It was the “Jack Snowball Show” at Art Wright Stadium Friday night as the Wadsworth Grizzlies defeated the Revere Minutemen 42-0.
Snowball had a hand in the first four touchdowns scored by the Grizzlies. The senior tailback ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth on a halfback option.
“We knew we had to have a good week this week”, said Wadsworth head coach Greg Dennison. “And we did”.
Wadsworth improved their record to 5-0 on the season, 2-0 in the Suburban League. Revere is still looking for their first win. The Minutemen, dealing with al kinds of injuries, are 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the Suburban League.
Snowball got Wadsworth on the scoreboard in the first quarter. The Grizzlies took possession at their own 42 yard line following a punt. Snowball showed off his passing arm as he took a pitch from quarterback Jon Kuss. Snowball pulled up on the sweep and found Mitch Gordon on a crossing pattern at the 20 yard line. Gordon shook off a tackler and went into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Dennison was impressed with Snowball’s passing arm. “Jack can do a little bit of everything. Gordon wasn’t real open, he had to lay it in there and he did”.
Following a three-and-out by the Minutemen, Wadsworth was at it again. An 11-play, 50-yard drive ended with Snowball scoring on fourth down from two yards out. Snowball carried the ball on seven of the eleven plays. The extra point by Luis Escudero made it 14-0 Wadsworth.
On their next possession, Snowball took the handoff from Kuss on an off-tackle play. The tailback turned the play up the field and ran past Revere safety Justin Bergh for as 73-yard touchdown run. The extra point made it 21-0.
The Wadsworth defense forced a third-straight three-and-out and took possession at the Revere 40. Snowball carries the ball three times in the five-play drive including the last four for his third touchdown of the quarter for a 28-0 Wadsworth lead.
In the first half, Snowball carried the ball 13 times for 139 yards and had 42 yards in passing.
“My running comes down to the line. It really does. Everything goes through them. They blocked that 73 yard run to perfection”.
Wadsworth completed the four touchdown outburst in the second quarter with 10 seconds remaining in the first half on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kuss to junior tight end Nick Seme.
Wadsworth erased all doubt about the outcome on the first series of downs in the third quarter. With Snowball on the sidelines, the Grizzlies went 75 yards in 11 plays for their sixth touchdown of the game. Jon Kuss on a quarterback sweep went 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 42-0.
The only thing Snowball wasn’t successful with last night was being voted Homecoming King. “I don’t want to talk about it” Snowball said with a smile.
St. Vincent-St. Mary is putting their 4-0 record on the line tonight when they play the Archbishop Hoban Knights at InfoCision Stadium.
It's anticipated that between 10,000 and 12,000 fans are expected to attend the rivalry game.
St. Vincent-St. Mary head coach Dan Boarman says even though Hoban has an 0-4 record, it will be a tough game between the two rivals.
Hoban says the development of his offensive line is allowing his skill position players the ability to get free and score points.
You'll be able to hear tonight's game between St. Vincent-St. Mary and Hoban at 7 o'clock on 1590 WAKR.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs are turning around their football fortunes this season.
Under head coach Mark Nori, the Bulldogs are 3-1 this season with victories over North Canton Hoover, Firestone and Twinsburg. Their only loss has been to Kent Roosevelt.
The Bulldogs have been rewarded in the Ohio High School Computer Ratings. Stow-Munroe Falls is listed in 10th place in Region One Division Two. While the top eight teams in reach region make the playoffs, the Bulldogs have set themselves up in the playoff hunt with half-a-football season to go.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs travel to Mayfield High School to take on the Wildcats.
Nori says his commitment to run the football has paid off in victories for the Bulldogs
One of the rivalry games that everyone in Akron looks forward to every year.
The Archbishop Hoban Knights will take on the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary Friday night at InfoCision Stadium. A crowd of over 10,000 is expected.
Hoban and St. Vincent are at polar opposites so far this season. The Knights are 0-4 this season. St. Vincent-St. Mary are 4-0.
