Lakers, Eagles look to stay unbeaten

Geneva's Brady Peet, left, celebrates a touchdown with teammate Matt Gruzinski during a recent game at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township. The Eagles have started the 2020 football season 3-0.

Just two Ashtabula County football teams are 3-0 heading into Week 4 of the football season.

Last Friday, Geneva and Pymatuning Valley used the ground game to earn victories. Edgewood also picked up its first win, helped by a strong rushing game.

Scoreless at halftime, the Eagles broke through for a 28-14 win over West Geauga. Charlie Taylor had 150 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles, who improved to 3-0.

Tyler Bean, Dillon Knowles and Jonah Wilkerson all posted rushing touchdowns in the Lakers’ 54-0 win over Chalker.

Edgewood’s Brian Bisbey recorded 166 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in a 47-21 win over Grand Valley. 

And then there’s J’Shon Sanders. The Lakeside sophomore ran for 249 yards, but the Dragons lost to Harvey 34-20.

A rare Thursday matchup between Lakeside playing at Geneva starts Week 4.

County teams home for Friday contests are Edgewood, St. John, Grand Valley and Jefferson.

Let’s see how the games stack up:

THURSDAY

• Lakeside (0-3) at Geneva (3-0): The county teams will go head-to-head a day before the other schools. The Dragons continue to show signs of moving forward, but W’s are still hard to come by. The Dragons piled up 435 total yards against Harvey. Sanders has picked up 376 yards through three games. Quarterback Garrette Siebeneck has thrown for 392 yards. For the Eagles, quarterback Ben Scibona has aided Taylor in rushing with 270 yards and four TDs in three games. On defense, Taylor has contributed two sacks and three tackles for loss.

FRIDAY

• Conneaut (1-2) at Edgewood (1-2): After scoring 35 points in their opener, the Spartans have just seven in the next two contests. Tellus Andrews, a big-play wide receiver last season, is averaging 17 yards per catch. Zack Rice paces the Conneaut run game with 129 yards. For the Warriors, quarterback Zach Winchell leads the county with 542 passing yards. Christian Curry and Jacob Bell top the Warriors with 11 receptions each. On defense, Matt Annick returned an interception for a TD vs. GV.

• PV (3-0) at Fairport (3-0): The Lakers continue to show great balance on offense with the likes of running backs Jonah Wilkerson, Dillon Knowles, Devin Ray and quarterback Tyler Bean, among others, in the ground game and Bean throwing the ball. Victor Verba and Mason Inman lead a PV defense which has yet to allow a point in the 2020 season. The Skippers have outscored Mathews, Chalker and Windham 105-7 in the early going.

• St. John (1-2) at Windham (0-3): The Heralds will look  to shake off a 32-14 loss to Mathews last Friday. For the season, Heralds quarterback Seth Thomas has thrown for 465 yards. Dave DiSalvatore paces the way in receiving with 303 yards on 12 receptions. The Bombers have scored just six points in three games.

• South Range (3-0) at Jefferson (0-3): The Raiders are playing at a high level with 24, 56 and 35 points, respectively, in starting 3-0. The Falcons are showing signs of being able to break through for wins. In a loss to Struthers last Friday, a long touchdown pass and two kickoff returns did Jefferson in. Quarterback Grant Hitchcock has thrown for 404 yards. Trent Dodge has grabbed 17 passes, while Danny Bruckman paces the ground game with 229 yards. Cole Pawlowski returned an interception for a TD vs. Struthers.

• Madison (0-3) at South (0-3): Both teams are seeking their first win of the season. Quarterback Michael O’Brien has thrown for 444 yards through three games for the Blue Streaks. Noah Tweedy hauled in 14 receptions. The Blue Streaks are hoping to get running back Austin McCourt back. He missed the North game due to an injury. After not scoring in their first two outings, the Rebels put up 14 points in a loss to Mayfield last Friday.

• Kirtland (3-0) at Grand Valley (0-3): The Mustangs have a tough task ahead in facing the Hornets, who are one of the best teams not only in the area but also the state. Kirtland continues to roll, and has already beaten Cardinal 55-0, Shaker Heights 35-10 and Lake Catholic 31-15 to open the 2020 season. The Hornets have captured five state championships in this decade alone, and are seeking a third straight title. Nathan Boiarski had a solid game for the Mustangs vs. Edgewood last Friday, rushing for 127 yards and two TDs.

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