June 30, 2016

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Weather in big winner

Brunswick's Michael Bekeny looks for room to run in the first quarter Friday night against Hudson. (JUDD SMERLGIA/GAZETTE)


Rick Noland

The Gazette

Four of the six football games involving Medina County teams were postponed Friday due to weather-related issues and will resume this afternoon.

Host Brunswick trailed Hudson 12-0 with 4:42 left in the first half when lightning halted the non-league game. The Blue Devils and Explorers will resume play at 3:30 p.m. today at Brunswick.

Visiting Medina led Garfield Heights 23-13 at halftime when their non-league game was halted. It will resume at 4 p.m. today at Garfield Heights.

Host Black River was leading Lutheran West 22-15 in their Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division game when action was halted with 6:02 left in the first half. After a two-hour delay, the game was postponed and will be resumed at 2 p.m. today at Black River.

Visiting Buckeye led Oberlin 17-0 in PAC cross-division play when the game was halted with 17 seconds left in the first quarter. It will be continued at 4 p.m. today at Oberlin.

Any time lightning is seen or thunder is heard at an outdoor high school event, the field and stands are immediately cleared and an automatic 30-minute delay ensues. That 30-minute delay starts over any time there is another occurrence of either.

Brunswick (2-1), which could have easily been down 20-0, was finally moving the ball and had advanced to the Hudson 21 when play was halted at 7:45 p.m. With lightning becoming more frequent, the game was postponed at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The Explorers (3-0) took advantage of two huge offsides penalties on the Blue Devils — one with the ball on the Hudson 1 and the other while the Explorers were in punt formation on fourth-and-3 — to go up 3-0 on a 28-yard Pierce Royster field goal with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

Hudson made it 6-0 with 11:09 left in the second period when Royster hit a 24-yard field goal. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Brunswick aided that drive, but the Blue Devils defense stiffened after the Explorers had first-and-goal at the 6.

Hudson went up 12-0 when do-everything quarterback Mitchell Guadagni ran in from 9 yards out with 8:39 left in the half. Royster missed the extra point.

Guadagni was 9-for-13 passing for 131 yards and had rushed five times for 41 yards when the game was postponed, while Brunswick quarterback Steven Ficyk was 1-for-2 for 11 yards with an interception. Ficyk was sacked three times in the opening quarter. Blue Devils tailback Richie Norman had 10 carries for 60 yards.

Down 13-7 to Garfield Heights (3-0) with less than 5 minutes to go in the second quarter, the Bees (1-2) rattled off 16 unanswered points.

The run started with a safety on a botched Bulldogs punt attempt with 4:00 left in the half. Medina then got a 9-yard touchdown pass from Collin Minor to Troy Grabowski with 2:40 to go and a 60-yard interception return for a TD by Kenny Wilder late in the half.

The Bees’ first touchdown was scored by Kyle Scherer on a 17-yard run with 4:39 left in the first.

Medina senior safety Dayln Herrmann had two interceptions of Jameel Miller in the first quarter prior to Wilder’s pick-six.

At Black River, Pirates (1-2) running back Andrew Vaughn set a Medina County record for career touchdowns with three, giving him 60 over his illustrious career. Vaughn broke the record of 59 set by Buckeye’s Cory Reisner from 2005-08.

Vaughn opened the scoring with a 60-yard scamper with 4:14 left in the first period, then added a 2-yard run early in the second and a 7-yard scamper at the 6:09 mark. He had rushed nine times for 182 yards against the Longhorns (2-1) when play was halted.

In the Buckeye game, the Bucks (0-3) scored on their first play from scrimmage when Cody Fortney scampered 56 yards.

Buckeye made it 14-0 when Fortney scored from 4 yards out with 9:18 left in the opening quarter, then went up 17-0 against Oberlin (1-2) when George Rusinko hit a school-record 43-yard field goal with 6:21 left in the first. Rusinko’s kick broke the mark set by Bill Zacharias, who kicked a 42-yarder against Lutheran West in 1980.

Dan Brown, Rich Doyle and Chad Grant contributed to this story.

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