Northeast Ohio Huddle: Four double digit football losing streaks snapped in Week 1


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Last Friday the losers became winners as four Northeast Ohio schools stopped lengthy losing streaks on the gridiron. Toss in some memorable outings on the volleyball court, cross country course and soccer field and you have quite a week – which we revisit here. Player of the Week? Team of the Week? There were several solid candidates.

A little math.

Two teams. Five points.

That’s it.

That’s enough math for today.

Such was the game played between Padua and Olmsted Falls in last week’s football opener for both teams as Padua came away with a 3-2 win. What is more amazing than the score is how difficult it is to gain information regarding the contest.

The internet has revolutionized the way we retrieve information yet the details of this game are fairly difficult to come by. I have perused every conceivable newspaper and high school site affiliated with the cities of Parma and Olmsted Falls, Padua Franciscan High and Olmsted Falls High and I’ve consulted the Oracle of Information, JJHuddle. All I seem to find is that Padua won the game with an early 23-yard field goal and Olmsted Falls picked up a safety.

That’s it. If anyone has any further details, I’d love to pass them on.

Also, anyone wanting to provide the Northeast Roundup with any interesting information and notes or Player of the Week or Team of the Week nominations are welcome at


Mallory Kreider, Ashtabula Edgewood Cross Country: Kreider, the Division II state 3,200-meter champion in track last spring, ran at the Berkshire Early Bird Invitational at Kent State University-Geauga on Saturday. She easily outdistanced the field by nearly a minute as second place went to Alex Bowers of Berkshire in 20:22.33. Her time was 19:32.55.

In 2008, Kreider was 25th at the state cross country meet in 19:42.83.

Honorable Mention goes to Louisville quarterback Bob Swigert. Not normally done in this section of the roundup, Swigert was too awesome to overlook in his team’s 34-13 pounding of North Canton Hoover Thursday night.

Swigert passed for 241 yards and five touchdowns, all to different receivers as the Leopards won their third-straight game against the Division I Stark County power.

Swigert hit Jared Strasser (13 yards), Lee Ferguson (16), Cody Stocker (28), Jeremy White (26) and Michael Schooley (3) with scoring passes.


Rittman Football: Usually this spot is reserved for teams that have traditionally been strong but Rittman deserves a place as Team of the Week for getting an extremely large monkey off its back. The Indians defeated Conotton Valley on the road 27-0 last weekend to snap its own 27-game losing streak.

The streak dated back to the third game of the 2006 season and ended last Saturday afternoon. It was done in dominating fashion for first-year coach Brent Besancon, who watched as Brandon Bauman rushed 18 times for 132 yards and scores of 7 and 59 yards while also returning an interception 71 yards.

Quarterback Dustin Sharier passed for 162 yards on 8 of 15 accuracy while Devyn Turbeville had a 35-yard scoring strike from Sharier among his four receptions for 106 yards.


Simply Sandy: The Sandy Valley Cardinals have not been looked at as an Eastern District volleyball power but this year are off to a 4-0 start (2-0 in the Inter-Valley Conference). It could be a coincidence but new coach Cortney Goodwin took over this year and has a great history.

Goodwin was an assistant at Tuscarawas Valley under Jen Lauber, taking the Trojans to many, many, many Division III regional and state appearances in the 1990’s through 2000. She also spent one year at Uhrichsville Claymont last season, taking the Mustangs to their first regional in school history.

In a recent win over Conotton Valley, the Cardinals were led by Kelli Mohr’s 13 assists and eight kills, Jeanna Faiello’s 17 points and 10 digs and Brittney Tindall’s 14 kills and three blocks.

Passing Fancy:
Not known in recent memory for its dominating passing game, Tuscarawas Central Catholic called in the Law to lead its team again this year.

Coming off a strong season last year, senior signal-caller Joe Lawless started this year off on a high note, dominating for the Saints in their 40-7 opening win over Zanesville Rosecrans.

Lawless was a highly-efficient 29 of 36 for 351 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Heck, even his backup, Travis Craven, was efficient, completing 7 of his 8 passes for 47 yards and another touchdown.

Lawless was able to spread the ball out, hitting Jordan Neidig with nine passes for 154 yards, Sam Fondriest 10 times for 112 yards and Tyler Sunderlin nine balls for 97 yards. Each caught a touchdown.

More Monkeys off Backs:
Ashtabula Edgewood snapped a 12-game losing streak that started two years ago and through a tough 0-10 season under first-year coach Joe Kearney. But Kearney’s troops rallied in its opener, beating Warren Champion 27-15 to give Kearney his first win with the Warriors.

Matt Anderson had touchdown runs of 31 and 26 yards among his 95 rushing yards while Peter Mackey also had a scoring run from 15 yards out.

Akron Springfield ended a 34-game losing streak with a 23-13 win over Akron Ellet. Second-year coach Kevin Vaughn’s troops were led by Zach Talbert, who rushed for 120 yards, while sophomore Dillon Matthews had 113 yards.

