Listen: AUDIO – HSF State Semi Playoffs Recaps and State Finals Previews 11-27-17

SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT breaks down the high school football playoff recaps for Division I- VII.  They cover all Divisions and Regions.  They recap the games from the State Semi’s and preview the Championship Finals matchups for this week.   Click the link below to listen!

AUDIO: Division I-VII HSF Championship Playoff Recaps and Previews 11-27-17

Check out http://www.neosportsinsiders.com for our high school football coverage.

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/SOTPodcast
Twitter- @SOTPodcast

Listen Live!! mixlr.com , or find our archived Podcasts on SOT on YouTube!

Email the show- sportsontappodcast@gmail.com

All Podcasts are on http://www.sportsontappodcast.com and http://www.neosportsinsiders.com.

We broadcast live from Zs cream and bean in Hinckley, the first Monday of every month! 2706 Boston Road, Hinckley Ohio 44233. Contact us for details. See you there!

SOT Podcast Game of the Week: #3 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs vs. #1 Avon Eagles Division II Region 6 Finals

By Sean Duffy

North Ridgeville, OH- Division II Region 6 finals features two teams that are very familiar with each other, in fact it features two teams that have already met once this season.  The #3 seeded Olmsted Falls Bulldogs and the #1 seeded Avon Eagles, Southwestern Conference rivals face off for the chance to go to the Division II State Semifinal.

The Avon Eagles were able to force the Bulldogs to a three and out and a punt, thanks in large part to a sack deep in bulldog territory by Noah Radcliffe, Avon got the ball on their own 49 yd line.  The Eagles first offensive drive featured a heavy dose of WR David Orlando both running and catching the ball from QB Ryan Maloy.  The Eagles got on the board first thanks to a 8 yd TD run from Maloy, Avon took 7-0 lead wtih 7:52 left in the opening quarter.  Olmsted Falls benefited from a penalty on the subsequent kickoff and started their next drive on the Avon 46 yd line.  The Bulldogs would later score on a 13 yd pass and catch from QB Teddy Grendzynksi to WR Josh Jaeckin, with 5:12 left in the first quarter the score was tied 7-7.  Avon would respond with an 85 yd scoring drive, featuring a 43 yd run by RB Nick Perusek, Maloy would score on an 17 yd run to put Avon up 14-7.  Avon linebacker Alex Waters recovered a bad Bulldog pitch and fumble by Jaeckin, setting the Eagles up on the bulldog 27 yd line.  Olmsted Falls’ defense would not allow the eagles to score, forcing a turnover on downs.  On 4th and 8 deep in their own territory Olmsted falls elected to go for it, Avon’s deffens stood tall and forced a turnover on downs on the Olmsted Falls 15yd line.  Perusek would score on a 10 yd TD, a blocked extra point made the score 20-7 as the 1st quarter came to an end.

Avon’s defense continued to dominate the Olmsted Falls offense, getting penetration into the backfield and disrupting the bulldog triple option attack.  After yet another Bulldog three and out to open the 2nd quarter, Avon’s QB Maloy Connected with WR David Orlando for a 39 yd TD pass, Avon’s lead swelled to 27-7 with 7:39 remaining in the half. Avon would score again in the second quarter this time on a 14 yd TD run from Perusek, Avon took commanding 34-7 lead in to the half.  Avon was set to receive the 2nd half kickoff.

Avon picked up right where it left off to open the second half, when on the second play of their opening  drive Ryan Maloy ripped off an 80 Yd TD Run, Avon led 41-7 early in the 3rd.  The Avon Defense continued to dominate the Bulldogs offense, not allowing Olmsted falls any opportunity to move the ball. A running clock brought the third quarter to a quick end with Avon leading 41-7.

Despite the large deficit and the running clock the Bulldogs were not lying down as they were able to score to open the 4th quarter, thanks to a 18 yd TD run from RB Jack Spellacy, Avon led 41-14 with 9:24 left.  Avon would answer immediately  with a 79 yd TD run from RB Mark Steinmentz.  Avon’s Tyler Hunter would add another TD to give the Eagles an insurmountable 55-14 victory.

The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs finish the year 11-2 overall, they are the Division II Region 6 Regional Runner up .  The bulldogs were led offensively by  Josh Jaeckin and Jack Spellacy each scoring a Rushing TD.

The Avon Eagles are the 2017 Division II Region 6 Champions with a perfect 13-0 over all record. They were led by By QB Ryan Maloy who had 125 yds rushing, 4Tds, to go along with 145 yds passing and 1 TD.  Avon moves on to the Division II State semifinals where they will meet Archbishop Hoban.

Three Keys to the Sports on Tap Game of the Week: Olmsted Falls Bulldogs vs. Avon Eagles.

By Sean Duffy

The Division II  Region 6 Finals  features two teams that are very familiar with each other,  in fact one could say that these two teams know more about each other than any other Regional final matchup in northeast Ohio.  The #1 seeded Avon Eagles (12-0) face Southwestern  Conference rival #3 seeded Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (11-1) for a berth in the state semifinals in Division II.   Both teams know what is at stake,  both teams have the talent, and both teams know that it will take a near perfect effort to secure there spot in the state final four in Division II.  Below are the keys to watch for in this regional final matchup.

