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Mother Nature takes the lead, games suspended
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Mother Nature was not in a football kind of mood Friday night.

Nearly all of the local high school football games were suspended due to lightning and heavy rains. Games were scheduled to be completed on Saturday at times agreed upon by coaches and administrators from the schools involved.

On game that did resume was Berea-Midpark's Southwestern Conference contest at Amherst's Memorial Field. The Titans - after a 95-minute delay - used interception returns for touchdowns by Jared Paul and Austin Heil to defeat the Comets, 19-7, for the first football win in the history of the school following the merger of Berea and Midpark.

Here's a look at what happened Friday before play was stopped for the night:

North Olmsted at Westlake

The visiting Eagles seemed intent on spoiling Westlake's Homecoming with three first-half touchdowns.

When Westlake's opening drive stalled on the North Olmsted 21-yard line, the visitors went to work. On the 11th play of the drive, the Eagles took the lead on a 1-yard run by Ben Kurcsak. Ben Lyons added the conversion kick and it was 7-0, North Olmsted.

After forcing a Demon punt, Matt Starcovic took the line-drive kick and returned it to the Westlake 12-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Brad Novak faked a handoff right, rolled left and hit Jake Jones for a 7-yard score with 10:29 left in the half. North Olmsted tacked on one more score before the intermission, that coming on a Novak 1-yard plunge with 6:00 remaining.

Westlake went on another long drive before the half, but a bobbled snap foiled a Dakota Swisher field goal attempt with 52.1 ticks left on the clock.

During halftime, the stadium was cleared - and the rain and lightning ensued. The game will be picked up Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lou Duchez Field.

Click the icons below for photos and video from the North Olmsted-Westlake game:


Midview at Rocky River

It would appear that local high school football teams will have to battle the weather as well as its scheduled opponent at the outset of the 2013 season.

For the second time in as many weeks, lightning flashed across the skies postponing many area gridiron contests during Week 4 of the young campaign.

In Rocky River, the West Shore Conference opener between the home Pirates and the Middies of Midview was interupted by Mother Nature with 7:46 remaining before halftime.

After nearly a 90-minute delay, school administrators and coaches officially called for an end to the evening's proceedings. The game will pick up at that 7:46 mark of the second period Saturday at 6 p.m. from Rocky River Stadium, with the Pirates trailing Midview, 21-13.

Rocky River (2-1) began quickly on offense. After an impressive opening stop by the home team's defense, it took Head Coach Rick Adams' team just one play to bring the crowd to its feet.

From the Rocky River 36, junior quarterback Matt Lowry took the snap and came around the left side of the line. After a quick stutter step, Lowry broke free and sprinted down the sidelines for a 64-yard touchdown run with the contest just 2:57 old.

Alex Theiling's PAT, though, was blocked at the line of scrimmage giving the Pirates the lead of 6-0.

Midivew, also 2-1, wasted no time in getting even. In just eight plays covering 62 yards, the Middies scored when junior running back Brett Zupancic crossed the goal line from a yard out. Brendan Matcham made good on his PAT giving the visitors the lead, 7-6, with 5:34 left in the first quarter.

The Pirates answered with a very efficient second drive with Lowry, on fourth down from the Midview 40, rolled to his right and fired a perfect strike to a wide open Patrick Connors. The 40-yard TD pass, along with Theiling's PAT, gave the home team the lead back at 13-7, with 2:25 remaining in the opening stanza.

The second quarter saw Midview strike twice with senior quarterback Cody Callaway tossing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Logan Bolin, while Callaway's 1-yard quarterback sneak into the end zone gave Midview the 21-13 advantage.

The officials quickly saw lightning flash from above, sending players, coaches and spectators to safer ground.

When play resumes Saturday night, Midview will be kicking off to Rocky River.

Brecksville at Olmsted Falls

Mother Nature has not treated the Bulldogs well the last few weeks.

For the second time in eight days, an Olmsted Falls football game has been postponed due to inclement weather. The host Bulldogs and Brecksville squared off in Southwestern Conference action Friday.

The teams played just over a half of football before lightning hit the area. After about an hour and a half delay, the game was called. Play resumes Saturday at 4 p.m. with the Bees ahead, 28-3.

It was all Brecksville in the first half. Olmsted Falls took an early 3-0 lead after a Logan Ballard 44-yard field goal but the Bees dominated the rest of the way.

Quarterback Timmy Tupa ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to Garrett Patterson. Running back Carlo Milano added a touchdown run of his own.
Brecksville had 231 yards of total offense in the first half and held the Bulldogs to just 62.

Olmsted Falls took over possession at the start of the second half but ran just three plays before the game was suspended.

Avon at Lakewood

The unbeaten Eagles had a 14-0 lead over the 1-2 Rangers with 5:35 remaining in the first half when play was called at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. The game will resume Saturday at 3 p.m.

Avon Lake at North Ridgeville

The Rangers led the Shoremen 7-0 with 6:36 remaining in the first half. This game will pick up where it left off Saturday at 6 p.m.

Elyria Catholic at Bay

The visiting Panthers held a 10-0 lead over the Rockets when the skies opened up. Play will resume Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Bay's memorial Stadium

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