Martins Ferry Crushes Union Local

Photo by Joe Lovell Martins Ferry’s Caleb Olson runs the ball against Union Local on Friday night. Martin Ferry moved to 3-0.

MARTINS FERRY — It was Hall of Fame Night at the Dave Bruney Football Complex on Friday.

Chas Yoder’s Purple Riders didn’t disappoint the latest group of HOF enshrinees.

Ferry moved to 3-0 with an impressive 39-7 downing of previously unbeaten Union Local. In the process, it snapped a three-game losing streak to the Jets.

“I thought we played real well in all facets of the game,” Yoder said. “We had real nice offensive balance. I am pleased we have played three solid football games.”

The two squads were deadlocked at 7-7 after one quarter before the Purple Riders flexed their muscles over the course of the final three periods. The hosts were on top 26-7 at halftime before much of the fourth quarter was played under OHSAA mercy rules.

Junior ace Jake Probst was the Ferry offensive catalyst. The dual threat quarterback passed for 199 yards and three TDs while rushing for 50 of the Riders’ 209 yards.

“We have no excuses. We lost to a very good team,” Union Local first-year coach Bernie Thompson said. “But there is no quit in this team. We will bounce back.”

Ferry drew first blood on the game’s initial possession. Probst speared Mason Goddard on the sideline and the shifty senior sprinted 47 yards to paydirt. Cody Olson booted the PAT.

UL responded immediately, driving 56 yards in five plays. The march was fueled by a 33-yard pass connection from senior dandy Cal Kildow to Hunter McCort. Senior Nathan Bomboris capped the drive from a yard out.

Ferry grabbed the lead for good on a 1-yard Nate Boxley run early in the second quarter. The score was set up by a 29-yard pass from Probst to standout tight end Drake Dobson. Olson again added the conversion for a 14-7 lead.

The Purple Riders defense forced a punt on the Jets’ ensuing possession, setting the stage for a five-play, 61-yard Ferry scoring drive. Probst found senior Donovan Shrodes for a 20-yard scoring connection. The PAT failed, leaving it a 20-7 issue.

The hosts were able to score in the final minute of the half when Goddard made a spectacular catch and run, good for a 31-yard scoring hookup. It was Probst’s third TD pass of the half. The run for two came up short.

Ferry found paydirt on its first possession of the second half courtesy of a 2-yard run by senior Logan Diloretta. Olson’s PAT made it 33-7 with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter.

The hosts final TD came with 11:15 to play on a 15-yard run by sophomore Cole Sztary. The conversion pass failed.

Union Local threatened in the game’s waning seconds, advancing inside the Ferry 5-yard line only to have time expire.

“I am real happy how we are improving each week. We blew two coverages, other than that we really didn’t give up much yardage,” Yoder said. “The kids are really bonding well with each other. Jacob did a nice job of throwing it and we spread the ball around with several running backs.

“We also got out of the game healthy. So that is a plus. We will get back to work (today) and get ready for St. Clairsville.”

Junior Caleb Olson led the well-balanced Riders rushers with 54 yards on 11 totes while Boxley chipped in with 42 and Diloretta 40.

Kildow completed 14 of 27 passes for 143 yards while facing heavy pressure most of the night. The Jets were limited to a mere 12 rushing yards.

Turning in sparkling defensive efforts for the winners were Richie McFarland, Dobson, Shane Krob and Logan Smith.

“We didn’t play our best but Ferry had a lot to do with that. Give Ferry tons of credit,” Thompson said. “But this is a learning experience for us. We will have a lot of learning experiences this year. We have to learn how to handle adversity.”

Union Local will bid to bounce back Friday when it hosts Harrison Central.

Prior to the game, Dave Bruney was honored for his magnificent 39-year football coaching career at Martins Ferry.

Alliance 26, Indian Creek 13

ALLIANCE (OH)–Alliance scored the game-winning touchdown with just 22 seconds left in the contest to hand Indian Creek its first loss of the season.

Sam Mazur connected on 13 of his 28 passes for 142 yards and Trevor Fante led the rushing attack with 86 yards on 21 carries for the Redskins (2-1).

Van 40, Paden City 14

Paden City–The Wildcats suffered from five lost fumbles in a tough home loss to Van.

Matt Saxon and Alex McCoy found the end zone for Paden City and Saxon turned in 92 yards on the ground.

River 28, Monroe Central 7

HANNIBAL–River scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a 1-point deficit into a home victory over Monroe Central.

Quarterback Stone Thompson fired for 139 yards and tailback Michael Johnson ran for 131 yards to lead the Pilots.

Malachi Rose-Barton connected with Zac Jones on the lone Seminoles touchdown.

Beaver Local 13, Shenandoah 12

EAST LIVERPOOL–Ethan Davis rumbled in for an 11-yard touchdown and Chase Flati drilled the game-winning extra point in overtime to lift host Beaver Local over Shenandoah.

Kendal Sherman paced the Zeps with 111 yards on 18 carries.

Oak Glen 35, Buckeye Local 21

NEW CUMBERLAND–Oak Glen ran for 249 total yards as Ethan Mick ran for 129 and Paxton Shuman gaining 104 to lead the Golden Bears past visiting Buckeye Local.

Nick Chaney tossed for 179 yards for Oak Glen and Buckeye Local’s Seth Richardson tallied 58 yards and a score on the ground.

Barnesville 16, Buckeye Trail 14

BARNESVILLE–A pair of 2-point conversions by Ayden Hannahs and Harley Raines was the difference in this thriller as Barnesville edged visiting Buckeye Trail.

Quarterback Tate Dowler threw for 165 yards and ran for a pair of scores to lead the Shamrocks.

University 40, Brooke 20

MORGANTOWN–Logan Holgorsen provided 276 yards and three touchdowns through the air to lead host University past Brooke.

Gage Yost led the Bruins with 114 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses.

Fort Frye 22, Waterford 20

NEW MATAMORAS–Fort Frye’s defense held off a 2-point conversion with 49 seconds to go to capture a home victory over Waterford.

Tyler Fisher accumulated 179 yards on 11 carries to pace the Fort Frye offense.

Edison 25, Toronto 24

TORONTO–Edison held on for a narrow 1-point victory over host Toronto.

The Wildcats were led by a 107-yard rushing performance from Kaleb Waggoner, who also scored a trio of touchdowns.