FOOTBALL: Smith posts 3 TDs in 30-20 win


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Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times Amherst senior Jeremy Smith breaks free for a 53-yard rushing score in Friday’s win over the North Olmsted Eagles at North Ridgeville.


Smith scores for Amherst with the rushing touchdown.


Senior Jaret Mead runs with the reception and yardage after the catch.


Sophomore Danny Makruski gives chase downfield against North Olmsted.


Christian Velez makes the tackle from his linebacker position.


Camden Haslage picks up a quarterback sack.


Senior Jeremy Smith was the break-out star in Thursday’s much-needed 30-20 Comets football win over North Olmsted.

He had three touchdowns in play at North Ridgeville — the Eagles are building a new stadium and needed a temporary nest — including two on his feet and another through the air.

Smith started the scoring with a five-yard jaunt into the end zone, playing catch-up at 7-7 in the second quarter.

On the strength of a 23-yard Allen Matakovich field goal, Amherst went into the locker room at halftime up 10-7.

Quarterback Johnny Matakovich went to Smith early in the third quarter on a 69-yard pass to score. The PAT fell flat and the Eagles pulled ahead 16-20 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Khennedy Scagliozzo reversed that to 23-20 three minutes later on a 24-yard flight to the goal. Smith capped the victory in more spectacular fashion than he’d started it — a 53-yard TD run close to the two-minute mark.

The win is the Comets’ second of the season and the first since an emotional 54-13 victory over Berea-Midpark Sept. 16. Sophomore Christian Velez led his team that night just a day following the death of his father, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez.

Amherst returns to Friday night play this week, hosting the Avon Eagles at 7 p.m. at Mercy Health Stadium in a Southwestern Conference game.

Remember the Comets homecoming parade, canceled in September due to weather, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, starting from Nord Middle School and wrapping around Sunrise Drive to Steele High.

Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times Amherst senior Jeremy Smith breaks free for a 53-yard rushing score in Friday’s win over the North Olmsted Eagles at North Ridgeville.

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Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times Amherst senior Jeremy Smith breaks free for a 53-yard rushing score in Friday’s win over the North Olmsted Eagles at North Ridgeville.

Smith scores for Amherst with the rushing touchdown.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_football_2.jpgSmith scores for Amherst with the rushing touchdown.

Senior Jaret Mead runs with the reception and yardage after the catch.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_football_3.jpgSenior Jaret Mead runs with the reception and yardage after the catch.

Sophomore Danny Makruski gives chase downfield against North Olmsted.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_football_4.jpgSophomore Danny Makruski gives chase downfield against North Olmsted.

Christian Velez makes the tackle from his linebacker position.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_football_5.jpgChristian Velez makes the tackle from his linebacker position.

Camden Haslage picks up a quarterback sack.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_football_6.jpgCamden Haslage picks up a quarterback sack.

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