The Streetsboro Rockets finally met their match in the Canfield Cardinal. Canfield’s defense was suffocating and being able to move the ball, the Rockets were only able to muster 6 points. Canfield was able to capitalize on a few opportunities to win the game 24-6, ending Streetsboro’s season in the regional semifinal for the second year in a row.
The girls soccer team had their best season in school history winning the Metro Athletic Conference for the third time in 4 years, winning 14 games, and advancing to the District Finals of the State Tournament for the first time ever. Individual players also had record breaking seasons. Ella Deevers had 19 assists on the season which tied her school record from a year ago and extended her school record of career assists to 56. Emma Flick scored 39 goals on the season which is a new school record. She also moved into first all time in career goals with 97.
The girls soccer team beat Niles McKinley 5-0 last night to advance to the District Finals on Thursday versus West Geauga. Scoring for the Rockets were Emma Flick with 2 goals, Ella Deevers with 2 goals and 3 assists, and Kenzie Mobley with a goal. The defense of Erika Richards, Abby Pincoe, Mariah Embry, and Maddie Maynard along with Allison Laudato in goal helped earn the shutout.
The Streetsboro Rockets hosted the Dover Crimson Tornados on Friday night. Unfortunately, thunderstorms weather were also in attendance for this game and most of Northeast Ohio. The game was able to start and after receiving the opening kick off, Dover’s offense was able to take the ball down the field and score a touchdown, taking a 7-0 lead.
The Rockets first drive was able to generate a pair of first downs before punting the ball back to Dover. Pressure from the defensive line helped force a three and out with Dover giving it back to the Rockets.
Taking over at the Dover 49-yard line, Richtell McCallister opened the drive with a 20-yard run up the right sideline. Maysun Klimak threw a pair of passes to Carter Giacomo. The first went for nine yards, but the second was a 25-yard strike in the end zone for a touchdown.
A missed extra point made the game 7-6. Dover took the ball and went on a long drive that took the game into the second quarter. After forcing Dover into a fourth down, Tyler Hall was able to get into the backfield and tackle a receiver who was going to attempt a throwback pass, giving the Rockets back the ball.
After a 7-yard run from Klimak, McCallister took a run up the right side that looked like a rugby play where he appeared to dribble the ball before gaining control and running through the Dover defense for a 57-yard touchdown. The Rockets failed a 2-point conversion attempt, but took the lead 12-7.
Dover started their next drive, but that’s when lightning forced the game into a delay and was ultimately postponed until Saturday with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.
The teams came back on Saturday, restarting the game in the afternoon in a much colder affair, but without the thunderstorms.
The Rockets came out with a different level of intensity and save for one noticeable misstep, they played the best 9:51 seconds in program history.
Dover started the game mid drive with a 3rd-and-2 situation. They were able to convert it, but then were forced to punt the ball.
On the second play of the ensuing drive, Klimak found Giacomo wide open on the left side of the field and the senior tight end was able to out run the Dover defense for a 75-yard touchdown reception. After kicking the extra point, the Rockets were up 19-7.
After three more offensive plays and just two yards to show for it, Dover again opted to punt.
This time, the Rockets needed three plays to get into the end zone. All three were on the ground with McCallister running for 46 yards on the first two plays. Then on a double handoff, McCallister took the first exchange, gave it to Donovan Washington-Perdue running the other way, who went 33 yards for the touchdown.
Down 26-7, Dover tried to get back into the game through the air. On the first play of the drive, their quarterback tried to go deep down the right side, but the bail sailed over the intended receiver and was intercepted by Colin Boldin.
Opting to keep the ball on the ground again, Streetsboro ran the ball five times for 50 yards with McCallister, Washington and Klimak all getting carries. Then utilizing play-action, Klimak found Chris Golson on the left side, who went for 22 yards. Another 13-yard run from McCallister set up a Washington touchdown from the five yard line, giving the Rockets a 33-6 lead.
Dover was finally able to respond. On the second play of their next drive, they struck deep down the the right sideline for a wide open touchdown pass. momentarily stopping the bleeding and making the score 33-14.
Unfortunately for Dover, they left too much time on the clock and the Rockets capitalized. After a six-yard run from Golson and two pass attempts from Klimak to Hunter Hopperton, the second being completed for a first down, Streetsboro gave the ball to McCallister running to the right on a toss and with a full head of steam and a number of blockers out front, he was able to run 65 yards untouched for the touchdown, the team’s fifth in the quarter and fourth since the game restarted. With the extra point, the Rockets took a commanding 40-14 lead to half time.
