Genoa’s Noah Edwards opened the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown reception Friday and his interception helped seal the Comets’ 34-25 victory over visiting Woodmore in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
“The whole game he was consistent,” Edwards said of Wildcats quarterback Connor Bringman. “He’s a great quarterback and a great athlete. I told myself he was due. He overthrew the receiver a little and it was right in my hands.”
Matt Bradfield scored his second touchdown from 40 yards out for a 27-18 advantage with 9 minutes, 16 seconds left. He added a 9-yard scoring run for a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
“Two years ago, he was one of the better backs in his class,” Comets coach Paul Patterson said. “He was at receiver and we made the switch. He’s done a great job and he’ll only get better.”
Bringman rushed for a touchdown for a 27-25 deficit after two fourth-down conversions before Genoa’s Caden Cruickshank recovered the ensuing onside kick. Woodmore, however, forced a punt shortly before Edwards’ 61-yard pick-six.
Bringman connected with Dustin Haar for a touchdown and a 13-7 deficit in the second quarter. Comets quarterback Zach Grodi capped the ensuing drive with a short scoring run.
Woodmore’s DJ Wellons kicked a field goal for a 20-10 deficit at the half. Wellons caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Bringman for a 20-18 margin earl in the third quarter.
Bradfield rushed for 180 yards on 30 carries.
“That was huge to bounce back,” Patterson said. “We started slow in the second half and they took advantage. Every time the got something going, we answered the bell. It came down to making a play. That quarterback is a heck of a high school football player.
“It was whichever team was going to make the play to put itself in position to win. We did that.”
Bringman completed 23 of 34 passes for 192 yards while adding 123 yards on 17 carries on the ground. Mason Beachler caught 13 passes for 82 yards.
“He was the go-to guy at the end a little bit,” Woodmore coach Brian Spicer said. “We fought back. I thought we won the second half and that put us in position to win. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort.”