BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield spoils Tim Cooper’s head coaching debut at West Branch by topping the Warriors, 35-31. The Cardinals’ quarterback Broc Lowry scored five rushing touchdowns to secure the victory.
On the Warriors’ second possession, Dru DeShields capped the 11-play drive by finding Michael Kanagy with a three-yard pass just inside the pylon to take the early 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. West Branch’s drive was aided by a key third-down penalty against the Cardinals. DeShields gained 40 yards on seven rushes on their scoring drive
Back came Canfield, Broc Lowry dashed 41-yards to tie the contest at 7. The Cardinal possession took 5 plays, encompassing 73 yards.
The connection between DeShields and Kanagy proved to work once again as they linked up for another touchdown from three yards away to take back the lead at 13-7.
The Cardinals answered as Lowry once again called his own number on a one-yard run to cap an 8-play, 80-yard drive. The highlighted play was on third-down near midfield when Danny Inglis ran 47-yards to place the Cardinals at the Warrior seven-yard line.
With under four minutes to play in the first half, the thought was would coach Tim Cooper go conservative? Two plays later, DeShields tossed a short pass to Joey Jackson and #6 took it from there going 79-yards to pay dirt to take the lead back at 19-13.
Just before the end of the half, the Cardinals drove down inside the 10-yard line. On a 4th-and-2 with twenty-three seconds remaining, Lowry leaned forward to move the sticks on a two-yard run. Following a roughing the kicker penalty against West Branch, Canfield chose to go for the six points instead of taking the converted field goal by Joel Miasek.
Lowry rumbled his way up the middle and into the end zone to take a 2-point advantage into halftime (21-19).
Canfield deferred the opening kick to receive the ball first in the second half. Nine plays later (73 yards), Lowry scored his fourth touchdown run of the day on an 8-yard sprint to the right side.
After holding the Warriors to a punt, Lowry and Canfield found the end zone once again. From the Warriors’ 21-yard line, on 4th and 4, Lowry ran for a pick-up of 17-yards which placed the Cardinals inside the 5. Two plays later, it was Lowry again from 5-yards out to score his fifth touchdown on the ground.
The Warriors made it interesting as DeShields connected with Joey Jackson for a 35-yard scoring play with 2:38 left to go. After a failed two-point conversion, West Branch attempted an on-side kick but it was scooped up by Lowry on Canfield’s 35-yard line.
The Cardinals will look to continue their winning ways in 2022 as Canfield has posted 9 wins or more in four of the last five years and are on a 7-year streak of finishing with winning records.
Next Friday, Canfield will travel to Bellevue to meet the Redmen in Huron County.
The Warriors finished each of the past two seasons as the Eastern Buckeye Conference champions and have compiled a 21-3 overall record.
West Branch will host Woodridge next Friday.
Canfield, 35-31 (Final)
W – Michael Kanagy, 3-yard TD catch from DJ DeShields (Anthony Perry kick, 5:03)
C – Broc Lowry, 41-yard TD run (Joel Miasek kick, 2:30)
W – Kanagy, 3-yard TD catch from DeShields (kick failed, 7:13)
C – Lowry, 1-yard TD run (Miasek kick, 4:05)
W – Joey Jackson, 79-yard TD catch from DeShields (pass failed, 3:42)
C – Lowry, 2-yard TD run (Miasek kick, 0:00)
C – Lowry, 8-yard TD run (Miasek kick, 7:33)
C – Lowry, 5-yard TD run (Miasek kick, 2:06)
W – DeShields, 5-yard TD run (pass failed, 0:16)
W – Jackson, 35-yard TD catch from DeShields (run failed, 2:38)