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Keith steamrolls fifth-ranked Linden

Keith High recorded one of the state’s biggest upsets on Friday night.

Quarterback Terrell Lumpkin accounted for four touchdowns and 320 yards of total offense as the Bears spanked No. 5 Linden 43-0 at J.V. Caldwell Stadium in Orrville.

The Bears (3-0, 1-0 Region 3, Class 1A) hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Patriots (0-2, 0-1) should the two teams finished tied for first.

Keith High head coach Anthony Lumpkin said it was a great victory, but he sees the bigger picture.

“It was a hell of a win, I heard a lot of thunder on the field and that’s what I wanted to hear,” Lumpkin said. “But we’ve got to practice better.”

Keith raced out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Lumpkin’s 1-yard touchdown run, Jayln Jones’ 60-yard punt return and Jones’ 3-yard TD were the Bears’ first quarter scores.

Keith continued its scoring onslaught in the second quarter, grabbing a commanding 35-0 halftime lead.

Lumpkin threw a pair of 60-yard touchdown passes to Javon Richardson and Jeffrey Cochran were the two Bears’ touchdowns in the second quarter.

Keith scored its final points in the third quarter on Lumpkin’s 47-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run.

Keith played solid defense for the third straight and another shutout. The Bears’ defense forced four turnovers.

Lumpkin threw for 170 yards, two touchdowns, 78 yards on a interception return and 72 yards rushing with two scores.

Jones finished with 201 yards of total offense. He ran for 80 yards and a touchdown, adding 121 yards on punt returns and another touchdown.

For Jones, it was a rare victory over the Patriots, who lead the series 10-3.

“Linden has beaten Keith my first three years in high school, I finally got them my senior year,” Jones said.

Lumpkin refused to celebrate.“I’m not going to belittle them, they have a championship in their trophy case,” Lumpkin said.