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BEARS WIN STREAK ENDS
By Jasmine Desarae
Union City – Friday night, the Union City Bears travelled to Veteran’s Stadium to battle the Mercyhurst Prep Lakers. Union City’s three game win streak was shutdown after falling short to the Lakers 42-12 in a non-region game.
The Bears made a promising starting early in the first quarter. Staying on the ground, Hornaman used his lethal offense to drive UC in for a touchdown. Union City used nearly half of the first quarter to take the lead 6-0. The Lakers quickly matched the Bears opening drive using running-back Zack Helsley to quickly move down the field. William Burgess had a touchdown saving tackle, setting up Mercyhurst for 1st and goal. The Bears defense held them to fourth and inches, but eventually, Helsley was in for the TD. This put the Lakers in the lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
At the start of quarter two, the Bears faced 3rd and long. Hornaman pitched the ball to Kinney who did not stop until he was able to move the sticks. The offensive line set up a big hole for Henry to advance the Bears down the field with a 60-yard run. After a pitch to Kinney, UC was in the endzone for their last score of the game – 12-7.
On the Lakers second drive of the game, they utilized Khalil Barnes. He was stopped momentarily by UC’s Greeley and Kesselring, but Barnes kept moving on 3rd down. William Burgess had excellent coverage on a pass to the far side, but never looked back at the ball giving the Bears a pass interference penalty. With an automatic first down, Mercyhurst was able to reach the endzone again to pull ahead 13-12.
Looking to respond, the Bears attempted to move the ball. On 4th and 3, UC decided to go for it. At first, Henry was hit at the line of scrimmage, but his legs kept moving and he dove for a first down. A beautiful pass by Hornaman to Burgess was called back after a holding call on the Bears. It was 2nd and 26 for Union City when Hornaman was sacked. To help the Bears, a personal foul was called on the Lakers bringing up 2nd and 11. UC’s offense was not able to reach the endzone again creating the first punting situation of the game.
After a squib kick by the Bears, the Lakers were set up with excellent field position. Trevor Loose created a huge block to get Helsley in for another touchdown. Loose was used again on the two-point conversion attempt furthering their lead – 21-12.
With limited time left in the first half, Tallin Henry caught two passes hoping to lessen Union City’s deficit but came up short. On a first down play, Laker Andrew Montefiori intercepted Hornaman bringing the second quarter to a close.
After the second half started, the Lakers wasted no time getting in the endzone. Mercyhurst was now up by 16 points – 28-12. In an attempt to retaliate, Hornaman used Stull, Henry and the rest of the Bears’ offense to move the ball. Eventually, UC hit 4th and 15 where they turned the ball over on downs.
Luckily, the Bears defense shut the Lakers down to get the ball back. With great field position, UC was quickly at 1st and goal. At least two times, Henry was inches from the goal line, but denied at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Mercyhurst was forced to start inches from the goal line. They were so close that the penalties they received could not move them back further. Mercyhurst chewed up the clock as they kept striving for 1st
downs. Despite their effort, the Lakers fumbled the ball and Kesselring was able to recover it for the Bears. UC’s luck did not last long after fumbling on 3rd and goal. Mercyhurst’s Quincy Williams scooped the loose ball up to return it 95-yards untouched for another Laker TD. Mercyhurst extended their lead 35-12.
Union City could not complete their drive. A few sloppy exchanges and incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Lakers. Mercyhurst was able to run the clock down, but not before Ivan Baker was in for another Laker touchdown to end the game 42-12.
The Bears record falls 4-3. Despite the loss, Brayden Kinney was able to surpass 1,000 yards last night The Lakers’ Zack Helsley also reached the 1,000-yard mark. Next Friday, October 12, 2018, Union City will travel to Saegertown.