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High School Football Week 7 Recap: True Winners Exposed In Blowout Contests

Down the home stretch, the good teams usually get it done

Solon Comets                    27

Brunswick Blue Devils      0

The Comets, ranked eighth in the Division I State poll, grabbed a slim 7-0 at the half; but that was all the points they needed against Brunswick, whose offense seemed totally out of regularity Friday night. Then again, it can be difficult for offenses to do what they usually do when they play Solon. The Comets have allowed just 67 points for the year; under ten per game. Quarterback Chris Humphrey threw for 104 passing yards on nine complete passes, out of twelve, and also took an interception to the house eighteen yards out. The Blue Devils drop to 4-3.

St. Edward's                                             62

Columbus St. Francis DeSales             0

The Eagles improved to 7-0 late Friday night with their shutout win over the St. Francis DeSales Stallions. It was the Stallions' worst loss of their season, and quite possibly in school history. The Ed's offense ran at will on the Stallions defensive front, gaining first down after first down. The Stallions defense eventually grew tired, and their offense couldn't muster anything better to give the defense a necessary brake. The Stallions drop to 4-3 and look to rebound against Bishop Watterson next week. St. Edward's will take on St. Xavier in Week 8.

Maple Heights Mustangs         34

Shaw Cardinals                           0

The Mustangs offense is loaded with talent, however, it was their front line of defense that stole the show versus the versatile Shaw Cardinals. If Maple Heights' defense plays well, they can be difficult to beat; they've given up 49 points in seven games, and have allowed fewer than ten points in a game five times. Shaw head coach Rodney Brown was hoping for a more competitive performance form his Cardinals, and will have his players prepared for when they battle Bedford in a week. Maple Heights will take its defense to Canfield in a second competition of  Mustangs versus Cardinal.

Padua                                      41

Elyria Catholic                        23

The Padua Bruins proved to all of their critics that they have got what it takes to contend with the big boys. They may not be one of those teams, but they can flex their muscle just enough to get a competitive edge. Tailback Xavier Means had a career night he won't soon forget, carrying the ball over the plain of the end zone three times, with 181 rushing yards. Quarterback Jim Solano added 70 yards on the ground with 101 passing yards on just six completions. His effort was minimal compared to the Panther's Danny Reaser, who went 27-of-48 for 397 yards and three touchdowns. But the Panther defense didn't have its best night.

Walsh Jesuit                            17

St. Vincent-St. Mary                 10

The Walsh Jesuit Warriors are making a strong push for post season play. No matter how they are going to do it, they get it done. Friday night, they got it done with a pair of blocked punts in the second half, and turned them into Warrior points; which ended up being the key difference in the game. It was a disappointing loss for the Fighting Irish, who went to 5-2 after they fizzled out against Walsh, and take a substantial step backwards in the post season picture.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.