By Rob Trautman
North Olmsted, OH- If you don’t like offense, stop right here. This game produced excitement, big plays, and a first round matchup that scored 93 points between the two teams. On this night North Olmsted would make history by winning their first ever post season win 48-45.
In the first quarter we got a glimpse at what this night could be like. With 9:51 left in the first quarter North Olmsted quarterback Anthony Guercio started the scoring with a 43 yard touchdown pass too wide receiver Jared Kelley.
On the next series Midview quarterback Ethan Surdock was intercepted by Eagles defensive back Eric Wasen who took it to the house from 24 yards out. Quickly, North Olmsted jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Midview would answer back as quarterback Ethan Surdock would connect with wide receiver Connor Awad from 17 yards out. The score was 14-7. After a North Olmsted punt, the Middies would drive down the field and settle for a 27 yard field goal from kicker Kaiden Koch who hit a 27 yard field goal.
After 1 quarter of play North Olmsted led Midview 14-10.
In the Second quarter Midview would turn the ball over on an intercepted pass. The Eagles would put a nice drive together that would lead to a 5 yard touchdown run by Jio Rodriguez. The extra point was no good and North Olmsted led 20-10.
After a fumble by the Middies at 4:38 in the second quarter, the Eagles would drive into Middies territory where they would try for a 27 yard field goal. The ball sailed wide left. Midview would take over and establish a drive that took almost 3 minutes off of the clock. That would lead to a Surdock 3 yard touchdown run. The Middies cut the Eagles lead to 20-17 before half. North Olmsted wasn’t done as they got what looked to be a big score by Guercio to his wide receiver Macguire Savarino for 47 yards, but they got caught with an illegal man down field that wiped the touchdown away before half. North Olmsted would lead 20-17 at halftime.
The third quarter would start and it was the Eagles who would score first as Guercio would run it in from 4 yards out. North Olmsted now took a 27-17 lead.
The third quarter went back in forth with a flurry of scoring. Below are highlights from the third quarter. Midview captured the SportCenter Top Play with Surdock connecting with his wide receiver Bryce Newton. Take a look!
North Olmsted quarterback Anthony Guercio would run a touchdown in from 1 yard out to give the Eagles a 34-24 lead in the 3 quarter with 4:57 left.
The third quarter would end with Midview trailing North Olmsted 34-31.
The fourth quarter would start with both teams trading big play after big play. Neither team wanted to give up in this game. North Olmsted would strike on a 2 yard touchdown run by Guercio who extended their lead back to 10 points with a 48-38 lead with 7:25 left.
Once again the Middies were down but not out, scoring on a 1 yard touchdown run by Surdock that would cut the Eagles lead to 48-45.
Finally we saw some key defensive plays. Midview’s defense got the stop they needed to give them the ball back and a chance to tie or take the lead with 2:24 left in the game. The Middies would get a great drive, deep into North Olmsted Territory, but with :21 left in the game defensive back Daniel Davis would seal the deal with an interception that would give the Eagles their first ever postseason win.
Eagles win, 48-45 over the Middies in the First Round Playoffs! North Olmsted improves to 2-4 and will now face the Avon Eagles in the next round of the playoffs. Avon won the first matchup in Week 4, 42-14. Midview falls to 1-6.
Both teams– 13 Combined touchdowns
QB Anthony Guercio- 234 yards passing 1 TD, 172 yards rushing 4 TDs
QB Ethan Surdock- 321 yards passing 3 TDs 3 INT, 128 yards rushing 2 TDs
5 Turnovers in the game as a team for Midview
Player of the Game
Anthony Guercio of North Olmsted. He talked to WOBL/WDLW Radio after the game about an incredible night.
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