 5-0 start bit the dust on the trail of Trevor Anderson. West Liberty-Salem’s key senior running back rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns and helped the Tigers earn a 21-12 win. Anderson also had runs of 43 and 42 yards in the first half and caught a 39-yard pass.
West Liberty-Salem scored all of its points in the first half. Kenton Ridge had two drives stall in the red zone. The Cougars tried to mount a comeback in the fourth. Quarterback Noah Schleinitz scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper, and Jayden Davis scored on a 27-yard run.
Davis finished with 192 rushing yards, while Kobe Holtz had 39. Schleinitz couldn’t get the passing game going in the rain. He completed two of 10 attempts for 21 yards.
The Cougars have an opportunity to rebound next week against Greenon. The Knights (0-3) lost 32-9 to Middletown Christian’s club football team on Friday. Greenon has been outscored 149-27 in its first three games.
Big runs, timely defense lifts Tecumseh over Bellbrook
Tecumseh earned its first win and broke an eight-game losing streak with a 21-16 win over Bellbrook on Friday. The Eagles outgained Tecumseh 388 total yards to 170 but fell short several times in the red zone.
Tecumseh took an early lead after 45- and 52-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter by Brandon Morgan. Blake Nickell added a four-yard run in the fourth to give Tecumseh a 21-9 lead. Bellbrook tried to mount a late comeback and scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass, but the Arrows held on.
Morgan finished with 98 total rushing yards. Hunter Hensley led the Arrows with 12 tackles on defense. Hensley, a junior defensive lineman, has 43 tackles through Tecumseh’s first three games.
Catholic Central posts big win over Bradford
Catholic Central dominated the Railroders in a 39-8 win at Hallinean Field. The Fighting Irish led 26-0 at halftime and never looked back. Central outgained Bradford 347 yards to 128.
Quarterback Cossy Catanzaro was 10-of-13 in passing for 111 yards and two touchdowns, while Dominic DeWeitt ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Fitzimmons and Matt Sheehan caught touchdown passes.
Central (2-1) will look to keep its momentum heading into its first OHC game next week at Southeastern (0-3). The Irish haven’t won a conference game since a week ten win over Cedarville in 2012.
Mechanicsburg runs by Northwestern
Northwestern’s quest for a marquee win drowned in the mud in Mechanicsburg. The Indians beat the Warriors 35-0 and outgained them 335 yards to 156. It wasn’t close from the start, as Mechanicsburg led 14-0 at the end of the first and 28-0 at halftime.
Mechanicsburg senior running back Phillip Cook rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Kaleb Romero rushed for 133 and one score. The Indians averaged over seven yards per carry in the game.
Northwestern was 3-of-12 in third-down conversion attempts and 1-of-6 in fourth-down situations. Quarterback Trevor Gebby led the Warriors with 95 passing yards and 43 rushing yards.
Week three scores
Tecumseh at Catholic Central were the only teams that won in week three. Kenton Ridge and Northwestern had undefeated seasons ended by losses to Champaign County OHC teams. Middletown Christian – who lost to West Carrollton last Monday – rebounded with a 23-point win over Greenon.
Hilliard Darby 34, Springfield 22
Tecumseh 21, Bellbrook 16
Carroll 29, Shawnee 13
West Liberty-Salem 21, Kenton Ridge 12
Middletown Christian 32, Greenon 9
Stebbins 48, Northeastern 7
Mechanicsburg 35, Northwestern 0
Catholic Central 39, Bradford 8
Madison Plains 42, Southeastern 7
Week four schedule
There will be more than two victorious Clark County teams in week four. That’s because three county teams are guaranteed a victory; Shawnee travels to Northwestern, Kenton Ridge travels to Greenon and Catholic Central travels to Southeastern.
It is the first week of conference play. GWOC and CBC schools play in crossover games, while the OHC begins normal play.
Miamisburg at Springfield
Graham at Tecumseh
Shawnee at Northwestern
Kenton Ridge at Greenon
West Liberty-Salem at Northeastern
Catholic Central at Southeastern