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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio– The 2016 season opened up in grand style at Charles A. Harding Stadium as High School Football was back in a big way. Led by the running of SR. RB Spencer Linville, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs opened the 2016 campaign with a dominating 33-18 win over the game, but overmatched Parma Redmen.
Coming into the contest, Parma was the team that was supposed to confuse and run over teams with their unorthodox offensive schemes and power running, but tonight belonged to the Bulldogs, who , after a close first half which saw the 2 teams knotted at 12, had an ace in the hole by the name of Linville.
Olmsted Falls opened up the scoring with 7:09 left in the 1st quarter on an 11 yd TD run by So. Michael Howard, the conversion attempt failed and Olmsted Falls led early 6-0. After a pair of 3 and outs by both teams, the Bulldogs got on the board again with 3:57 to go in the period on a 17 yd run by So. Nick Daily, once again the conversion attempt failed and the Bulldogs led 12-0 at the end of 1 quarter.
At the start of the 2nd quarter, Parma seemed to relax and used the athleticism of Sr. QB Kyle Lyon and Sr. RB Bryson Durham, and with a mix of power running and short conservative passing, the Redmen went on a 12 play 68 yd drive, capped off by a 7 yd run by Jr. RB Mark Post with 11:07 left in the half. The two teams traded turnovers after lengthy drives midway through the 2nd, Bulldogs DB Josh Goodwin, picked off Lyon, one of 2 interceptions on the night, but Olmsted Falls QB Brett Hutkay fumbled it right back. Parma took advantage and scored at the :24 second mark as Durham took a dump pass from Lyon and rumbled 30 yards for the score. Both teams had major difficulty with extra points in the half so it ended tied at 12.
The second half was the Spencer Linville show. The Bulldogs rode the 5’8- 245lb Sr. fullback as he softened the interior of Parma’s defense. It led to a 33 yd run by Hutkay at 9:58, the PAT this time was good and Olmsted led 19-12. On the ensuing possession, Parma QB Lyon found WR Micah Rivera down the right sideline, broke a tackle and raced 85 yards for a TD. The 2-pt conversion again failed and Parma trailed 19-18. It seemed to take the wind out of their sails however as Linville just kept coming at them and wore the defense down. Linville scored on an 8 yd run with 8:31 left in the game and again with 5:37 left to end the scoring. On the defensive side of the ball Olmsted Falls intercepted Lyon 3 times and sacked him 3 more.
1st- OF Howard 11 run 7:09 (conversion failed)
OF Daily 17 run 3:57 (conversion failed)
2nd- PHS Post 7 run 11:07 (conversion failed)
PHS Durham 30 rec 00:24 (conversion failed)
3rd- OF Hutkay 33 run 9:58 (PAT GOOD)
PHS Rivera 85 rec 3:19 (conversion failed)
4th- OF Linville 8 run 8:31 (PAT GOOD)
OF Linville 1 run 5:37 (PAT GOOD)
Olmsted Falls plays host to the Westlake Demons on 9/2 at 7:00pm, while Parma travels to North Royalton on 9/2 at 7:00pm
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