ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE Lorain quarterback Jordan Jackson breaks away from the Euclid defense on the quarterback keeper in the second quarter Friday night at Euclid High School.
EUCLID — For 2 quarters Friday, Lorain exchanged touchdowns, and oftentimes turnovers and penalties, with a Euclid team that is considered among the elite in Northeast Ohio.
In the closing minutes the Panthers’ multifaceted offense and depth proved too much for the Titans to handle and Euclid pulled away for a 42-21 non-league win.
Lorain junior quarterback Jordan Jackson had a solid night in the air, passing for 231 yards and a touchdown. But he also spent much of the night running for his life in the backfield as he was sacked eight times and forced into throwing a pair of interceptions.
Jackson had a hand in Lorain’s first two scores, connecting with Tyshawn Lighty on 69-yard first-quarter touchdown pass that tied the game at 7. With 2:03 to play in the first half, Jackson scored on a 5-yard run and Marc Rodriguez’s extra point made it 14-all.
The Panthers (2-0) almost took the lead before the half. but Titans (1-1) senior defensive back Kameron Davis pulled down receiver Dre’Von Lindsay with time winding down to preserve the tie. Davis added an interception in the fourth quarter, but Lindsay finally found the end zone in the fourth with a 10-yard touchdown reception.
“They’re a really good football team,” Lorain coach Dave McFarland said of Euclid. “Physically, we didn’t feel like we could match up. Our kids did a great job. I felt like they played hard for four quarters. I’m as proud as I’ve been of our football team.”
In the second half Panthers junior running back Jaabir Mujihad took over. Mujihad scored a 17-yard touchdown on the Panthers’ first drive of the third quarter to make the score 21-14. Mujihad, who replaced the injured Brandon Wright, had 119 of his game-high 145 yards in the second half.
“We started to wear them down and get some turnovers and that had a big effect,” Euclid coach Jeff Rotsky said. “We’re blessed to have depth and have four tailbacks that can step in there. I’m proud of how we played tonight.”
After Euclid took a 28-21 lead on a 10-yard Job Rand run, Lorain went three-and-out on its next possession. When the Panthers quickly marched down the field to make it 35-21, Lorain’s last hopes of pulling off the upset faded into the late summer breeze.
“This game was good for us. It was a lot of fun,” McFarland said. “We have a young offensive line, I know we struggled there. We gave them a dogfight, that’s all we can do is come out and represent our community well and we did that.”
It was another solid night for Titans junior running back Daylin Dower, who had 74 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. He also caught five passes, but the Panthers did a good job of containing him in the passing game and denying Dower the opportunity to break free into the secondary.
Lighty was Jackson’s favorite target with six receptions for 145 yards.
Euclid was its own worst enemy in the first half with nine penalties for 91 yards. The Panthers ended the night with 111 yards of penalties.
The Panthers had nearly 500 yards of offense while Lorain was held to 257.
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Euclid 42, Lorain 21
Lorain 7 7 7 0 — 21
Euclid 7 7 14 14 — 42
E - Damien Brown, 12 pass from Dion Valentine (Mamadou Mbaye kick)
L - Tyshawn Lighty, 69 pass from Jordan Jackson (Marc Rodriguez kick)
E - Brown, 50 pass from Valentine (Mbaye kick)
L - Jackson, 5 run (Rodriguez kick)
E – Jaabir Mujihad, 17 run (Mbaye kick)
L - Dower, 22 run (Rodriguez kick)
E – Job Rand, 10 run (Mbaye kick)
E - Dre’Von Lindsay, 10 pass from Valentine (Mbaye kick)
E - Valentine, 3 run (Mbaye kick)
First downs 14 21
-- by rushing 4 15
-- by passing 7 5
-- by penalty 3 1
Yards rushing 26 221
Yards passing 231 277
Total offense 257 498
Passes att./comp. 24/16 22/15
Intercepted by 1 2
Fumbles/lost 1/1 3/2
Penalties/yards 7/59 12/111
RUSHING — (L) Daylin Dower 4-74, Savon Chavis 6-8, Tyshawn Lighty 1-4, Isaiah McDowell 1-4, Jalin Cheers 1-1, Khalyn Thomas 1- (-4), Jordan Jackson 14-(-61). (E) Jaabir Mujihad 17-145, Dion Valentine 7-44, Job Rand 9-37, Patrick Hawthorne 1-6, Savion Jones 1-1,Brandon Wright 2 - (-4) Vincent Jackson 1 - (-7).
PASSING — (L) Jackson 16-24-231-1-2. (E) Valentine 15-22-277-2-1.
RECEIVING — (L) Lighty 6-145, Dower 5-9, Zach Evans 3-60, Chavis 2-17. (E) Dre’Von Lindsay 5-114, Damien Brown 4-81, Claishon Ivory 3-42, Raylan McGuire 1-16, Aric Hodnett 1-13, Treshawn Luton 1-11.