  1. Avon needs to establish early momentum– Avon’s Offense led by QB Ryan Maloy  has been impressive, seemingly scoring at will throughout most of the regular season.  However in the first two games of the playoffs  we have seen the eagles struggle in the first half against quality defenses such asToledo St. Johns and Highland, only to pull away in the second half.  Look for Avon to take shots vertically down the field against the bulldogs secondary in order to open up the run game that will hopefully return  RB Tony Eberhardt , who was out against Highland with mononucleosis. If Eberhardt cannot return , RB Nick Perusek , who filled in admirably against Highland, will be the primary focus of the run game.
  2. If it isn’t broke don’t fix it- Olmsted Falls turned in an almost perfect performance last week against a really good Wadsworth team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.  The Bulldogs defense was able to successfully slow down a high powered Wadsworth offense, who was averaging roughly 40 points a game. the obvious key to look for here is whether or not the bulldogs can duplicate the same defense in both effort and execution.  If the Bulldogs can limit the scoring opportunities for Avon’s offense,  utilize a strong running game anchored by RB Luke Lombardo and RB Jack Spellacy to control the pace of the game, Olmsted Falls will be in position to win a close game.
  3. Beware/embrace the cliché- It is well known saying in the world of sports,  it is difficult to beat a twice in one year.  These two teams met in week 2 of the regular season, which is basically a lifetime ago in football years. Avon was able to win that game 31-7.  Look for Avon to use the mantra of we beat them once we can do it again. Simple, yet effective for the psyche of a team that has not tasted defeat all season.  However, the bulldogs were on the losing end of that matchup and that loss is their only blemish on an otherwise perfect season.  Olmsted Falls and Avon have the benefit preparing for a team that they know all to well. Olmsted Falls will look to correct the mistakes that were made in week 2 of the regular season, while Avon will look to have a repeat performance.

At this point of the playoffs the cream has risen to the top,  and there is not much difference in the teams that are playing for a regional championship.  This matchup is particularly intriguing in that these are the top two teams from the Southwestern Conference.  While it is great bragging rights for the conference to have two teams from the same conference competing for a regional title,  neither team is satisfied with just making it this far.  It is sure to be a great regional final between these two teams on Friday night  in North Ridgeville.  The Sports on Tap crew will be in full force Rob on the camera, Josh on social media, and me providing  a recap of the game for your reading pleasure.   Be sure to follow us on twitter @sotpodcast for live updates from the game, use #sothsf to join in on the conversation.

 

See you in North Ridgeville!

Podcast: AUDIO Division I, II, III, (and local teams)Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps (High School Football)

SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT breaks down the high school football playoff recaps for Division I, II, and III.  They cover different regions that include teams in the GCC, SWC, Suburban League, and more. They breakdown the games and get you prepared for Friday!  Click the link below to listen!

AUDIO: Division I Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

AUDIO: DII Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

AUDIO: DIII Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

Check out http://www.neosportsinsiders.com for our high school football coverage.

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/SOTPodcast

Twitter- @SOTPodcast

Listen Live!! mixlr.com , or find our archived Podcasts on SOT on YouTube!

Email the show- sportsontappodcast@gmail.com

All Podcasts are on http://www.sportsontappodcast.com and http://www.neosportsinsiders.com.

We broadcast live from Zs cream and bean in Hinckley, the first Monday of every month! 2706 Boston Road, Hinckley Ohio 44233. Contact us for details. See you there!

PODCAST: AUDIO- Week 9 Game of the Week Recap Amherst Steele versus Avon

SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 9 Game of the Week between the Amherst Steele Comets and the Avon Eagles in a Southwestern Conference Showdown! We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, playoff picture and much more! Click the links below to listen!

Audio: GOTW Week 9 Recap Amherst Steele versus Avon

Check out http://www.neosportsinsiders.com for our high school football coverage.

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/SOTPodcast

Twitter- @SOTPodcast

Listen Live!! mixlr.com , or find our archived Podcasts on SOT on YouTube!

Email the show- sportsontappodcast@gmail.com

All Podcasts are on http://www.sportsontappodcast.com and http://www.neosportsinsiders.com.
We broadcast live from Zs cream and bean in Hinckley, the first Thursday of every month! 2706 Boston Road, Hinckley Ohio 44233. Contact us for details. See you there!

Sports On Tap Game of the Week: Amherst Steele Comets vs. Avon Eagles

By Sean Duffy

Avon, OH– This week’s game of the week features two teams that are both in the hunt for the Division II Region 6 playoffs. The difference is that each team is hunting very different things. Amherst is currently occupying the 8th spot in the standings and is “on the bubble” a win would solidify their playoff destiny, a loss puts that destiny in jeopardy.  Avon is currently atop the Division II Region 6 standings, they are looking to secure the top seed in the region and an all important first round home game.  This has all the makings of a great game against two very good Southwestern Conference rivals, the Amherst Steele Comets take on the Avon Eagles.

