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    Gardner runs wild in Kirtland win


    MIDDLEFIELD—Luke Gardner ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns on just six carries to lead Kirtland to a 56-0 win at Cardinal on Friday.

    All four of Gardner’s touchdowns came within Kirtland’s first 11 offensive plays of the game. He scored on runs of 37, 37 and 44 yards in the first quarter and he added a 47-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as the Hornets built a 49-0 halftime lead.

    Mason Sullivan added a 57-yard touchdown run and Liam Powers threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter. Both of those passes—covering 15 and 27 yards—went to Anthony Demarco.

    Luke Gogolin added a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to close out the scoring.

    Sullivan finished the night with 148 rushing yards on nine carries. Fifteen different Hornets carried the ball in the game as the team finished with 444 rushing yards in the game.

    Powers completed 2-of-3 passes for 42 yards.

    Tommy Drazetic picked off a pair of passes and Mason Rus had one interception for the Hornets. Mario Rodin was 6-for-6 on extra-point tries and Nico Podojil-Schlesinger converted both of his PATs.

    Cardinal quarterback Joey Soltis completed 10-of-25 passes for 77 yards and he was the Huskies’ top rusher with 16 yards.

    Kirtland, who improved to 6-0, hosts Grand Valley on Friday while Cardinal, who dropped to 2-4, travels to Beachwood.

    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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