The highly anticipated Week 10 football matchup between Buchtel and East turned into a low-scoring game with strong defensive play.

East scored two touchdowns for a 14-0 victory to win the City Series championship Friday night at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

The result concluded the season for East (7-3, 5-0) and Buchtel (5-5, 4-1) with the cancellation of the City Series postseason final. Akron Public Schools athletic officials and coaches from each team agreed earlier this week to cancel the Week 11 game.

East and Buchtel competed for the full 48 minutes, and it was the Dragons who ended their season with a seven-game winning streak and shutouts against all five league foes.

“We formulated our defense this year so that our linebackers could be able to run, fly and make plays,” East coach Marques Hayes said. “Seniors Cardeyaire Trammell, Marlon Lee and Bangally Kamara — those guys have been flying around all season at linebacker.

“We use three down linemen and five defensive backs,” Hayes added, naming junior Vincent Carpenter, senior Tariq Williamson and senior Miles Cooper on the line and juniors DeAnthony Becton and Shawn Gates and seniors Deshawn Jones, George Rozier and Amarian Robinson in the defensive backfield.

East took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when junior Richtell McCallister ran 26 yards for a touchdown and Kamara kicked the extra point.

The Dragons extended their lead to 14-0 with 39 seconds to go in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown run by Rozier and Kamara’s second extra point.

McCallister, Rozier and senior Romeo Felton were the primary ball carriers for East, with Rozier finishing with 102 yards on 15 carries and Felton with 85 yards on 17 carries.

“We just went out there and balled tonight,” Williamson said.

Both teams put together several impressive plays, but multiple turnovers and penalties also affected the flow of the game.

Buchtel hit on some big plays with juniors Martavien Johnson and Daemond Gibbons and senior Marquell Cook, but East’s defense tightened up when it needed to.

“We contained their playmakers and we made sure they played inside the tackles so that they wouldn’t get any outside burst plays,” Kamara said. “They are explosive on the outside.”

East entered Friday on a six-game winning streak with victories over Dover (19-17), Copley (27-7), Kenmore-Garfield (67-0), Firestone (54-0), Ellet (47-0) and North (48-0).

“We were able to shut out our City Series opponents because we had a lot of confidence in everybody on our team,” Kamara said.

The Dragons season started with losses to Jackson (29-12), Perry (21-14) and St. Vincent-St. Mary (23-7), but Hayes and his staff rallied their players.

“We came together as a team and family, and went out and played hard,” Lee said. “We were at our best in the Dover game.”

Hayes said he was pleased with the way East played “up front on both sides” on Friday.

Michael Beaven can be reached at mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.