The Tallmadge football team has seen standout tailbacks Jamel Miller, Tyler Fortner and Tyrin Williams shred Suburban League opponents over the years.
None of those All-Ohio players can match what senior tailback Bobby Clark did Oct. 18 against Cloverleaf.
The Blue Devils kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a convincing 49-28 victory over Cloverleaf at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium. With the win, Tallmadge improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the league. The Colts fell to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the league.
Clark set a school record with an unofficial total of 361 yards rushing for the Blue Devils. He had scoring rushes of 60, 43, 38 and 21, respectively.
Fullback Davis Moore also had touchdown runs of 5 and 4, respectively, and quarterback Joseph Vassalotti added a 1-yard scoring run.
Tallmadge had a huge night on the ground, thanks to the blocking of Moore, Niko Skeriotis, Joe Lowery, Damon Gidley, Camden Genovese, Jake Mertus, Ben Cipa and Steven Taylor.
The Blue Devils led 21-7 at halftime, but Cloverleaf got within seven twice (21-14 and 28-21) in the third quarter.
Tallmadge outscored the Colts 21-7 in the fourth quarter.
One of Clark's scores was aided by an interception from Joe Siesel in the third quarter.
Austin Smith found the end zone three times for Cloverleaf. He had scoring runs of 32 and 52, respectively, and also caught a 54-yard TD pass from quarterback Garrison Flora.
The Colts also got a TD pass from tailback Devin Cunningham, who took a direct snap and then lofted a short pass to a wide-open Matt Vespucci on fourth and goal from the 2-yard line. That score cut the Blue Devils' advantage to 28-21 with a little more than 90 seconds left in the third quarter.
Tallmadge kicker Justin Stevenor converted all seven of his point after tries. Kyle Sasinka booted all four of his extra-point attempts through the uprights for Cloverleaf.
For more, see the Oct. 27 edition of the Tallmadge Express.