Amherst's Khennedy Scagliozzo follows blocker Jared Hellinger for yards against the Rangers.
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Khennedy Scagliozzo traveling road show made a stop in North Ridgeville on Friday night.
Scagliozzo, Lorain County’s leading rusher, put on another one-man show, carrying the ball 31 times for 285 yards as Amherst rolled to 38-9 win over the Rangers in a Southwestern Conference game. He has 649 yards rushing in three games this season.
Scagliozzo broke free for what appeared to be a 30-yard gain on his first run from scrimmage, only to have the ball brought back by a holding penalty.
It didn’t matter because on the next play Scagliozzo ran for 43 yards to kickstart a drive that ended with a 7-yard Dan Makruski touchdown run.
The Comets never trailed in the game as they improved to 3-0 and 2-0 in the SWC.
“We were able to win the battle of the trenches and give Khennedy room to operate and we were able to control the clock,” Amherst coach Mike Passerrello said. “At times we were a dominant defense and at times we were bend but don’t break. It’s great to be 3-0 but we have a lot of work ahead of us. Things get tougher every week.”
Scagliozzo found the end zone for the first time from 3 yards with 5:01 to go in the half to put Amherst in front 14-0. In the third quarter, he had a 16-yard scoring run that capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive that took 6:18 off the clock.
After a 31-yard Erik Henderson field goal, Scagliozzo scored again, an 11-yard run to make the score 38-9 with 5:06 left in the game.
“It feels great for myself but even more for my teammates,” Scagliozzo said. “All week the offensive line puts in the work and it feels great to give back to them. The offensive line had a great night. I told the coaches we should keep going back to the run, we could wear them out. That’s exactly what we did.”
North Ridgeville (1-2, 1-1) got on the board just before the half thanks to a 29-yard Aden Vanover field goal. The Rangers’ lone touchdown came in the third quarter when junior Cael Bright broke free for an 8-yard run.
Those were the first points the Comets allowed this season.
North Ridgeville drove deep into Amherst territory twice in the first half only to have both drives stall without resulting in points.
“We moved the ball some all night, if we finish those drives off it might be a different game, but hats off to Amherst, they played a great game tonight,” North Ridgeville coach Luke Durban said. “At times we played well on defense, at times we gave up big plays. Overall we’ve just got to keep working at getting better in a lot of different spots.”
The Comets came up with a pair of fourth-quarter
interceptions, by defensive back Jimmy Schill and linebacker Joey Tomaro, that took away any hopes of a late Rangers rally.
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Amherst 38, North Ridgeville 9
Amherst 7 14 7 10 — 38
North Ridgeville 0 3 6 0 — 9
A -- Dan Makruski, 7 run (Erik Henderson kick)
A -- Khennedy Scagliozzo, 3 run (Henderson kick)
NR -- Aden Vanover, 29 FG
A -- Scagliozzo, 9 run (Henderson kick)
NR -- Cael Bright, 8 run (pass fail)
A -- Scagliozzo, 16 run (Henderson kick)
A -- Henderson, 31FG
A -- Scagliozzo, 11 run (Henderson kick)
First downs 19 14
— by rushing 17 7
— by passing 2 6
— by penalty 0 1
Yards rushing 336 106
Yards passing 40 157
Total offense 376 263
Passes att./comp. 4/4 19/10
Intercepted by 2 0
Fumbles/lost 0/0 1/0
Penalties/yards 7/54 9/58
RUSHING — (A) Khennedy Scagliozzo 31-285, Dan Makruski 8-30, Jimmy Schill 10-14, Jonathan West 2-7. (NR) Cael Bright 6-39, Cade Riley 6-35, Josh Harp 2-12, Matt Steinmetz 7-7, Jeremy Sanchez 1-4, Shane Swindig 6-3, Mason Grow 2-3, Tyler Richmond 1-3.
PASSING — (A) Schill 4-4-40-0-0. (NR) Steinmetz 10-19-157-0-2.
RECEIVING — (A) Makruski 3-28, Joey Tomaro 1-12. (NR) Jeremy Sanchez 5-78, Mikey Richmond 1-42, Tyler Richmond 1-11, Marcus McLean 1-7, Swindig 1-3, Harp 1-1.