Hysteria Rewind for Week 1

A few highlights from week 1:

Nordonia 14 Maple Hts 26

Nordonia opened up their new football stadium with a with one most exciting games of the night. After Shaq Washington left the game with a right knee injury Nordonia running back Paul Ward scored tying the game at 14. Maple Hts running back Andre Stubbs scored the winning touchdown with 19 left.

Mayfield 29 Bedford 19

Mayfield bests Bedford 29-19 in a game that was closer than expected. The Wildcats were the favorites, but the loss of 16 starters was evident, particularly on defense. The lost of star kicker Carey Spear was noticeable as well, as Mayfield missed an extra point and shanked a punt. Mayfield’s defense allowed touchdown passes of 49 and 43 yards as well as 42-yarder to set up a touchdown. Despite not being able to get their running game going, Bedford outgained Mayfield 333-321. In the end though, penalties and turnovers killed the Bearcats as they amassed 111 yards on 11 penalties to go along with two picks. Mayfield quarterback Caden Loew kept his team out in front with four touchdown passes, two of which went to WR Chuck Zavarella. In the end the Wildcats were more effective in establishing the run (149 yards on the ground to 73 for Bedford), and used a balanced attack to control the clock (27:39 to Bedford’s 19:12) to seal their victory.

Padua 27 Olmsted Falls 10

The Padua Bruins overcame some early self inflicted wounds and dominated the second half, in route to a 27-10 victory over the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs. The Bruins withstood the loss of their starting quarterback Kurt Freeman (ankle), as senior running back Xavier Means scored twice, including ripping off a big 68-yard run to put the game away for Padua. Means finished with 141 yards on 15 carries.

Padua was also fueled by a couple of other big plays, one a 67-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jim Solano to Nico Sidari, the other a 62-yard scamper and punt return for a touchdown by Zac Baumer. Those three plays of over 60-yards for touchdowns proved to be the difference in the contest.

Olmsted Falls lead briefly at 10-7 before the half, when quarterback Brennan Laird hooked up with Denton Sagerman in the endzone on a six-yard pass. The Bulldogs offense also picked up a 19-yard field goal from kicker Zak Ferster to get them on the board in the second quarter, 7-3.

Many felt the Bruins would feel the loss of many starters not returning this year, but Means is singing a different tune. “I think we’re better than last year,” Means said following the game. “We’ve got some really good players coming in.”

In addition, Means was excited to get back on the field following the injury to his elbow in last year’s playoffs. “I feel really good,” Means added. “I love the excitement, and everyone being here. It helped me out a lot.”

Through the two big runs, and topping the century mark on the day, he was eager to deflect the limelight onto others. “I love playing football and I love my team,” Means said. “But I need my linemen to do (well).”

Medina 13 Hudson 7

First year head coach Larry Laird picked up a win in his first game, as Medina knocked off Hudson 13-7 at Ken Dukes stadium in Medina.

Senior running back Jason Suggs led the offense for Medina as he carried the ball 29 times for 122 yards and a touchdown run of 6 yards in the 2nd quarter.  Fellow running back, junior, Leterian Brown added 76 yards on 16 carries.

Senior quarterback, punter, kicker, “jack of all trades”, Justin Letts kicked 3rd quarter field goals of 33 and 34 yards for the winning points. Medina finished with 274 total yards, with 272 of them coming on the ground. The Bees swarming defense was led by Taylor Bennett with 8 tackles and Aaron Wilson  with 7 1/2 stops.

Hudson’s lone score came on a 46 yard pass from David Nelson to Joey Studer to tie the game at 7 just before halftime.

Medina (1-0), travels to Brecksville next week for the “Battle of the Bee’s”.  It’s a 7:30pm start.

Amherst 27 Elyria 13

Truly, if you saw the game tonight between Elyria and Amherst with the Comets besting the Pioneers 27 – 20 at 83 year old Ely Stadium you understand that it was not an upset!  Elyria did not fold their tents, but fought back down 20 – 0 at halftime with two touchdowns in less than 20 seconds but Amherst’s two 2nd half drives of 7:02 and 6:08 were more than a quarter of football and what happens when you execute the MOST IMPORTANT PLAY IN FOOTBALL – the first down? You keep the other teams Offense off the field, keep their “D” on the field and use up clock!  Oh yeah, odds are better for a team to score when their offense has the ball!

No doubt the 10 seniors on defense for Amherst made a difference and as I watched the Comets I KNEW an old saying was true…”it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!”  The Amherst offense not only has a tough, tough QB in Brennan Hosier, but a true star and yes, maybe even a wizard in Split End Tyler Parish!  The 5’11” 155 pound jumping jack HIGH JUMPS 6’9″ and was catching balls over his and defenders heads with ease. Brad Block the Comets TE also was superb, and Amherst’s passing game got the extra yard all night!  When they needed 8, they got 9!!  Amherst also stayed away from OSU recruit Chase Farris.

Now, Elyria finally got their lethal combo of QB Dustin Stolarski to Demetrius Walton going but it was too little too late as D Dub caught two TD passes in the 13 seconds in the 4th quarter and Stolarsaki snuck one in from 1 yard out but it was ALLOT too late!

Elyria MUST right the ship with a win vs EC and Amherst?  Their fans were as pumped with Avon Lake losing as they were with winning, but they must remember they have NOT been able to Avon Lake!

Hysteria Game of the Week: Avon at Avon Lake


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