LAWRENCE PARK — With 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Iroquois Braves picked off a pass from Union City quarterback Ryan Myers to dash the Bears’ hope of winning on the road last night.
In a region game that saw seven turnovers, the Iroquois Braves (2-0 Region 2, 3-1 overall) came out on top of the 14-9 score.
The loss dropped the Bears to 2-1 in Region 2 and 2-2 overall.
Iroquois, which didn’t score either of its two TDs on offensive plays, lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter by intercepting a Ryan Myers pass and running the ball into the end zone to go up 6-0.
The PAT gave the Braves a 7-0 lead that they took into the lockerroom at halftime.
Union City bounced back in the third when Ryan Myers hit the end zone for the Bears’ only touchdown of the night.
The extra-point kick tied the score at 7.
The score remained tied until Iroquois scored its second TD of the game after recovering a Union City fumble in the fourth quarter. The PAT gave the Braves a 14-7 lead.
Union City had hopes of putting a notch in the W column, though, after Iroquois punted the ball in the end zone and the Bears scored on a safety with 1:50 left in the game.
But with just 58 seconds remaining, Myers’ pass was intercepted, giving the Braves their last possession and just enough time to run out the clock.
The Bears totaled 281 yards on the night and held the Braves to 113.
Union City recorded 251 years rushing to just 82 yards for Iroquois.
The Braves had 31 yards in the air to Union City’s 28 yards.
Myers rushed 12 times for 136 yards and scored one TD.
Jared Burger had 21 carries for 104 yards for the Bears. Robbie Hollis had 15 yards rushing on six carries, and Shane Rankin carried the ball once for minus one yard.
Myers completed three-of-13 passes for 23 yards. Burger, who went in as quarterback in the final stanza, threw two incomplete passes.
Rankin made one reception for seven yards.
Union City made five turnovers, with three fumbles and two interceptions.
Iroquois fumbled the ball twice.
UC next hosts Eisenhower for its homecoming game on Friday night.