Geneva kicker Yost makes early impression

Geneva kicker Ethan Yost kicks the game-winning field goal with three seconds left in a 17-14 win over Madison on Friday night at Spire Insitute. Clayton Queen is the holder.

It's not uncommon for a soccer player to be a field goal kicker.

The results can be mixed concerning how the transition goes.

Last Friday, the Geneva Eagles called on Ethan Yost to try to and beat the Madison Blue Streaks in the season opener.

The junior calmly booted the 26-yard field goal through the uprights with three seconds remaining for a 17-14 win.

The make came as no surprise to Eagles soccer coach Jeff Hull.

"I had zero doubt that he was going to make the field goal," Hull said. "Ethan is a center midfield on the soccer team. He is a returning letter winner and starter on varsity soccer.

"Great kid, very dedicated to his team and works hard to get better at every practice. Ethan seems to be making the transition pretty well."

As it turned out the Geneva-Madison and Edgewood-Perry games were the only contests played on Friday as weather problems forced postponements. The Warriors got through the weather delays.

Lakeside, Conneaut, Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley and St. John all started the season on Saturday because of weather problems.

Jefferson also had multiple weather delays on Thursday night in a 35-3 loss to Niles that was called after three quarters.

So, we head into Week 2 with Conneaut, St. John, Geneva, GV and Madison hosting games. The Eagles will host Edgewood on Saturday night.

The big hope this weekend is favorable weather. Here's a look at the matchups:

Friday

Non-Conference

• PV (1-0) at St. John (1-0): The Lakers continued their winning ways, dating back to last season. PV ended 2019 with a four-game winning streak. They opened 2020 with a dominating 32-0 win over Windham. The Lakers offense was impressive, including 172 yards rushing. Mason Inman and Andrew Root each had two interceptions. The Heralds made a triumphant return to 11-man football with a 34-14 win over Chalker on Saturday afternoon. Seth Thomas threw for 309 yards as new coach Bob Dlwgosh gained his first win at his alma mater.

• West Geauga (1-0) at Conneaut (1-0): The Wolverines held off Lakeside 21-19 to open the season with a win. Trae Zimmerman tallied two touchdowns and picked up 108 total yards rushing and receiving. The Spartans had plenty of departures from last season's 9-1 team, but the quarterback combination of Jake Slayton and Kiefer Mandagelo made up for the absence for the graduated Rylan Davison with a combined 205 passing yards and three TDs.

Chagrin Valley Conference

Berkshire (1-0) at GV (0-1): The Badgers topped Cardinal 27-21 in overtime last Friday. Freshman Miles Miller was inserted at QB due to an injury and led Berkshire to the win with a 20-yard pass in OT. The Mustangs will look to regroup from last Saturday's 35-7 loss to Conneaut. The GV offense struggled with 82 total yards. Cole Seger led the Mustangs defense with nine tackles, including three for loss.

Edgewood (0-1) at Geneva (1-0) (Saturday): In an early-season county and conference matchup, the Warriors look to put a 50-0 loss to Perry last Friday past them. Edgewood is healthy for the most part, according to coach Jon Butchko. He is looking for consistency, maintaining blocks better and taking care of the ball. The Eagles and Blue Streaks hooked up in a classic battle last Friday, before Yost ended it with a field goal on the game's final play. Geneva rolled up 304 total yards, more than 100 rushing from Charlie Taylor.

Lakeside (0-1) at Chagrin Falls (1-0): The Dragons made a nice comeback with 13 fourth-quarter points, but couldn't get over the hump. The good news was Brandon Ford and Savion Colbert each with eight receptions. The bad news was four turnovers. The Tigers pushed past Harvey 16-6 with two rushing TDs.

Northeast 8 Conference

• Hubbard (1-0) at Jefferson (0-1): The Eagles downed Struthers 14-7 in their opener. Hubbard ran for 340 yards with two plus 100-yard ballcarriers. Timothy Caffey scored both TDs on rushes. The Falcons showed the ability to move the ball against Niles in their home opener, but couldn't punch across the goal line. Jefferson kicker Ben Feick hit a 28-yard field goal for the Falcons. One potential scoring drive was thwarted by a Niles interception in the end zone. The defense held Niles to 53 yards rushing, but the Zach Leonard-to-Alleni Fryer passing combination proved to be too much.

Western Reserve Conference

• Kenston (0-0) at Madison (0-1): The Bombers had their season opener cancelled last Friday. Kenston was supposed to play Mayfield, but the Wildcats had to cancel their first two games because of the coronavirus pandemic. At Madison, Mike Gilligan came oh so close to attaining his first head coaching win. First-year starting QB Michael O' Brien threw for 125 yards, including a 56-yard TD pass to Brad McKeon. McKeon caught seven passes for 100 yards.

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