The Eagles got off to a fast start, taking their opening drive 75 yards for a score, thanks to a 29 touchdown run from QB Ryan Maloy,  Avon led 7-0 early in 1st quarter.  Avon’s Defense forced an Amherst fumble on their opening offensive possession, two plays later Maloy connected with WR Chris Mullins on  23 yd touchdown strike, Avon now led 14-0 midway through the 1st quarter. Avon would again find the end zone late in the 1st quarter this time courtesy of a 6 yd touchdown run from RB Tony Eberhardt, at the end of the 1st quarter Avon was out to a commanding 21-0 lead.

The Avon Defense was impressive in the second quarter, shutting down the Comets Star RB Khennedy Scagliozzo, the Comets did not cross into Eagle territory for the entire 2nd quarter.  Amherst’s Defense was able to hold Avon to only 1 TD in the 2nd quarter, a 1 yd TD run from Eberhardt, his second of the night.  Avon was in complete control with a 28 -0 lead at half time.

Amherst got the ball to start the 2nd half, but the eagle defense picked up right where it left off in the 1st half, shutting down the Comets on a 4th down.  Avon took over  and marched 43 yards down the field for a score, Maloy would find Mullins for a TD for a second time this time on 35 yd TD pass.  A running clock and  a relentless swarming defense found the Eagles leading 35-0 as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

Avon’s defensive unit was able to dominate most of the  4th quarter, not allowing any scoring chances for  the Amherst offense.  Amherst’s defense scored the only Comet points of the contest thanks to a 55 yd fumble recovery for a TD from LB Greg Rhodes.  Unfortunately the big defensive play could not spark a comeback for  Amherst and the Avon Eagles would secure the 35-7 victory.

Amherst falls to 7-2 and 4-4 in the Southwestern Conference,  the loss does put their playoff hopes  serious jeopardy.  It is unlikely that they remain in the top 8 in Division II Region 6 and will need a win in week 10 against Westlake and losses from other teams in contention to have a shot at the postseason.

Avon improves to 9-0 and 8-0 in the Southwestern Conference, the win guarantees at least a share of the Southwestern Conference championship, a win in week 10 against Berea-Midpark would clinch the outright title.  The win also guaranteed Avon home playoff game in the Division II Region 6 Playoffs’ opening round.  The Eagles were led by QB Ryan Maloy with 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD, Chris Mullins’ 2 TD catches, and Tony Eberhardt’s 2 rushing TDs.  The Player(s) of the Game is the Avon Eagles Defensive unit, not allowing an offensive touchdown all night.

 

Three Keys to the Sports On Tap Game of the Week: Amherst Steele Comets vs. Avon Eagles

By Sean Duffy

Two Weeks left in the 2017 High School football season, two weeks left to secure your seeding and home field advantage, and two weeks left to make sure you even get into the playoffs.   Our game of the week is between two Southwestern Conference rivals at both ends of  the playoff spectrum in Division II Region 6. The Avon Eagles sit atop the division with an 8-0 record, all signs point to Avon maintaining that position in the top four as the regular season comes to an end. Amherst on the other hand is currently in the 8th in the region standings and is in a dogfight to keep that last playoff spot.  This is clearly an important game that will go a long way in clarifying the Division II Region 6 playoff picture.  Here are the three keys to watch for in this week’s game of the week.

  1. Maintain the Status Quo– The Avon Eagles are undefeated and have not been challenged much in their undefeated run. It will be important for the Eagles to maintain the same level of performance in all facets of the game in order to get the same result that they have gotten used to all season.  Avon did run into some trouble at home in week 8 against North Ridgeville, they need to avoid a similar letdown against a much tougher opponent  in Amherst. Key players to watch in this game for Avon are QB Ryan Malloy, WR Chris Mullins, and RB Tony Eberhart.
  2. Disrupt the Status Quo – Amherst must not allow Avon to get into a rhythm offensively.  Avon ran into a bit of trouble against North Ridgeville’s defense in week 8.  No doubt the Comet coaching staff will look to duplicate that effort and disrupt the rhythm that Avon will look to establish.  Offensively Amherst  will need to get key performances from their star players such as QB Matt Fairchild, WR Devin Holmes. The biggest offensive weapon RB  Khennedy Scagliozzo will  need to have another standout performance both running and catching the ball.
  3. Block out the Noise– There is no sugarcoating it, this is a big game, an important game, even more so for the Comets.  However, each team must not get lost in how big and important this game is, each team must not focus on the implications of the game but rather on the game itself.  It one of the oldest clichés in sports,  you have to take it one game, one half, one quarter, and one play at a time.  Amherst and Avon are both keenly aware of the importance of this game, and the team that can focus on the task at hand and block out the noise, will likely leave the field Friday night with a victory.

It is sure to be an electric atmosphere in Avon Friday night, and Sports on Tap will be there to bring you all he hard hitting Southwestern Conference action.  Rob will be on the sidelines getting all the action on video , and I will be writing a recap of the action and live tweeting the game .

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @sotpodcast.com using the #sothsf

See you in Avon!