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The Cardinals crush the Panthers, 34-8

October 9, 2014
By Nik Zirounis - Town Crier correspondent , The Town Crier

For the first time, Canfield's football team traveled to play a game at Youngstown East on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals crushed the Panthers 34-8 to pull even on the season at 3-3.

Heading into the game, Canfield head coach Mike Pavlansky was concerned with stopping the Panthers' speed. The Cardinals did that by overpowering the Panthers.

''Our defense did a great job all night,'' Pavlansky said. ''(Canfield's defense) played their gaps well, tackled well and defeated their blockers. We were also sound with our assignments.''

One of the assignments facing Canfield this week was to get the offense going using a new quarterback. Jake Cummings saw relief duty in Canfield's week five win over Sidney, and Pavlansky made the decision to give the sophomore his first starting nod Saturday.

Cummings responded with 55 yards rushing and three touchdown runs. Drew Rogers, the player Cummings came in for last week, also saw time behind center and rushed for 70 yards.

Most of those yards came on his fourth quarter 63-yard touchdown run that sealed the contest for the Cardinals.

While that last run may have ended the night for East, the beginning of the end came early thanks to junior C. J. Frost. The diminutive Frost came up huge against East, rushing for a team-high 72 yards, blocking a punt and running wild as a special team tackler. With a performance like that, Frost may have earned some prominent varsity playing time.

''Frost really got us going,'' Pavlansky said. ''That kid can play so many different positions and he is really good on special teams. He has showed progress.''

Also progressing since the start of the season has been Canfield's defensive line. That unit has been like a brick wall recently and will need to continue that cohesiveness if Canfield's running game is going to continue to flourish.

''(The offensive line) played a great game (Saturday) and has grown every week,'' Pavlansky said.

Canfield has pulled even on the season with four games left to play, but all of the momentum the Cardinals have built with their recent two game winning streak is in peril because up next on the schedule is undefeated, All American Conference leader Hubbard.

The Eagles are 6-0 because of so many reasons, but the two main ones reside in their backfield. Running backs Larry Scott and George Hill are Division I caliber ball carriers who ignite the Eagles offense.

Scott, a senior, had three scores and ''only'' 291 yards rushing in Hubbard's 56-6 demolition of Niles last Friday night. Hill chipped in with a touchdown reception. Alas, it is not only that dynamic duo that makes the Eagles soar.

''(Hubbard) has great speed and has great size, too,'' Pavlansky said. ''Their quarterback (Cam Ingram) can throw the football. They are definitely poised to make a run in the playoffs and are the best team we've faced so far.''

That speed and size Pavlansky alluded to also can be found on the defensive side of the ball for Hubbard. It has been a grand few weeks for Canfield's offensive line, but a really great way to be recognized would be to open up holes against Hubbard's defenders.

''(Hubbard's) defense lines up and dares you to run the football,'' Pavlansky said. ''It will be a big week for our offensive line.''

If the Cardinals can somehow control the clock with their running and keep Ingram, Scott, Hill and company off the field, then it may be a really big week for Canfield.



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