Tulsa Union routs McKinley in Herbstreit Challenge Fawcett finale

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Tulsa Union 31, McKinley 0
Canton McKinley was hoping to use its home field advantage to the fullest, as it matched up with the Union Redskins from Tulsa, Oklahoma , in the final of four games in the Fawcett Stadium portion of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio VS USA Challenge on Saturday.  However, the night did not go as planned for McKinley and Union rolled to a 31-0 victory. 


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 Tulsa, Oklahoma , in the final of four games in the Fawcett Stadium portion of the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio VS USA Challenge on Saturday. 

However, the night did not go as planned for McKinley and Union rolled to a 31-0 victory. 

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 Union to its big lead.  On just the game’s second play from scrimmage, McKinley fumbled the ball over to Union , starting off the Redskins from the Bulldog 31 yard line.  From there, the Union workhorse, Jeremy Smith set up shop.  Smith rushed the ball 5 times, including a 24 yard burst that put the ball on the one-yard line.  There, Union quarterback Brandon Rogers dove across the goal line for the game’s first score.

 

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, Union turned a McKinley turnover into points.  This time coming from the leg of Oklahoma University recruit, kicker Tress Way. Way knocked in a 29 yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0

 

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 Union back, Smith this time found the end zone himself from 11 yards out, his first of three all-purpose touchdowns on the night.  Smith finished the game with 93 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.  Eighty-five of those yards came in the first half.

 

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 Union’s own 48.  However, Rogers then showed the lethalness of Union ’s passing game.  He completed a 44 yard pass to Tyler Neel and then hit Smith from 8 yards out to push the lead to 24-0 at halftime. 

 

To aide Smith’s rushing output, Rogers was 6-of-10 for 95 yards in the first half, each reception going to a different receiver. 

 

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 Union added one more score thanks to a short field. 

 

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. 

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