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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Last year, Struthers ended the regular season with five consecutive wins. This year, the Wildcats have won four in a row following an impressive 21-0 victory over Niles.
Struthers quarterback Jason Dukes scored on a pair of running plays while intercepting a pass from his defensive back position on the other side of the ball. Devin Braham scored the game’s first touchdown on his 11th six-point run of the season.
The Wildcats last posted a shutout on September 24, 2021, versus Lakeview (26-0).
Struthers has topped Niles in five of its seven meetings with the Red Dragons. The Wildcats (7-2) will play at Poland next week. Niles (5-4) will be matched against Girard at home in week 10.
Both defenses flexed their muscles in the opening quarter as the game was scoreless after the initial 12 minutes of play.
Midway through the first quarter, Niles moved the ball deep inside of Wildcat territory on a Anthony Bubak pass to Kris Hrosar. However, No. 22 was stripped and Struthers’ Christian Pascarella jumped on the loose ball around the 20-yard line.
Fast forward to the second quarter, Struthers’ Jason Dukes picked off Bubak. Two plays later, Devin Braham raced 36 yards to give the Wildcats the 7-0 lead with 4:53 left in the half.
After the Red Dragons’ drive stalled, Struthers’ Bryson Dodd tackled Bubak following a mishandled punt attempt near midfield with under two minutes to play in the half.
On the first play from scrimmage, Dukes found Braham on a long pass play to move the Wildcats on a 30-yard connection.
On fourth down, Struthers connected on a Dukes’ 2-yard touchdown to take a 13-0 lead going into halftime.
Niles began their first possession in the second half by amassing 65 yards but the Red Dragons fumbled the ball away for its third turnover.
Back came Struthers, Dukes capped off its drive on a Dukes 11-yard touchdown scamper to push the Wildcat lead to 21-0.
In the fourth quarter, Struthers’ defense stood tall by holding Niles out of the end zone on four plays from inside the 10-yard line.
Struthers, 21-0 (Final)
S – Devin Braham, 36-yard TD run (Noah Carnahan kick, 4:53)
S – Jason Dukes, 2-yard TD run (kick failed, 0:08)
S – Dukes, 11-yard TD run (Dukes run, 1:14)
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