MCDONALD – In the battle of Blue Devils, its Western Reserve with a 24-14 victory.
In the first quarter, Joe Falasca pulled down a 57 yard touchdown pass, his seventh on the season, the put Western Reserve up by a touchdown.
Then, with eight minutes remaining in the first half, it was Falasca again, this time from 47 yards out to push the lead to 14-0.
Needing a boost, McDonald’s defense stepped up and put the Blue Devils on the board. A Falasca fumble on the Western Reserve 22 yard line was scooped up by Zack Conley and returned for a touchdown with 4:05 remaining in the half, to shrink the Western Reserve lead to 14-6.
With 2:56 left in 3rd quarter, Western Reserve added three on a 37 yard Parker Clegg field goal.
A fourth quarter safety by the McDonald defense made it 17-8.
Western Reserve gave themselves a little breathing room with just over two minutes left in the game on a Dan Zilke 23 yard run, pushing their lead to 24-8.
On the ensuing kick, Western Reserve attempted an on-side kick that was picked up by McDonald’s Caleb Dimery who returned it for a score to get McDonald back within 10, 24-14.
Western Reserve will head to Leetonia next week.
McDonald will look to rebound next week when they travel to Mineral Ridge.
Western Reserve – 301 yards
McDonald – 115 yards
Dan Zilke, Western Reserve – 19 carries for 104 yards, 1 touchdown
Jake Reckard, McDonald – 6 carries for 95 yards