Joey Casarona was there, just not in uniform.
Teammate Ed Shelley changed his number from 7 to Casarona's 2 and went on to score on a four-yard run plus kick three field goals and an extra point in Chagrin Falls' 22-20 win over West Geauga on Friday.
Casarona, a running back and defensive back, broke his arm a week earlier. He had surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
So his friends and coaches honored him the best way that they could.
"(Shelley) kicked, he punted, he played quarterback, he played running back, fullback, and he played cornerback," Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino. "He did a little bit of everything, and he did it wearing Joey's jersey, which is a great tribute."
It was West Geauga's first loss of the season in the conference.
At the team dinner the night before the game, Iammarino's son Matt spoke on behalf of Casarona.
"Matt said that a team that plays with a cause is dangerous," his father said. "But a team that plays for a player is unstoppable."
TERRA FIRMA: Loudonville QB Kolton Edmondson ran for 374 yards on 28 carries with four TDs, including 59- and 86-yarders, in a 39-14 win over Danville; Chillicothe Southeastern's Dezmond Perkins had 32 rushes for 338 yards and two TDs in a 47-41 loss to Williamsport Westfall; Norwalk's Breck Turner ran for 308 yards and four TDs on just 11 attempts in the first half of a 62-6 win against Vermilion; Sullivan Black River's Andrew Vaughn rushed 15 times for 268 yards and five TDs in a 73-35 win over Firelands; Dresden Tri-Valley's Brock Fargus ran for 264 yards on eight carries and passed for two TDs in a 55-19 win against Thornville Sheridan; Madison's Brandon Davis ran for 252 yards on 32 carries in a 30-0 win over Geneva; Sandusky Perkins' Dale Irby ran for 251 yards and four TDs on 11 attempts in a 56-13 win over Castalia Margaretta; Columbiana Crestview's Collin Gilbert ran for 250 yards and four TDs on 19 carries and passed for 129 yards and two TDs in a 54-33 win over Hanoverton United; Franklin's Zach Baker ran 21 times for 231 yards and four TDs in a 52-27 win over Eaton; Kaleb Johns rushed for 227 yards on 21 carries with three TDs in Hicksville's 41-19 win over Defiance Ayersville; Dayton Chaminade Julienne QB Jacob Harrison completed 19 of 31 passes for 272 yards and two TDs and rushed 27 times for 208 yards and three TDs in a 42-35 win over Middletown Fenwick; Clear Fork QB Kadin Chrastina completed 11 of 13 passes for 172 yards and three TDs, plus ran for 202 yards more, but Ashland scored 20 unanswered points in the second half of a 36-35 victory; and East Liverpool's Zack English ran for 200 yards and two TDs on 26 carries and intercepted three passes in a 27-0 win over Oak Glen, W.Va.
NOT SO TERRA FIRMA: Kenton's Grant Sherman was 36 of 52 passing for 546 yards and eight TDs in a 62-6 win over Lima Bath; Bryan's Austin Schimmoeller hit on 30 of 34 passes for 400 yards and three TDs in a 41-14 win over Liberty Center; Ada's Matt Wilcox completed 28 of 40 passes for 404 yards and six TDs and also ran for a score in a 45-14 win over Lafayette Allen East; Avon's Tommy Glenn hit on 17 of 19 passes for 318 yards and four TDs in a 56-41 win over Rocky River; D'Mitrik Trice completed 28 of 46 passes for 390 yards and four TDs to lead Huber Heights Wayne past Centerville, 42-35; and Zanesville's Thomas Wibbeler passed for 416 yards with TDs to five different receivers in a 58-13 win against Logan.
BIG STATS: Steubenville Catholic Central's Brenton Colabella, the only four-year starter at QB for the school, now has 7,138 yards passing after a 62-14 victory over Weir, W.Va. According to OHSAA records, Colabella became the 27th player in the state to reach the milestone.
ROUND NUMBER: Tobey Hernandez scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Hamler Patrick Henry rallied to beat Archbold 28-21 and give Bill Inselmann his 200th career win. He QB'd Patrick Henry to its first playoff appearance (1977), then was hired as head coach after the school went 0-10 in 1990. In his 23 seasons, his 200-63 record includes a Division V state championship in 2005, three state semifinal appearances (2004, 2007, 2009), 11 consecutive playoff berths and 15 postseason trips overall.
NEVER TOO LATE: Lima Central Catholic's Colin Stolly hit Cameron White with a Hail Mary 52-yard TD pass on the final play of the first half and then kicked the extra-point, then kicked a 35-yard field goal with one second left in regulation for a 17-14 win over Bluffton.
BULLETIN-BOARD MATERIAL: Arlington's Austin Rettig ran for four TDs and caught 2 TD passes in a 69-0 win over Vanlue; Chillicothe Unioto's Erique Hosley ran for three TDs, passed for three more and had two two-point runs in a 63-28 win over Piketon; and Elyria Open Door won its first varsity game in program history with 21-0 win over Lutheran East.
FINALLY: Wooster Triway rallied from down 34-21 midway through the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 34-33 on Parker Carmichael's 20-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Kopp with 1:04 left. Triway coach Tony Lee elected to try for the two-point conversion instead of the PAT.
Triway lined up on the left hash and called a sprint-out pass to the right, but after rolling out Carmichael saw Gnadenhutten Indian Valley had the play covered. He reversed his field and sprinted back 25 yards to the left, outracing a defender and diving into the left corner of the end zone for a 35-34 win.
"I decided I had to cut it back and saw I had one guy to beat to make it to that pylon," said Carmichael, who passed for 317 yards and two scores and also ran for three TDs while becoming the school's career passing-yardage leader. "I hit the pylon but, hey, it counted."
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