August 1, 2014

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High school football: Grizzlies crushed by talented, physical Tigers

Wadsworth defender Will Rock (41) knocks the ball free from Cleveland Heights’ Deante Powell with help from Greg Young (43), Tyler Erbse (55), Cyler Caldwell (2) and Austin White (20) during the second half. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Kenneth Coleman | The Gazette WADSWORTH — Everything is elevated during the playoffs. Teams are faster, defenses hit harder, fans cheer louder and players are more focused. Fresh off a one-loss regular season, the eighth-seeded Wadsworth football team entered Saturday’s Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal against No. 9 Cleveland Heights with high hopes, but it Read More…

High school football: Brunswick shut out 42-0 against Mentor

MENTOR — Even Mother Nature seemed to be working against Brunswick in its 42-0 loss to Mentor in a Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal Saturday. The Blue Devils (6-5) moved into the red zone for the first and only time late in the third quarter when Steven Ficyk hit Gary Clift for a 37-yard completion Read More…

High school football: Kick returns doom Pirates in 51-42 loss

SULLIVAN TWP. — The gifts came complete with bows on top, and Black River’s season came to an end Saturday because of them. The result was a 51-42 loss to fifth-seeded Fairless in a Division V, Region 15 quarterfinal at packed and rowdy Art Stevenson Field. The points that doomed the fourth-seeded Pirates (7-4) came Read More…

Bucks can look back on plenty of positives

  Mike Peticca The Gazette CLYDE — The Buckeye football team and its fans should hold nothing but fond memories of the 2013 season. Yes, the Bucks were throttled from the outset Friday in their 62-14 loss to powerful Clyde in a first-round Division III, Region 8 playoff game. Those things happen with some regularity Read More…

Red-hot Clyde rolls

Chad Grant The Gazette CLYDE — It wasn’t over before it started, but it was pretty close. Second-seeded Clyde was all over seventh-seeded Buckeye from the start in a 62-14 romp in a first-round Division III, Region 8 playoff game Friday. The Fliers (10-1) scored on their first 10 possessions and dominated from the get-go. Read More…

A special football family

  The 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates had nothing on the 2013 Highland High football team. Managed by Chuck Tanner and led by players like Willie Stargell, Dave Parker and Kent Tekulve, that Pirates team adopted the famous “We Are Family” slogan, which was also the name of a top-40 song by Sister Sledge Read More…

Hornets pick up hard-earned victory

Albert Grindle The Gazette NORTH ROYALTON — Nine words from Myles Houska said it all: “Nothing is going to come easy in the playoffs.” The top-seeded Highland football team had a war on its hands Friday in a Division II, Region 4 quarterfinal at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium, but used an all-around effort to defeat eighth-seeded Read More…

High school football: Black and gold forever

Al Young was at a raffle for his Black River football program Sunday morning when the urge to find out who the Pirates would play in the Division V, Region 15 playoffs struck him. So, the 24th-year coach fired up his phone, went to the Internet and let out a hearty laugh when he learned Read More…

High school football: Brunswick’s Stormin’ Norman

The first three years of Richie Norman’s high school football career were nothing short of frustrating. The final one has been nothing short of memorable. The Brunswick running back thought he was going to start on the freshman team in 2010, but a broken ankle on the first day of full-contact practice ended his season. Read More…

High school football: Diaz right at home on lanes, gridiron

Zak Diaz has manned seven positions for the Buckeye football team this season, but that’s nothing compared to the adjustments he makes on the bowling lanes. Diaz, who will start at offensive tackle and defensive end when the Bucks (6-4) visit Clyde (9-1) in a Division III, Region 8 playoff game Friday at 7:30 p.m., Read More…