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     It was a happy Homecoming for Avon Lake as the Shoremen beat the Berea-Midpark Titans by a 23-8 margin.  Wyatt Ohm had a big night with 30 carries for 173 yards,  and added an interception at the Shoremen 14 in the fourth quarter with the game still in doubt.  David Winkel completed 10 of 17 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.  And, for the fourth straight week, the Maroon & Gold “D” held their opponent to a single touchdown.

    The Shoremen received the kickoff to open the game, and came out running.  Starting from their 24, Ohm carried for four yards, then 11, then eight yards, all behind the left side of the line.  Lucas picked up four up the middle, the Winkel kept on a read option, breaking a couple of tackles for a gain of eight.  Ohm gained two on a toss sweep right, then took a counter off right tackle for 19 yards to the Berea 19.  But the Titans defense stiffened, stopping Ohm inches short of a first down on 4th & 2 at the nine.  A run over left guard was stuffed at the line by the Shoremen front, then the same play to the right picked up four.  On 3rd& 5, The Titan center rocketed a snap over the head of QB Dan States, who had no choice but to cover the ball in the end zone for a safety.  Ohm returned the free kick to 50, and a personal foul on Berea gave the Shoremen great field position at the Titans 35.  After three plays picked up just two yards, Winkel hit Quinn Cantleberry on 4th & 8 for an apparent first down at the 23.  But a holding call pushed the ball back to the 49 and the Shoremen punted.  The shanked kick dribbled out of bounds at the 30 and Berea took over there.  A couple of quick outs on the left sideline gave the Titans a first down at their forty, but the drive stalled at the 44 forcing a punt.  Seipel had a decent return to the 32, but a block in the back moved the Shoremen back to the 23.  Winkel ran a sweep left for 13 yards and a first down, and the quarter ended with Avon Lake facing 3rd & 5 at their 42.

    Winkel opened the second period by throwing a 10 yard strike to Max Seipel, then hit Matt Gottschall in the right flat for six yards.  Ohm bulled his way to a seven yard gain, the Winkel found Seipel again, this time good for 11.  Winkel scrambled for eight yards to the 18, and Ohm picked up another seven to the Berea 12.  Winkel looked for Seipel one more time as he rolled to his right, and an easy toss to Max, all alone in the end zone, put the Shoremen up 8-0.  Alex Voloshen’s PAT made it 9-0.  The Titans came back with a nice drive after the kickoff, reaching the Shoremen 9 yard line in ten plays.  But on second down the center airmailed another snap over the QB’s head, and Danny Disbrow blew up a screen for a loss of five. The pass on 4th & goal from the 24 was incomplete, and the Shoremen took over.  They managed just nine yards in three plays, but on 4th & 1 Seipel launched a beautiful spiraling punt over the head of the returner, pinning the Titans at their five, wher the were content to run out the first half clock.

   Voloshen’s second half kickoff appeared to be headed out of bounds, but the kick returner managed to snag it at the four and step out to put the Titans in a hole.  Three runs netted a two yard loss, forcing a punt that rolled dead at the Berea 40.  Winkel found Jeremiah Campo for eight yards on 4th & 4.  After a third down pass to Kyle Kuhar was broken up in the end zone, Voloshen hooked his 37 yard field goal attempt wide left. The Titans went three and out, punting to the Avon Lake 40.  Winkel scrambled up the middle for eight after an incompletion on first down. Ohm picked up two for a first down at midfield, then broke loose around the right side for a 29 yard gain to the 21.  On 3rd & 10, Winkel rolled left, dodged the pass rush and reversed his field all the way back to right sideline.  David made one guy miss about five yards shy of the first down, then appeared to be stopped a yard short, but powered his way down to the nine.  Ohm cashed in from the two on third down, and the 16-0 lead with under two minutes left in the third looked pretty good.  Berea went three and out, with the Shoremen starting at the Titans 42 after a short punt.  A two yard run by Ohm wrapped up the quarter.

   The Shoremen couldn’t move the ball any further, and punted to the Berea 19.  Turner Keane dropped  States for an eight yard loss, but on second down Justin Hall got loose around the right side all the way out to the 46.  States completed a pass for 16 yards to the Shoremen 38, and on the next play he found Nate Diggins running completely uncovered down the right sideline for the score.  A two point conversion was good, and suddenly the game was on.  A mishandled kickoff left the Shoremen backed up to their own 14, but on third down Ohm broke a jet sweep left for a gain of 42 to the Berea 36.  Four plays later Wyatt picked up three on 4th & 1, and then, facing 4th & 4, Winkel hit Seipel for a first down at the 10.  Lucas burst through the middle for a ten yard TD to make it 23-8 with 4.:22 to play.  The Titans reached Shoremen territory on one final drive, but on first down from the 36, Anthony Thielman hit States as he threw, and Ohm picked off the pass at the 14.  The Shoremen picked up one first down and ran out the clock to end the game.

 

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Avon Lake

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7

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7

23

Berea-Midpark

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0

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8

 

 

 

B-M

 

A.L.

First downs

 

13

 

20

Rush Yds

 

62

 

269

Pass Yds

 

122

 

82

Passes att-comp-int

 

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17-10-0

Fumbles-lost

 

4-0

 

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Penalties

 

3-35

 

3-35

AL – Safety
AL – Seipel 18 pass from Winkel (Voloshen kick)
AL – Ohm 2 run (Voloshen kick)
B-M – Diggins 38 pass from States
AL – Lucas 10 run (Voloshen kick)