HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Despite trailing by 17 points at the midway point, the Hubbard Eagles used a 21-0 second half to defeat rival Poland 27-23 Friday night behind another stellar performance from running back T.C. Caffey.
Caffey had 193 yards rushing, just missing his fourth consecutive 200-yard rushing game, and three touchdowns in the game, surpassing 1,000 yards for the season.
Sophomore running back Cole Fulton got the Bulldogs on the board first late in the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run to give Poland a 7-0 lead.
That lead would be extended by two early in the second quarter when the ensuing Eagles possession ended with a botched punt attempt and a safety.
A touchdown pass from Jack Fulton put the Bulldogs lead at 16-0.
Trailing two scores and facing a fourth down, Nicolas Hendrix threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles life before the half, closing the gap to 16-6.
But the Bulldogs would march right down the field, culminating in a Ross Dedo touchdown reception from Jack Fulton with just over twenty seconds remaining in the half.
The Hubbard offense came out firing in their first possession of the third quarter, with TC Caffey scoring his 13th touchdown of the season on a 30-yard run. Caffey also converted the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 23-14.
With just under nine minutes remaining in the game, Caffey scored again for the Eagles on a short touchdown run to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 23-21.
After a three-and-out and a short punt, the Eagles went back on the attack right away and Caffey’s third touchdown of the night (15th of the season) came with just under four minutes left in the game to give Hubbard their first lead of the game, 27-23. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Poland drove the ball late in the fourth quarter and threatened to score in the final minute. With 33 seconds remaining, the Eagles appeared to secure the win with an interception in the endzone but a roughing the passer penalty continued the Bulldogs’ drive, but Poland was ultimately unable to convert.
Poland will host South Range in week five. Hubbard will travel to Struthers.
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