With Mother Nature spewing her wrath across the region Friday night, it came as no surprise that area high school football coaches turned to ground assaults for their respective contests.
That resulted in a season-high seven teams out of the 10 in the Star Beacon coverage area having running backs who bested the century mark during their respective Week 10 matchups.
Dylan McCaleb, Edgewood — Ran for 209 yards on 21 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 3 and 4 for the playoff-bound Warriors of coach Dom Iarocci in their 39-0 whipping of visiting Cleveland John F. Kennedy at Corlew Stadium.
Zachary Hurd, Perry — Had 155 yards on just 8 attempts, one of which was a 62-yard scoring scamper, in the Pirates’ 56-16 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division loss to visiting playoff-bound Chagrin Falls at Alumni Stadium.
Mark Murray, Madison — Rumbled for 149 yards on 32 carries and scored from 3 yards out in the Blue Streaks’ 21-20 overtime Premier Athletic Conference loss at Riverside.
Stanley Sirrine, Grand Valley — He piled up 148 yards on 20 carries and scored a 6-yard touchdown in the Mustangs’ 21-6 triumph against visiting Ledgemont in the Northeastern Athletic Conference championship game at Grand Valley Stadium.
Scott Davidson, Jefferson — The Falcons’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyler Wright in 2007, he ran for 138 yards on 21 carries and scored from 4 and 40 yards out in Jefferson’s 32-14 win against visiting Conneaut at Falcon Pride Stadium.
Troy Colucci, Conneaut — In the same game at Jefferson, the sophomore rushed for 131 yards on 32 carries and scored a 1-yard touchdown.
Marcus Jones, Riverside — In the PAC triumph against Madison at Riverside Stadium, he put up 126 yards on 16 carries, including runs to paydirt from 6 and 1 yard out.
With coaches deciding a heavy reliance on the ground game was the prudent method of attack last week, the only area quarterback to crack the 100-yard mark last week was Lakeside’s Tyler Loftus, who completed 14 of 33 passes for 128 yards in the Dragons’ 35-0 PAC loss at the hands of visiting Chardon at Lakeside Stadium.
Area volleyball fans will want to check out the 24th annual Star Beacon-Frank Roskovics Senior Classic on Tuesday night.
The match, featuring top senior players from the 11 schools in the Star Beacon coverage area, will tip off at 6 p.m.
It will be a best-of-five contest.
The match, which was begun in the fall of 1989, is named in the honor of Frank Roskovics, the longtime volleyball and girls basketball coach at Harbor High School.
Roskovics, a member of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame, is also the founder of the Ashtabula County Women’s Scholar-Athlete Association.
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