The London Red Raiders varsity football team traveled to Circleville and literally ran past the Tigers 42-0, attempting just one pass in the game.
With the non-league win London improved to 5-0 on the season.
Circleville won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second. London standout K.J. Price returned the kick off for 18 yards and the Red Raiders set up shop at their own 35. What ensued was an 11 play drive that included 54 Price yards on seven carries.
Quarterback Josh Handley capped the drive with a 1-yard run. Miller Kronk adding the extra point, as he would successfully do so after all six London scores. The Raiders defense held on Circleville’s first possession, and the Red again took possession on their 35.
Price rushed four times for 29 yards and then Handley hit Garrett Warner on the 36-yard pass play for London’s second score, it was the only attempted pass by the visitors the entire game. Circleville was forced to punt on its next possession and a bad snap turned the ball over to London at the Circleville 16. Dallas Kimbler rushed to the 2-yard line, and Handley scored again on the sneak for the third touchdown of the quarter, pushing the lead to 21-0.
Circleville managed a nine play drive that ended at the Raiders 30-yard line with 9:11 left in the half. The London offense got runs on this drive from Justin Portman, Price, Handley and Kimbler, who scored the 8-yard run, making the score 28-0. Circleville was not able to mount a drive, and London scored on a six-play drive with Price slipping into the end zone from the 16. The halftime score stood at 35-0, and the entire second half was played under the OHSAA running clock rule.
Price ended the scoring with a 28-yard third quarter run to set the final score. The Raiders reserves finished up the contest, gaining valuable Friday night experience.
The London offense was led by Price’s 204 rushing yards on 22 carries. Kimbler had 44 yards and Handley chipped in with 24 yards. The Raiders defense was led again by the season leader in tackles, Bricker Thiel, who had eight for the game. Portman assisted with a solid seven tackles and Jalin Russell had four stops.
Jim Smith is a contributor for The Madison Press.