SOT Podcast Spotlight Game: Nordonia Knights vs Hudson Explorers

Nordonia vs Hudson

By Sean Duffy

Hudson, OH- The 5-1 Nordonia Knights came into their week 7 match up with 6-0 Hudson knowing that they were in for a 48 minute slugfest with one of the areas most potent offensive attacks, and a very stingy defense. However thanks to some late game heroics on both sides of the football the Knights were able to hand the Explorers their first loss of the season in a 29-28 road victory Friday night.

Hudson held a 28-22 lead as time was winding down in the fourth quarter, it was clear that Hudson was content to salt the game away by running the ball with RB Aiden Lal. the Explorers were deep in Nordonia territory and looking to put the game out of reach, until the Knight’s forced a fumble and took over on their own 9 yd line with 3:20 remaining. Nordonia would put together a 91 yd scoring drive in less than three minutes which was capped off by QB Mark Wilson connecting with WR Cooper Rusk for the game winning TD from 12 yds out.

Mark Wilson to Cooper Rusk to win the game for Nordonia

Hudson falls to 6-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Suburban League National Division. The Explorers were led offensively by QB Jaggar Pallay who threw 3 TDs on the night to WRs Colin Pierce and Shane Kilfoyle, and RB Aiden Lal. Lal also had a TD Run of 36 Yds on the night. Hudson will look to rebound in week 8 as they travel to North Royalton.

Hudson QB Jaggar Pallay to WR Colin Pierce for a 36 yd TD

Nordonia improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Suburban League National Division. The Knights were led offensively by QB Mark Wilson who had the game winning TD pass to Cooper Rusk. Nordonia RBs Bryan Russ and Zach Zender each had a rushing TD on the night. Nordonia Kicker Andrew Lastovka had three field goals on the night for 26,30 and 30 yds respectively. Nordonia will look to keep the momentum as they host Stow in week 8

Nordonia RB Zach Zender rushes for a TD
Nordonia Kicker Andrew Lastovka with a 30 yd FG

So long from Hudson!

Third Round Playoffs: Suburban League FINAL Scores

Here is the Suburban League Playoff and Non Playoff FINAL:

Division II Region

#6 Painesville Riverside 28 / #3 Hudson 35 (OT)

Division II Region 6

#8 Highland vs #1 Avon (10/24 7 PM)

#13 Barberton 30 / #5 Brecksville-Broadview Heights 55

#22 North Royalton 7 / #3 Avon Lake 54

Division III Region 9

#5 Aurora 17 / #4 New Philadelphia 38

Division III Region 10

#8 Revere 21 / #1 Tiffin Columbian 28

Non Playoff Games

Kent Roosevelt 35 / Cuyahoga Falls 0

Tallmadge 36 / Coventry 30 (OT)

Copley 28 / Woodridge 0

Kenston 14 / Twinsburg 28

Stow vs Stubenville – CANCELLED

Wadsworth 28 / Wooster 39

Cleveland Heights 26 / Nordonia 42

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Suburban League Playoffs Round 2 Final Scores

Below are the Suburban League Round 2 Final Scores:

Division 1 Region 1

#7 Stow-Munroe Falls 14 / #2 Mentor 31

Division 2 Region 5

#16 Kent Roosevelt 0 / #1 Akron Archbishop Hoban 63

#9 Nordonia 25 / #8 Mayfield 45

#18 Twinsburg 0 / #2 Austintown Fitch 35

#14 Bedford 0 / #3 Hudson 42

Division 2 Region 6

#9 Freemont Ross 21 / #8 Highland 41

#13 Barberton 21 / #4 Toledo St. Johns 14

#21 Oregon Clay 33 / #5 Brecksville Broadview Heights 49

#14 Wadsworth 7 / #3 Avon Lake 30

#22 North Royalton 33 / #6 Olmsted Falls 27 OT

Division 3 Region 9

#21 Notre Dame Cathedral Latin 24 / #5 Aurora 41

Division 3 Region 10

#9 Buckeye 0 / #8 Revere 27

#10 Copley 10 / #7 Norwalk 17

Non-Playoff Games:

Tallmadge 50 / Cuyahoga Falls 12

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SOT Podcast Game of the Week: Wadsworth Grizzlies vs Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees

By Sean Duffy

Brecksville, OH– Crazy that it is the last week of the regular season for the 2020 Northeast Ohio High School Football campaign, and playoff football begins in earnest next week. However, it is 2020 and crazy is the best and most accurate way to describe things. Crazy is also the proper term for the matchup that was our game of the week between the Wadsworth Grizzlies (1-3) and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees ( 4-1).

