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Wolverines’ junior tailback Michael Cavasinni (far left) breaks off a big run in the second half of a 33-0 victory over conference foe Chagrin Falls last Friday evening in Chester. The West Geauga defense continues to dominate as it marked their fourth shutout victory of the season.

The West Geauga Wolverines football continued to flext their muscles in a 33-0 victory over Chagrin Valley Conference rival Chagrin Falls last Friday evening at Howell Field.

It marked the fourth shutout victory of the season for West Geauga (7-2, 4-1) which is a season high for the program since Eric Sopkovich was named head coach. It also is the Wolverines’ third straight victory against their conference foe.

“Chagrin Falls always plays us tough,” said Sopkovich. “The last few years it was back-and-forth. It was nice to have a complete victory on offense, defense and special teams.”

The Tigers’ (4-5. 2-4) offense got off to a slow start. With junior sophomore quarterback Nicholas Vinci dealing with injury, Chagrin Falls started senior quarterback Andrew Kirkpatrick but planned to have senior tailback Donny Hardy jumpstart the offense but the Wolverines expected it.

“We tried to move Donny around so West Geauga could not pin its ears back and come at him,” said Tigers’ coach John Scott. “It did not really matter where we had Donny. The Wolverines were shooting gaps and we were not blocking properly and we just did not get it done up front.”

West Geauga jumped out to a 7-0 lead when senior Ty Bose broke through the middle for a 41-yard touchdown run.

The 5-foot-4 tailback has seen his role in the run game gradually expand over the season. When sophomore tailback Jack Zimmerman suffered a preseason injury that ended his season, Bose stepped up to lift up West Geauga’s ground attack.

Bose led all rushers with 55 yards and one touchdown on five carries.

“Ty is our spark plug,” said the four-year West Geauga coach. “He’s the heart and soul of our offense. When he’s going, our offense really seems to be rolling. He’s just a special kid all the way around.”

The Wolverines carried that momentum over to the defense when senior defensive tackle Austin Pascoe wrapped up Hardy in the end zone for a safety to extend the lead to 9 Chagrin Falls had new life when Wolverines’ senior quarterback Danny Stewart fumbled a handoff exchange and the Tigers took over at the West Geauga 36.

Despite being hobbled by injury, Vinci entered the game and put Chagrin Falls in striking distance after he avoided a sack and turned it into a 31-yard run to put his team at the Wolverines’ 5.

West Geauga’s defense did not give an inch and forced the Tigers into a field goal attempt but Kirkpatrick’s 24-yard kick sailed wide right.

“It was that way all night,” said the first-year Chagrin Falls coach. “We could not handle their defensive front and it’s disappointing.”

The Wolverines made Chagrin Falls pay for that missed opportunity and stretched the lead out to 17-0 after senior wide receiver Torry Stazzone hauled in a 64-yard touchdown reception.

Stazzone was West Geauga’s leading receiver with 81 yards on two receptions on touchdown.

Stazzone was rated as one of the best cornerbacks in the CVC entering the season but has also shined as a wide receiver this year.

“I took a lot of time in the offseason,” said the 6-foot-1 wideout/cornerback “I perfected my craft on the field with my quarterback so that was huge.”

The Wolverines turned it into a rout when Stazzone picked off Kirpatrick on a fourth down attempt and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown.

It marked the second-longest interception return for a touchdown since the inception of Howell Field in 1962.

The Wolverines have hit their stride but have one more job to do. It is not a question of if the Wolverines will be playing more football once the regular season ends but where they will play their first postseason contest.

West Geauga’s hope for a CVC banner will not come to fruition as newcomer Kirtland has all but secured the conference title but if the Wolverines can win their season finale then they will secure home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“It’s big to have home field advantage,” said Bose. “It’s exciting to hear our band at home and not have to travel on the bus.”

Meanwhile, the pressure is on for Chagrin Falls.

The Tigers were ranked 17th in the polls entering the game against West Geauga. A loss on Friday all but dashes Chagrin Falls’ hopes for the postseason as the top 16 teams in each region qualify for the playoffs.

The Wolverines will try and lock up home field advantage by welcoming conference rival Perry to Chester on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. while Chagrin Falls will try and keep its postseason dreams alive when CVC foe Geneva comes to C.S. Harris Stadium the same night.

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