SOT Game of the Week: Avon Lake Shoremen vs Amherst-Steele Comets

By Sean Duffy

Amherst, OH– Week 7 of the high school football season is ripe with great match ups throughout the area. This week’s game of the week has the 6-0 Avon Lake Shoremen traveling by to take on 5-1 Amherst-Steele Comets. A win for the Shoremen will place them all alone at the top of the Southwestern Conference. The Comets look to bounce back after a tough loss in week 6  and to remain in the hunt for a share of the Southwestern Conference title.  It is sure to be a fantastic  game between these SWC rivals.

The game opened with an 80 Yard scoring drive by the Comets that drained over six and half minutes off of the clock. Comet QB Jimmy Schill found his way into the end zone for 10 yd TD, Amherst took a 7-0 lead with 5:25 left in the 1st quarter.  The Shoremen took their opening offensive drive in to Comet territory and were looking to score early, however a costly interception by Avon Lake QB Jack Mikolich gave the Comets the ball on their own 30 yd line. At the end of the 1st quarter Amherst led 7-0.

Amherst opened the second quarter with the ball on their own 30 yd line and RB Khennedy Scagliozzo was able to rattle off big runs of 32 yds and 30 yds, setting him up for a 1 yd plunge into the end zone.  Amherst now led 14-0 with 8:07 left in the half.

After each team traded punts on their next offensive possessions, Avon Lake finally got on the scoreboard thanks to some tough running from RB Konner Riggs who scored from 6 yds out.

The score was now 14-7 with 1:45 left in the half.  Scagliozzo would take the ensuing kickoff 96 yds for a TD , and the Comets lead swelled to 21-7 with 1:41 remaining.  Avon Lake would score on a 36 yd field goal as time expired to make the score 21-10 at halftime.

The 3rd quarter began with Avon Lake going three and out  and forced to punt.  Amherst started deep in their own territory  but were on the move when a costly fumble gave  Avon Lake the ball at their own 42 yd line.  Shoremen RB Konner Riggs would score on a 8 yd TD Run, a successful 2 pt conversion made the score 21-18 with 2:54 left in the 3rd quarter. Khennedy Scagliozzo would again score on a kickoff return, this time from 91 yds, and all of a sudden the Comets led 28-18 with 2:41 left in the third quarter.   Avon Lake would end the 3rd down 28-18, however as the quarter came to an end they were on the Amherst 6 yd line.

Shoremen RB Konner Riggs would score his Third TD of the night on a 3 yd run up the middle,  Amherst held a 28-15 lead with 10:41 left in the game.  Having learned the hard way not to kick the ball to Khennedy Scagliozzo, Amherst found themselves with decent field position.  The Comets drove the ball all the way down to the Avon Lake 11 yd line and were looking for a score to put the game out of reach.  However, a fumbled hand off to Scagliozzo was recovered by Avon Lake.  The Shoremen took possession at their 11 yd line went on an 89 yd scoring drive that was capped off with a 24 yd TD pass from QB Jack Mikolich to WR Cole Schraff,  Avon Lake took a 32-28 lead with 1:34 left in the game.

Amherst’s attempt at a last second victory was thwarted  by a interception in the end zone by Avon Lake as time ran out, the final score  was 32-28 in favor of Avon Lake.

The loss drops Amherst to 5-2 over all and 4-2 in the Southwestern Conference. The Comets were led by RB Khennedy Scagliozzo who had 3 TDs on the night, two of which came on special teams.  Amherst will look to right the ship in week 8 as they travel to take on North Olmsted.

Avon Lake improves to 7-0 and 6-0 in the Southwestern Conference. The Shoremen were led by Player of the game Konner Riggs who had 3 TDs on the night.  Avon Lake will look to stay unbeaten in week 8 as they play host to Berea-Midpark.

We talked to Avon Lake Quarterback Jack Mikolich about the win and the game winning pass.


SOT Podcast Game of the Week : Barberton Magics vs Aurora Greenmen


By Sean Duffy

Aurora, OH– It may be week 6 in the Northeast Ohio High School football season, but our game of the week has a championship game feel. The undefeated Barberton Magics travel to take on reigning division champions the 4-1 Aurora Greenmen.  The winner of this game will control its own destiny for not only the American Division crown, but the all important playoff picture. It is sure to be a great game between two of the top three teams in the American Division.

