High school football notebook
The mood around the Cuyahoga Falls football team is upbeat this week following a 44-31 win over visiting Brecksville at Clifford Stadium this past Friday.
Falls snapped a 23-game losing streak and won its first game under coach Shane Parker.
Junior Rob Graves rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries for Falls (1-4, 1-1 Suburban League National Conference), which is at Wadsworth (5-0, 2-0) on Friday.
“We had 511 yards of offense and we scored seven touchdowns,” said Parker, a 2004 Cuyahoga Falls graduate. “I couldn’t be more proud of these guys for showing up to work every day and punching in on the time clock and continuing to believe in themselves and believe in the process. It finally clicked for everybody on Friday night.
“. . We were finally able to put all the pieces together and get a win to break a 23-game losing streak. It had been 756 days, which is longer than the Browns streak. To do it at home in front of our fans, our student section and our community was priceless.”
Ironically, Parker and around 25 Black Tigers players were at FirstEnergy Stadium to watch the Browns defeat the New York Jets 21-17 on "Thursday Night Football."
“I got tickets from Frank Stams and the Mayor [Don Walters],” Parker said. “Most of us were up at the game Thursday night and got to watch the Browns win, and then we capped it off with a win Friday night. It was a pretty cool weekend for us.”
Falls quarterback Braunavan Arsenault completed 12-of-17 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns — two to Daizhaun Brazile and one to Alex Rowan.
Brazile also had two interceptions and Ty Vassalotti had one interception. Ty Hitchings had 15 tackles and recovered one fumble, and Jacob Barnes recovered one fumble.
Wadsworth, which won 48-21 last week at Stow, has a high-scoring offense with running back Brock Snowball, quarterback Trey Shaffer and wide receiver Carson Risher.
Barberton at Aurora
Barberton (5-0, 2-0) visits Aurora (4-1, 2-0) on Friday in a key Suburban League American Conference matchup.
Aurora beat host Kent Roosevelt 34-6 in Week 5. Graham Aldredge returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, Colin McNamara added a touchdown pass to Evan McVay and a rushing score, and Jordan DeMicco and Jack Arnold also each ran for a touchdown.
The Magics, who topped visiting Copley 31-14 last week, feature running back Kyree Young, quarterback Chase Haywood and defensive standouts Kionnie Dukes, Gavin Krska and Charles Hornacek.
Orrville at CVCA
CVCA will host Orrville in a Principals Athletic Conference matchup of 4-1, 2-0 teams on Friday.
CVCA won 41-24 at Northwest last week with Tre Tucker running for two touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass from Michael Bevington, who also ran for two scores.
Orrville features Marquael Parks, who totaled 209 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-0 win last week over visiting Tuslaw. Parks has scored 21 touchdowns in five games.
Around the gridiron
• Andrew Mekeal threw five touchdown passes — four to DJ Snyder — to propel visiting Woodridge (1-4, 1-1 PTC Metro) to a 49-28 victory over Streetsboro (2-3, 1-1) on Friday. Hunter Grant caught the other touchdown pass for the Bulldogs and Elijah Arnett contributed a 73-yard kickoff return for a score. Woodridge is at Cloverleaf in Week 6.
• Perry (5-0, 1-0 Federal League) hosts Hoover (3-2, 1-1) on Friday. The Panthers beat visiting Louisville 29-12 last week with Sha’VeA Lightner, Richard Coleman, Jarin Curtis and Joshua Lemon combining for 386 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries.
• Quarterback Trey Wright, wide receiver Jake Ryan and running back Ethan Adkins are settling into leadership roles for Jackson (3-2, 1-1), which hosts Federal League foe GlenOak (1-4, 0-2) on Friday. Wright threw three touchdown passes to Ryan last week in a 31-17 victory over visiting Lake. Adkins contributed a rushing score.
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