SOLON, Ohio – The Solon Comets struggled offensively last week against Stow, but they showed why their offense is still one of Northeast Ohio’s best Friday against Brunswick.
The Comets defeated the Blue Devils, 33-29, at Stewart Field in the teams’ Greater Cleveland Conference opener. Both teams are 3-1 overall.
With 17 seconds left in the game, Solon called a timeout. The Comets were in the red zone down, 29-26, and it was second-and-7. After the timeout, junior quarterback Pat McQuaide found senior Grant McCurry in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
McQuaide threw three touchdown passes — all to McCurry — and also scored a rushing touchdown.
“He’s a great player,” McQuaide said of McCurry. “When he gets the ball, he’s a threat to score.”
McQuaide said he wanted to do a better job of getting the ball to the Comets’ playmakers. He felt he didn’t do a good job of that in Week 3 against Stow, when the Comets lost, 50-19.
“We talk about having a very good offense, we have a ton of weapons,” McQuaide said. “We didn’t do a very good job of getting them the ball, and, I mean, that falls on me. I’m the leader of the offense.”
Solon’s 19 points against Stow was a season low. The Comets scored 46 points in both of their first two games this season.
Comets coach Jim McQuaide said the team was “extremely embarrassed” after the loss to Stow, and he said his team knew it needed to play harder against Brunswick.
“We hung in there against a good team,” Jim McQuaide said. “We’re proud of that. We’ll always appreciate winning.”
The Blue Devils led, 29-19, with 11:13 left in the fourth quarter after junior quarterback Jacob Scherette scored his third rushing touchdown of the game. The Comets responded with a touchdown run from Khalil Eichelberger and then the game-winning touchdown from McCurry.
Brunswick had allowed seven points all season before Friday night; all were given up during the Blue Devils’ Week 1 win over Lorain. McCurry said the Comets were motivated on offense knowing the Blue Devils hadn’t given up many points to begin the season.
“Our offense just used that as motivation,” McCurry said. “We knew that that wouldn’t be the same as for tonight.”
The Comets will play on the road against Shaker Heights on Sept. 28, and the Blue Devils will play at home against Strongsville on Sept. 27.