Photo by Larry Bennet
Video by Rob Trautman of RRT Productions
The 2013 football season turned out to be a case of 'so close, and yet so far' for the North Olmsted Eagles.
For the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, it was a season of transition and hope for the future.
The two longtime rivals squared off Friday night to conclude the regular season, with North Olmsted coming out on top, 28-14, in a Southwestern Conference matchup.
The Bulldogs finished the season at 1-9 under first-year head coach Tom DeLuca, who took over for longtime coach Jim Ryan. On the other side of the coin, the Eagles concluded another winning season at 7-3 under its first-year head coach Tim Brediger, but again fell short of reaching the OHSAA playoffs.
North Olmsted finished 10th in the Division II, Region 3 computer poll, with the top eight teams qualifying for the playoffs They actually tied the No. 8 team, Brush, in Level 1 points, but fell well short in Level 2 points 142-99. A 29-28 loss at Westlake after holding a 28-7 halftime lead robbed the Eagles of important computer points.
On Friday, the North Olmsted duo of quarterback Brad Novak and running back Ben Kurcsak each went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Novak ran the ball 20 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while Kurcsak ran it 21 times for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Olmsted Falls quarterback Nick Fritz completed 18 of 34 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, including a 9-yarder to Michael Hasinger in the first quarter that gave the Bulldogs a brief 7-0 lead. Hansinger finished the game with seven receptions for 75 yards.
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