District 10 region games highlighted Friday night’s Week 2 football schedule.
In Region 3-AA, Grove City edged Wilmington, 17-13; Sharon crushed Saegertown, 67-0, and Reynolds thumped the Rockets in Titusville, 35-14. In Region 1-A, Lakeview defeated Conneaut Area, 14-2.
In non-region action, West Middlesex picked up a road win at District 9 Moniteau, 48-28, and Brookfield rolled past the Tigers in Newton Falls, 46-6.
A pair of Region 1-A games are today: Kennedy Catholic hosts Farrell at Butala Stadium at noon while the Sharpsville Blue Devils head to Mercer to battle the Mustangs at 7 p.m.
Following are staff reports:
ä Grove City 17, Wilmington 13 — Jeff Bell has seen some doozies in 17 years as head football coach at Grove City High School.
Perhaps none more maddening than the Eagles’ thrilling 17-13 victory over Region 3AA rival Wilmington (0-1, 1-1) Friday night in New Wilmington.
Grove City (1-0, 2-0) was whistled for 10 penalties; were largely ineffective on offense; and struggled to get the right players on the field for the offensive play called — yet managed to trail by no more than 3 points for large portions of the game.
“Ugly is better than losing and you can quote me on that one,” a humbled Bell said after the game. “We were disorganized. (The Grove City coaches) cost our kids. A couple of times we were caught with the wrong kids in, but you know what, the kids hung in there and made the plays when they had to. The bottom line is we as coaches have to do better. I take full blame. It’s been years since we’ve coached a game like that. I’ll be the first to tell you I didn’t do a very good job tonight, but luckily the kids bailed me out.”
The Eagles didn’t secure the victory until junior quarterback Jared Graham found a wide open Foster Reznor streaking through the middle of the Wilmington defense for a 53-yard touchdown on a second-and-10 with just 61 seconds left in the game.
“Thank God we were able to make a big play,” Bell said. “At that point, I think (Wilmington) realized we were struggling throwing the ball and struggling in pass protection, so they probably figured we were going to try to run it down and kick a field goal to tie it.
“We were thinking about that, too. If we break one, great, but we faked the jet (sweep) and tried to get the ball to Foster. You know what? The safety bit on the fake, the line did a good job of protecting and Jared threw a nice ball. Foster caught it and did the rest. A lot can happen there ... overthrow, he could drop it. It’s not as easy as it looks. Thank goodness, it worked.”
Following the Reznor backbreaker, Wilmington managed to move the ball all the way to the GC 41, but a Donny Sevin sack of Cody Llewellyn and a subsequent incompletion ran out the clock.
“It was a tough loss,” veteran Wilmington coach Terry Verrelli said. “We played well enough to win it. I’m proud of the way they played.
Grove City dented the scoreboard first when junior Cole Latimer concluded the Eagles’ first drive with a 30-yard field goal, but the ‘Hounds took a 6-3 lead into the break on Josiah Bloise’s 1-yard burst with just over three minutes left in the half.
After Reznor made a nice diving interception along the Wilmington sideline, the Eagles — aided by a Wilmington defensive holding penalty on fourth down — scored six plays later on a Jared Graham 12-yard score, but the Greyhounds answered with a Dwight Scott 90-yard kickoff return for a 13-10 lead.
“It was a great football game .... we hung right with them,” Verrelli said. “We could have won the game very easily. I’m proud of how they played ... this is a very young team and I like how they’re starting to play together.
“That was a great kickoff return and we needed it at that time. It was just an exciting game from start to finish.”
Grove City managed just 217 yards of total offense with Graham leading the way with 72 yards rushing on 17 carries.
“All night, we were battling 9, 10 or 11 guys in the box,” Bell said. “We’ve got to come up with some kind of passing game. It’s just the bottom line, because it’s too hard to run the ball with that many people in the box.”
Meanwhile, the Hounds were actually worse, gaining a paltry 125 yards against a Grove City defense that was put in bad position after bad position by its offense.
