BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Hosting their opening round playoff game at their new stadium, the Boardman Spartans could not overcome a rash of key injuries and a tough opponent, falling to Tri-Valley 27-2.
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On their opening drive, the Scotties pushed it down to the Spartan 15 yard line but the Spartan defense held firm, stopping Tri-Valley on a fourth down try to take over possession and ending the early scoring threat.
The Spartans could not mount an offensive drive, giving the ball back to the Scotties who would capitalize with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter with a 19 yard Chase Dinan field goal to give Tri-Valley a 3-0 lead.
The Spartan offense took a big hit early in the first half when star running back Mario Graziani was forced from the game with an ankle injury.
Then, with 6:29 remaining in the first half, the Scotties’ Cody Collins punched it in from between the tackles to increase the Tri-Valley lead to 10-0.
Another Dinan field goal made it 13-0 at the half.
At halftime, the Scotties out-gained the Spartans 212 yards to 45 yards.
To open the second half, the Scotties fielded the kickoff and took it back 69 yards to set up a short field for the offense. Three plays later, Collins found the endzone again, this time from one yard out to increase the lead to 20-0 Scotties in the third quarter.
In the fourth, the Scotties struck again on an 88 yard touchdown run by Andrew Newsome to make it 27-0.
A late safety on a botched snap got the Spartans on the board, 27-2.
Tri-Valley will move on in the Division II, Region 5 playoff, where they will take on Massillon Perry next week.