Eagles, Spartans  look to go 3-0

Conneaut’s Tellus Andrews (right) tries to evade Edgewood’s Izaiah Harris (left) during a recent game at Joslin Field in Conneaut.

Then there were two.

Geneva and Conneaut are the only county football teams to come through the first two weeks of the season unscathed.

Both take 2-0 marks into their respective games on Friday night.

Edgewood, Jefferson and Madison each have 1-1 marks, while Lakeside, Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley and St. John are all searching for win No. 1 of the 2019 season.

The Warriors are scheduled to play at Jefferson in an intra-county matchup.

Geneva, Lakeside, GV and PV all have home contests.

Let’s take a look at the Week 3 contests:

• Kirtland (2-0) at Geneva (2-0): The defending Division VI state champs keep rolling. They’ve outscored two opponents 63-7. For Kirtland, junior Mason Sullivan, a first-team All-Ohio selection last season, gained 177 yards with two touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Riverside last Friday. Senior running back Luke Gardner ran a 4.3 40-yard dash over the summer. Junior Liam Powers, whose brother, Tommy, was quarterback of Kirtland last season, is the new signal-caller. For Geneva, senior running back Blake Peet has gained 264 yards rushing for Geneva. The Eagles have rushed for 565 yards and nine TDs through two games. The teams played last season and Kirtland came away with a 35-0 win. The Hornets have moved up to Division V, Region 17 this season.

• Conneaut (2-0) at Iroquois (0-3): The Spartans’ quest for a second straight Division 10 District 3 title starts on Friday. Conneaut has outscored Edgewood and Lakeview (Pa.) 105-7 in two wins. Conneaut

has churned out 734 yards as a team in rushing, led by senior Rylan Davison’s 242. Senior Seth Fedor has gained 200 yards on the ground and freshman Zack Rice checks in with 133. On defense, Davison has 15 total tackles and three trackles for loss, while senior Aidan Thomas leads the squad with two interceptions. Iroquois scored for the first time this season last Friday in a 56-14 loss to Greenville. Antonio Rodriguez leads the Braves ground game with 193 yards.

• Edgewood (1-1) at Jefferson (1-1): The Warriors broke into the win column with a 40-7 decision over Grand Valley last Friday. Sophomore QB Zach Winchell found seven different receivers, led by Izaiah Harris’ seven catches for 150 yards. The Falcons will look to rebound after a 54-0 loss to Geneva. Junior Danny Bruckman is the top rusher, while Austin Jones has seven receptions. In last season’s game, Edgewood won 14-8 in the closing seconds on a Harris TD catch.

• North (1-1) at Lakeside (0-2): The Rangers opened with a 17-6 win over North Olmsted, then lost 34-7 to Revere last Friday. Sophomore Ryan Baer (6-foot-6 300 pounds) and junior Ethan Spoth (6-4, 280) lead a massive offensive line. Both are already being looked at by Division I colleges. Senior QB Dylan Froelich runs the offense with juniors Thomas and James Walker in the backfield. The Dragons are looking to bounce back after a 49-0 loss to Madison last week. Freshman running

back J’Shon Sanders rushed for 60 yards and sophomore QB Garrette Siebeneck passed for 77.

• Harvey (0-2) at GV (0-2): The Red Raiders are off to a slow start, being outscored 74-0 in their first two games. Senior Gil Hammond (5-11, 220) is the main running back. Seniors Jordan Smith (6-0, 330) and Jeron Hall (5-10, 245) are a pair of big offensive lineman.

The Mustangs, likewise, are struggling offensively with 21 points in two outings. Senior running back David Nye has rushed for 189 yards and two TDs. Defensively, senior lineman Mason Shreve has recorded 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

• Madison (1-1) at Perry (2-0): The Blue Streaks shook off a 22-19 loss to Geneva in Week 1 to down Lakeside in their second contest. Junior Austin McCourt paced Madison with 169 yards rushing, while senior QB Alex Dragas added 81 rushing and 98 passing. The Pirates have rolled up 94 points in their opening two games. Senior QB Drew Schiano has thrown for 699 yards with 12 TDs in two games. He tied an

Ohio High School Athletic Association record with nine TD passes in a game during a 63-54 opener-win over Riverside and added three more against Chardon in a 31-23 victory last Friday. Seniors receivers Anthony Rosati, Devon Holbert (a Harvey transfer) and Matthew Sullivan provide good targets for Schiano. Junior running back Jaylen Anderson has numerous collegiate offers, including Nebraska.

• Champion at PV: The Golden Flashes edged Rittman 22-19 last Friday for their first win of the season. Running back Austin Willforth has rushed for 253 yards yards and scored two TDs

on the season. The Lakers are seeking a break into the win column this season. Junior Tyler Bean gained 60 yards rushing and threw for 115 in a 34-14 loss to Cardinal last Friday.

• St. John (0-2): The Heralds, who are playing as an 8-man team this season, were originally scheduled to play Fairport Harbor, but the Skippers are opting to play at Trinity Christian in West Virginia instead. With a bye week on Sept. 20, the Heralds’ next game won’t be until Sept. 27 at home against Bishop Rosecrans.

 

 

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