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Western Reserve stays perfect, beats Lowellville

October 12, 2013
Underthelights

BERLIN CENTER - The start of the Lowellville-Western Reserve game was delayed one hour and 20 minutes due to a power failure.

But once the lights came back on, it was the Devils that provided the electricity as they scored on two big plays in the first half en route to a 36-7 victory over the Rockets.

Following a long drive by the Rockets to start the game they were forced to punt the ball from the Devils 31-yard line. A short punt down to the 12 seemed to be a way to keep the Devils bottled up, but the Devils fullback Dan Zilke had other ideas.

On the first play from scrimmage, Zilke blasted off the right side of the line and cut to the outside, racing 88 yards for a touchdown and a Devils 8-0 lead following a two-point conversion. That score came with 6:28 remaining in the first quarter.

The Devils scored again in the second quarter on another electrifying run. This time with the Rockets facing a fourth-and-5 situation from their own 6-yard line, Lowellville punter Jake Maszczak got off a low line drive kick. The Devils' Dan Rosati picked it up on the bounce, broke a tackle and raced around right end down the sideline 36 yards for a touchdown. Rosati scored with 2:59 left in the quarter gave the Devils a 15-0 halftime lead.

The Blue Devils essentially put the game away midway through the third quarter when they scored on a 1-yard plunge by Zilke with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter. That score pushed the Devils advantage to 22-0.

They would add to their lead 5 minutes later when Devils quarterback Nick Allison started to heat things up. Allison hit Joe Falsca on a 11-yard pass with 2:09 remaining in the quarter to give them a 29-0 lead.

The Rockets kept fighting though as they would finally get on the scoreboard with 8:25 remaining in the contest. The Rockets Phil Ginnis plowed into the end zone from 2 yards out to cut the Devils lead down to 29-7.

The Devils added a little insurance late in the game when Evan Nesbitt scored from 6 yards out with just 2:24 remaining in the game. That score gave the Devils the final margin of 36-7.

"That's a good football team," Rockets head coach Jeff D'Altorio said. "They're better than us right now.