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West Department’s Joey Jackson returns a kickoff in opposition to Streetsboro’s Preston Hopperton throughout Friday’s playoff recreation at Heacock Stadium.

BELOIT — There was an incredible energy surge in Beloit Friday evening — however no must name the restore vans.

Streetsboro and West Department, two of the highest 3 highest-scoring groups in D4 Ohio highschool soccer, clashed in a second-round playoff recreation, showcasing their electrifying offenses in Clinton Heacock Stadium.

However ultimately, it was the Warriors’ particular groups and protection which saved the day as West Department rallied for a pulsating 31-28 win over the Rockets.

“We simply maintain discovering a approach, and that’s what the postseason is all about,” smiled West Department head coach Tim Cooper. “Survive and advance. I actually just like the group of fellows we’ve received and we’re going to take it daily and never any greater than that. We’re simply comfortable to get one other week.”

“Particular groups — particular groups,” reiterated Streetsboro head coach Pete Thompson reflecting on the important thing to the end result. “To not disparage them, I assumed that watching movie by the week I assumed that we had a bonus on particular groups, and really clearly they (the Warriors) did tonight.”

West Department advances to satisfy Canton South in a Div. IV, Area 13 semifinal recreation subsequent Friday evening at 7 p.m. at a website to be introduced by the OHSAA. South superior Friday evening with a 27-26 win over Akron Buchtel.

After Streetsboro had taken a 28-24 lead on working again Preston Hopperton’s second 58-yard landing run of the second half with simply 8:19 left, West Department’s particular groups made the play of the evening.

West Department junior standout Joey Jackson cradled within the ensuing Streetsboro kickoff on the Warriors’ 21, reduce proper and raced 79 yards down the proper aspect for what turned out to be the game-winning landing with 8:06 left. Kicker Eliza Hirst added her fourth profitable PAT boot and the Warriors clung to a 31-28 lead.

“I seemed to the proper aspect of the sphere and I didn’t see anyone,” stated Jackson of his game-winning return. “Then Anthony Perry and Garin Harlan picked up two actually large blocks for me and Anthony was working with me, and on the 10-yard line I nearly tripped on him. I assumed, Oh, no, I’m happening, however…. (he didn’t). Our coaches stated particular groups had been going to be large, and it actually confirmed that it was.”

“Any time he (Jackson) touches the ball, you understand it’s received a shot to go to the tip zone,” stated Cooper. “That child is an incredible child and he works so exhausting within the offseason. Simply to see these children have success, that’s what teaching is all about.”

“The Jackson child made a heck of a reduce on that and it simply is what it’s,” stated Thompson. “They made the play.”

However the drama was removed from over. Streetsboro took the following kickoff and marched all the best way to the West Department 22-yard line. However going through a 4th and 4, quarterback Cohen Klimak scrambled proper and was tackled two yards wanting the road to realize by a bunch of Warriors on the West Department 20 with simply 3:33 left.

“I feel final week showcased that our protection is a fairly good protection,” stated Cooper. “We place confidence in these guys on that aspect of the ball. That was a problem that we had within the offseason — we needed to enhance on that aspect of the ball and I’ve all of the belief in our coaches and our gamers and I’m positive comfortable they had been capable of get it executed tonight. Simply the pursuit of the ball (on that play) — that’s what makes nice defenses.”

West Department’s offense then took over and impressively picked up three first downs whereas forcing Streetsboro to make use of all of its remaining timeouts. The Warriors, utilizing runs by Boston Mulinix and Jeremiah Thomas, marched deep into Streetsboro territory to expire the clock and advance.

The Warriors (11-1) have reached Ohio’s Candy 16 for 3 consecutive seasons.

West Department working again Boston Mulinix rushed for 170 yards and tied the varsity dashing file together with his forty second landing within the first half, whereas quarterback Beau Alazaus accomplished 15-of-23 for 184 yards and a landing. Anthony Perry was his high goal with 5 catches for 70 yards.

Streetsboro’s standout working again Preston Hopperton completed with 197 yards and three dashing touchdowns for the Rockets.

Streetsboro opened the scoring, driving 67 yards to take a 7-0 lead on the 1:33 mark of the primary quarter when Hopperton, who had 50 yards dashing within the first half, took a pitch and went six yards round left finish to attain. Kicker Garrett Tiller added the PAT boot.

