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River Pilots Drown The Bridgeport Bulldogs, 62-20

October 11, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The River Pilots out-scored the Bridgeport Bulldogs, 49-6, in the first half, and went on to coast to a 62-20 blow-out on the Bulldogs' homecoming night - Oct. 6 at Perkins Field in Bridgeport.

Class-AA Player of the Year Lukas Isaly again had his normal game. He scored two rushing touchdowns, while churning 84-yards on the ground, and passed for 203-yards on six completions and three more touchdowns to lead the Pilots.

"We came out and did what we wanted to do. It was a great start. Tonight we also finished unlike last week," Flannery said. "We showed nice offensive balance and a lot of kids got touches in the first half.

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Photo by Pam Bennett
In the photo, the Pilots #23 Drew Wagnild gets some running room to pick up a nice gainer.

"It was nice to have all our young players see plenty of playing time. Our lines did a super job on both sides of the ball," he added. "After the last two weeks tonight was a good way to right the ship."

The Pilots raced to a 21-0 upper-hand after one quarter, with Isaly tacking on the first two scores on runs of 12 and 35-yards, before hooking up with Drew Wagnild from 50-yards out from the air.

However, River bumped it up a touchdown in the second quarter with an Isaly to Drew Dietz 14-yard touchdown reception. Hunter Dennis ran one in for the Pilots from five yards out, before Bridgeport got on the board on a long 59-yard pitch to end the second period, scoring with the Pilots on top, 49-6.

Much of the second half was played under the OHSAA mercy rule guidelines with the Bulldogs adding a pair of TD runs, and the Pilots tacking on a Wagnild 30-yarder and a Chase Lawrence two-yard run. The Pilots kicker, Grant Williams converted six of seven tries for all the scoring.

The lopsided triumph ended a brief two-game skid for the Pilots, while the Bulldogs three-game winning streak ended abruptly.

"I told our team after last week's game that we want to finish on a 4-0 run. We got the first one tonight," Flannery said. "Now we got to get back to work and prepare for a tough Linsly team."

River amassed 504 yards in total offense, 301 coming on the ground, with Isaly leading the way with 84-yards rushing and two scores, while netting 203-yards passing and three more scores,

Wagnild added 66-yards on only four touches, while picking up 75-yards and a TD on a pair of catches. Dietz picked up 120-yards in the air on four completions and a pair of scores, while Michael Johnson tacked on 13-yards rushing, and Ethan Goudy hauled in one pass for nine yards. Hunter Dennis had a big night, as he picked up 72-yards and a TD, while Cooper VanCamp added 15 yards, and Carter Dennis six yards.

The Pilots will look to keep their playoff chances alive and host Linsly Friday, Oct. 13 at Martin Flannery Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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