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Struthers holds off Campbell, 27-20

August 24, 2012
Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

STRUTHERS - Campbell tried to erase a 21-point, third-quarter deficit, but came up short as Struthers defeated Campbell, 27-20, in the season opener for both teams.

The game was unusual as the teams last met in Week 10 of the 2011 season. Struthers won in that game as well.

In the 2012 version of the rivalry, Campbell jumped out to a 6-0 lead when quarterback Brandon Reyes put in a 2-yard touchdown. It stayed 6-0 until 2:55 left in the half, when Struthers' Gary Muntean connected with Tommy Kimbrough for a 53-yard touchdown pass, evening the score.

The third quarter belonged to Struthers. Tameko Holmes started the scoring with a 20-yard dash, followed by a 1-yard run by David Stewart. Frankie Serrano capped off the Struthers scoring on an interception return.

The Red Devils tried to come back in the end but fell short. Reyes found D.J. Harrison and Braylen Wigfall for two touchdowns for 34 and 18 yards, respectively, but the 14 points weren't enough to get the victory.

Reyes led Campbell (0-1) in every offensive category. He rushed for 50 yards and was 11 for 21 for 154 yards in the air.

Struthers, which compiled 352 total yards, was paced by Stewart, who rushed for 147 yards on 19 carries. Muntean passed for 107 yards.

Southeast 55, Newton Falls 26:?PALMYRA - Brandon Olson and Cody Kollar each had three touchdowns to lead the Pirates past the Tigers in the opener for both teams.

The Pirates had 494 total yards.

Kollar had runs of 4, 5 and 20 yards to pace Southeast, while Olson had touchdown runs of 4 and 5 yards. Southeast quarterback Jordan Krych connected from 19-yards out for Olson's other score.

Southeast took a 26-6 lead into halftime.

Newton Falls' only score was C.J. Gregory's 26-yard pass to Todd Hopkins, who also had a 3-yard TD run in the second half.

Ben Forepaugh added TD runs of 10 and 44 in the second half for the Tigers.

MARLINGTON 10, POLAND 3: ALLIANCE - It was a grudge match in Alliance, with all the scoring coming in the second half. But in the end, the Dukes got a touchdown with 10 seconds left, giving Marlington the victory.

The score was tied at zero through the half. Marlington got on the board first with a Shawn Kirk 31-yard field goal. Poland answered in the fourth quarter, with Conner McFadden striking one through the uprights from 25 yards out.

But with 10.4 seconds left in the game, Kirk found Dan Krupko in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving the Dukes the victory.

The defenses for both teams were tough, as both squads were held to under 200 yards of total offense. Marlington had 164, 113 on the ground. Poland came in with 134 total yards, 106 of those rushing yards.