Week 7: North Olmsted outlasts Midview 48-45 in their First Round Playoff Matchup.

By Rob Trautman

North Olmsted, OH- If you don’t like offense, stop right here. This game produced excitement, big plays, and a first round matchup that scored 93 points between the two teams. On this night North Olmsted would make history by winning their first ever post season win 48-45.

In the first quarter we got a glimpse at what this night could be like. With 9:51 left in the first quarter North Olmsted quarterback Anthony Guercio started the scoring with a 43 yard touchdown pass too wide receiver Jared Kelley.

On the next series Midview quarterback Ethan Surdock was intercepted by Eagles defensive back Eric Wasen who took it to the house from 24 yards out. Quickly, North Olmsted jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. Midview would answer back as quarterback Ethan Surdock would connect with wide receiver Connor Awad from 17 yards out. The score was 14-7. After a North Olmsted punt, the Middies would drive down the field and settle for a 27 yard field goal from kicker Kaiden Koch who hit a 27 yard field goal.

After 1 quarter of play North Olmsted led Midview 14-10.

In the Second quarter Midview would turn the ball over on an intercepted pass. The Eagles would put a nice drive together that would lead to a 5 yard touchdown run by Jio Rodriguez. The extra point was no good and North Olmsted led 20-10.

After a fumble by the Middies at 4:38 in the second quarter, the Eagles would drive into Middies territory where they would try for a 27 yard field goal. The ball sailed wide left. Midview would take over and establish a drive that took almost 3 minutes off of the clock. That would lead to a Surdock 3 yard touchdown run. The Middies cut the Eagles lead to 20-17 before half. North Olmsted wasn’t done as they got what looked to be a big score by Guercio to his wide receiver Macguire Savarino for 47 yards, but they got caught with an illegal man down field that wiped the touchdown away before half. North Olmsted would lead 20-17 at halftime.

The third quarter would start and it was the Eagles who would score first as Guercio would run it in from 4 yards out. North Olmsted now took a 27-17 lead.

The third quarter went back in forth with a flurry of scoring. Below are highlights from the third quarter. Midview captured the SportCenter Top Play with Surdock connecting with his wide receiver Bryce Newton. Take a look!

North Olmsted quarterback Anthony Guercio would run a touchdown in from 1 yard out to give the Eagles a 34-24 lead in the 3 quarter with 4:57 left.

The third quarter would end with Midview trailing North Olmsted 34-31.

The fourth quarter would start with both teams trading big play after big play. Neither team wanted to give up in this game. North Olmsted would strike on a 2 yard touchdown run by Guercio who extended their lead back to 10 points with a 48-38 lead with 7:25 left.

Once again the Middies were down but not out, scoring on a 1 yard touchdown run by Surdock that would cut the Eagles lead to 48-45.

Finally we saw some key defensive plays. Midview’s defense got the stop they needed to give them the ball back and a chance to tie or take the lead with 2:24 left in the game. The Middies would get a great drive, deep into North Olmsted Territory, but with :21 left in the game defensive back Daniel Davis would seal the deal with an interception that would give the Eagles their first ever postseason win.

Eagles win, 48-45 over the Middies in the First Round Playoffs! North Olmsted improves to 2-4 and will now face the Avon Eagles in the next round of the playoffs. Avon won the first matchup in Week 4, 42-14. Midview falls to 1-6.

STATS:

Both teams– 13 Combined touchdowns

North Olmsted

QB Anthony Guercio- 234 yards passing 1 TD, 172 yards rushing 4 TDs

Midview

QB Ethan Surdock- 321 yards passing 3 TDs 3 INT, 128 yards rushing 2 TDs

5 Turnovers in the game as a team for Midview

Player of the Game

Anthony Guercio of North Olmsted. He talked to WOBL/WDLW Radio after the game about an incredible night.

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Week 6: Pirates sail to a 31-0 win over Lakewood.

