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High School Football Week One Recap

Week 1 of the High School Football scene is in the books. Here are some key results.

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Avon                     21

Avon Lake             3

The Avon Eagles ruined the Shoremen's season opener in front of 5,000 fans in their newly renovated 2.8 million dollar stadium by pulling off the upset. After a slow start for Avon senior quarterback Cody Schroeder, he picked up the pace and fired a pair of bombs for big gains and eventually, touchdowns. He finished the evening going 11-for-18 and compiled 188 yards through the air. The Shoremen committed three turnovers, two fumbles and a pick, that the Eagles were able to take advantage of. It was just the second time the two clubs squared off since 1960. The Shoremen lead the overall series 16-12.

Maple Heights      26

Nordonia               14

The Maple Heights Mustangs stormed into Macedonia with their first victory of the season. The Nordonia Knights proved to be a challenge until the Mustangs scored two touchdowns on consecutive drives in the final 19 seconds of the game. But the win came at a cost for Maple Heights as senior quarterback and team leader Shaq Washington suffered an injury to his right knee and left the game. Half back DeVonte Ransom picked up the pace and ran for 174 total yards and put the ball in the end zone to seal the deal for the Mustangs.

Brecksville            21

North Royalton    17

Watch out for Bee's quarterback Tommy Tupa. His debut as sophomore quarterback for Brecksville went extremely well; three touchdowns and a win over the North Royalton Bears. Commanding the huddle and directing traffic at the line of scrimmage, Tupa lead the Bee's down field after trailing 17-14 with 5:28 left in the final quarter. The Bee's defense held North Royalton on their final possession to put the win in the books. Tupa threw for 165 yards and was a stunning 17-for-26.

Euclid                  9

Strongsville        5

In a fiercely competitive game that allowed only one touchdown combined from the two teams, the little man became the hero. Defensive back Josh Kitchen was targeted by Mustangs quarterback Zach Sedivy all night long, as the Mustangs went looking for mismatches in the defensive secondary of the Panthers. Strongsville played with fire, and got burned on the most important drive of the game. Kitched intercepted the Sedivy pass on the Panther's six yard line that kept the Mustangs out of the end zone and into the loss column. Euclid's defense controlled the line of scrimmage as senior star running back Matt Bianco was a non factor in the game.

Parma                 35

Midpark               13

This game was very close, until the final quarter. Parma lead 14-6 at halftime, but got an interception returned by Tom DiDonato for a touchdown. A'mer Smith made a catch and run play that went for 94 yards and a score to extend the Redmen's lead to 28-6. Quarterback Joe Pullman completed only 8-of-17 passes, but threw multiple touchdowns and 219 yards passing. Midpark saw their opportunity to catch up disappear in a heartbeat, and the high powered Parma offense proved they can put points on the board in a hurry.  

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