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High School Football Week 3 Recap

Week 3 is where a team's true colors are exposed.

 

Solon Comets           31

Mentor Cardinals     21

It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish. The Comets made the best finish of anyone on the field, sending host Mentor down the tubes with a solid second half performance at Osborne Stadium. Despite turning the ball over four times in the first half, Solon's execution the second time around was much more enhanced. Senior quarterback Chris Humphrey did everything a successful quarterback needs to do to win big, going 10-for-14 with 205 totals yards, 132 of them through the air. He also added a contribution defensively by taking a 77 yard interception return to the house; reading the eyes of Mentor gunslinger Colton Wallace.

Willoughby South     52

Euclid                         28

What is normally known to be a fundamentally sound defensive team in the Euclid Panthers, the occurrences on the field versus high powered Willoughby South proved otherwise, or it could be that South is just that good; they've scored 50 points or better in all three games. This offense is with no doubt flourishing under head coach Matt Duffy. The Panthers missed tackles, gave up big pass plays, and could not put an end to the incision that South inserted into their skins. Euclid goes into week 4 with a sour taste in their mouth, and another tough opponent in St. Vincent-St. Mary's.

Ursuline                    14

Lake Catholic           10

The upset special of the week, the Ursuline Irish controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball which ended up being the deciding factor in a very close week 3 battle. They limited the Cougars to only a single first down and contained senior star tailback Richie Sanders. He poked a hole in the Irish defense for a big gain only once all evening long. The defending Division V State Champion Irish returned momentum to their sideline to silence the Cougar faithful immediately after the Cougars scored in the end zone. From there, Akise Teague, senior featured back, that led the way with 150 yards on 29 carries.

Twinsburg                14

Aurora                         7

Twinsburg has a good habit of forcing take aways on defense. The Aurora Greenmen found that out the hard way Friday night. Aurora had several chances to get back in the game, but the Tigers D was there time and time again to ensure that that didn't happen. They put a body on every receiver, and played physical up front. Their offense wasn't great, but they didn't need any more points then what they got in the second half. The Greenmen saw a little more of the punting game on special teams then they would have preferred to. Early offense put the Tigers in front, but late defensive stands put Aurora's hopes of getting a win down the drain.

St. Vincent-St.Mary's                 7

Butchel                                        6

This was one of those nights when the offense's scratch their head and say "what do we need to do to get first down?" First downs were at a premium in this game at Green Street Stadium. This was the first time that the Fighting Irish squared off versus Butchel since 1959, and 5,500 fans were in attendance to witness a terrific finish. Butchel decided to go for the win rather then the tie with just seconds to go in the game. The Irish made the goal line stand, that sealed the deal for a 2-1 for St. Vincent-St. Mary's.

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