By Rob Trautman

Lakewood, OH- There was a chill in the air for our Friday Night High School Football game, between the Rocky River Pirates (2-1), and the host Lakewood Rangers (1-4). A GLC matchup that was a rivalry game for the Battle of the Bridge.

The First quarter had early momentum for the Lakewood Rangers as Rocky River running back John Bebie fumbled in their own territory giving the ball to Lakewood at the Rocky River 28 yard line. The Rangers couldn’t capitalize getting their field goal try blocked with three minutes left in the first quarter. Both teams couldn’t get much offense going, punting back and forth before the first quarter would end at 0-0.

In the Second quarter, momentum would swing to Rocky River and the Pirates finally would get a big run from QB Braedon Spies to set up a first and goal. Then, from there it was running back John BeBie as he would punch it in from 2 yards out. The Pirates would go for a two point conversion and get it to make their lead 8-0 with 10:53 left in the second quarter.

Then, a key Interception returned for a touchdown by once again John Bebie. This would be a key play that kept the Pirates rolling. The extra point was no good and Rocky River led 14-0 with 4:58 left in the second quarter. Turnovers would play a big part in this game as the Pirates would get another interception with 2:11 left in the second quarter. Rocky River would get down the the Lakewood 11 yard line where they would get a 28 yard field goal from kicker Mack Massad. At halftime the score was now 17-0.

After half the Pirates received the ball to open the third quarter where they would go on a 14 play 75 yard drive that would be capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by John Bebie, who did everything on this night. The extra point was good and the score was 24-0 after three quarters. On this drive it was a heavy dose of running back John Bebie and a great connection with quarter Braedon Spies and wide receiver David Rosenberg. After three quarters it was Rocky River leading 24-0.

In the fourth quarter there was a lot of running the ball , but with 8:56 left in the game the Pirates would throw as quarterback Braedon Spies would connect with wide receiver Stan Heuler for a 12 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and Rocky River would sail to a 31-0 GLC win over Lakewood.

Rocky River would improve to 3-1 on the season as Lakewood falls to 1-4. Next up for the Pirates is playoff football as they host Lexington. Lakewood travels to Barberton to take on the Magics.

Player of the Game

Rocky River RB John Bebie– He scored 2 TDs on the ground and scored another touchdown on a pick six.

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Week 5: Buckeye outlasts Valley Forge for Great Lakes Conference Win 42-28. Video Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

Second Quarter

7:09 – Buckeye-WR/RB Kaymen Marshall 44 yard run

Third Quarter

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Week 4: Avon Lake runs past Amherst 21-7 in an SWC showdown.

By Rob Trautman

Amherst, OH- Week 4 of the 2020 Season brought us to a battle atop the Southwestern Conference. There was a chill in the air as the two SWC teams were ready to square off from Mercy Health Stadium. Amherst comes in undefeated at 3-0, whereas Avon Lake is 2-1 looking to continue their winning ways after their Week 1 overtime loss versus Avon.

Avon Lake received the opening kickoff and made a statement. Establishing a long opening drive, featuring their senior star running back Gage Duesler. The Shoremen went 80 yards and capped it off with a 23 yard touchdown run by Shoremen RB Gage Duesler. Avon Lake led 7-0 with 8:45 left in the first quarter. Both teams were physical on both sides of the ball as drives stalled by both teams. The first quarter would end with the Shoremen leading 7-0.

That is what the score would be after one quarter.

In the second quarter the physical defense began to pickup. Amherst’s defense sacked Shoremen QB Michael Corbo 2 times on their first drive in the second quarter forcing a punt. The Comets established a nice long drive with runs by Torre Weatherspoon and passes from Senior QB Tyler Brezina to Ty Weatherspoon. The drive stalled by holding penalties that would force a punt with 4:16 left in the second quarter. The following series the Shoremen drive down the field and would finally strike in the second quarter with another Gage Duesler 6 yard touchdown run with 1:31 left in the second quarter. At halftime Avon Lake led the Comets 14-0.

