NILES, OH- Canfield and Ursuline met for the first time since 1984 at Bo Rein Memorial Stadium for the regional semifinal in division three, region nine. Canfield got the early lead in the ballgame and took that lead the rest of the way to advance to the regional final for the second time in the last three years.
The Cardinals got the opening kickoff and it didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard as junior tailback Scottie Eaton busted out a 56 yard jet sweep to the house taking the early 6-0 lead. Ursuline would respond later in the first quarter as junior quarterback Jack Ericson took one on his feet for a 50 yard touchdown to tie the game at 6. On the next possession to open up the second quarter, senior quarterback Broc Lowry ran one in from 14 yards out to make it a 13-6 Cardinals advantage. Canfield would turn the Irish over on downs and score again on another Lowry touchdown run, this one being from 43 yards out to take a 20-6 lead in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, senior kicker Joel Miasek recovered his own onside kick to put the ball back in Canfields hands’. The Cardinals would capitalize with the extra possession on Lowry’s third rushing touchdown of the second quarter, extending the lead to 27-6. The Irish got a key score at the end of the first half when quarterback Jack Ericson ran it in from two yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the half. After one half of play, Canfield led by 15, 27-12.
There were no points scored in the third quarter after both quarterbacks had there one and only turnover of the ballgame with interceptions on back to back possessions. In the fourth quarter, junior running back Christian Lynch got the Irish closer with a 25 yard touchdown run to make it a 27-18 ballgame. The Cardinals would respond once again as junior tailback Danny Inglis cut it back on a stretch play and his speed took off for a 52 yard touchdown run, making it a two possession lead at 33-18. Ursuline would not go down without a fight, scoring once more on a long touchdown reception from DC Ferrell to put the Irish back within one possession at 33-25. Canfield had the football with less than three minutes remaining and was able to drain the clock and advance to the regional final, taking down the Irish by a final score of 33-25.
Canfield will take on the number one seeded Chardon Hilltoppers next Friday at a site TBD. Canfield will look to get some revenge as the Cardinals have bowed out to Chardon the last two seasons in the regional final and semifinal. The Hilltoppers have won back to back division three state tittles and have a record of 11-1 heading into next week.