Three weeks into the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division season, Division IV AP No. 2-ranked Perry (6-0), Geneva (5-1) and Chagrin Falls (4-2) remain unbeaten at 3-0 in league play.
Behind another efficient passing performance by junior quarterback Dawson Pierce and a near impenetrable defense, Chagrin Falls put a 47-8 whipping on Edgewood (2-4, 0-3) in front of a home crowd Friday night at Harris Stadium.
Geneva owned just a 21-14 lead at halftime against West Geauga (2-4, 2-1), before the Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns to run away with a 42-14 victory on Friday night at the Spire Institute in Ashtabula County.
Collecting five interceptions, including four by 6-foot-2 junior defensive back Desmond Malone, Perry cruised to a 71-20 rout against Orange (1-5, 0-3) on Friday night at Lewis Black Stadium in Pepper Pike.
And in other Chagrin Division action, Ashtabula Lakeside (1-5, 1-2) earned its first victory of the season during a 68-62 double-overtime battle against Harvey (1-5, 0-3) on Friday night in Painesville.
Chagrin Falls 47
Chagrin Falls 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior quarterback Dawson Pierce completed 10 of 12 passes for 203 yards with four touchdowns to propel a 47-0 halftime lead during a home triumph against Edgewood on Friday night.
The fat lady probably didn’t even need to show up, as the Tiger gridders cruised to their fourth straight victory and third straight rout in league play. Through three weeks, they’ve outscored their CVC opponents, 137-26.
Chagrin’s lead playmaker against Edgewood, junior Xavier Perez collected five catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns, including a 69-yard score, and added a fourth touchdown on a 5-yard carry.
Also finding the end zone, senior Lucas Gaizutis finished with four catches for 72 yards with a 42-yard touchdown; senior defensive back Cam Owen collected a 40-yard interception for a touchdown; and junior Cam O’Connor had six carries for 39 yards with a 20-yard touchdown.
Providing an all-around effort, junior linebacker Owen McClintock tallied six tackles, two quarterback pressures and one interception, in addition to three rushes for 24 yards. Senior defensive back Paul Fierman also came up with a pick for the Tigers.
Edgewood’s lone touchdown came on a 73-yard toss from sophomore quarterback Zach Winchell to sophomore receiver Izaiah Harris late in the third quarter for the eventual 47-8 final.
Overall, Chagrin’s defense forced four turnovers. In addition to the three interceptions, Tiger junior linebacker Charlie McLaughlin forced a fumble, and sophomore lineman Max Moore recovered it.
West Geauga 14
The West Geauga gridders owned a 14-7 lead at the quarter mark of their road test against the Division III Geneva Eagles (5-1) on Friday night at the Spire Institute in Ashtabula County.
Wolverine 175-pound junior running back Trae Zimmermann came up with a 29-yard touchdown catch from 6-foot-4 senior quarterback Riley Huge for a 7-0 lead; Geneva 240-pound junior fullback Charlie Taylor answered on a 65-yard touchdown jaunt; and then Huge dialed up 5-foot-9 senior Aidan Pitcock for a 14-yard score with 4:37 left in the opening frame.
The West G boys were going to have to continue to score to remain unbeaten in CVC play, but the host Eagles managed to close off the end zone for the remainder of the game for an eventual 42-14 drubbing of the Wolverines.
Geneva’s Taylor broke loose again for a 21-yard score to cut the Eagles’ deficit, 14-13, with 8:13 remaining in the half, and then Eagle 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback Ben Scibona scored on an 8-yard keeper to take a 21-14 upper hand at intermission.
Geneva 190-pound senior halfback Vinny Varckette scored a 33-yard touchdown for a 27-14 lead early in the third quarter, and then fellow 190-pound senior halfback Blake Peet rubbed salt in the wound with an 11-yard touchdown sweep for a 35-14 command with 2:59 left in the third quarter.
Peet put the scoring to bed on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter for the 42-14 final.
Orange was going to need to play a near-perfect game just to keep it close against Division IV AP No. 2-ranked Perry (6-0), but five interceptions didn’t cut it during a 71-20 home loss for the Lions on Friday night in Pepper Pike.
Motored by four picks by 6-foot-2 junior defensive back Desmond Malone and by 541 yards of offense, the visiting Pirates improved their regular-season win streak to 16. They’ve won 36 of their past 37 games in the regular season with the exception of an overtime loss against Chardon in week two of 2018.
Perry soared to a 43-0 upper hand midway through the second quarter, before Orange senior running back Diante White found the end zone on a 50-yard carry to put the Lions on the board.
But Perry answered on a 55-yard touchdown toss from senior quarterback Drew Schiano to 195-pound senior running back Deandre Malone and a 75-yard pick-six by Desmond Malone for a 57-7 lead at intermission.
Orange’s White found the end zone again on a 33-yard rush in the third quarter, and then Lion senior receiver Tre’von Davis scored on a 19-yard toss from junior quarterback Zak Basharat in the fourth quarter.
Overall, Orange finished with 214 yards and 12 first downs. White tallied 13 carries for 132 yards, as well as three catches for 22 yards, while junior running back Greg Beard had six carries for 47 yards.