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     The Shoremen made it 20 straight over North Olmsted, but as in so many games during that streak, the Eagles didn’t go down without a fight.  Trailing 14-3 midway through the third quarter, Avon Lake’s running game took over, scoring twice for a 17-14 lead.  North Olmsted tied the game on a field goal with  3:47 left, and the Shoremen missed a 35 yard try as time expired in regulation.  The Shoremen “D” held  when the Eagles had 2nd & goal  in overtime to force a field goal.  Winkel hit Seipel for a 17 yard gain on the Shoremen’s first play  in OT, then Collin Lucas took a toss left into the end zone behind some great blocking for the win.  Wyatt Ohm carried 26 times for 167 yards as the offensive line carved big holes in the Eagles’ defensive front time after time.

     The Shoremen took the opening kickoff and starting from their 27 yard line, pounded the ball down the field using old fashioned power football that would make Al O’Neill proud.  Ohm carried four straight times for 3, 18, 13, and 9 yards.  Lucas carried twice, Ohm once again, and Lucas two more times for a 2nd down at the 12.  But an option pitch that went off Wyatt’s fingertips resulted in a loss of 11.  Winkel ran a draw play back to the 12, and Alex Voloshen booted a 29 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with six minutes gone on the game.  The Eagles returned the kick to the 27, then on 2nd & 7 N. Olmsted QB Bradley Novak ran around right end for 11 yards and a first down.  This kid is a real stud and the truth is that any time the Eagles called something other than a Novak run they were doing the Shoremen a favor.  Fortunately, they called a handoff and a pass on the next series and had to punt.  The Shoremen went three and out, and a shanked punt gave the Eagles the ball at their own 47.  The Eagles converted on a Novak run on 4th & 2.  A pass took the ball to the 14, but the Maroon& Gold defense stiffened and on fourth down from the eight, a 25 yard field goal try sailed wide right.  Three runs later the Shoremen went for the home run on 2nd & 4 from their 42.  Matt Gottschall was wide open on a post, but the pass was underthrown allowing the defense time to recover and break up the play.  The Shoremen ended up punting on 4th & 2.  Starting from their 25 with 6:51 left in the half, North Olmsted marched 75 yards in 14 plays – nine of them runs by Novak.  Ben Kurcsak dove in from the one with 51 seconds to go before intermission.  The Shoremen moved as far as the Eagle 31, but ran short of time and Voloshen’s 48 yard field goal try was short and left as time expired.

      North Olmsted started the second half with a 42 yard kick return to their own 47.  A handoff on a jet sweep lost three yards, but Novak came right back with a quarterback draw for 11.  On 3rd & 2 he hit a post pattern to Brandon Dickey for a first down at the 17.  On 2nd & 8 from the 15, Novak was pressured as he rolled right, scrambled back to his left, and raced untouched into the end zone.  With less that three minutes gone in the third period, it was 14-3 and it felt to all in attendance that North Olmsted had all of the momentum on their side.  I should have said, it felt that way to everyone but the Shoremen.  The offense came out with a vengeance, marching 70 yards on 10 plays, all on the ground.  Ohm crashed in on 4th & goal from the one, and suddenly things didn’t look so bleak for the good guys.  Another good kick return had the Eagles in business at their 39. On 3rd & 9, Novak was hit as he threw and the pass fell incomplete.  The punt rolled to the 13, and a couple of runs gained a first down at the 31.  But a fumbled snap on 3rd & 2 forced another punt, this one to the Eagles’ 30.  A bomb on first down was incomplete, a run by the tailback picked up one, and again Novak was hit as he threw.  This one was nearly picked for a touchdown by Jace Russell,  and on 4th & 9 it was the Eagles turn to shank a punt out of bounds at the Shoremen 42.   The Shoremen continued to gouge North Olmsted’s defense for chunks of yardage, advancing to a first down at the 20 on seven running plays.  Ohm carried through gaping hole on a counter over right tackle, put a nice move on the safety, and dashed in for the 20 yard TD and a 17-14 lead with 8:54 to play.  On the next series, it looked like the Shoremen had stopped the Eagles on 4th & 3 from the 45, but a rather generous pass interference call kept the drive alive at the 30.  Two Novak runs gained a first down at the 19.  But a jet sweep to Kurcsak gained only one, Ben Oxley batted down a pass, and the third down pass was dropped incomplete.  Ben Lyons converted the 34 yard field goal to tie the game with 3:47 left.  Russell brought the kickoff back to the 36, and Lucas carried to the North Olmsted 45.  The drive stalled, and the punt barely made it into the end zone for a touchback.  Three runs left the Eagles punting with 35 seconds to go in regulation, and when Trevor Anderson blocked the kick, Avon Lake had the ball at the 18 yard line with no timeouts left.  After three incompletions, Voloshen hooked the potential game winner wide left, leaving the game score 17-17 at the  end of regulation.

      Avon Lake won the toss & elected to play defense first.  On first down Novak handed off on jet sweep right, but the runner handed to a wideout on a reverse that was good for nine yards.  Kurcsak picked up a first down at the 8, and then ran a counter to the two.  On second down, a disciplined pass rush kept Novak contained to force an incompletion.  The Eagle signal caller tried a sweep right on third down, but Collin Lucas ran Novak down from behind and a swarm of his fellow defenders helped stop the play for no gain.  Lyons 19 yard kick split the uprights for a 20-17 lead as the Shoremen went on offense.  Winkel threw nice play-action pass on first down to Seipel on the left sideline, good for 17 yards.  Lucas took a toss to the left, followed a great block by Ohm, and three yards later  the game was over.



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Avon Lake

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7

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23

N. Olmsted

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N.O.

 

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First downs

 

13

 

17

Rush Yds

 

153

 

256

Pass Yds

 

90

 

38

Passes att-comp-int

 

16-7-0

 

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Fumbles-lost

 

1-0

 

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Penalties

 

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2-20

AL – FG Voloshen 29
NO – Kurcsak 1 run (Lyons kick)
NO – Novak 15 run (Lyons kick)
AL – Ohm 1 run  (Voloshen kick)
AL – Ohm 20 run (Voloshen kick)
NO – FG  Lyons 34
NO – FG Lyons 19
AL – Lucas 3 run