But, Archbishop Hoban head coach Ralph Orsini says you literally can throw out the records when these teams get on the field. Orsini says the rivalry is so intense, a victory in this game will make the season for either team.
Orsini believes that his team is turning things around. Even though they loss to Columbus Bishop Hartley last weekend, Orsini said his team played well. But, Orsini knows that his team will have their hands full with the Fighting Irish.
You'll be able to hear Friday night's game between Hoban and St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7 o'clock on 1590 WAKR.
The Firestone Falcons captured their first victory of the season in defeating the Kenmore Cardinals 14-12 at Kenmore Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The game could have been called the ‘turnover bowl’. Both teams turned it over a total of nine times, five of those were committed by the Falcons.
Firestone head coach Tim Flossie was glad his team cracked the win column. “At the age of 62 any win is a good win. We made a lot of dumb mistakes. We were able to control the football in the second half and ran out the clock.”
But, the win wasn’t that easy.
Kenmore took advantage of a Firestone fumble on their second series in the first quarter. Linebacker Deon’tae Moore swatted the football out of Quarterback Nick Heimbaugh’s hands and pounced on the loose pigskin at the Falcon 29-yard line.
In four plays, Kenmore found the end zone on a 14-yard run by sophomore running back Willie Johnson. Ben Gulley missed the try for an extra point and the Cardinals had a 6-0 lead.
Firestone battled right back following the kickoff. Heimbaugh completed three passes in the seven play drive. He hit junior wide receiver Kevin Gladney with a 38-yard touchdown pass down the right sidelines to tie the game at 6. Joshua Brebant’s try for the extra point was blocked by the Kenmore defense.
Kenmore took over following the ensuing kickoff, the Cardinals turned the ball over as Stefan Willis picked off Kenmore quarterback DeSean Ballinger’s pass to the Cardinal 25 yard line.
But, the Falcons couldn’t move the ball. Brebant was called on to kick a 42-yard field goal. Tavares Parmer picked up the ball and scampered 58 yards for a Kenmore touchdown. The try for a two-point conversion was no good and Kenmore had a 12-6 lead just one-minute into the second quarter.
Each team had the ball three additional times in the second quarter, but couldn’t come up with any points. The Cardinals held a six-point lead at half.
On their initial possession of the third quarter, Firestone got into the end zone for what proved to be the game winning score. It was a 10-play, 50-yard drive, helped in large part by three Kenmore penalties. The drive stayed alive thanks to a 13-yard hookup between Heimbaugh and Christian Morgan on a fourth-and-four. Dontel Stone finished off the drive with a three-yard dash into the end zone.
With the game tied at 12, Firestone lined up to kick the extra point. The Falcons faked the try as the holder Brad Shields ran to the right and hit running back Edmund Williams in the corner of the end zone for two points giving Firestone a 14-12 lead.
Kenmore had a chance to re-take the lead in the fourth quarter. Moore caused another fumble by Heimbaugh that was recovered by Kenmore’s Darnell Vickers at the Falcons 22-yard line.
But, Kenmore couldn’t move the ball. On a fourth-and-12 at the Falcons 24, Ballinger tried to hit Ben Gulley in the end zone. Willis drifted over and picked the ball off and returned it to the Firestone four-yard line.
“I always try to read the quarterback’s eyes”, said Willis. “When I see the ball in the air, it’s mine and I go and get it.”
“We made a couple of mistakes, a couple of balls that we should have caught. Then, it would have been a different story,” said Kenmore head coach Ed Peltz.
Firestone is 1-3 overall, 1-0 in the City Series. Kenmore is 2-2 overall, 0-1 in the City Series.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
FIRST QUARTER :
K – Willie Johnson 14 yard run (Kick no good) 6:04
F – Kevin Gladney 38 yard pass from Nick Heimbaugh (Kick blocked) 2:01
K – Tavares Parmer 58 yard return of a blocked field goal (Pass failed) 11:46
F – Dontel Stone 3 yard run (Pass good Shields to Williams) 2:31
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