By Sean Duffy
Amherst, OH– It is week 5 in the high school football season, marking the halfway point of the 2019 campaign. Most teams are looking to right the ship so to speak and get their season back on track, while others are looking to continue on their march towards a possible conference championship and even the playoffs. The latter is the case for our game of the week which has the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0) traveling to face Amherst Steele Comets (4-0, 3-0), both teams are tied atop the Southwestern Conference. At the end of the night one of these teams will suffer their first defeat of the week, while the other will remain in the driver seat for a SWC Championship.
The Comets would get on board first thanks to an impressive drive that was capped by a 6 yd TD pass from Amherst QB Tyler Brezina to WR Torre Weatherspoon. Comets took a 7-0 lead with 7:15 Remaining in the first quarter. Brezina and Weatherspoon would hook up again for another Comet TD. At the end of the first quarter Amherst led Olmsted Falls 14-0.
The second quarter was when both defensive units imposed their will on the offense of each team. Marked by sacks from Comet defensive lineman Lavell Gibson, and an interception for Bulldog defensive back Keegan Skoczen, neither offensive unit would find the end-zone. Both teams would combine for 7 punts in the quarter , as the first half came to an end the Comets still held a 14-0 lead.
Olmsted Falls opened the second half with 60 yd TD run from Bulldog RB Alec Wall, a missed extra point made the score 14-6 in favor of the comets with 10:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter. A huge kickoff return by Amherst’s Alden Steele set the Comets up on the Bulldog 12 yd line. Olmsted Falls would keep Amherst out of the end zone and force a 29 field goal from Amherst kicker Adam Henderson, Comets now led 17-6 with 9:49 remaining in the quarter. Olmsted Falls would answer on the very next drive, turning again to RB Alec Wall for his second rushing TD of the night this time from 12 yds out. A made extra point made the score 17-13 in favor of the Comets with 7:02 remaining in the quarter. Amherst would attempt a 34 yd field goal to end the quarter, but the Bulldog defense would again answer the call coming up with a huge block.
The third quarter would come to an end with the Comets clinging to a 14-17 lead.
Olmsted Falls would ride the wave of momentum into the 4th quarter, putting together an impressive drive that included a 4th down conversion to extend the drive. The payoff would come in the form of a 2 yd TD run by Bulldog fullback Andrew Parkowski, another missed extra point would have the bulldogs taking the lead 19-17 with 2:36 remaining in the game.
As they had done for the last three quarters the Olmsted Falls defense answered the bell and kept Amherst out of the end zone and out of field goal range for the remainder of the game, securing the Bulldogs 19-17 comeback win on the road.
Amherst falls to 4-1 on the year and 3-1 in the Southwestern Conference. The Comets were led by QB Tyler Brezina who had 2 TD passes on the night both to WR Torre Weatherspoon. Amherst will look to rebound in week 6 as they travel to take on Avon Lake.
Olmsted Falls improves to 5-0 on the year and 4-0 in the Southwestern Conference. The Bulldogs were led by the Player of the Game: RB Alec Wall who finished the night with 2 rushing touchdowns. Olmsted Falls will look to continue their undefeated season in week 6 as they host Lakewood.
It was yet another fantastic finish to the SOT Podcast Game of the Week!
Be sure to listen live on Monday at 7:30 PM to hear the guys recap all the week 5 action in the Greater Cleveland Conference, Great Lakes Conference, Southwestern Conference, and the Suburban League.
Olmsted Falls Head Coach Tom Deluca talks about the big win over Amherst.