Northeast Ohio Huddle: Communities sharing borders and undefeated football teams


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Football players growing up in Malvern, Minerva and Carrollton are truly neighbors and probably could play for any of the three programs if they wanted to, the communities are that close. So it’s amazing to see that the teams left week 4 of the football season undefeated, a collective 12-0. It’s not shocking for Minerva and Malvern but for Carrollton, who was winless a year ago, it’s amazing…

Football players growing up in Malvern, Minerva and Carrollton are truly neighbors and probably could play for any of the three programs if they wanted to, the communities are that close.

So it’s amazing to see that the teams left week 4 of the football season undefeated, a collective 12-0.

It’s not shocking for Minerva and Malvern but for Carrollton, who was winless a year ago, it’s amazing.

Last weekend, Carrollton beat West Branch 37-29 as Johnny Lowdermilk tallied 124 passing yards and a score and 132 rushing yards and a score. Ben Knotts also booted three field goals.

For Minerva, quarterback D.J. Marrah continued his assault on Lion opponents, throwing three touchdowns with 170 passing yards and 49 rushing. Jeremy Fick caught two touchdown passes.

And finally, Malvern, which reached the regional finals in Division VI last year, beat Strasburg 41-0 as Doug Wood threw a touchdown and rushed for two more.


Tyson Gulley, Garfield Heights Running Back: Gulley astounded the crowd observing his team’s 40-12 win over Akron North last week. He rushed for touchdowns of 10 and three yards, caught a 30-yard touchdown reception, returned one of his two interceptions 75 yards for a score and even threw a 20-yard touchdown pass.

For the game, Gulley had 253 all-purpose yards.


Rootstown and Kent Roosevelt Boys’ Golf Teams: Shared this week by Portage Trail Conference frontrunners Rootstown and Kent Roosevelt, both put on a dominating display at the Sable Creek Golf Club in Hartville in the league championships.

Rootstown, which has taken four of the last five league titles, won the County Division with a 307, which was 36 strokes better than runner-up Woodridge. Nevada Lemon (great name) had a 75 for medallist honors and Brandon Costanzo added a 76. Kyle Barkhurst and Wesley Nader both chipped in 78’s.

Rootstown had secured the first undefeated season by a team in its school since the track team went 12-0 in 1993 after beating Woodridge 162-173 in a dual earlier in the week. The head coach is Keith Waesch.

Kent Roosevelt set a new record for the league title with a 305, besting the 317 put up by Ravenna, Kent and Crestwood.

Tom Connell was medallist with his 73 while James Strange added a 75. Zach McBride chipped in a 78 and Tyler Jasbromb, Mark Parsons and Grant Hensel all had 79s, giving the Roosevelt team six golfers who could have made First Team (although only four make it as scorers!).

Runner-up goes to Cuyahoga Heights, who is 4-0 in the young football season and has yet to surrender a touchdown or even a single point. The defense has pitched four shutouts, beating Lincoln-West out of Cleveland 42-0, Fairview 36-0, Berkshire 49-0 and last week, taking down Newbury 50-0.

In last week’s win, linebacker Alex Torgerson had an 86-yard kickoff return for a score and had 10 tackles while University of Akron recruit Zach D’Orazio had three touchdown passes and 143 yards.

Unfortunately, it only gets tougher for Heights as they are going from four opponents with a combined record of 3-13 to an end to the season of three teams currently undefeated at 4-0 in Hawken, Beachwood and Independence.


Rockin’ Rubright: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Walsh Jesuit’s Cory Rubright is headed to Providence to continue her softball career. The pitcher was 27-16 in three years with a 1.00 earned run average.

Lions Cross Doubles Up:
The Lions doubled up the competition in the Girls Blue Division at the McDonough Invitational hosted by Villa Angela-St. Joseph at Fores Hills Park in Cleveland Heights. The Lady Lions scored 26 points to outlast second-place Holy Name’s 51.

The Lions took the top three spots as Elyce Doering won the race in 20:10.94, finishing just ahead of teammate Erin Vanek (20:21.84) and Liz Weiler (20:32.64).

Taking 10th was MaryGrace Antalovich in 22:23 while Chelsea Buckman was 12th in 22:40.76.

Full-er of It:
Ashland quarterback Marcus Fuller has had quite a few couple of weeks.

Following his team’s loss to Dover in week 2, Fuller has erupted for 26 of 48 passing for 581 yards, six touchdowns and NO interceptions. He also has 10 rushes for 71 yards and two scores.

The Arrows are 3-1 after beating Wooster 42-0 last week. Fuller was 9 of 11 for 160 yards and a score in just the first quarter as his team was up 35-0. He finished 10 of 17 for 171 yards with the 10 carriesf or 71 yards and two more scores. He was done 11 minutes into the third quarter and did not attempt a pass after halftime.

Strongsville Soccer is Strongest:
The Strongsville girls’ soccer team took down reigning Class AA New York State Champions East Fishkill John Jay 3-2. John Jay was ranked sixth nationally in a coach’s poll while Strongsville (7-1-1) was 18th. In this matchup, though, Strongsville had the better finish as Megan Waskowski, Allie Sender and Kelsey Scheutzow each had a goal.

