by Eric Pitcher | Correspondent
Streetsboro -- For it only being the first week, the host Streetsboro football team looked like it was in midseason form, beating the Champion Golden Flashes 40-7 Aug. 29 at Glinatsis Stadium.
The Rockets' defense really came to life, allowing less than 50 yards going into halftime and only giving up seven points the entire game.
Junior quarterback Jerry Judd led Streetsboro's offense, throwing for 165 yards with three touchdowns and running for 60 yards.
He had a 38-yard TD run in the second quarter.
"Jerry made some great throws, some good reads and the wide receivers made some great catches and the offensive line did a good job of protecting him," Rockets head coach John Arlesic said.
Junior Johnathan Williams also broke off two long runs late in the second quarter, one of them being a 37-yard TD run.
Early in the second quarter, Judd threw the ball up in the end zone where sophomore Dakari Carter made a tremendous play on the ball to haul in the catch and add another six to the scoreboard for Streetsboro.
After scoring only six points in the first quarter, the Rockets responded in the second by scoring 34 points. Carter returned the opening kickoff and a punt for scores, but both ended up being called back due to penalties.
In the first half, Streetsboro's defense got to the quarterback four times, causing five fumbles while recovering two of them.
"Our defense knows we have to be sound, but when we play the way we are capable of playing, we are a pretty good defense," Arlesic said.
The Golden Flashes only had one first down in the entire first half, which was then ruined by a Carter fumble recovery.
Coming out in the second half, Champion looked to have gained a little momentum, driving down into the Rockets' territory. Then junior Brandon Allen handed the ball off and Streetsboro caused a fumble and recovered it.
The Rockets held the Golden Flashes to less than 90 yards on the ground and 50 through the air for the game.
Streetsboro held Champion to a zero on the scoreboard until the Golden Flashes crossed the goal line on a one-yard run by senior Mason Brown with 7 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets are scheduled to visit Salineville to play Southern Local Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.