Friday night turned into the Benjamin Young show as the Union senior wide receiver led the Scotties to a 33-13 nonconference win over visiting Leechburg.
Young had 79 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored three times.
Young scored two of his three touchdowns in the first half as the Scotties (1-1) jumped ahead, 12-0. He scored on runs of four and five yards.
“It was important to get that first win tonight,” Union coach Stacy Robinson said.
“It feels good to get that first win.”
In addition to his three rushing scores, Young also added five catches for 34 yards. Scottie junior quarterback Anthony Rush was 7 for 11 for 110 yards and one touchdown.
“Benjamin Young can do a little bit of it all,” Robinson said. “He's athletic, and he's as good as they come.”
Leechburg (0-2) couldn't get going on offense in the first half as the Blue Devils went three and out on their opening possession and then turned it over on downs on their second possession.
“Credit to Union's players and coaches,” Leechburg coach Mark George said. “They played very hard. I just don't think we played as hard as we can play.”
The Scotties took what looked like an insurmountable 20-0 lead when Union's Jordan Best sliced through the defense for a 27-yard score with 7:13 left in the third quarter.
Young made it 27-0 less than a minute into the fourth quarter with his third score of the evening.
Jeff DeBaldo is a freelance writer.
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