To suggest that Western Reserve senior running back David Altiere took advantage of his runs on Friday night is an understatement.
Altiere only carried the ball 17 times in the Blue Devils’ 56-22 home win over Sebring. In the process, Altiere also set three school records.
Altiere rushed for 338 yards and six touchdowns – two school records in one game. Altiere broke the previous race record in a game of 318 held by Adam Gatrell.
Altiere also became Western Reserve’s all-time career leader in points scored (278), surpassing Jack Cappabianca’s mark of 274. His 32 career rushing touchdowns are four less than a school record.
“It was a great evening; it’s definitely something to remember”, said Altière. “I had some big points to start the game. I knew by halftime I was over 200, and it felt good to know I was on my way to a big night.
“We are fighting for the playoffs. I knew this could be my last home game. We were emerging from a defeat. As a team, we had every reason in the world to go out and have a huge game. I just wanted to do my part.
The Western Reserve, ranked 11th in Division VI, Region 21, currently has no Week 10 opponent on the calendar.
“We hope to find an opponent, we want to head into the playoffs with momentum,” said Altière. “But anyway, we finished strong and I think we are capable of doing a race.”
During the season, Altiere racked up 1,565 yards, missing 435 yards from another goal he scored in August.
“I really wanted to hit 2,000 yards this year. I knew that with the offensive line, I could run behind, that was a possibility ”, said Altière. “It would be great to get there because it would probably mean we’re a few games away from the playoffs. “
Between 2018 and 2020, Mathews only won a total of six games.
Heading into Week 10 of the 2021 season, the Mustangs are 6-2.
Mathews claimed his last victory on Friday with a 42-0 win at Windham. It was the Mustangs’ fourth straight win – all shutouts. In the same period, the Mustangs are averaging 38 points per game.
Mathews hasn’t allowed any points in his last 18 quarters. The Mustangs gave up their last points on Sept. 17 in the first half of a 14-6 loss to Madonna, West Virginia.
“Our biggest asset this year is our numbers; they are far from what they were last year ”, Mathews freshman coach Bill Bohren said. “When I arrived, I really didn’t know what we had in terms of strengths and weaknesses. I just knew we had to increase our roster.
Mathews also threw a shutout in his first game of the season against Steubenville Catholic Central.
“We may have lost our best defensive player to Austin Barnes at the start of the season with a broken finger,” said Bohren. “Since then we have had a number of young players who have stepped up. We have a lot of impact players.
“Logan Corson and (new) Tim Gregorino are exceptional linebackers. We have a really good ground tackle with Levi Bearfield. Corey Lilley is outstanding in the backfield, and Dom Toto is just a freshman and is a very good young corner kick.
Mathews is closing his regular season at Pymatuning Valley (5-3). Both teams are 3-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference.
“Pymatuning Valley entered the season as the league favorite; they are always the team to beat ”, said Bohren. “But it’s great for our schedule that we’re playing for a league title and heading into the playoffs.”
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West Branch is averaging 52.6 points per game in nine games. At their current rate, the Warriors have the 13th best points-per-game average in state history. Topping the list is the 1912 Fostoria team, which averaged 74.4 points per game in an eight-game schedule.
The most recent addition to the Top 10 is The Plains Athens 2014, which averaged 57.4 points per game over 15 games. Athens qualified for the Division III state title match, where it lost to Toledo Central Catholic, 56-52.
Athens accomplished the feat the same year the racing clock rule was implemented in Ohio, using a non-stop second half when a team leads by 30 points or more.
Last Friday, West Branch scored 56 points in the first half en route to a 77-0 win over Minerva.