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Defending Division 1 State Champions, St. Edward, earn a hard fought victory over Pine-Richland

LAKEWOOD– A competitive back and forth ballgame was in store for folks during Saturday afternoon’s football game at First Federal Lakewood Stadium, that had the St. Edward Eagles against the Pine-Richland Rams from Pennsylvania.

To start off the scoring was Notre Dame commit and Junior quarterback for the Pine-Richland Rams, Phillip Jurkovec with an 8-yard pass to Tommy Camino. Which gave the Rams a 7-0 lead with 5:04 left in the first quarter. The St. Edward Eagles immediately answered back next drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Kordell Hoover from quarterback Kevin Kramer. Following an extra point the Eagles tied it up 7-7 with 1:14 left in the first quarter. Two plays later the Rams answered back and took the lead when Jurkovec threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Falcone .

St. Edward started off the second quarter with the ball and drove down the field which eventually lead to a Curtis Szelesta 4-yard touchdown run. That touchdown run by Szelesta tied the game up with 7:46 left in the first half. With 1:44 left in the first half it was Szelesta once again scoring for the Eagles this time it was a 5-yard run touchdown run, the Eagles took the lead 21-14. The Rams were not done yet though in the first half. After a big 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Eagles that moved the ball from the Rams 32 yard line to the Rams 47 right before halftime, the Rams scored after a Jurkovec 1 yard run. The Rams however missed the extra point and with that St. Edward went into halftime with a 21-20 lead.

The Rams started off the second half with the ball and only needed 4 plays to take the lead back from the Eagles after a 53-yard touchdown pass to Tyler King from Jurkovec. The Rams were leading all of the 3rd quarter with a score of 27-21.

During the 4th quarter the play above looked like it would have cost the Eagles the game, when Kevin Kramer received a bad snap from his center and the Pine-Richland Rams would recover. The Eagles caught a break though as there was plenty of time left in the final quarter for something to happen. St. Edward managed to get the ball back with 3:37 left on the clock. The Eagles drove 80 yards on 5 plays to take the lead back, the drive concluded after a Szelesta 26-yard touchdown run. The Eagles took the lead 28-27 with 1:57 left for the Rams. DeShane Bloodworth intercepted the ball with 1:17 left , which soon secured the first win of the season for the St. Edward Eagles.

For the Pine-Richland Rams:
Philip Jurkovec
went 20-31 with 292 passing yards and threw 3 TDs and 1 INT. Jurkovec was also the Rams leading rusher with 20 attempts for 91 yards and scored one rushing touchdown also.
Raymond Falcone had 5 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.

 

For the St. Edward Eagles:
Kevin Kramer
was 9-18 with 126 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
Kordell Hoover had 6 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Curtis Szelesta ran the ball 29 times, 207 yards, and 3 TDs.

Next week, St. Edward Eagles go to Archbishop Hoban.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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