Crusaders improve to 2-0, Oak Glen falls to 0-2

Catholic Central’s Jeffrey Dawson tackles Oak Glen’s Ethan Travis after the tight end hauled in a catch on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

NEW MANCHESTER — In a game filled with big plays, Steubenville Catholic Central made a few more in key situations to defeat Oak Glen, 41-20, on Friday.

“We made too many mistakes,” Central coach Steve Daley said. “We knew coming in it was going to be difficult to stop them, being how they throw the ball.

“We come out of it with a win. Now, we’ve got to get healthy this week.”

Despite being limited to just 88 yards through the air and throwing two picks, Central (2-0) senior quarterback Justin Hartzell was still a difference maker with his legs — rushing for a team-high 176 yards and three scores.

“He can hurt you a lot of ways, and he kind of took what they gave him,” Daley said.

The Golden Bears (0-2) started its last five drives of the game in Central territory after pulling back within 35-20, but they failed to take advantage.

“We competed with them,” Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault said. “It’s frustrating because I think we left a lot out on the field. We left a lot of opportunities out on the field that we needed to capitalize on.”

Sophomore quarterback Nick Chaney threw for 297 yards and three scores, but he also had three interceptions and completed only 12 of 46 passes, including several key drops by his receivers.

He was without Hunter Patterson in the second half, after his fellow sophomore caught five balls for 131 and a score in the first half. He did not take the field in the second half, with what Arneault called an ankle injury.

Central scored first, jumping out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter on a 20-yard Hartzell to Jeffery Dawson strike and a 90-yard Fayak run on an option play.

Chaney found Patterson over the middle, and he went 93 yards for the score to make it 14-7 early in the second.

Hartzell ran from 11 yards out to make it 21-7 before a 64-yard Chaney to Zach Taylor connection made it a seven-point game again.

Hartzell ran in from 23 out to to give Central a 28-14 halftime lead and later closed the scoring with a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Central hosts Southern Local on Saturday night. Oak Glen travels to 0-2 Buckeye Local on Friday.

Catholic Central 41, Oak Glen 20

Central 14-14-7-6 — 41

Oak Glen 0-14-6-0 — 20

C: Dawson 20 pass from Hartzell (Roberts kick), 10:01

C: Fayak 90 run (Roberts kick), 8:31

O: Patterson 93 pass from Chaney (Dwoskin kick), 10:46

C: Hartzell 11 run (Roberts kick), 9:32

O: Taylor 64 pass from Chaney (Dwoskin kick), 8:08

C: Hartzell 23 run (Roberts kick), 6:18

C: Keeder 11 run (Roberts kick), 9:08

O: Lemley 40 pass from Chaney (kick failed), 7:12

C: Hartzell 4 run (conversion failed), 4:26

RUSHING: Central 55-433-5 (Hartzell 19-176-3; Fayak 7-109-1; Keeder 18-103-1; Dawson 5-31; Fallon 2-11; Simmons 3-2; Argentine 1-1); Oak Glen 26-102 (Shuman 15-48; Patterson 3-47; Mick 6-20; Chaney 2-(-13)).

PASSING: Central 7-18-88-1-2 (all by Hartzell); Oak Glen 12-46-297-3-3 (all by Chaney).

RECEIVING: Central 7-88-1 (Dawson 1-20-1; Argentine 2-14; Fallon 2-35; Bell 1-5; Simmons 1-14); Oak Glen 12-297 (Patterson 5-131-1; Taylor 2-86-1; Lemley 2-42-1; Travis 2-31; Mick 1-7).

FIRST DOWNS: Central 16; Oak Glen 11.

FUMBLES-LOST: Central 1-0; Oak Glen 2-1.

PUNTS: Central 1-30; Oak Glen 6-28.5.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Central 9-85; Oak Glen 10-105.