Monday, February 26, 2024

West Geauga rolls to big win over Orange

CHESTERLAND–West Geauga executed on both sides of the ball for a resounding 62-0 victory over visiting Orange on Friday

Playing with their foot on the gas all night, the Wolverines used their athleticism to their advantage and were especially impressive because they scored early and often.

“I thought I played great, and the whole team played great and we executed just about everything we wanted to tonight,” said West Geauga quarterback Danny Stewart.

West Geauga’s defense was firing on all cylinders as well, forcing three three-and-outs throughout the first quarter.

“Our defensive coordinator, Coach Larrick, put together a great game plan,” said West Geauga coach Adam Sopkovic. “We worked hard on it, played a lot of man, and pressured a lot as well. The guys performed for us.”

Stewart got the night started with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Chris Ranallo followed by a West Geauga touchdown and field goal. Ty Bose then flashed his speed on a 33-yard touchdown run to push the Wolverine lead to 24-0 with four minutes left in the opening quarter.

“During practice, coach and I have put in a lot of time and effort to get my speed and agility better,” Bose said.

After another three-and-out from Orange, the Wolverines struck again as Stewart connected for a second time with Ranallo to push the lead to 31-0 at the end of the first.

The Wolverines added two more scores in the second half to take a 45-0 lead into the locker room.

A touchdown and a field goal extended the lead to 55-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

Andrew Marino closed out the scoring in the fourth when he caught a deflected pass in the end zone.

“I tip my hat off to the offensive line,” Sopkovic said. “Also, Danny played a great game; Ty played a great game as well. Most of our seniors scored tonight. It was definitely a collective effort.”

The Wolverines improved to 5-2 and will travel to Geneva on Friday. Orange dropped to 1-6 and will host Perry next week.

Brian Papesch
Brian Papesch
Papesch, an Orange High School and Notre Dame College graduate and life-long Cleveland fan, has a passion for all sports. He is focused on delivering accurate, informative, and amazing information on Northeast Ohio's finest teams and athletes.

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