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Western Reserve Academy football loses first game

Published: October 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Staff report

It was fun while it lasted.

The Western Reserve Academy football team is no longer undefeated.

That became the case when the host Pioneers lost to the Columbus Crusaders 20-6 Oct. 1.

Reserve had zero turnovers in its first five games. WRA (5-1) lost the ball four times against the Crusaders.

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The Crusaders also got a touchdown on a blocked punt.

"Our defense played very well and kept us in it the entire game, but turnovers and poor special-teams play did us in," Pioneers head coach Jeff Hildebrand said.

Senior Dakota Gibbons led Reserve's defense with 13 tackles, including two tackles for a loss. Sophomore Evan Bongers added an interception for WRA.

The Pioneers are scheduled to visit Linsly Oct. 8 in Wheeling, W.Va. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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