McDonald edges Columbiana, while Mineral Ridge, Niles drop to 0-2

McDONALD — McDonald ran for 340 yards and four touchdowns, but the Blue Devils blew a 21-point lead and had to rally to beat Columbiana on Friday at A.A. Burkey Stadium, 42-35.

McDonald (2-0) scored the first 21 points of the game, but the Clippers (0-2) responded with two touchdowns. Alex Cintron, who ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, scored from 1 yard out to go back up 28-14. Columbiana scored back-to-back TDs to pull within two (missing an extra point and a 2-point conversion).

Josh Celli, who ran for 133 yards and two TDs on 16 carries and passed for 94 yards and two more TDs, extended McDonald’s lead to nine with a TD, but the Clippers again scored twice in a row, on a 1-yard run and a 34-yard field goal to tie the game at 35. Cintron scored the game-winner for the Blue Devils from 16 yards out with about 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jakob Cross of Columbiana threw for 394 yards and three TDs on 19-of-36 passing. He and Celli each had two interceptions.

LISBON 41, MINERAL RIDGE 7: MINERAL RIDGE — Lisbon ran for 374 yards and scored the first 33 points in a dominating non-conference victory over the Rams on Friday.

The Blue Devils (2-0) ran for five touchdowns and took a 33-0 halftime lead. They also held Mineral Ridge (0-2) to 134 total yards.

The Rams scored in the fourth quarter on a Randall Miller 9-yard run. Miller led the Rams with 28 yards rushing on six carries.

POLAND 34, NILES 7: NILES — Poland held a 10-7 halftime lead as Zach Leonard threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Trent Johnson with 1:17 before halftime as the Red Dragons cut into the Bulldogs lead.

Poland was driving again before halftime, but David Mays intercepted a Bulldogs pass and Niles took over at its own 36 as halftime eventually came on Friday.

From there, Poland (2-0) scored then next 24 points in the second half and held Niles (0-2) scoreless.

Cole Kosco had a 3 and 15-yard touchdown runs to put Poland up 24-7 with 6:11 left in the third quarter as Poland dominated the rest of the game.