Friday, December 9

    Alfieri runs for three scores in Kirtland’s win at Chagrin Falls

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    Rocco Alfieri ran for three scores in leading Kirtland to a 38-6 win at Chagrin Falls on Friday.

    With the win, the Hornets improved to 6-0 and extended their regular-season winning streak to 51 straight games.

    “A major point of emphasis from our coaches tonight was executing the game plan along with sticking to our fundamentals and not getting into bad habits,” Alfieri said. “My offensive line does a great job of staying on their blocks and coach (Tiger) LaVerde did a great job of seeing what plays were there for us. I was able to get downhill and go north and south in a hurry.”

    Alfieri ran for a team-high 75 yards on nine carries.

    He scored twice in the first quarter on runs of two and 21 yards and added a two-point conversion as the Hornets built an early 15-0 lead.

    Alfieri made it a hat trick with a 31-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

    Tommy Gogolin, who ran for 68 yards on seven carries, added a three-yard touchdown run and Luke Chuko recovered a fumble in the end zone for another Kirtland score. The Hornets closed out the first half with a safety.

    Chagrin Falls closed out the scoring with a 31-yard pass from Nicholas Vinci to Jackson Beavers with 1:34 left in the game.

    Kirtland avoided looking ahead to next weekend’s big game against visiting Perry.

    “We like to take it week by week and not look ahead,” Alfieri said. “We had a great week of preparation and focused on Chagrin.”

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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