Week Six WSC update
By Jim Horvath
Before the season even began, Fairview head coach Dave Latkovic knew he was going to have to fill some holes in his lineup with younger players.
As the weeks went on, more of those young Warriors have heeded the call to step up. The result has been a 3-3 start and a 2-1 record in the West Shore Conference.
“We’ve had some injuries, things like that,” Latkovic said last Saturday afternoon after his team went over the film of its 34-13 thrashing of visiting Firelands.
“We’re playing a lot of young kids,” Latkovic said. “For example, we’ve got a sophomore, Corey Schmidt, starting at tight end for us right now. And we’ve got a freshman, Jason Kish, playing big minutes in the secondary for us.
“Not too long ago, I sat the seniors down and told them they needed to teach the game to these kids,” he said. “I told them I knew it was their season, but that they needed to fill that role for us. Well, they’ve been phenomenal with that and it’s starting to pay off.”
The Warriors, in winning their second straight game, had no problem with the visiting Falcons. Fairview led 21-0 by halftime and never looked back.
Senior Brett Willgren opened up the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run. Junior wide receiver Chris Tahsin then hauled in an 18-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Dave Lansu. Senior Evan Lyons took the conversion pass from Lansu, and it was 14-0, Warriors early in the second quarter.
Tahsin struck again before the half, scoring on a 12-yarder from Lansu. Senior Sean Dobrzeniecki tacked on the conversion kick, and the rout was on.
Senior Nick Williams, who is averaging just over five yards per carry, tacked on a pair of short touchdown runs in the second half. He gained 100 yards on the night, while junior Jeff Mortensen added another 70 yards and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
“Right now, we’re banking on getting better each week,” Latkovic said. “We’re not just focused on getting ready for the future. We play all bigger schools the rest of the way, so a couple more wins would be huge for us this season.”
Fairview is tied with Bay, North Ridgeville and rocky River for second place behind undefeated Avon. The Warriors travel to Midview this Friday night, with the Middies coming off a 44-30 loss at River.
Rocky River 44, Midview 30
The Pirates won their second straight game before its homecoming crowd last Friday night and also evened their overall record at 3-3.
It was a big night for Zak Echols, who caught nine passes from quarterback Robbie Plagens. Plagens threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns, with Echols accounting for 22 of those yards and four touchdowns.
Plagens got things rolling early with his 34-yard scoring strike to Kyle Dunne. A 20-yarder to Echols, then a 63-yard punt return by Echols made it 20-0 after just one quarter of play. Echols grabbed scoring passes of 46, 54 and 12 yards, the last one coming in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Middies second-half charge.
River will travel to Bay this Friday night. The Rockets dropped into the second-place tie after losing at North Ridgeville, 38-13.