Bay Village, OH– Hard to believe but we are at the midpoint of the 2022 high school football season. it is the time of the year when teams are competing for conference superiority, and also keeping an keen eye on their post season future. Our spotlight game features two teams from the Great Lakes Conference West Division. The Westlake Demons (3-1,0-0) come into the game fresh off a 49-7 Victory over Parma in Week 4. The Bay Rockets (2-2,0-0) are looking to snap a two game losing streak after a 42-14 Loss in week 4 to Valley Forge.
Westlake opened the game by using tempo to drive the ball all the way down the the Rockets !0 yd line, it was there that the Bay defense would force a turnover on downs. The Rockets would spend the remainder of the quarter working their way down the field, leaning heavily on the run game. At the end of the first quarter the score was 0-0 but the Rockets were knocking on the door.
Rockets would open the second quarter with a 3yd TD run by FR RB Charlie Rodgers, a made extra point -gave Bay the 7-0 Lead with 11:56 Remaining in the half.
The Rockets would score again in the second quarter, turning an interception of Demon QB Sam Brucchieri into points. Bay Jr RB Brendan Spellman would cap off another sustained scoring drive with a 3 yd TD Run. Rockets’ increased their lead 14-0 with 6:11 remaining in the half.
Westlake’s offense was finally able to get into a rhythm and find the end zone on their next drive. Westlake Jr RB Matthew Porcelli would score from 6 yds out. Westlake cut the Bay lead 14-7 with 4:20 remaining in the half.
After the Westlake touchdown, Bay’s offensive unit picked up where it left off, grinding out yards and first downs. Rockets RB Brendan Spellman would score his second TD of the night , this time rumbling for 29 yds. for the score. Bay would go into halftime holding a 21-7 lead.
Defense was the story of the third quarter as both teams would hold each other to a stalemate for most of the third quarter. Westlake began to find success after forcing a fumble from Spellman late in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter Westlake still down 21-7, but were deep in Bay territory .
The Demons began the fourth quarter with a 23 yd TD Run from Porcelli , his 2nd TD on the night. Demons cut the rockets lead to 21-14 with 11:30 remaining in the game.
Bay would go back to what had been working all game, running the ball and controlling the clock. The Rockets would score on a 2 yd. TD run from Jr Mac Weingart. Bay’s lead increased to 28-14 with 7:28 remaining in the game.
Westlake would score on their next offensive drive. using a combination of quick passes and an up tempo offense, Sam Brucchieri would connect with Junior WR Kaden Cole for a TD. The Bay lead now stood at 28-21 with 3:37 remaining in the game.
Unfortunately Westlake’s bid for comeback would come up short after a crucial unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Bay first down and run the clock out. Bay would walk away with 28-21 victory.
Westlake falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Great Lakes Conference. The Demons were led offensively by Junior RB Matthew Porcelli, two rushing TDs on the night. Westlake will look to get back on track in Week 6 as they play host to North Olmsted (3-2,1-0).
Bay improves to 3-2 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Conference. The Rockets were led offensively by Junior RB Brendan Spellman, two rushing TDs in the game. Rocket RBs Charlie Rogers and Mac Weingart would also score rushing TDs. Bay will look to continue their winning ways in Week 6 as they travel to Rocky River (1-4,0-1).
Elyria, OH– After a heartbreaking Week 2 overtime loss to Sandusky Perkins, the Elyria Catholic Panthers (1-1, 0-0) were looking to right the ship in Week 3. The Panthers welcomed the Midview Middies (1-1,0-0) in week 3, the Middies were also looking to get back in the win column after a Week 2 loss to Strongsville.
The Middies were first to score after picking off a Brady Cook pass deep in Panther territory. Midview would score two plays later when Marc Reed would connect with Dane West for a 27 yard TD. Midview jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
Elyria Catholic close out the first quarter with a scoring drive to ties the game 7-7. The drive was capped off by a sensational 33 yard TD run by Panther RB Levi Ellis.
Elyria Catholic would find the end zone again in the second quarter, this time through the air as QB Brady Cook connected with WR Tony Grasso for a 3 yard TD pass. as the first half came to an end Elyria Catholic held a 14-7 Lead.
Elyria Catholic would extend their lead in the third quarter as Brady Cook would find WR Colin GInley for a 12 yard TD pass. Panthers lead 21-7 with 3:50 remaining in the third.
Midview’ s Defense would get in on the scoring action forcing another Interception from Brady Cook, this time the interception was an 11 yard pick-six by Midview DB Jeremy Mathes. After three quarters of play Midview cut the panther lead 21-14.
Any momentum that Midview had going into the fourth quarter was derailed by overwhelming Panther defense and performance of Levi Ellis. The Panther’s defense was able to put relentless pressure on Midview’ s QB Marc Reed causing multiple stops on fourth down, and several sacks.
Levi Ellis would find the end zone twice more in the fourth quarter, First as a QB via a direct snap led to a pop pass of 23 yards to Ryan Tanner for a TD.
Ellis would cap off his night and secure the Panther win with a 64 yard TD run, the Panthers would walk away from this contest with a 35-14 victory.
The loss brings Midview record to 1-2 overall, the Middies were led offensively by QB Marc Reed who had a TD pass on the night and was the primary runner. On the Defensive side of the ball Midview got solid performances from DB Anthony DiFranco, who had multiple tackles and pass break ups. Midview will look get back on track in week 4 as they opens Southwestern Conference Play on the road against Olmsted Falls.
Elyria Catholic improves to 2-1 overall on the season, the Panthers were led offensively by RB Levi Ellis who had two rushing TDs and a passing TD on the night. Panthers QB Brady Cook had 2 passing TDs on the night, WRs Tony Grosso, Colin Ginley, and Ryan Tanner each had a TD reception. The Panthers will look to continue their winning form as they face Holy Name in Week 4 at North Royalton Stadium.