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    Kirtland closes regular season with 38-0 win at Cardinal

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    Kirtland closed out the regular season with a conference title-clinching 38-0 win at Cardinal on Friday.

    With the win, the Hornets closed out the regular season with a 9-1 record and they won the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title with a 5-0 mark.

    “It was very big for us to keep up our momentum and close regular season with a seven-game win streak,” said Kirtland’s Will Beers, who ran for a game-high 119 yards on just eight carries and scord two touchdowns. “Heading into the postseason, it will be big to keep this momentum and work hard towards a state championship.”

    Kirtland struck early and often in building a 24-0 first-quarter lead.

    Jake LaVerde threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Will Sayle to open the scoring and Macguire Boyd tackled Cardinal’s quarterback in the endzone for a safety. Beers then ran for a 24-yard touchdown and Danny Alfieri added a 24-yard scoring run.

    “Within the first four minutes, our execution allowed us to score 17 points,” Beers said. “Our early success begins with the energy that we brought.”

    Beers added a 46-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter and Rocco Alfieri closed out the scoring with a nine-yard run in the third.

    Kirtland ran the ball 31 times for 250 yards and LaVerde completed 4-of-7 passes for 70 yards.

    “The key to our success on the ground for my teammates and I is great execution by our line,” Beers said. “Our linemen are young but are stepping up to do a great job.”

    Kirtland’s defense posted its fifth shutout of the season and limited Cardinal’s offense to just 70 yards, 46 on the ground and 24 through the air.

    Rocco Alfieri ran nine times for 64 yards and a touchdown and Danny Alfieri added 23 yards on two carries.

    The Hornets clinched the No. 1 seed in Division VI, Region 21, and likely will open the postseason hosting Columbiana.

    “Heading into the postseason, we are playing with confidence following a seven-game win streak,” Beers said. “We are working hard in practice and will take it week by week to succeed in the postseason.”

     

    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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