The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 15, 2012


Star Beacon

Upper Buckeye Grey ,8   Upper Madison Blue 0

Madison Red Bird – Defense, defense, defense. The mantra for most youth football teams is that offense scores points and wins games, but defense wins championships. The Upper Buckeye Grey and Upper Madison Blue put defense on display Saturday at Madison Red Bird for a low scoring affair that saw the Warriors hang on for an 8-0 victory and advance them to the conference championship game Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Perry.

Christian Blank broke free for an early 65-yard touchdown and then completed the ensuing point after touchdown pass to T.J. Johnston for the only score of the game.  Blank finished the game with 216 rushing yards with Alec Katon (36 yards), Dylan Hanna, Johnston, and Josh Tack all contributed to the offensive rushing attack.

The shutout was a total team effort with Upper Grey (5-3) getting tackles from 14 different players. Evan Rapose led all tacklers with 6 while Curtis Warren and Jacob Corbitt each had 5 tackles, Blank, Hunter Olivarez, Alex Brown, and Johnston all had 4 tackles, Tack, Max Crooks, and Garrett Webster all had 3 tackles, Jason Bisbey had 2 tackles, and Katon, Nick McAfee, and Tony Latak each had a tackle.  The Conference Championship Game will pit the

Upper Buckeye Grey will Upper Perry White Saturday at at 2 p.m. at Perry’s Alumni Stadium.


Lower Buckeye Grey 19, Lower Madison Blue 0

Ashtabula Township – 96, 65, and 29. Chris Jones, Will Walker, and Jonah Anservitz. Those three numbers and those three players represented the yardage and players who covered that yardage for touchdowns in Lower Buckeye Grey’s playoff win to keep their record unblemished at 7-0.

Austin Jury, Brian Bisbee, Jared Biller, and Zach Furman all contributing to the rushing attack, the Warriors advance to the Conference Championship game in the lower division of the FYFL.

The defense once again stepped up to pitch a shutout for the fifth time on the season. With Jones (1 interception) and Anservitz (1 fumble recovery) leading the way on defense with 6 tackles apiece, Walker adding 5 tackles and 1 interception, Blake Long added 4 tackles, J. Biller, Zach Winchell, and Furman all had 2 tackles. Kyle Biller (1 fumble recovery), Tyler Morton, Austin Clark, and Bisbee all had 1 tackle each. Justin Jury also recovered a fumble for the defense.

The Lower Grey will play against Lower Perry White in the conference final Saturday at 5, also at Alumni Stadium.


Upper Buckeye Red 13  Upper Perry Red 6

Perry Township – “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” That old adage isn’t always so true. The Upper Reds of the Buckeye and Perry communities met once earlier this season and saw the Perry team come back from a halftime deficit to take the win. Buckeye (4-4) once again had a halftime lead and saw the Perry Red team come right out after halftime to drive the length of the field to tie the score. The Warriors made a second impression this time as Aaron Anderson hit a quick screen pass to Aaron Pocatko (70 total yards 1 TD) who turned it into a game changing touchdown run after the catch. Anderson (67 yards rushing 1 TD, 80 yards passing 1TD) had started the scoring in the game on the first play from scrimmage when he broke free to the outside and outran everyone for a 65 yard touchdown. Dylan Fitchet (27 total yards) and Nick Monda (20 total yards) also added to the Warrior offense.

Defensively, the Buckeye squad was led by Anderson with 10 tackles, Monda had 8 tackles, Jacob Zappitelli had 7 tackles, Pocatko and Adam Talso both had 5 tackles and one fumble recovery each, Jacob Tackett, Ryan Bento, and Hayden Kanicki all had 3 tackles, Kobe Williams and Hugh Flanigan (1 fumble recovery) both had two tackles apiece.

The win propels the Upper Red to their conference championship game Saturday at 3:30 at Alumni Stadium.



This is the first time the Buckeye Community Midget Football League has qualified three teams for the conference finals in the same season.

Lower Geneva Red will play Lower Conneaut Blue in the other conference final at Alumni Stadium at noon.

— Sean Sheldon

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