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High School Football Week 5 Recap: The Halfway Point Has Been Reached

It counts more and more as the weeks go on for post season push

Mentor Cardinals              48

Willoughby South Rebels 47

The Mentor Cardinals didn't exactly cool off the red hot South offense, who have now scored 271 points in their first five games, but they did make a play when they needed it most. Kurt Laseak's interceptions led to ten Mentor points, one of which was taken in the end zone. The Cardinals fought hard all evening long, surpassing a 41-27 deficit. South scored a touchdown to narrow the margin to one, but South's place kicker booted the PAT to leave South down by one.

Twinsburg Tigers              42

Brunswick Blue Devils       7

The Blue Devils usually do the blowing out. This time, it was them that got blown out by the Twinsburg Tigers. Head coach Luke Beal took his team into the locker room going back to the drawing board, but to no avail. The Blue Devils tried desperately to mix things up defensively, but the Tigers made the necessary adjustments for success. The Tigers have gone on an 82-7 run in their past eight quarters, with wins over Brunswick and Normandy.

Chagrin Falls                     27

Kenston                             26

Another great game that went down to the wire in overtime, but the Chagrin Falls Tigers came out victorious. The emotions of the crowd in this packed house was like that of a roller coaster at Cedar Point. Momentum swung in this competition just like a pendulum. This was the second game this week where an extra point missed wide ended up being the deciding factor in this fierce encounter.  The Bombers took an early overtime advantage, but two plays later, the Tigers put the ball over the plane and won on the PAT.

Strongsville Mustangs       42

Lakewood Rangers              3

This Strongsville unit really seems to have figured things out recently, as they have increased their winning streak to three with this win over Lakewood. Their win came in convincing fashion, as Lakewood failed to score a touchdown. The Mustangs have greatly improved their defense in their winning streak. They've allowed 31 points in their three wins, while giving up 45 points in their two losses. Senior tailback Matt Bianco punched in three first half touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Parma Redmen                  20

Elyria Pioneers                 17

Despite the close call here, these two teams are going in opposite directions. The Parma Redmen went to 4-1 with an edging of the Pioneers late Friday night. It was a good way for Parma to treat its wounds after last weeks defeat at the hands of the mighty Solon Comets. The Redmen have yet to prove they can compete with the big dogs, but they can certainly take care of business at home. For Elyira, it was their four loss in five games, and they will travel to Cuyahoga Falls in week 6.

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