By Ryan Kaczmarski
Avon Lake went to Olmsted Falls High School Friday night and completely dominated every aspect of the football game, as the Shoremen routed the Bulldogs 37-3.
Avon Lake’s defense forced three turnovers, and senior Wyatt Ohm rushed 22 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Shoremen to the Southwestern Conference victory.
“I like the way we were very physical tonight,” Avon Lake head coach Larry Laird said. “Our defense played pretty well for us most of the year.
“Tonight, we took care of the football and controlled the line of scrimmage up front on both sides of the football, and that was the key.”
Avon Lake (6-2, 3-1 in the SWC) started the game’s scoring with Ohm’s first touchdown, then the Bulldogs countered with a 32-yard Logan Ballard field goal to make the score 7-3 in favor of the Shoremen.
The rest of the game was all Avon Lake, as running back Collin Lucas took the ball and threw it back to quarterback David Winkel for a 26-yard touchdown.
“You practice those plays, and wait for the right moments to call them,” Laird said. “We tried some different things tonight. We’re trying to show teams that we’re not afraid to throw the football.”
Winkel went on to throw an 18-yard touchdown to Jeremiah Campo, then Ohm ran the second of his two touchdowns (51 yards), Anthony Thielman ran another (2 yards) and Olmsted Falls (1-7, 1-4 in the SWC) snapped the ball out of the endzone for a safety.
“This (win) was a confidence booster, for sure,” Winkel said. “Last year, (Olmsted Falls) had the same record going into this game, but it ended up being a three or four point game. We came into this game knowing they were a tough team. We just played a little better than them tonight, and came out on top.”
North Olmsted burns Comets
North Olmsted improved its record to 6-2 (2-2 in the SWC) with a convincing 31-14 at Amherst Friday night.
The Eagles were led by running back Ben Kurcsak, who had two 3-yard touchdown runs. He rushed 20 times for 99 yards. Senior quarterback Bradley Novak went 8-17 passing, for 101 yards, and scored on a 71-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, Ryan Coleman returned a fumble recovery 90 yards to cap the Eagles’ scoring.
Demons fall to Titans
Berea-Midpark defeated Westlake 22-15. The loss drops the Demons’ record to 4-4 (1-3 in the SWC)