Bears Pummel Panthers
By Jasmine Esh Staff Writer
UNION CITY – The Union City Bears defeated the Saegertown Panthers with a 41-6 victory Friday night. With this win, UC advances their record to 3-1 in the conference and 4-4 overall.
In their first drive of the game, the Union City offense quickly drove down the field. Austin Jaquith found the end-zone in a quarterback keeper making the score 6-0.
The Panthers attempted to tie the game with a TD of their own, but met the green wall instead. Logan Kesselring, Danny Ruckman and Ryan Woinelowicz assisted in moving Saegertown to 2nd & 24. The Panthers then moved themselves to 3rd & 34 after a delay of game and a host of UC defenders quickly turned it to 4th down.
When Bears took over on offense, Marshall VanTassel was quick to find the open field. On his first carry of the night, VanTassel ran 67 yards giving the Bears a 12-point lead. On the 2-point conversion, Tallin Henry went untouched to create a 14-point lead.
On defense, VanTassel created a fumble that Cain Greeley was able to recover – putting Union City on offense again. In excellent field position, UC added 8 more points to the score. VanTassel cleared a path for Henry to run 16-yards over the goal line, 22-0.
Union City’s defense quickly shut down the Panthers on 4th &14 with a sack from Greeley, bringing the offense back on the field. Immediately, after breaking an ankle tackle, VanTassel ran 65 yards for another UC TD. The extra point was blocked by Panther Ethan Hayes to keep the score 28-0.
The Bears defense did not hesitate to stop the Saegertown offense again. A host of Bears, including Woinelowicz, Greeley and Matt Krause, stopped the team on 4th down and the offense found themselves in the shot gun position again.
On his 3rd touch of the night, VanTassel ran 37 yards for his 3rd touchdown of the night, but a personal foul on the Bears brought that play back. Eventually, Henry scored his second TD of the night. At halftime, the Bears towered above the Panthers 34-0.
In Q3, the offense’s energy remained high and pushed them down the field again. The offensive line held Saegertown to let Henry bring the Bears to the Panthers’ 14-yard line. With the ball in his hands again, VanTassel went untouched 15 yards for another Union City touchdown. With a score of 41-0 and 8:49 left in the quarter, the mercy rule went into effect.
Saegertown intercepted the Bears QB, Kyler Shaffer and took over on the Union City 30-yard line. Krause came up with a sack to stop the Panthers on 4th down and the UC offense took over on downs which brought the 3rd quarter to a close. In between the two quarters, the fans were in for a heartwarming treat. Disguised in the Bears’ mascot, Union City graduate Brodie Sabol, home from the Air Force, surprised his mother, Lisa Daley and little sister.
The game continued with some of the Union City backups on the field. On a big 4th down play, the Bears gave Saegertown an automatic 1st down after a facemask penalty. This inevitably led to the end of the Panthers’ shutout. Senior Panther running-back, Hayes, converted Saegertown’s first, and only, points of the night. On their 2-point conversion attempt, the green wall met the Panthers to keep the score 41-6.
Friday, October 18th at 7 pm, the Union City Bears have an away rivalry game against the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils. The Devils currently have an overall record of 3-5 and a 2-2 conference record. Union City looks to advance to 4-1 in the conference.