BEARS TRAMPLE PANTHERS 43-14 By Jasmine Desarae
Union City – The Bears traveled to Saegertown tonight for a victory, and near shutout, over the Panthers. The Union City Bears move to first seed in the region with a 43-14 win.
After winning the coin toss, the Panthers elected to receive the ball. On first down, a host of Bear defenders drove Saegertown back ten yards. After a bad snap, the Panthers were set up for 3rd and 30. In an attempt to move down the field, Panther quarterback Ezra Mattocks went back to pass, but could only get ten yards on the play. The team went for it on 4th and 20, where the Bears took over on bounds.
Despite missing their starting center and Brayden Kinney, UC’s offense was more fortunate with the ball in their hands. Hornaman utilized Miles Parker and Gavin Henry to move the team on the ground. His first time in the backfield, Parker drove the Bears into the endzone to put Union City in the lead 6-0 with six minutes left in quarter one.
On their second drive, the Panthers could not answer the Bears score. On 3rd and 10, William Burgess nearly intercepted the ball, setting up 4th down for Saegertown. Logan Kesselring blocked the Panthers’ punt, but still there was a flag on the play. With a holding penalty against them, the Bears set up for first down. The Bears drive started with Henry and Parker. On 2nd and 12, Hornaman connected with William Burgess to move Union City near the goal line. Now it was the Bears turn to fumble at the 5-yard line, where the Panthers recovered the ball.
Union City’s defense quickly responded and added two points to the Bears score with a safety – 8-0. At the beginning of the second quarter, Henry ran over the Panthers and into the endzone to advance UC’s lead.
Saegertown’s return was shut down by Matt Long who slammed the man in the backfield. On defense, Burgess stopped Mattocks instantly on 2nd and 10. With a handoff to Ethan Hayes, The Panthers managed to complete their first 1st down of the night. Their progress did not last long with the Bears’ defense on high alert.
Union City had the ball in their hands again. Henry mulled over the Saegertown defenders to push the Bears down the field. Parker and Henry took turns moving the ball as the offensive line of Matt Krause, Dakota Eliason, Collin Hedderick, Evan Harouff and Matt Long created holes for them. Parker scampered for a couple first downs eventually setting up 1st and goal. Eventually, Henry was in for the TD with under four minutes left in the first half.
The Panthers’ offense could not keep up as they fumbled the snap to push them back 15 yards. Hayes managed to pick up five for Saegertown, but with a huge play by Krause on 3rd down, the Panthers’ forfeited the ball once more. Special teams blocked another punt giving the Bears excellent field position. With a short amount of field, Henry was in the endzone again. Kesselring assisted Union City by getting their first 2-point conversion of the night making the score 30-0.
At the start of the second half, Henry and the Bears’ offense quickly scored again. This time, Long attempted to kick the extra point and succeeded – 37-0. After a few hard hits, Saegertown’s drive was over again. Union City was still on a roll. On 1st and 10, Kesselring found running room and nearly made it to the endzone. If he would not have run out of steam at the end, he would have a turned a 65-yard
run into six more points. Instead, Hornaman gave the ball to Miles who ran in for a 3-yard TD and the Bears’ last score of the game.
On their next drive, Union City brought out the young Bears. Ryan Newton took over as quarterback and attempted to advance the shut out. It was going well, until UC fumbled on the snap and Saegertown immediately snatched the ball away. Seth Lang ran back to put the Panthers’ first points on the board. After a fake kick, Lang was in for two points giving Saegertown eight points. Despite a few incomplete drives for both teams, Saegertown managed to score again decreasing their deficit – 43-14.
Union City ran out the running clock with their last possession of the game. Dave Roscinski had a few good runs to eventually end the game.
With the win, Union City moves to 4-1 in the region and 5-3 overall. Next Friday, October 19th the Bears will face Cambridge Springs for their last home game. This game will also determine if UC is the region champs.