Glenville Spoils Cleveland Heights’ New Field For First Win
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – What started as a day of celebration for Cleveland Heights, ended in disappointing defeat, as the Tigers lost their first game at the newly renovated Crawford Field to visiting Glenville, 19-12.
A capacity crowd field the new home stands before the game as officials from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district and former Tigers’ athletic stars helped christen the new state-of-the-art turf field and track.
Cleveland Heights channeled that emotion into a touchdown on its first drive, thanks to the tough running of Jevon Avery, who stiff-armed a Tarblooders’ defender on his way to the end zone.
But the Tigers missed the extra point and Glenville marched right down the field, finding the end zone when quarterback Marcus Drish hit Taliesin Farmer for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
The point after gave Glenville a 7-6 lead, before Heights struck again, this time Marquise Watkins scored on a 35-yard run, but another failed extra point made it 12-7.
Moments later, DeVontae Houston put the Tarblooders ahead for good on a 65-yard touchdown run, which made the score 13-12 at halftime.
Cleveland Heights (1-2) would not score again and Christopher Lavette’s touchdown in the third quarter provided the final margin.
Glenville (1-2) lost starting quarterback Marcus Drish to an ankle injury.
His status for next week’s Senate League opener against John Hay is uncertain.
Cleveland Heights hits the road to battle unbeaten Bedford (3-0) at Bearcat Stadium.
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