Leetonia overcomes slow start to top Valley Christian

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Leetonia scored 32 unanswered points to get the best of the Eagles Saturday night

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Following a slow start, and an opportunistic Valley Christian team, the Leetonia Bears scored 32 unanswered points to pull away with a 32-14 win Saturday night at Campbell’s John Kapnick Field.

The win improves the Bears to 2-0 on the season while the Eagles fall to 1-1.

The Eagles took advantage of two Bear turnovers in the contest to build a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.  The first fumble with just over two minutes remaining in the opening quarter gave Eagles running back Cameron Davenport a chance to score on a 15-yard scamper.

“We made some errors and put our defense in a bad spot a couple of times.  But our kids just kept playing.  That’s the key with high school athletics.  Just keep playing,” Bears coach Paul Hulea said.

Davenport would score again on the first play of the second quarter from just 1-yard out following a Bear fumble at their own 15-yard line.  Davenport would lead the Eagles with 41 yards rushing on the night.

“We get frustrated, but we went on to the next play.  It’s all about the next play and try to fix what we messed up,” Bears senior lineman Gannon Shepard explained.

“We never really gave up. We play all four quarters,” added Bears senior lineman Mason Mellinger.  “No matter what the score we always play our hardest.  Defense and offense.”

The Bears would start to find their game just before halftime as they would march 37-yards on 10 plays with Jordan McCool blasting in from 1-yard out.  A Marco Ferry run for a two-point conversion made it 14-8 in favor of the Eagles at intermission.

The Bears continued to ride the momentum to start the second half as they recovered an on-side kick and used 5 plays to capture their first lead of the game at 16-14 with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter.  The touchdown came on a 3-yard run by McCool.

The Bears added a 7-yard run by Ferry with 2:24 left in the quarter, and then McCool added his third score of the night at the 9:43 mark of the fourth quarter with another 3-yard run.

The Bears would amass 329 yards on the ground while holding the Eagles to a net total of only 42.  Ferry led the way with 174 and a touchdown, while McCool added another 36 yards and three scores.

“We played so well,” Hulea praised his defense. “Coach Ware should be very proud of his team.  He really has their program going and does a nice job with his kids.  They play hard and they have a belief in what they are doing.  They are well-coached.”

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