“We learning and we’re getting there,” Verrelli said. “Grove City is a good football team. You can’t expect to run right over them. This is a very young team and I haven’t had a team this young in quite some time. You never know week to week what to expect from them. They’re young. Sometimes, you need to get in there and experience things to learn. You hope that can happen without losing a game. I’m happy with how they’re coming along and playing the game.”
Notes: Grove City’s Dylan Skibinski and Reznor had interceptions, while Ryan Palmer pounced on a loose ball. ... Casey Hilton recovered a fumble for the ‘Hounds. ... Grove City senior fullback Tanner Lucido left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury and was on crutches at the end of the game with the knee in a brace. ... Llewellyn and Mitchell Whiting each had sacks for Wilmington. ... Wilmington also had 6 penalties and managed just 6 first downs to GC’s 11. - By Corey J. Corbin, Herald sports correspondent.
ä Sharon 67, Saegertown 0 — At Sharon, coach Jim Wildman earned his 209th career victory, although it was 11 years since win No. 208.
How did it feel?
“A lot better than it did a week ago (a 12-0 loss to Farrell),” said Wildman. “Obviously Saegertown (0-2) is not Farrell, but the kids improved since last week. They worked hard and we eliminated some mistakes. To get better every week, that’s the key. We’ve got eight weekends left and it’s a tough league.”
Running back Carnell Hawkins had a huge game, scoring 5 touchdowns on runs of 61, 65 and 64, while catching scoring passes from Andrew Tomko of 16 and 39 yards. In all, he rushed for 200 yards on only 5 carries, while gaining 55 on the 2 pass completions.
“He had a great game, but if Carnell is going to run like that he needs those guys up front,” said Wildman. “Up front we moved some people around and correct some things. They realized their mistakes and worked hard to improve.”
Lauded for their blocking were Greg and Craig Osmon, Tucker Wilson, Evan Gill, Alan Porreca, J.J. Jackson, Dan Vanderslice and Anthony Johnson.
Other Sharon scores were made by: Cory Buchanan on a 43-yard interception return; Johnson on a 23-yard burst; Trenton Mosley on a 63-yard pass from Tomko; Tim Thompson on a 14-yard run; and freshman Jeremiah Norris on a 90-yard sprint.
Gill kicked 6 extra points in the Region 3-AA opener for the two clubs.
Defensively the Tigers (1-1) had 5 sacks, while Deandea Pinkins had an interception.
ä West Middlesex 48, Moniteau 28 — At Moniteau, the Big Reds rebounded from last week’s loss to Wilmington and rolled to their first win of the season in the non-league encounter.
Eric Lucich had a big game on both sides of the ball for the Big Reds of first-year head coach Ed Roberson. Lucich rushed for 256 yards on 17 carries and scored 4 touchdowns on totes of 68, 9, 39 and 10 yards. On defense, he recorded 8 1/2 tackles and 2 sacks.
Also scoring for West Middlesex were: Dillon Fair on passes of 6 and 41 yards from Trey Staunch, and Luke Hemminger on a 1-yard run.
For Moniteau (0-2), Josh McBride scored on a 72-yard run; Ray Hagg a 15-yard run; Dustin Geagan a 10-yard burst and Trevor Shaffer on a 49-yard pass from Cody Skiver.
ä Brookfield 46, Newton Falls 6 — At Newton Falls, the Warriors of coach Randy Clarke rolled to their second straight victory of the young season.
Brookfield built a 20-0 lead and coasted home. R.J. Leon had a pair of touchdowns on an 8-yard pass from Augustus Necastro and a 55-yard interception return. Joey Clark tallied a pair on runs of 21 and 5 yards. Also hitting paydirt for the Warriors were: Tyler Hailey, 35-yard Interception return; Marc Kraml, 5-yard pass from Necastro; and David Swope, 18-yard sprint.
Kasey Tingler nailed 4 extra-point kicks. On defense, Jamar Tarver had 9 tackles to lead the way while Bradley Bridge had 8 and Tom Wike 7.
