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Solon, Chagrin, US, Orange, West G post wins
Solon, Chagrin, US, Orange, West G post wins
By TONY LANGE
Shaker Heights 0
Solon coasted in its season opener at Stewart Field with a 35-0 shutout over Shaker Heights last Friday, with all of the scoring in the first half.
The Comets posted 28 points during the first 15 minutes of the game, capitalizing on the Raiders' three fumbles and one interception.
Kyle Hammonds scored two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 9 yards. C.J. Jackson scored on an 8-yard run. Jovon Johnson ran back an interception 75 yards for a touchdown. Tres Barksdale scored on a 22-yard touchdown reception of a pass from backup quarterback Patrick Kramer.
The Comets gained 172 yards rushing on 42 attempts. They were 10 of 15 throwing the ball for 95 yards.
Head coach Jim McQuaide said he always wants to start off the season on a good note and he thinks the Comets did that.
"We were very aggressive, and I think that helped contribute to the turnovers that they had, and then we were able to capitalize with points on those," he said.
Chagrin Falls 42
If Chagrin Falls head coach Mark Iammarino had any reservations before the Crestwood game about his new starting quarterback, he certainly didn't have them afterward.
Senior Timmy Porter completed nine 9 of 13 passes for 165 yards with no turnovers and a touchdown to Spencer Diedrich last Friday. After the Tigers had a big lead, Porter did not see much action in the second half, Iammarino said. "If we had a picture as to what we thought our quarterback in our offense should do, he did exactly," he said.
A repeat of last year's game, the Tigers scored all of their points in the first three quarters, and the Red Devils scored all of their points in the fourth.
Marc Geraci scored touchdowns on runs of 44 and 2 yards. Jack Campbell and Jack Hinman each scored on 5-yard runs. Tommy Iammarino ran for a two-point conversion in the first quarter.
Alex Hallwachs, a soccer player, added eight points with field goals of 20 and 43 yards and two points after touchdowns. Quinn Malone, another Tiger soccer player, also kicked two PATs.
University School 34
Hawken School 6
After a rare loss to its Division V opponent in 2009, University School overpowered the Hawks for a home win last Saturday.
Leading the scoring for the Preppers was John McKelvey, who carried the ball into the end zone in each of the first three quarters. Two of his touchdowns were on 1-yard runs, and the third was a 4-yard run.
Quarterback Tyler Eden threw to Jeff Reimann for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter and to Geoff Geppert for a 30-yard score in the fourth. Harry Rue was four for five in extra points.
The Hawks scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter. Jacob Gries had a 2-yard score, but the two-point conversation pass was incomplete.
Bay Village 14
After a 6-0 loss in 2009, Orange found the end zone in every quarter during this year's matchup with the Bay Village Rockets last Friday.
Leading the way for the Lions was Ryan Bitzer, the third-year starting quarterback. He was 12 of 17 passing for 259 yards with no interceptions. The senior also carried the ball eight times for 22 yards with two touchdown runs.
Bitzer had two completions for touchdowns. One was to Julian Turner, who had four receptions for 100 yards. The other was to Scott Fuller for a 68-yard touchdown. Darian Johnson added a 43-yard interception run for a score.
Anthony Garofoli caught four passes for 43 yards.
The Lions rushed 30 times for 123 yards. Josiah Roger carried 13 times for 66 yards.
Top tacklers were Nate Terhune and Chad Ingber with four each.
"Anytime you earn a victory, that makes you feel a little better," head coach Adam Bechlem said. "We've got bigger and better places to get to though."
West Geauga 42
After last Friday's victory over Chardon, the Wolverines' Lou Cirino officially could say he has a perfect record as a head coach. The Wolverines scored in every quarter.
Joe Drenski, the veteran quarterback, ran the ball into the end zone three times. He also completed two touchdown passes to Joe Ziccardo. Joe Pinto rushed for a touchdown.
The Wolverines ran 42 times and passed eight times, leaving Cirino happy with his "smooth" offense, he said.
"We took what the defense gave us," he said. "We executed very well. But it's all over now."
Cirino, a West Geauga alumnus, said his squad cannot wait until the Riverside Beavers come to town this Friday. Five coaches of the 2009 Wolverines are Beavers coaches, he said.
"Our kids are jacked up to play this game," Cirino said. "They want to make a statement, and they want to show these coaches that they're pretty darn good football players."
Kent Roosevelt 34
Kenston did what it set out to do: run the football, keep Kent Roosevelt off the field and get first downs. However, the Bombers had no answer for the Rough Riders' third-year starting quarterback, Evan Shimensky.
The senior was 12 of 14 for passing and had eight carries for 88 yards. He led the Rough Riders into the end zone on their first five possessions of last Friday night's game.
Kent's offense was very, very efficient Kenston head coach Roger Vasey said.
"Our game plan going in was to try to keep the ball away from them," he said. "At times, we did that."
The Bombers possessed the ball for more than 28 minutes during the 48-minute game. They rushed the ball for 280-plus yards and had 17 first downs. However, it wasn't until they were down 34-0 when they finally ran the ball into the end zone with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
Junior Jim Sciortino, Kenston's first-year starting quarterback, scored that touchdown. The Kenston coaching staff was pleased with his physical performance, Vasey said.
With less than six minutes left in the game, Austin Zachem, a junior who starts in the defensive backfield, came in at quarterback. On his first play, he found a gap and ran the ball 58 yards to the 2-yard line. Michael Braun, a junior fullback, carried the ball into the end zone for the Bombers' second touchdown.
The Bombers' leading rusher, Pat Porter, came out of the game at the end of the third quarter after completing a first-down run that ended with him being tackled from every which way. After that play, cramps prevented him from returning. The senior was Kenston's most valuable player the last two seasons.
A 48-minute football game is a 48-minute football game, and Gilmour Academy learned that the hard way last Saturday.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Division V Lancers were up 19-9. With seven minutes to go, the Bison cut it to 19-15.
Starting their last drive from their 4-yard line, the Bison stampeded down the field in 3 1/2 minutes and scored on a touchdown pass with two seconds remaining.
Gilmour's scoring came from two passing touchdowns by Matt Debick and two field goals by Rob Catanese. Debick was nine of 13 for 71 yards. John Harper carried the ball 16 times for 151 yards.
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