EAST PALESTINE OH- In a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Valley Christian managed to narrowly escape East Palestine’s determined Bulldogs with a 28-13 victory on the road, maintaining their position at the top of the EOAC standings.

Valley Christian asserted their dominance early, building a commanding 20-0 lead as the game reached the third quarter. However, East Palestine was far from done. Jesse Lipp of the Bulldogs found an opening and scored from close range, marking their first points of the game.

East Palestine continued to fight back, with Zach Schnelle making a crucial play by running it in from 13 yards out, narrowing the gap to 20-13. It seemed like an upset might be in the making.

But Valley Christian wasn’t ready to concede. Ja’Sean Lindsay, in a pivotal moment, capped off a significant Eagles’ response with a 24-yard touchdown, securing a late 28-13 lead.

Ike Lake played a vital role for Valley Christian, contributing with a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and another on the ground. Additionally, Geardon Traylor provided a game-changing play with a sensational 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Deion Miller.

East Palestine, though on the losing side, had notable individual performances. Owen Jurjavcic was instrumental, gaining 95 yards on 16 rushes and completing 15 of 28 passes for 168 yards. Jesse Lipp showcased his versatility with a rushing touchdown and a solid contribution on the ground, gaining 53 yards.

In a game that saw shifts in momentum and intense competition, Valley Christian ultimately held onto their EOAC lead. East Palestine’s spirited performance reminded everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with in the league, setting the stage for thrilling matchups in the games to come.