Tupa brothers, Brecksville Bees too much for Amherst Comets

AMHERST — With high winds and heavy rain throughout the night it seemed like a perfect setting for some old school ground and pound football between Amherst and the visiting Brecksville Bees.

Brecksville had other ideas however, unleashing a potent passing attack that left Amherst in the dust early en route to a 35-14 SWC victory.

It was all Bees in the first half as they scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game to quickly jump out to a 14-0 lead over the Comets.

Things didn’t get much better for Amherst in the 2nd quarter. Brecksville continued to move the ball at will, mostly through the air, scoring two more touchdowns to take a 28-0 lead into the half.

The man responsible for all those scores was senior quarterback Tom Tupa. Tupa put on an absolute clinic in the first half going 20 of 28 passing for 239 yards and 4 TD’s. He also completed passes to seven different Brecksville receivers in the half.

On the receiving end of four of those completions was little brother Tim Tupa, also a Brecksville standout. Out of those four receptions Tim caught two for touchdowns of 25 and 29 yards respectively.

Senior receiver Tyler Tarnowski also joined in on the first half fun, hauling in 6 receptions of his own, two of which also went for touchdowns.

Amherst never recovered from the Bees’ first-half onslaught.

Brecksville head coach Jason Black wasn’t surprised by his team’s first half at all.

“It was nice for our guys to come out so strong in the first half, but that’s kind of what we always do.” Black said. “We always seem to come out on fire in the first half then kind of let up in the second. We have to start playing our game all 48 minutes.”

As Black stated, the second half wasn’t nearly as kind to Brecksville.

The Bees were forced into three-and-outs on their first two possessions and Amherst took advantage.

After being held scoreless in the first half the Comets scored quickly in the 3rd quarter when Eric Lamb found senior Tom Gula for a beautiful 35-yard touchdown pass.

After Brecksville’s only turnover of the night set Amherst up with good field position, the Comets again found the end zone, this time on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan Irvin.

That score made it 28-14 going into the 4th and the Comets seemed to have new life.

Unfortunately Amherst would spoil a few golden opportunities, turning it over twice early in the quarter.

After the second turnover the Tupa brothers made the Comets pay as Tim took a 29-yard screen to the house for his 3rd touchdown reception of the game.

That score made it 35-14 and after a few unsuccessful Amherst drives, the game was over.

“I’d just like to give Amherst a lot of credit for hanging tough and making it a lot closer than we thought it’d be.” Black said. “Hopefully our guys start to understand we need to finish games when we have the chance.”

As for Amherst, there weren’t a ton of bright spots last night but there was definitely one on the defensive side. Senior Guy Shuler seemed to be everywhere for the Comets, coming up with 21 tackles and a sack.

Brecksville has now won four straight after starting off 0-3 and have gained some momentum going into a big showdown against Avon Lake next week.

Brecksville 35, Amherst 14

Southwestern Conference

Amherst (2-5, 1-3) 0 0 14 0 — 14

Brecksville (4-3, 4-0) 14 14 0 7 — 35

Scoring

B — Tarnoski 19 pass from Tom Tupa (Karthan kick)

B — Tim Tupa 25 pass from Tom Tupa (Karthan kick)

B — Tim Tupa 29 pass from Tom Tupa (Karthan kick)

B — Tyler Tarnoski 17 pass from Tom Tupa (Karthan kick)

A — Tom Gula 35 pass from Eric Lamb (Sciarrotta kick)

A — Jordan Irvin 1 run (Sciarrotta kick)

B — Tim Tupa 29 pass from Tupa (Karthan kick)

Statistics

First Downs — Amherst 19, Brecksville 21

Yards Rushing — A 52 (Lamb 23), B 84 (Milano 73)

Yards Passing — A 280, B 327.

Passes Att.-Comp.-Int — A 50-30-3, B 38-25-0.

Fumbles-Lost — A 3-2, B 1-1.

Penalties-Yards — A 4-30, B 7-74.

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Last Updated: 10/6/2012 12:05:35 AM EST

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