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.