Coshocton Redskins

Coshocton makes a last stand to down Pirates in a thriller

Garaway's defense played a tremendous game versus a powerful Coshocton offense, but it wasn't quite enough

When the Garaway Pirates and Coshocton Redskins took the field at Triway High School for their second round state playoff game, everyone expected a donnybrook that would feature two very different styles.

Coshocton features a Wing-T offense that showcases the skills of a backfield of athletic pounders, while Garaway’s spread offense features fleet-footed receivers with breakaway speed.

In the end, the pound-away process proved to be about one play better than the all-out speed, with the Redskins eking out a 23-20 victory that was a pulse-pounder right down the final seconds.

It took one monumental stand in the game’s closing seconds to seal the deal.

For Coshocton, the game plan was simple.

“We wanted to control the ball to kill the clock on offense, in order to keep the ball out of their hands on offense,” said Redskins coach Jim Woodrum. “We took the play clock below 10 seconds on every single snap to eliminate the time their offense was on the field.”

The game proved to be everything a state playoff game should be, with both teams seizing the lead throughout the contest. Coshocton got ahead early when Zach Michael plowed in for a score. Garaway responded after coughing up the football on its second possession on an R.J. Jacobs fumble. Garaway’s defense stiffened, and Jacobs found redemption, finding Ty Hamsher on fourth-and-two for a touchdown. Defenses then ruled until moments before the half when Coshocton kicked a field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

Garaway came out in the second half and made a he stop, and Jacobs found Hamsher again for a 14-10 Garaway lead.

Garaway actually had a chance to extend the lead after a stop, but a pair of holding calls moved them from inside the Coshocton 20 to back bear midfield, where the drive stalled. Coshocton took the lead to start the fourth quarter when Jake Fortney plowed in from a yard out on fourth-and-goal, but the Pirates roared right back and found ay dirt when Jacobs snuck in from a yard out to put Garaway ahead 20-17 with 5:35 to play.

The Redskins answered the call, and methodically marched down the field, with Michael eventually finding the end zone with 1:50 to play.

With one last chance, Garaway moved downfield to Coshocton’s 22-yard line.

With everyone screaming in a frenzy, the stage was set for one of these tow teams to make a massive statement.

“You’re nervous because you know that they can score on any play,” Woodrum said. “You hope your kids step up and make plays, and our kids did that.”

Plays like Ashton Jarvis leveling Garaway running back Brady Winters and knocking the ball out on a pass play on a second down play with Garaway knocking on the door in its final drive.

That left Garaway with a third down and 10 from the 22-yard line. The next pas saw Jacobs hit wide out Carson Troyer in stride, but the ball bounced off of Troyer’s hands, leading to one final play as time ran down. Jacobs had Hamsher open on the sideline at the 10-yard line, but his pass was low and short, and Hamsher could not come up with it, spelling the end to Garaway’s impressive undefeated season.

“We battled, and battled and battled against a great football team, and gave ourselves a chance at the end. We came up a little short on that last play, but it doesn’t take away from what this team has accomplished.”

 

From the sideline

 

  • Coshocton coach Jim Woodrum on his team’s gutsy effort

“We’ve had three or four games this year that were really close, where we had to drive late to win, and we were able to do the same thing. Perseverance paid off, and I can’t say enough about the senior leadership on this team. That is so important to the success of this group, and tonight our kids showed that there is just no quit in them.”

 

  • Garaway coach Jason Wallick on the emotions of seeing his senior group leave

“This is such a tight-knit group. They had some really big goals and aspirations set, but we just came up a little short. It is going t be hard to see this group of seniors leave us. They brought so much talent and leadership to this team, and represented their school so well. Their hard work and commitment to this program is hopefully something that will rub off on our underclassmen. Not one of those 18 seniors cared about the glory, or who got the accolades. They were all about the team.”

 

  • Coach Woodrum on his veteran team’s commitment

“This group has had success all the way through, and we have talked about being in this position. They have set their goals very high and have worked hard to achieve them.”

 

  • Coach Woodrum on the final scoring play of the night by Zach Michael, who scampered in from 6 yards out around the left edge

“The Reach is one of our better plays, and our offensive line did an incredible job of opening up the outside lane for Zach. I thought we executed that play to perfection.”

 

  • Coach Woodrum on his opponent

“We played a great football team tonight. Coach Wallick does a great job, and we knew it was going to be a challenge, a battle. We beat a tremendous football team tonight.”

 

  • Coach Wallick on stopping the multi-headed Redskins running attack

“I’m not sure I’d say we stopped them, but there were a lot of times where we bent but didn’t break. They’ve got big, strong powerful running backs, and we knew we were going to have to hit hard and attack to stop them. We did that. I think they found out that our kids came to play form the start.”

 

 

Big Plays, Key Moments

  • Pick for Pick

Late in the game, Garaway senior Quinn Miller picked off a pas in the end zone that would have put Coshocton back on top. He returned it to the 2-yard line, seemingly averting disaster. However, on the next play, Jacobs went deep, and was picked off by Michael, giving Coshocton the ball back on Garaway’s 25-yard line. Jake Fortney then squeaked in from the one on fourth and goal to give Coshocton a 17-14 edge.

 

  • Fourth and Huge

Trailing 7-0, Garaway was facing a fourth down and two from the Coshocton six. Jacobs faked a hand-off and found Ty Hamsher wide open for the score. If Garaway doesn’t score there, and Coshocton takes momentum, things could have been very different.

 

  • Setting the Stage

Coshocton led 10-7 at the half. A big defensive stop gave Garaway the ball, and tailback Brady Winters broke free around the left edge, scampering 50 yards to set up a juggling score by Hamsher that gave Garaway a 14-10 lead.

 

  • A Game of Inches

Fortney’s touchdown on fourth and goal from the one wasn’t without its drama. The big running back was taken down with the nose of the football right on the goal line. It was ever so close to going to the other way, but officials finally signaled touchdown.

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