ELYRIA — It was another tough night for Sean Arno and his Elyria Pioneers on Friday night.
Euclid, one of the better teams in Northeast Ohio, visited Elyria’s brand-spanking new stadium and quickly made a mess of things for the Pioneers with a 55-0 trouncing.
It was 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Elyria has yet to score a point in the first half of any of its five losses and has faced a running clock in every game at one point or another. The Panthers are 4-1, their lone loss to St. Ignatius.
“There’s no question how good they are,” Arno said. “I told you that at the beginning of the game. They’re really, really good. They have 37 seniors and we have several kids out there that are young. They’re trying their best and they’re trying to get better.”
It took just two touches by Michigan State-bound back Brandon Wright to set the tone. After a three-and-out by Elyria on its first possession, Wright and the Panthers went to work. Wright bobbed and weaved his way through the Pioneers defense for 33 yards on his first carry and finished off the two-play 45-yard drive with a 12-yard burst for the score.
Wright, on just four carries for the night, scored twice, racked up first downs on each run and had 122 yards. He barely broke a sweat.
“We came out here with a purpose,” Euclid coach Jeff Rotsky said. “We’ve got some guys that are a little banged up which we were able to protect a little bit. (Wright) is just getting back to 100 percent and it was good to see the pop back in his step.”
Meanwhile, offensively, the Pioneers just couldn’t get out of their own way. They finished with just 49 yards of offense and had minus-17 yards rushing thanks to a sack-filled night.
Elyria threw for 66 yards but it came on just six completions in 17 attempts. The Pioneers were sacked five times and fumbled four times, losing three.
Elyria has turned the ball over 11 times and has been outscored 272-43 this season. The Pioneers have been shut out twice for the first time in a season since 2009.
“Good teams will make you make mistakes but we made so many mistakes,” Arno said. “I don’t have the answers to be honest with you. We keep working and we look good in practice. Good teams make you look bad at times but we really inflict ourselves.”
Arno continues to search for the answers and with Shaker Heights and Brunswick on the horizon, he knows his team has a chance to get on the right path. Shaker Heights was Elyria’s lone win a year ago and the Blue Devils are winless so far this season.
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Euclid 55, Elyria 0
Euclid 28 21 6 0 — 55
Elyria 0 0 0 0 — 0
EUC—Brandon Wright 12 run (Mamadou Mbaye kick)
EUC—Treshawn Luton 5 pass from Dion Valentine (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Luton 4 pass from Valentine (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Jaabir Mujihad 11 run (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Wright 53 run (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Omari Howard 25 fumble return (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Curtis Andrews 8 run (Mbaye kick)
EUC—Tyonne Parks 1 run (run failed)
First downs 14 8
— by rushing 12 3
— by passing 1 2
— by penalty 1 3
Yards rushing 269 -17
Yards passing 47 66
Total offense 316 49
Passes att./comp. 7/4 17/6
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles/lost 1/1 4/3
Penalties/yards 6/60 8/55
RUSHING—(EUC) Brandon Wright
4-122, Ariba Fritz 4-46, Jaabir Mujihad 5-43, Tyonne Parks 8-31, Curtis Andrews 5-27, Treshawn Luton 1-0. (E) Adaveon Drummer 8-24, Jaheim Atkinson 9-13, Denzel Sykes 2-(-12), Jermele Nolen 10-(-26), Team 1-(-16).
PASSING—(EUC) Dion Valentine 4-7-33-2-0, Vincent Jackson 1-1-15-0-0. (E) Sykes 2-10-7-0-0. Nolen 3-7-56-0-0, Atkinson 1-1-5-0-0.
RECEIVING—(EUC) Damien Brown
1-19, Jalen Morris 1-15, Treshawn Luton 2-9, Jeremy Miller 1-4. (E) Sykes 1-34, Jesse Stevens 1-16, Izaiah Thomas 1-6, Atkinson 1-6, Drummer 1-3, Nolen 1-1.