McDonald, NF secure big wins
¯ McDONALD 42, COLUMBIANA 35: 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.
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.
¯ NEWTON FALLS 33, JACKSON-MILTON 22: NORTH JACKSON — Newton Falls erased a halftime deficit and outscored the Blue Jays 21-7 in the second half to pull away in a non-conference clash.
The Tigers (2-0) trailed 14-12 at the half, but Ivan Howard threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Jacob Wright sealed the victory with a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Wright hit Preston Rapczak for a 20-yard TD in the third quarter, giving Newton Falls a 20-14 lead. He then hit Adam Honeycutt on a 13-yard TD strike. That set up Wright’s interception.
Jackson-Milton (0-2), which held a 288-266 advantage in total yards, took the lead on a Dyllen Gibbs 2-yard run and a 27-yard jaunt by Jimmy Harper. That score came just before halftime, and the Blue Jays didn’t score again until Ryan Staton’s 44-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Mitchel Harley paced the Tigers with 71 yards rushing. Howard was 8-for-14 passing for 127 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
¯ BOARDMAN 31, HOWLAND 17: HOWLAND — Boardman took advantage of six Howland turnovers to upend the Tigers.
Howland had more total yards (265) than Boardman (246), but the Tigers tossed four interceptions and lost two fumbles. The Spartans (2-0) returned the first interception for a touchdown and eventually took a 24-0 halftime lead. Connor Miller, who returned the interception for a score, also ran in from 12 yards out. Che Trevena scored on a 40-yard pass from Wrentie Martin, and Tommy Fryda booted a 24-yard field goal for the Spartans.
Josh Rodriguez paced Boardman with 133 yards rushing and one TD on 19 carries. Martin as 10-of-14 passing for 67 yards.
Howland (0-2) made it 24-3 on a 29-yard field goal by Luke Brancaccio, and after another Boardman TD, Howland’s Cartier Yancy raced in from 70 yards out, but it was too little, too late for the Tigers.
¯ CHALKER 55, SEBRING 8: SOUTHINGTON — Logan Regal had four touchdowns as Chalker routed Sebring.
Regal had 40 yards rushing and a touchdown, while adding 93 yards receiving and two scores. He had an interception for a touchdown with 5 minutes to halftime as the Wildcats (2-0) took a 34-0 lead.
Sebring (0-2) didn’t score until Zane Peterson connected with Dylan Johnson on an 11-yard score with 5:39 remaining.
Trystan Mollohan was 7 of 9 for 168 yards and three touchdowns for Chalker.
Chalker travels to Leetonia next Friday in a battle of unbeatens.
¯ SPRINGFIELD 38, BROOKFIELD 6: NEW MIDDLETOWN — Garret Walker returned two punts for touchdowns to spark Springfield’s rout of Brookfield.
Walker returned the first punt 43 yards for a TD with 5:24 left in the first quarter, giving the Tigers (2-0) a 10-0 lead. After Brannon Brungard threw a touchdown 5-yard TD pass to Shane Eynon, Walker returned his second punt. This one went for 67 yards and gave Springfield a commanding 24-0 lead.
Brookfield’s lone score came in the third quarter with Gage Emery catching a 15-yard pass from Haden Gibson. The Warriors (0-2) also lost two fumbles.
Luke Snyder ran for 138 yards on 18 carries for Springfield.