WADSWORTH, Ohio — The Wadsworth Grizzlies got off to as good a start to the new season as you could imagine, beating up on the Granger Highland Hornets 42-20 in WKYC.com's High School Football Game of the Week.
Senior running back Dom Loparo led the way, scoring five total touchdowns as Wadsworth rolled to a 42-6 halftime lead. His fellow captain Trey Shaffer had three TD passes by himself.
The highlight for Highland came in the second quarter, when Alex Jaworski hauled in a 58-yard scoring pass from Bryce Profitt to make it 21-6. However, that was as good as it got, as the Hornets struggled to move the football most of the night.
The victory is the 22nd consecutive in the regular season for the Grizzlies, who have positioned themselves as one of the best teams in Division II over the last couple of years. They will host Wooster next week, while the Hornets will head back home to take on Medina.
Re-listen to tonight's game with Dave "Dino" DeNatale and Mark "Munch" Bishop below:
Other games from around the area:
MASSILLON WASHINGTON 44, ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 14
The Tigers were led by their receiving core, as Andrew Wilson-Lamp set a school record with 233 yards along with a touchdown. Ohio State recruit Jayden Ballard also caught a 33-yard TD and ran a kickoff back 66 yards.
SOLON 46, HUDSON 41
Quarterback Pat McQuaide had three total touchdowns and Grant McCurry had a pick-six as the Comets overcame a 12-point deficit. Star recruit Najee Story also recovered a fumble.
MEDINA 21, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS 10
This game was a defensive struggle until the fourth quarter, when the Battling Bees overcame a 10-7 deficit thanks to a 60-yard touchdown catch by Luke Hensley and a pick-six by Nathan Sparty. It's the second year in a row Medina has beaten Heights to start the season.
KENSTON 35, BLACK RIVER 0
The Bombers began their state title defense in grand style, scoring five first-half touchdowns before taking their foot off the gas. Jon Tomcufcik had four total TDs, while Tyler Mintz had three.
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