The Bees were the first to score thanks to a 40 yd TD pass from Bees QB Joe Labas to Jeremy Jonozzo, the extra point made the score 7-0 in favor of the Bees with 7:50 remaining in the first quarter. Wadsworth would not be down for long as WR Anthony Cirino took the ensuing kickoff over 80 yards for a TD, and just like that the score was 7-7 with 7:35 remaining, the first quarter would end with a score of 7-7.

The second quarter was all about the defenses as both teams settled into a bend but don’t break type of effort. The Grizzlies defense was able to stop the Bees on fourth down multiple times forcing a turnover on downs. The Bees defense was equally up to the challenge forcing either a Wadsworth punt or turnover on downs for the entire quarter. Wadsworth’s defense would surrender a TD late in the half as Bees RB Garrett Kubitz would score on a 17 yd run, a missed extra point would give the Bees a 13-7 lead at half time.

The third quarter of this game saw an offensive explosion for both teams. The Bees scored first on a 33 yd TD pass from Joe Labas to Luke Gonim, a failed 2 pt conversion increased the Bees Lead 19-7 with 7:38 remaining in the third. Wadsworth’s offense finally found the end zone with a 67 yd TD pass from QB Mitchell Evans to WR Barret Labus, a made extra point cut the Bees’ lead to 19-14 with 7:13 left in the third. The Bees would respond with an explosive play of their own, a 68 yd TD pass from Labas to WR Luke Buckley, a made extra point made the score 26-14 with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter. Wadsworth QB Mitchell Evans would throw two more touchdown passes, a 20 yd pass to Cirino and a 27 yd pass to Labus, to end the third quarter with the Grizzlies leading 29-26.

Garrett Kubitz would add two rushing TDs to his nightly total. The First came from 3 yds out to make the score 32-29 with 9:50 remaining in the game . Kubitz would find pay dirt again from 15 yds to give the Bees a 38-29 lead with 5:00 remaining in the game. Wadsworth would not go away quietly as Mitchell Evans would connect with Carston Marshall for a 41 yd TD, a failed 2pt conversion made the score 38-35 with 4:02 left in the game. The Grizzlies would attempt an unsuccessful onside kick that set the bees up at midfield. A few plays later QB Joe Labas would score on a 31 yd touchdown run. it would prove to be the final nail in the Grizzlies coffin as Brecksville-Broadview Heights would beat Wadsworth 45-35

Wadsworth falls to 1-4 on the year and were led by QB Mitchell Evans who had 4 passing TDs and WRs Barrett Labus and Anthony Cirino who each scored 2 TDs . The Grizzlies begin their playoff journey next week as they host Westlake in the first round.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights improve to 5-1 and were led offensively by QB Joe Labas and RB Garrett Kubitz both combining for 7 touchdowns in the game. the Bees will get a first round bye and await the winner of the first round contest between Parma Valley Forge and Oregon Clay.

Suburban League Week 6 FINALS

National Division

Stow 53 / Nordonia 47

North Royalton 0 / Hudson 53

Wadsworth 35 / Brecksville 45

American Conference

Cuyahoga Falls 20 / Copley 41

Barberton 16 / Highland 31

Tallmadge 26 / Roosevelt 16

Non Divisional

Twinsburg 0 / Aurora 38

Revere 0 / Maple Heights 20

Be sure to watch our live show on monday to recap all the Suburban League Action.

Suburban League Week 5 Finals

Final scores from Week 5 in the Suburban League

National Division

Brecksville 15 / Stow 13

North Royalton 14 / Nordonia  62

American Division

Aurora 34 / Cuyahoga Falls 6

Roosevelt 28 vs Copley 31 (9/26)


Barberton 37 / Wadsworth 30

Hudson 42 / Highland 21

Tallmadge 24 / Twinsburg 20

Revere 21 / Westlake 0

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Suburban League Week 4 Finals

Week 4 Suburban League Final Scores

National Division:

Stow 21 / North Royalton 14

Hudson 62 / Wadsworth 42

American Division

Copley 47/ Tallmadge 14 (9/17)

Non Divisional

Revere 28 / Twinsburg 14

Highland 44 / Nordonia 38 OT

Brecksville 45 / Barberton 31

Westlake 28 / Cuyahoga Falls 26

Aurora 31 / Col. Bishop Sycamore 8

Be sure to Tune in to Sports on Tap Monday for a recap of all the suburban league action from this past week


SOT Podcast Game of the Week: Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees vs North Royalton Bears

By Sean Duffy

North Royalton, OH– The Golden Shoe was up for grabs again this year as the Brecksville-Broadview Heights (1-1) travel into Serpentini Stadium to face the North Royalton Bears (0-2) in a Suburban League National Division Showdown.

