LaBrae blanks Liberty, takes over AAC Blue
LaBRAE 21, LIBERTY 0: LIBERTY – LaBrae shut out the Leopards and took over first place in the Blue Tier of the All-American Conference.
The Vikings (4-2, 3-0) allowed just four passing yards and got a few big plays from Tariq Drake on offense. Drake caught a 20-yard touchdown from Carlton Brown in the first quarter, and he added a 65-yard punt return for a TD in the second quarter. Arjay Oliver put LaBrae up 21-0 with a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Liberty (3-3, 2-1) outgained the Vikings 179 to 154 but couldn’t find the end zone. Quarterback Dra Rushton ran for 130 yards on 25 carries, but he was 3-of-9 passing for four yards and an interception.
GIRARD 41, CAMPBELL 35: GIRARD – Girard’s Mark Waid threw for 373 yards, and the Indians scored 35 first-half points, but Girard had to hold on to earn its first win of the year in a Blue Tier, AAC battle.
Waid completed 13 of 22 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns for the Indians (1-5, 1-1). Waid also rushed for a pair of scores. Michael Belcik had six receptions for 241 yards and three of those touchdowns.
Campbell (2-4, 0-2) couldn’t keep up with Girard’s big plays in the passing game, as they threw two interceptions. Yanni Koullias rushed for four scores and had 28 carries for 163 yards. The Indians outgained Campbell 433-316 in total offense, including 373-128 through the air.
CHAMPION 14, NEWTON FALLS 6: NEWTON FALLS – The Tigers held the Golden Flashes defense in check – keeping Champion to 119 yards – but Champion’s Brandon Allen still found a way to lift Champion.
Allen, normally a potent passer, was held to 4-of-17 for 86 yards, but Allen still put points on the board the Golden Flashes (4-2, 2-1).
He threw a 44-yard strike to Jerry Sabo with 5:55 left in the second quarter and added a 51-yard scamper with 6:38 remaining in the third for Champion’s only scores.
Newton Falls (2-4, 0-2 AAC Blue) outgained the Golden Flashes with 41 carries for 106 yards and 196 total, but the Tigers couldn’t get the advantage where it counted – the scoreboard.
Branden Bugard finally got Newton Falls on the board with 3:12 remaining with a 1-yard run, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Champion.
CANFIELD 24, BOARDMAN 20: CANFIELD – The Cardinals scored the go-ahead touchdown with 9:58 remaining as Jake Cummings ran in a 10-yarder. Each team rushed for three touchdowns in the game.
Canfield (4-2) moves to eighth in Division III, Region 9, as Cummings threw for 97 yards and rushed for 76 yards, including two scores. Paul Breinz led the way with 101 yards on 15 attempts, while Duncan DiGiacomo had four catches for 61 yards.
Boardman (2-4) could not hold onto their lead heading into the fourth quarter, as the Spartans allowed 178 yards on the ground. Koby Adu-Poku ran for a pair of scores and finished with 134 rushing yards.
MASSILLON 38, FITCH 21: MASSILLON – Massillon scored the final 21 points to get past Fitch at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Kordell Ford put the Tigers (4-2) ahead with two scores from 44 and 5 yards to solidify the victory in the fourth quarter. Ford had 14 carries for 88 yards, leading a host of Massillon rushers which had 51 carries for 285 yards.
Randy Smith paced the Falcons (3-3) with 21 carries for 91 yards and three touchdowns. His final, a 5-yard TD run with 8:47 left in the third quarter, gave Fitch a 21-17 lead before Massillon rolled off 21 unanswered points.
STRUTHERS 28, POLAND 21: POLAND – A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns leads to a Struthers victory. AJ Musolino had rushing touchdowns of 54 and 2 yards, the latter of which was the game-winner with 2:46 remaining.
Struthers (5-1, 2-1) moves to third in Division IV, Region 13 with the win, as Musolino ran for three touchdowns and 141 yards, plus, had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Shaffer.
Poland (3-3, 3-1) could not maintain their fourth quarter lead, and now fall to 11th in Div. III, Region 9. Cole Kosco went 10-for-17 for 127 yards, while Dante Romano added a 65-yard touchdown run. He led the way with 95 yards on the ground.
HOWLAND 42, EAST 0: HOWLAND – The Tigers rattled off the first 35 points in an ACC, Red Tier victory over East.
Quarterback Samari Dean was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 97 yards and one touchdown for Howland (4-2, 2-0), which has won four straight after starting 0-2. Tyriq Ellis added 93 yards rushing and one TD on 11 carries for the Tigers. Jackson Deemer punched in two more TDs for a ground game that amassed 172 yards.
Howland held East (1-5, 0-2) to 109 yards of total offense. Mike Lawrence ran for 53 yards on 10 carries for the Panthers, who played three different quarterbacks in the loss.