June 29, 2016

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Hudson explores winning route


Special to The Gazette

MEDINA — A brief look at the numbers and  Medina’s football game Friday against Hudson might look like a win for the Bees.

That’s until you see the scoreboard, where the home team couldn’t keep up and dropped its season opener 38-16.

Despite outgaining the Explorers (1-0) and at times looking like the better team, Medina (0-1) couldn’t overcome its self-inflicted wounds.

The Bees gained 400 yards offensively, but critical turnovers and the big-play ability of Hudson (1-0) were just too much.

It didn’t take Hudson long to show off its big-play offense when senior running back Kevin Meyer burst through the middle of the Medina defense for a 65-yard score on the game’s first play.

“He had a special night,” Explorers’ coach Thomas Narducci said. “Let’s hope it’s not a career night, though. We knew coming in tonight that we had to get him touches. We hope he has some more in store.”

Unfortunately for the Bees, Meyer, a 5-foot-9, 162-pound running back/defensive back, wasn’t done terrorizing them.

Meyer (7 carries, 93 yards, 3 catches, 81 yards and 2 TD) picked off two Medina passes from quarterback Pat O’Boyle. His ensuing returns set up a pair of short fields for Hudson.

“We had five turnovers tonight,” Medina coach Greg Reed said. “And you can’t win games when you turn the ball over that many times.”

The Bees were lucky to escape with the five miscues, as they put the ball on the turf a total of seven times.

Even as they struggled to hold on to the ball, Medina managed to hang around the majority of the game until Meyer broke free on 55-yard screen pass for a score midway through the third quarter, giving Hudson its biggest lead of the night at 24-10. 

“The big plays killed us,” Reed said. “I am very proud of our defense, but those plays were just too much.”

The Explorers tacked on two more TDs early in the fourth to secure the contest.

O’Boyle (13-of-27 passing for 238 yards and 29 carries for 112 yards) did his best to keep Medina in the game, throwing for a pair of touchdowns.

“Pat ran the ball well and did some good things tonight,” Reed said. “I just want him to realize he doesn’t have to do it all himself. He has to get the other guys involved.”

O’Boyle accounted for over 80 percent of the offense and outgained the Explorers by himself.



Up Next: Medina (0-1) at Nordonia (1-0); Hudson (1-0) at Twinsburg.
Grant may be reached at sports@ohio.net.