The Brecksville Bees got the scoring started late in the 1st quarter thanks to a 25 yd TD pass from Senior QB Joe Labas to WR Luke Ganim to take a 7-0 lead with 6:25 remaining in the quarter. Multiple Bees unsportsmanlike penalties set up North Royalton with excellent field position, and the Bears took full advantage with a 14 yd TD Pass from Bears QB Micheal Piazza to Ben Pachloski a missed extra point made the score 7-6 with 3:07 remaining in the first. On the ensuing kickoff Bees WR Jeremy Jonozzo notched his second score of the night with a 72 TD return and the Bees regained the lead 14-7. As the first quarter came to an end the Bears were on the move but trailed 14-7.

On the first play of the 2nd quarter Bears QB Michael Piazza would connect with WR Omar Abuhamedeh for a 46 YD TD, a successful 2 pt attempt saw North Royalton tie the score 14-14 with 11:51 remaining in the half. Brecksville would answer with 21 unanswered points in the remainder of the half. Joe Labas connected with Jonozzo for a third time, this time for 43 yd TD pass, and a 46 yd throw and catch to Luke Buckley for a score in the quarter. Brecksville would close out the half with a 3 yd TD run from Carson Klodnick making the score 35-14 in favor of the bees .

Brecksville would continue the momentum into the 3rd quarter, as they took their first drive of the half in for a score, thanks to a 4 yd TD run by Bees RB Garret Kubitz. Brecksville now led 42-14 with 8:59 left in the 3rd quarter. The Bears closed the quarter out with a touchdown run from RB Zaden Abuhamdeh. At the end of the third quarter Brecksville led 42-21.

North Royalton was in quick strike mode to open the final quarter and put together an impressive drive that started on their own 20 yd line and traveled all the way to the Bees 1yd line. However the Bees defense came up with a huge goal line stand to force a turn over on downs and allow the Bees to chew up a lot 4th quarter time. North Royalton would add a touchdown late, a 23 yd TD pass from Piazza to Killian O’Callahan, but it was not enough as Brecksville won the game and the Golden Shoe with final score of 42-28.

North Royalton falls to 0-3 on the year and will look to get their first win of 2020 in week 4 as they host Stow (2-0).

Brecksville improved to 2-1 on the year and were led by co-players of the game Joe Labas and Jeremy Jonozzo who combined for 3 TDs on the evening. The Bees will look to continue there winning streak in week 4 as they travel to face Barberton (0-3).

Suburban League Week 3 Finals

Here are the Week 3 match ups in he Suburban League


Brecksville 42 / North Royalton 28

Nordonia 63 / Wadsworth 49


Aurora 62 / Tallmadge 28

Cuyahoga Falls 0 / Revere 33


Twinsburg 7 / Copley 31

Marlington (1-1) vs Kent Roosevelt (0-0)-PPD

Highland 7 / Stow 31

Barberton 22 / Hudson 44

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Suburban League Week 2 Finals:

Week 2 Final Score

National Division

Hudson 38 / Brecksville 28

Stow vs Wadsworth: Cancelled

American Division

Aurora 12 / Revere 7

Copley 40/ Cuyahoga Falls 6

Non Conference:

North Royalton 40/ Highland 41

Barberton 40/ Nordonia 41

Tallmadge 20 / Green 27

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Suburban League Week 1 Schedule

By Sean Duffy

Week 1 of the 2020 high school football season is in full swing..well sort of. The COVID 19 Pandemic has created a very different schedule, a modified regular season consisting of six regular season games before starting the playoffs.

Unusual is an understatement , however it is high school football in Northeast Ohio therefore Sports on Tap will be covering the Suburban League as always. Featuring a slew of top 25 teams in both the National and American Conferences, we are sure to see some great team performances throughout the season.

Below is the Suburban League schedule for week 1:

National Conference:

Nordonia vs Hudson

Wadsworth vs North Royalton


Stow vs Barberton

Brecksville vs Aurora

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Suburban League Week 9 Finals

Suburban League

Here are your FINAL scores from week 9 in the Suburban League:


North Royalton 31 / Brecksville 57

Cuyahoga Falls 28/ Nordonia 42

Hudson 45/ Stow 29

Twinsburg 35 / Wadsworth 49


Revere 7/ Aurora 48

Barberton 37 / Tallmadge 0

Highland 41 / Copley 7

Garfield Heights 31 / Roosevelt 28

Tune in Monday @ 7:30 PM to hear the guys break down all the week 9 action!!!



