Westlake Demons run all over Midpark Meteors for victory

WESTLAKE — Westlake’s Logan Paul rushed for three touchdowns and a stunning 265 yards in the Demons 39-28 victory over Midpark Friday night.

Westlake relied on Paul and junior quarterback Kent Axcell, who finished with two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown, to lift the Demons to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Southwestern Conference.

Midpark came out strong, with senior quarterback Doug Verbofsky completing a four-yard touchdown pass from the far right side of the field to senior wide receiver Dan Proffitt in the left corner of the end zone. Proffitt tacked on the extra point to put the Meteors on the board first, just three minutes into the game.

Westlake responded by driving down the field with rushes from Logan Paul. On Midpark’s 35-yard line on fourth-and-nine, the Demons went for it on a gutsy halfback pass from Paul to Axcell. Axcell completed the catch and went out of bounds near the first down marker, but it was ruled short.

Midpark also had a risky fourth-down play from Verbofsky to Branson Repasy that appeared to be converted, but was also ruled short.

Paul and Axcell put together a solid eleven-play, all-rushing drive that culminated with a three-yard quarterback keeper by Axcell, tying Midpark 7-7 early in the second quarter.

A hard tackle by Axcell and fellow defensive back Paul Angala forced the Meteors to turn the ball over on downs. The Demons took advantage and a six-play, 59-yard drive ended with a 20-yard touchdown run from Logan Paul to put Westlake up 14-7 with 4:58 left in the second quarter.

Midpark answered quickly with 67 yards in just two plays and twenty seconds, including a huge 38-yard touchdown strike from Verbofsky to Austin Mraz. A missed extra point left Westlake on top 14-13.

The Demons followed that up with an 11-play, 65-yard drive culminating with a one-yard touchdown dive by Axcell. It was set up with a tricky catch on the 1-yard line by Danny Strodtbeck after Turk batted the ball into the air.

Axcell then picked off Verbofsky, leading Westlake 20-13 over Midpark to close out the first half.

After a great return and a few rushing plays, Paul ran 14 yards to set Westlake up at first-and-goal on the 5-yard line. On third-and-goal, the ball popped out from Paul’s arms with Midpark recovering for a touchback. Paul combated the mistake with an immediate sack on Verbofsky, causing him to fumble and Adam Sandor recovered the ball for the Demons.

After both teams traded those fumbles Axcell found Alex Massaad in the endzone for a eight-yard touchdown putting Westlake up 27-13 early in the second quarter.

Verbofsky quickly answered by finding Aaron Owens on third-and-one, with Owens racing down the sideline 50 yards for a touchdown. Repasy rushed in the two-point conversion to make it 27-21 midway through the third quarter.

Both teams traded questionable penalties throughout the second half, with a controversial pass interference call setting up Paul for an 11-yard touchdown run, his third on the night. Any hope for Midpark was shattered when Turk picked off Verbofsky with just 3:30 left in the fourth quarter.

Next week, Westlake will face Berea (3-5) at home and Midpark (5-3) will host Brecksville-Broadview Heights (4-4).

Last Updated: 10/17/2012 4:42:18 PM EST

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