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    Independence offense rolls in win over East Tech

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    INDEPENDENCE—Kyle Zygmunt threw three touchdown passes and returned a punt for another touchdown as Independence rolled to a 42-12 non-conference win over visiting East Tech at Alumni Field at Stan Skoczen Stadium on Friday.

    Following back-to-back shanked punts, the Blue Devils found themselves in East Tech territory on their first two offensive possessions.

    It was on the second series that Zygmunt threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Max Tarnowski. Casey McGhee added the extra point to put the Blue Devils on top 7-0 with 5:02 left in the first quarter.

    Luke Pascarella ran for a five-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to push the Blue Devil lead to 14-0.

    East Tech returned the ensuing kickoff into Independence territory and Jordon Huff capitalized on the field position with a five-yard touchdown run to cut Independence’s lead to 14-6 with 6:22 remaining in the half.

    Tech forced an Independence punt but David Jedrzejek recovered a fumble near midfield and Rory Corrigan caught a screen pass and raced 48 yards for a touchdown on the next play to push the lead to 21-6.

    Cy Jolliffe recovered McGhee’s onside kick at midfield and Zygmunt threw what appeared to be a 25-yard touchdown pass to Pascarella but that scoring play was erased by a penalty. Zygmunt responded with a 35-yard TD pass to Tarnowski on the next play that left the Blue Devils on top at halftime, 28-6.

    Corrigan added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Zygmunt returned a punt 53 yards for another score.

    Huff closed out the scoring with a two-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

    Independence, who improved to 2-1, travels to Cuyahoga Heights on Friday to open Chagrin Valley Conference play. That game will be streamed on CVC TV.

    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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