KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Elyria High School quarterback Dontae Beckett (1) makes a pass during a game against Medina on Friday night, October 13.
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ELYRIA — Dylan Fultz ruined Elyria’s last Homecoming at Ely Stadium.
Fultz, normally one of Medina’s more reliable senior wide receivers, was pressed into action as quarterback and turned in a memorable performance in leading Medina (3-5, 2-3) past the Pioneers 41-14 Friday in Greater Cleveland Conference play. Elyria fell to 1-7, 1-4.
For coach Sean Arno and the Pioneers, it was another night of frustration. The culprit was untimely penalties.
The Achilles heel had been turnovers, but the Pioneers didn’t turn it over once Friday and, in fact, picked off Fultz three times. Medina got four first downs due to Elyria penalties, and with nearly 500 yards of offense, the flags only made things worse.
“We knew he was dangerous and would cause some issues,” Arno said of Fultz. “We just didn’t execute well. We just didn’t.”
That was an understatement. Fultz threw and ran for 155 yards in both categories and scored twice with his legs and three times with his arm.
“I don’t want to be just a quarterback that runs,” Fultz said. “I want to go back and throw it, too. I’m not used to playing quarterback. Sometimes I won’t know what the defense is in and I’ll have to run it. Unfortunately, I did have a lot of turnovers.”
The interceptions were the only downside for Fultz, but he scrambled out of some negative situations and found the open man for big gains, too. He was the difference-maker.
Fultz shook off his first interception by leading the Bees on an 18-play, 78-yard drive that saw him convert two fourth downs and throw a huge third-down touchdown toss to Dylan O’Dear from the 9.
“When you have some legs like Dylan, it really makes a big difference,” Medina coach Larry Laird said. “He made some plays that having an athlete back there — quarterback’s not his natural position — but he did a great job for us.”
O’Dear certainly did his part to help Fultz. O’Dear rushed for 105 yards as Medina amassed 476 yards of offense. Elyria was held to 285.
Fultz thrived under the heat of Elyria’s pass rush. He was able to get away from the pressure and turn in positive plays. It had to be frustrating for the Pioneers.
“We need to pursue harder and play harder and be more physical upfront,” said junior linebacker Qwanda Woodson, Elyria’s leading tackler. “It might have been a better outcome.”
Elyria stunned the Bees with a 65-yard score on the second play from scrimmage as senior Dontae Beckett hooked up with speedy wide receiver Deviian Williams on a sideline pass and Williams sprinted in for the score.
Beckett had another good night. He threw for 143 yards and ran for 85. He targeted seven receivers but had several passes dropped.
“We moved the ball pretty well and had pretty good numbers,” Arno said. “But it just doesn’t matter if you don’t execute at key moments and we didn’t.”
Woodson and senior Johnanthony Lowery made some big plays defensively but just couldn’t contain Fultz. Junior Mike Knapp, Woodson and Jimmy Schill had the interceptions, but Medina chalked up 20 points in the fourth quarter to blow open the game.
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Medina 41, Elyria 14
Medina 0 21 0 20 — 41
Elyria 7 7 0 0 — 14
E—Deviian Williams 65 pass from Dontae Beckett (Caleb Lewis kick)
M—Dylan O’Dear 9 pass from Dylan Fultz (Andrew Horton kick)
M—Fultz 2 run (Horton kick)
M—Fultz 23 run (Horton kick)
E—Tristan Arno 3 run (Lewis kick)
M—Chris Kelly 7 pass from Fultz (kick blocked)
M—Andrew Ellis 15 pass from Fultz (Horton kick)
M—Matt Adams 1 run (Horton kick)
First downs 25 11
— by rushing 16 6
— by passing 5 5
— by penalty 4 0
Yards rushing 321 125
Yards passing 155 160
Total offense 476 285
Passes att./comp. 20/12 34/14
Intercepted by 0 3
Fumbles/lost 1/0 0/0
Penalties/yards 10/100 11/96
RUSHING—(M) Dylan Fultz 26-155, Dylan O’Dear 18-105, Andrew Ellis 1-33, Matt Adams 3-18, Nick Gagne 2-11, Jacob Reddinger 2-2, Nick Chesler 1-0, Sam Herman 1-(-3). (E) Dontae Beckett 19-85, Tristan Arno 8-26, Jaheem Atkinson 2-14.
PASSING—(M) Dylan Fultz 12-20-155-3-3. (E) Dontae Beckett 13-28-143-1-0, Tristan Arno 1-6-17-0-0.
RECEIVING—(M) Chris Kelly 5-93, Dylan O’Dear 3-28, Nick Chester 2-23, Andrew Ellis 1-11. (E) Deviian Williams 3-68, Keshaun Glover 3-31, Aaron Frost 2-32, Jarrett Walker 2-18, Scott Ethington 2-11, Adaveon Drummer 1-6, Tristan Arno 1-(-6).