For the Fallsmen (1-1), Deriek Backherms scored on an 11-yard run.
ä Lakeview 14, Conneaut Area 2 — At Lakeview, the Sailors had a tough battle, but came away with a victory in their Region 1-A opener.
The Sailors (2-0) of coach Dan York notched both touchdowns in the second half on Blake Reddick runs of 1 and 24 yards. The Sailors added a 2-point coversion after the first score on a pass from Zach Bigley to Zach VanDusen.
Reddick had 20 carries for 114 yards. Bigley was 2-for-11 passing for 78 yards with both of those passes to VanDusen.
Conneaut Area (1-1, 0-1), which is a Class AAA team playing in the Class A league, scored a safety for the lone points.
ä Reynolds 35, Titusville 14 — At Carter Field, Titusville, the visiting Raiders rolled to their 2nd straight win in the Region 3-AA opener.
Mike Millero mustered a trio of touchdowns on 21-, 59- and 38-yard scoring sprints for Reynolds (1-0, 2-0), while Adam Ballish burst 13 yards for another score, and Jack Mahlon and Kegan Miller collaborated on a 30-yard TD toss.
Brown threw 13-yard touchdowns to Ackerman and Carter for the host Rockets (0-1, 0-2).
No individual or team statistics were reported to The Herald.
SAEGERTWN 0 0 0 0 0
SHARON 34 20 0 13 67
SH — Hawkins, 61 run (kick failed)
SH — Buchanan, 43 int. ret. (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 65 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 16 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
SH — Johnson, 23 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 64 run (Gill kick)
SH — Hawkins, 39 pass from Tomko (Gill kick)
SH — Mosley, 63 pass from Tomko (kick failed)
SH — Thompson, 14 run (Gill kick)
SH — Jeremiah Norris, 90 run (no pat)
N/A First downs 6
N/A Rushing yards 370
N/A Passing yards 165
N/A Att-comp-int 12-7-0
N/A Total yards 545
N/A Fumbles-lost 2-1
N/A Penalties-yards lost 5-45
Rushing: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Hawkins 5-200, Johnson 1-23, Tomko 2-(-17), Meszaros 4-36, Norris 3-94, Rudolph 1-1, Thompson 1-12, Jones 3-23, Pinkins 2-10..
Passing: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Tomko 12-7-0-165.
Receiving: SAEGERTOWN — N/A; SHARON — Vanderslice 1-7, Hawkins 2-55, Williams 1-15, Mosley 3-88.
GROVE CITY 3 0 7 7 17
WILMINGTON 0 6 7 0 13
GC — Latimer, 30 field goal
W — Bloise, 1 run (kick failed)
GC — Graham, 12 run (Latimer kick)
W — Scott, 90 kickoff return (Lum kick)
GC — Reznor, 53 pass from Graham (Latimer kick)
GROVE CITY WILMINGTON
11 First downs 6
164 Rushing yards 40
53 Passing yards 85
2-1-0 Att-comp-int 13-4-2
217 Total yards 125
2-1 Fumbles-lost 1-1
10-45 Penalties-yards lost 6-35
Rushing: GROVE CITY — Graham 17-72, Reznor 18-42, Lucido 7-35, Hodge 3-15, Sample 2-(-1); WILMINGTON — Bloise 7-22, Sotter 3-22, Bender 3-8, Llewellyn 4-(-12).
Passing: GROVE CITY — Graham 2-1-0 53; WILMINGTON — Llewellyn 13-1-2 85.
Receiving: GROVE CITY — Reznor 1-53; WILMINGTON — DeMedal 2-51, Bender 1-23, Bloise 1-11.
