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Knights get back to winning ways vs. Falls

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published: October 11, 2016 12:00 AM
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It's always good to get back in the win column.

That's exactly what the Nordonia High School football team did Oct. 7.

The Knights snapped a three-game losing streak, beating Suburban League National Conference counterpart Cuyahoga Falls 37-20 on the road. With the victory, Nordonia improved its overall record to 3-4 and its conference mark to 1-3.

"It was a great team victory, especially after the last few losses we've had," said Nordonia head coach Jeff Fox. "I'm really pleased with the team and its effort."

There were a number of star performers for Nordonia in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.

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Offensively, sophomore quarterback Robby Levak tied a school record for most completions in a single game with 27.

Overall, he was 27-of-33 for 366 yards and two touchdowns. Those touchdowns covered 21 yards to sophomore wide receiver Brendan O'Donnell and 26 yards to junior wide receiver Donny Wizniak.

In addition, senior running back Anthony Perrine rushed 25 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns and junior wide receiver Tye Evans caught 12 passes for 141 yards.

According to Fox, the Knights have been productive all season on offense, racking up yardage and points. However, they've also been prone to making costly mistakes. Those mistakes were few and far between against the Black Tigers.

"We're minimizing our negative plays," said Fox. "While we've been productive, those negative plays have hurt us. We had a lot of great drives [on Friday night], and we were much more consistent on the offensive side of the ball."

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Nordonia led 7-0 at the end of the opening quarter and held a 20-14 advantage at intermission. The Knights then put the game out of reach by outscoring Falls 10-0 during the third period and cruising to victory in the fourth frame.

Nordonia supplemented its great night on offense with an equally productive night on special teams. That performance included four extra points and three field goals off the foot of senior placekicker Trey Crockett, as well as a number of big punt returns by senior Alec Burkholder. Crockett's three field goals traveled distances of 33, 37, and 39 yards.

Wizniak caught six passes for 65 yards, while Burkholder added to his effort with four catches totaling 112 yards. Accounting for two receptions apiece were O'Donnell (33 yards) and senior wide receiver Luke Alders (12 yards). Senior running back Brandon Libby caught one pass for three yards.

Up next for Nordonia is its annual Homecoming Game. That game, which is against conference rival North Royalton, is scheduled Oct. 14. Last year, the Knights defeated the Bears in dramatic fashion on a last-second field goal.

"They're a well-coached team and a tough team," said Fox of the Bears. "We have to be ready to show up to play. This is a team that's not going to hand anything to us. This is a game that means a lot to our community and our alumni. We're hoping to give them a great night of football."

Kickoff on Friday night is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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