LORAIN — Area football fans know that Midview senior Cody Callaway is one of the top quarterbacks in the state, but he relied heavily on All-Ohio receiver Eric Lauer, who graduated last summer, the past two seasons.
So the question going into this season: Who was going to become Callaway’s top target?
Meet sophomore Logan Bolin.
Bolin hauled in nine passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns to help the Middies come away with a 28-26 victory Friday night in the season opener at George Daniel Field.
“I knew with the defense they run that I was going to get a lot of one-on-ones, and I just had to take every advantage I could and Cody did a good job getting me the ball,” Bolin said. “Everyone stepped up a lot, because we had a few injuries. The next man came up, he fit in well and helped us get the momentum back when we needed it.”
The Middies needed it often in the first half.
Lorain rolled up 153 rushing yards in the opening quarter — sparked by junior running back Sherman Saunders’ 112 yards on 10 carries — and took the lead twice. Saunders scored from 14 yards to make it 7-0, then Aaron Neal scored from a yard to make it 14-7.
Midview answered both times with touchdown passes from Callaway to Bolin — a 55-yarder to make it 7-all in the first quarter and a 35-yarder to tie it at 14 in the second.
“We came out, everyone was pumped up and they kind of got the momentum going their way,” Callaway said. “We stepped up, made some plays and got the momentum back … and just took it from there. It was a tough win, but a win’s a win.”
Midview took its first lead of the season when Callaway ran in a 3-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Lorain answered when Eddie Williamson connected with Saunders for a 21-yard score, but the extra point was blocked and Midview led 21-20.
Callaway and Bolin connected for their third score early in the fourth to make it 28-20, and Saunders scored from 1 yard with five minutes left in the game to pull the Titans within two … but Williamson’s 2-point conversion pass was batted away in the end zone.
“Give (Lorain coach) Tony Shoulders and that Lorain Titans team a lot of credit,” Midview coach Bill Albright said. “They came out and they just pounded, they came at us and they smacked us in the face. I think we were kind of on the ropes for a little bit, but our leadership allowed us to battle back.”
The Middies also received some help from the Titans, who were whistled 11 times for 110 yards in penalties, including a holding call that erased a Williamson 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“We had too many, bottom line,” Shoulders said. “Overall, I thought our kids played great outside of that. But we can’t have it. That killed us. If we don’t have those penalties, we win that game … hands down.”
Overall, Callaway, who is headed to Bowling Green next year, connected with seven receivers for 238 yards, but none came close to the production of Bolin. That doesn’t mean Bolin is the automatic No. 1 guy going forward, according to his quarterback and coach.
“Losing Eric (was tough), he was definitely a big part of the program, but the guys we have this year — Logan, Dylan (Eason) — we have guys that can step up and get the job done,” Callaway said.
“We have a lot of good receivers,” Albright said. “Dylan Eason had a drop, but he has great hands. Zac Wilson is a go-to kid for us. I think it just happened that they were playing off Logan the most, and that’s who we went to. For a sophomore, he’s a very heady young man. He can find the areas — the green grass — and he did a nice job of that tonight.”
BIG STATS: Lorain outgained Midview 466-293 in total yards and 28-16 in first downs. Most of it was driven by the playmaking ability of Williamson and Saunders, but Albright said there were other Titans that came up big.
“Their offensive line just came off the ball,” Albright said. “Their O-line came after us and got our defensive front reeling. It doesn’t surprise me that they gained that yardage (in the first quarter), because they deserved it — they earned it.”
Contact Shaun Bennett at 329-7137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fan him on Facebook and follow him @ShaunBennettct on Twitter.