South Range takes on all challengers
CANFIELD — With an independent schedule, the South Range Raiders are able to play schools from all over the area, including Pennsylvania.
On Friday night they flexed their muscles to pound the Sharon Tigers, 34-14.
“We’ve been treating every game as a playoff game,” Raiders coach Dan Yeagley said. “There are a lot of unknowns and they have to be able to react to those unknowns on the fly.”
The Raiders used a pounding running game behind senior running back Peyton Remish and quarterback Aniello Buzzacco to rack up more than rushing 400 yards and more than 500 total yards to dominate from the opening kickoff. Remish himself had 203 yards and scored three touchdowns.
“The line did a great job blocking like they have done all year,” Remish said. “This is our house and we want to protect it at all cost.”
“We knew we were going to be physical coming into the game like we always do,” senior lineman Matt Brooks said. “We take pride in being the most physical team every time we play. Up front, we just have guys who love to hit people.”
The Raiders set the tone for the game by taking the opening kickoff on a 79-yard, 13-play drive with Remish blasting up the middle for a 9-yard run to score. That drive ate up 5:35 of the first quarter clock.
Things really snowballed for the Raiders (7-0) on the ensuing kickoff when Anthony DeLucia’s kick was squibbed along the right sideline. As the Tiger players were frozen waiting for each other to recover, the Raiders’ Isaac Allegretto pounced on the ball at the Sharon 35-yard line.
The Raiders took advantage of the Tigers miscue as they used just five plays with Remish scoring again. This time it was a 7-yard jaunt to give the Raiders a 13-0 lead with 4:33 remaining in the first quarter.
“That was big. I think that kind of took them out of their game early on,” Remish said. “And we just kept rolling. It was good.”
Following a three and out by the Tigers, the Raiders mounted another scoring drive before the end of the first quarter. This time it was Buzzaco who shined as he ran for 52 yards down to the Tigers’ 11 line before he scored on a 4-yard run three plays later. That pushed the Raiders advantage to 21-0 with 1:20 left in the period.
While the Raiders offense was inflicting their will, their defense was containing the Tigers athletic backs and receivers. The Tigers were held to just 102 yards in the first half while the Raiders also intercepted the Tigers quarterback Lane Voytik twice in the first half.
“We limited a great offense to only 14 points. That’s hard to do,” Brooks said. “They have so many playmakers but we limited them and we played really well on defense.”
Following a long drive by the Tigers to start the second half, reaching the Raiders’ 17, the Raider defense stiffened and turned the Tigers away as they failed to convert a fourth and eight at the Raiders 18.
The Raiders essentially put the game away when on a punt from their own 12, the short punt hit a Tiger blocker with Ben Rivera pouncing on the ball. They used the momentum from that turnover five plays later with Remish racing 45-yards off the left side to push their lead to 27-0 with 4:35 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers scored three minutes later on a 4-yard run by Ziyon Strickland, and they added a second touchdown with just 3:18 left in the game on a 24-yard pass from Voytik to Tristan Ballard.
The Raiders added a touchdown run backup quarterback Allegretto with 7:31 remaining in the game. His score was a 3-yard run off right tackle.
Next week the 7-0, and state-ranked Raiders will host Akron Kenmore-Garfield on Friday night. Sharon, who drops to 4-3, play at Lakeview (Pa.) next Friday.
SO. RANGE: 21-0-6-7–34
SR — Peyton Remish 9 run (Anthony DeLucia kick)
SR — Remish 7 run (kick failed)
SR — Aniello Buzzacco 4 run (Mathias Combs pass from Buzzacco)
SR — Remish 45 run (kick failed)
SH — Ziyon Strickland 4 run (Aaron Nichols kick)
SR — Isaac Allegretto 3 run (DeLucia kick)
SR –Tristan Ballard pass from Lane Voytik (Nicholls kick)
First downs 13 21
Total Yards 253 526
Rushes-yards 18-114 54-437
Passing 139 89
Comp-Att-Int 15-29-2 8-13-0
Punts 3-25 3-30
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 7-75 9-90
RUSHING-SHARON, Jordan Wilson 13-96; SOUTH RANGE, Peyton Remish 27-203, Aniello Buzzacco 12-120
PASSING-SHARON, Lane Voytik 15-28-1-2; SOUTH RANGE, Aniello Buzzacco 8-13-0-0
RECEIVING-SHARON, Ziyon Strickland 9-75; SOUTH RANGE, Josh Stear 3-45, Mathias Combs 3-27
INTERCEPTIONS – SOUTH RANGE, Josh Stear, Isaac Allegretto