One week removed from a 63-0 defeat at Shelby last week,Willard scored early and often in a 48-7 win over the Raiders. The win improved the Flashes to 2-2 (1-0 SBC).
Jerett Sowers ran 25 times for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Willard, while Cooper Parrott was 12-of-21 passing for 310 yards with 5 TDs through the air.
Joey Holida caught five of those passes for 99 yards and three touchdown catches of 10, 13, and 37 yards. Josh Stevens also hauled in a 77-yard TD pass from Parrott, while Myles Pinkston caught a 36-yard touchdown as well.
Willard led 14-0 after the first quarter, 28-0 at halftime and 40-7 through three quarters. The Flashes totaled 458 yards of offense with six TDs in the win, while also recovering three fumbles on defense.
The Flashes will look to remain unbeaten in River play with a road game at Margaretta next Friday.
Willard 14 14 7 8 — 48
Lakota 0 0 7 0 — 7
W — Jerett Sowers 1 run (pass failed)
W — Josh Stevens 77 pass from Cooper Parrott (Parrot to Myles Pinkston)
W — Joey Holida 10 pass from Parrott (pass failed)
W — Holida 13 pass from Parrott (Parrott to Pinkston)
LAK — Josh Matz 5 run (Logan Streacker kick)
W — Holida 37 pass from Parrott (run failed)
W — Pinkston 36 pass from Parrott (Sowers run)
Crestview 26, W. Reserve 19
OLIVESBURG — Visiting Western Reserve rallied back from a 12-0 deficit at halftime to take its first lead of the season with 7:42 left in Friday’s Firelands Conference opener at Crestview.
It was 18-13 Cougars with 11:47 left, but the ‘Riders (0-4, 0-1) got a touchdown to go up 19-18 midway through the final quarter.
However, the Cougars (2-2, 1-0) were able to right the ship, scoring the game-winning TD to seal the victory.
Western Reserve is at New London next Friday.
Bellevue 45, Shelby 28
BELLEVUE — Host Bellevue took the field Friday night with a 0-3 record and Shelby was 3-0.
But the Redmen rolled to a 45-28 victory that breathed new life into their season.
Bellevue played a physical brand of football to build a 33-7 lead midway through the third quarter, then weathered the storm as Shelby rallied to within 33-28 with more than 10 minutes to play.
Two long touchdown runs by sophomore Jake Holmer — covering 63 and 22 yards — sealed the victory for the Redmen. The last score came on a fourth-and-4 play.
It was a satisfying win for Bellevue, which has lost two close games this season.
"We told our kids you need to keep believing," Bellevue coach Ed Nasonti said. "We're just a handful of plays from being 3-1.
"Believe in your coaches and teammates and good results happen,” he added. “I'm proud of the kids; they needed it."
Bellevue's ground game chewed up much of the clock and kept the ball away from Shelby's high-powered passing offense. Whippets quarterback McGwire Albert threw for 313 yards and four touchdown passes — all four to 6-foot-3 senior Uriah Schwemley.
The Redmen intercepted Albert three times, the last by Tristian Singleton with four minutes to play and the victory still in doubt. That defensive play sealed the win.
Bellevue's ground game proved to be just as effective as Shelby's throwing. Holmer finished with 122 yards on 11 carries. Colton Ray banged his way to three touchdown runs and gained 71 yards on 15 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Keegan Ray took a pounding but managed 89 yards on 22 carries.
"He's growing every week," Nasonti said of his quarterback. "We're young and we'll have some growing pains. We have five sophomores in our starting lineup."
Shelby 7 0 7 14 — 28
Bellevue 13 7 13 12 — 45
B — Colton Ray 9 run (Hunter Nottke kick)
S — Uriah Schwemley 23 pass from McGwire Albert (Schwemley kick)
B — Dalton Hay (9 pass from Keegan Ray (missed kick)
B — Hunter Martin 30 pass from Keegan Ray (missed kick)
B — C. Ray 3 run (Nottke kick)
B — C. Ray 8 run (kick blocked)
S — Schwemley 9 pass from Albert (Schwemley kick)
S — Schwemley 2 pass from Albert (Schwemley kick)
S — Schwemley 28 pass from Albert (Schwemley kick)
B — Jake Holmer 63 run (pass failed)
B — Holmer 22 run (pass failed)