FOOTBALL: Big plays but not enough traction as Comets fall 34-12 to Berea-Midpark Titans


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<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Joe Colon | Amherst News-Times Johnny Matakovich chases down a Berea-Midpark receiver Friday in varsity action against the Titans. Amherst lost 34-12.

Photos by Joe Colon | Amherst News-Times Johnny Matakovich chases down a Berea-Midpark receiver Friday in varsity action against the Titans. Amherst lost 34-12.


Comets QB Nick DeJesus lowers his head and punches one in during the first half.


Cooper Cotterill is gone with nary a soul in sight on his way to a 55-yard touchdown.


Senior Comets Nick DeJesus and Cooper Cotterill had touchdowns Friday but Amherst was overwhelmed 34-12 by Berea-Midpark.

DeJesus, at quarterback, carried the ball in himself in the second and Cotterill broke in the fourth for a 55-yard run to the end zone.

The Titans were a consistent threat, exploding for 13 unanswered points in the third quarter.

They spread the points around among seniors: Shawn Epps Jr. had two TDs on the night while Joey Bachie and Andrew Paster each had one.

Connor Kahl added two points on PAT kicks and Bachie picked up a two-point conversion.

On offense, the Comets completed just 47 percent of pass plays for a total of 53 yards. Rushing, Cotterill racked up 142 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

On defense — where Amherst shines — four players tabbed seven sacks on Titans QB Nick Gassman: seniors Noah Jackson and Todd Hastings, junior Austin Stierhoff, and sophomore Matt Lee.

Gassman threw for 172 yards. Epps was most often his intended receiver and caught bombs for 48 yards, adding 84 more on the ground.

The varsity boys host Olmsted Falls this Friday in homecoming action at Steele. The Bulldogs are 3-1, coming off a 23-13 loss this past week to North Ridgeville.

Game time is 7 p.m.

AMHERST’S JUNIOR VARSITY squad came from behind Saturday to defeat Berea-Midpark 14-6.

FRESHMEN did even better, topping the Titans 53-8 with points on the board by eight different Comets players.

Photos by Joe Colon | Amherst News-Times Johnny Matakovich chases down a Berea-Midpark receiver Friday in varsity action against the Titans. Amherst lost 34-12.

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Photos by Joe Colon | Amherst News-Times Johnny Matakovich chases down a Berea-Midpark receiver Friday in varsity action against the Titans. Amherst lost 34-12.

Comets QB Nick DeJesus lowers his head and punches one in during the first half.
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Cooper Cotterill is gone with nary a soul in sight on his way to a 55-yard touchdown.
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