By Dave Morrison
RICHWOOD – It hasn’t been the season for which the Richwood Lumberjack football program had hoped.
A rash of key injuries early helped lead to what has been a 2-6 season.
There are a few bright spots. For one, Richwood has been able to play, to this point, a complete season.
And quarterback Caleb Jantuah has taken full advantage of it.
The four-year starter, and a two-time special honorable mention all-state player, has put together a complete season, and that all came together Saturday night in a 39-28 victory against Class AA Logan.
Jantuah rushed for a season-best 251 and four touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 70 yards and another touchdown.
On a night of highlight reel plays, he saved perhaps the best for the game’s most key moment.
In essence, Jantuah had the football version of a called shot.
“(Logan) got the lead and with three minutes left I looked at him and said, ‘I need you to take this kick return to the crib’ and he said ‘OK’ Then he did it,” coach Gary Roach said. “He is a freak.”
It was that 82-yard kick return that changed the tide, and helped the Lumberjacks win for the second time this year.
Jantuah accounted for over 400 all-purpose yards and had a hand in all six of the team’s touchdowns.
The senior has been entrenched as the Lumberjacks quarterback since moving there midway through his freshman year.
Saturday’s 251-yard performance on the ground – the second-best effort of his career, next to the 260 he had against Van in last year’s season finale, helped him set a new season-high with 934 yards.
In his standout career at Richwood Jantuah has rushed for 2,657 yards (averaging 5.5 yards per carry) and 33 touchdowns and he has added 2,592 yards passing with 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
As a freshman he had 12 receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns before making the move behind center.
Richwood is scheduled to visit Summers County on Friday night.