The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

October 5, 2013

Lakers bomb Windham

PV muscles its way to NAC triumph

The Windham defense was trying to take away certain parts of the Pymatuning Valley offense, so the Lakers took advantage of what it was leaving open.

In doing so, PV swamped the Bombers, 38-12, in Northeastern Athletic Conference play.

“We were able to hit them inside,” PV coach Neal Croston said. “They blitzed a lot and our guards did a good job with the inside blocks. We were able to hit inside with Nick Such.

“They were blitzing the outside, trying to take away tosses and sweeps.”

Such carried for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts for PV (2-4, 1-0).

“He stepped in and did what J.T. (Willis) was doing before he got hurt with physical runs,” Croston said. “He was turning a 3-yard gain into an 8-yard run by carrying the pile.

“It’s big that he can do that for us because we miss J.T. a lot.”

Such was aided by the return of Ryan Wilkerson on the offensive line.

“Ryan Wilkerson (a right tackle) came back and he and Hunter Rhoades (a right guard) are our top guys,” Croston said. “We have guys who can go in as a backup, but we don’t have a replacement for Ryan.”

With Such pounding away on the inside and drawing the defense in, Quintin Ratliff and Nick Holt attacked from the outside.

“Later in the game Quintin was able to break a run and Holt went for 79 yards because the defense was anticipating us going inside,” Croston said. “Even the fade we hit was because they were blitzing and playing man. We have two receivers in Holt and Quintin who we can take some chances with.”

Ratliff netted 149 yards and two scores rushing and 17 yards and a touchdown receiving. Holt tallied 111 yards rushing, including a 79-yard touchdown.

The PV defense held Windham to total 238 yards and just 12 points.

“We stayed home and played our positions,” Croston said. “We didn’t overcompensate and try to do things we aren’t capable of. We stayed home and made plays.”      

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • BB1 Walk on the wild side

    Going into the bottom of the third inning Tuesday, things were looking pretty good for the Madison Blue Streaks at Edgewood.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Peck A Rich Kelly column: Rick Peck... his legacy born at CLA

    We all leave a legacy of our persona as we pass from this world to whatever the future holds for us.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • BB2 Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NON-CONFERENCE
    Edgewood 14, Madison 3
    at Higgins Field, Edgewood

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area High School Softball Statistical Leaders:

    INDIVIDUAL BATTING (minimum 15 at-bats)
    PLAYER    SCHOOL    AVG    OB%    SLG%    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    SB
    Brittany Baitt    Riverside    .645    .667    .806    31    11    20    3    1    0    8    0
    Cassidy DiFranco    Riverside    .588    .632    .647    17    7    10    1    0    0    0    0
    Alyssa Chadwick    Conneaut    .563    .630    .625    32    12    18    2    1    0    6    5
    Alyssa Irons    Jefferson    .526    .526    .632    19    5    10    0    1    0    9    2

    April 23, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
    Baseball

    Niles McKinley at Lakeside (4:30)
    Bloomfield at Conneaut (4:30)
    Maplewood at Grand Valley (4:30)
    Riverside at Edgewood (4:30)
    PV at Mathews (4:30)
    Orange at Perry (4:30)

    April 23, 2014

  • Tribe Royals crown Wahoos to split first two games

    The concerns about Indians starter Danny Salazar continue to grow.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edgewood SB Warriors whack Struthers

    Edgewood softball coach Steve Cunha’s main focus for the season centers on his team playing well in the All-American conference. In their inaugural season as part of the AAC, the Warriors continued their strong start by defeating visiting Struthers, 8-2, on Monday afternoon.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Falcons go the extra Niles

    Jefferson coach Scott Barber knows good things usually happen when you put the ball in play and put pressure on the opposing team’s defense.

    April 22, 2014

  • Emotional rescue

    Three Ashtabula area runners joined 36,000 of their closest friends Monday during the 118th rendition of the Boston Marathon.

    April 22, 2014

  • Spartans stymied

    Ursuline pitcher Makayla Shore freely admitted she didn’t quite have her best stuff against Conneaut on Monday at Skippon Park. Despite that fact, the hurler tossed a no-hitter to beat the Spartans, 10-0.

    April 22, 2014

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video