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London runs its way to first win

Photos by Chris Whitacre

Information by Aaron Gates


On the right track.


In the musical ‘Pippin,’ the narrator encourages the title character to address the trials and tribulations of life by just taking it easy, and trust in what he knows best.


Coming into week three of this young football season, the London High School squad was unable to get into the win column.


That all changed Friday as they went back to the fundamentals of the ground game, tallying six rushing touchdowns on the way to a 48-6 drubbing of visiting Marion-Franklin. The Red Raider defense did its job as well, allowing a fluke TD by the Red Devils.


London speedster Ayden Cooper matched his uniform number by outrunning the Marion-Franklin defense for a 25 yard scoring run. Later in the first quarter, fellow senior Isaiah Jones muscled his way in from three yards out, and with the added Ryan Fullmer kicks, the home team was ahead 14-0.


After a great Red Raiders punt pinned the Red Devils near their goal line, Marion-Franklin found its one big play of the night. Chrishawn Adams tipped the ball in the air, snagged it, and outran the LHS defense for the touchdown.


The Red Raiders responded on the ground as freshman Noah Sollars powered in from 13 yards out. Sollars barreled in for a second score before half. It was set up by a 48-yard pass from Dylan Combs to Richard Dodson, Jr.


Right after the intermission, the London defense took center stage.


On the second half kickoff, London’s Sean Johns recovered a muffed catch by the Red Devils. Soon after, Red Raider Elijah Mitchell had a 24 yard scoring scamper to open the LHS lead to 34-6.


Soon after, London defensive back Damian Roby snagged an errant Marion-Franklin pass and took the pick-six 55 yards to pay dirt.


In the final quarter, a long Combs to Zach Jones connection thru the air set up another Roby TD – this time on the offensive side from three yards out – to reach the final score.


Next week, London hopes to continue its winning ways as they head to Urbana for their first road game of the season.