POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Broc Lowry rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for another as Canfield topped Poland, 24-12. The Cardinals have now defeated Poland in each of their last five meetings.
The game was highlighted by the coaching matchup between Mike Pavlansky (Canfield) and his brother Tom, who was making his debut at Poland after a memorable run at Lakeview. The game was played on Poland’s field, which is named after their father (Dave) who led the Bulldogs from 1968 to 1978.
To open the game, Poland’s offense possessed the ball for 15 plays from scrimmage for 8 minutes and 18 seconds as Wyatt Bobbey connected on a 25-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead.
Poland’s QB Jack Fulton converted two first downs on a 31-yard run and a 14-yard run to help the Bulldogs deep into Canfield territory. The Cardinal defense stiffened as they were able to hold the rival-Bulldogs to a field goal.
On Canfield’s second drive of the game, the Cardinals took over at Poland’s 40-yard line following a short punt. On 3rd down, Broc Lowry found Gavin Ramun on a 27-yard touchdown strike to take the 7-3 lead.
Another long possession for the Bulldogs resulted in 3-points. After calling 13-plays from scrimmage (and converting on 4 first downs), Poland’s Wyatt Bobbey booted a 37-yard field goal through the uprights to close the deficit to 1-point (7-6).
With only 50 seconds left in the half, Lowry completed 5 straight passes to get the Cardinals deep inside Bulldog territory. The last pass was completed to Jaden Jaffer with one second remaining before coach Mike Pavlansky was able to call a timeout. From there, senior Ben Pugh came on to kick the 30-yard field goal to end the half and give Canfield a 10-6 advantage at the half.
To begin the second half, both defenses tightened. Canfield rolled the dice inside of their own territory (on the 47) when Poland’s Christian Colosimo stopped Canfield’s ball carrier in the backfield on 4th down. Then, from the Cardinal 20-yard line, the Bulldogs attempted their own 4th-down attempt which was denied on a Jack Fulton rush.
The Cardinals finished off a 62-yard drive on Lowry’s 10-yard touchdown run to give Canfield a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter. The Cardinals’ scoring drive went for 62 yards on 10 plays.
On the ensuing drive, Poland rebounded from trailing 11-points (17-6) to trimming the gap to 5-points (17-12) following Dom Parker’s 11-yard touchdown grab from Fulton. The play that highlighted the drive was a 46-yard connection from Fulton to Ross Dedo.
Following a 20-play, 82-yard drive which took over 10-minutes to complete, Lowry push through from 2-yards out to score his third total touchdown of the game and to give Canfield a 24-12 lead with 3:05 left to play in the game.
Canfield, 24-12 (F)
P – Wyatt Bobbey, 25-yard FG (P 3-0, 3:42)
C – Gavin Ramun, 27-yard TD catch from Broc Lowry (C 7-3, 7:15)
P – Wyatt Bobbey, 37-yard FG (C 7-6, 0:50)
C – Ben Pugh, 30-yard FG (C 10-6, 0:00)
C – Broc Lowry, 10-yard TD run (C 17-6, 3:59)
P – Dom Parker, 6-yard TD catch from Jack Fulton (C 17-12, 1:27)
C – Broc Lowry, 2-yard TD run (C 24-12, 3:05)
Unofficial Individual Stats
Rushing – Broc Lowry, 25-92; Mike Crawford, 7-34; Toby Smith 2-8; Danny Inglis 1-7; Ryan Schneider 2-3; Paolo Papalia 1 (-6).
Passing – Broc Lowry 14-16-0-169
Receiving – Drew Carrocce 5-75; Oliver Kovass 3-18; Gavin Ramun 2-33; Jaden Jaffer 2-18; Hunter Kanotz 1-20; Danny Inglis 1-5
Rushing – Jack Fulton 16-96; Dom Parker 6-15; Dillon Smith 4-14; Kam Slosser 3-9
Passing – Jack Fulton 7-18-0-76; Dominic Pagano 1-1-0-15
Receiving – Christian Colosimo 3-23; Matteo Melone 2-13; Ross Dedo 1-46; Dom Parker 1-11; Luke Generalovich 1-(-2)
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