SOT Featured Game: Hudson Explorers vs Painesville Riverside Beavers

By Sean Duffy

Maple Heights, OH- The Division II Region 5 Semi-Final matchup featured the #3 seeded Hudson Explorers and t#2 seeded Riverside Beavers. Each team is looking to move on to the Division II Region 5 Final, but would first have to overcome a cold and rainy night at Maple Heights Stadium .

The rainy weather accounted for the first points of the game as a botched long snap by Riverside rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Hudson would take possession and score on a 29 yd TD pass from QB Jaggar Pallay to WR Jack Jenkins. Hudson would take a 9-0 Lead at the end of the first quarter.

Jaggar Pallay to Jack Jenkins for an Explorer TD

Hudson’s Ian Ludewig would add to the Hudson lead thanks to a 3 yd TD Run. Hudson now led 16-0 Early in the second quarter.

Hudson RB Ian Ludewig with a 3 Yd TD Run

Hudson’s Defense was dominant in the first half not allowing Riverside any opportunity to score. The Explorers defensive line created havoc in the backfield, and stifled the Beavers Run game. Hudson took a 16-0 Lead into halftime.

Along with the rain, the Hudson Defense continued to make things very difficult for the Beavers offense as they handled Riverside for the majority of the third quarter. Riverside would finally find some rhythm offensively, helped out in large part by costly Hudson penalties, and get on the scoreboard with a 6 yd TD run by QB Mikey Maloney. Maloney would also successfully convert the 2 pt attempt to make the score 16-8 in favor of Hudson as the third quarter came to an end.

Beaver’s QB Mikey Maloney with a 6 Yd TD Run

Hudson was moving the ball well to open the quarter and drove the ball all the way down to the Beavers 2 yd line and looked poised to punch it in for game icing score. However, the Beavers defense would turn back a 4th and goal attempt to take over on their own 1 yd line and keep it to a one score game.

Riverside Defense with a goal line stand to force a turnover on downs

Riverside would then march the length of the field to score on 29 yd TD pass from Mikey Maloney to WR Jake Elly to bring the Beavers within a 2 pt conversion of tying the game. As it had for most of the night the Explorers defense was up to the task and prevented Riverside from converting the 2 pt attempt. Hudson Led 16-14 with 3:52 Remaining in the game.

Beaver QB Mikey Maloney connects with Jake Elly for a TD.

Riverside elected to not to attempt the onside kick, opting to kick the ball deep. The Beaver’s defense played very well on first and second down, setting up a 3rd and 13 for Hudson on their own 22 yd line. Hudson would connect on a 33 yd pass play from Pallay to Jack Jenkins to move the sticks, and salt away the game. Hudson weathered the Riverside second half surge to get the 16-14 Victory.

Riverside ends the season 11-2 overall and were led offensively by QB Mikey Maloney who had a rushing TD on the night and also connected with Jake Elly for another score.

Hudson’s season continues as they improve to 13-0 overall. The Explorers ware led offensively by QB Jaggar Pallay who had had A TD pass to WR Jack Jenkins, RB Ian Ludewig also had a rush TD on the night. Hudson moves on to the Division II Region 5 Final and will face #1 seed Akron Archbishop Hoban (12-1).

So long from Maple Heights!!

SOT Featured Game of the Week #14 Solon Comets vs #3 Hudson Explorers

Presented by Raymond Felton State Farm of Hudson

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By Sean Duffy

Hudson, OH– The 2022 OHSAA Playoffs are upon us, hard as it may seem to believe. Every team that makes the playoffs have a shot at a State Championship in their respective divisions, but to get there you have do one thing, win. Our featured game of the week is an opening round matchup in Division II Region 5, the #14 Solon Comets travel to take on the #3 Hudson Explorers. This is the first year in Division II for Solon who played in Division I last year. Hudson is a perennial fixture in the top portion of the region. This is a rematch of a week 1 matchup that saw Hudson edge out Solon 14-13, can the Comets avenge the loss from week 1, or will Hudson be able to beat the Comets for the second time this season to move on to round 2? It is sure to be a battle in Hudson.

