Football: Union Local Flies Past Buckeye, 45-6

YORKVILLE – Union Local made it two straight victories in the Bruce Stiles Era via a 45-6 defeat of Buckeye Local on Friday night at War Memorial Stadium. The Jets executed in all phases in proving too much for the youthful Panthers.

“Very nice,” Stiles said. “I was real happy with how the kids came out and played from the outset.

Union Local got out of the gates quickly, scoring on its first two possessions and setting the tone. The Jets’ no-huddle offense amassed 349 yards.

“We are firing off the ball really aggressively. It is sparking our running game,” Stiles said. “Defensively, we did a solid job of controlling the line of scrimmage and swarming to the ball. Coach (Mike) Menges does a great job with the defense.”

The Jets had 226 yards on the ground and 123 yards through the air, including two long TD passes.

Union Local took the game’s opening kickoff and drove 57 yardson six plays. Senior quarterback Travis James teamed with Spencer Ware on a 41-yard scoring connection.

On the ensuing Buckeye Local series, UL’s Bobby Stewart intercepted a Panthers pass and returned it for an apparent TD. A clipping call, however, nullified the score, but the invaders were still in business at the hosts’ 22.

Five snaps later, James was scooting in from 3 yards out. A bad snap foiled the PAT attempt, leaving the Jets on top, 13-0, with 6:12 left in the opening quarter.

Later, Union Local earned a safety when the Buckeye Local punter took the snap on his knee in his own end zone.

The Jets set up shop at the Buckeye Local 41 after the free kick. Two Eric Dunfee carries followed by three successive Leishman totes, the final covering 4 yards, had the Jets in the end zone again.

Union Local added a fourth touchdown with 2:33 remaining in the half on the strength of a 53-yard bubble screen from James to Ware.

Tater Blake and Leishman tacked on third-quarter touchdown runs for Union Local, making it a 42-0 count heading into the fourth. The Jets capped off their scoring with 11:18 showing, courtesy of a 29-yard Stewart field goal.

Buckeye Local, coming off an opening 40-0 setback to Pittsburgh Westinghouse, took the ensuing kickoff and embarked on its most impressive drive of the season. The Panthers marched 74 yards on 16 plays, all coming on the ground save for the final one, as frosh QB Jared Moore found senior Chase Hopkins for a 13-yard TD connection with 3:32 remaining.

Dunfee led the way with 79 yards on 11 carries while Leishman banged for 56 yars on nine carries.

Damion Beall was a bright spot for Coach Phil Pest’s club. The junior fullback collected 102 yards 17 carries.

“We are playing so many young kids right now it is tough to compete. When you are playing as many freshmen as we are you are going to take some lumps,” Pest said. “We need our seniors to provide us with more leadership.

The game marked the 12th between the two teams. The series is now tied at 6-6.