Amherst's Evan Shawver recovers a fumble in the third quarter against Midview. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE
AMHERST — The Amherst Comets might have felt a little sick to their stomachs after watching Midview take the opening kickoff and march down the field for a touchdown Friday night.
It appears senior running back Khennedy Scagliozzo works better than the best antacid.
Scagliozzo rushed for four first-half touchdowns, opened the second half with a 92-yard kickoff return and scored his sixth touchdown early in the third quarter as the Comets rolled to a 55-13 victory over the Middies.
“It feels great to come out here and get revenge for last year,” said Scagliozzo, who finished with 162 rushing yards on 24 attempts. “We were 3-0 last year coming into this game and it was just kind of upsetting (after a 27-7 loss). We just took control of this game.”
The Comets breezed to three wins against Clearview, Lakewood and North Ridgeville last year — just as they did this season — before the big letdown in Eaton Township.
“Midview was our first big game last year and they took it to us,” Comets coach Mike Passerrello said. “We did not play well in a big-game atmosphere and we wanted to make sure that we learned from that, moved on and took those experiences and put them into this year.”
Scagliozzo, who had 649 yards and
11 touchdowns in the first three weeks, has allowed Amherst’s offense to try some different things. Quarterback Jimmy Schill was able to burn Midview’s secondary on a couple of play-action passes, and running back Dan Makruski was able to pick up big yards on some counter runs with Scagliozzo streaking in the opposite direction.
“We heard all week that our offense was just Khennedy and we wanted to make sure that we were balanced and we got other guys the ball,” Passerrello said. “It doesn’t have to just be Khennedy and we wanted to make sure that we were able to get that accomplished tonight.”
Midview showed an impressive passing attack on the opening drive, as Andrew Gooch found Zac Gill twice, Edwin Ralat and Isiah Johnson before finally going back to Ralat for a 4-yard touchdown.
Gooch connected with Ralat again in the third quarter for a 72-yard touchdown.
“We definitely have some things that we can build on, but right now, to be frank with you, on both sides of the ball we’re not good enough to make the mistakes that we’re making,” Middies coach D.J. Shaw said. “It’s a tough stretch right now. We’re not happy to be 0-4, it’s not the way we wanted to start our season. Nobody’s going to feel bad for us in this league.”
The Comets tied the game quickly, with Schill finding Makruski down a seam for a 48-yard gain and Scagliozzo speeding around the left end for a 19-yard touchdown.
Scagliozzo finished the next three Amherst drives with touchdown runs.
“I think I’m pretty happy with where I’m at this season, but it’s all about the team right now,” Scagliozzo said. “Last year we didn’t finish the season the way we wanted to and missed the playoffs, but this year I think we’ve got a good shot. We’ll see where it goes.”
Schill scored the fourth-quarter touchdown that began the running clock for the second time, and backup running back Jonathan West added a 3-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds.
Schill rushed for 111 yards on nine carries, and completed four of six passes for 124 yards.
“Me and Jimmy have been playing football together since third grade until high school when he went to Elyria,” Scagliozzo said. “We’re good friends, he’s a great teammate, so it’s good to have him back.”
Schill, who open enrolled at Elyria High the last three years before returning to his home school district, made solid decisions while running the option-heavy Comets offense.
“We’ve talked the last few games about, ‘Hey, at one point you’re going to have your coming-out party,’” Passerrello said. “‘We don’t know when it’s going to be. Manage the offense and take what the defense gives you.’
“I’m very happy for Jimmy that he was able to take another step forward tonight.”
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Amherst 55, Midview 13
Midview 7 0 6 0 -- 13
Amherst 14 14 14 13 -- 55
M -- Edwin Ralat, 4 pass from Andrew Gooch (Christian Roig kick)
A -- Khennedy Scagliozzo, 19 run (Erik Henderson kick)
A -- Scagliozzo, 6 run (Henderson kick)
A -- Scagliozzo, 2 run (Henderson kick)
A -- Scagliozzo, 1 run (Henderson kick)
A -- Scagliozzo, 92 kickoff return (Henderson kick)
A -- Scagliozzo, 7 run (Henderson kick)
M -- Ralat, 78 pass from Gooch (pass failed)
A -- Jimmy Schill, 3 run (Henderson kick)
A -- Jonathan West, 3 run (kick blocked)
First downs 16 21
-- by rushing 3 18
-- by passing 13 3
-- by penalty 0 0
Yards rushing 36 366
Yards passing 285 124
Total offense 321 490
Passes att./comp. 38/20 6/4
Intercepted by 1 0
Fumbles/lost 1/1 1/0
Penalties/yards 2/20 5/50
RUSHING — (M) Tyshawn Nelson 5-18, Domenic Roman 3-9, Isiah Johnson 1-6, Joey Bratkovich 2-3, Pablo Cruz 2-2, Evan Schumacher 1-0, Andrew Gooch 8-(-2). (A) Khennedy Scagliozzo 24-162, Jimmy Schill 9-111, Dan Makruski 6-39, Jonathan West 3-39, Noah Mendez 1-25, Aidan Johnson 1-(-2).
PASSING — (M) Gooch 20-35-285-2-0, Bratovich 0-2-0-0-0, Seth Sanders 0-1-0-0-0. (A) Schill 4-6-124-0-1.
RECEIVING — (M) Edwin Ralat 8-166, Sanders 3-32, Zac Gill 3-21, Nathan Bashak 3-14, Johnson 2-45, Daniel Bibby 1-7. (A) Makruski 2-65, Nick Ruffner 1-52, Scagliozzo 1-6.