Eagles fall to Crusaders
HANOVERTON — In what was a hard fought battle and back and forth contest, Canton Central Catholic came out on top against United 24-14 in the second round of the Division IV playoffs on Saturday night.
United drops to 6-2, losing two of their last three games.
United senior linebacker Garrett Bailey was proud the Eagles’ fight and will they showed all season.
“We fought really hard,” Bailey said “We put our whole off-season into this and we didn’t even know if we would have a season. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this every day for six to sevens months and to play our butts off and still lose like and have an outcome like that hurts.
“Coach said it best when we walked off the field. We are his team. We are a team and we win together and we lose together.
Throughout the night, United struggled to get the ball moving down the field consistently against a talented and tough Crusader defense.
“That is a very physical football team,” United coach DJ Ogilvie said. “A good football team. I know our kids played real hard and Coach (Jordan) Phillips said it best when he said that’s our team and we are really proud of them.”
Canton Central (3-5) will play at 10th-ranked Creston Norwayne (7-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the third round.
The Crusaders will need a similar defensive effort next weekend. They made it a point on defense to keep everything in front of them and not let the Eagles beat them deep for the big play.
“I thought our secondary played a great game,” Central coach Jeff Lindesmith said “We wanted to make sure we kept everything under them. I think most of their completions were comebacks.
“We changed some coverages, we always used to have two high safeties and at times we had three or four. (Brutus Ogilivie) is such a good quarterback we had to make sure we gave him a lot of different looks and disguise a lot of things because he can hurt you.”
Ogilivie finished 20 of 44 for 216 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. United receiver Keaton Baker finished with nine catches for 124 and 22 yards rushing. Grant Knight had seven catches for 68 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown grab.
Canton Central sophomore quarterback Jack Talkington found Danny Heck on a screen play in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and Heck made some United defenders miss and scored. United then answered with a scoring drive, capped off by a Lincoln Urmson touchdown from two yards out. The Crusaders took a 14-7 lead into the half, but opened the lead up to 24-7 before Brutus Ogilvie found Grant Knight for a 31 yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 24-14.
For United, the season now becomes about finishing strong and playing hard.
“Just continue to come out and play hard every week,” Bailey said. “Prepare the way we do and play the way we do.”
“They are great leaders and I love being around them,” Ogilvie said about United’s seniors. “I love the senior class and I am proud of what they have accomplished over the past couple of years. We just want to finish out the season hard and continue to make the community proud of our football team.”
For the Crusaders, Talkington accounted for 184 total yards and a touchdown. Talkington was able to make good reads and use his legs to advance the ball and keep the drive alive on several occasions.
“Jack will tell you that he had some plays that he left on the field,” Lindesmith said about his quarterback. “He rushed some snaps but he has gotten better. Early in the year we struggled just because he is just a sophomore and we ask our quarterbacks to do a lot of things but his performance tonight showed some great growth that he has had throughout the course of the year.”
For the Crusaders, they are familiar with Norwayne and are excited for the challenge.
“I know a lot about them,” Lindesmith said “We played them last year and we went over and scrimmaged them earlier and it was probably one of the worst scrimmages I ever saw. We went over there with our young team and they are a veteran team too. They have some great players that really took it to us in the scrimmage but they are a great team.”
For United, D.J. Ogilvie could not say enough about his team and effor.
“United kids are great kids and great character kids and they are tough kids,” Ogilivie said. “You saw it there at the end, they never quit and they played hard.”
¯ Brutus Ogilive went over 2,000 yards passing and Keaton Baker went over 1,000 yards receiving on the season in Saturday’s game.
¯ United is now 0-3 in the playoffs in school history.
¯ The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference is 1-6 in the playoffs so far this season. The lone victory was by Leetonia.
CANTON C.C.: 7-7-7-3–24
CCC–Danny Heck 43 pass from Jack Talkington (Matt Kling kick)
U– Lincoln Urmson 2 run (Luke Courtney kick)
CCC– Mason Vance 1 run (Kling kick)
CCC– Vance 5 run (Klick kick)
CCC– Kling 27 field goal
U– Grant Knight 31 pass from Brutus Ogilvie (Courtney kick)
First downs 15 14
Total Yards 237 303
Rushes-yards 33-136 27-87
Passing 101 216
Comp-Att-Int 10-18-0 20-44-2
Punts 4-146 5-166
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-53 6-65
RUSHING–Canton Central, Jack Talkington 18-83, Mason Vance 8-17-2, Danny Heck 4-30, Riley Campbell 3-6; United, Lincoln Urmson 12-70-1, Caden Marshall 8-25, Keaton Baker 3-22.
PASSING–Canton Central, Jack Talkington 10-18-101-1-0; Ubuted, Brutus Ogilvie 20-44-216-1-2 .
RECEIVING–Canton Central, Danny Heck 3-51-1, Riley Campbell 4-34; United, Keaton Baker 9-124, Grant Knight 7-68-1, Nate Miller 2-30, Nick Hardgrove 2-15.
INTERCEPTIONS– Canton Cenral, Michael Monastra, Thomas Boron.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–United, Christian McCon, Nate Miller.