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North Ridgeville beats North Olmsted in Overtime 42-35

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO–The North Ridgeville Rangers beat the North Olmsted Eagles in overtime on Friday night, 42-35.

While it was technically a home game for North Olmsted, I’m sure that the Rangers would disagree, as their fans were electric all night.

The action got started early.

Less than two minutes into the game runningback Shomari Williams fumbled inside the North Ridgeville 40-yard line and the Eagles recovered.

North Olmsted’s drive ended with a missed field goal that would have given North Olmsted the early lead.

On the very next drive the Rangers turned it over yet again.

Quarterback Matt Steinmetz floated the ball and Sean Conroy made him pay with an interception.

North Olmsted capped off the drive with a Ryan Connolly three-yard touchdown run.

Early in the second quarter, Connolly struck again from inside the five-yard line with another three-yard touchdown run.

The Rangers came back on the next drive to cut it to a one score game after a three-yard touchdown run from Matt Steinmetz after a three-minute drive.

Anders put in the final score of the half from five yards out with 3:01 left in the first half.

North Ridgville tried to score with time ticking away in the half, but they turned it over on downs with 1:05 left in the second frame, meaning the Eagles carried a 21-7 lead into halftime.

After North Olmsted punted on the first drive of the second half,Matt Stienmetz made the Eagles pay with a 74-yard bomb to make it 21-14. The Eagles came right back on the next drive and scored on a one-yard QB sneak from Liam Fay to give the Eagles a two score lead once again.

North Ridgeville scored again less than two minutes later when Steinmetz ran in a touchdown from a yard out.

“I wanted to be out here, I wanted to compete because I have played with most of these kids [from North Olmsted] before, I’m just happy we got that W,” Steinmetz said following the victory.

He completed 12-of-19 passes for 236 yards and threw two touchdowns, ran for two two more and threw two interceptions.

Late in the third quarter, North Olmsted faced a fourth and 10 at the Rangers’ 15-yard line.

Liam Fay connected with Evan Grablovic for 10 yards just barely getting past the sticks.

On the very next play, Darren Anders ran in a five-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a commanding 35-21 lead.

Less than one minute later, Steinmetz hooked up with Cannon Kerr for a 55-yard score to cut the deficit to one score with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

With 2:31 left in the game Shomari Williams ran in a touchdown from 15 yards out for North Ridgeville to tie the score.

Williams finished with 181 yards on 21 carries.

The game went to overtime and the Rangers had the ball first.

Two plays later, Williams ran in an 11-yard touchdown to put the pressure on the Eagles.

On third and 10, quarterback Liam Fay felt the pressure and threw a ball to the end zone that was intercepted to preserve the victory for North Ridgeville.

Fay finished with 210 yards on 19-of-26 passing.

The Rangers (1-6) play Westlake next week at home and look to gain some momentum, while North Olmsted (4-3) will go on the road to take on the Amherst Comets.

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