It was clear right from the start that Hudson’s defense was going to make it a long night for Solon QB Harley Barmen who was constantly under pressure from the Explorers defensive line. Solon’s defense was also showing out in the first quarter stopping Hudson on a 4th and Goal from 2 yds line. Hudson was able to put 3 points on the board in the first quarter thanks to a 23 yd field goal from Hudson kicker DJ Ashe. Hudson led 3-0 after the first quarter.

Hudson kicker DJ Ashe with a 23yd FG

The second quarter belonged to the defenses for both teams. Solon’s defensive unit would force two turnovers in the quarter, a fumble and an interception but failed to capitalize on either. The Explorers defense continued their harassment Harley Barmen sacking the backup QB multiple times in the quarter and forcing an interception of their own. Hudson RB Ian Ludewig would score on a 44 yd TD run late in the second quarter to give the Explorers a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Hudson RB Ian Ludewig 44yd TD run

The Hudson defense would continue to dominate in the third quarter as well sacking Barmen 4 times in the quarter and preventing Solon from getting anything going offensively. The Explorers defense would also add to the scoreboard thanks to a 70 yd interception return for a TD by Hudson LB Blake Toth. At the end of the third quarter Hudson led 17-0.

Hudson LB Blake Toth with a 70 Yd pick Six!

Hudson would add to their lead in the fourth quarter scoring twice, first a 1 yd TD run by Ludewig, his 2nd TD of the night. the second came on a 64 yd run by QB Jaggar Pallay. Pallay’s TD would prove to be the nail in Solon’s coffin as a running clock ticked down to Hudson claiming the 31-0 victory.

Hudson RB Ian Ludewig 1yd TD run

Solon Finishes the season 6-5 overall, they were led offensively by QB Harley Barmen who despite two interceptions and multiple sacks did lead the Comets rushing attack. Solon’s Defense kept the comets in the game for most of the night forcing two turnovers, however the offense was on able to capitalize on either.

The win moves Hudson into the Division II Regional quarterfinal round. The Explorers were led offensively by RB Ian Ludewig’s two rushing TDs. QB Jaggar Pallay also had a rushing TD on the night. LB Blake Toth had a 70 yd interception return for a TD as well. Hudson will host #6 seeded Walsh Jesuit in the Division II Region 5 Quarter finals next week

So long from Hudson!

SOT Featured Game: Holy Name Green Wave vs Elyria Catholic Panthers

By Sean Duffy

Elyria, OH- It all comes down to this, the Great Lakes Conference championship game. The East Division Champion is the Holy Name Green Wave (6-2, 5-0) who are looking to keep rolling after their Week 9 victory over Buckeye. The West Division Champion is Elyria Catholic Panthers (7-1, 5-0), They have been on a roll since their overtime loss to Sandusky Perkins. These two teams are no strangers to each other as they met in a cross division match up in Week 4, in which the Panthers got the 28-14 victory. can the Green Wave avenge that loss when it matters most? Or will the Panthers reign supreme as Great Lakes Conference Champion?

Holy Name got off to a hot start scoring on their opening drive as Senior QB Jayvon Williams connected with Adrian Wondolowski for a 25 yd TD pass. The Namers jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Holy Name QB Jayvon Williams to Adrian Wondolowski for a TD

Elyria Catholic would get on the board thanks to a 26 yd FG by Anthony DeMartinis. At the end of the first quarter Holy Name led 7-3.

Elyria Catholic kicker Anthony DeMartinis with a 26 Yd FG

The second quarter belonged to the Panthers, more specifically Panther RB Levi Ellis, who would notch two more TDs in the half. Ellis’ first touchdown of the quarter was an electric 96 yd touchdown run.

Elyria Catholic RB Levi Ellis with a 96 Yd TD Run

Ellis would find the end zone again this time through the air as he tossed a 12 yd TD pass to Senior Tony Grasso. The Panthers took a 17-7 into the half.

Panther RB Levi Ellis to WR Tony Grasso for a TD

If the second quarter belonged to Elyria Catholic, the third quarter was all Holy Name as the Green Wave would seize the momentum scoring 21 unanswered points. Holy Name’s First TD of the third quarter came on a contested TD pass from Javon Williams to WR Kevin Pivonka.

Holy Name QB Jayvon Williams to WR Kevin Pivonka for a TD

Holy Name would recover the Panther’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff, taking over deep in Panthers territory. Adrian Wondolowski would score his second TD of the night from 3 yds out. Holy name now led 21-17 midway through the quarter.

