Story by Jim Horvath
Photos and video by Larry Bennet
Saturday afternoon, the Westlake Demons did their best to win Comeback of the Year honors for the 2013 high school football season.
On Friday night, the Demons trailed North Olmsted, 21-0, when severe weather swept through the area and caused the game to be suspended at halftime. When play resumed on Saturday afternoon, Westlake put together a vicious rally and won the game in the final seconds, claiming a 29-28 Southwestern Conference win at Lou Duchez Field.
Westlake, now 3-1, finally got on the board in the third quarter when Paul Angala hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kent Axcell. North Olmsted countered with a 5-yard run by Matt Starcovic to keep the big lead at 28-7, but the Demons responded with a 22-point fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Axcell started the rally with a 1-yard run, and Dakota Swisher's conversion kick cut the Eagles' lead down to 14 at 28-14. Axcell hit Emmette Rogers on a 53-yard pass play to make it a one-score game, then found Michael Fikter on a 5-yarder with :00.1 left in the game. Westlake went for the win on the conversion attempt, with Axcell connecting with Angala to complete the Westlake comeback.
North Olmsted lost for the first time this season, falling to 3-1 overall and starting the SWC season at 0-1. The Eagles will host Brecksville this Friday night, while Westlake will travel to Olmsted Falls.
Click the icons below for photos and video from the North Olmsted-Westlake game:
In other games completed Saturday afternoon:
Elyria Catholic 36, Bay 6
The Rockets, down 10-0 when play was suspended Friday night, saw their deficit grow to 17-0 at halftime when the action picked up at Memorial Stadium. The situation grew worse in the third quarter when the visiting Panthers put 21 points on the board to put the game away.
Bay's only score came early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jake Best found Rex Sanuhara on a 24-yard pass play. The conversion kick was blocked.
Bay, still looking for its first win of the season, will travel to Lakewood Friday night for a West Shore Conference game.
Avon 52, Lakewood 7
Already up 14-0 when play was suspended Friday night, the Eagles returned to First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Saturday and finished off the Rangers to move to 4-0 on the season.
Avon wound up scoring 28 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-7 halftime lead. Gerett Choat led the Eagles with three touchdown runs, while Braeden Friss caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tommy Glenn and one from Jake Sopko.
Lakewood's lone score came in the second quarter on a 99-yard kick return from Michael Goolsby.
Lakewood, now 1-3, will host Bay Friday night. Avon will host Midview, a 42-27 winner at Rocky River Saturday afternoon.
Midview 42, Rocky River 27
The host Pirates fell to 2-2 on the season as the visiting Middies went on a 21-0 run to pull away on Saturday. Quarterback Cody Callaway hit Jared Armstrong on a 16-yard touchdown pass, then ran it in from two yards out early in the fourth quarter to make it 35-19. Another Callaway scoring pass, a 14-yarder to Devon Crum, put the Middies comfortably ahead.
A 31-yard pass play from Matt Lowry to Evan Nugent later in the quarter gave the Pirates their only score in the Saturday portion of the game. Rocky River will play at North Ridgeville next Friday night in search of its first WSC win of the season.
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