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Youngstown Christian gets first victory

September 22, 2013
By ERIC FORTUNE - Special to Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

POLAND - It's been a rollcoaster of a season thus far for the Grand Valley Mustangs.

It looked like early on that possibly they would get the proverbial monkey off their back as they took a early lead over a previous winless Youngstown Christian squad only to see it self-destruct in the second half on the way to a 40-28 setback.

"I don't think they did anything different in the second half," Grand Valley coach John Glavickas said. "We were just able to stop the run in the first half. Our kids were getting to the ball. Many times we had six hats on the ball. We gave them space and we paid for it."

Those runs that weren't happening for the Eagles became a reality time and time again as they had four plays of 70 yards or more to break open a 6-6 ball game early in the third quarter.

The player who, in essence, was instrumental in breaking the Mustangs' back and providing life to Youngstown Christian (1-3) was Darien Townsend who hauled in two touchdown passes and put the exclamation point on the game when his 71 yard scamper down the sideline made it 33-20 in favor of the Eagles.

"Darien Townsend, a couple of plays that he made shouldn't have even worked, but he made it work," Youngstown Christian coach Brian Marrow said. "He's an unbelievable player."

Still, the Mustangs (0-4) hung around despite big play big play thanks in large part to their quarterback Jake Vormelker who got it tied back up at 20 all and has been the bright spot in a disappointing season for the Mustangs.

"We felt good," Glavickas said. "We marched right down the field passing the ball and doing the little things and on the following drives we were no longer able to do that."

"We do ride Jake. We do ride that wave. Usually as Jake goes, we go. There is no guessing who our playmaker is. He does a great job for us."

Fortune is a freelance writer for the Ashtabula Star Beacon