REGION 13 FINAL: BIG RED 33, PERRY 21
NILES — Big Red rode a huge fantastic first half to a 33-21 victory over Perry in the Division IV, Region 13 championship game on Nov. 17 inside Bo Rein Memorial Stadium.
The win gave Steubenville its fifth consecutive regional title. Coach Reno Saccoccia’s club built a 26-14 halftime lead. Both clubs, which collided in the 2016 Division IV semifinals, exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter. There was no scoring in the final 12 minutes.
Jacob Bernard had another monster night for Big Red, running for 184 yards on 38 trips and one touchdown.
Javon Davis completed 9-of-10 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Jonathon Blackmon for a 58-yard score, then found Alec Taylor for touchdown plays covering 27 and 7 yards.
Middle linebacker Eric Lulla helped the Big Red cause when he picked off a Perry pass and returned it 17 yards for a second quarter touchdown.
Perry managed 219 passing yards but finished with a negative 25 yards on the ground.
The Pirates, who entered the game undefeated, threatened twice in the final half. Each time, though, junior defensive end Kwadre Williams delivered huge sacks. The final Perry opportunity was snuffed out by a Gino Pierro interception.
Steubenville 33, Perry 21
Perry 7-7-7-0 – 21
Big Red 13-13-7-0 – 33
BIG RED: Blackmon 58 pass from Davis (Phillips kick)
BIG RED: Taylor 27 pass from Davis (run failed)
PERRY: Horvath 2 run (Agostine kick)
BIG RED: Taylor 7 pass from Davis (kick blocked)
BIG RED: Lulla 17 interception return (Phillips kick)
PERRY: Anderson 10 pass from Brewster (Agostine kick)
BIG RED: Bernard 6 run (Phillips kick)
PERRY: Martin 53 pass from Brewster (Agostine kick)
RUSHING: Perry: 22-(-25)-1 (Brewster 9-(-41); Anderson 2-(-9); Horvath 6-10-1; Allen 5-25); Big Red 52-245-1 (Bernard 38-184-1; Davis 10-35; Blackmon 2-11; Agresta 1-9: Petteway 1-6).
PASSING: Perry 17-33-219-2-2x (all by Brewster); Big Red 9-10-137-3-1x (all by Davis)
RECEIVING: Perry 17-219-2 (Anderson 2-4-1; Martin 3-68-1; Allen 6-102; Peteritis 3-10; Horvath 3-35; Big Red 9-137-3 (Jones 1-16; Pierro 1-0; Agresta 2-12; Blackmon 2-54-1; Taylor 2-34-2; Arlesic 1-21).
FIRST DOWNS: Perry 10; Big Red 19.
PENALTIES-YARDS: Perry 9-70; Big Red 9-78.
PUNTS: Perry 4-38; Big Red 3-32.
FUMBLES-LOST: Perry 1-0; Big Red 2-2.