Holy Name RB Adrian Wondolowski with a 3yd TD run

Holy Name would close out the third quarter with another TD run from 2 yds out from Adrian Wondolowski. The third quarter came to an end with Holy Name leading 28-17.

Adrian Wondolowski with a 2yd TD Run

Elyria Catholic would score midway through the fourth quarter on a 6 yd TD rumble from Levi Ellis for his third TD of the night, Ellis would also score on the two-point conversion attempt, Holy Name led 28-25.

That would be as close as the Panthers would get as Holy Name would tack on two more TDs in the fourth quarter. Jayvon Williams would score on a 46 Yd TD run and Senor RB Kriztion Sanchez would score on an 8 yd TD run as time was running out in the game, giving the Green Wave a 42-25 Victory, and the Great Lakes Conference Championship.

Holy Name QB Jayvon Williams 46 Yd TD Run

Elyria Catholic ends the regular season 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Great Lake Conference. The Panthers were led offensively by Senior RB Levi Ellis who had 3 TDs on the night, 2 Rushing TDs and 1 passing TD. Elyria currently sit 4th in Division IV Region 14 and will likely host a round 1 playoff game in Week 1 of the 2022 OHSAA High School Football Playoffs.

The Holy Name Green Wave finish the regular season 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Great Lakes Conference, they are the 2022 Great Lakes Conference champions. The Green Wave was led by RB Adrian Wondolowski who finished the night with 2 rushing TDs and 1 TD Reception. Holy Name QB Jayvon Williams finished the night with 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD. Holy Name currently sits 2nd in Division III Region 10 and the win will likely vault them into the #1 Spot for the 2022 OHSAA High School Football Playoffs.

Congratulations Namers!!

SOT Featured Game: Elyria Catholic Panthers vs North Olmsted Eagles

By Sean Duffy

North Olmsted, OH – The 2022 Regular Season is winding down, wins are at a premium for Conference championships. The Great Lakes Conference West Division is coming down to the wire to see who will play the East Division Top Team in the week 10 de facto Conference Championship. Our Feature Game will likely decide who will represent the West in that game. The Elyria Catholic Panthers (6-1,3-0) coming off a big win in week 7 over Westlake face the North Olmsted Eagles (5-2, 3-0). The winner controls its own destiny for the Great Lakes Conference West Division.

Elyria Catholic would draw first blood in the contest thanks to a 44 yd TD Run by Senior RB Levi Ellis. The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead. The Panthers defense had a very simple yet effect strategy in dealing with the high-powered Eagles offense, that plan was to pressure QB Xavier Baulson all night, and blanket coverage on WR Jared Kelly. At the end of the first quarter Elyria Catholic led 7-0.

Elyria Catholic RB Levi Ellis 44yd TD Run

The Panthers would continue to cause chaos in the Eagles backfield, sacking Baulson multiple times. The Panther defense would even score on a 25 yd scoop and score by Collin Doud.

Collin Doud 25 yd Scoop and Score

Elyria Catholic would add to its lead thanks to a 39 yd TD pass from QB Hector Garcia IV to WR Connor Petrus. The panthers would take a 21-0 lead at the half.

Panthers QB Hector Garcia IV to Drew Petrus for a TD

The Panthers would continue to suffocate the Eagles offense to start the third quarter forcing a quick three and out. The panthers would then go on to further extend their lead with a 14 yd TD pass from QB Brady Cook to WR Tony Grasso. Elyria Catholic led 28-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Panthers QB Brady Cook to Tony Grasso for a TD

North Olmsted finally put points on board early in the fourth quarter, Xavier Baulson would connect with WR Collin Willard for a 5 yd TD pass.

Eagles QB Xavier Baulson to WR Collin Willard for a 5 Yd TD

The Eagles would recover the onside kick on the very next play and score immediately after that as Baulson would connect with Jared Kelly for a 47 yd TD pass. North Olmsted cut the lead 28-14 with 10:53 remaining in the game.

Eagles QB Xavier Baulson to Jared Kelly for a 47 Yd TD

Elyria Catholic would settle things down thanks to bulldozing 37 yd TD Run by Levi Ellis, his second TD run of the night. Panthers led 35-14 with 7:46 remaining in the game.

