Highland leads Tallmadge, Hoban rolls in Akron area high school football


Highland 27, Tallmadge 7

The Hornets (4-0, 1-0) finished 10 of last season’s Division II regional semi-final squad, but they make it clear that the Suburban League’s American Conference might just come through Granger Township this season.

Lukas Stiles rushed for 157 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Blue Devils (3-1, 0-1), Robinson rushed the ball 12 times for 101 yards and Highland opened a halftime tie.

Perhaps even more impressive than the offensive prowess was the ball peddling Highland did on Tallmadge quarterback Ty Hurst.

Hurst, who arrived with an average of 304.7 yards through the air, completed 19 of 32 passes for 154 yards with three interceptions. Wisconsin commitment Collin Dixon had five catches for 40 yards but was held out of the end zone.

Highland safety Creed Hill intercepted and recovered a fumble. Matt Ciryak had a 63-yard interception and punt return for a touchdown.

Archbishop Hoban 49, Cincinnati Withrow 13

Senior Lamar Sperling rushed for four touchdowns and 179 yards on 14 carries to lead the visiting Knights (4-0) to a victory over the Tigers (1-3).

Junior quarterback Hoban JacQai Long completed 11 of 13 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. Junior Caleb Jones caught Long’s TD pass, Xavier Williams ran for a touchdown and junior Jordan Pritchard-Sewell recovered a fumble and ran for a touchdown.

Hoban ran for 232 yards on 34 carries and Withrow ran for 13 yards on 12 carries.

Norton 35, Streetboro 25

Luke Dobbins had touchdown passes for 68 and 71 yards in the second half to lift the Panthers (3-1, 1-0) in a Metro Athletic Conference game. Cooper Nipuelio closed the scoring in the win over the Rockets (2-2, 0-1) with a 57-yard run for a touchdown.

Aurora 63, Copley 28

Matt Geir rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 79 extra yards and a score in an American Conference Suburban League victory for the Greenmen (3-1, 1-0). Alex Tenorio rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns for Aurora.

Copley (1-3, 0-1) was led by Brandon Moore (24 carries, 78 yards, 3 TDs). DaOne Ownes completed 25 of 37 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown.

STVM defensive back Nathan Lenz, facing him, tries to deflect a pass thrown by Buchtel quarterback Stevie Diamond during the first half of a high school football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Akron, Ohio.

Saint-Vincent-St. Marie 34, Buchtel 13

D’Anthony Kelker and Santino Harper each scored two touchdowns to lead the host Irish (2-1) past the Griffins (0-4).

Kelker ran for 110 yards on eight carries, scored a 66-yard rushing touchdown and returned a 9-yard interception for a touchdown. Harper rushed for two touchdowns and 69 yards on 16 carries.

“The guys played hard,” said STVM coach Terry Cistone. “They fought and I’m proud of them. We were physical like we were last week [in a 35-0 win over Barberton].”

STVM senior Nick Bertolini had four extra points and two field goals (34 yards and 30 yards).

The Irish defense forced five turnovers with Kelker and senior Connor Jones both grabbing an interception, senior Ali Haynes recovering two fumbles, senior Nathan Lenz recovering a fumble and junior Kai White and senior Nick Gage each forcing one escaped.

“We’re pretty good defensively,” Cistone said. “We are pretty good up front. We have a lot of seniors in defense and they are after. We are still working on a few flaws offensively and trying to improve every week.

Buchtel sophomore quarterback Stevie Diamond threw two touchdown passes, a 43-yard strike to senior Marcel Boyce Jr. and a 17-yard connection to second Zyaire Lewis. Griffins second student Arman Gable had an interception.

Green 29, Jackson 28

After losing by one point last week, the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0) opened federal league play with one-point suspense in a behind-the-scenes win.

Green rallied after two touchdowns behind and scored with 44 seconds on a 3-yard run from Robby Klockner to draw less than one. Klockner found Zach Baglia (17 catches, 173 yards, two TDs) on the 2-point conversion and the Bulldogs hung on for the win.

He thwarted a great night from Jackson’s Jason Davide, who finished with 226 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Klockner completed 43 of 66 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns.

East 40, Brush 13

The Dragons (1-3) burst into force during a victory against the Arcs (1-3).

Justin Cox threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns and Ronin Kelly had four receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown.

It was mostly the Ziaire Stevens show. He rushed for 322 yards and scored two touchdowns in East’s first win.

Woodridge 28, Coventry 14

Two fourth-and-one situations went the way of the Bulldogs on Friday at Coventry Memorial Stadium. This turned out to be the difference in the game.