Aurora was set to get the ball to open the contest but the Magics had other ideas with an onside kick which they were able to recover on the Greenmen 40 yd line.  Two plays later Magics Junior QB Chase Haywood connected with WR Derrick Vaughn for 39 yd TD pass.  Just like that Barberton jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.  On the ensuing drive,   Aurora QB Colin McNamara had the Greenmen on the move inside Magics territory, but a tenacious Magics defense stripped the Aurora QB and recovered the fumble stalling out the drive.  Barberton would go on a 78 yd scoring drive that ended with a 19 yd TD run by RB Kyree Young, Magics lead now stood at 14-0 as the 1st quarter came to an end.

The 2nd quarter was more of a defensive battle as both teams had drives stall out thanks to solid defensive efforts by both teams.  Barberton would break the log jam with a sensational 53 yds TD pass from Haywood to Young, the second TD for each on night.  Barberton led 21-0 with 6:19 left in the half. Aurora would finally find the end zone as they were able put together a 65 yd scoring drive. The drive featured a healthy dose of QB Colin McNamara who rattled off runs of 14 yards, 30 yards, and a 4 yard TD run to make the score 21-7 late in the half.

Barberton made a valiant effort to score before the half, but a missed 39 yd field goal attempt kept the score 21-7 at the half.

Barberton’s Kyree Young ripped off a 74 yd TD Run on the Magics’ opening drive, his third of the night.  Barberton led 28 -14  with 11:09 remaining.  Aurora would respond on the next drive when QB Colin McNamara would score on a 18 yd TD run, Magics led 28-14 with 8:14.  Kyree Young would score his fourth TD of the night this time on 2 yd TD plunge, Magics took a 35-14 lead.

As the 3rd quarter came to an end Aurora’s defense was able to stop the magics on 4th down.  Aurora ended the 3rd quarter trailing Barberton 35-14.

Aurora scored  to open the final quarter,  McNamara connecting with Senior FB Jack Arnold for a 43 yd TD pass.  a missed extra point made the score 35-20 with 11:49 left in the game.  But Barberton’s Kyree Young would find the end zone for the fifth time on a 58 yd TD Run, Barberton now led 42-20 with 11:38  left in the game.  Aurora looked for a quick score in the vertical passing game on the next offensive possession.   Barberton’s  defense was able to put relentless pressure on McNamara which led to a turnover on downs.  Barberton would be able to run the rest of the clock out to secure the 42-20 final.

The Aurora Greenmen fall to 4-2 over all and 2-1 in the conference, they were led by Colin McNamara who had 2 rushing TDs and passing TD. Aurora will look to rebound in Week 7 as they host Highland.

The Barberton Magics remain undefeated at 6-0 and 2-0 in conference. They were led by Player of the Game RB Kyree Young, 24 carries, 262 yds, 4 tds; 74 yds receiving, 1 TD.  The Magics will look to remain undefeated as they travel to take on Ellet in a non-conference match up in week 7.

SOT Game of the Week: Euclid Panthers vs Elyria Pioneers


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By: Josh Jeffi, Sports on Tap

Elyria, OH- The Elyria Pioneers came into Week 5 looking for their first victory of the year. They would have a tough task to face by way of the Euclid Panthers, who came into the game with a 3-1 record.  From the onset, Euclid showed it’s dominance in the 55-0 victory.

After forcing a Pioneer three and out to start the game, Euclid only needed two plays to score their first touchdown.  Euclid RB Brandon Wright scampered 12 yards to put the Panthers up 7-0.  The Panthers then scored on their next 4 possessions. Wide Receiver Treshawn Luton had two touchdowns.

Jaabir Mujihad added a 11 yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Brandon Wright capped of the scoring streak with 53 yard touchdown  that put Euclid up 35-0 early in the second quarter.

Elyria struggled all night on the offensive end thanks to the Panthers defense.  Elyria had eight possessions in the first half that resulted in four punts, two turnover on downs, and two fumbles.  During the first half, Euclid started drives in their own territory only twice.  All other possessions began in Elyria territory.

Half way through the second quarter, Euclid’s defense forced an Elyria fumble which was recovered by Euclid and taken into the end zone for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Elyria fumbled on their own 15 yard line which was recovered by the Panthers.  Two plays later, Panthers Runningback Curtis Andrews scored on a 12 yard run making it 49-0 Euclid at the half.

