*Contributed by Richie Juliano
POLAND, OH – The battle of 224 returned to the gridiron on Thursday night for the first time since 2018. This meeting was extra special as brothers Tom and Mike Pavlansky coached against eachother for the first time ever.
The Bulldogs received the football to start the game and put together a great drive over 8 minutes long, but had to settle for a field goal. The Cardinals would later on score a touchdown in the first quarter on a touchdown reception from Gavin Ramun. The Bulldogs came back with another field goal to make it 7-6 with 50 seconds to go in the first half. The Cardinals would take advantage of good field position on the kickoff, and knocked in 3 points as time expired to end the first half leading 10-6.
In the second half Canfield jumped on the board first with a Broc Lowry rushing touchdown to make the score 17-6 in the 3rd quarter. Poland would respond with an 8 yard touchdown pass by Jack Fulton, but would come up empty on the 2 point conversion. Canfield would score one more time late in the fourth quarter on another Lowry touchdown run to put the ballgame away. Canfield would come out victorious in the rivalry game by a final of 24-12.
The Cardinals host Dover next Friday at home, while Poland hosts Louisville. You can catch both games on YSN.
POST GAME INTERVIEW:
After a very emotional battle against his brother Tom, Canfield head coach Mike Pavlansky took a few moments to talk with YSN’s own, Richie Juliano, to reflect on his team’s performance in the “Battle of 224” against Poland.