By Ryan Kaczmarski
Demons down North Olmsted with last-second conversion
The North Olmsted Eagles led 21-0 over Westlake as time ran out in the first half friday night, then the weather came. Rain and Lightning strikes postponed the game until Saturday afternoon, and possibly let the Demons regroup, build momentum and dominate the fourth quarter.
The Demons had the choice of playing for overtime in the Southwestern Conference opener, when Michael Fikter grabbed a touchdown reception of a Kent Axcell pass with 0:00.1 seconds left in the game.
Westlake head coach Mark Campo left the decision to the team, to go for the tie and send the game into overtime, or to go for two, and the win. The Demons (2-2, 1-0 in the SWC) took the field with their offense, and Axcell tossed in the conversion to Paul Angala for the 29-28 win, knocking North Olmsted (3-1, 0-1 in the SWC) from the ranks of the undefeated.
In the second half, each team drove the ball down the field for touchdowns in the third quarter, then Westlake scored 22 unanswered fourth-quarter points, including a 2-point conversion for the win with 0:00.1 left on the clock.
Axcell led the Demons, going 18-41, for 183 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also rushed 18 times for 95 yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory.
Ben Kurcsak led North Olmsted in rushing with 123 yards on 26 carries. He also led the Eagles in receiving, with 21 yards on two receptions.
The Demons defense held the Eagles to just 43 yards passing in the game.
Bees dominate Bulldogs
Olmsted Falls took the early 3-0 lead on a 44-yard Logan Ballard field goal, then Brecksville-Broadview Heights rattled off 35 unanswered points for the easy victory.
The game was dominated by Bees’ quarterback Tim Tupa. He threw two touchdown passes – one to his brother, Tyler Tupa – ran for two touchdowns and kicked five extra points. He also went 11-13, for 148 yards passing and rushed 16 times for 88 yards. The Bulldogs remain winless at 0-4 (0-1 in the SWC).
Avon Lake tops North Ridgeville in nonconference play
North Ridgeville had a chance to at least even up the score before the end of regulation, but the Avon Lake defense held strong and the Shoremen went on to a 14-7 victory.
After a scoreless first quarter, Rangers senior running back C.J. Osbourne scored on a 6-yard run (Ryan Blagojevich kick) to put North Ridgeville up 7-0. Avon Lake countered with two scoring drives, one in the second quarter and one in the third. Wyatt Ohm ran in the Shoremen’s first touchdown from four yards out, and quarterback David Winkel threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Max Seipel (both PAT by
Ohm rushed 20 times for 82 yards, leading the way for Avon Lake, followed by Collin Lucas with 69 yards on 12 carries. Winkel went 5-13, for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Osbourne rushed 17 times for 69 yards to lead the Rangers.