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By Sean Duffy
Berea, OH– Week 2 in the 2018 High School Football Season is here and that means conference play has begun in the Southwestern Conference. Our game of the week takes us to Finnie Stadium in Berea, OH as the visiting Westlake Demons (0-1, 0-0) take on the Berea- Midpark Titans. Each team suffered a Week 1 loss and will look to rebound in week 2.
The Titans got off to a blazing fast start, driving 73 yards in the first :40 of the opening quarter, Senior QB Trevor Bycznski connected with Senior WR Garrett Waite on a 13 yd TD pass. Berea-Midpark jumped out an early 7-0 lead. After a missed 29 yd field goal attempt by Westlake, the Titan offense was on the attack this time in only two plays, one a 77 yd throw and catch from Bycznski to Senior WR Dwayne Holland, Bycznski would score on a 4 yd TD run on the very next play. Titans led 14-0 with 6:11 left in the 1st quarter.
A fumbled snap by the Demons on the next offensive possession led to another touchdown hook up between Bycznski and Holland this time for 34 yds. Berea-Midpark led 21-0 with 3:57 left in the first quarter. Westlake was finally able to get on the board thanks to a 60 yd touchdown pass from Senior QB Jacob May to Senior WR Kevin Walls, Titans lead was now 21-7. Berea-Midpark would score again to end the quarter, Senior RB Bryce Agnew 3 yd TD . The Titans led the Demons at the end of the first quarter 28-7.
The second quarter began with Westlake taking advantage of a muffed punt return by Berea-Midpark, and converting that into a 13 yd TD Pass from May to Walls.
Titans still led 28-14 with 10:29 Left in the half. Westlake’s defense was able to force a turnover on downs on the next Titan offensive possession. The Demons drove the ball 70 yds for a score, a 19 yd TD Pass from May to Senior WR Jacob Jablonski, the score was now 28-21 with 2:46 left in the half. Berea- Midpark was able to score not once but twice by the end of the half. The first was a 14 yd TD run by Senior RB Anthoney Miller, the second 9 yd TD Pass from Bycznski to Senior WR Gage Young as time expired. At the end of the first half Berea-Midpark led Westlake 42-21.
Westlake got the ball to start the third quarter, and it was clear that the game plan for the Demons was to slow the pace down. Westlake was able to put together a scoring drive of 64 yds, capped off the by 9 yd TD pass from May to Junior WR Joseph Klessel, Titans lead was 42-28 with 6;41 remaining.
Westlake’s defense was able to slow down the Titan offense and allow only a 24 yd field goal from Senior K Nicholas Ruggiero. At the end of the 3rd quarter Berea-Midpark led 45-28.
The Titans were able to force a Demon punt to open the 4th quarter, and wasted no time thanks to a 75 yd TD run by Junior RB Jabriel Williams. Titans led 51-28, after a missed extra point, with 11:02 remaining in the game. Titans would score again on a 56 yd TD pass from Bycznski to Waite for a second time in the game, a missed 2 pt conversion made the score 57-28 with 8:29 left in the game. Westlake would not go quietly though as they were able to capitalize by a great kick off return by WR Kevin Walls and later score on a 1 yd TD run by QB Jacob May, Titans led 57-35 with 6:33 remaining. That would prove to be enough for the Berea-Midpark Titans to earn their first win of the season with a final score of 57-35.
Westlake falls to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Southwestern Conference play, they will look rebound in week 3 as they travel to take on Olmsted Falls (1-1, 0-1). Berea-Midpark improves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Southwestern Conference play, the Titans will look to continue their winning ways as they host Lakewood (0-2, 0-1) in week 3. The player of the game for Berea-Midpark is Senior QB Trevor Bycznski who finished the completing 14 of 22 passes 325 yds and 4 TDs, and 1 rushing TD.
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