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1ST & GOAL Week 1: Reed’s play at QB, defensive plays lift Red Devils over stubborn and feisty Central Crossing, 22-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Haffele's Marion-Franklin Red Devils look like they will be a title contender in the always-tough City League South Division.

 

Ke'Zion Brown (2) Marion-Franklin QB looking to pass

Everybody before the game thought that the City League’s Red Devils would run all over the OCC Central Division’s Comets.

That is further from the truth!

The Comets, by playing Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Marysville and Upper Arlington in that division, are battle-tested and are used to playing more talented teams.

Friday night, they showed that they could play with Marion-Franklin, eventhough they fell behind 22-7 in the 1st half. The Comets have some athletes with City League speed, athleticism and talent. Their only issues are costly mistakes, and lack of execution at times.

The Red Devils scored all of its points in the 2nd quarter. They tenh had to hold on to beat the feisty and stubborn Comets who kept coming and challenging for the win.

Marion-Franklin won the game because they got excellent QB play from Ke’Zion Brown (#2 pictured throwing ball), who finished with 14 of 21 passing for 202 yards and 2 TD’s to Deonte Wade and Yvonne Roberts.

The other Red Devils TD came on an electrifying 74-yard punt return by Roberts who out ran the Comets fastest players to score the eventual game-winning score.

The Comets starting QB Kameron Peck, a 5’10, 160-pound senior, who was picking apart the Red Devils defense with quick-hitter passing which kept his team moving the ball consistently. But after leaving the field several times with trainer’s assistance, who was ruled out with a possible concussion. He even led his team to the opening score of the game in the 1st quarter, with a 5-yard run at the 2:26 mark. After he left the game for good, the Comets were an up-and-down team. They stalled on three drives on downs and had two others stopped on interceptions by Jesse Johnson and Wade.

The Comets were led by tough-as-nails fullback 5’8, 190-pound senior Pierre France who rushed for 131 yards and had a 7-yard TD run.

Another solid player was WR/RB Anthony Lowe who caught a clutch touchdown pass from backup QB Andrew Deyarmon with 4:08 to go in regulation to make it 22-20. But the tying 2-point conversion run by France was stopped shy of the goal line.

In week 2, Central Crossing will stay playing City League competition, opening at home against the North Division’s Beechcroft Cougars. Marion-Franklin will play all of their pre-conference games against Central Crossing’s league foes; this week at Galloway Westland and in Week 3 at Reynoldsburg.

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT TO Megasportsnews.com intern Toni Fisher

 

Jim Knous joins Streb in 54 hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY PRESTON SMITH; COURTESY WEB.COM TOUR & NCC MEDIA RELATIONS

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 3rd round was interrupted by a weather delay, where fans, golfers and media retreated to the clubhouse for cover and safety, Jim Knous and Robert Streb stayed one stroke clear of the field with matching scores of 12-under 201 heading into Sunday’s final round at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Knous tied the low round of the day with a 6-under 65, while Streb maintained his 36-hole lead with a 3-under 68. Joseph Bramlett and Denny McCarthy each sit two shots back at 10-under 203.

Making his career debut in the Web.com Tour Finals, Knous was on fire from the start, making birdie on the first five holes to jump to the top of the leaderboard. The string of birdies matched the longest streak of his Web.com Tour career after a similar stretch in the first round at the 2017 LECOM Health Challenge.

“Five birdies in a row obviously is a dream come true,” said Knous. “But, I mean, I was just hitting shots good, hitting shots close to the hole. There really weren’t that many long putts. The putt on No. 5 was a downhill trickler, about 20 feet, so that was kind of a bonus there.”

Jim Knous proud of his alma mater even if people aren't familiar with it (megasportsnews.com photo)

Knous had a less eventful back nine, carding six consecutive pars before making birdie on the par-4 16th. Two more pars locked up the 54-hole lead, Knous’ second this season.

Knous is in the midst of a breakout season on Tour, with two top-five finishes already under his belt, including last week at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz. He finished the Regular Season at No. 52 on the money list, and a win on Sunday would earn him his first PGA TOUR card.

The Colorado School of the Mines alumnus entered last week in need of a strong finish to end the Regular Season inside the top 75 on the money list to secure a Web.com Tour Finals berth.

“I mean, (last week) being on the bubble like that, (No.) 74, and knowing I needed a good finish to make the Finals and then doing it and playing well and finishing in the top 5 was huge. I was just so excited,” said Knous.

Most people have not heard of his college, Colorado School of the Mines.

Established in 1874, the college, located in Golden, Colorado, is devoted to engineering and applied science with special expertise. It is constantly listed in The U.S. News and World Report listings for Top Colleges and Universities. In the 2016–17 QS World University Rankings by subject, the university was ranked as the top institution in the world for mineral and mining engineering. The school has an enrollment of 6,117 and competes in NCAA Division II with their athletic teams being called the Orediggers.

Blaster the Burro, mascot of Colorado School of the Mines (courtesy CSM)

While Knous is looking to reach the PGA TOUR for the first time, Streb is trying to regain status after competing on the PGA TOUR during the 2017-18 season.

