By Jim Horvath
Last year, Rocky River was the only Westshore area football team to make it into the OHSAA Playoffs.
Could it be that way again in 2010?
Westlake, the No. 8 team in Division II, Region 6, was seemingly eliminated from the playoff field with its 35-3 loss at home Friday night to Brecksville. Meanwhile in Rocky River, No. 10 River was putting a 48-14 hurting on Fairview as the Pirates closed out their season with a 6-game winning streak.
The Demons closed out their season at 6-4, the first winning campaign in years. But the disappointment was evident on the faces of the Westlake players and coaches. A number of players remained on the field after the post game end zone huddle to take in the bitter dose of reality.
“They took it to us from the get go,” admitted Demons head coach Mark Campo, who in just his second season had the program poised for the second season.
“They were able to move the ball on us early on and score,” Campo said. “Once we fell behind like that, that took us out of our game and made it that much more difficult against them. Our kids played hard until the end, and we moved the ball a number of times.
” But once we got to the red zone, we couldn’t put it in. The kids kept fighting, we just couldn’t get the job done tonight,” he said.
Brecksville, holding on to it’s playoff chances in Division I, scored the first two times it had the ball int he first quarter. It was 14-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter, and 21-3 by halftime when the Bees tacked on another score right before the half.
Alex Ferrell’s 22-yard field goal with 8:40 remaining in the half proved to be the only points of the game for the Demons. The visitors added another touchdown in the third quarter, then iced the win on yet another on the second play of the fourth.
Rocky River, on the other hand, had no problem scoring as the Pirates avenged last year’s Week 10 loss to the Warriors. The Pirates led 13-0 after one quarter and 20-7 at the half. Two more touchdowns in the third quarter made it 34-7, essentially wrapping up the River win.
River will now wait and see what develops as far as the computer points are concerned. Head coach Rick Adams and his squad will know early Sunday whether or not they made it in with their record of 7-3.
Also in Region 6, Avon Lake picked up big points and a share of yet another Southwestern Conference championship with it’s 21-17 win over Division I Amherst. Olmsted Falls, the No. 3 team in the region before it’s game with North Olmsted, got the other half with its 33-14 win over the Eagles Friday night.
The Bulldogs also clinched a playoff spot and could host a first-round game. Avon, the top team in the region, clinched the outright West Shore Conference title and finished a perfect 10-0 with a 50-14 drubbing of visiting Bay. The Eagles will also be home next week in their first-round playoff game.
Could that be a rematch with River in a 1-versus-8 matchup? We’ll know on Sunday.
The other area team that had a shot at getting into the playoffs was Lutheran West. Those hopes were dashed, however, as visiting Columbia left town with a decisive 56-10 win over the improved Longhorns. The Raiders also clinched the outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division championship.