Record-Courier Staff Report
MOGADORE 28, COVENTRY 21
Junior running back Brandon Berry rushed for 159 yards on 34 carries and scored one touchdown as the visiting Wildcats held off the Comets in a PTC cross-division game.
Mogadore (3-0) led 7-0 after one quarter on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Anthony Ricci, then took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter when Ricci hit junior Josh Morgan with a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Coventry (1-2) refused to fold, however, and the cut the deficit to 14-13 at halftime on a 14-yard touchdown pass from sophomore running back DuVale Patterson to senior receiver Luke Bogdanovich and a 52-yard interception return by junior Zach Lake.
A 1-yard scoring run by Berry put Mogadore up 21-13 after three quarters, and the Wildcats took a 28-13 lead in the fourth on another 1-yard run by Ricci.
Undaunted, the Comets closed the gap again on Bogdanovich's second TD reception of the night, this one covering 17 yards on a pass from sophomore quarterback Jaret Cropper. The same two hooked up for the 2-point conversion to bring Coventry within 28-21.
Cropper finished the night 12-of-18 for 130 yards, with Patterson leading Coventry on the ground with 59 yards on 10 carries. Junior Lawrence Anderson added 37 yards on nine carries.
Backing Berry on the ground for the Wildcats were senior Austin Kerr with 57 yards on 15 carries and sophomore Nathan Alexander with 48 yards on 10 attempts as Mogadore piled up 277 yards rushing for the game.
Ricci completed 4-of-7 passes for 46 yards for Mogadore.
SOUTHINGTON CHALKER 29, WATERLOO 13
The Vikings led early on, but couldn't stay in front as a 15-point outburst in the second quarter carried host Chalker (2-1) to a non-league victory.
A 33-yard touchdown run by Henry Bolanz gave Waterloo (0-3) a 7-6 lead after one quarter of play. But Chalker countered with a pair of second-quarter TD runs, and added another in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
William Bolanz scored the Vikings' other touchdown on a 25-yard run.
Henry Bolanz led Waterloo's rushing attack with 54 yards on 23 carries, while teammate Shawn Pocock caught four passes for 53 yards.
EAST CANTON 46, ROOTSTOWN 0
Scott Lewis caught a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a third and Clay Libertore fired three scoring passes to lead the visiting Hornets to a non-league win over the Rovers.
East Canton (1-2) jumped out to a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Lewis, a 36-yard pass from Libertore to Colton Shaw and a 3-yard run by Brandon Cassiday.
The Hornets put 20 more points on the board in the second quarter as Lewis caught scoring passes of 10 and 34 yards and Cassiday added a 15-yard run to increase the margin to 40-0 at intermission.
East Canton failed to score in the third period, but added a final tally in the fourth period on a 1-yard plunge by Zack McClasky.
Cassiday lead the Hornets' ground attack with 172 yards in 14 carries, while Libertore threw for 153 yards.
Sam Todd had 125 yards in 21 carries for Rootstown (0-3).
STRUTHERS 40, FIELD 7
The host Wildcats jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and the Falcons were never able to recover in a non-league matchup.
Nick Polifrone, who led Struthers (3-0) with 80 yards rushing, scored a pair of short touchdown runs to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
While the Struthers defense was shutting out Field (0-3), the Wildcats' Christian Nemeth added a 1-yard plunge into the end zone to round out the first-half scoring.
After De'Meko Holness caught a 34-yard TD pass from quarterback Jerry Muntean to make it 27-0, the Falcons broke up the shutout when Preston Sumler capped a drive with a 1-yard score and Tyler Feciuch added the conversion kick to cut the margin to 27-7.
But that was the only score Field could muster, and Struthers added TD runs of 9 and 86 yards by Michael Sulivan and Tyler Chaney, respectively, in the final quarter.
Michael Cobham rushed for 63 yards in 10 carries to top the Falcons' ground game.
KENT ROOSEVELT 4, NORTON 1
The Rough Riders girls tennis team captured its fifth consecutive Portage Trail Conference regular-season championship on Friday with a 4-1 victory over the Norton Panthers.
Kent Roosevelt earned victories from Alex McDaniel in first singles, Sarah Kegg in second singles and Hannah Kegg in third singles, while the first doubles pairing of Brianna Richardson and Genevieve Underwood also earned a win for the Rough Riders.