MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) – Trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, Brady Balestrino pulled in a 75-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to complete a thrilling opening night victory for Mineral Ridge over Py Valley, 29-22.

The Rams got off on the right foot with Ian Erb scoring a short touchdown late in the first quarter to give the Rams their first lead of the season, 7-0.

The Lakers followed up with two touchdowns of their own in the second quarter to snag a 14-7 lead.

Erb’s touchdown pass to Balestrino pulled the Rams within a point in the second quarter following a missed extra point attempt.

Erb’s third total touchdown of the night came in the third quarter, and with a two-point conversion the Rams took a seven point lead.

Py Valley lead 22-21 in the fourth quarter until the 75-yard score in the final minute.

Mineral Ridge (1-0) will visit Orange in week two.

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