NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Broc Lowry scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter Friday night, giving Canfield enough of a cushion to survive a comeback attempt from Ursuline, and advance in the Division III Ohio High School Football Playoffs, with a 33-25 victory.
#2 Canfield (11-1)will take on #1 Chardon (11-1) next week with a trip to the regional finals on the line. Chardon has eliminated Canfield from postseason play two years in a row.
Scotty Eaton got things going very quickly for Canfield just over a minute into the game with a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. The extra point attempt was no good.
With 2:47 left in the first quarter, Ursuline’s first attempt to get on the board was thwarted with a blocked field goal attempt.
With only seconds remaining in the first quarter, Jack Ericson’s 50-yard touchdown run tied the game. The two-point attempt was unsuccessful. The score was Ericson’s 8th rushing touchdown on the season.
In the second quarter, Lowry’s 17th, 18th and 19th rushing touchdowns of the season capped three consecutive Cardinals’ drives and gave Canfield a 27-6 lead.
Prior to the third touchdown, with a 20-6 lead, Canfield converted an onside kick which almost immediately led to another score a few plays later.
Ericson’s second touchdown run closed the gap to 27-12 late in the first half.
Danny Inglis‘ 52-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left to play gave the Cardinals a 33-18 lead and appeared to seal the game.
But then on the following possession, D.C. Ferrell made an incredible one-handed grab for a long touchdown with 2:42 left in the game to close the gap to one score.
The Cardinals were able to chew up the clock with the ground game in the final minutes, keeping Ursuline from getting another possession.
Get caught up on Canfield football:
- Canfield High School Football Schedule
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- Highlights: New Philadelphia vs. Canfield
Get caught up on Ursuline football:
- Ursuline High School Football Schedule
- Highlights: Tallmadge vs. Ursuline
- Highlights: Youngstown East vs. Ursuline
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