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East Canton drops conference opener

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: September 23, 2016 10:00 AM

East Canton head football coach John "Spider" Miller liked his team's ground attack against Garaway last Friday.

The Hornets totaled 137 yards on the ground in a 41-7 loss. However, Miller wants his team to limit its miscues.

"We did have some success running the ball." he said. "We can't turn the ball over. We needed to keep the ball out of Garaway's hands as much as possible."

The Hornets committed two turnovers on the night. Garaway senior quarterback RJ Jacobs then took advantage when he had the ball in his hands. He finished the completing 14-of-17 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdown passes came in the first quarter.

The Pirates offense has been potent all season. They scored at least 40 points in each of games so far on their way to a 4-0 start.

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The only time the Hornets got on the board last week was with 2:27 left in the third quarter. Nelson's 27-yard touchdown run was the last score of the game.

Nelson finished the game with 55 yards on seven carries. James McCullough ran for 40 yards on 14 carries.

The Hornets (2-2, 0-1) have another tough task against undefeated Ridgewood this week at home. The Generals Friday following a 31-0 win over previously undefeated Sandy Valley. It was the third shutout Ridgewood has had in four games.

"We must learn from our mistakes," Miller said. "We will continue to work on the basics. We must tackle better and stay on our blocks longer."

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