On Friday, October 30th, the Boys Varsity Football Team hosted Berea-Midpark High School. The Bears ended the 2020 season losing to the Titans 41 to 35. Time ran out as the Bears offense was driving to tie or win the game.
The first quarter was scoreless as both defenses held the offenses in check.
The second quarter was the opposite as five touchdowns were scored. The Bears struck first with a 32 yard touchdown pass from Michael Piazza to Vincent Koprowski. Max Bunsey converted the extra point and the Bears led 7 to 0. The Titans would strike right back with a long touchdown pass to tie the game.
The Bears running game would then take over on the next drive. Zadan Abuhamdh would eventually score on a 6 yard touchdown run and Bunsey would convert the extra point to give the Bears a 14 to 7 lead. The Titans however would score two more times to take a 20 to 14 halftime lead.
To start the third quarter, the Bears took the kickoff and drove right down the field. Michael Piazza would score on a quarterback sneak with a 1 yard touchdown run from the power offense. Max Bunsey would convert the extra point and the Bears took the lead 21 to 20. The Titans would then strike right back and take the lead back form the Bears to make the score 27 to 21.
The back and forth game would continue as the Bears would drive right down the field again. This time Michael Piazza would throw a 7 yard touchdown pass to Ben Pacholski. Max Bunsey would convert the extra point again and the Bears were 28 to 27. Once again, the Titans would strike back and take the lead 34 to 28.
The Bears offense would drive again, but stall in Titans territory and give the ball back on downs. The Titans would take advantage and score again to take a 41 to 28 lead. Michael Piazza would score again on a 1 yard quarterback sneak and Max Bunsey would convert again to make the score 41 to 35 with 2 minutes to go in the game.
The Bears would try an onside kick, but the Titans recovered. The Bears defense would then stop the Titans and stop the clock with timeouts on two straight runs and a pass to force a punt. With 1:29 to go and the ball on their own 30 yard line, the Bears had a chance. The Bears would drive down the field, but the offense stalled at the Titans 28 yard line and gave the ball back on downs with 18 seconds left. The Titans would kneel and win the game 41 to 35.
The Boys Varsity Football Team finished the season with 2 wins and 8 losses and a record of 2 wins and and 1 loss in the OHSAA Playoffs. Congrats on the 2021 seniors for battling to the end. The Bears had two exciting overtime playoff wins and several close games. GO BEARS!!