FNTD continues with exciting games, fantastic finishes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Season No. 18 of FOX 8 ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ continued Saturday with some exciting games and fantastic finishes.

Eleven-time OHSAA State Champion St. Ignatius kicked off the campaign with a big road win at Lawrence Central, Indiana.

The Wildcats’ new starting quarterback threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 win.

It was also coach Chuck Kyle’s 310th career victory, which ties him with former St. Joseph coach Bill Gutbrod and longtime Benedictine coach Augie Bossu for the most in Cuyahoga County history.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for St. Ignatius (1-0). The Wildcats return home next Saturday to face the Mentor Cardinals (1-0).

Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s explosive offense picked up where it left off last season.

The dynamic duo of quarterback Tre’Von Williams and running back Marvelle Ross combined for a total of seven touchdowns in the Vikings’ impressive 54-29 win over Youngstown Liberty.

VASJ (1-0) renews its rivalry with the Euclid Cardinals (0-1) next Saturday at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium, which the two schools share as their home field.

The game of the day was at Gilmour Academy, where the Lancers rallied back from a 32-12 third quarter deficit to defeat a talented Beachwood squad.

The teams split two games in 2013 and it looked like the Bisons would pick up a big road win to kick off the 2014 season, before Gilmour came roaring back with 34 points in the second half.

The key play was a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Freshman Zaire Webb after Beachwood had scored to take a 40-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

It was all Gilmour from there, as the Lancers piled up 19 unanswered points to seal a thrilling 46-40 win.

University School and Shaker Heights also traded scores in a shootout, which the Preppers needed a late field goal to win 30-28, after blowing a 27-6 lead.

The Red Raiders scored 22 straight points to take a 28-27 lead late in the fourth quarter, before Ryder Bell booted a 19-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining to give University the victory.

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