December 27, 2014

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High school football: Defense comes up big as Elyria finishes off Valley Forge

Elyria Jumarr Lewis runs for yardage Saturday in the Pioneers' win over Valley Forge. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONCILE

ELYRIA — If Kevin Fell was concerned his Elyria football team wouldn’t show up mentally Saturday afternoon to complete its game with Valley Forge, he needn’t have worried. Elyria’s defense kept Valley Forge out of the end zone after a couple of red-zone interceptions and completed Friday’s postponement with a 44-6 rout of the Patriots. Read More…

Rankin with Elyria Catholic’s best: Panthers junior running back Justin Rankin living up to honor of wearing No. 44

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In 1987, Elyria Catholic coach Fred Schmitz assigned the number 44 to junior running back Corey Hodge. It is a hallowed number in the Panthers’ program, worn by the likes of Al McKinney and Bryan Thomas … both among the top names in Elyria Catholic football history. Heading into this season, Hodge was the last Read More…

H.S. Football: Everything comes together for Elyria in rout of Midview

Elyria's Jordan Connell avoids the tackle of Midview's Tyler Lienerth and carries the ball for the first down in the second quarter last night at Ely Stadium in Elyria. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — No one’s quite sure what it was that turned Elyria’s football team into a monster Friday night. But the Pioneers were nearly perfect in the first half in whipping Midview 53-17 at Ely Stadium. Elyria is 3-0, Midview 2-1. It was quite a contrast from last year, when the Middies jumped to a Read More…

H.S. Football: North Olmsted rallies past North Ridgeville in battle of unbeatens

DeMario McCall sprints through for a touchdown early in the second quarter at North Ridgeville High School. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers were a quarter from improving to 3-0. But North Olmsted had its own perfect record to protect, and North Ridgeville saved its worst mistakes for the most inopportune times. The Eagles (3-0) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday to hand North Ridgeville its first loss, 35-28. North Ridgeville (2-1) was its Read More…

H.S. Football: Big plays carry Clearview to long-awaited win over Amherst

Amherst's Donte Dower, left, and Clearview Lance Billings go for a pass in the endzone. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Clearview’s Gerrell Williams was hit after a short kickoff return. The ball appeared to come loose and Amherst appeared to fall on it, but the officials ruled that Williams was down by contact. On the next play, Lance Billings broke loose for Read More…

High school football: Elyria Catholic, Justin Rankin pour it on after lengthy weather delay, blow away Beachwood

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ELYRIA — If that’s what it took, Mike Polevacik and his Elyria Catholic Panthers were willing to wait all night to win a football game. A two-hour lightning delay at halftime of Thursday’s EC-Beachwood non-conference game only seemed to rev up the Panthers in general and Justin Rankin in particular as EC beat the Bison Read More…

North Ridgeville’s DeMario McCall definitely something special

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In 39 years of coaching, North Ridgeville’s Jeff Riesen had never had a freshman on any of his varsity teams. Not at North Ridgeville, not at Amherst, not at Elyria and not at Avon Lake. Until last season. That’s when Riesen, while watching a freshman scrimmage, saw a player that made him change his mind. Read More…

Lorain County’s star quarterbacks lead programs in air attack

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ELYRIA — The rapid revolutions of a tight spiral are enough to make a physicist’s head spin with excitement. The arc created as the ball travels from the quarterback to his target can send a mathematician scrambling for a compass. Even the average sports fan has to leap from his seat as the ball drifts Read More…

Football: Rules changes ‘target’ risky tackles

COLUMBUS — The key word when it comes to football rules this fall — one fans will hear again and again — is “targeting.” In the parlance of the NCAA, that describes players who hit a defenseless player above the shoulders. Do it, and you’ll be ejected, and your team gets a 15-yard penalty. Spectators Read More…

Cause of team’s illness a mystery

ELYRIA — Health and school officials have no idea what made members of the Elyria High School football team sick hours before they were set to take the field two weeks ago, but school officials are not doing away with the tradition of a team dinner because of the incident. The Elyria City Health District Read More…