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Week 9 Suburban League Schedule

Suburban League


Here is the lineup for week 9 in the Suburban League


North Royalton (4-4, 2-3) vs Brecksville (6-2, 5-0)

Cuyahoga Falls (2-6, 0-5) vs Nordonia (3-5, 2-3)

Hudson (5-3, 4-1) vs Stow (5-3, 2-3)

Twinsburg (2-6, 1-5) vs Wadsworth (6-2, 4-1)


Aurora (8-0, 4-0) vs Revere (4-4, 2-3)

Barberton (5-3, 3-2) vs Tallmadge (1-7, 0-4)

Highland (2-6, 1-3) vs Copley (2-6, 1-3)

Garfield Hts (4-4, 0-1) vs Roosevelt (5-3, 4-1)*

*non -conference


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Suburban League Week 8 Schedule

Suburban League

Here is the Week 8 line up for the Suburban League :


Nordonia vs Brecksville

Cuyahoga Falls vs Hudson

Wadsworth vs North Royalton

Twinsburg vs Stow


Aurora vs Highland

Tallmadge vs Copley

Revere vs Roosevelt

Massilon vs Barberton*

*non conference game


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Suburban League Week 7 Finals

Here are your final scores for week 7 in the Suburban League:


Brecksville 38/ Twinsburg 0

Wadsworth 33/ Cuyahoga Falls 2

Hudson 43 / North Royalton 17

Nordonia 31 / Stow 28


Aurora 31 / Barberton 7

Copley 12 / Revere 20

Roosevelt 31 / Tallmadge 10

Canfield 28 / Highland 31

Be sure to listen monday at 7:30 pm for a breakdown of all the week 7 action!



Suburban League Week 6 FINAL SCORES

Suburban League

Here are the Week 6 Final Scores for the Suburban League:

Cuyahoga Falls 20 / Brecksville 62

Nordonia 27 / Hudson 45

North Royalton 34 / Twinsburg 14

Stow 23 / Wadsworth 56

Roosevelt 0 / Aurora 41

Barberton 38 / Copley 0

Highland 16 / Revere 13

Tallmadge 22 / Rocky River 33 *


Be sure to tune in Monday at 7:30 pm to hear us break down all the week 6 action.


Suburban League Week 6 Lineup

Suburban League

Week 6 in the Suburban League is in full swing, below are this week’s match ups:


Cuyahoga Falls (2-3, 0-2) vs Brecksville (3-2, 2-0)

Nordonia (2-3, 1-1) vs Hudson (2-3,1-1)

North Royalton (3-2, 1-1) vs Twinsburg (2-3, 1-1)

Stow (4-1, 1-1) vs Wadsworth (3-2, 1-1)


Roosevelt (3-2, 2-0) vs Aurora (5-0, 1-0)

Barberton (4-1, 2-0) vs Copley (1-4, 0-1)

Highland (0-5, 0-2) vs Revere (3-2, 1-1)

Tallmadge (1-4, 0-2) vs Rocky River (3-2, 2-2)*

*Non Conference Match up*


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Suburban League Week 5 Final Scores

Suburban League

Here are your week 5 final scores from the Suburban League:


Brecksville 35 / Hudson 28

Twinsburg 21 / Cuyahoga Falls 20

North Royalton 14 / Stow 51

Wadsworth 34 / Nordonia 28



Aurora 55 / Tallmadge 6

Revere 7 / Barberton 48

Highland 28 / Roosevelt 35

Akron East 27 / Copley 7


Be sure to listen Monday at 7:30 PM as we will breakdown all the week 5 Suburban League Action!



SOT Podcast Game of the Week: Wadsworth Grizzlies vs Hudson Explorers

By Sean Duffy

Hudson, OH– Week 4 of the 2019 High School Football season is the beginning of the conference play for most teams. Non-conference play is over, and now teams turn their focus to teams to teams of which they are more familiar. Our game of the week features two teams from the Suburban League National Division. The Wadsworth Grizzlies (2-1) are coming off of a tough loss at the hands of Medina in week 3 travel to take on the Hudson Explorers (1-2) who secured their first win of the season in week 3 against Brush. Both teams look to get off to a solid start in the National Division in great Suburban League National Division contest.