Panthers RB Levi Ellis 37 yd TD run

Levi Ellis was not done for the night, as he would score on the defensive side of the ball with an 18 yd scoop and score for his third TD of the night. Panthers led 42-14 with 6:55 remaining in the game.

North Olmsted would convert an excellent kickoff return to a TD pass from Baulson to Willard for their second TD connection of the night. Panthers led 42-21 with 6:01 remaining in the game. A failed onside kick and a Panther first down allowed Elyria Catholic to secure the 42-21 road victory.

North Olmsted falls to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Conference West Division. The Eagles were led offensively by QB Xavier Baulson who had 3 passing TDs on the night., Collin Willard had 2 TD receptions, and Jared Kelly had a TD Reception. North Olmsted will look to rebound in Week 9 as they travel to Rocky River.

Elyria Catholic Improves to 7-1 over and 4-0 in the Great Lakes Conference West Division. The Panthers were led offensively by Levi Ellis who had 2 rushing TDs and 1 defensive TD on the night. QBs Brady Cook and Hector Garcia IV each had a TD pass on the night, one to Drew Petrus and Tony Grasso respectively. Elyria Catholic is now in first place in the GLC West and will look to maintain that in Week 9 as they host Bay Village.

SOT Spotlight Game: Avon Eagles vs Olmsted Falls Bulldogs

By Sean Duffy

Olmsted Falls, OH- We are in the the thick of conference play in the 2022 Regular Season. To quote the immortal words of Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “the cream is rising to the top” not only the conference standings but also in the Regional Playoff Rankings. Our Spotlight Game takes us to a huge showdown in the Southwestern Conference between perennial playoff teams who are always in the hunt for conference and state championships every single year. The Avon Eagles ( 5-1, 3-0) come into the game as they always do talented, experienced, and well coached. The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (5-1,3-0) are equally talented, experienced, and well coached. This game will likely determine who is in the driver seat for the Southwestern Conference title and will be a huge factor in each team’s Regional Playoff seeding.

Avon jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead thanks to a TD pass from QB Sam DeTillio to WR Ethan Holbrook. The Bulldogs would respond with a 34 Yd TD Run by RB Michael Candow. Olmsted falls would tack on another score before the end of the first quarter, this time QB Andrew Herzog would connect with RB Rocco Conti for a 21 yd TD. After the first quarter of play Olmsted Falls held a 14-7 lead.

Avon would find a rhythm offensively, scoring 21 unanswered points in the quarter holding Olmsted falls scoreless. Eagles QB Sam DeTillio would throw his second TD pass to Gavin Erhardt.

Avon QB Sam DeTillio to Gavin Erhardt for a 25 Yd TD

DeTilllio would also connect with Ethan Holbroook for a second time in the game thanks to a 25 yd TD pass.

Sam DeTillio to Ethan Holbrook for a 25 Yd TD

Senior RB Jakorion Caffey would score the final TD of the half after plunging into the endzone from 1 yd out to give the Eagles a 28-14 Lead at halftime.

Avon RB Jakorion Caffey 1 yd TD Run

Avon got the ball to start the second half and wasted no time increasing their lead thanks to another TD pass from DeTillio to Holbrook to increase their lead to 35-14 with 9:34 remaining in the third quarter

Sam DeTillio to Ethan Holbrook for another TD!

Sam DeTillio and Ethan Holbrook would again connect for a score, this time on a 67 yd pass, Avon Lead 41-14 after a missed extra point.

Sam DeTillio to Ethan Holbrook for a 67 yd TD

Olmsted Falls would not go down without a fight as senior RB Rocco Conti would score on a 82 yd run to cut the lead to 41-21 with 4:45 remaining in the third quarter. Avon’s DeTillio and Holbrook could not be stopped as they connected on the next drive for a 31 yd TD, a successful 2 pt conversion made the score 48-21 with 0:57 remaining in the third quarter. Olmsted Falls’ Jack Pinchek would take the ensuing kick off 90 yds for a score, Avon led 48-28 with 0:45, but Olmsted falls was able to recover an onside kick and ended the third quarter with the ball in Avon territory.