Woodridge (2-2) found his running game and shut down Coventry. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown in each quarter to claim the win and hand the Comets their first loss.

The first key game was a fourth and a goal at 1 for the Comets. Coventry opted to go, but quarterback Brayden Clark got up and stopped short on a quarterback shot.

The Bulldogs took the momentum from the grandstand and turned it into a 99-yard drive, which ended with quarterback Charlie Lambes hitting Jack Novak for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

Coventry opened the second half with a touchdown. On the fourth goal of the 7, Clark found running back Jeremy O’Brien in the end zone to level the score at 14-14.

Woodridge responded with his own drive, capped off with a Taysear Williams-Clay 5-yard touchdown run. Williams-Clay had a big night, running nine times for 81 yards and three touchdowns.

However, the Bulldogs’ workhorse was senior Robert Dixie, who rushed 23 times for 188 yards. He also played the other fourth-and-one game for the Bulldogs.

Woodridge had a fourth-and-one at Coventry 8 and got going. Dixie ran it down the middle and the measure gave the Bulldogs first down about an inch.

Three plays later, Williams-Clay ran in a 4-yard sweep for a touchdown to ice it out for the Bulldogs.

Revere 21, Cuyahoga Falls 7

The visiting Minutemen (2-2) battled Friday in the Suburban League’s American Conference opener but picked up the win late at Clifford Stadium.

Revere’s running tandem of Rowan Klein and Zach Olechnowicz combined for 198 rushing yards on 37 carries. Klein scored two touchdowns, including a 19-yard touchdown with 1:46 to go for the win.

Falls (1-3) received an 8-yard touchdown from Valentino Cargill to cut the lead to 14-7 with 6:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Orville 41, Manchester 8

Asiah Smith scored twice for the Red Riders (2-2) and Greg Smiley threw and ran for a touchdown against the Panthers (0-4), who avoided the shutout with a 62-yard run from Caleb Youngman . Orrville had 438 yards on offense.

Nordonia 37, North Royalton 14

The Knights (4-0) won their National Suburban League Conference opener in familiar fashion. Nordonia’s air attack and defense overwhelmed the Bears (2-2).

After falling 14-9 midway through the second quarter, the Knights finished the game scoring 28 unanswered points.

Knights quarterback Joey Palinkas is continuing his strong start to the season. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran in for a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Zach Zender continues to be the Knights’ workhorse. He rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

The Knights also got a boost from their special teams when Israel Petite returned an 88-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Hudson 31, Twinsburg 13

The Explorers (4-0) opened their National Suburban League conference schedule by jumping over the Tigers (1-3) early.

Hudson led 24-0 after one quarter thanks in large part to his special teams.

Explorers kicker DJ Ashe opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal. Later in the first, Hudson’s special teams blocked a Tigers field goal attempt and Gio DePompei returned the block for a touchdown.

Hudson’s Jagger Pallay had another solid game as a dueling quarterback. He completed 8 of 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He ran seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Ian Ludewig led Hudson’s rushing offense with 17 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Twinsburg avoided the shutout with two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Steve Cammack. He ran for a 70-yard touchdown early in the fourth, then caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from CJ Lyden with 14 seconds left.

Walsh Jesuit 70, Toledo Rogers 12

The two-hour trip to Toledo was perhaps the hardest thing Walsh Jesuit (3-1) had to endure, as once the Warriors arrived they took a 56-0 halftime lead , despite playing many of their reserves early.

Justin Bremner had touchdown passes for 34 and 49 yards in the first quarter, and backup quarterback Ruel Tomlinson threw a touchdown pass to Gavin Mayes and scored on a 57-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Walsh’s defense had two safeties in the win.

Medina 55, Stow 21

Junior Dan Stoddard threw five touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the host Bees (3-1) to a win over the Bulldogs (1-3).

Medina junior Austin Knowles and senior Brennen Schramm both caught two of Stoddard’s touchdown passes, and Carlos Corchado caught the other TD pass.

Stow freshman Jacob Harrington threw two touchdown passes, one to Brayden Gabele and one to Tyler Harrington.


Manchester 170, Orrville 184

The Panthers went 13-0 in Spring Hills as Evan Hausch and Drew Mothersbaugh each shot a 6-over for 41.

Barberton 166, Norton 187

Marco Silva shot a par 34 from 1 under to lead the Magics (6-1) to a win at Spring Hills.

— Compiled by Jimmy Miller, Don Coughlin, Brad Bournival, Michael Beaven, Michael Leonard and Nate Ulrich