Monday, March 27

    Kirtland dominant in win at West Geauga

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    CHESTERLAND—Kirtland dominated all facets of the game in a 42-0 win at West Geauga on Friday.

    The Hornets recovered a fumble on the first offensive play of the game and went on to score 42 unanswered points in improving to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.

    Will Sayle scooped up the fumble and reached the West Geauga seven before Rocco Alfieri scored the first of his three touchdowns on a five-yard run with 10:11 remaining in the opening quarter.

    Alfieri ran for a 13-yard touchdown six minutes later and Nick Barisic’s extra point pushed Kirtland’s lead to 14-0.

    With 10:19 remaining in the first half, Jake LaVerde threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Gogolin and added a 52-yard touchdown pass to Gino Blasini that left Kirtland up at the half, 28-0.

    Alfieri added a five-yard touchdown run in the third and Gogolin broke off a 71-yard scoring run late in the third quarter to close out the scoring.

    Kirtland outgained the Wolverines, 374-111, and won the turnover battle 3-2.

    LaVerde completed 4-of-8 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

    Gogolin led the rushing attack as he ran for 139 yards on 11 carries with the touchdown. Alfieri finished the game with 11 carries for 42 yards and three scores.

    Barisic finished 5-for-5 on point-after tries while Xavier Lasecki was 1-for-1.

    West Geauga’s Finn Keenan completed 16-of-29 passes for 83 yards. Justin Artino led the Wolverines on the ground with 15 yards on three carries.

    Kirtland hosts Geneva on Friday while West Geauga (1-3) hosts Edgewood. The Hornets have won 49 consecutive regular season games.



    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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