NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Newcomerstown High overcame a bit of what Coach Eric Brock called "ugly play" to capture a 15-7 Inter Valley Conference win over visiting Garaway on Friday.

"Lately our guys have been battling some ugly play," Brock said after the win, "but we kept stressing that we need to play through this phase of our game and good things would happen.

"I'm extremely proud of how we played tonight," he continued. "I call Garaway, Malvern and Ridgewood the 'Big Three' of the league and I told the kids that its time to show them we can beat those teams."

Newcomerstown (3-2, 1-1 IVC) was opportunistic if nothing else, capitalizing of a pair of Pirate turnovers to score two unanswered touchdowns.

The first came when the Trojans' Jibril Dansby picked off an R.J. Jacobs pass and streaked 15 yards for the contest's first score. Austin King's PAT kick put the Trojans up 7-0 before some of the fans had found their seats.

Garaway fumbled on its next possession and a few plays later, Newcomerstown's Cody Hall rumbled 31 yards for a score. Garaway blocked the PAT kick, but the Trojans led, 13-0.

The Pirates (2-3, 1-1 IVC) got on the board with an 80-yard scoring drive just before halftime.

The TD was the result of a Jacobs-to-Joe Warkall shovel pass for 11 yards. Jacobs had 34 rushing yards and 46 passing yards on the drive. The PAT kick by Ethan Slentz made the score 13-7.

The second half saw the defenses dominate, and the only points came when Garaway punter Slentz stepped out of his end zone for a safety and two points for Newcomerstown.

"Defensively, I thought our kids played solid," said Brock. "Tonight we kept things in front of us and we changed our schemes from time to time."

Final stats bore that out as Garaway was limited to minus-one yard rushing.

Newcomerstown's Hall had 93 rushing yards while Dansby was limited to 59.

NEXT-- Newcomerstown is at home again Friday, with Sandy Valley coming to town for a 7 p.m. IVC clash.