By Sean Duffy
Grafton, OH – On an absolutely perfect night in Northeast Ohio to watch our game of the week for week 8 in the 2017 season. The 6-1 Olmsted Falls Bulldogs face the 6-1 Midview Middies in a Southwestern Conference showdown.
The Bulldogs got the ball to start and Drive 89 yds to get on the scoreboard first thanks to an 11 yd TD Run by senior running back Luke Lombardo. Bulldogs led 7-0. The Middies responded on the next drive thanks to a 4 yd TD Run from running back Connor Wolfe, missed extra point made the score 7-6 in the middle of the 1st qtr. Bulldogs scored on their next possession this time on a 78 yd TD pass from quarterback Teddy Grendzynski to wide receiver Braden Galaska and the bulldogs lead 13-6. Bulldogs defense stopped the Middies on 4th down and two plays later Slot back Josh Jaeckin scored on a 56 yd TD Run another missed extra point, the 1st qtr ended with Olmsted Falls leading 19-7.
After forcing an interception the bulldogs opened the 2nd qtr with a 20 yd TD run by running back Jack Spellacy, a successful 2pt conversion made the score 27-6 early in the second qtr. Midview was able to get back on the scoreboard midway through the 2nd thanks to a 4 yd TD plunge by Wolfe. At the half the Bulldogs led 27-13.
The third quarter opened with Midview scoring on their first two offensive possessions. Scoring first on an 18 yd TD pass from QB Seamus Higley to WR Nick Krum. Higley would also score on 7 yd TD Run later in the 3rd, a successful 2pt conversion tied the score 27-27. Olmsted Falls was able to score again as the 3rd ended thanks to a big run by Grendzynski, and a 5 yd scoring run by Lombardo to end the third with the Bulldogs leading 34-27.
Olmsted Falls was able to force a Midview punt and then drain 6 minutes off the game clock on a 57 yd scoring drive capped off by a 1 yd TD run by Lombardo, his third of the night, and the bulldogs lead swelled to 41-27. Bulldogs defense was able squash any comeback attempt by Midview to secure the 41-27 road victory.
Midview falls to 6-2, 5-2 on the year, still very much alive in the playoff picture. Middies were led by Connor Wolfe and Seamus Higley each having 2 Red on the night
Olmsted Falls improves to 7-1, 6-1 on the season and were led by player of the game RB Luke Lombardo with 3 TDs.