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Twinsburg take undefeated Brecksville to the wire

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: September 28, 2016 12:00 AM
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Twinsburg faced one of the area's top football teams in Brecksville-Broadview Heights on its own turf for its Homecoming game.

Was that a recipe for a big win for the Bees?

Mike Bell's Tigers would have none of it. In this Suburban League National Division clash, it seemed as if the last team on offense just might win.

It was a wild offensive show as the host Bees prevailed 48-37 over Twinsburg in Brecksville Sept. 23.

The young Tigers moved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. Brecksville is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.

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Wild back and forth action started on the first play from scrimmage as junior wide receiver Christian Edgerson was set to run, but Tiger quarterback Jalen Tucker was forced to throw the ball and was intercepted by Steve Klaus.

Brecksville quarterback Luke Strnad then tossed the first of five TD passes as he hit gifted Steve Wiglusz for the 28-yard touchdown strike and 7-0 lead.

Senior kicker Casey McCarthy got the Tigers on the board with a career-best 32-yard field goal to make it 7-3.

Twinsburg actually seized the lead in the game at 10-7 when the passing game started to click with a speedy corps of young wide receivers.

Sophomore Adam Van De Motter, who has been playing along with Tucker at quarterback , had some big pass plays and the drive was capped when he found junior wide out Christian Edgerson for a 24-yard TD pass to take the lead on the road.

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Bell then saw his defense apparently stop the Bees on their next drive near midfield, but holding was called on Twinsburg. One of 12 penalties on Twinsburg in the game, the flag gave the hosts a first down and two plays later, Strnad ran three yards for a TD. He had 6 touchdowns and was 28-40 passing for 370 yards.

Brecksville's defense held and then drove back down the field late in the first half as Strnad found Wiglusz for a 27-yard TD. A missed PAT made it 20-10.

Edgerson then took the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to the Bees' 20, but Twinsburg couldn't score with five secconds left in the half.

Strnad scored on the first drive of the second half on a 9-yard toss to Joey McGonegal.

However, Twinsburg answered as Tucker responded. Tucker found 6-2 sophomore wide out James Bessett for the touchdown, a 6-yarder, which made it 27-17 after McCarthy's kick.

Strnad and Wiglusz struck again this time on a 13-yard TD pass to make it 34-17.

Edgerson had another exciting 70-plus yard kickoff return only for Brecksville to jump on a loose ball.

On the next play, junior defensive back Kris Jones then stepped in front of Strnad pass and returned it inside the 20.

Twinsburg responded. On a critical fourth and 1, Tucker came through with a 1-yard keeper for A TD around left end. McCarthy's PAT made it 34-24.

Strnad was not to be denied as he then had his fifth TD pass of the game -- a 17-yard toss to Ken Ganley, making it 41-24 with 9:13 remaining in the game.

The Tigers weren't done as Van De Motter had a 14-yard TD to Besett to cut the lead to 41-30.

Twinsburg's onside kick attempt was recovered by Brecksville. Alec Buckley had a 3-yard TD burst to make it 48-30. The Bee tailback was held in check except for a 33-yard jaunt that set up the second and go-ahead TD for Brecksville.

Bell saw his troops score again as Van De Motter had a 10-yard strike to sophomore wide out Tre Radford, making it 48-37.

Twinsburg tried an onside kick and also turned the ball over on downs in the waning seconds.

Wiglusz burned the Tigers for 12 catches for 207 yards and 3 TD's, plus had an interception on defense. Strnad had 406 total yards as the Bees amassed 486 yards and 28 first downs.

Twinsburg did generate 369 yards and 20 first downs against a solid defense as both Tucker and Van de Motter were effective.

Tucker had 198 total yards with 10-of-12 passing for 155 yards, 2 TD's, and one interception. He had five rushes for 26 yards and a TD, plus two catches for 17 yards.

Van de Motter was 9-19 for 90 yards passing, two TD's and one interception. He had nine rushes for 39 yards as junior Cam'Ron McClain led in rushing with 44 yards on nine totes.

The 6-1, 165-pound Edgerson was dangerous with his return game and his seven catches for 90 yards one TD.

Other dangerous young receivers with size and speed are Radford (6-3, 155) and Besett (6-2, 155). Besett had four catches for 47 yards and 2 TD's and Radford, four catches for 69 yards and one TD.

Junior linebacker James Grammens and Jones were leaders on the defense, which had its hands full with the creative Bees.

Other Tigers who helped were sophomore Trevor Solis, sophomore Isaiah Savitt, senior Colin Trouten, and sophomore Gilbert Campbell. Senior Jared Eaton added two catches for 22 yards and 13 yards rushing.

Twinsburg plays host to powerful Stow-Munroe Falls (5-0, 2-0) Sept. 30. The Bulldogs are ranked third in Ohio in Division I in the most recent state Associated Press poll.

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