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LEETONIA OH- Two of the best runners in the area were slated to go against each other in Friday night’s division 7 regional quarterfinal between Leetonia and McDonald. Marco Ferry and Dom Shadl put on a show, but it was Shadl who was front stage as the Blue Devils ran to a 41-24 victory.

The Blue Devils short ahead with a huge first half that saw Schadl run for 157 yards and four touchdowns before Leetonia could find any balance on offense. On the flip side Marco Ferry struggled his way to just over 50 rush yards in the first two quarters.

The second half saw Leetonia finally find life on offense. They scored 16 unanswered points to cut the Blue Devil lead to 28-16. A big key to their spark was a fumbled kickoff that the Bears were able to recover. Ferry then ran them to the one yard line, eventually putting it in. After McDonald answered, Dylan Lennon found a big target in Jaedon Finley for a 39 yard score to make it 34-24. Schadl would have the Last Laugh though as he ran one in from 39 yards out to get McDonald to the final score of 41-24.

McDonald will find out their next round opponent on Saturday as the game between Independence and Lucas was postponed due to weather. Leetonia is still eligible to schedule a regular season game.

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