Game action between the Pirates and the Clippers.
This week’s Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week presented by Ohio Cat in association with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) featured a matchup between the Black River Pirates and Clearview Clippers. Last night’s game was the Cancer Awareness Game in which the Clippers supported the American Cancer Society’s Crucial Catch Campaign. #YouthCrucialCatch
Black River owned the first quarter. On the opening possession, the Pirates drove the ball 64 yards for the first points of the game. The possession lasted nearly six minutes as senior Dylan Kmitt would scamper 12 yards to put the Pirates up by six.
After recovering a Clippers fumble on their first possession, the Pirates were back in the business as they scored quickly on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore running Joseph McKean. At the end of the first quarter Black River had all the momentum and a 13-0 lead.
Despite a slow start, the Clippers offense would get rolling right away in the second quarter. On fourth and goal from the Pirates 13-yard line, Chase Christensen would found Jordan Reed in the end zone capped off with a two point conversion. The Clippers, led by Week 9 Browns HSGTOW MVP Christensen, would score 20 unanswered before Black River would score again in the fourth.
With four minutes remaining in the game, McKean struck again for the Pirates, this time on a 30-yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Andon O’Neal to cut the Clippers’ lead to one. First year coach and Black River alumn Kyle Clark elected to go for the win in the hostile environment and kept his offense on the field for the two-point conversion attempt. The Clippers defense held strong not only on the attempt, but the rest of the night as well as they emerged victorious 20-19.
Next Friday Clearview (7-2) plays host to Brookside (2-7) on senior night. The Black River (5-4) finishes their season at home against Columbia Raiders (3-6). Good luck to both teams next week in their final regular season game.
About Crucial Catch
The Crucial Catch program focuses on early detection, education, and access to screenings that can detect cancer early, when it’s more treatable. NFL clubs help intercept cancer in their hometowns by supporting Crucial Catch in ways that meet the needs of their communities. Many clubs extend the reach of the NFL’s national program through local grassroots efforts including youth teams and clubs focused on promoting cancer screenings, honoring cancer survivors, and planning special in-stadium or pre-game events in partnership with the Society.
The partnership supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives from cancer by funding grants to help people in underserved communities receive potentially lifesaving screening resources. For additional information visit cancer.org/youthcrucialcatch.