Cleveland Heights stayed hot, opening LEL play by winning its fifth straight game with a 35-28 victory at Lorain on Oct. 4.
A strong running game keyed by Elijah Fowlkes, Justin Wodtly and Bay Harvey along with a timely passing game allowed the Tigers to jump out to a lead and hang on late for the win.
“It was nice to get our first win in conference play, but once again we made the game closer than it should have been,” Heights coach Mac Stephens said. “Lorain had some outstanding skill players who made some great plays against our defense, but this week our offense bailed us out.
“The offensive line played well from start to finish, which helped us get our sophomore running back Elijah Fowlkes into a nice rhythm, in fact, he had 94 yards on 11 carries which helped open up the passing game where we had some major size and speed advantages.”
Harvey had a pair of rushing touchdowns and he also threw for a score.
“Bay Harvey continues to make big plays when we need them on offense. He is truly becoming a more effective dual threat quarterback each week,” Stephens said.
Heights led, 6-0, at the end of one quarter and 20-7 at halftime. Jayvion Holcomb caught a TD and Fowlkes ran one in to lift Heights to the advantage.
Jiovanny Holmes had a huge game on defense with an interception and a fumble recovery.
Wodtly and Harvey each ran for a touchdown in the second half to help the Tigers improve to 5-1 and 1-0 in the LEL.