Leetonia makes it two straight
LEETONIA — Roman Ferry scored all three touchdowns, but give the Leetonia football team all the credit.
The Bears are off to their first 2-0 start since 2008 as they ran over Mathews, 19-0, Friday.
Ferry ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and finished with 192 yards on 25 carries.
Ferry scored on a weaving 59-yard run on the fourth play of the game and the Bears never looked back. Eli Duke added the extra point to give the Bears a 7-0 lead only 1:41 into the contest.
After a Mathews punt, D.J. Pierce intercepted a Leetonia pass and raced 30 yards into the end zone. The score was nullified by a penalty, but the Mustangs turned the ball over on downs at the Leetonia 20-yard line.
The Mustangs got to the Leetonia 33 on the next possession, but Brett Davis made a tackle for negative yardage on a fourth-and-6 play.
The Bears drove 65 yards on nine plays, getting 49 yards on six Roman Ferry runs. His 13-yard touchdown run made it 13-0 with 6:25 remaining in the second quarter.
A Mathews fumble then was recovered by Marco Ferry at the Leetonia 26 with 4:28 to go before halftime.
Leetonia ran out the clock, driving 64 yards on nine plays.
A 13-yard run by quarterback Brock Simpson set up a Roman Ferry 16-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the half. But the play was nullified by a penalty.
At the Mathews 15, the Bears called a timeout with 9 seconds left and Simpson hit Dylan Lennon on an 11-yard gain as time expired. But a roughing the passer penalty on Mathews gave the Bears an untimed down at the 3-yard line.
Leetonia was going to attempt a field goal. But after a Mathews timeout, the Bears brought out their offense and Roman Ferry scored on sweep to the right, making it 19-0.
Leetonia will going for a third straight win next Friday when the Bears host Southington.
¯ Mathews dressed 22 players and Leetonia 27.
¯ At kickoff, there were 34 fans in the Mathews stands, not including the band.
MATHEWS: 0- 0-0-0– 0
L–Roman Ferry 59 run (Eli Duke kick)
L–Roman Ferry 13 run (kick blocked)
L–Roman Ferry 3 run (kick failed)
RUSHING–Leetonia, Roman Ferry 25-192.
PASSING–Leetonia, Brock Simpson 2-7-17-1.
RECEIVING–Leetonia, Dylan Lennon 1-11, Marco Ferry 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS–Mathews, D.J. Pierce.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–Leetonia, Marco Ferry, Brock Simpson, Dylan Durick.