STORY: North Royalton Edges Olmsted Falls 33-27 in OT.

North Royalton versus Olmsted Falls

By Rick Shultz

Olmsted Falls, OH- A second season was all the twenty-two seed North Royalton Bears needed to get going as they find themselves heading into the quarterfinals of the Division 2 Region 6 OHSAA playoffs. The Bears entered the playoffs with an 0-6 record and last week traveled to tenth seeded Amherst Comets and shocked them in triple overtime 48-45. It was their first playoff win in school history. Last night the Bears just needed two overtimes to knock off another Southwestern Conference team on the road when they defeated the sixth seeded Olmsted Falls Bulldogs 33-27. 

North Royalton and Olmsted Falls were once non-conference opponents for an 8-year stretch from 1994 to 2001 when the Bears were in the Pioneer Conference. The Bulldogs won seven of those eight meetings with the Bears ironically winning their only meeting in the 1995 season, 10-6 in overtime of course. 

The game started out fast as the Bears received the opening kick and only took five plays to score as 6’2” 205-pound Junior running back Zadan Abuhamdeh broke free for a 61-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs needed just three plays as Sophomore running back Jack Pinchek made some nice cuts and outrunning the defense for a 51-yard scamper. A missed extra point had North Royalton leading 7-6. After a three and out and a short punt, Olmsted Falls looked to be locked in as they ran the ball five times and hit paydirt on a 25-yard run by another Sophomore Rocco Conti. This time the extra point by Senior Drew Kanaba was good, and the Bulldogs lead 13-7. Olmsted Falls defense held North Royalton once again to a punt, but this time the Bears defense held and got a stop that they needed to halt the momentum. 

The second quarter was all North Royalton as the Bears took over at their own 40 after a nearly blocked punt. They then methodically marched down the field as it took 12 plays to go 60 yards where Abuhamdeh punched it in from the 1-yard line and the extra point was good by Sophomore Aleksandar Rajcevic making it a 14-13 advantage. The Bulldogs next possession was stopped after nine plays at the North Royalton 37 where they were forced to punt. North Royalton needed just three plays this time as Junior quarterback Mike Piazza found Senior wide receiver Omar Abuhamdeh for a 68-yard strike bring the score to 20-13 after the extra point was missed. Falls tried to answer as they were driving at the end of the quarter getting to the Bears 23-yard line but getting stopped on three consecutive plays to force a 39-yard field goal attempt. The Bears made sure the Bulldogs could not capitalize as several defenders got through and blocked the attempt.

The second half opened with Olmsted Falls driving down the field as Senior running back Andrew Parkowski powered his way into the endzone from the 3-yard line and with a good point after, the score knotted up 20-20. It seemed the Bulldogs had the edge in the half as they drove down the field on their next two drives but turned it over on downs at the Bears 25-yard line. Their next possession they drove the ball down to the North Royalton 25-yard line once again where they missed the go-ahead field goal with 1:26 remaining. As their offense only mustered 71 total yards in the half, the Bears defense refused to give up any big plays and kept their team in position to win. 

North Royalton got the ball to start the first overtime where they took just four plays to score as quarterback Piazza snuck it in to take the 27-20 advantage. Olmsted Falls’ Conti evened up the score at 27 with a 6-yard run of his own, his second of the game. 

The Bears’ defense was certainly the difference in the game as they intercepted Olmsted Falls Junior quarterback Charlie Ciolek after forcing them into a third and long and put their offense in position to make their second upset in consecutive weeks. The Bears needed just four plays as Piazza found Matthew Vansteenlandt for a 7-yard touchdown. The Bears win 33-27 in OT.

The 2-6 Bears will travel to 6-1 Avon Lake next week to take on the Shoremen who are coming off a 30-7 winner over Wadsworth. The Bears find themselves as one of the final 32 teams left in the Division 2 playoffs and will also be looking to go 3-0 against the SWC in this postseason.

SOT Playoff Coverage: Wadsworth Grizzlies vs Avon Lake Shoremen

Wadsworth vs Avon Lake

By Sean Duffy

Avon Lake, OH- It is the second round of the Division II OHSAA High School Football playoff tournament. Region Six of Division II is always a highly competitive region featuring hard hitting action. This week’s spotlight playoff game is no different as #14 seed Wadsworth travels to face #3 seed Avon Lake. Wadsworth (2-4) advanced to the second round with a win over Westlake in the first round, Avon Lake earned a first round bye. Each of these teams look to keep their playoff journey on track with a win and trip to the Division II Region 6 Quarterfinals .

The First quarter was a battle of defenses as each team’s defense would force a turnover on downs. The turning point came on a Shoremen interception of Wadsworth QB Mitchell Evans deep in Grizzlies Territory. Wadsworth was able to keep the Shoremen out of the end zone, settling for a 32 yd field goal from Avon Lake kicker Owen Wiley. at the end of the first quarter Avon Lake led Wadsworth 3-0.

The Shoremen would find the endzone early in the second half as RB Gage Duesler would get loose for a 66 yd touchdown run, the successful point after gave Avon Lake a 10-0 lead with 11:34 remaining in the first half. Wadsworth would respond with a touchdown on their next offensive possession when QB Mitchell Evans connected with WR Garrett Labus for a 28 yd TD , Wadsworth cut the lead to 10-7 with 8:42 left in the first half. Avon Lake’s Owen Wiley would add another field goal, this time from 34 yds to give the Shoremen a 13-7 lead as the first half came to a close.

Avon Lake got the ball to start the third quarter and put together a drive that went 75 yds and took over seven minutes off of the clock. Avon Lake QB Micheal Corbo would cap the drive off with a 1 yd TD plunge. that would be the only points scored, at the end of the third quarter Avon Lake led 20-7.

