United falls victim to Southern’s offensive attack

SALINEVILLE — Will Grodaus ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score in leading Southern Local past United, 24-12, Friday night.

Both teams are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference.

Grodhaus ran 19 times and threw a 60-yard bomb to cousin Cam Grodhaus for the first score of the game. It came the next play after a Jayce Sloan interception midway through the first quarter.

United got on the board after a Southern Local fake punt at their own 31-yard line resulted in an incompletion. Tyler Humphrey hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass on the next play and Zack Himes added the PAT to give the Eagles their only lead with 4:59 remaining in the second quarter.

Hunter Morris saved the Indians by recovering a Southern fumble on the kickoff and the Indians drove 58 yards on 11 plays. Will Grodhaus raced 9 yards on a fourth-and-1 play to give the Indians a 12-7 lead with 33 seconds in the first half.

United got inside the Southern 40-yard line on four of its five first-half possessions, but scored only once.

United’s Josh Good tackled a Southern receiver in the end zone for a safety to close the gap to 12-9 with 7:20 to play in the third quarter.

Will Grodhaus had a 17-yard touchdown run to boost the margin to 18-9 at the 2:42 mark of the third quarter.

United’s Zack Himes kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Will Grodhaus scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with 1:26 remaining to close out the scoring.

For the Indians, Jayce Sloan gained 32 yards on six carries and Andre Sloan added 25 yards on four attempts.

United running back Cade Wood returned after missing the last 3 1/2 games due to injury. He finished with 85 yards on 13 carries, including 72 yards in the first half. Ethan Antram added 76 yards on 17 carries.

Both teams play next Friday as Southern visits Wellsville and United hosts Leetonia.

UNITED: 7-0-2-3–12

SOUTHERN: 6-6-6-6– 24

SCORING

S–Cam Grodhaus 60 pass from Will Grodhaus (run failed)

U–Tyler Humphrey 31 pass from Nate Mikell (Zack Himes kick)

S–Will Grodhaus 9 run (run failed)

U–Safety, Receiver tackled in end zone.

S–Will Groudhaus 17 run (run failed)

U–Zack Himes 31 field goal

S–Will Grodhaus 2 run (kick failed)

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U S

First downs 16 16

Total Yards 233 350

Rushes-yards 35-162 38-282

Passing 71 68

Comp-Att-Int 5-16-1 4-11-0

Punts 2-33.5 1-11.0

Fumbles lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 12-125 13-115

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING–United, Cade Wood 13-85, Ethan Antram 17-76, Tyler Lippiatt 3-16; Southern, Will Grodhaus 19-191, Jayce Sloan 6-32, Andre Sloan 4-25.

PASSING–United, ; Southern, Tyler Milhoan 2-6-0-(minus 2), Will Grodhaus 1-2-0-60, Jayce Sloan 1-2-10-0, Cam Grodhaus 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING–United, Bodey Kiko 2-20, Tyler Humphrey 1-31, Parker Hydrick 1-12, Kaden Smith 1-8; Southern, Cam Grodhaus 3-58, Andre Sloan 1-10.

INTERCEPTIONS–Southern, Jayce Sloan.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES–Southern, Tyler Milhoan.

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