Potters 2, Bears
Frank C. "Digger" Dawson
<7> The East Liverpool football team, on their final road game of the year, made some strides on this Friday night, but shot themselves in the foot at key moments in a 14-2 loss to Oak Glen at their “Field of Dreams” in New Manchester, West Virginia.
The Potters, now 0-7, were done in by the Bears’ running back Dakota Price who scored two touchdowns. Six penalties for 80 yards didn’t help the Potter cause either.
Price gave the Golden Bears all the breathing room they needed with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, followed by a Dakota Price conversion kick to make it 7-0.
East Liverpool’s only score came before the half when Safety Micah Swiger was tackled in the end zone by a host of Potters.
Coming out following the intermission, the Bears successfully pulled off their second onside kick of the evening, leading to a five- yard score by Price. Williams’ conversion kick concluded all scoring with 14-2 showing on the board.
Austyn Dozier led the Blue and White with seven rushes good for 29yards while Austin Mayfield chipped in with four carries for 23. The big quarterback also completed 12 of 23 passes for 103 yards, mostly to Dozier who caught six balls for 63 stripes.
Oak Glen was led by Price who carried an amazing 33 times for 137yards, while their passing game picked up a negligible 27 yards on three completions.
For the first time this season, East Liverpool won the statistics battle with 193 total yards to the Golden Bears 188, with a 103 to 27 edge through the air. Unfortunately they also topped the chart with 80 yards of penalties to 20 for Coach Ian Whittington and his crew.
“We just made too many mistakes tonight,” East Liverpool coach Josh Ludwig said. “We would make some big plays and then shoot ourselves in the foot.
“I’m really proud of our kids,” Ludwig said. “They fought hard all night. They keep getting better.”
A scheduling flip saw the Potters travel to the new Oak Glen Stadium for the second year in a row.
It was a far cry from last year when the Potters rushed for 408 yards, the seventh most in school history, on 57 carries, picking up 28 first downs along the way.
A sign that the Potters are ready to reverse their fortunes occurred Saturday morning when their reserves defeated Oak Glen 54-6. Another indicator came on Thursday evening when the Blue and White reserve squad scored on their first six possessions in a lopsided contest with Follansbee.
Oak Glen improved to 2- 5 on the season, while East Liverpool, without a win, hosts Buckeye Local next week.
Lou Nagy contributed to this article