Bowling is not football.
Thus, when the Cuyahoga Falls bowling teams headed to Sto-Kent Lanes Dec. 12 to take on Stow-Munroe Falls, there were a lot more huge and hand shakes during the contest than one might expect between the two rivals.
Once the balls rolling, however, there was little doubt: This is still Stow vs. Falls.
The Falls boys bowling team rallied from an early deficit to hand Stow its first loss of the season, as the Black Tigers scored a 2,630-2,557 win.
Falls improved to 4-2 on the year, while the Stow boys dropped to 4-1.
In the girls' match, however, it was all Bulldogs, as Stow scored a 2,337-1,684 win.
Stow improve to 5-0 on the season, while Falls girls fell to 3-2.
The boys match started with Stow leading 1,034-1,003 after one game, but Falls took advantage of an outbreak of splits by Stow in the second game to take a 2,050-1,973 lead in the Baker games.
After Falls won the first baker 194-188 and Stow took game two 217-186, Falls clinched the match by winning the third Baker game 200-176.
Falls J.P. Frankina was the difference in the match. He rolled back-to-back 256 games for a high series of 512. That put him 84 pins ahead of Stow's top bowler — senior Alex Snowberger — who finished with a 428 (248-180). The rest of the bowlers effectively canceled each other out.
In girls match, Stow took a 1,023-699 lead after the first game and never looked back.
Stow swept the Baker games 171-111, 172-96 and 197-107.
Stow subbed liberally after the opening game, as Taylor Roberts finished with the high series of 414 (213-203). Annie Taylor had the high game of the day at 220, while Meghan Ritzinger finished with a 394 series (208-186).
Falls' top bowler was Briana Doshak with a 331 series (164-167).
Stow will next see action at the Eye of Tiger Tournament Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at Roseland Lanes in Oakwood.