November 28, 2015


High school football: Highland’s Zelinski takes nothing for granted

Highland's Tyler Zelinski. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Tyler Zelinski’s breakout senior season has been sponsored by former Browns punter Reggie Hodges, cast iron, protein shakes, Chipotle Mexican Grill and 2 a.m. film study. That’s a lot to digest, so let’s explain. Zelinski saw two years ago how a Highland quarterback should act when he was third string behind two-time Gazette MVP Bruce Read More…

High school football: Medina rough start early leads to loss to Euclid in GCC

MEDINA — There wasn’t a ton of middle ground for the Medina football team Friday night. The Bees were terrible at the start, terrific for most of the second quarter, pretty bad in the third period and not quite good enough in the fourth, resulting in a 35-27 Greater Cleveland Conference loss to Euclid at Read More…

High school football: Mistakes lead to Wadsworth’s loss to Hudson

HUDSON — Friday night was advantage Hudson. That held true at least on the football field, as the Explorers took advantage of mistakes and field position in a 30-6 Suburban League National Division win over Wadsworth. “When we needed a third-down conversion, we got it,” Hudson coach Ron Wright said. “When we got in the Read More…

High school football: Highland rides Dela Cerna, Mall past Barberton

Highland's Hunter Rinard (65) and Chris Petrilla celebrate after stopping Barberton on a fourth down and goal play in the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — With its Suburban League American Division title hopes hanging in the balance Friday, Highland’s football team turned to a pair of unlikely heroes on senior night. Cornerback Jake Mall had the game of his life and running back Manny Dela Cerna burst through the line like a mad man in the first Read More…

High school football: Missed opportunities for Cloverleaf, falls to Field

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John Urchek The Gazette WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf football team could not capitalize on opportunities as visiting Field put a damper on senior night with a 35-13 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division victory Friday night. Cloverleaf (1-8, 0-6) ran only three offensive plays while the Falcons took control in the first quarter. On the Read More…

High school football: Black River gets a dose of Firelands revenge

HENRIETTA TWP. — Revenge is a dish best served cold. In this case, it was against the next opponent on the schedule. The unfortunate victim of Firelands’ revenge was Black River in a 35-14 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division football game Friday night. The Falcons (7-2, 3-1) were reeling after a 42-7 blowout loss at Read More…

High school football: Brunswick falls to Mentor in GCC

Cloverleaf quarterback Travis Hissom looks to run after picking up a block from Tate Surrarrer during the first quarter of the Colts game against Field. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

MENTOR — Marty McFly and Doc Brown were nowhere to be found Friday at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium, but everything about the Greater Cleveland Conference football game between Brunswick and Mentor felt like the movie “Back to the Future.” The Blue Devils fell 20-10 in a scene where Brunswick continuously threatened but only came away Read More…

High school football: Buckeye clinches third straight PAC title with victory over Keystone

Buckeye's Trevor Thome outruns the tackle of Keystone's Ty Cowling in the first quarter.

  LAGRANGE — It was a historic night in many ways for Buckeye’s football team. Unchallenged from the start, the Bucks clinched their third straight Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title and a berth in the Division III playoffs with a 41-0 victory over Keystone. Along the way, quarterback Nathan Polidori broke the school record Read More…

LIVE CHAT: Gazette High School Football Week 9

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Live Blog Medina County High School Football Week 9  

High school football: Black River falters in loss to Brookside

SULLIVAN TWP. — On senior night at Black River, Allan Benson did his best to make sure the home team came away with a win. Even his best wasn’t enough. Benson caught a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and added a 60-yard kickoff return in the second half to put the Pirates football team in position Read More…