WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf football team received a double dose of lightning Friday night at Gene Clark Stadium.
Lightning from the Nordonia offense coupled with lightning from the sky resulted in a game-shortened 27-3 Suburban League defeat for the Colts.
The weather was the big story. Athletic directors and head coaches from both schools, with approval from the Ohio High School Athletic Association, decided to call the game with six minutes remaining in the first half.
“We called Columbus and we all agreed based on the score and the weather picture, it was just the best thing to call the game and not even consider finishing it (today),” Colts AD Craig Walkup said.
The Colts (2-2, 0-1) had no answer for the Knights’ no-huddle attack. Nordonia (4-0, 1-0) scored on three of its first four possessions and needed only 14 plays to accomplish it.
Quarterback David Murray (9-for-12, 116 yards) threw first-quarter scores to Denzel Ward (23 yards) and Trey Lincoln (17 yards), while Jordan Nobles (7 carries, 86 yards) scored on runs of 23 and 60 yards.
In the 18 minutes the game was played, Nordonia ran 19 plays for 209 total yards, with 93 coming on the ground.
“That was probably our best first-half offensive showing of the season,” assistant coach Scott Barwidi said. “We have a lot of athletes on this team, and they were all just flying out there tonight.”
Nordonia was also playing some good defense, holding the Colts to 59 yards total offense on 25 plays.
Cloverleaf’s only threat was a nine-play, 49-yard drive late in the first quarter that ended in a 33-yard field goal from Kyle Sasinka.
The Colts offense was led by Devin Cunningham (11 carries, 33 yards) and Austin Smith (4 carries, 14 yards). Quarterback Garrison Flora was 2-for 7 for 21 yards and an interception.
With the victory, Nordonia is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2004.
“I really didn’t know that,” Knights coach Jeff Fox said. “That is a nice accomplishment, but what we do the rest of the season is the most important thing.”
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Nordonia 27, Cloverleaf 3
NORDONIA 20 7 — 27
CLOVERLEAF 3 0 — 3
N — Denzel Ward 23 pass from David Murray (Roy Rudder kick), 8:57.
N — Trey Lincoln 17 pass from Murray (pass failed), 6:46.
C — Kyle Sasinka 33 field goal, 2:53.
N — Jordan Nobles 23 run (Rudder kick), 2:16.
C — Nobles 60 run (Rudder kick), 7:27.