Bulldogs take it on the chin in opener
EAST PALESTINE- McDonald scored three touchdowns in the opening eight minutes and pulled away to a 59-20 win over East Palestine in Friday’s season opener at Reid Stadium.
The Blue Devils piled up 555 total yards, including 438 yards on the ground on 40 rushes.
Jake Reckard ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and Caleb Dimery added 110 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead the charge.
Reckard scored on the first two possessions to cap McDonald drives of 67 and 56 yards, followed by linebacker Cameron Ifft’s 68-yard interception for a touchdown to boost the lead to 21-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
East Palestine was held to 18 total yards on its first two possessions before getting untracked.
Ryan Ross’ fumble recovery late in the first quarter set up the Bulldogs’ first score, a 4-yard run by Nick Monteleone. Grant Wagner hauled in Monteleone’s two-point conversion pass off a fake kick to cut the margin to 21-8 with 10:29 to play in the second quarter.
Mike Zarbaugh’s interception off a deflection gave the Blue Devils the ball at midfield. Zack Conley hauled in touchdown passes of 23 and 53 yards in a 73-second span to boost McDonald’s lead to 34-8 with 4:22 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the final 3:17 of the first half as lineman Trevor Kimmel scooped up an East Palestine fumble for a touchdown and Nick Monteleone had a touchdown catch to close the gap to 34-20 at halftime.
Dimery scored three touchdowns and Joe Perry one in the second half, while the Blue Devils shut out the Bulldogs to pull away.
Monteleone guided the Bulldogs with 82 yards on 13 carries and the 49-yard touchdown catch.
Both teams play next Friday as East Palestine hosts Mathews and McDonald entertains Springfield.
EP: 0-20-0- 0-20
M -Jake Reckard 14 run (David Licek kick)
M-Jake Reckard 5 run (David Licek kick)
M-Cameron Ifft 68 interception return (David Licek kick)
EP-Nick Monteleone 3 run (Grant Wagner pass from Nick Monteleone)
M-Zack Conley 23 pass from Ben Carkido (kick failed)
M-Zack Conley 53 pass from Ben Carkido (David Licek kick)
EP-Trevor Kimmel 20 fumble recovery (run failed)
EP-Nick Monteleone 49 pass from Luke Cope (failed)
M-Caleb Dimery 12 run (kick failed)
M-Caleb Dimery 5 run (David Licek kick)
M-Caleb Dimery 51 run (kick failed)
M-Joe Perry 50 run (kick failed)
First downs 2620
Total Yards 555294
RUSHING-McDonald, Caleb Dimery 10-110, Jake Reckard 19-153, Cameron Ifft 5-77, Joe Perry 3-58; East Palestine, Nick Monteleone 13-82, Luke Cope 13-55, Josh Pickett 6-29, Grant Wagner 5-10.
PASSING-McDonald, Ben Carkido 7-16-110-0; East Palestine, Luke Cope 5-13-85-1.
RECEIVING-McDonald, Zack Conley 3-76, Jake Reckard 3-24, Caleb Dimery 1-13.; East Palestine, Josh Pickett 3-30, Nick Monteleone 1-49, Ryan Ross 1-11.
INTERCEPTIONS- McDonald, Cameron Ifft, Mike Zarbaugh.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES-East Palestine, Ryan Ross.