MENTOR—Jaxon French threw two touchdown passes to Aidan Fitzgerald as Lake Catholic topped visiting North at Mentor’s Jerome T. Osborne Stadium on Friday, 28-7.
Playing with a chip on their shoulder throughout, the Cougars had an offensive game plan that kept the Rangers on their toes, especially in the first half when French and Fitzgerald hooked up for two scores.
“Being 6’3-6’4, I have to go up and grab the ball,” Fitzgerald said. “If I know the corner is smaller than me, I have to be able to make that play.”
Lake Catholic head coach Marty Gibbons saw a lot he liked out of the Cougars.
“I thought we played a really crisp first half, on both sides of the football as well as special teams and the kicking game,” Gibbons said.
Tyler Seacrist got the offense rolling for the Cougars, as he punched it in from three yards out to make it a 7-0 game midway through the first quarter.
The chemistry was obvious between French and Fitzgerald. The first big TD to Fitzgerald came on a floater from French and a diving catch that put the Cougars up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The scoring for the Cougars didn’t stop there, as right before the half the duo connected again, this time on a 30-yard catch and run that made it 21-0 going into the half.
“Jaxon and I have great chemistry with each other, as well as our team chemistry really building every single week,” Fitzgerald said.
The Rangers got a little momentum coming out of the break when running back Mo Morgan dashed into the end zone to make it 21-7 early in the second half.
Lake Catholic quickly responded when running back Carter Centrell used his athleticism to reverse fields and scored on a seven-yard run.
With the win, Lake Catholic improved to 1-2 and will look to keep it rolling against University School next weekend.
“I just want them to enjoy the victory tonight and recharge and get ready for the next game,” Gibbons said.
North fell to 2-1 and will host Kenston on Friday.