McDonald opens season with a win

McDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – It wasn’t necessarily a pretty win, but McDonald’s Head Coach Dan Williams will take it as his Devils knocked off the East Palestine Bulldogs 21-0 in their season opener. The Devils built a 21-0 halftime lead and nursed that advantage to the final gun.

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“I told our kids we played a good first half with a couple mental mistakes here and there,” Williams remarked.
It appeared that the Devils were going to have their way with the Bulldogs to start the contest as they scored on their opening drive with Joe Perry racing in from 13-yards out to give them a 7-0 lead at the 9:22 mark of the first quarter.  The drive was set up by a 50-yard kickoff return by the Devils’ Jake Reckard.
Then following a Bulldog turn just seconds before the end of the quarter, the Devils would strike again.  This time it was a 35-yard pass from quarterback ben Carkido to fullback Mike Zarbaugh.  A missed extra point would give the Devils a 13-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
Finally, Reckard would once again play a key role in the Devils victory by racing around left end on a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 19-0.  Alex Cintron would add a two-point conversion to provide the Devils final points on the night.
The Bulldogs would threaten to start the second half as they went on an impressive 64-yard, 15-play drive down to the McDonald 6-yard line.  However, faced with a fourth down situation from the Devils’ ten, quarterback Parker Sherry had his pass picked off in the end zone.
“We were making mistakes that we shouldn’t have been making,” Bulldog Coach Tony Foster said. “We really didn’t make any adjustments in second half, we just corrected the mistakes we were making. The way we were moving the ball in the second half quite honestly should have been the way we were moving the ball the entire game.”
“We had a lot of kids step up.  We used a lot of sideline, which I was proud of,” Williams said.  “We talked all week about out hitting them and I think we did that.  I thought we tackled pretty well for the most part.”

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