Hudson got the ball to start the game and i was clear from the outset that the Explorers were going with a up tempo offensive game plan. Hudson wasted no time driving their opening drive deep into Wadsworth territory. However the Grizzlies defense was able to hold and force a 35 yd field goal from Junior kicker Jake Vidmar. Hudson Jumped out to an 3-0 lead with 8:42 left in the first quarter. Wadsworth’s offense was helped by a superb kickoff return by Sophomore WR Anthony Cirino of 32 yds that set the Grizzlies up on the Hudson 45 yd line. Wadsworth Senior QB Trey Shaffer would connect 3 plays later with junior WR Barret Labus for a 7 yd TD pass, Wadsworth took a 7-3 lead wit 6:10 remaining in the 1st quarter. Both teams settled in defensively forcing punts on each team’s next offensive possessions. As the 1st quarter came to an end, Wadsworth led 7-3, With Hudson threatening deep in Grizzlies territory.

Hudson opened the 2nd quarter with 1 yd TD run by Junior QB Jacob Paltani, Hudson now led 10-7 with 10:51 remaining in the half. Wadsworth would answer on their next possession putting together a 69 yd drive that, capped off by a 31 yd TD Pass from Shaffer to Junior WR Ethan Korecky, Wadsworth now led 14-10 with 6:53 remaining in the half.

Hudson would add another field goal from Vidmar, this time from 33 yds, Wadsworth led 14-13 with 3:52 left in the half. Hudson’s defense was able to force a quick 3 and out for the Grizzlies, and took over on the Wadsworth 49 yd line late in the first half. Hudson would score as time ran out in the half on a 1 yd TD run from QB Jacob Paltani. Hudson led 20-14 as the first half came to a close.

Wadsworth got the ball to start the third quarter and put together a 70 yard drive that drained 6:07 off the game clock. WR Anthony Cirino would score on a 5 yd TD run, Wadsworth now led 21-20 with 5:53 remaining in the quarter.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Hudson QB had the ball snapped over his head and recovered in the end zone by Wadsworth LB Jack Grice, Wadsworth now led 28-20 with 5:35 left in the third quarter. Hudson’s next offensive drive began on their own 30 yd line and the explorers were able to put together a 70 yd scoring drive, capped by a 5 yd td Run by Paltani, Wadsworth now led 28-27 with 4:36 remaining.  The Grizzlies were again deep in Hudson territory, but the Hudson Defense forced a turn over on downs as the third quarter came to an end with Wadsworth leading 28-27.

Hudson opened the 4th quarter with a bang, when QB Jacob Paltani hooked up with Junior WR Luke McLaughlin for a 76 yd TD Pass. Hudson jumped out to a 34-28 lead with 11:50 left in the game. Wadsworth would again fail to convert on another 4th down attempt, and the teams would stall out defensively for a majority of the 4th quarter. Wadsworth would find some magic late in the fourth quarter, when Shaffer and Korecky would hook up again this time for a 46 yd TD throw and catch. The Grizzlies held a 35-34 lead with 3:03 remaining.

Hudson would get the ball on their own 47 yard line to start their next drive, but WR Luke Mclaughlin would have his ball punched out and recovered by Wadsworth’s Jack Grice, Wadsworth had the ball with 1:20 remaining. Hudson had two timeouts remaining and were able to force the Grizzlies punt. Hudson would take over on the Wadsworth 40 yd line, with 0:54 left in the game. Hudson would get the ball down to the 36 yd line with just 0:03 remaining. Hudson then turned to Senior kicker Caleb Junko who lined up for a 46 yd field goal and put it right through uprights as time expired. Hudson wins 37-35 in a wild National Division opener.

Wadsworth falls to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Suburban League National Divison. They will look to get back on the winning side things in week 5 as they Travel to take on Nordonia.

The Hudson Explorers improved to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Suburban League National Division. They will look to continue their winning streak in week 5 as they host Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The Player of the game is Senior Kicker Caleb Junko with game winning 46 yd field goal.


Head Coach of the Hudson Explorers Jeff Gough talks about the 37-35 win over the Wadsworth Grizzlies.

Suburban League Week 4 FINALS

Suburban League

It is the start of conference play in the Suburban League! Here are the match ups for Week 4 :


Stow 35 / Brecksville 42

Cuyahoga Falls 20 / North Royalton 42

Nordonia 38 / Twinsburg 10

Wadsworth 35 / Hudson 37



Barberton 49 / Highland 17

Roosevelt 31 / Copley 20

Tallmadge 16 / Revere 17

Padua 13 /Aurora 14 *


*denotes non-conference match up


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