The Bulldogs would start the fourth quarter with a 1 yd TD run by Derek Necktar to cut Avon’s lead 48-35 early in the fourth quarter. Avon’s Jakorion Caffey would take over the scoring load for the Eagles with a 47 yd TD to increase the lead to 56-35 with 10:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Olmsted Falls’ Jack Pinchek would score on a 51 yd TD run on the Bulldogs next offensive drive, Avon led 56-42 with 8:09 remaining in the game. Jakorion Caffey would score his third TD of the night, a 51 yd run to put the Eagles up 63-42. Caffey’s TD would prove to be the nail in the coffin for Olmsted Falls as the Avon Eagles get the win 63-42.

Avon RB Jakorion Caffey with a 51 Yd TD run

The Bulldogs fall to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southwestern Conference. Olmsted Falls was led offensively by RB Rocco Conti who had 1 Rush TD and 1 Pass TD, Bulldog RB Jack Pinchek also scored 2 TDs on the night. Olmsted Falls will look to get back on the winning side of the ledger as they host Amherst in Week 8.

The Eagles improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Southwestern Conference. Avon was led offensively by QB Sam DeTillio who had 6 passing TDs on the night, 5 of those to WR Ethan Holbrook; RB Jakorion Caffey also had three rushing TDs. Avon will look to continue its winning ways in Week 8 as they host Berea-Midpark.

So long from Olmsted Falls!!!

SOT Spotlight Game: Westlake Demons vs Bay Rockets

By Sean Duffy

Bay Village, OH– Hard to believe but we are at the midpoint of the 2022 high school football season. it is the time of the year when teams are competing for conference superiority, and also keeping an keen eye on their post season future. Our spotlight game features two teams from the Great Lakes Conference West Division. The Westlake Demons (3-1,0-0) come into the game fresh off a 49-7 Victory over Parma in Week 4. The Bay Rockets (2-2,0-0) are looking to snap a two game losing streak after a 42-14 Loss in week 4 to Valley Forge.

Westlake opened the game by using tempo to drive the ball all the way down the the Rockets !0 yd line, it was there that the Bay defense would force a turnover on downs. The Rockets would spend the remainder of the quarter working their way down the field, leaning heavily on the run game. At the end of the first quarter the score was 0-0 but the Rockets were knocking on the door.

Rockets would open the second quarter with a 3yd TD run by FR RB Charlie Rodgers, a made extra point -gave Bay the 7-0 Lead with 11:56 Remaining in the half.

Bay RB Charlie Rodgers with 3yd TD

The Rockets would score again in the second quarter, turning an interception of Demon QB Sam Brucchieri into points. Bay Jr RB Brendan Spellman would cap off another sustained scoring drive with a 3 yd TD Run. Rockets’ increased their lead 14-0 with 6:11 remaining in the half.

Bay RB Brendan Spellman with a 3yd TD run

Westlake’s offense was finally able to get into a rhythm and find the end zone on their next drive. Westlake Jr RB Matthew Porcelli would score from 6 yds out. Westlake cut the Bay lead 14-7 with 4:20 remaining in the half.

Westlake RB Matthew Porcelli 6 Yd TD Run

After the Westlake touchdown, Bay’s offensive unit picked up where it left off, grinding out yards and first downs. Rockets RB Brendan Spellman would score his second TD of the night , this time rumbling for 29 yds. for the score. Bay would go into halftime holding a 21-7 lead.

Bay RB Brendan Spellman with a 29 Yd TD run

Defense was the story of the third quarter as both teams would hold each other to a stalemate for most of the third quarter. Westlake began to find success after forcing a fumble from Spellman late in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter Westlake still down 21-7, but were deep in Bay territory .

The Demons began the fourth quarter with a 23 yd TD Run from Porcelli , his 2nd TD on the night. Demons cut the rockets lead to 21-14 with 11:30 remaining in the game.

Westlake RB Matthew Porcelli 23cyd TD run

Bay would go back to what had been working all game, running the ball and controlling the clock. The Rockets would score on a 2 yd. TD run from Jr Mac Weingart. Bay’s lead increased to 28-14 with 7:28 remaining in the game.

Bay RB Mac Weingart 2yd TD run

Westlake would score on their next offensive drive. using a combination of quick passes and an up tempo offense, Sam Brucchieri would connect with Junior WR Kaden Cole for a TD. The Bay lead now stood at 28-21 with 3:37 remaining in the game.

