YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Youngstown Ursuline Fighting Irish traveled a few blocks down the street to Rayen Stadium to face the Youngstown East Golden Bears. The Golden Bears entered the contest looking to avenge their loss the week prior to the Niles McKinley Red Dragons. As for Ursuline, they were in search of their first win of the season.
Ursuline controlled the momentum in the first half, scoring the only 14 points of the half. The first touchdown came on third and long, as Daivon Jones made an 87-yard house call to put Ursuline up. The second score came off a perfect over-the-shoulder pass by Brady Shannon to Julian Johnson.
The second half was a Golden Bear affair. Eddie Bryant would go 56 yards to the end zone to put the Golden Bears on the board early in the third quarter. With several Ursuline miscues and missed opportunities, the Golden Bears found the end zone late in ten fourth to tie the game. Both teams took their shot at the win, but overtime was needed.
Both Ursuline and the Golden Bears would score in ten first overtime. The Golden Bears would punch the ball in yet again in double overtime. Ursuline took the field, and Shannon found Matthew Reardon in the end zone for a diving catch. Ursuline went for the win, and on a trick play, Reardon found James Phillips uncovered in the end zone; however, he was unable to keep himself inbounds.
Ursuline would fall 28-27 to the Golden Bears in a game for the ages. The Golden Bear faithful celebrated the hard-fought victory, while Ursuline’s followers were forced to wait another week.
Ursuline’s next test will take place at Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren, Ohio, as they face a longtime rival, the Warren G. Harding Raiders.