NEWCOMERSTOWN - Something had to give on Friday night with a pair of 0-3 teams hooked up with Malvern High visiting Newcomerstown for an Inter-Valley Conference match-up.
At the end of the night’s action, it was the Hornets using a potent passing attack to collect a 49-20 victory over the Trojans.
Senior Jake Foster caught a school-record four touchdown passes — all from senior QB Drew Hutchison, who also enjoyed a career night — as the Hornets rolled to the win on the road.
Foster caught eight passes for 185 yards in racking up is big night for Malvern, with Hutchison throwing for a career-high 333 yards, completing 20 of 24 passes.
Malvern finished with 531 yards of offense with 198 yards on the ground in 27 carries to go with the big passing numbers.
Leading the Hornets’ ground game was senior Austin Patterson with 132 yards rushing and two TDs on 14 carries.
Malvern jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead after the opening period, and uses a 16-6 scoring edge in the second stanza to build the lead at halftime to 36-13.
Offense proved to be a struggle for the host Trojans, who finished with just 139 yards total with 130 coming on the ground in 25 rushing attempts and just nine yards passing despite hitting 3-of-4 passing attempts
Sophomore Wyatt Conner ran for 110 yards on 16 carries to lead the Trojans, with the big play of the night for NHS coming in the first quarter with sophomore Chase Bryant returning a kick-off 70 yards for a touchdown.
NEXT - Newcomerstown visits Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Saturday at 7 p.m.