Suburban League American Division Week 3 Finals

Aurora 21/ Twinsburg 7

Cuyahoga Falls 6/ Barberton 55

Uniontown Lake 35/ Copley 7

Firestone 12/ Revere 51

Ravenna 20/ Roosevelt 23

Coventry 21/ Tallmadge 34

North Royalton 43/ Highland 45

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Game on!!

One Thing to watch: North Royalton vs Highland

By Sean Duffy

Better late than never is a common and popular phrase, mostly used to explain or excuse the absence of punctuality. The phrase is never more appropriately used then when it is describing my weekly primer for SOT’s Game of the Week. Sure,  we are in Week 3 of the Northeast Ohio high school football season, and yes Sports on Tap has already given you the best coverage of the first two weeks of the 2018 season. However, we at SOT feel that it is our duty to get you properly prepared for our game of the week.  How do we do that?  Simple, each week we will give you  a little tidbit that we believe will be an important factor for each team’s performance, and perhaps maybe the difference between victory and defeat.

So without further adieu we present the one thing to watch for in this week’s game of the week between the North Royalton Bears (2-0, 0-0) and the Highland Hornets (1-1, 0-0).  A cross division match-up in the Suburban League with the Bears from the National Division travel to take on Hornets of the American Division.

First we start with the North Royalton Bears,  two impressive offensive performances against North Ridgeville and Parma, One thing to look for in this weeks game for the Bears is consistent play by  Junior QB Joe Marousek.  North Royalton is an improving team and is positioning themselves to be a force in the National Division, Marousek is the key factor in that quest.  Marousek’s play has been extremely efficient and potent, last week against Parma Marousek threw for 4 TD passes.  Highland’s defensive game plan should be to get to Marousek early and often  to limit his success down the field.  If Marousek continues to play at his usual high level, it will be another impressive outing for the Junior QB.

Highland has had a bit of a up and down season so far in 2018.  They were able to ride outstanding defensive  and special teams  performances to a week 1 victory against Brunswick.  In week 2,  they were defeated by  a combination of great defense from their opponent Medina, and crucial offensive miscues, turnovers, and inconsistencies.  One big thing to watch for from the Hornets is whether or not the offense can stay out of its own way and finish drives.   In the last two games Highland’s offense has had opportunities to score but have been able to convert those drives to any points on the scoreboard.  Last week against Medina, Highland was only able to convert 2 of 13 first down attempts, and only score 1 out of 4 red zone trips.  Highland’s Jake Rogers is a talented weapon on all sides of the ball, especially special teams, but his abilities are being nullified on offense by the inconsistencies of the offensive line play, penalties that stall or reverse productive runs, and costly turnovers in the red zone.  Highland has an opportunity Friday night against  a really good North Royalton defense to get back on track offensively and play the kind of football we have come to expect from the Hornets in the past few years.

I am looking forward to a great match up between these two teams. It should be a great night for Suburban League action.   Sports on Tap will be there to bring you all of the action as these two teams look to get victory before entering the conference portion of their schedule.  We will have video highlights and a recap of the game once it is completed, and we will have live updates on social media.

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We will see you Friday night in Medina!


Suburban League American Division: Week 1 Finals

By Sean Duffy

Below are the the Final scores from Week 1 in the Suburban League American Division:

Solon 25 /  Aurora 0

Norton 20/ Barberton 21

Copley 28/ Twinsburg 49

Highland 28/ Brunswick 7

Kent Roosevelt 23 / Cuyahoga Falls 7

Buckeye 6/ Revere 43

Tallmadge 21 / Ravenna 21


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Suburban League American Division Week 10 Finals

Suburban League American Division Week 10 Finals


Barberton 48/Highland 14

Roosevelt 7/Copley 28

Tallmadge 36/Revere 28


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Suburban League American Division Week 9 Finals

Below are the Suburban League American Division Week 9 Final Scores:

Copley 7 / Aurora 34 

Roosevelt  9 / Barberton 49

Tallmadge 43 / Highland 51

Bay 28 / Revere 17


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Suburban League American Division Week 7 Finals

Here are the final scores from  Week 7 in the Suburban League American Division:

Aurora 22 /Highland 21

St. Vincent/St. Mary 14 /Barberton 35

Tallmadge 21 / Copley 7

Revere 20 / Kent Roosevelt 27


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Three Keys to the SOT Podcast’s Game of the Week: Aurora Greenmen vs Highland Hornets

By Sean Duffy

It is week 7 in the 2017 northeast Ohio high school football season and the action is  starting to really heat up.  Teams are fighting for conference titles, playoff positioning, and for some to salvage a season for their departing seniors.  Our game of the week has two teams at both ends of the season spectrum set to collide on Friday night.

The Aurora Greenmen are coming of a 34-7 loss to undefeated Barberton in week 6,  Aurora is now 2-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Suburban American Division. The Greenmen’s hopes of making the playoffs are slim,  an opportunity to repeat as conference champs will require help form other teams. Aurora’s situation is that they  need to win out in order for both of those goals to be a realistic option.

The team they are facing  week 7 is the undefeated Highland Hornets, 6-0 and 3-0 in the Suburban League American Division. The Hornets are coming off their worst game yet in the 2017 campaign, a too close for comfort 14-7 win over non conference opponent Green.  The Hornets look to rebound in a big way and exact a little revenge on Aurora for last years loss, all in an effort to stay with Barberton as the only undefeated teams in the Suburban American Division.

Without further ado, I give you my three keys to our game of the week.

  1. Aurora’ s Defense needs it best performance of the season.  Highlands offense is capable of putting up points in bunches at any point in the game.  Aurora’s Defense needs to be focused on stopping the two headed monster rushing game that is Highland QB Matthew Earnest and RB Jake Rodgers. Offensively, Aurora will need other playmakers to step up and help out their star WR Gavin Blunt and back up QB Colin McNamara, who have carried the load for Aurora all season and opposing defenses know it.
  2. The Hornets need to limit turnovers and play sound fundamental football .  Highland had a big problem last week against Green and it was the penalties and turnovers.  Highland Turned the ball over 3 times in the first half, one turnover resulting points for the opposing team.  They also committed a myriad of penalties that stalled offensive drives  and extended drives for their opponent.  Luckily a great defense and just enough offense was able to win that game.  Another performance like that could cost the Hornets in this game.
  3. Highland’s star players need to continue their excellent performances .  Highland’s team is experienced, motivated and most importantly talented.  Matthew Earnest, Jake St. Louis, and Jake Rodgers are leading in all facets of the game.  Jake Rodgers specifically has been a breakout player for the hornets not only as a running back, but also as a receiver, defender , and kick returner.  Matthew Earnest and Jake St. Louis have proved a great passing combination for the hornets offense,  and St. Louis is making impact plays defensively.  It is crucial that these stars continue to shine and perform at a high level in this game.

It is clear that the talent and skill is firmly in favor of the Hornets. Aurora will need to play their best game of the year to pull off an huge upset on Friday night in Medina.

The Sports on Tap crew will be there to cover all angles, Rob will be bringing you video highlights, Josh will be on twitter giving live updates from the sideline, and yours truly will post a recap of the game with all the details of this Suburban League American Division showdown

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See you at the Hornet’s Nest!