Boys Varsity Football · Big Reds clinch playoff spot with convincing win over Union Local


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The Big Reds punched their ticket to the playoffs on Saturday with a convincing 42-8 victory over the Jets of Union Local.

Cole Porter once again led the way with 133 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. QB Bobby Roth impressed through the air with 180 yards on just six completions with two of the those completions turning into touchdowns by wide receiver AJ McCarthy. McCarthy finished with four receptions for 117 yards including both scores.

The defense was led by junior stalwart Chase Nolan who led the team with nine tackles, three sacks and five tackles for a loss. Porter finished with eight tackles and Trent Dunaway added an interception.

Porter also worked his way into the record books on Saturday as he broke the single-season rushing record of 1,335 previously set by Richie Mamie in 1995. Porter now stands at 1,339 yards rushing on 225 carries for an average of 6.0 yards per carry to go along with 14 touchdowns.

The Big Reds will travel to Martins Ferry on Friday where a win will guarantee a home playoff game in Week 11.