MALVERN The Malvern Hornets rode the talents of their senior quarterback on their way to a 42-7 win over Newcomerstown on Friday in an Inter-Valley Conference match-up.
Despite the chilly weather, the Hornets Shawn Ball had the hot hand, and legs, as he finished the night by going 8-of-18 through the air for 120 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Ball complimented that performance by running for 111 yards on 15 carries while crossing the goal line twice.
The win marked the eighth straight win for Malvern over Newcomerstown since 2003 although the Trojans still hold the series lead, 23-21.
Clay Davis was the recipient of Balls first TD throw, a 33-yard strike that put the Hornets up 7-0 in the first quarter after Anthony Rueggs extra point, his first of six on the night.
Ball scored both of his rushing scores in the second quarter on runs of 14 and 55 yards. A 15-yard toss from Ball to Cobin Plessinger put the hosts up by halftime, 28-0.
Malvern (6-1, 5-1 IVC) would add two more touchdowns in the third frame, including a five-yard run by Brady Weber and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Josh Holmes.
The Trojans finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth frame when Tre Garlando rambled 21 yards into the end zone. Smiths PAT gave the final score. Garlando led the team with 85 yards on 14 carries.
Newcomerstown (2-4, 0-2 IVC) had 226 yards of offense, including 118 on the ground and 108 through the air. Austin Zufelt finished 6-of-21 with no interceptions. The Orange and Black lost two fumbles on the night while the Green and White lost none.
The Trojans host Tuscarawas Central Catholic this Friday with kick-off at 7 p.m.
Newcomerstown 0 0 0 77
Malvern 7 21 14 0 42