Hysteria Rewind Week Two

By: ESPN Cleveland Staff


Padua 17 Shaw 16

Shaw brought their athleticism and quickness but in the end it wasn’t enough. Padua’s Xavier Means had over 100 yards in a game that came down to the wire. Shaw scored to bring the game within one point but couldn’t get the ball back with enough time. Shaw was penalized 15 times in the one point loss. 17-16 Padua moves to 2-0 win the win.

St. Eds 65 Penn Hills 25

So much for a down year. One week after defeating Mentor in a game many considered an upset, St. Ed’s took Penn Hills to the woodshed in a 65-25 victory. Eagles DB Cory Blackstock returned the opening kick 90 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on. Terrell Bates led the way on offense with four touchdowns, but several players contributed to a punishing rushing attack that Penn Hills just couldn’t stop.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles swarmed and for the most part kept the Indians offense in check. LB (and Pitt commit) Deonte Gibson gave them fits all night, and was responsible for the early safety that made the score 9-0. Penn Hills’ Corey Jones did his best to keep the Indians in the game with two kick return touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, but in the end St. Ed’s was too much for the Penn Hills to handle.

Mentor 38, Strongsville 17

Both teams went into tonight’s game 0-1, Mentor losing to St. Ed’s last week, and Strongsville coming off that close, tough loss to Euclid.

Strongsville head coach Russ Jacques announced just prior to kickoff that Austin Pritchard would be the starting quarterback for tonight’s game.

The Cardinals drew blood first, as Colton Wallace got Mentor on the board early in the first quarter with a three yard TD run. Strongsville battled back, but couldn’t break through to the red zone, and settled for a 25 yard field goal by Travis Bosanec, making the score 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Mentor running back Mike Korecz tossed a 17 yard pass to Marcus Cade in the second, making it 14-3, Mentor with ten minutes to go in the first half. The Mustangs answered back again with a 13 yard touchdown run by senior running back Matt Bianco, making the score 14-10. After a fumble by Mentor, the Mustangs made another drive to try and take the lead, but less than a minute to go in the half, had to attempt another field goal, this time at 31 yards, but it was blocked by the Cardinals.

The second half of the game tells a whole different story, as Mentor would score 21 unanswered points – all by Korecz – first, a ten yard touchdown run, followed by two 11 yard touchdown runs, making it 35-10 in the fourth quarter.

Strongsville’s team of Pritchard and Hamilton would finally reach the redzone, as they scored on a six yard pass to make the score 35-17.

After another lengthy drive by the Mentor Cardinals, they would add insult to injury by kicking a 22 yard field goal (by Greg Klisuric), making the final score Mentor 38, Strongsville 17.

Mentor (1-1) will host Solon next week for their first home game of the season. Strongsville (0-2) will travel to Padua.

Walsh Jesuit 26 – Archbishop Hoban 6

In a game that matched two of the top teams in Northeast Ohio, the Walsh Jesuit Warriors stated their case for warranting more attention, as they knocked off the Archbishop Hoban Knights by a final score of 26-6, on Friday night.

Before the game, one of the keys surrounded itself around the Hoban defensive-line, but in fact it was the Walsh Jesuit front-four that changed the game early, as they created mass amounts of pressure. That chaos up front directly caused two bad passes, which lead to Warrior interceptions early. Hoban was shut-out in the first half of play.

On the other side of the football, Walsh struggled to move the ball consistently in the first half against the Knight defense, and were held to only nine points in the first 24-minutes of action. Top-notch quarterback Connor Cook struggled to find his accuracy early on, and was frustrated to only come away with field goals instead of touchdowns.

“It stings,” Cook said. “We really, really wanted touchdowns, and we’ll work on executing that better next week. But its also kind of hard to execute against such a tough defense like Hoban.”

Hoban opened up the second half on fire, fueled by a couple of big runs by running back Xavier Kirksey-Ivory, including a nine-yard touchdown run that brought the Knights within three points at 9-6.

However, on the next possession, Walsh drove down the field on a scoring drive capped off by a 35-yard touchdown pass from Cook to running back Vinny Pugliese that extended the lead to 16-6 nearing the end of the third quarter.

“In my presnap read, they had their two DB’s sitting deep in that zone,” Cook said. “I knew Vinny was going to be wide open, so I looked at him first. I just dumped it to him, and I let him do the work.

The turning point of the game followed on the two next Hoban possessions, as a fumble and interception turned into 10 Warrior points, including one of Ross Martin’s four field goals, and finished off by a 16-yard touchdown run by running back Ryan Jun that capped the scoring, and the Walsh Jesuit victory.

Cook finished 12-20 passing, with 123 yards and one touchdown.

Walsh improves to 2-0 on the season. Hoban falls to 1-1.

St. Ignatius 36 Bedford 17

Very cool as Chuck Kyle starts the night celebrating his 27 year at the helm of the St. Ignatius wildcats then truly, wild happenings at Bedford Bearcat Stadium tonight as the WildCATS knocked off the BearCATS 36 – 17!  Bedford starts the game with 5 wide outs and we all know about TRIPS…then what is it called when Coach Williams of Bedford puts FOUR WR’s on one side?  To have even more fun, Iggy then starts the game with 3 – 3 – 5 Then 2 – 3- 6 DEFENSES!

Some things I saw early on…

* St. Ignatius can use Bobby Grbenc back soon.  Soph Tim McVey was the toughest runner, and it was evident Bobby was needed to POUND the rock as St. I settled for a field goal in GREAT field position at the Bedford 29!

* The WildCATS then had a 4th and goal at the 6 and could not punch it in!

* No quit in the BearCATS though as they nailed two late TD’s BUT..

* With all those WR’s on the field for Bedford, they need some motion.  They are static!

* Matt Hoyer hits Grace and Joseph for early scores and good to see the screen (to Grace) as D’s will tilt the field to Joseph!

* Mike Svetina at the DAWg reminds me of Dan Fox!  That is good, very good!

* Tim McVey BREAKS ARM tackles!

* Hoyer looks UNDER for TE’s when Joseph is streaking OPEN downfield.  MATTIE – watch out for those linebackers!

* Devin Davis is a GOOD QB for Bedford and Beasley can pound the ball – line must hold blocks!

* GREAT to see a CHAMBERS, this time LJ (Chris’s nephew) wearing the green and white!

* Spent time in the press box and loved not only the BEARCAT DOGS (BRINDA, they are GREAT, crisp hot dohgs) but any place that has the STADIUM BROWN MUSTARD and hot sauce RULES!

* Both teams get safeties and I flash back to the opening of the stadium…a FOUR – NOTHING game!

* Bedford Bearcat Stadium is one of the BEST and NICEST HS Stadiums around.  Iggy should play on turf like that – NOT Byers FUZZY CONCRETE!

* Refs wore BLUE WRISTBANDS to bring attention to the fight against prostate cancer!

* Sr Joe Grecco replaced Matty Hoyer and tried to hit HIS favorite target Jr Clay Bishop but was too pumped and overthrew him open Twice! YEAH, the ball will sale at times!

* Yes, it was…a BENTLEY on tne field for St. Ignatius a LeChuck’s nephew Gabriel played RB and DB!

* Ignatius used 5 QB’s!

* How great is it when a PEACE OFFICER comes up to you and THANKS YOU for what you do!

* AND, for me…what a treat it his hearing your son’s name on the PA for Special Team tackles AND on offense.  YEAH!

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