Top Gridiron Performances:
There were many awesome performances on the football field in the Northeast this week. Glenville’s Toney Foster may have had the most unique. He had three touchdowns, running 33 yards for one, grabbing a 25-yard pass for another and returning a kickoff 84 yards for the other in his team’s 48-0 trouncing of John Hay.

Mark Smith of West Branch rushed for 205 yards and four scores in his team’s 37-29 loss to Carrollton while Tuslaw’s Mason Miller tallied 139 yards and four scores in a 46-20 win over Gnadenhutten Indian Valley.

At CVCA, Alex Utley had 144 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Tuscarawas Valley while North Canton Hoover’s Erick Howard, the reigning Mr. Football, ran 23 times for 238 yards and three scores in his team’s 35-7 win over Massillon Perry.

All in For Avon:
Avon Lake’s boys cross country team ruled the top 10 of the White Division of the McDonough Invitational at Forest Hills Park in Cleveland Heights, hosted by Villa Angela-St. Josephs.

Avon Lake won the meet with 30 points, beating out Walsh’s 61. Mike Parson was second in 16:37.52 and was followed by teammate Jimmy Adams in second in 16:44.88. Rounding out the Lake top five were Trevor Norris, Justin Housley and Matt Link in sixth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Defensive Dover:
Entering his game with Dover, Tri-Valley quarterback Clay Cameron was a dual threat for the 3-0 Scotties, throwing for an average of 200 yards and rushing for an average of 100 yards a game.

That average is now down.

Dover smothered Cameron, holding him to seven rushing yards on 16 carries and 5 of 15 passing for 47 yards and two picks. Colton Zahner had a forced fumble and Ricky Maz and Adam Moss both had picks for the 3-1 Tornadoes, who won 28-0.

How’d That Happen:
Avon Lake’s girls’ cross country team took the first, second and fourth spot in the girls’ White Division of the McDonough Meet hosted by Villa Angela-St. Joseph yet ended up sixth with 118 points.

Katy Link won the meet in 19:31.91 and Miranda Weed was second in 19:40.66. Maddie Furrer took fourth but the last two scorers were in 47th and 64th. Beaumont won with 87 points.

Spartan Invite News:
The Boardman Spartan Invitational featured some of the top athletes from around the Northeast. Ashtabula Edgewood’s Mallory Kreider, nearly unstoppable all season, was beaten by Kelly Perzanowski of St. Clairsville 18:37.46 to 18:41.48 in the D-2 meet.

Louisville won both Division I boys AND girls individual titles. Curtis Hanle won the boys’ title in 15:56.65 and Mattie Rankin took the girls in 18:55.37.

In Division III boys action, Maplewood had 81 points to edge out McDonald and Independence, who both had 82. McDonald’s sixth man was 33rd and Independence’s 68th to give McDonald second. Independence did have the individual winner in Ryan Polman (16:20.30).

Brown Hat Trick:
Bay freshman Alex Brown tallied a hat trick with three goals in her team’s 3-0 win over Mentor. She has eight goals on the year for 5-1-2 Bay.

Hang on Hawken:
The Hawken boys’ soccer team routed Perry 9-0 as Tom Granot had a hat trick with three goals and Evan Berlin added two. Hawken is 6-0-2 and Perry is 14-2.

Chagrin Falls on a Roll:
After losing its opener, the Chagrin Falls boys’ soccer team is on a roll, beating Wickliffe 9-0 for its sixth-straight win. Andy Garvin had a hat trick and has nine total goals this year while Chirs Flesher had two scores.


Garrettsville Garfield at Mogadore Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: These two teams are 4-0 and in the top five of their respective playoff divisions. Mogadore is a team with experience and history. Garfield is trying to make some history of its own.

Strongsville Second Sole Cross Country Invitational at Strongsville High, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Some of the top teams from just outside of Cleveland and within will be at this meet.

Solon at Hudson Football, Tonight,7:30 p.m.:
Both teams are 4-0 with Solon fourth in Region 1 of Division I and Hudson fifth in Region 2 of Division I.

Cloverleaf Colt Pack Invitational at Cloverleaf High, Saturday, 8 a.m.:
Get up early and watch Gold and Green Divisions race 3.1 miles.

Lake Catholic at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
These schools are undefeated and for Lake Catholic, the game is huge as it needs momentum for week six when they face 4-0 Padua Franciscan.

Sandy Valley Invitational Cross Country at Sandy Valley High, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.:
Some of the top competition from south of Canton to Tuscarawas County will be competing in Magnolia.

West Geauga at Perry Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Both teams are 4-0 and vying for dominance in their respective playoff divisions.

Wellsville at McDonald Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Not a highlight game around the state, this Youngstown-area matchup pits a pair of 4-0 teams looking to keep their ground in their regions for the postseason.

County Meets (Tuscarawas and Columbiana), Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.:
Both of these small-school counties will feature several individual runners who will compete at the state level in a month.

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