CLEVELAND — Conference play began with a bang during Week 4 of Fox 8’s Friday Night Touchdown as the Chagrin Falls Tigers captured a huge Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division win against Aurora.
The Tigers were led by quarterback Tommy Iammarino in their 42-34 victory. The senior signal caller threw for a touchdown and ran for another and helped spark a stretch between the first and second quarters where the Tigers ripped off 35 straight points.
Iammarino, who had 17 touchdown passes all of last season, has already thrown 15 so far this year.
Senior running back / linebacker Zach Quinn helped keep the game close for the Greenmen. Quinn racked up 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns before aggravating a previous ankle injury.
Aurora entered the game as the second ranked team in the state in Division II, according to the Associated Press weekly poll. Chagrin Falls, who was ranked third in the state in Division III, will undoubtedly vault to the top spot in the state after top ranked Akron St. Vincent St. Mary fell to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 41-15 on Friday night.
In Hudson, the Brunswick Blue Devils got back to the basics on offense, which included handing the ball off 25 times to senior tailback Nick Roberts, in their 26-22 upset of previously unbeaten Hudson.
Roberts, who had only 229 yards rushing on the season heading into Friday night, racked up 150 yards on the ground. He now sits less than 200 rushing yards shy of breaking the school’s career rushing record of 2,755 yards set by Demetrius Harris’ in 1995.
While Roberts carried the load, the Yohman’s, quarterback Dan and wideout Keith, got the glory by finding the endzone three times.
Michigan verbal commit Ben Gedeon played a solid game for the Explorers, racking up 87 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown.
After back-to-back weeks of outstanding play, sophomore quarterback Mitchell Guadagni came back to the pack a bit. He threw for just 116 yards passing and had two interceptions.
Guadagni had thrown seven touchdowns in his first two weeks as a starter, including a school record tying four touchdown passes in his first game.
Down in Stark County the Massillion Tigers used a big fourth quarter to put away the Perry Panthers 41-21.
Quarterback Kyle Kempt completed 13 – 21 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the win. As impressive as Kempt was on Friday night, he wasn’t the best player on the field, let alone his own team.
Senior wide receiver / defensive back Gareon Conley caught touchdown passes of 31, 20 and 46 yards and also intercepted an Adron Bealer pass and ran it back 74 yards for a score. Conley scored three of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter when the Tigers iced the victory.
And the Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week featured and upstart Newbury team hosting the resident heavy weight champ in Division V, the Kirtland Hornets.
Kirtland proved to be rude guests as the Hornets knocked off the Knights 57-0.
Running back Damon Washington scored the first three times he touched the ball in the first quarter as Kirtland extended its winning streak to 19.
Washington delivered the play of the night when he caught a Scott Eilerman swing pass and made six defenders miss on his way to a 42-yard touchdown score.
Coach Randy Perrotti’s Knights already have more wins this season, 3, than in any season over the past decade.
Make sure to tune in to Fox 8′s Friday Night Touchdown each and every Friday night for highlights from these games and dozens of others from around northeast Ohio. The show kicks off each week at 11:00 p.m. immediately following Fox 8 News at 10.