HANOVERTON, OH- In a hard-fought second-round clash in the OHSAA Playoffs, the Cuyahoga Heights football team demonstrated their strength and determination as they conquered the United Eagles, sealing a 26-7 victory that showcased their prowess on the field.
From the opening kickoff, it was evident that Cuyahoga Heights was determined to assert its dominance. Francis Connors led the charge, plowing his way through the Eagles’ defense, and capping off an impressive drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Michael Paterkiewicz’s successful kick added the extra point, giving Cuyahoga Heights an early 7-0 lead.
Cuyahoga Heights continued to assert their dominance in the second quarter. Connors struck again with a 6-yard rushing touchdown, although the extra point attempt fell short. The score expanded to 13-0 in favor of Cuyahoga Heights.
United faced a formidable challenge, with the Cuyahoga Heights defense proving to be a formidable barrier. The Eagles’ struggles continued into the third quarter as Anthony Coutouzis broke through with a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Although the two-point conversion pass attempt failed, Cuyahoga Heights widened their lead to 19-0.
Connors was far from done, as he secured his third rushing touchdown of the game with another 1-yard plunge, and Paterkiewicz’s kick was true. The Cuyahoga Heights lead was now a commanding 26-0.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the United Eagles continued to fight. In the fourth quarter, Luke Courtney connected with Andrew Ogilvie for a 15-yard touchdown pass, showing their determination to avoid a shutout. Courtney’s successful kick added the extra point, and the Eagles put 7 points on the scoreboard.
However, it was not enough to mount a full-scale comeback, and the game concluded with a final score of 26-7 in favor of Cuyahoga Heights.
Cuyahoga Heights gained a total of 263 yards, compared to United’s 232. Francis Connors was the standout player for Cuyahoga Heights, accumulating 179 yards on 37 carries, and setting the tone. Luke Courtney led the United Eagles with 72 yards on 13 carries, Courtney also passed for 98 yards. and closes the book on a historic Eagles career where he did everything but drive the bus in his tenure.