By Sean Duffy
North Royalton, OH– The Golden Shoe was up for grabs again this year as the Brecksville-Broadview Heights (1-1) travel into Serpentini Stadium to face the North Royalton Bears (0-2) in a Suburban League National Division Showdown.
The Brecksville Bees got the scoring started late in the 1st quarter thanks to a 25 yd TD pass from Senior QB Joe Labas to WR Luke Ganim to take a 7-0 lead with 6:25 remaining in the quarter. Multiple Bees unsportsmanlike penalties set up North Royalton with excellent field position, and the Bears took full advantage with a 14 yd TD Pass from Bears QB Micheal Piazza to Ben Pachloski a missed extra point made the score 7-6 with 3:07 remaining in the first. On the ensuing kickoff Bees WR Jeremy Jonozzo notched his second score of the night with a 72 TD return and the Bees regained the lead 14-7. As the first quarter came to an end the Bears were on the move but trailed 14-7.
On the first play of the 2nd quarter Bears QB Michael Piazza would connect with WR Omar Abuhamedeh for a 46 YD TD, a successful 2 pt attempt saw North Royalton tie the score 14-14 with 11:51 remaining in the half. Brecksville would answer with 21 unanswered points in the remainder of the half. Joe Labas connected with Jonozzo for a third time, this time for 43 yd TD pass, and a 46 yd throw and catch to Luke Buckley for a score in the quarter. Brecksville would close out the half with a 3 yd TD run from Carson Klodnick making the score 35-14 in favor of the bees .
Brecksville would continue the momentum into the 3rd quarter, as they took their first drive of the half in for a score, thanks to a 4 yd TD run by Bees RB Garret Kubitz. Brecksville now led 42-14 with 8:59 left in the 3rd quarter. The Bears closed the quarter out with a touchdown run from RB Zaden Abuhamdeh. At the end of the third quarter Brecksville led 42-21.
North Royalton was in quick strike mode to open the final quarter and put together an impressive drive that started on their own 20 yd line and traveled all the way to the Bees 1yd line. However the Bees defense came up with a huge goal line stand to force a turn over on downs and allow the Bees to chew up a lot 4th quarter time. North Royalton would add a touchdown late, a 23 yd TD pass from Piazza to Killian O’Callahan, but it was not enough as Brecksville won the game and the Golden Shoe with final score of 42-28.
North Royalton falls to 0-3 on the year and will look to get their first win of 2020 in week 4 as they host Stow (2-0).
Brecksville improved to 2-1 on the year and were led by co-players of the game Joe Labas and Jeremy Jonozzo who combined for 3 TDs on the evening. The Bees will look to continue there winning streak in week 4 as they travel to face Barberton (0-3).