Friday night was the night for late-game upsets. Fortunately for the Union Local Jets, they were the upsetters in the final game played at the Belmont County Fairgrounds in St. Clairsville.
Coach Mark Cisar's Jets held a 16-13 lead late in the fourth quarter in the final Belmont County Fair Game with St. Clairsville.
However, the Jets forced a turnover. Junior quarterback Kyle Copeland engineered a game-winning drive, which culminated with a touchdown pass to Bernie Thompson with 21 seconds to go.
The Jets had scored with 7:06 to play on a 3-yard plunge by Copeland and after the placement trailed by the aforementioned 16-13 count.
The Jets' defense - with Tyler Arigoni leading the way - forced a three-and-out, but after a negative rush, St. C.'s Seth Callarik stepped in front of a Copeland pass to give the ball back to the hosts with a shade over four minutes to go.
The Devils picked up a first down and had the Jets seemingly on their heels, digging into their stash of timeouts.
On a third-and-short, the Devils coughed the ball up and Union Local's David Fisher pounced on it, putting the Jets back in business with 98 seconds to go.
Two plays later, Copeland found Fisher wide open in the middle of the field for an 11-yard pick up and a first down at the Devils' 5-yard line.
After an incompletion, Copeland took the shotgun snap, rolled right to buy himself some time and then found Bernie Thompson who caught the ball just in the end zone.
The Red Devils stretched the lead to 10 when Young raced 16 yards up the middle, capping a 2-play drive, which was set up by Joe Zebbs' 83-yard interception return to the Jets' 19.
The Jets are 3-0 and are entering their 50th anniversary celebration against Indian Creek Friday night.