As the winds continued to elevate on Friday night in Watertown so did the Cyclones offensive efficiency. The Canton Bears defense opened the game picking up where it left off the previous weekend at home against the Franklin Academy Huskies with a solid showing stopping the Cyclones opening drive and getting their offense on the field. Seventeen plays and multiple ball carriers later, the Bears where able to strike first on the scoreboard when Hunter Blauvelt, behind a strong push by the offensive line bulled his way into the end zone on a fullback wedge play. The ensuing extra point attempt was unsuccessful but put the Bears on top 6-0. The Cyclones then began moving the ball both on the ground and in the air as they were able to hang the next 14 points on the board. Despite moving the ball somewhat effectively in the first half, a couple of untimely penalties, a fumble and an interception cost the Bears several opportunities to score. Unable to answer the Cyclones charge they ended the first half behind 14-6.
With the ball in the hands of quarterback Adam Calton, the Bears opening drive of the second half methodically moved the ball into scoring position behind the rushing efforts of Zack VanBrocklin (23 carries for 167 yards) and Connor Ramsey (23 carries for 129 yards). The Bears second score of the evening came when Ramsey broke free from the grasp of a couple of would be tacklers as he raced 45 yards to the end zone, erupting the Bears sideline and fans! The two point conversion was good giving notching the score at 14 apiece.
The Bears next score came when the offensive line of the Bears; including the efforts of Connor House, Zack VanBrocklin, Bryce Lake, Lucas LaSiege, Justin Perry, Colby Young, Kobe Wells, Hayden Knauf, Brandon Murcray and Reiss Ryan, as well as the tough nosed lead blocking by Blauvelt, gave their quarterback Calton enough of a push to wedge him into the end zone on a 4 yard quarterback plunge. A Ramsey run on a reverse action made the two point conversion good and the Bears’ second score of the half was on the board!
The final touchdown was marked when Zack VanBrocklin rushed over the goal line with a 13 yard scamper putting the Bears on top 28-26 with just over 8:00 remaining. The teams’ elation was short lived as this would prove to be the final score for the visiting team on the evening. Over the next several minutes it was all Cyclones. Deonte Hall, Watertown Quarterback put on a show, likely securing his position as the starting Quarterback for the rest of the season. His 238 yards rushing on 13 carries put the Bears tacklers on spin cycle as he twisted his way out of the grasp of Canton Gridders on too many occasions. The Watertown sophomore ran for both of his teams’ final scores securing their victory at 40-28. His 5 touchdown evening included runs of 17, 20, 28, 43, and 44 yards. His running back Jaiden Ramsey was also able to produce 150 yards of his own on 14 carries.
As was mentioned earlier VanBrocklin (1 TD) finished with 167 yards rushing for the Bears, Ramsay (1 TD) with 129 yards rushing (each on 23 carries). Hunter Blauvelt carried the pigskin 4 times for 8 yards and a touchdown as well as a 2 point conversion. Calton (1 TD) finished the evening 2-8 passing and 12 rushing with both completions going to Ashton Cloce for a total of 7 yards.
The Bears will be back in action this Saturday on John Oliver Field as they face the undefeated and soon to be state ranked OFA Blue Devils. Kick-off is set for 1:30.