ONLINE FIRST: MdCV rallies to down Eagles
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UNIONTOWN -- Uniontown's football team lost the battle Friday night but the Eagles could still come out with a playoff berth if they can take care of business in their final two games of the regular season.
Visiting Marais des Cygnes Valley scored the game-tying touchdown and kicked the winning extra point with 36 seconds to go in a key Eight-Man I Distrct 1 battle to remain unbeaten in district play. At 3-0 in the district and 5-2 overall, the Trojans have all but assured themselves a playoff berth as they have beaten the other primary contenders in consecutive weeks. Marais des Cygnes gave Waverly its first loss of the season last week, 34-26.
"We felt this game was going to be a battle, that we were very evenly matched teams," Uniontown head coach Chad Stroud said. "We did the fundamental things right which gave us a chance to win. We only had three penalties, we took care of the football very well, and we tackled pretty well.
"You have to give MdCV credit. They made a few more plays than we did and at crucial times in the game. We dropped a couple deep balls, one of which was a touchdown. Their first score came on a 62-yard pass when we had them behind the sticks. Their second score came on fourth-and-4 from our 28. They returned the second-half kickoff to our 4-yard line which gave them lots of momentum."
Uniontown is 2-1 in the district, 4-3 overall. Waverly, which beat St. Paul 30-6, is 2-1, 5-1. The Eagles play at Waverly in the final game of the regular season on October 30 and it's likely, barring any upsets next week, that that game will determine the second playoff berth from the district.
Uniontown led 8-6 after the first quarter and 22-12 at the half. MdCV caught up to within 28-24 after three.
The Trojans took possession with 3:30 left in the third quarter and scored 15 plays later with 8:17 left in the game to take a 30-28 lead.
"On that drive they fumbled," Stroud said, "but we couldn't come up with the ball."
Eagle quarterback Jacob Duffey hooked up with receiver Cole Schafer for a touchdown 4:15 left in the game. The score was 36-30 after a 2-point conversion.
Stroud said that on the game-winning drive, the Trojans, "fumbled twice but we couldn't come up with the ball. They converted a fourth-and-5 with 1:26 left. If we had made a stop there, we could have gone to the Victory formation as they were down to one time out."
The Trojans were able to rally despite fumbling five times and committing 10 penalties. They only lost one of those fumbles, however, and finished the game with more total offense, 401 yards to 236.
"Our run defense was very solid,"Stroud said, "but their passing game was the difference. Most of the time we were in great position but just didn't play the ball in the air very well."
Duffey completed 8 of 16 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for a score and made a team-leading 14 tackles on defense. Schafer caught a touchdown pass and gained 51 yards from Duffey's passes. John Reed rushed for 41 yards and a score while making 11 tackles on defense. Tyler Johns caught 42 yards of passes and had a touchdown. Tommy Joles had a rushing touchdown.
Zach Schwalm made six tackles for the Eagle defense.
Marais des Cygnes rushed for 123 yards and passed for 278.
Uniontown hosts Pleasanton (0-3, 1-6) Friday night, which will be senior night. This will be a district game and a Three Rivers League contest. MdCV will host St. Paul (1-2, 2-5). Waverly travels to Marmaton Valley (1-2, 2-5), which beat Pleasanton, 51-6.
NOTES -- Uniontown clinched second place in the TRL despite the loss when champion Chetopa routed Crest, 54-6. Crest fell to 3-2 in the league while the Eagles stand at 4-1. Since the TRL uses tie-breakers, Uniontown will be the second-place team even if it should lose to Pleasanton Friday night. Crest's remaining league game is October 30 at home against Altoona-Midway (0-5, 0-7)....