FNTD: N. Royalton, Hudson Remain Unbeaten
CLEVELAND — Weather was anticipated to play a factor in the outcome of many games around northeast Ohio on Friday night, but the rain held off and the offense turned on.
The highest scoring game of the night featured two of the highest scoring teams in the Friday Night Touchdown viewing area, North Royalton and Highland.
The Bears pulled out a 56-51 win thanks to the continued excellence of quarterback Travis Tarnowski. The senior accounted for six touchdowns throwing and running, and now has 16 total touchdowns on the year.
Tarnowski had two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a second half that saw both the Bears and Hornets score 35 points.
Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey accounted for four of the five Hornet second half touchdowns.
Through three games, both Highland and North Royalton are averaging 49.3 points a game.
In Euclid the GlenOak Eagles displayed a balanced, efficient offensive attack in their 35-18 win over the Panthers.
Tailback Justin Smith helped spearhead a 28 point second quarter that put the game out of reach.
Smith finished the night with three touchdowns and over 140 yards rushing.
Reid Worstell added another solid game to his resume with 193 yards passing. For the season Worstell has tossed 599 passing yards.
In Brecksville the Hudson Explores used a dominant second half to pull out a 38-21 win over the Bees.
The Explores, who moved to 3-0 with the victory, outscored Brecksville 31-7 in the second half, turning a seven point deficit into a 17 point victory.
Hudson sophomore quarterback Mitchell Guadagni threw three touchdowns Friday night after tossing a school record tying four touchdown passes in his first start last week.
The Bees now falls to 0-3 on the year. Brecksville begins league play next week in the Southwest Conference, and a sweep of the conference may be needed for the Bees to return to the post-season.
The Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week featured a unique offense turning out familiar results.
The Hilltoppers of Chardon ground out a 35-20 win over Maple Heights thanks to 177 yards rushing from junior fullback Matt Bolden. Much of Bolden’s yardage came on dive plays right into the teeth of the Mustangs defense.
While Bolden got the yards, halfback Reilly Hawkins and quarterback T.J. Benenati got the touchdowns. The duo each found the endzone twice from their wing-T formation.
Chardon, now 3-0, enters Premier Athletic Conference play next week against Eastlake North. The Hiltippers last made the post-season in 2006.
Make sure to tune in to Fox 8’s Friday Night Touchdown for highlights from more than 30 games from around northeast Ohio. The show kicks off each week at 11:00 p.m. immediately following Fox 8 News.