WARREN OH- Ursuline came into this game with a lot of momentum on their side, looking to go 4 and one. However, in order to do that they’d have to get past a Warren team that has played a tough schedule in this six-game season in what to some was a shocker at Mollenkopf stadium.
The Irish started out strong as Dante Walker kept their scoring momentum alive with a 33-yard touchdown run. Reardon tried to go for two but was stopped making it 6-0. The next drive saw Ursuline get into the endzone again, as Brady Shannon found Matthew Reardon nine-yards our making it 12-0.
However, Warren fought back as quarterback Elijah Taylor found Dom Foster 26-yards out with 2:43 left. Finally, Warren fans got to hear the PA announcer’s famous words “touchdown Raiders” as it was 12-7 at halftime.
Walker got his second touchdown 19-yards out making it 18-7 while Warren responded back with Taylor’s pass to Konyae Redd. However, the PAT was a doink and no good, making it 18-13. Both teams scored before the end of the third as well. Ursuline’s DeMarcus McElory added a one-yard touchdown and Bryson Powell had a 15-yard run, driving his feet in the endzone. What made the difference, the Irish failed on their PAT, while the Raiders achieved on theirs with the score being 24-21.
Later on in the very important drive, it looked as if that Ursuline defense who’d some say is the Ravens defense of high school football, had stopped the Warren offense. However, they’d measure and it was determined that the Raiders got the first down. Next possession, the Raiders were rumbling into the endzone with Marco Patierno on a four-yard run with 45 seconds remaining.
The Irish tried to have something going, but the Raiders said not so fast my friend as they stopped the Irish which led to a turnover on down, ending the game with the final of 28-24.
*Contributed By YSN’s Ian O’Brien