August 30, 2015

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Columbia makes declaration over Independence

  COLUMBIA STATION — Firsts are often very important. The first debate in an election. A first date. The first pitch in an at-bat. The first game of a new season. Firsts can set the tone for what is to follow and establish a standard. And if the tone set by the Columbia Raiders on Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Sopko throws all over Strongsville in Avon win

STRONGSVILLE — Someone had to fill the void in Avon’s high-powered passing offense created by wide receiver Zack Torbert’s graduation. That someone looks like Darrin Davis. Davis caught five passes for 94 yards while Jake Sopko had a near-perfect night with 302 yards on 27-of-40 passing, and Avon rolled to a 41-24 victory over Strongsville Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chippewa dukes Wellington

WELLINGTON — That’s not how the Wellington Dukes wanted to open the season. The Chippewa Chipps came to town Friday night and showed why they went 9-2 last season — including a postseason appearance — by scoring touchdowns on 10 of their 11 drives to beat the Dukes 69-26. Wellington had no answer for Chippewa Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: New London runs roughshod over penalty-laden Oberlin

Jonathan Delozier The Chronicle-Telegram OBERLIN — The Oberlin Phoenix did enough to hurt itself Friday night with continuous backbreaking penalties, but Nate Thomas running for 188 yards and four touchdowns also helped New London roll to a 46-28 victory to kick off the 2015 season. “Complacency, and thoughts of satisfaction with ourselves are our biggest Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: North Ridgeville, without star running back, beats North Royalton

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — No Demario McCall, no problem for North Ridgeville. The Rangers star running back was on the sideline in a walking boot after suffering an injury to his left ankle in the final scrimmage of the preseason. But the rest of the Rangers silenced those who doubted they could win without McCall, coming Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Vermilion wins instant classic with late interception against Clearview

VERMILION — Clearview and Vermilion met in Week 1 for the fourth straight year, and for the third straight year they put together an instant classic. The teams battled back and forth until the final seconds when a sack by Vermilion’s Aric Byington finally sealed a 30-20 victory for the Sailors. Vermilion pulled out a Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:Amherst waste opportunities in loss to Kenston

AMHERST — As the Amherst Comets walked toward their locker room Friday night, the scoreboard declared them 6-3 losers of a battle with the Kenston Bombers. That scoreboard may have the ultimate say, but the Comets certainly didn’t feel defeated. “I guarantee nobody in Northeast Ohio gave us a chance versus this team,” Amherst coach Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Late field goal seals St Thomas Aquinas win over Elyria Catholic

Christy Legeza CT Photo August 28, 2015 - Football - St. Thomas Aquinas at Elyria Catholic - EC's WR Cole Virgin gets a 35 yd gain in the 1st quarter vs Aquinas (Aquinas #35 Andrew George, #26 Nathan Rich, #34 Carlos Howell).

ELYRIA — In St. Thomas Aquinas’ season-opening win over Elyria Catholic in 2014, the big play lifted the Knights. This year the little things did in the Panthers. Harris Knowles’ 34-yard field goal in the final minute capped a long drive that lifted the Knights to a 24-22 win at Knights of Columbus Field. Despite Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pioneers catch breaks, get win over Shoremen

Elyria players take the field at Avon Lake for season opener Aug 28. Steve Manheim

AVON LAKE — Sometimes the ball just bounces your way. That certainly was the case Friday as Elyria came away with a 31-7 victory over the Avon Lake Shoremen to open the season. It’s only the second time in 10 meetings the Pioneers defeated Avon Lake, and it was coach Kevin Fell’s first win over Read More…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Middies slow to start but finish big in shutout of Lorain

LORAIN — Midview’s high-powered offense took awhile to get going Friday in the non-conference opener at George Daniel Field. One half, in fact. After Lorain was able to limit the Middies’ passing attack in the first half, junior quarterback Dustin Crum found a rhythm in the second half, finishing 17-for-32 for 166 yards and three Read More…