CALCUTTA - The Bulldogs did their part.
The Poland football team scored 42 points through the first three quarter en route to a 42-7 victory over Beaver Local Friday night at Fighting Beaver Stadium to spoil Senior Night for the Beavers.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 7-3 on the season, and Poland must wait and see if it has done enough to qualify for the playoffs in Ohio Division III Region 11. The Bulldogs entered play Friday night
Beaver Local's Dan Lattanzio runs the ball Friday against Poland. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
ninth in the standings.
Beaver Local ends the season at 2-8 with the loss.
"Hats off to Poland," first-year Beaver Local head coach Jeremy McElroy said. "They are a solid team. They play hard. They are a physical football team."
The game was the final one for Beaver Local as a member of the All-American Conference.
"We broke our AAC losing streak," McElroy said. "We would have liked to accomplish more. We would have liked to have reached more of our goals."
Both teams ran 50 plays in the game. Poland finished with 348 yards and six touchdowns. Beaver Local ended up with 186 yards and one touchdown.
The Bulldogs ran the ball 39 times for 270 yards. Poland scored all six touchdowns came on the ground.
Running back Ross Gould rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Quarterback Jake Wolfe ran for 14 yards and two touchdowns. Wolfe also completed 8 of 11 passes for 78 yards.
Art Duran led the Bulldogs with two catches for 31 yards.
Poland amassed 16 first downs in the game. The Bulldogs were penalized nine times for 79 yards. Poland fumbled three times, losing one.
The Bulldogs only punted one time in the game. The fourth-quarter punt traveled 28 yards.
The Beavers ran the ball 37 times for 144 yards. The Beavers lone score was a rushing touchdown.
Daniel Lattanzio tallied 52 yards on 12 carries to lead the way for Beaver Local on the ground. Justin Osbourne ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Austin Brooks and Trevor McLaughlin combined to complete 6 of 13 passes for 42 yards. Brooks was 5 for 12 with 33 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
Osbourne led the team with four catches for 24 yards.
Beaver Local picked up eight first downs in the game. The Beavers committed nine penalties for 87 yards. Beaver Local punted four times with an average of 19.83. The hosts held the ball for 23:50.
The Bulldogs broke the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter.
Poland opened the scoring in the first quarter. Nick Meris ran in from the 3 to put Poland up 6-0. Conner McFadden made the extra point to make the score 7-0 with 2:59 left to play in the quarter.
In the second stanza, Gould rumbled through the Beaver defense en route to a 46-yard touchdown. McFadden's PAT made the score 14-0 with 11:38 left to play before halftime.
Next, quarterback Jake Wolfe scampered in from the 6, and McFadden's conversion kick split the uprights to put the visitors up 21-0 with 5:13 to play before halftime.
Finally, Wolfe tacked on his second score of the game - this one from 4-yards out - and McFadden's extra point made the score 28-0 with 41.6 seconds still showing on the scoreboard clock.
The Bulldogs added two more touchdowns in the third quarter.
The first came on a 20-yard run by Gould. Bob DeVito tallied the extra point, and Poland led 35-0 with 11:11 to play in the stanza.
Poland's last score of the game came on a 34-yard run by Austin Wilson. McFadden put the ball through the uprights on the extra point to increase the Bulldogs lead to 42-0 with 5:34 left to play in the quarter.
Beaver Local's lone score came on a 2-yard run by Osbourne in the fourth quarter. Justin McCoy converted the extra point making the score 42-7 with 7:45 left to play in the game.
The game was the final one for Beaver Local's 17 seniors.
"Transition is always toughest on the seniors," McElroy said. "They worked hard to get his off on the right foot in the summer, and they did."