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Stow football dominates Kent

By Eric Clutter | Correspondent Published: September 11, 2016 12:00 AM
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Before the Kent Roosevelt offense snapped the ball against Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 2, it already found itself in an insurmountable hole.

The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the opening 3:40 of play at Bulldog Stadium to take a 14-0 lead and never looked back.

Stow piled up 42 points in the first half and cruised to a 56-14 Suburban League cross-division win over the neighboring Rough Riders.

Stow senior quarterback and Buffalo-recruit Kyle Vantrease lit up the Roosevelt defense in the opening 24 minutes, tossing four scoring passes to four different targets. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound three-year starter finished the night with 239 passing yards on 16-of-20 throwing -- all in the first half.

The win marked the fifth straight year that the Bulldogs (2-0) have gotten the better of their rivals from just down the road. During that span, Stow has averaged 43 points and yielded just 18 to the Rough Riders (0-2).

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In the win, eight different players found the end zone for the hosts -- four via the pass and four coming on running plays.

"I think that is a tribute to our kids for the work they put in during the offseason," said Stow coach Mark Nori, whose team is coming off a 13-1 campaign that saw them reach the Division I state semifinals. "When the season came, they were prepared."

For Roosevelt, which has been outscored 69-14 in losing its first two games of the young season, there were a couple bright spots.

After being shut out at Cuyahoga Falls, the team found the scoreboard for the first time in 2016 when junior quarterback Kelvon Blackmon connected with junior Jerron Browder for a 30-yard TD with 2:31 to play in the first half.

On the team's final drive of the contest, Roosevelt coach Tim King inserted freshman C.J. Andersoon at quarterback, and the youngster responded by going 4-of-4 for 69 yards. His 43-yard pass-and-run to senior Kameron Jackson set up Angel Little's 2-yard scoring run with 25 seconds left in the game.

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Other than that, it was all Stow.

The Bulldogs, with a major size and experience edge on the younger and smaller Rough Riders, lit up the scoreboard for 56 points for the second week in a row.

"We knew it was going to be a great challenge," said King, "They can hurt you in so many ways. But our guys never gave up and fought the entire night."

Vantrease led the Stow offense on a quick seven-play, 66-yard scoring drive on the game's opening possession that ended with a nine-yard scoring pass to Jared Wright that put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Stow senior Keatton Brumley recovered a short pooch kick at the Roosevelt 37. Two plays later the Bulldogs found themselves knocking on the door at the visitors' 2.

That's when Joe Gobble ran in from two yards out, 51 seconds after Wright's score. to increase the Stow advantage to 14-0.

Later in the opening stanza, Joe Andrassy was on the receiving end of an 18-yard scoring toss that made the count 21-0 after 12 minutes.

The Bulldogs continued to roll in the second period. Scoring passes of 13 yards to Logan Lindsay and 22 to Bryce Sheppert sandwiched a 16-yard touchdown run by Bryan Devitis that expanded the margin to 42-7 at the half.

"He puts himself in a position to succeed and I thought his execution was good," Nori said of Vantrease. "Coming off last week (56-41 win over Green), we took a different approach tonight. It was about us executing our game plan and going with it."

With the clock running continuously throughout the second half, Vantrease's night, along with many other Stow starters, was complete.

The final two Bulldog touchdowns came on an 8-yard runs by Tim Manley and Darnell Watson, respectively.

Terrian Wray led the Bulldogs' rushing attack with eight carries for 57 yards, while Coryon Rice added four carries for 45 yards.

Stow was set to travel to Solon Sept. 9, but results were not available at press time.

The Bulldogs will open play in the Suburban League National Conference when it hosts Wadsworth Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

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