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Conotton Valley gains 12-6 win

FPS staff report

Conotton Valley 12, Bellaire St. John 6
Conotton Valley fumbled the ball away on its first two possessions Saturday against Bellaire St. John, but came back to pick up their first win of the season by a 12-6 score.

Penalties and turnovers marred the first quarter, which ended in scoreless tie.

Early the second quarter, St. John’s drove down the field to the Rocket’s three-yard. A fourth and goal pass fell incomplete and the Rocket offensive unit took over.

Balancing runs with passes, the Rockets drove down the field put six points on the scoreboard when Quarterback Colton Cottis connected with freshman Bryden Adams for a 35-yard pass. The kick faile and the Rockets had a 6-0 lead.

St. John’s tied the game with a touchdown with only two seconds remaining on the clock before halftime. The point after attempt failed.

In the third quarter, junior running back Kenny Fiester broke lose for a 27-yard touchdown run that was the difference in the ballgame.

The win was the first of the season for Conotton Valley which visits Malvern this Friday to take on the Hornets.

Western Reserve 20, Malvern 12
Cobin Plessinger rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough as Malvern fell to visiting Western Reserve 20-12 last Friday night in a nonleague contest.

The loss evens the Hornets record at 1-1 for the year.

Plessinger scored on rushes of nine and one yards.

Senior quarterback Trey Tucci hit 8-of-21 passes for 133 yards with a pair of interceptions.

Mitchell Haasz was on the receiving end of seven of Tucci’s passes for 119 yards.

For Western Reserve, Parker Clegg and Dan Zilke combined to rush for 218 yards for the Blue Devils.

Malvern will host Conotton Valley Friday night at 7 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas 20, Minerva 13
St. Thomas Aquinas scored early, then held off a late rally to defeat Minerva 20-13 last Friday night.

The Knights were led by quarterback Joey Moeglin, who hit 13-of-22 passes for 250 yards and a score.

The Lions’ Cody Parrish led Minerva with 143 yards on just four carries and scored on runs of 53 and nine yards.

Minerva rushed the ball 33 times for 249 yards, but only had 12 yards through the air on a 2-of-12 night by quarterback Josey Riley.

Minerva will host Canton Central Catholic Friday night in their home opener.

Mapleton 14, Sandy Valley 7
The visiting Mapleton Mounties scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns and made them stand up to defeat Sandy Valley 14-7 last Friday night.

The Cardinals’ only score came in the fourth quarter on a five-yard pass from quarterback Luke Dieffenbaugher to Joe Newman.

Dieffenbaugher rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 19 carries and also passed for 98 yards on a 10-of-26 night.

Wade Barone passed for 195 yards for the Mounties.
The Cardinals, who fell to 0-2 for the year, will take on Tusky Valley Friday night.

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