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East Canton stops run, uses ground attack in win over Waterloo

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: September 9, 2016 10:00 AM
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East Canton's formula for a week-two win appeared to be simple: Run the ball and stop the run.

The Hornets thrived in both areas in a 32-0 home rout of Waterloo last week. On offense, Travis Nelson carried the load of his team's 207 rushing yards.

The senior had touchdown carries of 29, 6, 20 and 2 yards. He finished the night with 19 carries for 152 yards and four touchdowns.

"Travis has really done a nice job for us, but he did not do it all by himself," East Canton head coach John "Spider" Miller said. "Our line deserves a lot of the credit.  He is a very powerfull runner. When we get James McCullough healthy it will be fine to watch both of them utilize their talents."

Junior tailback Jon Mucci opened the scoring for East Canton in the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run.

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On the other side, Waterloo's ground attack was held by the East Canton defensive front to just 11 yards on 24 attempts.

Miller credited his team's preparation in leading to the defensive effort.

"Our defense did a good job all week reading their keys and getting to the ball," he said. "You play how you practice."

Quarterback Mitch Mitchell completed just three passes the entire night for 91 yards. They came on two big plays as one was a 43-yard heave to Anthony Baad and the other was a 42-yard pass to Nelson.

The win was the first for the Hornets under their new head coach.

"Anytime you can get a win it is great for our program," Miller said. "Our players played with great effort and attitude."

This week, the Hornets conclude non-conference play with a home game against Rootstown. The Rovers are similar to Waterloo, a member of the Portage Trail Conference. East Canton was a former member of the PTC before moving to the Inter-Valley Conference a few years ago. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

"We need to keep getting better every day," Miller said. "Rootstown is a very good football team."


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