CANTON – The Canton McKinley Bulldogs were hoping to use their home field advantage to the fullest, as they matched up with the Union Redskins from
However, the night did not go as planned for McKinley and
Unfortunately for McKinley, the electric atmosphere they were hoping for disappeared within the first few minutes of the game. It could have been due to the late start of the game (9:47 p.m. kickoff, 2 hours and 2 minutes behind the scheduled start time), or the potent Union attack that left the crowd in awe.
The Miami Hurricane look-a-like Union team showcased an exercise in efficiency that would have made Jimmy Johnson’s best teams envious. The Redskins struck by both air and ground in the first half, and followed the lead of a nearly impenetrable defense, to claim a 24-0 lead going into the halftime break.
The Redskins out gained McKinley 184-73 in the first half.
It was much a case though of being opportunistic that staked
In the second quarter, McKinley’s offense seemed to finally get on track as they drove into Union territory, but a Jordan Evans pass was intercepted by Josh Bennett to end the Bulldog threat.
For the second time on the night,
The Bulldog miscues did not end there. Forced to punt on their next possession, The Bulldogs had the punt blocked and the Redskins recovered it on the one-yard line. After a holding penalty moved
The damage seemed to be done for McKinley when they punted the ball back to Union with only 30 seconds left in the first half and the ball on
To aide Smith’s rushing output,
In the second half, the Redskin offense seemed to come out in cruise control, playing reserves most of the way. However the defense still held McKinley in check and
Right as the clock hit midnight on Sunday morning; a 5 yard scoring drive was capped off again by Smith to end the scoring on the night.