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Upper Arlington Routs New Albany 41-10 to Clinch Regional Finals Spot

By Danny Fogarty, 11/12/21, 11:37PM EST


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Bears and Eagles have stood tall and flown high all year as both came into the regional semifinals undefeated.  However, by the end of Friday's game, the Bears alone remained upright beside a pile of feathers.

No. 1 Upper Arlington rolled over No. 4 New Albany 41-10 on Friday at Olentangy Patriot Stadium to clinch a Regional Championship birth.  Upper Arlington’s win was bolstered by five touchdowns by quarterback Simon Monnin.

The Golden Bears (13-0) continued their undefeated season while the Eagles (12-1) suffered their first and only loss this year.

Upper Arlington coach Justin Buttermore said Monnin, who was 10-for-14 on 170 yards passing, has been great all year and has improved every week.

"He's really thrown the ball incredibly well and really efficiently all year long," Buttermore said. "He understands coverage better than he did early in the year, and he's really making good decisions with the football."

Upper Arlington receiver Sam Cannon sprints alone on his way to a 41-yard touchdown.

The first quarter went by very quickly with both teams focusing on rushing and just a New Albany field goal being scored.

Upper Arlington took the reigns in the second scoring 28 points on two receiving touchdowns respectively by receivers Sam Cannon and Chris Mazzaferri.

Upper Arlington's defense also held a normally productive Eagles offense to their lowest score all year.  

New Albany running back Jadyn Garnes, who scored four touchdowns last week, was held without a score for the first time this season.

Having a small defensive line, the Bears' defense is not expected to be as effective as it was on Friday.  Buttermore said that, although this is true, it is his players' drive and reason that prevent offenses from scoring.

"We maybe don't look the part defensively," Buttermore said," but our kids play with tremendous effort. They're very intelligent, they execute the game plan."

The Bears' defense would continue to hold only allowing a Christian Manville rushing touchdown for the rest of the game.

Upper Arlington then added to its lead in the third with Cannon catching his third touchdown and running back Carson Gresock punching in a score of his own.

Upper Arlington will now move on to play No. 2 Pickerington Central next Friday night.

Although New Albany's season ended on a sour note, its success this season cannot be discounted and suggested great potential for the future.

The Bears, along with Medina, are now the only that is 13-0 team in Ohio's Division I. Buttermore said that to remain undefeated is an exceptional feeling going into next week.

"It feels great to be 13-0," Buttermore said. "I mean, as much as I expected to have a good season, it feels pretty special to be sitting here."