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They only played one half of real football but the Zanesville starters got off to a fast start against a team many in the area think will have another deep successful playoff run. It took the Blue Devils just two plays to score their first touchdown against Tri-Valley enroute to a 17-14 win.
The varsity squad's did play one full half of football but Zanesville was tough on defense as the Scotties, without Austin Jones, struggled to find their rythem at times. Nathan Strock did throw a touchdown pass and had another called back because of a penelty but was also picked off once, and the Scotties fumbled once as well.
For Zanesville they were paced by Matt Lynn and JT McFarland each had a touchdown, but McFarland's 69 yard catch and run from quarterback Thomas Webbler was the difference for the expolsive Blue Devil offense.
Both teams open up the season on the road next week as Zanesville takes on Newark while Tri-Valley travels to Licking Valley.