However West Department answered with three touchdowns within the second quarter on a 24-yard move from quarterback Beau Alazaus to receiver Jeremiah Thomas, tying the rating at 7-7 after the PAT boot by Eliza Hirst.

West Department pulled off an onside kick on the following kickoff and Thomas recovered on the Rockets’ 43. The Warriors’ offense capitalized, marching 43 yards to attain on a 12-yard scoring bolt round left finish by Mulinix, who had 100 yards dashing within the first half. Hirst added the PAT kick and the Warriors took their first lead at 14-7 with 10:48 left earlier than half.

“The onside kick within the first half after which clearly the kickoff return for a landing (had been key),” stated Thompson. “That was devastating after we had come again and had taken the lead.”

The Warriors made it a two-score recreation once they drove 58 yards to attain on a seven-yard run round left finish by Thomas. Hirst booted the PAT kick and West Department took a 21-7 benefit with 5:01 exhibiting earlier than half.

However Streetsboro climbed proper again into the sport and answered the West Department rating whereas marching 80 yards and scoring on a 27-yard move from quarterback Cohen Klimak to tight finish Jackson Gula who was on their own ultimately zone. Tiller added the PAT kick and Streetsboro trailed 21-14 with 56 seconds left earlier than the break.

West Department led in complete yardage, 232-189 at halftime.

Because it turned out, West Department’s solely offensive factors scored after halftime occurred on a 25-yard subject aim by Eliza Hirst with 6:07 left within the third quarter. Because it turned out, these three factors had been paramount.

Jackson is thrilled the Warriors are advancing on within the playoffs.

“It’s large (reaching the Candy 16 once more),” stated Jackson. “We simply should give attention to observe subsequent week and simply maintain getting higher.”

Recreation notes

¯ West Department is now 44-6 since Tim Cooper took over the play-calling duties in 2000.

¯ West Department and Streetsboro have met 3 times in historical past. West Department now leads the collection, 2-1.

¯ West Department owns a 25-9 all-time collection lead in opposition to Canton South. The 2 groups final met in 2021 with the Warriors profitable, 63-42.

¯ The Warriors are 6-0 over the previous three seasons in playoff video games in Beloit.

STREETSBORO: 7- 7-7-7–28

WEST BRANCH: 0-21-3-7–31


ST–Preston Hopperton, 6 run, 1:33 1st (Garrett Tiller kick)

WB–Jeremiah Thomas, 24 move from Beau Alazaus, 11:46 2nd (Eliza Hirst kick)

WB–Boston Mulinix, 12 run, 10:48 2nd (Eliza Hirst kick)

WB–Jeremiah Thomas, 7 run, 5:01 2nd (Eliza Hirst kick)

ST–Jackson Gula, 27 move from Cohen Klimak, :56 2nd (Garrett Tiller kick)

WB–Eliza Hirst, 25 subject aim, 6:07 third

ST–Preston Hopperton, 58 run, 3:54 third (Garrett Tiller kick)

ST–Preston Hopperton, 58 run, 8:19 4th (Garrett Tiller kick)

WB–Joey Jackson, 79 kickoff return, 8:06 4th (Eliza Hirst kick)



First downs 18 24

Complete yards 418 454

Rushes-yards 48-315 32-270

Passing 103 184

Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 15-23-1

Factors-Avg. 4-30 2-34

Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-25



RUSHING Streetsboro, Preston Hopperton, 19-197, Janiere Prepare dinner, 4-15, Cohen Klimak, 21-91, Brent Ranaldson, 2-15; West Department, Boston Mulinix 20-170, Beau Alazaus, 4-36, Garin Harlan 2-4, Jeremiah Thomas, 5-54.

PASSING Streetsboro, Cohen Klimak 6-10-103-1-1; West Department, Beau Alazaus, 16-24-184-1-1.

RECEIVING Streetsboro, Preston Hopperton, 2-34, Jackson Gula, 3-67, Hunter Smith, 1-2, West Department, Jeremiah Thomas, 4-65, Anthony Perry, 5-70, Gavin Gregory 2-19, Joey Jackson, 2-29.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES West Department, Jeremiah Thomas.

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