Turnovers, Rangers sink Pirates
By Ryan Kaczmarski
North Ridgeville scored 28 points off of five ROCKY RIVER turnovers on their way to blanking the Pirates Friday night, 42-0.
The Rangers (6-1, 2-1 in the West Shore Conference) scored its first touchdown on two Paul Sonego runs just two plays after the Pirates (3-4, 1-3 in the WSC) fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage.
Rocky River lost the ball again on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Rangers a short field. The Rangers drove the ball 25 yards on eight plays, capped by a Sonego 1-yard run (PAT Jonah Bowden) to make the score 14-0 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.
North Ridgeville scored their third touchdown on a 10-yard pass from senior P.J. Bunevich to Josh Hudson. Bunevich tossed another touchdown pass, this time for 25 yards, to Christian Watkins to make the score 28-0 at the half.
To start the second half, the Rangers drove 74 yards, capped by a 45-yard touchdown toss from Bunevich to Watkins. Rangers junior Zach Bowden added a 9-yard touchdown run finish off the scoring, 42-0, with over five minutes left in the third quarter.
North Ridgeville would not pass the ball for the rest of the game, and in a classy move, took two kneels to end the game.
Rocky River plays Friday night at Elyria Catholic at 7 p.m.
FAIRVIEW was victorious on homecoming night against Brooklyn, winning by the score of 34-19. The Warriors (2-5, 2-2 in the Patriot Athletic Conference) went up 14-0 in the first quarter on runs by David Lansu (36 yards) and John Doherty (1 yard, both PAT by Adrian Bendo).
After a Brooklyn (3-4, 2-2 in the PAC) touchdown (PAT failed), Fairview’s Anthony Santos scored a touchdown on a 44-yard interception return (PAT good) to go into halftime 21-6.
The Warriors scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on a 22-yard Doherty run (PAT good) and a 1-yard run by Drew Kostos (PAT failed). Brooklyn added 13 points in fourth quarter to make the final 34-19.
Fairview plays on Friday night at Oberlin at 7 p.m.
WESTLAKE was handed their third loss in a row, this time by the hands of Avon Lake, 35-10. The Demons (3-4, 1-3 in the Southwestern Conference) led in the first quarter, 3-0, on an Alec Ferrell 33-yard field goal.
After a Shoremen (5-2, 4-0 in the SWC) touchdown, Westlake answered with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Phil Brusk to Kyle Perkins (PAT Ferrell) to make the score 10-7 going into halftime. Avon Lake scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to make the final 35-10.
Westlake plays Friday night at Midpark (George Finnie Stadium) at 7 p.m.
BAY (2-5, 1-2 in the WSC) fell to No. 7 Avon (7-0, 4-0 in the WSC) by the score of 42-0. The Rockets play Friday night at North Ridgeville at 7 p.m.
LUTHERAN WEST (1-6, 1-3 in the PAC) lost to Columbia (5-2, 3-1 in the PAC) by the score of 49-22. The Longhorns play Friday night at Columbia at 7 p.m.
OLMSTED FALLS stays undefeated in the SWC by beating Berea 39-14. The Bulldogs (5-2, 4-0 in the SWC) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first on a 10-yard Brennan Laird scramble and the second on a 10-yard run by Evan Reike (both PAT failed), to go up 12-0.
Laird threw two touchdowns, the first a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior Drew Meketa (PAT by Nathan Ferster) and the second for 27 yards to Kenny Hanna, and scrambled for another before Berea (3-4, 1-3 in the SWC) put points on the board.
Laird got seven of the points back in the fourth quarter with another pass to Meketa before Berea scored the final touchdown to make the final 39-14.
The Bulldogs play Friday night at Amherst Steele at 7 p.m.
North Olmsted beat Midpark by the score of 31-16. The Eagles (3-4, 2-2 in the SWC) scored on runs by Marc Remy (6 yards) and Brad Novak (71 yards) and two Novak passes, both to Michael Starkovic (14 and 22 yards). Midpark (2-5, 1-3 in the SWC) scored three points in the second quarter and 13 points in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles play Friday night at home against Berea at 7 p.m.
LAKEWOOD (5-2, 1-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference) beat Valley Forge 17-0. The Rangers play against Brush at home on Friday at 7 p.m.