Falls slips past JM; Warriors edge Springfield
NEWTON FALLS 20, JACKSON-MILTON 13: NEWTON FALLS — Sophomore receiver Jacob Wright threw a touchdown pass to fellow sophomore Mitchell Harley on a trick play with 1:31 remaining as the Tigers (2-0) remained undefeated.
Preston Rapczak returned an interception 35 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13-13. Jackson-Milton’s two touchdowns came in the first half on an interception return by Nick Scarl and a kickoff return by Dyllen Gibbs.
Bill Wright scored for the Tigers in the second quarter and rushed for 153 yards. He gained at least 9 yards on seven of his 24 rushing attempts, including two runs for more than 15 yards.
“Penalties were our Achilles heel tonight,” Newton Falls coach Josh Franke said. “Our play would have been a lot better if we had taken less penalties, and I think the scoreboard would have reflected that. It’s definitely something we’re going to keep working on this year.”
BROOKFIELD 23, SPRINGFIELD 14: BROOKFIELD — The Warriors broke out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, weathered a Springfield (0-2) comeback, then put the game away when Alex Clark ran 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:14 remaining in the game.
Clark ended up with 216 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Noah Harnett added 155 yards passing, including 92 yards by Bryce Randall on four catches.
Harnett and Randall hooked up for a 50-yard scoring pass to open the game and RJ Hall’s field goal made it 9-0. Brookfield (1-1) then got a short touchdown run by Harnett and scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Clark to Harnett.
Springfield got on the board with 38 seconds left in the first half, then cut the lead to 17-14 early in the fourth quarter. Clark’s long scoring run then put the game out of reach.
RITTMAN 34, CHAMPION 0: CHAMPION — The Golden Flashes couldn’t get much of a running game going and were blanked by Rittman (2-0) which scored in all four quarters.
Champion (0-2) netted just 36 yards on 25 attempts, though Nathan Stahlman gained 44 yards on 14 carries. Nick Stahlman was 9-for-21 passing for 86 yards. Jaden Murray, Nathan Stahlman, Jacob Zylka and Noah Vesey all had two catches for the Flashes.
COLUMBIANA 38, MCDONALD 37: COLUMBIANA — A failed two-point conversion proved to be the difference in McDonald’s loss to the Clippers. The Blue Devils’ Cameron Tucker scored from 10 yards out in overtime, but a two-point conversion to win the game was unsuccessful.
McDonald (1-1) led 31-20 entering the fourth quarter. However, they were shutout in the fourth quarter, forcing the aforementioned overtime. Alex Cintron rushed for 243 yards and three scores.
Columbiana (1-1) scored 11 unanswered in the fourth period, including a Frank Rupert 1-yard run and a Jared Bryarly field goal to tie the game at 31. Tanner Pearl then caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jakob Cross to take the lead for good in overtime. Cross went 13-of-18 for 185 yards and two scores.
LISBON 33, MINERAL RIDGE 32: LISBON — Despite rushing for 303 yards, the Mineral Ridge Rams were unable to hang-on to a 20-6 lead. A Lisbon touchdown pass in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.
Mineral Ridge (1-1) scored 20 points in the second quarter, and carried a 14-point lead into half. Four Rams rushers had at least 50 yards on the ground including Jarred Miller (133), DeCosta Baptiste (78), Dakota Edwards (78) and Mike McLean (78).
Lisbon improves to 2-0, as Sweeney scored three times, including a pair of second-half fumble return touchdowns.
URSULINE 40, EAST 19: YOUNGSTOWN — Ursuline’s Joey Floyd ran for 238 yards and scored three times as the Irish roughed up East in a non-conference matchup.
Floyd scored on runs of 10 and 43 and also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jared Fabry, who threw three TDs. Fabry completed 8-of-17 passes for 91 yards and also ran for 57 yards. Ursuline (1-1) accumulated 480 yards of total offense and led 34-0 early in the third quarter.
East rallied thanks to three touchdown passes from Thomas Steele. Ilijah Donley caught all three of them, scoring from 53, 20 and 4 yards. But the Golden Bears (0-2) only managed 27 rushing yards on 21 attempts.
CANFIELD 34, ALLIANCE 0: CANFIELD — The Cardinals defense held Alliance (1-1) to a net total of 96 yards on the night.
Paul Breinz rushed for 117 yards, Paul French had two short TD runs and quarterback Vinny Fiorenza ran and passed for a total of 173 yards for Canfield (2-0).
French and Breinz both scored first-quarter touchdowns and French added his second TD in the third quarter.
Fiorenza connected with Colin Hritz for a 65-yard scoring play three minutes into the final quarter to clinch the victory.
CHALKER 44, SEBRING 14: SEBRING — The Wildcats rushed for 338 yards to earn their first win of the year. Chalker led, 10-8, in the second quarter and managed to outscore the Trojans, 34-6, the rest of the way.
Chalker (1-1) was led by Jacob Baker’s 165 yards on just 11 attempts. Trystan Mollohan threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and rushed for 42 yards on the night.
No stats were available for Sebring (0-2).
GRAND VALLEY 47, BERKSHIRE 8: BURTON — Grand Valley’s Eduardo Hernandez ran for 139 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries as the Mustangs dominated Berkshire.
Hernandez averaged 15.4 yards per run as Grand Valley (2-0) amassed 341 rushing yards. The Mustangs’ Michael McGovern added 93 yards on just three carries. GV led, 47-0 at halftime.
Berkshire’s J. Hinkle rushed for 47 yards on nine carries, but the Badgers had just 115 total yards.
CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS 28, GARFIELD 13: GARRETTSVILLE — Cuyahoga Heights took a 21-7 halftime lead and never looked back in this non-conference game.
Drummond had two rushing scores from 3 and 7 yards for the Redskins (1-0).
DeNigris and Brown had TD runs for Garfield (1-1).
Cuyahoga Heights outrushed Garfield 306 to 190.
SOUTH RANGE 34, WESTERN RESERVE 0: BERLIN CENTER — South Range silenced the vaunted offensive attack of Western Reserve in a surprising rout of the Blue Devils.
Quarterback Aniello Buzzacco paced the Raiders (2-0) by completing 9-of-12 passes for 221 yards and three TDs without throwing an interception. Peyton Remish added 91 yards and one TD on 19 carries. South Ranged outgained Western Reserve 400 to 177.
The Blue Devils (1-1) fumbled four times and lost three of them. They also had an interception and ran for just 58 yards on 29 carries. Dominic Velasquez completed 13-of-19 passes for 119 yards.
WINDHAM 29, LOWELLVILLE 6: LOWELLVILLE — The Bombers scored 22 points in the first-half and never looked. Windham gained 437 yards of offense, including 349 on the ground.
Windham (2-0) was led by quarterback Blaze Angle’s three total touchdowns. Angle threw touchdown passes of 30 and 39 yards to Tyler Collins, and also rushed for a 1-yard score.
Lowellville (1-1) took an early lead on an Achili Minch 10-yard touchdown run, but were outscored, 29-0, the rest of the way.