YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Alliance Quarterback Brendan Zurbrugg was doing anything he wanted in the first half against Chaney Friday night, starting the game 10 of 10 passing and throwing three touchdown passes in the first half.
But the Cowboys’ defense would shut things down in the second half, holding the Aviators without a point as Chaney overcame an early 21-10 deficit to win 35-21 on the WKBN 27 High School Football Game of the Week.
Chaney (10-1) will take on Kenston (8-3) in round two.
Zurbrugg’s touchdown pass put Alliance ahead in the first quarter, 7-0.
After an Eder Gomez 23-yard field goal late in the first put the Cowboys on the board, the Aviators led 7-3 to close out the first quarter.
Zurbrugg’s second touchdown pass of the night, this time a short pass to Ramhir Hawkins to open up the second quarter, extended the lead to two scores.
On the following drive, the Cowboys answered back in a big way with Drew Gault connecting with Jason Hewlett for a 50-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 14-10. Chaney had another 50-yard+ TD called back earlier in the drive due to a penalty.
Zurbrugg’s third TD pass of the first half went to Carter Bugara with 5:58 left in the second quarter.
Juwan Freeman’s two-yard touchdown run closed the gap to 21-17 with 39 seconds left in the first half. The score was set up by a key interception by DJ Waller.
Matt Jones, who did not play in the first half due to disciplinary reasons, was back under center in the third quarter and finished off a drive with a touchdown run on a 4th and goal to give the Cowboys their first lead of the game, 23-21. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
A second Jones rushing touchdown of the second half extended the Cowboys’ lead to eight points late in the fourth quarter, but a second straight blocked extra-point attempt kept the game to a one-score lead with just under five minutes to play.
With under two minutes to go, Freeman’s second score of the night appears to have sealed the deal for the Cowboys.
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