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    Blue Devils bounce back after Week 1 setback

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    INDEPENDENCE—Independence’s football team bounced from a Week 1 setback with a 28-6 win over visiting Lincoln West on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils, who lost their opener to Columbia last week, 56-7, weren’t pleased with that season-opening loss and needed this win to right the ship.

    “We were focusing on us this week, no matter who we were playing, so we just wanted to get ourselves better,” said Independence coach Rick Adams. “We got some turnovers and offensively, we tried to get better running the ball, and we cut some things out. When you lose like we did last week, that’s on me, and as coaches, we have to put the guys in the best position to win.”

    It didn’t take long for the Blue Devils to take control of the game.

    Charlie Meyer recovered a fumble at the Lincoln West 5-yard line on the opening kickoff and Jack Korinek scored two plays later for an early 7-0 lead.

    Korinek rushed for 43 yards on 12 carries in place of Rory Corrigan, who only played defense after getting banged up in the Week 1 loss.

    “Jack did a really good job of running hard with Rory limited to just defense,” Adams said. “Jack did a really good job stepping up to that and the line created some holes.”

    Luke Pascarella added a 9-yard touchdown run that pushed Independence’s lead to 14-0 and Meyer recovered another fumble on the ensuing kickoff that gave the Blue Devils the ball at the Wolverines’ 20-yard line.

    Dom Narduzzi then threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Evan Beacher.

    Narduzzi finished the game 5-of-12 passing for 75 yards and the touchdown. Max Tarnowski was his favorite target. He caught three passes for 29 yards.

    “I think Dom is growing as a quarterback. He’s making good decisions for us,” Adams said. “I was happy to see Evan Beacher get into the end zone and Max Tarnowski had a few really good plays for us.”

    After Xavier Wilson’s 3-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, Adams began subbing in his backups.

    That led to an inconsistent second half but the defense still pitched a shutout.

    Lincoln West scored on Izayah Hampton’s 47-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter.

    “We started pulling guys in the second quarter, and that was my fault,” Adams said. “We kind of lost the edge and couldn’t get it back in the second half. We kind of took our foot off the gas, and it’s on me to get that edge back. Lincoln West played hard. They didn’t go away.”

    Pascarella carried the ball six times for 32 yards in the win.

    Independence is scheduled to host East Tech next Friday.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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