By Ryan Kaczmarski
The FAIRVIEW High School football team came out pumped up, and never lost its intensity as the Warriors took it to the visiting Oberlin Phoenix in a resounding 41-0 homecoming victory.
Everything seemed to go the Warriors way on offense, but it was the defense that head coach Tom Narducci praised after the game.
“We’ve been scoring points and moving the ball most weeks, but shutting these guys out (was nice),” Narducci said. “I was very concerned with their very good skilled athletes – I think their quarterback (Jason Moore Jr.) is tremendous. We watched film on him all week, and we knew that was going to be a big part of stopping them.
“For the most part, every time he touches the ball, he’s a threat,” he added. “The shutout was a nice way to top off the night.”
Fairview (3-5, 3-2 in the Patriot Athletic Conference, Stripes Division) was led by junior quarterback Jason Kish, who went 5 for 9 passing for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 14 times for 144 yards.
“Jason Kish is just a good all-around athlete,” Narducci said. “He’s the perfect athlete for the spread offense, because you want a player like Jason touching the ball on every down. If you’re a defensive coordinator, how do you defend him? He does everything so well.”
Anthony Kerrigan ran in a 1-yard touchdown, caught a 19-yard pass for a touchdown and had a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in the victory. Josh Eleniss and Ryan Williams also ran in touchdowns for Fairview, with Williams’ coming on a 57-yard run.
Fairview will visit Columbia High School on Friday at 7 p.m.
AROUND THE WESTSHORE:
LUTHERAN WEST (3-5, 2-3 in the PAC) lost to the Clearview Clippers 22-12. The Clippers took an 8-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Chad Anderson. Anthony Alston ran for the two-point conversion. The Clippers scored again late in the second quarter on a short 1-yard run by Gerrell Williams. The Longhorns stopped the 2-point conversion and the Clippers led 14-0 at half.
Lutheran West took the second-half kickoff and marched 65 yards for a score to make it 14-6. Greg Kunze connected with Kyle Masek on a 7-yard scoring strike, the two-point conversion failed.
Clearview put together a drive in the fourth quarter that culminated in the second touchdown run of the night for Anthony Alston, the try for two was good, and the Clippers lead 22-6 with eight minutes remaining in the game.
However the Longhorns did not quit, and put together a scoring drive that ended in a 1-yard run by Senior Captain Ryan O’Connor. It was too little too late for the Longhorns, as Clearview recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
The results of the game overshadowed some fine performances by the Longhorns: Junior 2 way player Aaron Geye had 4 catches for 100 yards, Senior defenders Tyler Cerny, Kameron Bremer, and Izaak Zrnich all had superb games with multiple tackles for loss.
“We are proud that we played hard to the end, but that is our expectation at Lutheran West,” Longhorns head coach Dave Stupka said. “Clearview deserves a lot of credit, they coached better and played better in all three phases of the game that we did. They definitely earned the victory.”
The Longhorns play Oberlin at home on Friday at 7p.m, and end the season against rival Fairview on Oct. 26.
OLMSTED FALLS (1-7, 1-4 in the Southwestern Conference) won its first game of the season, as the Bulldogs were victorious over Amherst 28-14. The Bulldogs have a tough road ahead, traveling to Avon Lake on Friday at 7 p.m., and hosting North Olmsted to finish the season on Oct. 26.
WESTLAKE (7-1, 4-1 in the SWC) defeated Midpark 39-28. The Demons can keep their playoff hopes alive as they finish the season against Berea on Friday at 7 p.m. and Brecksville on Oct. 26.
NORTH OLMSTED (6-2, 3-2 in the SWC) defeated Berea 43-16. The Eagles’ junior quarterback Brad Novak was 14 of 16 with 176 yards passing, with three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. The Eagles finish the season on the road against Amherst Friday night at 7 p.m., and at Olmsted Falls Oct. 26.
ROCKY RIVER (5-3, 4-1 in the West Shore Conference) beat BAY (2-6, 0-5 in the WSC) 19-7. The Pirates also look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they host Avon Friday at 7 p.m., and finish the season on the road at Vermilion on Oct. 26. Bay travels to North Ridgeville Friday at 7 p.m., and hosts Midview to end the season on Oct.