The Pymatuning Valley Lakers are off to a 2-0 start in this young season.
The Lakers have outscored Windham and St. John 98-0 in those two wins.
With the two lopsided wins, PV coach Neal Croston has been able to insert different backs into the games, and give the younger guys experience.
“We have been able to have over 10 different players run the ball and a lot of young players have seen a different amount of playing on Friday night,” he said. “It keeps your entire team motivated in winning the conference and getting better each day on the practice field.”
PV will take its unbeaten mark into Friday’s home game vs. Chalker. Others in the county who are home on Friday include Edgewood and Lakeside.
Here’s a look at the matchups:
• Chalker (0-2) at PV (2-0): The Tigers will look to rebound after a 41-0 loss to Faiport Harbor last Friday. Three players, led by Jonah Wilkerson’s 120, have surprassed the 100-yard plateau for the Lakers. Wilkerson has also caught seven passes. Mason Inman tops the Lakers with three interceptions, while Andrew Root checks in with two.
• St. John (1-1) at Mathews (1-1): The Heralds couldn’t mount much of an attack vs. PV last Friday. Quarterback Seth Thomas has thrown for 315 yards, while Dave DiSalvatore paces the team with six receptions for 154 yards. Mathews downed Windham 12-6 in overtime for its first win of the season. A 90-yard interception return in OT proved to be the game-winner.
CHAGRIN VALLEY CONFERENCE
• Grand Valley (0-2) at Edgewood (0-2): The Mustangs have struggled to put points on the board in the early going. Ashton Zupancic leads the way with four catches. Defensively, Cole Seger has two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. For the Warriors, quarterback Zach Winchell has thrown for 296 yards and three TDs. Jacob Bell and Brian Bisbey lead the way with eight receptions each. Seth Enos has a fumble return for a TD.
• Harvey (0-2) at Lakeside (0-2): The Red Raiders have run up against two tough customers to start the season in Chagrin Falls and Perry. The Dragons have shown flashes of being able to put it together. Lakeside’s biggest problem so far has been turnovers — the Dragons had three in a 28-7 loss to the Tigers, including an interception return which went back for a TD. Quarterback Garrette Siebeneck has thrown for 318 yards. Brandon Ford leads the way with 12 recpetions, followed by Savion Colbert with 11. Last season, Lakeside and Harvey played a classic 68-62 double overtime game with the Dragons winning.
• Geneva (2-0) at West Geauga (2-0): The Eagles have used a balanced rushing attack and quarterback Ben Scibona’s arm to record two wins in the early going. Geneva has tallied 571 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in its two wins. Running back Charles Taylor tops the ground game with 207 yards, quarterback Ben Scibona checks in with 173 rushing and 189 through the air. The Wolverines are 2-0 with wins over Ashtabula County teams — 21-19 over Lakeside in Week 1 and 24-7 over Conneaut last Friday. Trae Zimmerman is the main cog in the WG’s offensive attack. Quarterback Danny Stewart has shown the ability to give the Wolverines a boost through the air.
• Conneaut (1-1) at Warren JFK (2-0): The Spartans had their seven-game home win streak ended against WG. Conneaut is on the road for the first time this season. Running back Zack Rice has gained 96 yards rushing and wide receiver Tellus Andrews is averaging nearly 20 yards per catch. The Eagles have outscored their first two opponents 76-27. Cameron Hollobaugh had a combined 216 yards rushing, receiving and passing in a 37-7 win over Aquinas last Friday.
• Jefferson (0-2) at Struthers (1-1): The Falcons hung tough vs. the Eagles and had a chance to win when Timothy Kinkopf blocked a punt to set Jefferson on the Hubbard 5. But the Falcons couldn’t punch it in and dropped a 21-16 decision. Quarterback Grant Hitchcock found Trent Hodge 12 times for 111 yards and both TDs against the Eagles. The Wildcats rebounded from a 14-7 Week 1 loss to Hubbard to blank Lakeview 20-0 last Friday. Tyler Sanchez picked up 150 yards rushing and one TD against Lakeview.
WESTERN RESERVE CONFERENCE
• Madison (0-2) at North (1-1): The Blue Streaks have lost both games by 10 points combined. In a 21-14 loss to Kenston last Friday, Sean Patrick’s 98-yard interception return for a TD proved to be a key play. For Madison, quarterback Michael O’Brien has 356 yards passing. Noah Tweedy has posted 10 receptions for 216 yards. O’Brien found Tweedy nine times for 209 yards against Kenston. Austin McCourt has rushed for 184 yards through two games. The Rangers rebounded an opening-week loss to Chardon with a 41-14 win over University School on Friday.