By Sean Duffy
Grafton, OH– Week 9 in the 2019 Northeast Ohio High School Football season is here. The penultimate week before the season finale, is crunch time for a lot of programs whether it be to lock up a conference title, garner some much needed playoff points, or try to end a season on a positive note. Our Game of the Week features the Berea-Midpark Titans (2-6, 2-5) travel to take on the Midview Middies (4-4, 3-4). Midview currently sits at in the #12 in the Division 2 Region 6 , according to joeeitel.com. The middies have an outside shot at the playoffs but will have to win out and get some help from other teams. The Titans are looking to string together back to back wins for the first time all year. It is sure to be a classic Southwestern Conference showdown.
The Middies received the opening kickoff, and the Titans defense was out to establish itself early forcing an early Middies punt. Midview’s defense was equal to the task as well as they were able to stifle the Titans offense on their opening possession. Much like a heavy weight fight, the first quarter was more of a feeling out session for each team on the offensive side of the ball. The scoreless first quarter came to an end with the visiting Titans driving into Midview territory.
Berea-Midpark would waste no time getting into the end zone with a 13 yd touchdown pass from Titan QB Luke Devins to WR DeAngelo Borders, made extra point made gave the Titans the lead 7-0 with 10:00 remaining in the half.
Midview would not trail for long as WR Joseph Bratkovich would take the subsequent kickoff 92 yds for a touchdown, a made extra point and just like that score was tied 7-7 , with 9:45 left in the half. The scoring would settle down and penalties would increase late in the half for both teams. Each team would trade punts as the half began to come to an end. Midview’s defense would come up big with a interception by DB Zac Gill deep in Titan territory. A few plays later Gill would score on a 1 yd TD run, after a made extra point, Midview led 14-7 with 1:41 left in the half.
The Titans would then put together a fantastic scoring drive of 77 yds in just over a minute and half. Scoring on a 5 yd TD Pass from Devins to RB Brandt Eckerfield, a made extra point tied the score 14-14 as the first half came to a close. Berea-Midpark would receive the second half kick off.
Much like the 1st quarter the third quarter was a non scoring affair that was rife with big defensive stand. The biggest being by Midview who stopped the Titans on 4th down and goal from inside the 1 yd line. The middies were able to flip the field and bring the third quarter to an end still tied 14-14.
Midview would open the final quarter with a big time sack that forced a Titan punt, that is when Zac Gill returned it 52 yds and set the Middies up on the Titan 10 yd line. Middie RB Tyshawn Nelson would rumble 10 yds for the score on, howWr ever a missed extra point give Midview 20-14 lead with 10:57 left in the game.
The Titans would start their drive on their own 36 yd line and drive all the way down for a score, capped off by a 15 yd TD pass from Devins to WR Devin Johnson. a made extra point made the score 21-20 with 8:07 Remaining in the game.
Both teams would trade punts. Midview would start on their own 17 yd line looking to respond. The Titan Defense would answer the call with a huge interception by DB Jack Arnold set the Titans up in Midview Territory. The Titans would capitalize on the turnover when WR Jon Lyons would score on an 11 yd TD Run. A completed extra point made the score 28-20.
That would prove to be all the points needed for Berea-Midpark to earn their third win of the year, the final score 28-20.
Midview falls to 4-5 over all and 3-5 n the Southwestern Conference. They will look to end their season on a high note on the road in week 10 at Westlake.
Berea -Midpark improves to 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the Southwestern Conference. They will look to finish out the season strong as they play host to North Olmsted. The Player of the Game is Jack Arnold who came up with a crucial interception.
So long from Midview.