BROOKFIELD 7 13 14 12 46
NEWT.FALLS 0 0 0 6 6
B — Leon, 55 int. ret. (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 21 run (Tingler kick)
B — Leon, 8 pass from Necastro (run failed)
B — Hailey, 35 Int. ret. (Tingler kick)
B — Kraml, 5 pass from Necastro (Tingler kick)
B — Clark, 5 run (kick failed)
B — Swope, 18 run (kick failed)
NF — Backherms, 11 run (kick blocked)
BROOKFIELD NEWTON FALLS
14 First downs 7
162 Rushing yards 91
172 Passing yards 38
15-9-0 Att-comp-int 16-7-3
334 Total yards 129
1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
9-105 Penalties-yards lost 9-70
Rushing: BROOKFIELD — Morrison 7-66, Clark 12-57, Necastro 7-(-10), Leon 1-2, Bailey 4-24, Swope 1-18, Zickefoose 1-5; NEWTON FALLS — Fuller 3-5, Zriengo 13-23, Walton 4-2, Marsh 3-8, Walters 7-(-2), Backherms 4-37, Whisonant 1-18..
Passing: BROOKFIELD — Necastro 15-9-0-172; NEWTON FALLS — Fuller 13-5-2-25, Walters 3-2-1-13.
Receiving: BROOKFIELD — Clark 3-59, Leon 3-29, Tingler 1-32, Kraml 1-5, Morriosn 1-47; NEWTON FALLS — Walton 3-24, Zarlengo 1-8, Mitchell 2-10, Marsh 1-(-4).
MIDDLESEX 20 8 14 6 48
MONITEAU 6 8 6 8 28
WM — Fair, 6 pass from Staunch (kick failed)
M — McBride, 72 run (kick failed)
WM — Lucich, 68 run (kick failed)
WM — Hemminger, 1 run (run failed)
M — Hagg, 15 run (catch good)
WM — Fair, 41 pass from Staunch (Fair catch)
WM — Lucich, 9 run (Tyillian kick)
M — Geagan, 10 run (kick failed)
WM — Lucich, 39 run (Thompson kick)
M — Shaffer, 49 pass from Skiver (catch good)
WM — Lucich, 10 run (kick failed)
16 First downs 14
382 Rushing yards 181
47 Passing yards 101
7-2-1 Att-comp-int 11-6-0
429 Total yards 282
2-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0
8-55 Penalties-yards lost 3-25
Rushing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Lucich 17-256, Staunch 7-12, Tyillian 4-8, Hemminger 7-86, Trippy 4-20; MONITEAU — Hagg 11-28, Skiver 18-51, McBride 3-74, Geagan 6-28.
Passing: WEST MIDDLESEX — Staunch 7-2-1-47; MONITEAU — Skiver 10-6-0-101, Geagan 1-0-0-0.
Receiving: WEST MIDDLESEX — Fair 2-47; MONITEAU — Pflugh 1-3, Keene 1-10, Geagan 3-39, Shaffer 1-49.
CONNEAUT 0 2 0 0 2
LAKEVIEW 0 0 8 6 14
C — team safety
L — B. Reddick, 1 run (VanDusen catch from Bigley)
L — Reddick, 24 run (run failed)
CONNEAUT AREA LAKEVIEW
7 First downs 6
119 Rushing yards 123
22 Passing yards 78
13-3-1 Att-comp-int 11-2-2
141 Total yards 201
0-0 Fumbles-lost 2-2
9-51 Penalties-yards lost 10-75
Rushing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 28-83, Anderton 15-36; LAKEVIEW — B. Reddick 20-114, Spence 3-14, VanDusen 4-(-5), Bigley 1-0.
Passing: CONNEAUT AREA — Merritt 13-3-1-22; LAKEVIEW — Bigley 11-2-2-78.
Receiving: CONNEAUT AREA — Miller 2-18, Anderon 1-4; LAKEVIEW — VanDusen 2-78.
REYNOLDS 14 21 0 0 35
TITUSVILLE 7 7 0 0 14
R — Millero, 21 run (kick failed)
R — Ballish, 13 run (2-point good)
T — Ackerman, 13 pass from Brown (kick good)
T — Carter, 13 pass from Brown (kick good)
R — Millero 59 run. (kick made)
R — Millero 38 run. (kick failed)
R — Mahlon, 30 pass from Miller. (run made)
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GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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