With the running clock during the second half, Euclid added one more touchdown on a Tyonne Parks one yard run. The 2-point try was unsuccessful  making it 55-0 as Euclid cruised to a victory.

Euclid (4-1, 2-0) looks to continue its winning ways next week by hosting Strongsville. Elyria (0-5, 0-2) will travel to Shaker Heights to take on the Red Raiders.

SOT Podcast Game of the Week: Buckeye Bucks vs Lutheran West Longhorns.


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By Sean Duffy

Rocky River, OH-Week four in 2018 northeast Ohio High School football is in full swing as most teams begin the conference portion of their schedule.  Our week four match up  features two teams from the Patriot Athletic Conference.  The 2-1 Buckeye Bucks coming off two impressive wins, travel to Rocky River to take on the 3-0 Lutheran West Longhorns.  It is sure to be a hard hitting affair that is the calling card of the PAC.

Buckeye’s defense was dominant right from the start, as they were finding themselves in the longhorn backfield for the majority of the quarter.  Buckeye’s defense would hold Lutheran West to just 2 total yards in the 1st quarter.  The Longhorn Defense was able to contain the running game initially , however the Bucks got on the scoreboard late in the 1st quarter thanks to a 32 yd TD run from Senior WR Brock Brumfield.  Buckeye was driving as the 1st quarter came to an end with Buckeye holding a 7-0 Lead.

Buckeye wasted no time adding to their lead as Senior Dom Monaco Plunged into the end zone from 3 yds out to give the Bucks a 14-0 lead with 11:56 left in the half .  Monaco would find the end zone on the next Buckeye possession, this time on a 2 yd TD run, with 9:10 left in the half Buckeye led 21-0.

The Longhorns were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to an 80 yd throw and catch from QB Austin Kim to WR Shawn Naim, the score was now 21-7 in favor of the Bucks with 8:56 remaining.  Buckeye RB Dom Monaco would find pay dirt for the third time as the half expired, 16 yd TD Run.  At halftime the Buckeye Bucks led 28-7.

The third quarter was  a tale of defenses and  penalties as each team each had good drives but were not able to overcome costly penalties and great defensive play.  Lutheran West was able to put together a promising drive, thanks to a 43 yd pass and catch from Kim to Naim, but a interception on the very next play by Senior DB Michael Knoll ended that drive. As the third quarter the score was still 28-7 with Buckeye deep in Longhorn territory.

Buckeye would score to open the fourth quarter,  Junior QB Jacob Doerge with a 9 yd TD run.  Buckeye  led 35-7 with 11:54 remaining in the game.   Lutheran West was able to score on a 42 yd TD run by QB Austin Kim.

That would not be enough as the Longhorns were unable to overcome the deficit, and the punishing Bucks defense.  The final score was the Buckeye Bucks defeating the Lutheran West Longhorns 35-14.

The Longhorns drop their first game of the year and are now 3-1 on the season and will look to rebound in week 5 as they travel to take on Wellington.

Buckeye was led buy Player of the game RB Dom Monaco who finished with 3 rushing TDs and 1 interception on the defensive side of the ball.  Buckeye will look to continue their winning streak as they host Columbia in week 5.

Buckeye Head Coach Greg Dennison talked to us after the win.

SOT Game of the Week: North Royalton Bears vs Highland Hornets

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By Sean Duffy 

Medina, OH- It is week 3 of the Northeast Ohio High School Football Season. For most teams, it marks the end of their non-conference schedule and teams begin to prepare to enter conference play.  Our game of the week features a cross division match up in the Suburban league. North Royalton Bears (2-0) from the National Division take on the (1-1) Highland Hornets of the American Division.  The Hornets look rebound from a week 2 loss to Medina, while the Bears will look to continue their winning ways as they defeated Parma in week 2.   It looks to be a great game  to  close out the non conference portion of the 2018 schedule.

