FOOTBALL: Sunk by Shoremen on homecoming night


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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14.


Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Excited young cheerleaders Emma Kovach and Madison King dance in circles on the Richard S. Cooley Track.


Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Cheerleaders Amanda Sheets and Morgan New pose as the stadium seats fill up.


The Amherst Marching Comets don rain gear for their pre-game and halftime performances. They are back on the competitive circuit this Saturday at the Perkins North Coast Marching Band Festival. The band has already qualified for state competition, which will be Saturday, Oct. 29 — that means they’ll be back in time to perform at the Amherst fire department’s annual parade on Sunday, Oct. 30.


Quarterback Johnny Matakovitch was behind both of Amherst’s touchdowns Friday — both in the second quarter — as the Comets were dealt a 35-14 homecoming loss by Avon Lake.

The Shoremen leaped out to a 14-point advantage before Matakovitch dropped the ball to Evan Shawver for a 69-yard trip to the end zone. And just before halftime, the QB ran it in from 11 yards out to make it 28-14.

Avon Lake capitalized on interceptions and a critical first-half fumble on a Comets punt return. The Comets defense, which has been Amherst’s strength this season, had trouble containing the run and the Shoremen were able to move the chains fast.

A rare Thursday game is next on the schedule for the Amherst varsity team (1-5, 1-4 in the Southwestern Conference). It travels Oct. 6 to North Ridgeville to play the North Olmsted Eagles, who are displaced during the construction of their new stadium.

The Eagles are 2-4 (1-4 in the conference) after an 18-15 loss Friday to the Rangers.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Excited young cheerleaders Emma Kovach and Madison King dance in circles on the Richard S. Cooley Track.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Excited young cheerleaders Emma Kovach and Madison King dance in circles on the Richard S. Cooley Track.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Cheerleaders Amanda Sheets and Morgan New pose as the stadium seats fill up.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times The Shoremen snap the ball in a play that would provide their second touchdown Friday. Amherst lost 35-14. Cheerleaders Amanda Sheets and Morgan New pose as the stadium seats fill up.

The Amherst Marching Comets don rain gear for their pre-game and halftime performances. They are back on the competitive circuit this Saturday at the Perkins North Coast Marching Band Festival. The band has already qualified for state competition, which will be Saturday, Oct. 29 — that means they’ll be back in time to perform at the Amherst fire department’s annual parade on Sunday, Oct. 30.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_DSC_5156.jpgThe Amherst Marching Comets don rain gear for their pre-game and halftime performances. They are back on the competitive circuit this Saturday at the Perkins North Coast Marching Band Festival. The band has already qualified for state competition, which will be Saturday, Oct. 29 — that means they’ll be back in time to perform at the Amherst fire department’s annual parade on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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