In the third quarter Amherst came out with an impressive 12 play drive down to the Avon Lake 17 yard line. Comets running back Jonathan West looked to break free for extra yards when the Shoremen defense stripped the ball away and Avon Lake Senior Nathan Cikalo recovered the fumble at their own 3 yard line.

The third quarter would end with the Shoremen leading 14-0 and still on a drive that would continue into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Avon Lake continue to run the ball with Duesler, but did balance the passing game with Michael Corbo. The Shoremen’s passing game finally hit on a 29 yard pass from QB Michael Corbo to WR Mitchell Fedders that was thought to extend the Avon Lake lead to 21-0. A holding call would bring that play back.

The Shoremen would continue the drive running the ball with Duesler as he would get his third touchdown on the night with a 26 yard run with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter. Avon Lake led 21-0.

The Comets weren’t ready to fold yet, as they would score on the ensuing drive with a 65 yard touchdown catch/run by Amherst running back Alden Steele from QB Tyler Brezina. His speed out ran the Shoremen defense to keep the Amherst hopes alive as the score was 21-7 with 3:25 left. An onside kick try by the Comets was recovered by Avon Lake.

That is how this game would end as the Shoremen would improve to 3-1 (3-1) with a 21-7 road win over a tough Comets team who falls to 3-1 (3-1).

Week 5, Avon Lake will stay on the road taking on North Olmsted, as Amherst travels to battle Olmsted Falls.

Notable Stats:

Avon Lake Shoremen

RB Gage Duesler had 25 carries for 204 yards and 3 TDs

Amherst Comets

QB Tyler Brezina 10/14 119 yards 1 TD

#ALvsAS

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Week 3: Elyria Catholic gets their first GLC win versus Bay 27-0.

By Rob Trautman

Elyria, OH- It was a beautiful night for High School Football in Week 3 of the 2020 Season. There was a bit of a chill in the air as the two GLC teams get ready to square off from Knights of Columbus Field. Both teams looking to win their first game of the season.

Bay had a great drive going in the first quarter, when a fumble stalled the drive and turned the ball over to the Panthers. Both teams started slow in the first quarter until Elyria Catholic would strike first with a 5 yard touchdown pass from Senior QB Steven Navalinsky to Ball St commit WR Jaret Frantz. The extra point was blocked and the Panthers led 6-0 with 3:10 left in the first quarter.

That is what the score would be after one quarter.

In the second quarter the hitting began to pick up on the defensive side of the ball as both teams had text book tackling. With good tackling comes defensive stops, and both teams went back and forth for most of the second quarter without a score. The Panthers would finally break through. Once again it was the combination of Elyria Catholic QB Steven Navalinsky and WR Jaret Frantz scoring on a 10 yard pass with 10 seconds left until halftime. The Panthers went for the two point conversion and got it with Sophomore RB Levi Ellis running it in. Elyria Catholic led 14-0 at half.

The momentum continued in third quarter for Elyria Catholic as a good drive would end in a 10 yard touchdown by Levi Ellis with 4:03 left in the third quarter. The extra point was no good as the Panthers led 20-0.

Thats how the third quarter would end as the Panthers continued to lead 20-0.

Bay could get nothing going all night as the Elyria Catholic defense stymied a tough Rockets offense. The Panthers would score one more time in the fourth quarter as Navalinsky would connect with another Junior WR Jack Kenneally on a 6 yard pass with 4:19 left. A beautifully thrown ball caught by the 6’6 WR who went up and made a great catch in the corner of the end zone. The extra point was good . Elyria Catholic led 27-0. That is how this game would end as the Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball.

The Bay Rockets fall to 0-1 in the GLC and will travel to Valley Forge (1-0), as the Panthers get their first win of the season and are now 1-1 (1-0 in the GLC). They will host Buckeye at home next Friday night.

Notable Stats:

Elyria Catholic Panthers

QB Steven Navalinsky threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns

RB Levi Ellis ran for 135 yards and a TD.

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