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Marietta’s Elyjah Lieras-Kelley (1) and Frontier’s Ethan Snyder (10) watch as Morgan’s Kole Searl knocks down a kick inside the 5 during Ohio’s 9-7 win against West Virginia in the 29th Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic Friday evening was played at St. Marys’ Bill Hanlin Stadium. (Photo by Mike Morrison)

ST. MARYS – After leading his team to nine wins in his senior season at River High School last year, few would be surprised to see Kabel Isaly make an impact in the 29th Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic on Friday night at Bill Hanlin Field in St. .

The fact that Isaly did as much damage with his right foot as he did with his right arm may have come as a surprise to some as the Ohio squad posted a 9-7 victory in a defensive battle to capture their 13th victory in the Classic. compared to 16 losses.

On the Buckeye squad’s very first possession, they moved the ball into West Virginia territory, only to see their drive stall at the 42-yard line.

Facing a fourth-and-7. the Ohio squad lined up as if they were going to try to go for the first down, but instead Isaly got off a quick punt that rolled all the way down to the 2-yard line where he was brought down by former Morgan Raider Kole Searl.

Three plays later, after Ohio’s defense had given West Virginia just a two-yard lead, they took a break when punter Josiah DeMoss was unable to field the snap cleanly and his knee hit the ground before stepping off the kick, which resulted in a safety and a 2 -0 Ohio lead.

Isaly kicked for River in his senior season, including their playoff game against the Eastern Eagles, who were coached by Ohio head coach Jason Jackson.

“Last season I scored every game, including against Eastern, so coach Jackson knew I could do it,” said Isaly, who also pinned the West Virginia squad inside the 5-yard line later in the game and averaged 40.6 yards on five punts. “I was fortunate enough to get a good role and our defense allowed us to take advantage.”

After the Ohio team got the ball back after the free kick, Isaly used his arm to set up the only touchdown the Ohio team would need to win the game.

Facing a second-and-16 at the WV 46-yard line, Isaly connected with Searl on a beautiful 34-yard pass down the sideline to give the Ohio squad the ball at the 12-yard line.

From that point on, a familiar face of Isaly took over as his former high school teammate, Finn Bowers, carried the ball seven yards to the 5 and then muscled his way into the end zone on the next play to save the Buckeye to give team a 9-0 lead.

“Our line got a good push of the ball and we had some good traps,” said Bowers, who carried the ball 15 times for 50 yards. “It was a very tough match and we were just more physical than them at times.”

After taking the lead, the Ohio squad tried to hold off the WVU squad for the remainder of the evening, struggling to move the ball in the second half, as evidenced by the fact that they only managed one as first picked up.

That lone first down was huge, though, after Ohio’s defense came up with a huge stop to force WV into a turnover on downs with just over a minute to play and needing just one first down to put it away for good .

Once again, Bowers was equal to the task as he traveled eleven yards to pick up a first down that would stab a dagger through the hearts of the West Virginia squad and allow the Ohio team to move into victory formation.

“I just knew if I could find a way to get that down first, we could put them away,” Bowers said. “The line opened a gap and I was able to take it,”

Isaly had high praise for Ohio’s defense, which answered the call every time they were challenged.

“The defense was incredible all game, allowing seven points in an All-Star game is unbelievable,” said Isaly, who rushed for 22 yards and completed 5 of 8 passes for 96 yards. “Our defense played great and we give all the credit to them.”

Both former Pilot players were grateful for the opportunity to play together again.

“It was great to be able to play with Kabel again, because this is the last time we will do that,” Bowers said. “I’m going to miss it a lot, that’s for sure.”

Isaly felt fortunate to be able to contribute to a big win for the Ohio team.

“It was great. I’ve been able to come here and watch for the last few years and to finally be able to play in it was a huge deal for me. said Isaly. “It’s for such a great cause in the field of Cystic Fibrosis and I was happy to be a part of it.”




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