Pirates blast Claymont while Knights fall to Wooster

Pirates blast Claymont while Knights fall to Wooster
Dave Mast

Brady Taylor, 20, takes a pitch from quarterback Noah Clark. The young Knights battled Wooster tough before falling 33-21.


The West Holmes Knights and Garaway Pirates engaged in week-six football games that had very different feels. The Pirates blasted Claymont while the Knights fell to Wooster in a tight battle.

The West Holmes Knights hosted the Wooster Generals on Friday, Oct. 4 and matched the Generals touchdown for touchdown except for the pivotal second quarter.

Wooster scored two TDs in the second while shutting out the Knights, allowing the Generals to build a 33-21 victory.

West Holmes provided the Generals with a short field on a couple of occasions that came back to haunt the Knights.

West Holmes ignited a fantastic first half when Brady Taylor stormed 95 yards on the opening kick-off and found the end zone for a 7-0 WHHS lead.

Blake Yates of Wooster returned the favor, picking up a Knights’ fumble and racing 32 yards for pay-dirt to knot things at 7.

Midway through the second quarter, quarterback Noah Clark tossed a touchdown strike to Braden Myers from 44 yards out to give West Holmes a lead at 14-7, and West Holmes eventually held a 14-13 lead at the half.

Turnovers paved the way for Wooster to forge a 33-14 lead in the third period. Hayden Baker, who rushed for 106 yards, would score to trim the Generals’ lead to 33-21, but that was as close as the Knights could get in falling to 2-4.

The Garaway Pirates continued to boast a perfect mark, improving to 6-0 with an overwhelming 45-6 victory over Claymont on Friday, Oct. 4 at Garaway High School.

The Pirates spotted the Mustangs to a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes when they turned the ball over on their own 2-yard line, allowing Claymont quarterback Kadin Presutti to connect with Michael Lisecki on a 2-yard scoring strike for the 6-0 lead.

That would be the end of any scoring threats for the Mustangs while the Pirates’ offense was heating up, and it would be quarterback Garrett Newsome and Matt Mullen doing most of the damage.

Newsome marched the Pirates downfield and produced a score on his own 17-yard run to pay-dirt, and Kurtis Neal tacked on the extra point, giving Garaway a 7-6 lead it would never relinquish.

Garaway got a quick stop and turned its next possession into another Newsome TD run, this one a 1-yard plunge that made it 14-6.

Midway through the second quarter, Neal spanked a 33-yard field goal to make it 17-7. Then with just over two minutes to play in the half, Mullen scampered in from 6 yards out to send Garaway into the half ahead 24-6.

Claymont held Garaway in check for most of the third period, but Garaway’s defense, led by Garrett Hershberger and Austin Miller, was simply relentless in shutting down Claymont’s offense.

At the 4:28 mark in the third period, Mullen scored on his second 6-yard run to make it 31-6, effectively putting this one away.

The fourth period saw Newsome connect with Jaydon Miller on a 35-yard scoring strike, and Logan Yoder then produced a 38-yard scoring run, Neal making both extra points to round out the scoring.

The big difference in the game was in the rushing category, where Garaway ran for 175 yards compared to Claymont’s 11.

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