Long pass plays propel Eagles to opening night win
By Jim Horvath
Quarterback Brad Novak threw four long touchdown passes, two each to Marc Remy and Mike Starkovic, to lead North Olmsted to a 27-0 win over Valley Forge Thursday night at Byers Field.
Novak, a sophomore, broke open a scoreless game with a 50-plus yard scoring toss to senior Marc Remy early in the second quarter. He added another long scoring pass to Starkovic, a junior, to give the Eagles a 14-0 halftime lead.
“Early in the game, we were ‘bend but don’t break’ on defense,” said Eagles head coach Mike Ptacek after the game. “We stopped them on their opening drive, and our offense was pretty good inside the 30s.
“After that, we were able to use the long plays to build our lead. We didn’t win the time of possession tonight, but those plays made the difference,” he said.
Remy and Starkovic got their other scores in the second half, while the Eagle defense continued to blank the Patriots.
Valley Forge, looking to get back into the game quickly, used an onsides kick to start the second half. The Patriots recovered and moved the ball down field, then later used a fake punt to continue the drive.
North Olmsted held them out of the end zone, however, and put the game away with the two additional scores.
“We held our ground,” Ptacek said. “It’s never easy, but we’re happy to get the win. Now we get an extra day to rest before we start preparing for Elyria next week.
“We did a lot of things well tonight,” he said. “There were a lot of positives. We’re talented, and we’re happy with the progress we’ve made so far. But we’ve still got a lot of things to work on and a long ways to go.”