HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Continuing their perfect season and possibly putting an end to their opponent’s post-season hopes, the Poland Bulldogs dominated on both sides of the ball en-route to a 35-7 win over the host Hubbard Eagles.
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In the first quarter, the Bulldogs took to the air to take the early lead when Anthony Calcagni pulled down a touchdown pass to make it 7-0 Poland.
The Eagles would answer. Taking the hand-off and running right at the teeth of the Poland defense, Hubbard’s senior running back Brandon Rios battled his way to a 17 yard touchdown run to tie things at 7.
But, on the next Poland drive the Bulldogs turned to senior back Dylan Garver who raced passed the Eagle defense en-route to a 58 yard touchdown run to reclaim the lead.
The, still in the first half, the Bulldogs turned to the big play on the ground once again as Alec Catsoules took it 51 yards for the score, increasing the Poland lead to 21-7.
In the fourth quarter, a Bulldog drive stalled and they settled for a 27 yard field goal try which was good, but a personal foul roughing the kicker penalty gave Poland an automatic first down at the Hubbard five yard line. Two plays later, Garver punched it in from one yard out to increase the lead to 28-7.
On the ensuing kick-off, Hubbard fumbled the ball and the Bulldogs recovered it deep in Eagle territory and they would take advantage. From the three yard line, Cole Kosco found Calcagni for the score, making it 35-7 Poland.
Driving deep into Poland territory, the Eagles got the ball down to the one-yard line and failed to punch it in on the first three downs. Then on fourth down and one, an incomplete pass led to a pass interference call giving the Eagles another chance. Then, from the one yard line again, Rios tried to punch it through the line but coughed up the ball which was picked up by Poland, sealing the game for Poland, continuing their unbeaten season.
Poland (9-0) entered the game in second in Division III, Region 7 and will host rival Canfield in the regular season finale.
Hubbard (5-4) entered week nine in seventh in Division IV, Region 11 and will wrap up their regular season next week on the road against Youngstown East.