Kirtland, Torok run past Cuyahoga Heights

Joey Torok

Kirtland’s Joey Torok ran for a career-high 247 yards on just six carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Hornets to a 42-6 win over visiting Cuyahoga Heights on Friday.

Torok ran for touchdowns of 72, 63 and 63 yards on first down of each of Kirtland’s first three offensive possessions as the Hornets built a 21-3 first quarter lead.

“The offensive line opened three huge holes on my first three carries and that’s why they broke for touchdowns,” Torok said. “They did an awesome job all night and it made things a lot easier for all of our backs. It seemed like everything was working just because of the line doing such an amazing job. Cuyahoga Heights is always a great opponent so to have a game like that against them is huge.”

Torok added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Mason Sullivan scored on a seven-yard run to give Kirtland a 35-3 halftime lead.

Luke Gardner broke a 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to close out the scoring for Kirtland. Ryan Rose kicked a 25-yard field goal for the Redskins with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

As a team, Kirtland finished with 407 rushing yards on 26 carries while limiting the Redskins to just 234 yards of offense.

“Heights always has a good offense and they are coached so well,” Torok said. “Tonight our interior linemen did a great job getting through the line and making some plays. Also, our secondary did a good job limiting big plays. Overall, it was just a great night for our defense.”

Kirtland will take its 6-0 record to Fairport Harding on Friday while Cuyahoga Heights (4-2) travels to Wickliffe.

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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.