July 24, 2016

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Colts kick up their heels


Special to The Gazette

FAIRVIEW PARK — Cody Roberts exemplified the play of Cloverleaf’s football team Friday night, which is to say the Colts were in control the entire game, though that didn’t always produce the best results.

Roberts, a senior quarterback, rushed for 149 yards, threw for 102 more and lost three fumbles to the Fairview Park Fairview defense — one of which led to a score — in the Colts’ 38-21 non-league win over the Division III Warriors.

“He had a couple fumbles, but you look at the other things he did,” Cloverleaf coach Kevin Gault said. “He’s a very good leader; he’s going to play his hind end off at all times.”

Roberts, however, also gave Fairview its only lead.

On the fourth play following a 14-yard touchdown pass from Warriors quarterback Adam Dickey that knotted the game 7-7, Roberts had the ball stripped on a keeper. Fairview’s Ameer Abouhmoud recovered on the Cloverleaf 33-yard line.

It was Roberts’ second fumble of the series, third of the game and the second one Fairview recovered.

The Warriors scored five plays later on a 10-yard burst by Cannan Lorek, putting Fairview, which lost to the Colts 52-14 last season, up 14-7.

From that point, Roberts racked up 126 yards on the ground, including a 20-yard touchdown run, and threw for 57 yards and a TD. He also added two pass breakups on defense.

“He put the ball on the ground a couple of times, but he never hung his head,” Gault said. “He kept fighting back and good things happened.”

Cloverleaf’s offense was solid after scoring only 10 points in its season-opening win against Buckeye.

Adam Cepik rushed for 45 yards and three touchdowns. Do-it-all senior Kyle Juszczyk, who lined up at running back, quarterback, receiver and tight end, rushed for 60 yards on four carriers and caught five passes for 88 yards, including a 3-yard TD pass that made the score 24-14 and deflated the Warriors.

“Our offensive line did a great job of moving the ball, though they had too many penalties, but those are things we’ll work on,” Gault said. “(Cepik) has been a real nice surprise. Adam does a nice job of getting his hips squared when he hits the line of scrimmage and he has real nice balance.”

Cloverleaf’s defense also was solid, yielding just 83 yards on the ground.

Dickey, however, was knocked out of the game due to a leg injury with 11:09 remaining in the third quarter. To that point, he had completed 3-of-7 passes for 52 yards.

Second-string QB Brett Willgren threw incomplete passes on all three attempts.

“Our kids played hard,” Gault said. “Sometimes there’s adversity and things happen. One thing I’m proud of is our kids never laid down after it went in the tank a little bit. They battled hard and made good things happen.”

Ferrise may be reached at sports@ohio.net.