NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The Newcomerstown High running game got into high gear and that spelled trouble for visiting Conotton Valley as the Trojans racked up a convincing 68-28 victory at Lee Stadium on Friday.
Coach Eric Brock's Trojans (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak while sending the Rockets (3-2) to their second loss in a row.
"Our offensive line really established the line of scrimmage and got our running game going tonight," said Brock. "We scored on our first drive and that was big to build some confidence. The kids really fed off of that and kept it going all night."
Newcomerstown followed up that opening TD with two more in the first quarter to assume a 20-6 upperhand.
A 2-1 edge in scores in the second period gave the Trojans a 34-14 halftime lead and then a 21-7 outburst in round three extended the lead to 55-21.
Sophomore back Jabril Dansby enjoyed a break-out game for Newcomerstown, carrying the ball 21 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Dansby was pressed into extensive duty with starting back Cody Hall sidelined after sustaining a concussion last week.
"Jabril stepped in and had a tremendous game," said Brock. "We were having so much success with him running the ball that we only had to throw it six times."
NHS quarterback Austin Zufelt was 4-of-6 through the air for 96 net yards and two TDS, with senior standout receiver catching three passes for 98 yards and the two scores.
Jason Garlando backed Dansby's rushing effort with four carries for 77 yards.
Conotton Valley QB Colton Cottis completed 6-of-12 passes for 93 yards, with Keaton Carrothers landing three passes for 54 yards. Cottis led the Rockets' ground game with eight carries for 54 yards while Tommy Rodriguez added seven carries for 44 yards.
The Trojans finished with 470 total yards, with 374 on the ground. NHS had 17 first downs, no turnovers and seven penalties for 90 yards.
Conotton Valley managed 218 net yards, including 125 rushing and 93 passing. The Rockets had 16 first downs, four flags for 40 yards and two turnovers.
NEXT--Newcomerstown hosts Malvern in another IVC contest on Friday at 7 p.m.