<5> For the third week in a row, the East Liverpool Potters saw an opponent rack up more than 30 points against their defense, allowing the clock to run non-stop in a 44-6 loss at the hands of Cleveland Central Catholic at historic Patterson Field in front of a meager crowd on a beautiful late September evening.
The game got off to an-all-to familiar start for the locals, who, after receiving the opening kickoff were forced to punt, thanks to a minus yardage effort on their first three plays, setting the visitors up on their own 41 – 9:50 into the game.
Led by the running of DuShawn Harris and the passing of quarterback Desmond Lundy, the Red and Black marched 59 yards in 14 plays to make it 6-0. A two-point conversion attempt failed.
Receiving the ensuing kickoff, the Blue and White once again went three-and-out, but Coach John Lundy and his crew could do no better on their next possession, booting the ball back to the locals who took over on their own 36 from where they moved the ball well on the arm of Austin Mayfield and the receiving of Jason Kutzner and Kade Reynolds. However, on the seventh play of the drive, an EL fumble put the ball back in the hands of Cleveland as the game moved into the second quarter.
It took only eight plays for Lundy to lead his team from mid-field to the promised land, mostly on the running of Harris, Brandon Brown, Tyrek Glasco and Larry Johnson. The final 22 yards came on an aerial strike from Lundy to Brown with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter and it was 14-0 following a two-point conversion pass from the senior signal caller to Anthony Duncan.
Cleveland would score two additional times before the intermission, once on a 15-yard pitch from Lundy to Ty Hall at the end of a 45-yard, six-play effort that set the score at 22-0, following Lundy’s two-point conversion pass to Brown with less than one minute to play in the second quarter.
The back-breaker came on the Ironmen’s next kickoff, a “knuckleballer,” which was fumbled by the Potters, setting up their visitors 30 yards from the final strip which they were able to cross four plays later on an 11-yard pitch from Lundy to Jeremiah Williams. Lundy then found 6’7” junior Sharif Saleem, who towered over his defender, in the back corner of the end zone to make it 30-0.
The entire second half was played with the clock running clock and the Potters scored their only TD on the second play of the fourth quarter on the legs of Austyn Dozier, who went the final eight yards, capping off a five-play, 55-yard effort. A failed extra point made it 38-6.
The Ironmen, who had scored on a five-yard run by Tyler Glasco midway through the third quarter, retaliated to make it 44-6 when Glasco took it to the house from the Potters’ 47 with 3:57 remaining on the running clock.
“I think there were times when we moved the ball well,” said East Liverpool head coach Josh Ludwig. “But then, we would make a mental mistake and set ourselves back.
“Give Central Catholic credit. They are a good team,” said Ludwig. “Coach Lundy has been there for 14 years,” he concluded.
A used scoreboard purchased from Hubbard’s school system was operational for the game. It replaced the old board which was out of service for the season opener vs. Carrollton. This makes the third electronic scoreboard at the west park; the initial being purchased by the Blue and White Nonpareil Club in 1951 under the leadership of the late Harry McConville.
The visitors, including their coaching staff, 42 players and 23 cheerleaders, arrived on a pair of chartered buses, but brought very few fans.
Much like the Potters, Cleveland Central Catholic carried a team nickname which paid homage to a local industry. In this case, it was “The Ironmen”, lauding the industry built from the Great Lakes iron shipping ports along Lake Erie.
Cleveland’s coach, John Lundy, who has been at the school for 14 seasons, must have had a positive influence of the team quarterback for all those seasons. It was his son, Desmond.
The Ironmen appeared to fall short in the place kicking department, relying on two-point conversion attempts following several of their touchdowns as well as onside kickoffs. They ended the game with a 17-to-8 first down advantage, outgaining the Potters 343 to 141 in total yardage.