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Gilmour, US, Hawken all post wins
Gilmour, US, Hawken all post wins
By TONY LANGE
Gilmour Academy utilized and executed its passing game to defeat Conneaut 34-20 last Saturday for the Lancers' first win of the season.
University School jumped out to an early halftime lead as quarterback Tyler Eden threw and ran the ball effectively in a dual-threat performance as the Preppers beat Riverside 44-22 last Thursday. University School improved to 3-1 in the Premier Athletic Conference, while Riverside dropped to 2-2. Willoughby South is the only undefeated team in the PAC at 4-0.
Hawken School once again was led by Jeremy Simmons who had all three of the Hawks' touchdowns last Thursday in their 21-7 win against Independence, a Chagrin Valley Conference opponent. With the win, the Hawks improved to 2-0 in the Metro Division, while Independence dropped to 0-2. Beachwood, 2-0, and Cuyahoga Heights, 1-0, are also undefeated in conference action.
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Gilmour Academy (1-6) scored first during its win against Conneaut (0-7), but found itself down after the Spartans answered right back.
Gilmour's Ryan Conroy put the Lancers up 6-0 at the 8:32 mark in the first quarter, but missed the ensuing extra point. The miss allowed Conneaut to take a 7-6 lead at the 7:23 mark.
The Lancers were very confident even while down at that point in the game, head coach Shawn Dodd said.
"They were just anxious to get back out there and drive down the field again," he said. "I think we knew we were going to be able to throw all game."
Led by sophomore quarterback Matt Botek, the Lancers' air game registered 247 yards with three touchdowns. Botek was 14-for-28 passing with zero picks.
"From week one to this point, he's really grown and taken ownership of that position," Dodd said. "The line played well, the receivers did a great job of getting open and Matt Botek just did a tremendous job. He played a heck of a game and he deserves the success he had."
After being down 7-6, the Lancers scored three unanswered touchdowns before halftime.
Harrison Hunt caught a 40-yard pass from Botek, Botek scored on a 2-yard dive into the end zone, and Eric Anderson caught a 39-yard pass from Botek, putting the Lancers up 26-7.
In the locker room, the Lancers just talked about finishing and learning how to win by not letting up, Dodd said.
At the end of the third quarter, Hunt scored on a two-yard run to put Gilmour up 34-13 and the Lancers cruised to victory from there.
Hunt had five catches for 40 yards and Anderson had four catches for 82 yards.
Rushing, Hunt had three carries for 27 yards and Owen Brodhead had seven carries for 26 yards.
To stop the run, Gilmour transitioned to a 4-3 defense against Conneaut. Frankie Grk and A.J. Wright, both sophomores, came up huge for the Lancers at defensive ends, Dodd said. Wright had two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
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University School (6-1, 3-1) put Riverside (3-4, 2-2) away early with a 37-0 lead despite missing standout wideout John McKelvey, who suffered a sprained ankle.
Both the defense and offense played well, head coach Jim Stephens said. The defense got four turnovers and the offense scored on those turnovers, he said.
In the first quarter, Jeff Reimann caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Eden, Jordan Barham caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Eden and Curtis Black recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
In the second quarter, Eden has his own touchdown on a 24-yard run, Harry Rue kicked a 29-yard field goal and Kevin Smith caught a 7-yard pass from Eden.
Reimann and Eden connected again in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard touchdown reception.
Eden went 14-of-21 passing for 191 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
As Eden's 18th game as a starting quarterback, the Riverside game was his best performance, Stephens said.
"Tyler played very well," he said. "The offensive line protected him and he threw the ball to a number of receivers. We have a load of good receivers and we found several of them. Tyler ran the ball well, too. He was a dual-threat."
Dominant on the line, Reid Singer was a standout, Stephens said.
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Hawken School (5-2, 2-0) extended its win streak to three with its 21-7 victory against Independence (3-4, 0-2).
Jeremy Simmons scored all three of the Hawks' touchdowns as he rushed the ball 135 yards on 24 carries. Not playing against Gilmour, Simmons has 18 touchdowns in six games this season.
In the first quarter, Simmons scored on a 2-yard run to put the Hawks up 7-0. Independence scored first in the second quarter to tie the game before Simmons gave the Hawks a 14-7 halftime lead with a 13-yard touchdown reception from Liam Green.
Simmons' final touchdown came in the third quarter on a 42-yard run.
Hawken's defense held Independence scoreless in the second half.
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