By CHAD GRANT
Special to The Gazette
MEDINA â€” A brief look at the numbers andÂ Medinaâ€™s football game Friday against Hudson might look like a win for the Bees.
Thatâ€™s until you see the scoreboard, where the home team couldnâ€™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) couldnâ€™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 didnâ€™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 gameâ€™s first play.
â€œHe had a special night,â€ Explorersâ€™ coach Thomas Narducci said. â€œLetâ€™s hope itâ€™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.â€
Unfortunately for the Bees, Meyer, a 5-foot-9, 162-pound running back/defensive back, wasnâ€™t done terrorizing them.
Meyer (7 carries, 93 yards, 3 catches, 81 yards and 2 TD) picked off two Medina passes from quarterback Pat Oâ€™Boyle. His ensuing returns set up a pair of short fields for Hudson.
â€œWe had five turnovers tonight,â€ Medina coach Greg Reed said. â€œAnd you canâ€™t win games when you turn the ball over that many times.â€
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.Â
â€œThe big plays killed us,â€ Reed said. â€œI am very proud of our defense, but those plays were just too much.â€
The Explorers tacked on two more TDs early in the fourth to secure the contest.
Oâ€™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.
â€œPat ran the ball well and did some good things tonight,â€ Reed said. â€œI just want him to realize he doesnâ€™t have to do it all himself. He has to get the other guys involved.â€
Oâ€™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.
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