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West Geauga falls in CVC showdown
West Geauga falls in CVC showdown
Hawken post wins
By TONY LANGE
After three weeks into conference play, four teams are neck and neck behind Aurora in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.
The spotlight was on the West Geauga at Aurora game in a battle of division favorites. Aurora improved to 3-0 in the league with a 17-14 triumph, while West Geauga dropped to 2-1, the same record as Kenston and Chagrin Falls. Perry stands 3-1 in the league.
The only two previously undefeated teams left in the Chagrin Division matched up last Friday night and it came down to a fourth-quarter field goal.
Off to a quick start, West Geauga (5-1, 2-1) went up 14-0 in the first quarter on Aurora (5-1, 3-0). The Greenmen defense shut out the Wolverines from there in a 17-14 triumph.
Quarterback Joe Drenski scored the Wolverines' two touchdowns in the first quarter on runs off 33 and four yard.
The Wolverines were looking to go into their halftime huddle still up 14-0, but a fumble during the last two minutes of the half allowed the Greenmen to get back the ball and run the ball into the end zone to cut the deficit in half.
Aurora tied the game in the third period on a four-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, the Greenmen kicked a 23-yard field goal with about eight minutes left in the game and held on for the win.
Kenston (4-2, 2-1) and Orange (2-4, 0-3) went head-to-head last Friday night in a 48-minute teeter-totter battle before pulling out a 32-21 victory.
The Bombers started strong with three unanswered touchdowns to take a 19-0 lead in the second quarter. The Lions pounced back with a touchdown before halftime and two more in the third quarter to take a 21-19 lead heading into the fourth period. The Bombers rallied in the fourth quarter with another two touchdowns.
It was a very exciting game, Kenston head coach Roger Vasey said.
"We had a real good night rushing the football," he said. "We were fortunate to get out of there with a win. We have a pretty veteran football team and our kids didn't panic. We were able to win at the end and our kids kept their composure."
Bombers running backs Pat Porter and Percy Johnson combined for 377 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Porter, who rushed for 265 yards on 32 carries, scored on a 65-yard run in the second quarter. His other two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter on 48- and 35-yard runs.
Johnson, who gained 112 yards on 22 carries, scored on a 20-yard run in the first quarter and a three-yarder in the second period.
Bombers quarterback Austin Zachem was seven of 14 passing for 78 yards.
When the Lions were down 19-0, the Bombers weren't dominating the game, Orange head coach Adam Bechlem said.
"We didn't feel like we were getting blown away or overmatched," he said. "Either in the game, a play that could go either way, didn't go out way. We needed to execute a little better and we couldn't do it. We scored before halftime and had a great third quarter."
With less than a minute left in the first half, Scott Fuller scored on a 75-plus yard touchdown reception from Ryan Bitzer.
In the third quarter, Anthony Garofoli scored on a 70-yard touchdown reception from Bitzer. Marcus Henderson also scored that quarter on a one-yard touchdown carry to put the Lions up, 21-19.
In the fourth quarter, the Bombers scored on an 86-yard drive in two minutes and 18 seconds to go up 25-21. The Lions then turned over the ball on downs their next two possessions and threw an interception with less than two minutes to play.
Chagrin Falls (5-1, 2-1) routed the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3) last Friday night during homecoming when every player who was not injured saw action in a 61-27 win.
After going up 55-0 in the second quarter, the game was over, head coach Mark Iammarino said.
"Anytime you get an opportunity to play everybody on a Friday night and get a win in front of the home crowd, it's a good experience," he said.
Jack Campbell, a starting linebacker and running back for the Tigers, didn't even have to play, Iammarino said.
"It was a good opportunity to rest some of our banged up guys," he said. "We were up so big, it was good to get them off the field."
Starting the game, Mike Hagerman scored two touchdowns on receptions of 28 and 18 yards from Tim Porter. Hagerman and Porter connected again in the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown.
Anthony DeCamillo scored on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Iammarino in the first quarter.
Spencer Diedrich also scored in the first quarter on 46-yard touchdown run and a 71-yard punt return to put the Tigers ahead 35-0 after 12 minutes.
Jack Hinman scored on a 25-yard run and Bradley Munday scored on a six-yard run in the second quarter.
Bill Cale finished the scoring for Chagrin Falls in the third period with a three-yard touchdown run.
Hawken School (3-3, 1-0) was able to even its record last Friday night in a Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division game with a 60-0 shut out of Richmond Heights to give head coach Cliff Walton his 200th career victory.
Hawken's scoring was consistent with three touchdowns in the first quarter and two touchdowns in each of the other three quarters.
Starting the end zone party for the Hawks was Matt Burns on a 32-yard run and a two-yard run. Nik Rose also had a first-quarter touchdown on a one-yard run.
Jacob Gries scored on a 46-yard run in the second quarter.
Jeremy Simmons had a touchdown in both the second and third quarters on one-yard carries.
Kyle Hoffman scored in the third quarter on an 18-yard run.
In the fourth quarter, Mark Murgiano scored on a 27-yard run and King added a 29-yard touchdown run.
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