By Rob Trautman
Olmsted Falls, OH- A Week 11 First Round Playoff matchup featured two teams that loved to run the football. The weather finally stopped raining but the conditions were slick, and wet in Olmsted Falls. This was the last game on the natural grass in Olmsted Falls. Next year the Bulldogs get to play on new artificial turf.
In the first quarter Valley Forge would establish a great drive that led to the first points of the game. It was Valley Forge running back, and Purdue commit Kentrell Marks who would run it in from 5 yards out giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead early on. Olmsted Falls would respond with a 17 pass from QB Charlie Ciolek to WR Carson Atkins. The Bulldogs went for two and got it! It was an 8-7 lead after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter Olmsted Falls would start the scoring with a 27- yard run by RB Luke Dieckman. The XP was good and the Bulldogs led 15-7 with 9:02 left in the second quarter. They would again score with another running back, this time RB Rocco Conti would get into the scoring books with a 4 yard touchdown run, the 2point conversion was good and the Bulldogs started distancing themself now leading 23-7 right before halftime.
The third quarter came and went without any scoring although both teams moved the ball, both defenses held their own. In the 4th quarter Olmsted Falls running back Rocco Conti would power his way into the end zone as the Bulldogs would now lead 30-7. Valley Forge wouldn’t give up, scoring from 27 yards was the talented Youngstown commits Eddie Starks who showed his speed to the end zone. They got the 2pt conversion with get within two scores at 30-15. That is how this game would end. Olmsted Falls holds on for the 30-15 win in the first round of the playoffs.
Olmsted Falls RB Rocco Conti had 17 rushes for 144 yards and 2 TDs on the night.
The Bulldogs improve to 9-2 and will travel to Barberton to take on the Magics in the Second round of the playoffs. For Valley Forge their season ends with a 6-4 record and a very successful season.
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