Perhaps Poland was still lingering from its last-minute loss to Struthers last week. The Bulldogs did not look themselves on Friday night.
East had a lot to do with that after a virtuoso defensive performance that might rank as one of the best in recent history.
The Golden Bears took an early touchdown lead and made it stand up for a 10-0 win at Dave Pavlansky Field.
The victory will mean as much off the field since East will pick up plenty of computer points to be in the playoff hunt with three weeks remaining.
Poland entered the game fourth in Division IV, Region 13 and East was 14th in the same region.
“We talked about what this game could do for us and we told the kids our next game is the big game,” said East coach Brian Marrow, referring to undefeated Canfield. “We went into tonight saying this was our big game because it would bring a lot of points for us.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.