Westlake QB Sam Brucchieri connects with WR Kaden Cole for a TD

Unfortunately Westlake’s bid for comeback would come up short after a crucial unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Bay first down and run the clock out. Bay would walk away with 28-21 victory.

Westlake falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Great Lakes Conference. The Demons were led offensively by Junior RB Matthew Porcelli, two rushing TDs on the night. Westlake will look to get back on track in Week 6 as they play host to North Olmsted (3-2,1-0).

Bay improves to 3-2 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Conference. The Rockets were led offensively by Junior RB Brendan Spellman, two rushing TDs in the game. Rocket RBs Charlie Rogers and Mac Weingart would also score rushing TDs. Bay will look to continue their winning ways in Week 6 as they travel to Rocky River (1-4,0-1).

So long from Bay Village!

SOT Spotlight Game: Highland Hornets vs Tallmadge Blue Devils

By Sean Duffy

Tallmadge, OH– It is Week 4 and you know what that means, conference play begins in earnest. In the American Division of the Suburban League, the first week of conference play may actually determine the destiny of the division. The Highland Hornets (3-0,0-0) travels to take on Tallmadge (3-0,0-0) in perhaps the most important conference game of the year. Each team boasts a bevy of talent on both sides of the ball, and both teams are likely to be in the thick of the playoffs in their respective divisions. However this is about the American Division, in which the winner will likely be the favorite to claim the division title .

Each team got off to a rough start offensively, turning the ball over on back to back possessions. Highland’s Senior RB Lukas Stiles Scored on a 32 yd TD run. Highland Jumped out to 7-0 lead with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter.

Highland RB Lukas Stiles 32 yd TD run

Tallmadge would tie the game thanks to a 8 play drive, which was capped off with a 2 yd TD pass from Senior QB Ty Hurst to Senior WR Gino Spano. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 7-7

Tallmadge QB Ty Hurst to WR Gino Spano for a 3 yd TD

The second quarter belonged to the defenses. Highland’s defense was putting constant pressure on Hurst, forcing errant throws, and multiple stops. Tallmadge’s offense did not help itself by committing multiple penalties that stalled numerous drives. Tallmadge’s would also pitch a shut out in the second quarter, Highland’s offensive game plan was clear from the outset, run the ball with Stiles and Tallmadge was able to stifle the run in the second quarter. At halftime the score was still 7-7.

Highland’s Defense picked up where they left off in the second quarter, forcing bad throws by Hurst and little to no out put in ground game, forcing a 3 and out on the opening drive of the third quarter. Highland’s Matt Ciryak would take the ensuing punt 60 yds for a score, a blocked extra point made the score 13-7 in favor of the hornets with 9:19 remaining in the third quarter. Highland’s Lukas Stiles would rumble 13 yds for his second TD of the night to end the third quarter with Highland leading 20-7.

Hornets RB Lukas Stiles scores on a 13 yd TD Run

Lukas Stiles was not done as he opened the fourth quarter with bruising 21 yd TD run, Highland’s lead swelled to 27-7, Stiles notching his third score of the night.

HIGHLAND RB Lukas Stiles 21 yd TD Run

That score proved to be the final nail in the Tallmadge coffin, as they were simply unable to put any sustained success through the air or on the ground. Highlands defense would force another interception of Hurst which allowed the Hornets to run out the clock and secure the 27-7 victory.

The loss drops Tallmadge to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Suburban League American Division. The Blue Devils were led by Ty Hurst who had a TD Pass on the night to WR Gino Spano. Tallmadge will look to bounce back at home in week 5 against Revere.

Highland improves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban League American Division. The Hornets were led offensively by Senior RB Lukas Stiles who had 3 rushing TDs on the night. Matt Ciryak also chipped in with 60 yd punt return for a TD. Highland will look to keep the winning train rolling in week 5 as they travel to face Baberton.

So long from Tallmadge!

SOT Spotlight Game: Midview Middies vs Elyria Catholic Panthers

By Sean Duffy

Elyria, OH– After a heartbreaking Week 2 overtime loss to Sandusky Perkins, the Elyria Catholic Panthers (1-1, 0-0) were looking to right the ship in Week 3. The Panthers welcomed the Midview Middies (1-1,0-0) in week 3, the Middies were also looking to get back in the win column after a Week 2 loss to Strongsville.