Lyndhurst Brush also had a losing streak ended, this one of 19-games. Another second-year coach in Bob Atwood picked up his first career victory with a 45-34 win over Eastlake North.

Nasty Northwest:
Canal Fulton Northwest has now won 20-straight Northeastern Buckeye Conference home games. After a 3-game win recently, the Indians were led by Nicole Ogg’s 16 points and Dakota Harkins’ eight kills and 10 blocks.

Hamstrung Howard:
Reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard of North Canton Hoover just can’t seem to get it done against Louisville. The Leopards clawed by Hoover and Howard 34-13 on Friday, holding Howard to a mere 45 yards on 19 carries, according to the Canton Repository.

According to the same story, Howard has 4,139 career yards but only carried 46 times for 124 yards in three-straight losses to the Leopards.

Big Debut:
New Philadelphia senior Cody Garbrandt transferred from Uhrichsville Claymont to start the season and responded with nine tackles in the Quakers’ big season-opening win over Canton Central Catholic 42-20. Garbrandt was state champion in wrestling his freshman year and second his sophomore year before missing state last season.

One Half-tastic Half:
North Royalton starting quarterback Jon Capadona was needed for just one half but did his damage in those 24 minutes as his team routed Brecksville-Broadview Heights 41-13 last weekend.

Capadona was 6 of 7 passing for 102 yards and three scores in just one half as he did not play in the second half. His team scored 35 points in the first quarter alone against a Bees team that lost 21 of 22 starters from last year’s team.

Painted Into a Corner:
While winning the match 4-0 over Elyria Catholic, the Avon girls’ soccer team found the corner to be a tough place last weekend.

Avon had 16 corner kicks in the contest but failed to reach the back of the net on any of them. Still, Holly Ohradzansky was able to put in two goals for the win.

Dover Robs Robinson:
Michigan recruit Jerald Robinson had a tough first game of the year as his Canton South team lost to Dover 27-14. In the contest, Robinson, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, had just one reception in the loss and did not reach the endzone.


U Wanna Come Back Cross Country Invitational, Hosted by Madison High School at Perry Outdoor Family Center, Saturday, 9 a.m.: This meet includes some of the best cross country teams from both boys and girls in and around the Lake County area, including Willoughby , Painesville Riverside, Geneva, Perry and Chardon in the big schools and Pymatuning Valley, Hawken and Kirtland in the little schools.

Tuscarawas Central Catholic at Uhrichsville Claymont Volleyball, 11 a.m., Saturday:
Claymont reached the Sweet 16 in Division II for the first time in school history last year and is off to a great start this year while Central Catholic has been a habitual regional qualifier in Division IV for many years and is also off to a great start. Should be a wonderful matchup of two great teams from opposite divisions.

Clayton Northmont at St. Ignatius Football, 1 p.m., Saturday:
These two Division I powers collide after tough first week wins. St. Ignatius had to come back to edge Cleveland Glenville 14-13 and Northmont narrowly escaped from Lakota West with a 7-6 victory.

Ashland at Dover Football, 7:30 p.m., Tonight:
Both teams are traditionally solid programs although Ashland is coming off of a sub-.500 season. Ashland beat Willard 49-9 in its week 1 game and Dover lifted the season off to a great start with a sound 27-14 victory over a tough Canton South team.

Edgewood at Saints John & Paul Volleyball, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8:
These two schools are both situated in Ashtabula and both have solid histories on the line. Current Edgewood coach Dave Fowler returned to the Warriors after a 2-year hiatus. He also led St. John’s to a state Final Four appearance in the 80’s.

Columbus St. Francis DeSales at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Football, 7:30 p.m., Tonight: These state powers collide tonight with both having won their season openers. DeSales trounced Division I Gahanna Lincoln 38-0 while Mooney, newly situated in Division III, edged Boardman 23-17.

Mentor Cardinal Invitational Cross Country, Saturday:
This meet will feature some of the top teams in Northeast Ohio.

Niles McKinley at Liberty Football, 7:30 p.m., Tonight:
A Youngstown-area battle of 1-0 teams with Division III’s McKinley and Division IV’s Liberty. McKinley beat Cleveland John Adams 16-12 in its opener while Liberty took care of Youngstown East 17-6.

Avon Lake Invitational Cross Country, Saturday:
Always a competitive meet, this features many of the best teams in the Cleveland and surrounding area.

Malone Cross Country Invitational, Saturday:
This hilly course will welcome teams from all over Northeast Ohio.

Beloit West Branch at New Philadelphia Football, 7:30 p.m., Tonight:
Both teams are 1-0 after big opening-night wins. West Branch beat Ravenna Southeast 24-14 as running back Mark Smith had 228 yards on a miniscule 12 carries. The team rushed for 365 yards.

New Philadelphia routed Canton Central Catholic 42-20 over two days due to lightning. Will McEwan rushed for 132 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Cody Cox threw for 178 yards on 11 of 18 accuracy.

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