A Don McCormack column...

Paying a high school football visit to the variety store...

Shooting blanks

The Northeastern Conference took it on the chin in a major way in Week 3 of high school football action.

The five football members - Conneaut, Edgewood, Geneva, Harvey and Jefferson - all lost their respective games - and were outscored, 152-59, in the process.

Jefferson came the closest to breaking through, bowing to undefeated Brookfield at Falcon Pride Stadium, 14-7, while no other team was closer than 16 points to it's conquerer.

Harvey (a 28-12 loser to Riverside), Conneaut (beaten, 27-6, at Champion), Edgewood (a 48-28 loss at Edgewood) and Geneva (defeated, 35-6, at Perry) all struggled, as did former member Lakeside, a 36-14 loser at Chardon.

Air attack!

When it comes to high school football, the 19 teams in the Star Beacon coverage area - as a collective - certainly are not known for their passing attacks.

However, in Week 3, 11 of the 19 teams had quarterbacks who threw for more than 100 yards in their respective games.

Perhaps more amazingly, Madison's J.D. Ingalls was not one of the 11. Of course, being injured in the first half against visiting Lake Catholic on Friday night earns Ingalls - who lit up John Marshall and Geneva in the first two games of the season - a pass.

Top performances, based on passing yardage were:

1, Curt Oberg, Fairport (192); 2, Steve Doremus, Ledgemont (168); 3, Rich Sacerich, Grand Valley (156); T4, Mike Muenster, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (142); T4, Anthoni Troff, Perry (142); 6, Devin Popely, Edgewood (140); 7, Mick Mohner, Harvey (123); 8, Kurt Krebs, Cardinal (107); 9, Jake Phelps, SS. John and Paul (103); 10, John Ross, Chardon (101).

Oberg, Sacerich, Muenster, Troff, Krebs and Phelps all threw two touchdown passes, with Doremus, Popely and Mohner all tossing one.

On the run

While passers were busy filling the skies with footballs, that limited what area running backs could get done.

Only three guys topped the century mark on the ground, led by Riverside's Josh Young, who piled up 136 in the Beavers' 14th straight victory against Harvey. Young had 18 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 18 and 3 yards.

Cardinal's Colton Crum had 122 yards on 25 attempts against Ledgemont, while Nick Henderlight had 106 yards on 24 carries, scoring three times on runs of 11, 1 and 6 yards.

On the receiving end

Four area players surpassed the 100-yard mark over the weekend, led by Cory Pallutch's 127-yard, six-catch, two-touchdown effort in Edgewood's loss at Orange. Pallutch snatched touchdowns from 20 and 41 yards out.

NDCL's Mike Roesch also topped the century mark in a losing cause, recording 117 yards on six catches in a loss against visiting Walsh Jesuit, including a 64-yard touchdown grab.

Grand Valley's Jordan Snyder (111 yards, 4 catches) and Ledgemont's Ben Davidson (110 yards, 3 receptions) also surpassed the 100-yard mark.

Odds and ends

Ledgemont's Andy Humar (87 yards), Fairport's Tim Knotts (80 yards) and Pymatuning Valley's Joe Stenger (74 yards) all ran kickoffs back for touchdowns... SJP's Yancy Harper had a 37-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown... Newbury's Darran Boyd scored on runs of 2, 14 and 1 yard in a heartbreaking 20-19 overtime loss at Youngstown Christian... SJP's Joe Massucci had two interceptions at Fairport... Jefferson limited Brookfield to 50 total yards - and had 203 of it's own - but a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown, a 50-yard punt return for another score and a fumble at the goal line the in the waning seconds of the first half doomed coach Jimmy Henson's Falcons.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. He can be reached via email at donmac@suite224.net.

Star Beacon Print Edition: 9/12/2006

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