UNION CITY — The Youngsville Eagles weren’t soaring in Union City Friday night.
But they did get a triple-decker burger handed to them in a rain-soaked Region 2 matchup that saw the Union City Bears down the Eagle 18-6.
The Bears’ Jared Burger scored all three touchdowns for Union City — all in the second quarter.
Burger ended the night with 117 yards on 25 carries, upping his District 10 total to 1,176 yards.
The win lifted the Bears to 6-1 in Region 2 play and 6-2 overall.
Youngsville dropped to 3-4 and 3-5.
The Bears remain one game behind Mercyhurst Prep, which beat Saegertown last night in another Region 2 matchup.
Coach Brian Patten’s crew stayed with a ground game most of the night, with quarterback Ryan Myers completing 1-of-3 passes for nine yards.
“In this kind of weather, we like to stay on the ground,” Bears Coach Brian Patten said. “It’s what we do best.”
Youngsville got their only score of the night with 7:10 showing in the first quarter on a 24-yard run from Cory Craig. The PAT failed, but Youngsville had a 6-0 lead.
Burger and the Bears got down to business in the second quarter, after the Eagles’ Michael Gibson fumbled a hand-off, and Tyler Williams made the recovery for Union City.
Three plays later, Burger trotted into the end zone from the 11-yard line for the Bears’ first score of the night with 10:51 showing on the clock. Tony Pelc’s kick went through the uprights but was negated when the Bears got called for holding. Robbie Hollis tried for a 2-point conversion run but was knocked out of bounds.
Just about a minute later, Jesse Vasquez intercepted a Youngsville pass to put the ball back in Union City’s hands on the Youngsville 14. Burger then ran the ball in on a 10-yard sweep for his second TD. Myers’ 2-point run attempt failed, but Union City had a 12-6 lead.
With just six minutes left in the quarter, Burger scored again on a 10-yard run to the left and into the end zone to give the Bears an 18-6 lead.
Union City used a 12-play drive in the third, with Burger and Reinke eating up yardage and marching to the Youngsville 9-yard line before giving the ball back on downs.
Patten said he knew the Eagles would go for Burger, but Reinke threw them a curve.
“We knew they were going to try to stop Burger, but they were surprised when Reinke was so successful,” Patten said.
Reinke totaled 42 yards on nine carries.
After playing in a pounding snow last week against Harborcreek Youth Services, the Bears weren’t hampered by the constant downpour.
“We like to play in the slop,” Patten said. “That’s what our team is made of — line up and go forward.”
Robbie Hollis carried the ball one time for 14 yards, and Shane Rankin had one carry for 2 yards.
The Bears had 11 first downs, and Union City’s defensive pack of Vasquez, Williams, Justin Bengel and Evan Wolf held the Eagles to six first downs.
Union City host Conneaut Valley Friday night in a nonregion game.
Youngsville 6 0 0 0 — 6
Union City 0 18 0 0 — 18
YV - Cory Craig (24, run) kick failed
UC - Jared Burger (11, run) run failed
UC - Burger (10, run) run failed
UC - Burger (10, run) PAT failed