Sherry-Kemp connection paces East Palestine in blowout win

Parker Sherry connected with Branden Kemp both times -- scoring on throws of 39 and 40 yards

EAST PALESTINE

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – The East Palestine Bulldogs exploded in the first half of their game with the Toronto Red Knights as they raced out to a 30- lead, and went on to pound the Red Knights 64-20. The win improves the Bulldogs to 6-2, 5-0 in the EOAC.

The Bulldogs offense was unstoppable on the night as they scored on 9 of their 10 possession in the game. The only time they didn’t hit pay dirt was at the half when they had a pass intercepted in the end zone.

They would rack up over 661 yards on the night, including 415 on the ground and another 246 in the air. Bulldogs quarterback Parker Sherry would toss 5-touchdown passes, tying the team record he had previously set.

The Bulldogs used the combination of Sherry to receiver Branden Kemp to score on their first two offensive possession of the game. The first was a 39-yard strike, and the second was an almost identical 40-yard toss.

In the first half, Sherry connected with Branden Kemp for two TD passes, scoring on throws of 39 and 40 yards.

Kemp would haul in just 4 passes on the night, but three of them would be for touchdowns. He would have 106 receiving yards on the night.

“We like to distract people and keep pounding it and then just let it loose,” Kemp explained the Bulldogs offensive attack. “Our running backs ran good. Posey ran real well tonight, and Parker ran and threw the ball well. It was a pretty good offensive performance.”

“Those are the weapons we have, and the capabilities that we have,” Bulldogs head coach Tony Foster remarked. “We kind of take advantage of the opportunities that we are given.”

Junior running back Dominic Posey would add 144 yards rushing and 103 receiving yards on the night, scoring twice on the ground and once on a pass.

“We’re very dangerous, very dangerous,” Posey said. “We have a lot of weapons, and it’s hard to stop us. You may stop one person, but you’re not going to stop the other.”

“I give (the credit) to the line. They gave one hundred percent and they didn’t give up,” Posey said of the Bulldogs running game. “It was the line and the offensive coordinator calling the right plays.”

The Bulldogs added a Posey 6-yard run following the two Sherry to kemp scores, then Sherry would race 35-yards for a touchdown just before the end of the first quarter. Sherry’s tally would push the Bulldogs advantage out to 30-0 after the first frame.

The two teams would trade touchdowns in the second quarter as Toronto scored on a 45-yard run by quarterback Nathan Karaffa and a 5-yard pass from Karaffa to Judge Hall. The Bulldogs scored included an 18-yard pass to Jordan Fristik and a 30-yard pass to Posey.

After Toronto scored on a 24-yard run by Karaffa to start the second half, the Knight trailed 44-20 with 7:51 left in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs answered with two quick strikes as Posey scored on a 2-yard run, and Kemp caught a 22-yard toss early in the fourth quarter to make it 58-20. Backup quarterback Dominick Cathers added a 65-yard run with 1:34 remaining in the contest to close out the game’s scoring.

“It’s nice to have a win against a team with a winning record,” Foster said. “We needed to come out and perform on both sides of the ball. I feel like our defense is making some improvements, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Next week the Bulldogs travel to Lisbon to take on the Blue Devils in a key EOAC contest. Toronto, who drop to 4-4, will host United next Friday.

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