Muskies stumble against Cards on Homecoming

The Muskingum Football team fell to the visiting Otterbein Cardinals on Homecoming 32-20.

The Muskies had a strong first half down only 14-20. The Muskies were up 14-13 before a 54 yard touchdown run by Reid Hutchinson with just  01:20 left in the first half. The scores for the Muskies all came from Quarterback Cody Williams who threw one in the first half to Marvin Morris on a thirty yard post route. The other two came off of fake hand-off runs for scores.

In the second half, Otterbein came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on their first three possessions. Two field goals by Alana Gaither and Quenton Miller and a John Pyles 36 yard touchdown run was the story of the third quarter. In the fourth, Williams cut the defecit to 12 with his second touchdown run from 16 yards out. Unfortunately for Muskingum, the Cardinals were able to keep the ball for the last 07:18 of the game to put away the Muskies with a 32-20 final.

The Muskies (1-5, 1-4) will travel to Ohio Northern for their second night game of the season on Saturday, October 25th.

Liberty

South Liberty Street Bridge Update

The wooden bridge on South Liberty Street is expected to open within the next thirty to forty-five days, according to former New Concord Village Administrator, John Huey at the September 26 Village Council meeting. The bridge was inspected today by Burgess & Niple (B&N), the engineering company hired by Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, owners of the bridge. Inspectors from B&N said they will return next week to perform a load rating on the bridge. Once the load rating occurs, repairs can be assessed and begun. Huey is optimistic in the results and said parts have already been ordered for repairs.  The wooden bridge closed in July when deemed unsafe by the Muskingum County Engineer after it saw an increase in traffic from the State Route 83 bridge detour. The State Route 83 bridge reopened last month.