PORTSMOUTH — The Notre Dame Titans and Green Bobcats now have separation in the SOC I standings, as the Titans defeated the Bobcats 61-8 on a brisk Friday evening at historic Spartan Municipal Stadium in Portsmouth.
The win gives Notre Dame its second SOC I win, of three tries, on the 2016 season.
“We’ve got a couple of kids that are capable of making big plays and tonight they just did a really nice job,” Notre Dame football coach Bob Ashley said. “When you’ve got two kids like that you just give them the ball and try to let them do what they do best.”
The threat of Sam Kayser and Isiah Johnson proved to be a nightmare for Green Friday night, as the duo combined for 398 yards on the ground along with seven rushing touchdowns.
“What happened is what I feared would happen,” Green football coach Ted Newsome said. “Johnson and Kayser, we just didn’t have an answer for them. I’ve said all along I think they’re the two best players in our league and that has upset some people but that’s my opinion. They’re good. Those two guys are really good.”
Johnson led the Titans with 276 rushing yards Friday night at Spartan Stadium, while Kayser followed with 122 yards.
The night was a little sweeter for Kayser who surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season in the Titans win over the Bobcats.
Ashley was particularly proud of the way his squad came back from last week’s loss to Oak Hill.
“I like the way our kids just came back and got focused and got prepared for the next game,” Ashley said. “I think those guys did a real nice job tonight as far as coming out and getting right back to business.”
One part of Notre Dame’s success came from the Titans defense, which held Green under 200 total yards in the game. The Titan defense stifled many rushing attempts by the Bobcats securing numerous tackles for a loss. Notre Dame was able to get pressure on Green throughout the game all the while effectively shutting off the outside of the field, forcing Green to try to gain yards between the hashes.
“Anytime you hold your opponents to eight points, you’ve got to give a lot of credit to your defensive coordinator and I thought Bubba Webb just had an outstanding game plan to go against their read option and some of the things they did,” Ashley said. “I thought our defense came to play tonight, and played well.”
Notre Dame held Green scoreless until Tyler Darnell was able to break free on a 25-yard touchdown run with 0:31.7 remaining in the game, preventing the shutout.
The night started off rough for the Bobcats. After receiving the opening kickoff, Green’s first drive was marred by a couple penalties. The penalty issue plagued the Bobcats on later drives in the first quarter as well.
“It wasn’t nerves, it was a lack of concentration, a lack of discipline,” Newsome said. “That’s the problem and that’s what we need to correct.”
Newsome said his team will watch the game film from Friday evening to look for what they can do to improve.
“We’ll give it our best go next week with the best plan we think we can put together with our kids,” Newsome said. “We’ll practice our rear ends off and try to get a better result next week.”
The Bobcats will host West Union next week. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at Green High School in Franklin Furnace, OH.
Notre Dame will play its third of four home games in the 2016 season next Friday, October 7, 2016, when they host the Symmes Valley Vikings at historic Spartan Municipal Stadium in an SOC I matchup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
ND – 15 yd run by Kayser 9:21 (PAT no good)
ND – 51 yd run by Kayser 6:35 (PAT good)
ND – 52 yd run by Johnson 3:24 (PAT good)
ND – 51 yd run by Johnson 10:52 (PAT good)
ND – 86 yd run by Johnson 7:09 (PAT good)
ND – 73 yd run by Johnson 4:18 (PAT good)
ND – 9 yd run by Kayser 1:22 (PAT good)
ND – 40 yd run by Mader 9:21 (PAT good)
ND – 38 yd run by Kayser 1:53 (PAT kneeled)
Green – 25 yd run by Darnell 0:31.7 (2-pt conv good McClain run)
Rushing – Darnell 22-124 TD, McClain 8-38, Hughes, 10-7
Passing – Hughes 1-2-5
Receiving – Bush 1-5
Rushing – Johnson 8-276 3TD, Kayser 9-122 4TD, Mader 3-45, Matiz 3-2
Passing – Cassidy 1-2-43, Johnson 1-1-20
Receiving – Sparks 1-43, Kayser 1-20
Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext. 1930.