MORRISTOWN — Union Local High suffered a 36-26 setback to Bellaire in Buckeye 8 gridiron action on Friday.
UL senior quarterback Bobby Stewart had a strong offensive effort with 338 all-purpose yards and three scores, but 268 yards and five passing touchdowns from Bellaire quarterback Mason Ramsey proved key to the Big Reds’ victory.
Ramsey’s favorite target was D’eondre Burney, who snagged seven passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Stewart only needed a little over two minutes to scramble away from the Big Reds defense and reach the end zone on a 51-yard run, while also driving home the point-after kick to give UL a 7-0 early lead.
The second quarter was a different story as Bellaire notched three consecutive scores on a 32-yard Ramsey field goal; a Ramsey pass to Noah Harris from four yards out and another Ramsey pass to Burney for 43 yards putting the Big Reds ahead 15-7 after two failed two-point tries.
Union Local cut the lead to 15-13 as the clock hit all zeros for the half when Stewart dialed up a one-yard pass to senior tight end Isacc Goodson which gave the Jets some momentum going into the locker room.
However, Bellaire did not let that last-second score take away its focus as Ramsey connected with Burney for a 25-yard touchdown pass just two and a half minutes into the second half.
The defenses battled it out for the remainder of the third frame, but the Big Reds struck once again in the fourth period when Ramsey hit Tyson Camsky from six yards out to stretch Bellaire’s lead to 29-13.
Union Local turned in two more touchdowns in the fourth on a two-yard run by junior running back Brian McWhorter and a Stewart completion to receiver Josh Bolyard for 22 yards, but a Bellaire score separating the two Jet touchdowns put the game out of reach.
Stewart went to the air 32 times, completing 24 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for 98 yards and a score.
Bolyard was Stewart’s top receiver with nine catches for 120 yards and a score, while Goodson reeled in eight throws for 59 yards and one for “six”. Shane Smolenak caught four passes for 30 yards.
Bellaire passed for 18 more yards than Union Local and ran for 20 more and the Big Reds generated 417 yards of offense to UL’s 379.
NEXT— Union Local welcomes western Belmont County rival Barnesville for the 2015 season finale Friday at 7 p.m.