Middies make late-game gains for win


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Photos by Joseph Colon and Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Mark Harris gets a hand up in an attempt to block the extra point against Midview in Friday’s 34-15 loss.


Carter Zajkowski works around a Midview offensive lineman.


Quarterback Johnny Matakovich scrambles.


Matt Lee looks upfield for a block.


Adam Haas makes a diving attempt to catch a ball thrown his way.


Center Camden Haslage and the Comets offensive line give Matakovich time to look downfield.


Outsized and outmatched, the Comets fell 34-15 on Friday as the Middies exploded in the second half.

In the first home game of the season — and the first ever in the newly-named Mercy Health Stadium — the struggling Amherst squad was pitted against the taller, heavier Midview boys.

The Middies struck early in the first quarter and again in the second. Playing catch-up, Ryan Sturgeon sent the ball through the uprights from 22 yards out for three points near the end of the half but Midview went into the break up 21-3.

Quarterback Johnny Matakovich connected on a 40-yarder to Khennedy Scagliozzo to score in the third, putting the Comets back within striking distance. The PAT kick failed.

Midview actually gained steam heading into the fourth as Amherst’s energy ran low, running up the score.

Jeremy Smith managed to put one more TD on the board with a four-yard run at the six minute mark.

Amherst is now 0-3 on the season.

This Friday, the green and gold will host Berea-Midpark starting at 7 p.m. The Titans are 2-1 this year (2-0 in the Southwestern Conference) after eeking out a 42-39 win Friday over North Ridgeville.

Photos by Joseph Colon and Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Mark Harris gets a hand up in an attempt to block the extra point against Midview in Friday’s 34-15 loss.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_Amherst-vs-Midview-15.jpg

Photos by Joseph Colon and Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Mark Harris gets a hand up in an attempt to block the extra point against Midview in Friday’s 34-15 loss.

Carter Zajkowski works around a Midview offensive lineman.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_Amherst-vs-Midview-29.jpgCarter Zajkowski works around a Midview offensive lineman.

Quarterback Johnny Matakovich scrambles.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_DSC_4368.jpgQuarterback Johnny Matakovich scrambles.

Matt Lee looks upfield for a block.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_Amherst-vs-Midview-21.jpgMatt Lee looks upfield for a block.

Adam Haas makes a diving attempt to catch a ball thrown his way.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_Amherst-vs-Midview-33.jpgAdam Haas makes a diving attempt to catch a ball thrown his way.

Center Camden Haslage and the Comets offensive line give Matakovich time to look downfield.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/09/web1_DSC_4364.jpgCenter Camden Haslage and the Comets offensive line give Matakovich time to look downfield.

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