UPS AND DOWNS: Comets surge in third but fall 27-16 to North Olmsted Eagles


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Reno Kruman and Jaret Mead exchange a five for good luck at the start of Friday’s game against the North Olmsted Eagles. The score was even at 13-13 at the half, but the Eagles pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for the win.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Reno Kruman and Jaret Mead exchange a five for good luck at the start of Friday’s game against the North Olmsted Eagles. The score was even at 13-13 at the half, but the Eagles pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for the win.


Comets QB Nick DeJesus moves to the red zone in the third quarter. Amherst settled for a field goal and took a brief three-point lead.


The Steele High senior section is blanketed in pink for breast cancer awareness.


Trailing by four in the final minutes Friday against North Olmsted, it was touchdown time or nothing for Amherst.

A comeback didn’t materialize.

Instead, crushed against their own nine yard line on fourth and 24, the Comets tossed a desperate long bomb that only barely avoided interception. Taking over, the Eagles went to Josh Hufstetler, who had a diving, twisting catch for the put-away touchdown and 27-16 final.

North Olmsted quarterback Christian Ammons stuck to the air and had three TD passes on the night — the first to Kyle Wapshott just six minutes in on a roll-out to the corner.

Amherst evened the score with a 40-yard spiral from Nick DeJesus to a wide-open Alec Platz, who charged the remaining 15 yards to the goal line.

In the second quarter, the Comets defense made a stand at the one yard line, repelling four attempted strikes to deny another Eagles touchdown.

After an Amherst three-and-out, North Olmsted tore apart the Comets secondary as with a 38-yard run down the visitors sideline to score. This time, though, Todd Hastings leaped in to block the point after.

Amherst staged a march to the 10 in the final two minutes of the half.

With 30 seconds on the clock, DeJesus dropped back, waited, then scrambled to the corner with Eagles defenders a step behind. Comets kicker Ryan Sturgeon’s PAT was also blocked, making it 13-13.

DeJesus emerged from the locker room with a hot arm and again took Amherst to the red zone. This time, the Comets were rebuffed and settled for a field goal and an ever-so-brief lead.

It proved short-lived as three minutes later the Eagles were again in the end zone on an Ammons air attack.

Now at 0-7 on the season (0-4 in the Southwestern Conference), the Steele High boys have a tough matchup next against the 6-1 Avon Eagles on the road.

The final two games of the 2015 season could still net a win, though — Amherst will face Westlake (1-6, 1-5) and Lakewood (0-7, 0-6).

Those teams faced off against each other Friday, with the Demons topping the Rangers 35-17.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Reno Kruman and Jaret Mead exchange a five for good luck at the start of Friday’s game against the North Olmsted Eagles. The score was even at 13-13 at the half, but the Eagles pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for the win.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Reno Kruman and Jaret Mead exchange a five for good luck at the start of Friday’s game against the North Olmsted Eagles. The score was even at 13-13 at the half, but the Eagles pulled ahead in the fourth quarter for the win.

Comets QB Nick DeJesus moves to the red zone in the third quarter. Amherst settled for a field goal and took a brief three-point lead.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/10/web1_IMG_8728.jpgComets QB Nick DeJesus moves to the red zone in the third quarter. Amherst settled for a field goal and took a brief three-point lead.

The Steele High senior section is blanketed in pink for breast cancer awareness.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/10/web1_IMG_8678.jpgThe Steele High senior section is blanketed in pink for breast cancer awareness.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com