Know your foe: Panthers look to turn tables on Chieftains
By Spencer Waugh
Maysville makes a return trip to Logan after last year’s dramatic 14-12 Chieftain victory at the Maysville Athletic Complex. The Panthers, from the Muskingum Valley League’s new “Big School” division, enter the game 3-5 overall.
The Panthers opened with a 20-0 non-league win over Crooksville but lost their next four against Tri-Valley (0-35), Sheridan (14-33), John Glenn (0-26), and River View (21-23) before their 43-42 overtime victory against Philo. Despite that win, a rematch with the Electrics the next week in the playoffs resulted in a 43-0 loss. Last week Maysville topped Morgan 42-21.
Quarterback Kaiden Hall (6-1, 225, senior) is a battering ram and the key cog in the offense. He is used more as a traditional fullback in a wing-t offense leading the team with 648 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120 attempts. He has completed 67 of 122 passes for 606 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Hall runs behind power, option, and read-option plays and keeps his eyes down field to pull linebackers and secondary players toward the line of scrimmage before dumping the ball behind for yardage.
Hayden Jarrett (6-0, 185, sophomore) lines up with Hall and has gained 281 yards and scored twice on 62 carries while catching 11 passes for 59 yards. Cade Searls (5-9, 165, sophomore), Ethan Heckel (5-8, 140, senior), and Marshall Humphrey (6-0, 180, senior) rotate in the slot and wing back positions.
Searls leads the team with 18 catches for 187 yards. Tight end Logan Smith (6-6, 255, senior) is a massive target and adds 14 catches for a team high 191 yards and a pair of scores.
In addition to the running backs, top pass catching targets are Hunter Jordan (5-10, 155, senior), Kanyon Zinn (5-8, 130, senior), and Nate Harper (5-10, 150, junior).
Up front the Muskingum Countians have plenty of size with Ethyn McClelland (6-6, 300, senior) and Gauge Samson (6-2, 280, junior) anchoring the left side at tackle and guard respectively. Cameron Novaria (6-1, 210, senior) is the center with Austin Wayne (5-10, 225, senior) and Mahki Alexander (6-3, 215, senior) playing guard and tackle on the right side. Quncey Wyatt (5-11, 230, senior) will also play up front.
Defensively the Panthers are allowing just over 283 yards per game including 167 per game on the ground. They are allowing nearly 28 points per game.
Up front, Novaria and Wayne are the ends with Leo Ramos (5-8, 240, sophomore) and Garrett LaFollette (6-2 250, junior) playing on the interior line. McClelland adds depth inside while Smith and Trenton Pitts (5-8, 220, sophomore) add depth at end.
Jarrett and Adam Bussey (5-5, 170, senior) are excellent inside linebackers while Harper, Searls, and Alex Bobb (6-1, 170, freshman) will play as hybrid outside linebackers/strong safeties.
Jordan and Wesley Armstead (5-8, 145, freshman) are the corners and Hall is the safety. Humphrey will also play in the secondary.
Sammy Scott (5-9, 135, freshman) is the placekicker and Hall handles punting duties. Humphrey and Searls will return kicks and punts.