The Middies were first to score after picking off a Brady Cook pass deep in Panther territory. Midview would score two plays later when Marc Reed would connect with Dane West for a 27 yard TD. Midview jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 4:04 left in the first quarter.

Midview QB Marc Reed connects with WR Dane West for a 27 yd TD

Elyria Catholic close out the first quarter with a scoring drive to ties the game 7-7. The drive was capped off by a sensational 33 yard TD run by Panther RB Levi Ellis.

Elyria Catholic RB Levi Ellis with a 33 Yd TD run

Elyria Catholic would find the end zone again in the second quarter, this time through the air as QB Brady Cook connected with WR Tony Grasso for a 3 yard TD pass. as the first half came to an end Elyria Catholic held a 14-7 Lead.

Panther QB Brady Cook finds WR Tony Grasso for a 3yd TD pass

Elyria Catholic would extend their lead in the third quarter as Brady Cook would find WR Colin GInley for a 12 yard TD pass. Panthers lead 21-7 with 3:50 remaining in the third.

Panther QB Brady Cook finds WR Colin Ginley for a 12 yd TD

Midview’ s Defense would get in on the scoring action forcing another Interception from Brady Cook, this time the interception was an 11 yard pick-six by Midview DB Jeremy Mathes. After three quarters of play Midview cut the panther lead 21-14.

Any momentum that Midview had going into the fourth quarter was derailed by overwhelming Panther defense and performance of Levi Ellis. The Panther’s defense was able to put relentless pressure on Midview’ s QB Marc Reed causing multiple stops on fourth down, and several sacks.

Levi Ellis would find the end zone twice more in the fourth quarter, First as a QB via a direct snap led to a pop pass of 23 yards to Ryan Tanner for a TD.

Levi Ellis to WR Ryan Tanner for a 23 yd TD pass

Ellis would cap off his night and secure the Panther win with a 64 yard TD run, the Panthers would walk away from this contest with a 35-14 victory.

The loss brings Midview record to 1-2 overall, the Middies were led offensively by QB Marc Reed who had a TD pass on the night and was the primary runner. On the Defensive side of the ball Midview got solid performances from DB Anthony DiFranco, who had multiple tackles and pass break ups. Midview will look get back on track in week 4 as they opens Southwestern Conference Play on the road against Olmsted Falls.

Elyria Catholic improves to 2-1 overall on the season, the Panthers were led offensively by RB Levi Ellis who had two rushing TDs and a passing TD on the night. Panthers QB Brady Cook had 2 passing TDs on the night, WRs Tony Grosso, Colin Ginley, and Ryan Tanner each had a TD reception. The Panthers will look to continue their winning form as they face Holy Name in Week 4 at North Royalton Stadium.

So long from Elyria!

SOT Spotlight Game of the Week: Elyria Catholic Panthers vs Bay Rockets

By Sean Duffy

Bay Village, OH– It was a dark and stormy night in Bay Village, and the visiting Elyria Catholic Panthers turned in a dominating performance on their way to a 44-6 victory over the Rockets in a Great Lakes Conference Matchup.

The Panthers could not be stopped offensively , Levi Ellis, Tavion Thomas, and Anthony DeMartinis each had a rushing TD. Thomas’ punishing run was a highlight of the night.

Tavion Thomas with a punishing TD run!!

Panther QB Brady Cook was able to chip in with 2 TD passes on the evening, A 4 yd TD pass to Alex Carandang , and a 2 yd TD pass to Jack Kenneally.

Brady Cook to Alex Carandang for a TD
Brady Cook to Jack Kenneally for a TD

On the defensive side of the ball the Panthers imposed their will from the start, the lone Rocket score came on a 67 yd TD run by Brendan Spellman midway through the second quarter. From that point on the panthers defense did not allow any semblance of a Rocket comeback.

With the loss the Bay Rockets fall to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Great Lakes Conference, The loss will likely put Bay’s playoff chances in a precarious position as they came into the game #9 in Division III Region 10 according to Joe Eitel’s Rankings. Bay’s Week 10 opponent will be determined by the GLC East Standing after week 9.

Elyria Catholic improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Great Lakes Conference. The Panthers currently sit in the #2 spot in Division V Region 18 according to Joe Eitel’s Rankings. Elyria Catholic’s Week 10 opponent will be determined by the GLC East standings after week 9.