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Hubbard hits Canfield hard with a 40-10 victory

October 16, 2014
By Nik Zirounis - Town Crier correspondent , The Town Crier

A lot has been made this season about Hubbard superstar running back Larry Scott. The potential Mr. Football in Ohio has left would-be defenders lying in his wake all season with his incredibly athletic runs.

Last Friday in Hubbard, Canfield's football team got its chance to witness Scott's superiority up close, and the Cardinals didn't like what they saw.

Scott ran for nearly 200 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Eagles stayed perfect on the season with a 40-10 victory. Surely, the Cardinals have seen Scott's act before, but his performance in his final game against Canfield put the icing on his career.

According to Canfield head coach Mike Pavlansky, the scary thing about the Eagles is they have so much more than just Scott.

''(Scott) is a heck of player no doubt,'' said Pavlansky, ''but he's not the whole team. (Hubbard) has so many kids that do well. They are the number one team for a reason.''

Canfield's only shot at stopping the sensational Eagles was to play solid defense. In the first quarter, the Cardinals did just that. Although Hubbard struck first with a 9-yard scoring run from Scott midway through the opening frame, it took the Eagles 15 plays to punch it in. Long drives is something the quick-strike Eagles are unaccustomed to and that made Pavlansky take notice.

''I'm happy with how we played them early,'' Pavlansky said. ''We made them go 15 plays on that first series, and I know that is something they normally don't have to do.''

Unfortunately for Canfield, after that first touchdown drive, Hubbard kept hammering away at the Cardinals' defense. The Eagles scored four more times to take a 34-0 lead into halftime.

Canfield finally put some points on the board late in the third quarter when senior kicker Bryan Kristan nailed a 45-yard field goal. That kick by Kristan was the longest in Canfield history and capped a pretty special night by the Cards' special teams unit.

''Our special teams played extremely well,'' Pavlansky said. ''They gave up zero return yards, and then Kristan hit the school record field goal. It was a good night for them.''

It was not a good night, however, for Canfield's offense in the penalty department. The Cardinals were hit with numerous holding penalties and slapped with a few flags for personal fouls that put them in holes early in drives. Pavlansky admitted that those errors in judgment were inexcusable.

''We had some bad penalties that is uncharacteristic of what we do,'' he said. ''Anytime you start drives with first and 30, especially against the number one team, you are in big trouble.''

The 3-4 Redbirds will attempt to avoid trouble this Friday when they play their third straight game on the road in Struthers. The Wildcats have an identical 3-4 mark as the Cardinals and are coming off a hard-fought 14-7 loss to Poland in week 7. Struthers is stacked with speed and it will be interesting to see how the Canfield kids can control a ball club that is very similar in styles.

''We both like to run the football,'' said Pavlansky. ''It will be a big challenge for us especially coming off a big loss, but we need to put the focus on us and not worry about what other teams are doing. We have a ways to go yet to become the team we want to be.''



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