Despite a sputtering offense, the Bay Rockets had the lead, 10-7, over visiting Orange in their 2011 football season opener.
The Lions’ Marcus Henderson, however, spoiled the party at Memorial Stadium.
After the Orange defense had stopped the Rockets on a fourth and four at the 10 yard line, Henderson busted through the Bay defense for a 78-yard touchdown run. It was just enough to get the Lions past their hosts, 14-10.
It was a tough loss for the Rockets, who managed just over 100 total yards of offense but got four takeaways defensively to tilt the game in their favor. One of those was a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown from junior Ryan Voiers midway through the second quarter.
With Jack Creech adding the conversion kick, Bay had tied the score at 7-7, a score that stood at halftime. In the third quarter, Creech put his team ahead, 10-7, on a 27-yard field goal. The Rockets maintained that lead and had an opportunity to increase it in the fourth quarter.
On first and 10 from the Lions’ 16 yard line, Bay got six yards to set up second down and four. The Rockets, however, failed to move the ball on the next three downs, turning the ball over to Orange.
Three plays later, Henderson took off on his 78-yard jaunt to the end zone for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with just under five minutes left in the game.
Offensively for the Rockets, running back Brian Woos led the way with 55 yards on seven carries.
Strong second half gets Rangers past Demons
A strong second-half performance by North Ridgeville gave them a 34-9 win over visiting Westlake Friday night.
The Rangers stopped Westlake’s first drive of the second half, then drove for a touchdown that gave them a 21-9 lead. From there, the home team began to take control on both lines to hold off the Demons the rest of the way, according to Westlake head coach Mark Campo.
“Their lines began to take over, but we had a number of bright sports in the first half,” said Campo, who team held the lead at one point in the second quarter on a 42-yard field goal from Alec Ferrell.
“We have some things to build on. We’ll take a look at some things on film and go from there. If we can improve in those areas, I think we can develop into a good football team. But we definitely have some work to do,” he added.
Down 7-0, senior running back Jonathan Brick scored Westlake’s first touchdown of the season, that coming on a fourth down and two play in the first quarter. The extra point was missed, but the Demons were back in the game at 7-6.
Ferrell’s kick gave the Demons the lead, but North Ridgeville came back and scored just before halftime to take a 14-9 lead into the locker room. Westlake moved the ball on its first possession of the second half, but failed to convert a fourth down attempt.
The Rangers then went on a 20-0 second-half run to close out the game.
Brick had two big kickoff returns for the Demons, one a 60-yarder in the first half and the other a 45-yarder midway through the fourth quarter.
The Demons will have their home opener next Friday night when they take on arch-rival Bay.