HANNIBAL -- The Newcomerstown Trojans failed to score a single point in their season-opening loss at Caldwell.
The trip home from Hannibal was a much sweeter ride, however.
Coach Eric Brock's Trojans picked up their first victory of the young season on Friday, rolling to a 49-7 conquest of River High.
"It was a great overall win", said Brock. "We worked on fixing the little things that we didn't do right last week and my hat is off to the kids - they showed they can do the things they have to do in order to be successful on the field."
The Trojans (1-1) got on the scoreboard first via a safety when River senior quarterback Dylan Potts was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
Newcomerstown pushed the lead to 9-0 when senior QB Caleb Rankin teamed wth senior Josh Miller for a 35-yard touchdown pass, with senior kicker T.J. Wright adding the first of seven successful point-after kicks.
The lead increased to 16-0 before the end of the quarter when senior Jansen Lenzo returned a pass interception 31 yards to paydirt, with Wright again booting the PAT.
Newcomerstown crossed the goal line twice in the second period to build a 29-0 halftime lead, first on a 33-yard pass from Rankin to junior Serafin Sanchez and then on a 23-yard run by junior Bubba Harris.
Another two-score quarter followed in the third, with Harris returning a blocked punt 10 yards for a TD and Miller adding his second tally of the night on a two-yard run.
NHS made it 49-0 in the fourth quarter when Rankin crossed from a yard out before River finally got on the scoreboard on a two-yard run by senior Greg Caretti, with Tanner Wright kicking the point-after for the final tally.
"Anytime you score in all three facets of the game," said Brock, "it's hard not to win. That's shows you're really executing and doing the right things in all areas.
"We really didn't change anything from the previous week, just executed better", the NHS coach added. "Defensively we were all over the place. The running game was great and we threw good enough to make it a well rounded effort on offense. A long bus ride home is always a lot easier to take when you win."
Newcomerstown finished with 160 yards rushing, including 16 carries for 94 yards by Miller while Rankin and Harris added 34 and 32 yards, respectively. Rankin was 5-of-9 through the air for 89 yards and two TDs, with Sanchez an dMilelr each catching two passes and scoring once.
The Trojans' defense limited River (0-2) to just 44 net yards rushing while freshman Cody Caldwell, who took over when Potts was injured, was 19-of-33 through the air for 157 yards, with senior Tyler Jeffers on the receiving end of nine passes for 80 yards.
NEXT-- Newcomerstown plays its home opener on Friday against New London, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.