The Rockets scored on their first two possessions of the second half and the Tornados were able to add a score late, making the final score 54-21.
In all, the Rockets generated 621 yards of total offense. Richtell McCallister rushed for 307 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Maysun Klimak went 7 for 10 passing for 193 yards, including 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Carter Giacomo. Donovan Washington-Perdue ran the ball nine times for 68 yards, caught a pass for 22 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Michael Hall Jr. and Keisean Johnson-Wilson led the way on the line of scrimmage, dominating on both offense and defense, creating holes for the Rockets running game and wreaking havoc up front, particularly against Dover’s passing game.
With the victory, the Rockets play on another week, hosting their third playoff game of the postseason, this time against the Canfield Cardinals. Both team come in with 8-0 records on the season in a matchup between the 2nd and 3rd seeds in their regional bracket.
After a 6-0 regular season, the Streetsboro Rockets were awarded the #2 seed in the Region 9 playoff bracket, which came with a first round bye. Niles McKinley defeated Ravenna to earn their way into the second round and the opportunity to play the Rockets.
The Red Dragons won the toss and deferred so the Rockets started with the ball. It took just five plays for the Rockets to get their first score as Maysun Klimak found Carter Giacomo on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
After the defense forced a McKinley punt, the second Rockets possession took twice as many plays, but had a similar result. Largely keeping the ball on the ground, Klimak found Hunter Hopperton in the end zone from 30 yards, giving them a 14-0 lead.
The Rockets were able to get one more score before the end of the first quarter. This time a two play drive resulted in another touchdown, this time from Richtell McCallister going 59 yards untouched on a toss, running up the right sideline gave them a 21-0 lead.
Entering the second quarter, the defense forced a quick three and out. The offense kept the ball on the ground and after a few plays, Klimak ran 44 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the game, giving the Rockets a commanding 28-0 lead.
McKinley was able to respond with a touchdown drive of their own. It took 11 plays and they were unable to connect on the extra point, but it made the game 28-6.
Unfortunately for the Red Dragons, McCallister opened the next Rockets drive with another 61-yard run on a toss, setting up Donovan Washington-Perdue for a 12-yard touchdown run, making it 35-6.
McKinley attempted to mount another drive that ended up in Rockets territory, but were unable to convert a fourth down, giving the ball to the Rockets near midfield. With time running short in the half, the Rockets came out with a pitch to Hopperton who threw a laser to McCallister down the field that went for 38 yards.
After a pass to the sideline from Klimak to Hopperton, the Rockets ran the ball twice to get into the end zone. This time, by Klimak, his second rushing touchdown of the game to go along with his two touchdown passes. The extra point was blocked, but the Rockets took a 41-6 lead into the half.
The Rockets wouldn’t score another point in the game, but the defense refused to allow the Red Dragons to gain any confidence or much in terms of yardage. The one time McKinley did get deep into Streetsboro territory, Chris Golson closed the door by intercepting a third down pass.
In all, the Rockets gained 530 yards on offense on the night.
Richtell McCallister ran for 236 yards on 15 carries and had a 38-yard reception, giving him 274 total yards and a touchdown.
Maysun Klimak was 3 of 5 for 68 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 80 yards on 7 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
Hopperton caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in addition to completing his one pass for 38 yards.
The Rockets advance to the third round of the playoffs where they will host the Dover Crimson Tornadoes, who earned their spot with a convincing 41-20 road victory against Steubenville.
The Boys Soccer team beat Berkshire 5-1 tonight. Good play on a rough field… Goals scored by Jake Smolik x2, Ryan Thomson, Aidan Mrakovic and Mason Kamlowsky. Matthew Burks was steady between the pipes as always. The Rockets go again Tuesday, 10/20 in the opening round of the playoffs vs Tallmadge.
The girls soccer team won the Metro Athletic Conference for the 3rd time in four years last night defeating Field 4-3. Emma Flick had 3 goals for the Rockets. Kaylee Christine had a goal and an assist. Alyssa Schofield and Ella Deevers each had an assist. The Rockets play Nordonia on Thursday before starting tournament play next week.
Down 2-0 at half against a Ravenna team we dominated possession and pace of play. 2nd half opened with similar results. Jack Pincoe entered with 25 minutes left and found the net Twice! A Seth Mobley cross and a Jake Smolik finish shortly after sealed the deal. Rockets 3 Ravenna 2.