Warriors run all over Oberlin
By Todd Shapiro
Senior Anthony Santos ran for 124 yards and a touchdown while sophomore Drew Kostos added a pair of 20-yard scoring runs as Fairview took to the road for a 39-7 win at Oberlin Friday.
Fairview dominated the Phoenix on both sides of the ball, rushing for 210 yards while holding Oberlin to 23 yards on the ground.
“The running game was already in place when I got here,” first-year Fairview coach Tom Narducci said. “I am just trying to continue the tradition of playing smash mouth football at Fairview.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter lead on a 44-yard touchdown run by Santos and the first of Kostos’ two trips to the end zone and never looked back.
“By going on the road and getting a big win, I think we sent a message to everyone else in the league that we are playing for a championship,” Santos said.
Defending Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division champion Columbia will travel to Fairview next Friday with first-place on the line.
Fairview’s defense was looking for its first shutout since Week 5 of the 2010 season but Oberlin’s 7-yard touchdown run by Kalif Townsel put the Phoenix on the board with 2:10 left in the game.
Santos and senior David Lansu each had interceptions for the Warriors. Lansu, who is also the Fairview quarterback, found the end zone for the third time this season on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Senior kicker Adrian Bendo connected on all five of his extra-point attempts.
Fairview has won its last three games, to improve to 3-5.
“We are playing better football as the season progresses, but I think some of it is also strength of schedule,” Narducci said. “Some of those plays that weren’t working early in the season look really good right now.”
The Warriors host Columbia in their final home game of the season Friday night at 7 p.m.
Longhorns lose to Clearview in ‘home away from home’ game
By Ryan Kaczamrski
Due to the conditions of the LUTHERAN WEST football field, the Longhorns were forced to play their second-to-last home game at Fairview High School, where the Clearview Clippers defeated them 40-14.
The Longhorns (1-7, 1-4 in the Patriot Athletic Conference) took an early 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from junior Dan Hillenbrand to sophomore Greg Kunze. The 4-play touchdown drive was a result of a Clearview fumble on the second play from scrimmage.
After that, the Clippers (3-5, 3-2 in the PAC) scored 21 unanswered points. The Clearview touchdowns were scored on a 23-yard pass from freshman quarterback Roger Engle to junior Clifton Brown, a 41-yard interception return by senior Alonso Southard and a 2-yard run by junior Chad Anderson.
Lutheran West would get some points back on a fumble recovery in Clearview’s end zone by senior Paul Herrin, to make the score 21-14 at the half.
The second half was all Clippers, as they scored three more touchdowns (two PATs failed) to make the final score 40-14.
The Longhorns play Friday night at Oberlin at 7 p.m.
NORTH OLMSTED evened their record to 4-4 (3-2 in the Southwestern Conference) by beating Berea, 28-20, on homecoming night.
The Eagles scored touchdowns on a 47-yard pass from Brad Novak to Marc Remy, two Novak runs (35 and 5 yards) and a Remy run (3 yards). The Eagles play Friday night at home against Amherst Steele at 7 p.m.
BAY lost to No. 25 North Ridgeville in an away game played at its home stadium to make its record 2-6 (1-3 in the West Shore Conference) by the score of 41-21. The Rangers field was deemed unsafe to play on because of the muddy conditions. The Rockets play their final home game Friday night against Elyria Catholic at 7 p.m.
ROCKY RIVER lost its fourth game in a row, this time to Elyria Catholic, with the score of 44-6. The Pirates’ (3-5, 1-4 in the WSC) lone score was on an 11-yard pass from sophomore Alex Theiling to junior Martin Finnegan (PAT failed). The Pirates play at home Friday night against Barberton at 7 p.m.
WESTLAKE topped Midpark, 21-14, to make its record 4-4 (2-3 in the SWC). The Demons scored on three Jonathan Brick touchdown runs (11, 1 and 1 yards). They play Friday at Berea (George Finnie Stadium) at 7 p.m.
OLMSTED FALLS stays undefeated in the SWC by beating Amherst Steele with the score of 28-21. The Bulldogs (6-2, 5-0 in the SWC) play at home against Avon Lake on Friday, in a showdown of two unbeaten conference rivals, at 7 p.m.