Avon Lake QB Michael Corbo’s TD plunge!!

Avon Lake would again put together a drive that ate up a lot of time early in the fourth quarter, Owen Wiley’s 36 yd field goal would increase the Shoremen lead to 23-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Wadsworth QB Mitchell Evans would be picked off twice in this quarter, the second being the most costly as Shoremen DB Nathan Cikalo would take the interception 53 yds for the TD. That interception proved to be the final nail in the Wadsworth coffin as they lose to Avon Lake by a final score of 30-7.

Avon Lake is now on to the Division II Region 6 Quarter Finals against #22 seed North Royalton. North Royalton defeated #6 Seed Olmsted Falls in 2OT in the second round.

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)

Non-Divisional

Barberton 37 / Wadsworth 30

Hudson 42 / Highland 21

Tallmadge 24 / Twinsburg 20

Revere 21 / Westlake 0

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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

Non-Conference:

Stow vs Barberton

Brecksville vs Aurora

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Week 12, Second Round PLAYOFFS: Southwestern Conference Teams

WEEK 12 PLAYOFF SWC Matchups:

1 Avon (11-0) vs. 4 Cleveland Benedictine (10-1) at Parma Byers Field at Robert M. Boulton Stadium

2 Avon Lake (10-1) vs. 3 Wadsworth (9-2) at Strongsville Pat Catans Stadium

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PHOTO’S: Olmsted Falls versus Wadsworth, High School Football- Courtesy of Julie Herzog

Olmsted Falls traveled to Wadsworth to take on the Grizzlies in their playoff game in Week 11.  Here are some photos from Julie Herzog who was at the game.  The Bulldogs lost 35-7.

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Suburban League Playoff Finals

Suburban League

 

Here are the final Scores from the playoff match ups featuring Suburban League Teams:

Division II  Region 5:

#5 Hudson 27 / #4 Massillon Perry 37

Division II Region 6:

#6 Olmsted Falls 7 / #3 Wadsworth 35

#5 Brecksville 38 /  #4 Benedictine 41

Division III Region 9:

#5 Stubenville 21 / #4 Aurora 27

 

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Week 11 PLAYOFFS: Southwestern Conference Teams

 

WEEK 11 PLAYOFF SWC Matchups:

Olmsted Falls 7-3 (6-3) versus Wadsworth 8-2

Wooster versus Avon 9-0 (8-0)

 

GAME OF THE WEEK

Maple Heights (7-3) versus Avon Lake 9-1 (8-1)

 

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WEEK 10: FINAL SCORES in the Southwestern Conference

 

imageSWC FINAL SCORES WEEK 10:

North Olmsted 4-6(4-5) 35 versus Berea-Midpark 4-6(4-5) 40

Lakewood 1-9 (1-8) 6 versus North Ridgeville 3-7 (3-6)  37

Midview 5-5 (4-5) 42 versus Westlake 0-10 (0-9)  0

Olmsted Falls 7-3 (6-3)  7 versus Avon Lake 9-1 (8-1)  31

Amherst 7-3 (6-3)  21 versus Avon 10-0 (9-0)  49

GAME OF THE WEEK

Brecksville 7-3 (6-1) 34 versus Wadsworth 8-2 (6-1) 35

Brecksville and Wadsworth are Co-Suburban League Champions

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WEEK 10: Southwestern Conference Matchups

WEEK 10 SWC Matchups:

North Olmsted 4-5 (4-4) versus Berea-Midpark 3-6 (3-5)

Lakewood 1-8 (1-7) versus North Ridgeville 2-7 (2-6)

Midview 4-5 (3-5) versus Westlake 0-9 (0-8)

Olmsted Falls 7-2 (6-2) versus Avon Lake 8-1 (7-1)

Amherst 7-2 (6-2) versus Avon 9-0 (8-0)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Brecksville 7-2 (6-0) versus Wadsworth 7-2 (5-1)

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Suburban League Week 9 Finals

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

NATIONAL DIVISION:

North Royalton 31 / Brecksville 57

Cuyahoga Falls 28/ Nordonia 42

Hudson 45/ Stow 29

Twinsburg 35 / Wadsworth 49

AMERICAN DIVISION:

Revere 7/ Aurora 48

Barberton 37 / Tallmadge 0

Highland 41 / Copley 7

Garfield Heights 31 / Roosevelt 28

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Week 9 Suburban League Schedule

Suburban League

 

Here is the lineup for week 9 in the Suburban League

NATIONAL DIVISION

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)

AMERICAN DIVISION:

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 :

NATIONAL DIVISION:

Nordonia vs Brecksville

Cuyahoga Falls vs Hudson

Wadsworth vs North Royalton

Twinsburg vs Stow

AMERICAN DIVISION:

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:

NATIONAL DIVISION:

Brecksville 38/ Twinsburg 0

Wadsworth 33/ Cuyahoga Falls 2

Hudson 43 / North Royalton 17

Nordonia 31 / Stow 28

AMERICAN DIVISION:

Aurora 31 / Barberton 7

Copley 12 / Revere 20

Roosevelt 31 / Tallmadge 10

Canfield 28 / Highland 31

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Suburban League Week 6 FINAL SCORES

Suburban League

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

Cuyahoga Falls 20 / Brecksville 62

Nordonia 27 / Hudson 45

North Royalton 34 / Twinsburg 14

Stow 23 / Wadsworth 56
AMERICAN DIVISION :

Roosevelt 0 / Aurora 41

Barberton 38 / Copley 0

Highland 16 / Revere 13

Tallmadge 22 / Rocky River 33 *

*nonconference

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GAME ON!!

Suburban League Week 6 Lineup

Suburban League

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

NATIONAL DIVISION

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)

AMERICAN DIVISION:

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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GAME ON