FNTD Week #7: Tallmadge at Nordonia
MACEDONIA, Ohio — First place in the always competitive Suburban League was on the line, when surprising Nordonia played host to Tallmadge, and in the end, the Knights made just enough plays to hold on for a 34-28 win.
Nordonia has been one of the biggest surprises in 2012. The Knights are a single point away from being undefeated, and have now won six straight games, thanks to the hard running and timely passing of junior Jordan Nobles, who spent the second half at quarterback, after starter Tyler Alders went down with an injury.
Nobles ran for more than 170-yards and two touchdowns, and picked up several key first downs in the fourth quarter, as the Knights fought off a late charge from the talented Blue Devisl.
As usual, Anthony Gotto led the Tallmadge charge, throwing for nearly 330-yards, 240 in the first half alone, and three touchdowns. But the senior also tossed two crucial interceptions that ended promising drives.
Nordonia (6-1, 4-0 SLC) is now in the driver’s seat for the Suburban League crown. The Knights have already defeated their three main challengers, Green, Copley and now Tallmadge. If Nordonia can win out, starting next week at winless Revere, the Knights will have a good chance to host a first round playoff game in the always tough Region 2.
The loss not only hurts Tallmadge’s (5-2, 3-1) chances for a conference title, but also knocks the Blue Devils out of the top stop in the Region 5 playoff picture, and could put them in danger of losing a home game. Tallmadge hits the road next week to play Cloverleaf.