Beacon Journal staff report
Jackson 39, Lake 36
In a game that turned into a battle of two running backs, Blue Streaks senior Matt Blasiole came out ahead in the stats column but Polar Bears’ junior Ricky Spradling came away with the win.
The two backs scored nine of the game’s 10 touchdowns, the other being a 99-yard kickoff return by Polar Bears senior Tyler Furbay.
Blasiole carried the ball 31 times for 243 yards and five touchdowns for the host Blue Streaks (2-2, 0-1 Federal).
Spradling tallied 246 yards on 29 attempts with four touchdowns for the Polar Bears (2-2, 1-0).
Despite all the running, it was senior kicker Jerome Costin who kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to seal the victory for Jackson, capping off a nine-play, 45-yard drive.
Norton 35, Crestwood 34
A key defensive stop by the visiting Panthers in a game without much defense was the deciding factor as they improved to 3-1, 1-0 in the Portage Trail Conference.
After senior running back Jake Fling scored on a 45-yard touchdown run to put the Panthers ahead by one with 6:35 left in the game, the Red Devils (1-3, 0-1 PTC) drove to the Panthers’ 15-yard line.
The Panthers stopped the Red Devils inches short of a first down on a fourth-and-1 with 1:20 left to end the game.
Fling scored four times with 198 yards rushing on 17 attempts.
Senior running back Kenny Jackson led Crestwood with 249 yards on 36 carries, scoring three times.
The teams combined for 847 total yards of offense, with Crestwood edging Norton 429-418.
Canton McKinley 35, North Canton Hoover 28
Junior quarterback and Ohio State commit Eric Glover-Williams threw two touchdowns and ran for three, including a game-winning 29-yard run with 58 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put away the host Vikings’ upset hopes.
The undefeated Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0 Federal) were trailing the winless Vikings (0-4, 0-1) at halftime 28-21, but were able to hold them scoreless in the second-half and ride Glover-Williams to victory.
He completed 8-of-14 passes for 103 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but was more impressive on the ground with 19 carries for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
Hoover’s dual-threat quarterback Luke Grandjean put up equally impressive numbers, passing for 153 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushing for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Ellet 16, Canfield 14
The visiting Orangemen (4-0) capped off a 16-point comeback by recovering an onside kick and kicking a 34-yard field goal with 9.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated.
Senior Ray Cheek recovered the onside kick and senior kicker Andrew Neal kicked the game-winning field goal.
Senior running back Kimu Kim scored two second-half rushing touchdowns to put the Cardinals (0-4) ahead after a scoreless first half.
Ellet quarterback Jake Fisher answered by throwing two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, but a bad snap on the second PAT left the Orangemen still behind one point until Neal’s field goal.
East 22, North 8
The Dragons won their first game since Oct. 14, 2011, breaking a 15-game losing streak with a win over the host Vikings (1-3, 0-1 City Series).
Senior running back Dion DeJournett led the Dragons (1-3, 1-0) with 112 yards on 16 carries.
Junior quarterback Maurice Thomas had two touchdowns, one on a 65-yard pass to sophomore Domonick Holley and another on a 5-yard run.
Kent Roosevelt 55, Coventry 12
The Rough Riders employed a balanced offensive attack, gaining more than 400 yards of total offense with 269 on the ground and 158 passing as they handily defeated the visiting Comets (1-3, 0-1 PTC).
The Rough Riders (3-1, 1-0) held the Comets scoreless until there was a minute left in the fourth quarter, when they scored two quick touchdowns.
Roosevelt’s main rusher was senior Marcus Caddiell, who carried the ball seven times for 68 yards with two touchdowns, but it was sophomore Malik Moore who technically led the Rough Riders in rushing with an 86-yard touchdown run.
CVCA 26, Canton Timken 7
Senior quarterback Nick Johnson got the host Trojans (3-1, 0-1 Principals’ Athletic) on the board early with a 35-yard first-quarter touchdown run, but it was all Royals from there as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy improved to 2-2, 1-0 in the PAC-7 and gave the Trojans their first loss.
The Royals scored 26 unanswered points, led by senior running back Andrew Schauer who carried the ball 24 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Archbishop Hoban 44, Barberton 7
Freshman running back Todd Sibley ran for 149 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns and the visiting Knights evened their record to 2-2.
The Knights outgained the Magics (2-2) by a total of 403 yards to just 166.
Senior wide receiver Jake Tirsigni also scored twice for the Knights, once on a reception and once on a rush. He caught four passes for 87 yards.
Woodridge 42, Southeast 7
Senior Dalevon Davidson scored three times for the host Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0 PTC).
Junior wide receiver Anthony Thurman hauled in seven passes for 122 yards and scored twice.
Shayne Meadows had the only score for the Pirates (2-2, 0-1) on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Orrville 16, Lexington 9
The Red Riders scored 16 unanswered points to earn their 600th victory in program history in front of a home crowd.
Trevor Summers scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 17-yard run with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, breaking a 9-9 tie.
Keontae Owens led the Red Riders (4-0, 1-0 Ohio Cardinal) with 49 yards rushing.
The Minutemen dropped to 1-3, 0-1.