CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Sitting on the outside of the playoffs with three games remaining, the Canfield Cardinals knew they had to keep winning to have a shot and left nothing to chance, beating Niles 50-6 in front of their home fans on Friday night.a
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In the first quarter, senior running back C.J. Frost powered it in from two yards out to give the Cardinals an early 8-0 lead.
Later in the quarter it was Frost again, this time punching it in from one yard out to push the lead to 15-0.
Following another strong defensive stand by the Canfield defense, the Cardinal offense turned to Frost again, scoring from seven yards out.
Still in the first half, the Cardinals capped off another drive with a rushing touchdown, this time by junior quarterback Jake Cummings from 12 yards out, pushing the lead to 29-0.
With time running down in the first half, Niles finally got on the scoreboard on a Tyler Srbinovich seven yard touchdown run to shrink the Cardinal lead to 29-6.
Not looking to let up, the Cardinals mounted another scoring drive with seconds remaining in the first half. Quarterback Cummings called his own number from ten yards out to give Canfield the 36-6 halftime lead.
In the second half it was more of the same. Taking the second half kickoff, it only took the Cardinals one play to get back into the endzone when Frost took it 78 yards for his fourth touchdown on the game, increasing the Cardinal lead to 43-6.
Trouble continued to plague the Red Dragons. On a play that looked like Niles had scored on a fumble recovery and return of 93 yards was wiped out by a block in the back penalty, erasing the score. They would go three and out on the ensuing possession.
To make it worse, on the next Cardinal possession, reserve quarterback Kato Kim took the ball 48 yards for another score, making it 50-6 in the third quarter.
Canfield (5-2) is twelth in Division III Region 7, trailing Howland, and will play Youngstown East next week.
Niles (3-4) will host Howland next Friday night.