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CAMPBELL — Coming off an enormous one-point win over Southern final week of their season opener, the Leetonia Bears confronted first-year member Valley Christian in an necessary Japanese Ohio Athletic contest Saturday. The Bears responded with a 32-14 win at John Kapnick Subject.
As soon as once more, the Bears have been powered by the sturdy operating of tailback Marco Ferry, who ran for 174 yards, one landing and 4 two-point conversions. The Bears churned out a complete of 329 yards on the bottom within the sport.
Leetonia improves to 2-0 and is tied with United for the EOAC lead.
It was turnovers that gave the Eagles all of the momentum early within the contest. The Bears coughed the ball up twice within the first quarter which the Eagles have been capable of benefit from.
The Eagles pounced on a fumble on the Bears 33 which Raquan Bell returned for a landing that was negated by a penalty. However that didn’t appear to have an effect on the Eagles as Cameron Davenport ran in from 15 yards out with 1:41 remaining within the first quarter to stake the Eagles to a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles once more capitalized on a Bears fumble on the primary play of the second quarter as Davenport ran in from simply 1-yard out to make it 14-0. The rating was arrange by a sack and fumble of the Bears quarterback.
“We get pissed off, however we went on to the subsequent play,” Bears senior lineman Gannon Shepard mentioned. “It’s all in regards to the subsequent play and attempt to repair what we tousled.”
“We made some errors and put our protection in a nasty spot a few occasions,” Leetonia coach Paul Hulea mentioned. “However our children simply stored enjoying. That’s the important thing with highschool athletics. Simply hold enjoying.”
Nevertheless, the Bears stored their cool and mounted a 10-play, 37-yard drive simply earlier than the half to chop into the Eagles lead. Jacob McCool scored the primary of three touchdowns on the evening with solely 35 seconds remaining earlier than halftime to make it 14-8.
“We by no means actually gave up. We play all 4 quarters,” Bears senior lineman Mason Mellinger mentioned. “It doesn’t matter what the rating we all the time play our hardest. Protection and offense.”
The Bears recovered an on-side kick to start out the second half and rapidly transformed the chance with McCool blasting in from 3 yards out. The landing on the 8:32 mark gave the Bears a 16-14 benefit.
They added two extra touchdowns, one by Ferry from 7 yards and McCool’s third on the evening from 3 yards. McCool completed with 36 yards dashing.
“It’s good having such good backs within the backfield, fullback, and tailbacks,” Mellinger mentioned.
Whereas the Bears ate the clock away with a gradual food plan of operating the ball, it was their protection that basically shined within the contest. They held the Eagles to 42 whole yards, simply 16 on the bottom.
“We performed so properly,” Hulea praised his protection. “Coach ware needs to be very pleased with his crew. He actually has their program going and does a pleasant job together with his children. They play onerous and so they have a perception in what they’re doing. They’re properly coached.”
The Bears will look to maintain their early-season profitable streak rolling once they host rival Lisbon on Friday. The Eagles will journey to Columbiana on Friday as they face the Clippers for the primary time of their historical past.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN: 7-7-0-0–14
V–Cameron Davenport 15 run (Aiden Lambert kick)
V–Davenport 1 run (Lambert kick)
L–Jacob McCool 1 run (Marco Ferry run)
L–McCool 3 run (Ferry run)
L–Ferry 7 run (Ferry run)
L–McCool 3 run (Ferry run)
First downs 13 2
Complete Yards 343 42
Rushes-yards 55-329 16-16
Passing 14 26
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 3-8-1
Punts 3-33.7 2-30
Fumbles-Misplaced 3-2 3-3
Penalties-Yards 2-15 10-65
RUSHING–Leetonia, Marco Ferry 35-174, Jacob McCool 11-36, Dylan Durick 5-18; Valley, Cameron Davenport 7-41.
PASSING–Leetonia, Dylan Lennon 2-4-14-0-0; Valley, Joey Battisa 2-7-21-0-1, Izaiah McKinely 1-1-5-0-0.
RECEIVING–Leetonia, Jordan Baker 1-13, Dylan Durick 1-3; Valley, Vershawn Gurley 1-22, Tyrone Lindsey 2-4.
INTERCEPTIONS–Leetonia, Marco Ferry.
FUMBLES–Leetonia, Dylan Durick 2; Valley, Raquan Bell, Nasir Lengthy.
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