The Tallmadge football team's three-game winning steak came to an end.
The Blue Devils lost a convincing 49-26 decision to Suburban League rival Highland Oct. 4 in Medina.
With the loss, Tallmadge dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Suburban League. The Hornets improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Highland took control with 28 unanswered points after the Blue Devils took a 14-7 lead.
Quarterback Bruce Kinsey led the way for the Hornets.
He completed a 10-yard pass to Collin Paich and a 25-yard TD pass to Coltin Kinsey and also added a 1-yard TD run.
Tallmadge quarterback Joseph Vassalotti had three TD passes.
The first one was a short pass to Latrele Moore, who caught the ball not far from the line of scrimmage and went from one side of the field to the other before scampering into the end zone untouched for a 65-yard score. Justin Stevenor added the first of his two extra points to tie the game at seven with 5 minutes, 55 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils took their only lead when Vassalotti completed his 10-yard TD pass to Jason Wiebrecht, who needed to be carted off the field later in the first half with a leg injury. Wiebrecht's score gave Tallmadge a 14-7 advantage with 10:26 left in the half. The key play on that drive was a 37-yard flea flicker from Vassalotti to Logan Ray, which put Tallmadge at the Hornets' 13-yard line.
Bruce Kinsey tied the game with his 10-yard pass to Paich less than 90 seconds later and then he gave Highland the lead for good when he scored on his 1-yard run with 4:28 left in the half. Luke Allen booted all seven of point after tries through the uprights.
The Hornets made it 28-14 when Nick Corvo scored on a 2-yard run and 35-14 when Bruce Kinsey completed his 25-yard TD pass to Coltin Kinsey.
Highland continued to pour it on when tailback Alex Harris found the end zone on a 2-yard run. That TD gave the Hornets a 42-14 advantage.
Vassalotti finally stopped the bleeding with a 34-yard TD pass to Joe Siesel to cut the Blue Devils' deficit to 42-20. Siesel also had an interception on defense.
Highland made it 49-20 when Harris scored on a 33-yard run. Tallmadge's Bobby Clark added a 3-yard TD run to conclude the scoring.
The Hornets scored on the first possession of the game when Tyler Frederick, an offensive lineman found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge.
Highland had a 20-15 edge in first downs and a 250-122 edge in rushing yards. Bruce Kinsey completed 15 of 19 passes for 240 yards. Vassalotti threw for 211 yards.
For more, see the Oct. 12 edition of the Tallmadge Express.