FOOTBALL: Lakewood falls to new, improved Comets


Just minutes after the clock started rolling at Friday’s game, Khennedy Scagliozzo had fans jumping out of their seats.

After a seemingly effortless run through the endzone, the Amherst Steele junior started a chain reaction of touchdowns, sparking a 35-18 win against the Lakewood Rangers.

Senior wide receiver Devin Holmes was next to score, giving the Comets a cushy 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

A far-flung punt on the Comet’s fourth down turned the game over to the Rangers, setting them up at the 10 yard line. After an 11-yard gain to a third down at the 20 yard line, a field goal put Lakewood on the board.

The Amherst marching band kept the momentum going during halftime, taking the audience on a musical journey to the 1960s and back. They performed the Beatles classics “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby” followed by “HandClap,” an indie-alternative hit by Fitz and the Tantrums.

Beneath a vibrant pink sunset, wide receiver Evan Shawver started the third quarter with a cinematic spin across the goal line after taking the second half kickoff back 95 yards. Scagliozzo scored on runs of 20 and 11 yards, and the clock kept running until the final minutes of the game.

The Comets held a 35-3 lead before the Rangers scored two late touchdowns. With just 28 seconds left in the game, Lakewood’s Jared Naida hiked the score to a final 35-18 with a four yard touchdown.

Head coach Mike Passerrello said back-to-back wins is a great start to the season, but knows his team still must improve to push through the tougher games to come.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

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The Amherst flag corp twirls in time to the pop song “HandClap.”
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_1-1.jpgThe Amherst flag corp twirls in time to the pop song “HandClap.”

The trumpet section of the Amherst marching band in the midst of a formation change.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_2-1.jpgThe trumpet section of the Amherst marching band in the midst of a formation change.

Steele High School students say “Aloha” to the Comets’ second football win of the season.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_3-1.jpgSteele High School students say “Aloha” to the Comets’ second football win of the season.

The percussion session maintains a steady rhythm.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_4-1.jpgThe percussion session maintains a steady rhythm.

A dancer leaps and spins in and around band members.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_5-1.jpgA dancer leaps and spins in and around band members.

Greg Rhodes dives into a tackle and clips the ankle of a Lakewood Ranger.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/09/web1_6-1.jpgGreg Rhodes dives into a tackle and clips the ankle of a Lakewood Ranger.

By Laurie Hamame

lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com