Third-quarter rally gets Falls past North Olmsted|
Throughout the first half and well into the third quarter, North Olmsted was having its way with arch rival Olmsted Falls.
A 47-second span later in the third changed all that.
That’s when Bulldogs quarterback Brennan Laird took advantage of an Eagle fumble and threw touchdown passes to Brendan Wall and Eric Meehan. The rally turned a 14-7 deficit into a 21-14 win at North Olmsted’s Mud Bowl that closed out the 2011 regular season.
Olmsted Falls finished the regular season...
Football: Eagles top Comets for third straight win|
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...
Defense, big third quarter get Eagles past Braves|
Throughout the season, the North Olmsted football team has continued to show progress.
Two weeks ago, the Eagles dropped a tough 13-10 decision to Brecksville, but rebounded the following week with a 31-16 win at Midpark. Friday night, North Olmsted celebrated Homecoming with a solid team effort in a 28-20 Southwestern Conference win over Berea.
The win evened the Eagles’ overall record at 4-4 and raised their SWC mark to 3-2. A 21-point outburst in the third quarter...
O'Rourke, Avon have big first half in win over Bay|
For the better part of the first quarter, Bay was holding its own against Division II powerhouse Avon.
But in the second quarter, the Eagles showed why they are sitting at the top of the computer rankings and the team to beat in the West Shore Conference.
Up 14-0, Avon exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 halftime lead and roll to a 42-0 win over the Rockets Friday night at a packed Memorial Stadium...
Football: Avon thumps Pirates; Middies keep pace|
On Friday night, Rocky River fullback Nick Lima bulled over the goal line from three yards out. Xhuljo Harunaj tacked on the conversion kick, and the Pirates were on the board.
The good part? The Pirates had their first score of the game.
The bad part? The score came with 2:47 remaining.
The worst part? They were still trailing by 35 points...
Football: St. Edward, Avon leading playoff chase|
With the first half of the 2011 high school football season in the books, the OHSAA Playoffs are about as far out of reach as they could be for most Westshore area teams.
The only two sure bets at this point would be St. Edward in Division I and Avon in Division II. Other teams will need some big wins in the second half of the season to make the top eight in their respective regions...
Football: Big plays lead to big win for Rockets|
Big plays were the name of the game on Homecoming Night for the Bay Rockets.
The Rockets got impact plays from juniors Jack Blake and Ryan Voiers and senior Evan Campbell that led to a 24-14 win over Vermilion in their West Shore Conference opener. With the win, Bay moved to 2-3 overall at the season’s halfway mark.
Down 14-7, Voiers returned a kickoff 71 yards in the second quarter...
Goal line fumble gives Eagles OT win over Demons|
Was it a fumble, or wasn’t it?
For a moment, nobody on the field seemed to know for sure. But when the officials finally ruled that North Olmsted had recovered the ball in the end zone, all the Eagles knew was that they were leaving Westlake with a crazy, hard-fought 21-14 overtime win Friday night.
“We needed that one,” said North Olmsted head coach Mike Ptacek with a smile as his Eagles broke a three-game losing streak and climbed back into the Southwestern Conference race...
Bass, Shoremen run over North Olmsted, 45-23|
North Olmsted showed signs of improvement Friday night in its first trip to Avon Lake’s renovated Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles just couldn’t stop the Shoremen’s running attack.
And they certainly had no answer for Brett Bass.
Bass scored four touchdowns, three of them on plays of 70-plus yards as Avon Lake defeated North Olmsted, 45-23, in the Southwestern Conference lid lifter for both schools...
Football: Pirates scourge Sailors; Demons hold on|
So far this season, Rocky River’s defense has, more often than not, delivered big plays when they’ve been needed. Offensively, running back Andreas Tjotjos has been the Pirates’ go-to guy.
None of that changed Friday night.
The Pirate D stayed the course in Vermilion, holding the Sailors to under 200 yards in total offense in a 14-6 win to open West Shore Conference play. Meanwhile, Tjotjos had another monster game...
Football: Eagles open SWC slate with Shoremen|
With the non-conference schedule out of the way, the Southwestern Conference race begins Friday night.
And as usual, the bid for gridiron supremacy in the league looks like a battle that could go down to the wire. Only two teams, Westlake and Berea, head into conference play with winning records, each at 2-1.
Westlake will host Amherst (1-2) at Lou Duchez Field, while Berea will host Brecksville (1-2). Each of the other four schools are 1-2 as well, with Olmsted Falls hosting Midpark and North Olmsted traveling to Avon Lake.
Goal line stand helps Demons edge past Pirates|
There’s really no other way to describe Friday night’s football game between Westlake and Rocky River.
It was an all-out brawl.
At Lou Duchez Field, the two long-time rivals pounded away at each other from the opening kickoff to the final gun. Big defensive plays and hard hits took center stage. When it was all said and done...
Creech's FG in 2OT gives Rockets first win of 2011|
The Bay football team had to wait a little bit longer Friday night for its first win of the season.
Jack Creech, denied in the first overtime period, drilled one home from 33 yards out in the second extra period to give the Rockets a 17-14 win over Fairview at Memorial Stadium.
On fourth down and 11 yard to go at the 21-yard line, the Rocket coaching staff called a timeout...
Demons, Pirates look for continued improvement|
Two young football teams looking for continued improvement will square off Friday night at Westlake’s Lou Duchez Field.
Westlake, coming off a 34-24 win over Bay, will host Rocky River in the final non-conference tune-up for both squads. The Pirates come into the game with a 2-0 mark after last Saturday’s 19-13 win over Trinity.
Pirates head coach Rick Adams brings in a defense that is allowing just 152 yards per game...
Lessons to be learned for Rockets in second loss|
It started out so well for Bay with a 10-0 first quarter lead. It didn’t end so badly either, with a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes of the game.
It was what happened in between that had Rockets head coach Ryan Gorius concerned in a 34-24 loss at Westlake Friday night.
The Demons rattled off 34 unanswered points...
Demons retain The Jug in 34-24 win over Rockets|
Luckily for Westlake, the outcome of most high school football games isn’t decided in the first quarter. For the most part, Friday night’s first quarter performance was one the Demons would most likely want to forget.
Until the last 18 seconds, that is.
Big plays get Pirates past Fairview in grid opener|
It wasn’t pretty.
But a win is a win.
Rocky River, with nine new starters, battled through penalties and self-inflicted wounds the entire night in its 2011 home opener against Fairview. But big plays on both sides of the ball eventually made the difference in a 21-7 win Friday night.
Football: Orange stuns Bay; Rangers roll Demons|
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.
Long pass plays propel Eagles to opening night win|
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
New-look Pirates to host Warriors in grid opener|
Last Friday, a young Rocky River football team made the plays when they had to at the end in a 19-14 win over visiting Valley Forge.
It was just a scrimmage, but Pirates head coach Rick Adams had plenty of things to mull over in preparation for this Friday’s season opener with Fairview.
With 26 players leaving the program via graduation, Adams and his staff have numerous holes to fill for 2011.
Youthful Rockets seek improvement in '11 season|
After last year’s 3-7 record, second-year head coach Ryan Gorius is looking for bigger and better things for the Bay football program in 2011.
And after Saturday’s scrimmage with Brookside, Gorius felt his team had made some significant improvement since practice earlier in the week.
Demons make progress as grid season approaches|
With scrimmages against Bedford and Lakewood in the books, Westlake football head coach Mark Campo admitted his 2011 Demons were still a work in progress.
“We improved today, but we’re young,” said Campo after his team’s scrimmage session with Lakewood at Lou Duchez Field Saturday.