Wow. What a weekend. Makes you feel like not going to work, huh?
St. Vincent-St. Mary broke a nine-year losing streak against archrival Archbishop Hoban with a 33-28 win Saturday night at the Rubber Bowl. First-year Irish coach Dan Boarman, a St. V-M graduate, told me earlier in the week that he was undefeated against the Knights (1-3), and that's the attitude he wanted to instill in his players. Apparently, Boarman, who coached at Copley for 17 seasons, got the message across that the past didn't matter because his players responded and maintained their perfect record of 4-0 this season.
Ellet also earned a win of great historical significance when it defeated Buchtel 14-12 on Saturday afternoon. The Orangemen (3-1, 1-0 in the City Series) have not beat the Griffins (0-4, 0-1) since 1995. Ellet and Buchtel were City Series co-champs last season. The two teams were not on each other's schedule last season, so this was a highly anticipated game that satisfied a year-long wait for fans, players and coaches. There is no doubt that Ellet now has a target on its back as the frontrunner to win the City Series because it beat the traditionally dominant Griffins, who had not lost to a City Series opponent since 2001. Ellet's game Friday against Firestone and its game the following week (Sept. 28) against Garfield could ultimately determine the 2007 City Series champion.
Here are some other scores that I thought stood out:
Brunswick 14, Nordonia 12
*In a battle of previously undefeated teams, Brunswick (4-0) held off Nordonia (3-1) after it scored all of its points in the fourth quarter and threatened a comeback.
Stow 21, Twinsburg 13
*After finishing with a dismal record of 2-8 in each of the past two seasons, Stow (4-0) continues to win.
Woodridge 53, Windham 18
*After losing to Windham 33-17 in 2006, Woodridge (3-1, 1-0 in PTC County Division) showed it's a different team this season.
Cloverleaf 10, Copley 0
*Cloverleaf was 3-7 last season. The Colts lost to Copley 37-8 in 2006. What a turnaround for Cloverleaf (4-0, 1-0 in the Suburban League). Even more surprising, what a turnaround for Copley (0-4, 0-1 in the SL).
Perry 35, Lake 28
*Just when I thought Lake (3-1, 1-1) would run away with the Federal League title, Perry (3-1, 1-0) stepped up to the challenge.
Northwest 34, Louisville 33
*The Indians (4-0) got the win over Louisville (2-2) in a very close game between two perennial contenders for the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. Something to watch: Northwest, Marlington and West Branch are all 4-0, meaning the NBC could be one of the most interesting and competitive conferences in the area toward the end of the season.
Tusky Valley 35, CVCA 34
*Tusky Valley senior quarterback Pat Kane found senior Steve Pillman for a 25-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Kane then hit Spillman with a pass for a two-point conversion and Tusky Valley (3-1, 1-0) pulled out a victory at CVCA (3-1, 0-1) in a game that could ultimately decide the PAC-7 champion.
Let me know what you think about these games and what the outcomes mean for the teams involved. Stay tuned for a Week 5 preview, in which I will outline key matchups and things to watch for.