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Clipper comeback stalls at McDonald

McDONALD–The Columbiana football team rallied back from an early 21-point deficit, but fell to McDonald in a 42-35 shootout Friday.

The Clippers are now 0-2 overall, while McDonald is 2-0.

Columbiana quarterback Jakob Cross completed 19-of-36 passes for 394 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Receiver Chase Franken had a big night with 10 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

Cross and Franken hooked up on touchdown passes of 52 and 87 yards to bring the Clippers back into the game after they fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter.

The fireworks continued in the second half, as Columbiana receiver Joey Bable (three receptions, 101 yards) hauled in an 88-yard touchdown pass from Cross to bring the Clippers within 28-26.

In the fourth quarter, Columbiana tied it at 35 on a 34-yard field goal by Collin Schick, but McDonald’s Alex Cintron answered with a game-winning 16-yard touchdown run.

McDonald narrowly outgained Columbiana 431-418. Cintron led the Blue Devils with 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries.

Quarterback Josh Celli added 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Columbiana hosts Springfield next week, while McDonald is at Champion.

COLUMBIANA: 7-13-12-3–35

McDONALD: 21-7-7-7–42

SCORING

M –Cameron Tucker 29 pass from Josh Celli (Logan Shields kick)

M –Cameron Tucker 26 pass from Josh Celli (Shields kick)

M–Josh Celli 41 run (Shields kick)

C–Chase Franken 52 pass from Jakob Cross (Collin Schick kick)

C–Chase Franken 87 pass from Jakob Cross (Schick kick)

M–Alex Cintron 1 run (Shields kick)

C–Cody Miller 1 run (Schick kick)

C–Joey Bable 88 pass from Jakob Cross (conversion failed)

M–Josh Celli 11 run (Shields kick)

C–Cody Miller 1 run (conversion failed)

C–Schick 34 field goal

M–Alex Cintron 16 run (Shields kick)

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C M

First downs 15 23

Total Yards 418 431

Rushes-Yards 18-24 52-340

Passing 394 91

Comp-Att-Int 19-36-2 8-14-2

Punts 0-0 2-13

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 5-53 7-55

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING–Columbiana, Jakob Cross 7-15; McDonald, Alex Cintron 33-180, Josh Celli 16-133.

PASSING–Columbiana, Jakob Cross 19-36-394-2; McDonald, Josh Celli 7-13-94-2.

RECEIVING–Columbiana, Chase Franken 10-242, Joey Bable 3-101; McDonald, Cameron Tucker, 6-83.

INTERCEPTIONS–Columbiana, Erik Hopfenziz, Xathon Cross; McDonald, Josh Celli, Alex Cintron.

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