NILES, OH – Before the Bulldogs and Red Dragons took the field, there was a pause to reflect on the Niles seniors for their senior night. Niles entering this game 4 and 0 after blanking Jefferson 34 to 0. The Poland Bulldogs coming in after a big win against South Range by the score of 27 to 7.
On their first drive of the game a third-down situation for Jack Fulton as he connects with Andrew Centofanti for a 55-yard touchdown, giving the bulldogs the early advantage (7 to 0). The next drive Niles’ ZACH LEONARD is picked off and The Bulldogs go on a march. A 10-play drive on 26 yards is capped off by a 37-yard field goal by Poland’s Mike Kushner. (10-0)
Fulton then rushed for a 7-yard touchdown (17 to 0). The next time the Bulldog’s offense took the ball, Josh Alessi ran for a 10-yard touchdown to make it 24 to 0 Bulldogs.
The halftime score was 24 to 0 Poland and it was all Bulldogs after 2 quarters. Niles didn’t seem to have an answer on defense, especially for a team who had a great run defense through the first 4 games. In the third quarter, Poland picks up where they left off with a touchdown by marching down the field, then finishing off by a 1-yard run by Zach Ellis (31 to 0).
Niles found an answer for that as they drive down the field themselves and Zach Leonard was able to find his man in Chase Sudzina for a 10-yard touchdown (31 to 7).
The final score 31 to 7 and Niles’ perfect season is snapped.
Niles will play host to South Range as Poland will take on Girard.
*story contributed by Tyler Hoffman