POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – In the series’ 7th match up, the win totals were even at 3 between Poland and Marlington. A 31-20 victory for the Bulldogs has broken the tie and put Poland on a path back to the playoffs for what would be a ninth consecutive season.
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The Bulldogs got off to a great start, becoming the first Valley team to find the endzone in 2015. Senior Dylan Garver scampered 40 yards for a touchdown on a 4th down play to put Poland up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Marlington wasted no time matching the Bulldogs – Chris Pennell found Garrett Floyd for a 76 yard pass and catch to tie the game at 7-7.
Colt McFadden would then connect on a 36 yard field goal for the Bulldogs, giving them a 10-7 lead in the second. The Bulldogs would tack on another score before the half, with Cole Kosco hitting Tyler Smith for an 11 yard TD to give Poland a 17-7 lead going into the locker room.
The Bulldogs would open the scoring in the third quarter with Nick Petrolla scoring from 2 yards out. Kosco and Smith would connect again, this time from 7 yards out to extend the Poland lead to 31-7 in the 4th.
Marlington would score two touchdowns in the final minute of the game.
Poland final stats:
Cole Kosco 5/9 35yds 2TD
Tyler Smith 2 rec, 18 yds 2TD
Dylan Garver 14 carries 157 yds TD
Nick Petrolla 12 carries 101 yds TD
The Bulldogs had outscored the Dukes 111-31 in their previous three meetings.
Poland (1-0) will host Niles in week two. Marlington (0-1) will return home to play Crestwood.