An All-Star game is suppose to be the best anyone has to offer and the Licking County v. Muskingum Valley game lived up to that. The game was back and forth and went right down to the very end.
Licking County was able to snap a three game losing streak to Muskingum Valley with a 21-14 win that was capped off by Drew McArtor 48 yard touchdown run in the middle of the fourth quarter. That run came on the heels of Justin Wilson’s 63 yard catch and run for a touchdown that gave Muskingum Valley the lead 14-13.
McArtor ran for 115 yards on 15 carries and punched in two scores for the winners. He did have help in the form of quarterback Taylor Thompson, who rushed for 75 yards an threw for another 53 enroute to being named Licking County’s Player of the game.
Muskingum Valley was paced by Austin Jones who had 115 yards on 14 carries and he also added a 39 yard scoring scamper. Steele Gaumer was cool in the pocket as well for the Muskingum Valley side completing 10 of 13 passes for 114 yards with a score and a pick
Licking County got on the board first in the opening frame with a one yard scoring plunge from Jake Sanders. The extra point made it 7-0, but the lead didn’t last long. Four minutes later Jones ripped off a 39 yard touchdown run that made it a one point game until Steele Gaumer ran in a fake point after attempt for a two point conversion to give Muskingum Valley an 8-7 advantage.
The game stayed that way until late in the second quarter when McArtor punched in the first of his two touchdowns, but the extra point was missed and Licking County had a 13-8 lead at the break.
There was no scoring again until the fourth when Gaumer hit Wilson over the middle with a pass that proceeded to go 63 yards to give the Muskingum side the lead. After a kick off was downed in the endzone, there was some pushing and shoving which lead to a bench clearing shoving match at midfield. Four players were ejected from the game and Licking County used that to spark the game winning drive.
After starting at their own 20 Licking County advanced the ball to the Muskingum 48 yard line and McArtor took an hand off up the middle almost untouched to pay dirt.
Muskingum got the ball back two more times but was unable to mount a comeback with their final attempt being picked off by Nick Sadinsky.
Licking County totaled 269 yards in the game with 216 of those coming on the ground. Muskingum Valley racked up 225 yards and turned the ball over twice which ended up being the difference in the game.