Football: Eagles top Comets for third straight win
By Jim Horvath
For the second Friday night in a row, North Olmsted rode a big third quarter to victory.
Already up 13-0, the Eagles scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter on their way to a 40-0 win over visiting Amherst. It was their third win in a row and raised their overall record to 5-4 on the season.
North Olmsted’s rushing game proved too much for the Comets to handle. Sophomore quarterback Brad Novak drew first blood with a 59-yard scoring run, then Joe Lumpkin got into the end zone from four yards out.
The conversion kick on Lumpkin’s score was blocked, but North Olmsted had all the points it needed with its 13-0 lead.
The score remained 13-0 at the half. But the Eagles exploded for 21 points in the third quarter for the second time in two games to put the game away. A 21-point effort against Berea the week before had led to a 28-20 win over the Braves.
Novak started the quarter with a 19-yard touchdown run, then senior Marc Remy tacked on a six-yard scoring run. Senior Shamir Tomlinson finished the third-quarter uprising with a 55-yard scoring jaunt to virtually seal the win with one quarter left to play.
For good measure, Lumpkin scored his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a one-yard plunge. Tomlinson finished the game with 140 yards on 10 carries, while Novak carried the ball 12 times for 135 yards and two scores.
North Olmsted remained tied with Brecksville for third place in the Southwestern Conference, both at 4-2 with one game remaining. The Eagles are scheduled to host Olmsted Falls next Friday, while the Bees host Westlake.
Shoremen run wild, take SWC lead
Avon Lake took a one-game lead in the SWC race with an eye-popping 42-13 win over Olmsted Falls. The game was played at Memorial Stadium after the Bulldogs’ home field was deemed unplayable due to wet conditions.
The Shoremen, now 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the league, scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters to take a commanding 28-0 halftime lead. Dontez Smith ran for 225 yards and Collin Lucas another 123.
Olmsted Falls fell to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the SWC. Avon Lake will travel to Amherst in its attempt to wrap up the conference crown.
Late Demon rally falls short
Westlake scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Berea came away with the 21-14 win at George Finnie Stadium.
A Bryan Mackenzie touchdown reception and an interception return for a score were the only points the Demons could muster against the Braves. A 66-yard touchdown run by quarterback C.J. Snider capped off Berea’s 21-point second quarter that made the difference in the game.
Westlake fell to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the SWC to mirror Berea’s records. The Demons close out the season at Brecksville, a 32-9 winner over Midpark.
Avon holds on at Midview, wins WSC
The Eagles made two first-half touchdowns stand in a hard-fought 14-10 win at Midview to clinch their second-straight West Shore Conference championship.
An interception by linebacker Avon Mark Holkenborg at the Eagle 16-yard line in the final minute stopped a late Middie threat and clinched the win. Avon, the top team in Division II Region 6, remained unbeaten at 9-0 and will finish the regular season at home next Friday night against Lake Catholic.
Pirates, Rockets takes losses
Rocky River fell to 3-6 overall with a 14-0 loss at home to Barberton in a non-conference home game, while Bay suffered a 38-6 setback at the hands of Elyria Catholic in a WSC game at Memorial Stadium.
The Rockets’ only score of the night came in the third quarter when Ryan Voiers scored on a 39-yard pass from quarterback Jake Best. Bay fell to 2-7 on the season and 1-4 in the WSC.
The two teams will close out their seasons next Friday night as the Pirates host Bay.