Highland got the ball to start and wasted no time getting into the end zone thanks to a 33 yd TD run by Senior RB Jake Rogers, Highland took an early 7-0 lead with 10:36 left in the 1st quarter.  Highland would score again later in the 1st on a 68 yd TD throw and catch from Senior QB Jack McGinty to Junior WR Bryce Profitt, Hornets led 14-0 with 4:04 left in the opening quarter.  North Royalton got on the scoreboard thanks to a 60 yd run by Junior RB Simon Antonio, Antonio would not only punch it it in the end zone  on a 3 yd run  but also scored the 2 point conversion.  At the end of the 1st quarter Hornets led 14-8

North Royalton would score early in the second quarter, thanks to a 22 yd run by Antonio second score of the half,  North Royalton jumped out to a 15-14 lead with 10:47 left in the half.

Touchdown @NRAthletics. Simon Antonio with 22yd TD rec. from Marousek. XP good. Bears now lead 15-14, 10:47 2nd qtr.@NEOSportsInside @HSHysteria @FOX8FNTD

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 7, 2018

Highland would not find themselves behind for long as Jake Rogers rumbled 62 yds for a TD on the next hornets possession, Highland led 21-15 with 10:00 remaining.  Highland would add three more thanks to a 20 yd field goal from Junior Kicker Justin Tepes. Hornets held a 24-15 lead with 2:53 left in the half.  North Royalton would add a score just before halftime when Junior QB Joe Marousek connected with Junior WR Riley Knurek for a 37 yd TD Pass.  At the end of the half Highland led 24-22.

North Royalton took the ball to open the second half of play and marched 68 yds down the field, scoring  on a 4 yd TD pass from Marousek to Antonio, his third of the night.  North Royalton took a 29-24 lead with 9:11 left in the third quarter.  Highland took back the lead thanks to an electrifying 83 yd kick off return for a TD by none other than Jake Rogers, his third score of the night.  Highland led 31-29 with 8:54  remaining in the third.  later in the quarter, North Royalton benefited from a costly Highland penalty on a punt and took over deep in Hornet territory.  Simon Antonio would score on a 7 yd TD run, his fourth score of the contest. Highland was driving at for a score late in the third, but a fumble in the end zone by Rogers cost Highland a scoring opportunity.

Jake Rogers with a costly fumble in the end zone for the @HornetAthletic. @NRAthletics takes over on their 20yd line

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

Bears took a 36-31 lead as the third quarter expired.

Highland’s Defense was able to overcome the costly turnover and force a North Royalton punt to open the fourth quarter.  Highland’s offense drove the ball 75 yds for a TD, a 1 yd TD Run by QB McGinty.  Rogers would convert the 2 pt conversion to give Highland 39-36 lead with 7:17 left in the game. North Royalton took the next drive 63 yds in just under 6 minutes for a score, Marousek 6 yd TD run.  North Royalton led 43-39 with 1:10 Left in the game.

TOUCHDOWN ROYALTON!!Marousek scampers for the go ahead TD with 1:10 left. XP good. @NRAthletics 43@HornetAthletic 39@NEOSportsInside @HSHysteria @FOX8FNTD

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

Highland got a lucky break as a Bear squib kick was returned for a good gain and took over on the North Royalton 40 yd line.  Highland put together a fantastic  game winning drive consisting of a converted 4th down conversion.  The final play of the game was a TD pass from McGinty to Rogers as time expired. Highland wins in walk off fashion with the final score 45-43.


— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

North Royalton falls to 2-1 on the season, they were led  by RB Simon Antonio who rushed 18 times for 164 yds and 2 TDs, 5 rec 33 yds and 2 TDs . The bears will look to rebound in week 4 as they host Stow-Munroe Falls.

Highland improves to 2-1 on the season.  Hornets were led by Player of the Game RB Jake Rogers who finished with 24 carries for 249 yds, 2 TDs on the ground, 1 kickoff return of 83 yds for a TD, and the game winning touchdown reception. The Hornets will look to continue their winning ways as they host Kent Roosevelt in week 4.

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.

Be sure to follow us on twitter @SOTPodcast for live updates from the game.

We will see you Friday night in Medina!


LISTEN: AUDIO- SOT Recaps Games from Week 2 in the GCC, SWC, Suburban League and more!

Sports On Tap’s Ohio High School Football Coverage continues, as the guys recap games from Week 2 in the Greater Cleveland Conference, Southwestern Conference, the Suburban League, and more.  SOT also recaps their Mullins Construction Game of the Week featuring the Westlake Demons traveling to the Berea-Midpark Titans. Week 3- Game of the Week will have the guys traveling to Highland High School to see the North Royalton Bears take on the Highland Hornets!

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