Monday, January 30, 2023

Vikings fall to Euclid in Battle for the Axe

The Battle for the Axe had not been played in eight year prior to Sept. 6.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph will have to wait at least another year to take the Axe back from neighborhood rival Euclid.

Vikings senior Marvelle Ross scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, but the Panthers prevailed, 23-13, in the first meeting between the two schools since 2006.

Euclid forced four interceptions and scored 17 unanswered points after an initial touchdown by Ross gave VASJ an early lead in front of a large crowd at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium.

Panthers junior tailback Chris Collins ran for 106 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings, who scored 54 points in a Week 1 win over Youngstown Liberty, were limited to 28 yards passing by Euclid.

VASJ returns to Sparky DiBiasio Stadium on Sept. 13 to host East Tech.


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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