Saturday, September 30, 2023

CVC football teams advance in postseason

Three more teams from the Chagrin Valley Conference earned postseason victories on Saturday.

Beachwood, Chagrin Falls and Trinity each won their first-round games and will play in the second round next weekend.

The Bison won in the postseason for the first time in school history.

Beachwood scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to pull away from visiting Grand Valley in a 41-12 win on Saturday.

Desmond Horne, Jr. opened the scoring for the Bison with a 25-yard run in the first quarter. Grand Valley responded with a Nathan Boiarski 65-yard scamper. Grand Valley missed the extra point, leaving Beachwood ahead, 7-6.

The Bison then went up 14-6 on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Wiggins to Derric Minter and Minter followed that up with a five-yard touchdown run. Kendyn Wiggins’ 10-yard touchdown run pushed Beachwood’s lead to 28-6 at halftime.

Minter added two second-half touchdown runs and Grand Valley scored on a 40-yard pass to close out the scoring.

Minter ran for a game-high 127 yards on 16 carries and he also completed 8-of-12 passes for 63 yards. Boiarski led the Mustangs with 106 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Beachwood will host Warrensville Heights in a second-round game on Saturday.

Chagrin Falls advanced in the postseason for the first time since 2013 with a 56-6 win over league rival Hawken.

Early turnovers gave the Tigers an early lead and they never looked back.

Dawson Pierce threw a touchdown pass to Josh Norton to convert the first Hawken miscue into points and Donny Hardy ran for a 53-yard touchdown following the second take away to make it 14-0.

Hawken’s A.J. Sands made a diving touchdown grab to break up the Chagrin Falls scoring run but the Tigers responded with touchdown runs from Cam O’Connor, Xavier Perez, Hardy and another from O’Connor to take a 42-6 lead.

The Tigers advanced to play at Mogadore Field on Saturday.

Trinity picked up its first postseason win since the Trojans captured the state title in 1980.

Junior quarterback Ian Anderson became the school’s all-time leading passer in the 25-7 win over Rittman.

Anderson hooked up with Jack Maloney on an early touchdown pass but Rittman responded to even up the score.

The Trojans scored the final 18 points of the game, which included a Caleb Moss 60-yard scoring run in the second half.

Trinity hosts Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in the second round.

Crestwood received a forfeit from Warren Champion and will play in the second round at Sugarcreek Garaway on Saturday.

Berkshire came up short against a potent Lutheran East team.

The Badgers nearly matched the Falcons point for point until late in the game as Lutheran East pulled out a 58-35 win.

Berkshire jumped out to an 8-0 lead when Jacob Brown scored on a five-yard run and then threw a two-point conversion.

Lutheran East scored on two big plays—a 69 and a 94-yard run—and added a 14-yard scoring play to pull ahead.

Brown got the Badgers back into the game with a seven-yard touchdown run but again big plays led to Falcon touchdowns. Lutheran East completed touchdown passes of 47 and 41 yards to regain control of the game.

Berkshire made its move thanks to a 24-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Blake Jenkins and a five-yard pass from Brown to Alex Munn.

Again, the Falcons responded, this time with a 26-yard touchdown run.

Josh Tribuzzo caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to pull Berkshire to within 44-35 but Lutheran East scored on a seven-yard pass and a 95-yard interception return to close out the game.

Other CVC scores from Saturday:

Galion 55, Lutheran West 7
CVCA 55, Edgewood 21
Lake Catholic over Orange (forf.)
LaBrae 48, Cardinal 14
Genoa 55, Brooklyn 0



Hubbard at Geneva
West Geauga at St. Vincent-St. Mary
Cuyahoga Heights at Lucas
Independence at Monroeville


CVCA at Perry
Chagrin Falls at Field
Manchester at Kirtland
Crestwood at Garaway
Warrensville Heights at Beachwood
St. Thomas Aquinas at Trinity
Smithville at Wickliffe

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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