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Western Reserve Academy football crushes St. Wendelin

Published: September 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Staff report

Going into week four, the Western Reserve Academy football team had been averaging close to 52 points per game.

The Pioneers exceeded that average Sept. 16.

Reserve improved to 4-0 after posting a 53-7 victory over St. Wendelin at Fostoria Memorial Stadium.

WRA, which led 53-0 at halftime, reached the end zone in all eight of its first-half possessions. The Pioneers rushed for 261 yards.

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"It was a fun game, especially for our young guys that got a lot of playing time and some valuable game experience," Reserve head coach Jeff Hildebrand said. "At one point, we had players on the field representing four different continents and five languages.

"Their enthusiasm, intensity and toughness was noticed and appreciated by the whole team."

Dakota Gibbons had touchdown rushes of 37 and 28 yards, respectively.

Quarterback Owen Levine also scored twice. He had TD carries of 3 and 15, respectively. Levine, who did not play in the second half, also completed 9-of-11 passes for 194 yards and three scores.

Other players who scored rushing TDs for WRA were Jayden Demmy (32 yards) and Evan Bongers (27 yards).

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Michael Malen caught five passes for 148 yards and two TDs. He had TD receptions of 32 and 22 yards, respectively.

The Pioneers are scheduled to host Reigning Sports Academy (Columbus) Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

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