Division IV AP No. 2-ranked Perry (7-0, 4-0) and Division III Geneva (6-1, 4-0) remain in the driver’s seat of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division after lopsided victories against Chagrin Falls (4-3, 3-1) and Lakeside (1-6, 1-3), respectively.
After facing a gauntlet to open league play, Orange (2-5, 1-3) created a turnover frenzy during a 55-12 home victory against Edgewood (2-5, 0-4) on Friday night at Lewis Black Stadium in Pepper Pike.
And still in the race, West Geauga (3-4, 3-1) had no trouble running over Harvey (1-6, 0-4) and enacting a running clock during a 49-16 road rout on Friday night at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.
West Geauga 49
The West Geauga gridders showed the potency of their offense with a 49-0 lead at intermission, before shutting things down for an eventual 49-16 road whipping of Painesville Harvey on Friday night in Lake County.
The Wolverines went smash-mouth with 175-pound junior running back Trae Zimmermann scoring a 15-yard touchdown and then 190-pound senior running back Joe Peterson breaking loose on 32- and 11-yard touchdown rushes for a 21-0 lead at the quarter mark.
West Geauga gained 209 of its 299 yards on 23 carries.
But 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior quarterback Riley Huge, who finished eight-of-nine passing for 90 yards, dialed up sophomore slot receiver Michael Cavasinni for a 21-yard touchdown and a 28-0 upper hand on the first play of the second quarter.
Zimmermann went on to score on a 1-yard rush, 220-pound senior defensive end Harrison Gruber scored on a 37-yard fumble recovery, and Peterson punched in a 6-yard carry for the seven-possession lead at the break.
Peterson finished with 10 carries for 104 yards, while Zimmermann had five carries for 95 yards, Cavassini collected two catches for 28 yards, and 6-foot junior receiver Luke Musser had two catches for 38 yards.
Harvey scored both of its touchdowns in the fourth quarter with a pair of two-point conversions for the 49-16 final.
The Orange gridders must have put some kind of fright into the visiting Edgewood Warriors of Ashtabula County, as the Lions took advantage of four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt during their 55-12 victory.
Senior running back Diante White found the end zone on 1- and 10-yard runs, senior Luca Garofoli scored a 4-yard touchdown, and junior quarterback Zak Basharat crossed the goal line on an 11-yard keeper for a 27-0 upper hand at the quarter mark.
Four of Edgewood’s miscues came in that opening frame.
“The boys took advantage of it, and we did enough good things to be better than them, and I would say that’s really the name of what happened,” Orange 11th-year head coach Adam Bechlem said. “While we didn’t play a perfect game by any means, we certainly did enough things right to win.”
In the second quarter, senior receiver Tre’von Davis used his speed to collect 62- and 50-yard touchdown catches from Basharat to provide the Lions a 41-6 lead at intermission.
Basharat finished five-of-eight passing for 187 yards, with his three other completions going to senior Marvin Davies for 75 yards.
“We were hyper-aggressive last week, and Perry made us pay for it,” Bechlem said about five turnovers in a loss to the Pirates. “So, we dialed it in a little bit and got back to some fundamentals and executed much better. So, (Basharat) did a really nice job.
“And Tre (Davis) has been a real explosive player for us all year. So, that’s been great to have him out there creating the majority of our big plays.”
Lion junior running back Greg Beard, who led the ground attack with six carries for 100 yards, scored on a 51-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and senior linebacker Ryan Adler collected a 14-yard pick-six for Orange’s 55-6 lead at the end of the frame.
Edgewood found the end zone once more in the fourth quarter for the 55-12 final.
Overall, Orange gained 409 yards, including 222 yards rushing.
Chagrin Falls 17
Chagrin Falls hung with Division IV AP No. 2-ranked Perry for a half, 21-10, which is more than any other CVC team can say so far, but the Tigers fell victims to a 45-17 home loss on Friday night at C.S. Harris Stadium.
Perry 6-foot, 210-pound junior running back Jaylen Anderson found daylight on a 73-yard touchdown run to open the game, but Chagrin answered on junior Xavier Perez’s 30-yard touchdown catch that junior quarterback Dawson Pierce delivered on the run.
The Pirates reclaimed the lead, 14-7, on a 36-yard toss from 6-foot senior quarterback Drew Schiano to 6-foot-3 senior receiver Devon Holbert before the quarter mark.
But Chagrin answered again, this time on a 30-yard field goal by sophomore Andrew Kirkpatrick to cut the deficit, 14-10.
Schiano redialed Holbert for another touchdown before the end of the half for that 21-10 upper hand. Perry then took advantage of a safety and a 4-yard keeper by Schiano for a 31-10 lead after three quarters.
Chagrin’s Perez scored once more on a 10-yard catch late in the fourth for the 45-17 final.
Pierce finished 21-of-34 passing for 226 yards; Perez had seven catches for 80 yards and four carries for 21 yards; senior Lucas Gaizutis collected five catches for 65 yards; junior Will Tropp finished with five catches for 48 yards; and senior Jonathan Mares had three catches for 27 yards.