It was a wet night for Week 5 of Friday Night Touchdown but that didn’t damper our highlights!
AVON LAKE vs MIDPARK
One strange play is all it took to swing Friday night’s game in Avon Lake’s favor, and knock Midpark both from the ranks of the unbeaten, and out of first place in the Southwestern Conference.
The Shoremen used a balanced offensive attack, along with some timely defense to slow down an explosive Meteors offense in a 39-28 win.
Avon Lake (4-1, 2-0 in SWC) was leading 20-8 midway through the third quarter, but Midpark’s senior quarterback Doug Verbofsky had the Meteors (4-1, 1-1) on the move, and heading toward what appeared to be momentum-shifting touchdown, when the game-changing play occurred.
Verbofsky hit senior receiver Branson Repasy on a quick slant, and Repasy broke a tackle and raced toward the end zone. He appeared to dive over the goal line for a touchdown, but just then the ball popped out and rolled into the end zone, where Avon Lake’s Jimmy Hessel scooped it up and took off down the sideline, racing all the way down to Midpark’s 18-yard line.
The Shoremen scored moments later when quarterback David Winkel found Joe Pappas in the back corner of the end zone, extending Avon Lake’s lead to 26-8, and putting Midpark behind the eight ball.
Verbofsky, entered Friday’s game with just over 1500 yards passing, threw for another 344 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to extend the Meteors unbeaten streak to five games.
Avon Lake running back Collin Lucas ran 16 times for 102 yards and four touchdowns and the Shoremen workhorse, Wyatt Ohm chipped in with 17 carries for 96 yards.
Avon Lake travels to the Meteors’ arch-rival Berea in week six. The Braves (2-3) fell to Amherst, 20-12 on Friday night.
Midpark continues a stretch of four consecutive home games with a trip to Amherst to battle the Comets (2-3).
KIRTLAND vs CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS
In a battle of unbeatens, Kirtland passed its first real road test of the season and proved who is the class of the Chagrin Valley Conference, walloping Cuyahoga Heights 40-7.
The Hornets All-Ohio running back Damon Washington was as good as advertised, rushing for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries, and lifting the defending Division V State Champions to their 20th consecutive win, overall, and 30th straight in the regular season, dating back to a 2009 loss to the Redskins.
The Kirtland (5-0, 2-0 in CVC) defense was even more dominant than Washington, holding the high-powered Redskins offense to just 52 total yards, and sacking Cuyahoga Heights (4-1, 1-1) quarterback Jordan Martin seven times.
Kirtland returns home in week six to host upstart Cardinal (4-1, 1-1) which defeated Richmond Heights Friday night.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Cuyahoga Heights, which welcomes red-hot Hawken (5-0, 2-0) to Ralph P. Adams Stadium next Friday.
CHARDON vs MADISON
The Chardon Hilltoppers (5-0, 2-0 in PAC) celebrated homecoming with a victory over Madison (3-2, 1-1). The game was scoreless until the 3rd quarter when T.J. Benenati found the endzone to make it 7-0. Chardon’s defense came up big as they had three interceptions.
The Hilltoppers stay perfect and are now ranked No. 2 in the Divison II state poll.
ELYRIA vs NORTH ROYALTON
It was a high scoring affair in Elyria as the Bears and Pioneers combined for 117 points! North Royalton was led by their QB Travis Tarnowski who threw six touchdowns and even ran for one! Tarnowski was 18 of 31 for 318 yards.
North Royalton (5-0, 2-0 NEO) remains perfect on the year. Elyria (3-2, 1-1)
For all the final scores, plus video highlights and photo galleries from Friday’s games, head over to the FOX-8 High School Football page.