Monday, February 26, 2024

Heights, Kirtland, Perry advance in postseason

Cuyahoga Heights, Kirtland, and Perry all won their games on Friday night and advanced in the OHSAA postseason tournament.

The Red Wolves held off host Valley Christian, 10-6, in a Division VI, Region 21 showdown that was supposed to feature two high-powered offenses. Instead, it was each team’s defense that stole the show.

Andy Jakubczak scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Noah Wilson booted a 28-yard field goal in the third.

Trailing 7-0 at the break, Valley Christian converted an onside kick to start the second half. The Eagles then marched 47 yards to pull to within 7-6.

The Red Wolves responded with Wilson’s field goal and then turned to their defense to seal the win.

Sixth-seeded Heights (9-2) advanced to play No. 2 Mogadore (10-0) on Saturday at a location to be determined.

Kirtland ran over visiting Hanoverton United, 48-6, in Division VI, Region 21.

Tommy Gogolin and Gino Blasini combined to run for 236 yards on just seven carries with three touchdowns. Gogolin led the team with 124 yards and two scores on just four carries while Blasini ran three times for 112 yards and a touchdown.

The top-seeded Hornets (12-0) will play No. 4 Dalton (10-2) on Saturday at a location to be determined.

Perry blanked visiting Fairless, 35-0, on CVC TV in a Division V, Region 17 matchup.

Brayden Richards led the Pirates on the ground with 168 yards on 12 carries with two touchdown runs and he also hauled in a seven-yard touchdown pass. Jayden Studio added 57 yards and a touchdown and Owen McKoon ran for 52 yards, which included an 18-yard touchdown. Walter Moses completed 9-of-15 passes for 147 yards and a score.

Third-seeded Perry (10-2) will play No. 2 Sugarcreek Garaway (12-0) on Friday at a location to be determined.

Geneva and Lutheran West both saw their postseason runs come to an end on Friday.

The Eagles lost at two-time defending state champion Chardon, 35-7.

Hayden Diemer scored on a 29-yard run to get the Eagles on the scoreboard but Chardon’s defense limited Geneva to just 106 total yards on the night.

Geneva closed out the season with an 8-4 record.

Lutheran West lost at Holy Name, 20-10, despite holding a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Jalany Theodore scored on a five-yard run and Bryce Groppe added a 31-yard field goal to send the Longhorns into the break with a 10-point lead.

After coming up inches short on a fourth-down play near midfield on its first possession of the second half, Lutheran West turned the ball over on downs and Holy Name went on to score on three straight possessions to seal its win.

Holy Name accumulated 230 yards while the Longhorns managed just 157, with just 25 in the second half.

Lutheran West finished the year 10-2.


Steve Hare
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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