The 2019 season has come down to 48 minutes of football for Cleveland Heights.
With a 52-8 win over visiting Shaw on Senior Night on Oct. 25, the Tigers have improved to 8-1 and 5-0 in the LEL.
A showdown with Maple Heights in Week 10 has not only the LEL championship on the line, but could also determine the playoff fate of Heights.
The Tigers are currently in the top 8 in Division I, Region 1, but a loss to the Mustangs could knock them out of the postseason.
“The Shaw game was an emotional night and win for our seniors because that is the last game they will play in our home stadium and it was senior night. The guys have been great all season, but our goal from the outset was to win the LEL championship and get in the playoffs. It looks like we will have the opportunity to do both next week against Maple Heights,” Heights coach Mac Stephens said.
Bay Harvey ran for a pair of early TDs, Jiovonny Holmes blocked two punts and Ju’Ruon Hardin caught two touchdowns in the win.
Diego Bremer took a screen to the end zone, Justin Wodtly scored on a fumble return and Elijah Fowlkes scored as well for the Tigers.
“I was very pleased with the play of reciever Ju’Ruon Hardin who caught 3 passes for 55 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. He has been a big-play target all season,” Stephens said.
“Defensively, Jaylen Davis is starting to come into his own as a guy who can get pressure on quarterbacks and create havoc on the defensive front which has been huge in helping us to have the number 16th-ranked defense in all of D-I for the state of Ohio.”