AMHERST — It took a while for the Amherst Comets to get going, but once they did, they were rolling – right to a 41-6 victory over Clearview on the opening night of the 2017 varsity season.
Clearview dominated many statistical categories through the first quarter and a half, except for the scoreboard, especially in the battle of field position. The Clippers first four offensive possessions each had plays in Comet territory, but the Clippers came away with no points. Of Amherst’s first three drives, one ended after three plays with an interception and the two others were 3-and-outs.
Clearview’s best early scoring chance in the first half was midway through the second quarter. After a Clipper sack pinned Amherst deep and a shanked punt gave Clearview excellent field position at the Amherst 31, Clearview drove to the Amherst 6 yard line before turning the ball over on a fumbled shotgun exchange between center and quarterback.
Amherst’s first play in Clipper territory did not come until over halfway into the second quarter. Khennedy Sczgliozzo ran the ball five times as part of a 6-play, 90-yard drive, punctuated by his 31-yard touchdown run to give Amherst the lead.
The Comets forced a quick 3-and-out by Clearview and executed a drive in the closing moments of the first half, going 57 yards in 5 plays capped by a Fairchild to Shawver 39-yard touchdown pass to give the Comets a 14-0 halftime lead.
Opening the second half with the football, Amherst moved steadily down the field, closing a 13-play, 68-yard drive with a Scagliozzo 1-yard touchdown run take took nearly six minutes of the clock. From there, the rout was on.
Nomar Salas had a 71-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to account for the only points for Clearview.
Unofficially, Scagliozzo carried the ball 25 times for 188 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead Amherst. Nomar Salas had 2 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown to lead Clearview. Drew Engle added 56 yards on 14 carries and Jadis James had a late carry for 43 yards.
Clearview will again try for its first win next Friday night at Harvey High School in Painesville. Amherst will look to stay undefeated next Friday night at Lakewood.
Amherst 41, Clearview 6
Clearview 0 0 0 6 6
Amherst 0 14 13 14 41
- SECOND QUARTER
- AMHERST: Scagliozzo 31 yd TD run (PAT good), A 7-0
- AMHERST: Fairchild to Shawver 39 yd TD pass (PAT good), A 14-0
- THIRD QUARTER
- AMHERST: Scagliozzo 1 yd TD run (PAT good), A 21-0
- AMHERST: Scagliozzo 5 yd TD run (PAT fails), A 27-0
- FOURTH QUARTER
- AMHERST: Scagliozzo 2 yd TD run (PAT good), A 34-0
- CLEARVIEW: Salas 71 yd TD run (2 pt conversion fails), A 34-6
- AMHERST: Johnson 40 yd TD run (PAT good), A 41-6