Canfield trounces Chaney: QB Broc Lowry accounts for 5 Cardinal TDs
CANFIELD — Coming off of a 35-0 victory over New Philadelphia last Friday, the Canfield Cardinals (4-1) led Chaney by a large margin at halftime on Friday and rolled to a 35-6 trouncing of the Cowboys.
“The kids gave a great effort, all night long, against a dangerous Chaney team,” Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said. “It was from the beginning of the ballgame. Our offense went down and scored on the first drive.”
Canfield starting quarterback junior Broc Lowry hit fellow junior Hunter Kanotz on a 20-yard crossing route for the opening score.
Lowry accounted for all five Canfield scores with three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in the contest.
“Everyone came together tonight,” Lowry said. “It was a good game. We put up a lot of points against a good team. The defense got a lot of turnovers. It all came together well. We played Canfield football.”
Oliver Kovass intercepted a pass to give the ball right back to the Cardinals after their opening score.
“The first play, our defense picked a pass off,” Pavlansky said. “We were rolling from there.”
Lowry pounded it in on 4th down for a 1-yard touchdown making it 14-0.
Chaney quarterback freshman Matthew Jones threw another interception. This time, Lowry picked it off and had a big return.
Injuries have plagued the Cowboys this season. Jones is the third quarterback to start a game for Chaney after talented starter junior Jason Hewlett and backup Drew Gault both went down earlier this year.
“It was a learning experience,” Chaney coach Chris Amill said. “We have a lot of injuries. We have a lot of young freshmen playing. I’m glad that they’re learning to fight through adversity.”
Lowry tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior Paolo Papalia to put Canfield up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“Broc is Broc,” Pavlansky said. ” He’s a special player. But, he’ll be the first to tell ya he’s not going to be as effective as he was if there’s not an offensive line blocking for him. The receivers run the proper routes and get open for him.”
Chaney punted on the first play of the second quarter, and the Cardinals had great starting field position at the Cowboys’ 35 yard line. Lowry eventually punched it across for another 4th and 1 touchdown.
Canfield kicker Zach Ahmed refused to give the Cowboys a chance to return it as he blasted each kickoff through the end zone.
Senior Drew Carrocce caught a pass and ran 24 yards, straight up the middle of the field, to give the Cardinals a 35-0 halftime advantage.
“Zach has been sending about seventy five percent though the end zone this year,” Pavlansky said. “Obviously, that’s a big part of our game.”
Pavlansky added: “Drew plays everywhere for us. He’s a great football player.”
The Cardinals got a chance to rest some starters in the second half.
Sophomore Malik Hunter scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for Chaney.
“It got to a running clock in the second half,” Pavlansky said. “We let our varsity guys go in for one series apiece. Then, we started running some guys in and out.”