AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – Needing a win in the final game of the season to get into the playoffs, the Canfield Cardinals opened their Division III, Region 7 playoffs against one of the state’s premier teams in Akron St. Vincent St. Mary, falling 49-28 on Friday night.
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In the first quarter, the Irish struck first through the air to take the early 7-0 lead.
Later in the first half, the Irish struck again from 13 yards out to increase their lead to 14-0.
With 1:47 remaining in the first half, the Irish added to their lead with another touchdown on the ground to make it 21-0.
With 1:05 remaining in the half, the Cardinals used a bit of trickery to get themselves on the board. Using the flea-flicker, Canfield’s Jared Clark hit Michael Rusu for the score to shrink the Irish lead to 21-7.
In the second half, the Irish pushed ahead by three scores again with another short yardage touchdown run to make it 28-7 St. Vincent St. Mary.
With 4:44 remaining in the third quarter, Jake Cummings punched it in from three yards out to cut into the Irish lead, 28-14. A 43 yard pass from Cummings to Troy Williams a play before set up the score.
But, the Irish answered on their next possesion, scoring with 0:39 remaining in the third quarter to make it 35-14 St. Vincent St. Mary.
In the fourth, the Irish continued to roll, scoring on a 40 yard touchdown pass to increase St. Vincent St. Mary’s lead to 42-14 with 9:34 remaining in the game.
Canfield continued to fight. With 7:34 remaining in the fourth quarter Rusu hauled in a 46 yard touchdown pass from Cummings to make it 42-21 Irish.
St. Vincent St. Mary would answer right back, as they had all night, on a 27 yard touchdown pass to push their lead back to 28 points, 49-21.
Canfield struck back on their next possession on a Cummings three yard touchdown run to cut back into the Irish lead 49-28 with 5:10 remaining in the game.
St. Vincent St. Mary will play the winner of Medina Buckeye and West Geauga.