Competing in 29 TOUR events this season, the Oklahoma native made 10 cuts, picking up a top-10 finish at the Barbasol Championship (T10), where he held a share of the 54-hole lead. The 31-year-old is a former PGA TOUR champion (The RSM Classic in fall 2014).

 

Kansas State product Robert Streb takes 36-hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY PRESTON SMITH; COURTESY WEB.COM TOUR & NCC MEDIA RELATIONS

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The rain stayed away but it was very windy Friday in for the 12th playing of the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, but not even the wind gusts could stop former PGA TOUR winner Robert Streb from posting a second-round 3-under 68 to move to 9-under 133 heading into the Saturday and Sunday.

2017 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Player of the Year Kramer Hickok sits one back of Streb, followed by a host of players tied at 7-under 135.

“(It feels) a little different,” Streb said of holding the 36-hole lead. “I haven’t done too much of it this year, but it’s nice to be playing well, putting well.  Hopefully, I can keep getting some chances this weekend and see how we do.”

Robert Streb pleased with his week so far (megasportsnews.com photo)

Streb, who entered Friday one stroke back of the lead, ran into trouble early at the always tough Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. After picking up a bogey on his opening hole Thursday, Streb ran into the same fate on Friday, carding a five on the par-4 10th (his first hole of the day).

“I hit it way left,” he said when asked what led to the error. “I got a pretty good break and just basically guessed poorly on the green firmness.  I got through the green (on my approach shot), had a tough chip, and then hit a good one.”

The mistake ended up being the only one of the day for Streb, who kept his scorecard clean for the remainder of the round. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 18 allowed him to make the turn at 1-under 34 and join a collection of players who had become bunched atop the leaderboard.

After making par on the first three holes of his second nine, the father-of-three needed something big to build momentum and break away from the rest of the pack.

That something big came for Streb in the form of an eagle at the par-5 fourth.

“That was nice,” Streb remarked after the round. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to cover the bunker or not.  It covered, I had a pretty good number, and luckily, it landed soft on the green and I had a good putt at it.”

The 2012 Mylan Classic champion and Kansas State University alum would go on to par his remaining five holes, ending the day at 68.

 

Norlander shots 7-under to lead 1st round of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY ALEX WOOD; COURTESY PGA TOUR AND NCC MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Henrik Norlander chatting with the media on Thursday (megasportsnews.com photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For some, the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series represents a chance to earn their first PGA TOUR card. For others, it’s a route to return to the TOUR and personal redemption for a season that might not have been to their liking. For Sweden native Henrik Norlander, it’s a mix of both.

The 31-year-old has spent the past two seasons playing on the Web.com Tour after losing his PGA TOUR card following a rough 2016.

With his sights set on a TOUR return, Norlander wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity, opening with a 7-under 64 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, good for a one-stroke lead over fellow past Web.com Tour winner Robert Streb.

Norlander was dialed in from the get-go in Columbus, carding a birdie on three of his first four holes. Despite stumbling at the par-5 sixth and walking away with bogey, the Augusta University alum still put together a strong round, following up pars on Nos. 7-9 with a string of birdies on five of the first six holes on his back nine (Nos. 10-12 and 14-15).

“I hit a lot of fairways, obviously,” Norlander said of the stretch, “and then I hit a lot of iron shots. I had 200 yards into No. 11, hit it to a foot. Two-putted No. 12, and then hit it to 7 feet maybe on No. 14, which is a hard hole. I was able to make that…  I mean it’s cliché, but I just tried to stay in the present. I felt like I did a really good job of that today.”

The Atlanta resident would go on to challenge the tournament record of 8-under 63 after his back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15, but a par-bogey-birdie finish would leave him one stroke shy.

“I got greedy on No. 17 and tried to go for the flag,” he remarked. “I came out of it in the bunker and I was actually shocked by how easy that bunker shot was because I was on the upslope. Almost sort of took me out of my focus. I thought I was going to have a really tough shot and I got up there and it was sort of easy. I hit a pretty bad bunker shot, hit a decent putt. It was nice to bounce back and finish with a birdie.”

In 20 Regular-Season starts this year, Norlander picked up seven top-25 finishes, including a runner-up at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. The performance was enough to earn him a Web.com Tour Finals berth for the sixth-straight year, but at No. 32 on the money list, it wasn’t enough for a return to the PGA TOUR. Norlander isn’t letting that stop him; instead, he feels freer than ever in his chase.

“I didn’t get in the top 25 (on the money list),” Norlander commented after his round, “which was the goal obviously for the season. So, I tried to regroup and had three goals the next four events: try to take it a little slower, have fun and just trust everything I’m doing. I only have an upside to play these four events. I have full status on the Web.com Tour next year, which obviously is not my ultimate goal, but there’s only upside playing these four events. I’m just trying to have fun.”

 

 

1ST & GOAL Week 1: Marion-Franklin Red Devils 22 Grove City Central Crossing Comets 20

 

Exciting game!  Game story to follow along with scores from other Columbus City League games in Week 1 action.

 

Photo by Josh Cassinger. Thanks to both Central Crossing and Marion-Franklin players for helping us out!

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