BY RICK REED
News-Gazette Sports Editor
UNION CITY – A career game for sophomore quarterback Jayson Conner.
A "game ball" for junior wide receiver Quincy Middaugh.
Another big game for Trendon Spence.
Big credit to the play of the offensive line.
All coming for Union City High School's Homecoming.
The Indians' football team couldn't catch a break through their first five games. On Friday night against Cambridge City Lincoln they buried all their misfortunes as they blitzed the Eagles, 62-24, showing off a talented offense that amassed nearly 500 yards of total offense.
"I think this validated that we are a pretty talented football team. We needed the confidence. It's good to see the growth, and so now we get to see if we can continue that growth next Friday against Centerville."
After missing most of last season with an injury, and part of this season with a diagnosed concussion, Connor has played in just five-and-a-half football games. He had his best performance to date against the Eagles, completing 12-of-21 passes for a whopping 309 yards. Four of his passes resulted in touchdowns.
Connor's favorite target, Middaugh, was all over the field Friday night, snaring eight catches for 194 yards with a pair of touchdowns. And when he wasn't catching passes, he was creating havoc on defense, coming up with a pair of interceptions. For good measure, he returned a kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.
"I know I'm probably biased, but I think he's one of the best receivers in this area, The sky is the limit for Quincy," Maloy said of Middaugh.
Junior workhorse Trendon Spence continues to put up gaudy numbers running the football, this time finishing with 161 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Spence has rushed for at least 120 yards in four of the five games he's played this season.
Alex Spence had three more receptions, Xavier Hill led the defense with 10 tackles, while Jace O'Conner and Trendon Spence added 9 each and Brayden Huggins recovered a fumble and had a 77-yard kickoff return in a few other highlights for the Indians.
The Indians scored first in the first quarter on a 60-yard pass from Connor to Trendon Spence. Spence ran in for another score early a crazy second quarter that saw the Indians score five touchdowns and both teams combine for 55 points.
Midway through the second, Middaugh caught a pass and raced 76 yards for a score. Spence added another score with two minutes left, then after Lincoln came back for a quick score, Huggins was off to the races on the kickoff for a fourth score in the quarter as the Indians led 42-12.
The Indians added three more scores in the second half as they finished with 62 points for just the second time this century.
After beating up on two inferior opponents the past two weeks, improving to 2-5, Union City will have its feet to the fire this Friday as they face unbeaten Centerville (7-0) on Friday in a game held at Earlham College. The end the regular season at home against Winchester for the annual "Milk Can" game.
"It's a chance to see how far we've come," Maloy said. "I'm excited to see how much we've progressed."
Score by quarters
CC Lincoln 0 20 0 6 26
Union City 7 35 7 13 62
PASSING – Connor 13-21 for 309 yards.
RUSHING – Connor 3-(-4); A. Spence 2-10; O'Connor 3-19; T. Spence 15-161. Totals 23-186.
RECEIVING – Middaugh 8-194; Spence 3-58; T. Spence 2-57. Totals 13-309.