Upsets, scoring and individual efforts rule in Week 7
CAREER DAY FOR REBELS...Rufus Hamm (#19) and Johnny Cullins had a field day against John F. Kennedy. Hamm, quarterback, threw for a school-record 507 yards. He was nine for 12 with 4 touchdowns. Cullins caught three of those touchdowns for 237 yards. He had touchdown receptions of 67, 75 and 95 yards. Coach Gary Jackson believes that 237 yards might be a school-record too. John Adams beat JFK 48-38.
Week 7 in high school football in Northeast Ohio was probably the best action this season. There were upsets. A few teams remain undefeated. There were high scoring and record-breaking individual performances.
No. 10 in the Call and Post’s Top 15, Solon Comets took on the undefeated and hosting No. 4 Euclid. Solon knocked the Euclid Panthers from the unbeaten ranks with a 27-24 victory. However, the two will probably make the state playoffs in Division I, Region I. The Panthers are ranked third and Solon is five. Euclid has Brunswick, this week. According to Joe Eitel’s playoff ranking, Brunswick is holding the eighth and final spot.
Kenston still has problems with Chardon.
Rival Chardon voided the Kenston Blue Bombers quest for another undefeated season again. Chardon Hilltoppers edged Kenston 17-16. Last season, Chardon had an impressive win 27-24 and put a hault to their undefeated season. However, Kenston still won the D-III State Crown.
Shaker Heights put up a school-record 70 points against Elyira
The Shaker Heights Red Raiders beat hosting Elyria 70-50. The Red Raiders (2-5) will have to tangle with top-ranked Mentor on Saturday. The Cardinals (7-0) have won 12 straight against the Red Raiders. Red Raiders last victory over the Cardinals was in 2004.
Rufus Hamm and Johnny Cullins set John Adams school-record in passing.
Junior quarterback Rufus Hamm threw for a school-record of 507 yards as John Adams beat rival John F. Kennedy 48-38 at Roye Kidd Field. Hamm’s favorite target was Johnny Cullins who caught three receptions for a school-record 237 yards and three touchdowns. Cullins, a senior, had touchdown receptions of 67, 80, and 90 yards and Darnell Williams had two receptions for 94 yards. Tremond Luke had three including an 80-yard touchdown reception.
This week’s key games…
No. 15 Medina at No. 8 Solon Comets – The Comets might have saved their season with a 27-24 victory over Euclid last week. However, this week, it will get tougher as they will battle Medina. Both teams are in the D-I, R-I, state playoff hunt. Solon is fifth and Medina is sixth. Top four teams will have home field advantage in the first-round of the playoffs. Top eight teams will qualify for the tournament. A loss could prevent a playoff spot. Medina has won their last two meetings.
No. 13 Beachwood at No. 14 Kirtland – This might be a tough game for the Bison to win. The Kirtland Hornets has owned the Chagrin Valley Conference for decades. The Hornets (7-0) has already clinched a playoff spot in D-V, R -17. They have the top spot. For the Bison, they slid two notches down after their 56-7 victory over Cardinal. The Bison has two consecutive home games to close out the season. The Hornets have shutout six out their seven games. They have outscored their opponents 298-7.
Brunswick at No. 5 Euclid – Both teams are coming off of losses. Brunswick was blanked by top-ranked Mentor and Euclid loss a close one to Solon. However, both teams are holding down their state playoff hopes. Brunswick holds the eighth and final spot in D-I, R-I. They have Cleveland Heights, Stow-Munroe Falls and St. Ignatius nipping at their heels. Euclid sits at three. Euclid has unbeaten Mentor in week 9.