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Huron loses to Elyria Catholic 28-21 in first round

Dan Angelo • Nov 8, 2010 at 12:33 AM

The key to Elyria Catholic's 28-21 win over Huron in the first round of the Division IV playoffs Friday at Knights of Columbus Field in came late in first quarter when Jake Lawler picked off a Brian Bollenbacher pass and returned it 95 yards for a score, if you ask the Panthers.

Tony Legando saw things a bit differently.

"I think the key to the game was the fact that when the got ahead, our kids did not back down," Legando said. "They kept playing and it made them keep play. Elyria Catholic had to play right up to the end."

The interception could be viewed as a 14-point swing, which the Panthers (10-1) pushed to 20-0 on second-quarter touchdown runs from Joe Dempsey and Danny Reaser.

But the Tigers (7-4) did not back down as Bollenbacher hit Jake Hillman with a 12-yard scoring strike with five seconds left in the half. The 12-play, 83-yard drive began with 1:44 left in the second quarter and was aided by a roughing the punter penalty against EC.

For more of this story, read Saturday's Sandusky Register.

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