A Page -- Oct. 24, 2011

St. Ed Captains (Connors 7, Martello 48 and Lally 64) 

St. Edward uses “big-play” method to drown out Moeller’s “grind-out” game and to gain program’s 400th win

Ryan Fallon throws for over 300 yards; finds Anthony Young with long ball twice

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Making the better of the “big-play” method of offensive attack in an effort to counteract the “grind-out” attack, St. Edward posted the 400th football win in program history with a 42-27 rout of Moeller here in Lakewood Stadium over the weekend.

The win sets up the big game here in front of 10,000 fans (based on pre-game sales figures) this coming Saturday against St. Ignatius with both teams entering Week 10 at 7-2 and hungry for a home game in the playoffs in Week 11.

Ryan Fallon passed for over 300 yards and used the play action with a slant over the middle to Anthony Young to burn and burry the Crusaders. Both Young and Quincy Jones amassed over 100 yards of receiving yardage while Fallon was near the 400 mark in total offense.


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It did not quite start out as an Eagle dominated game. In fact, Moeller had its way in the early going, both offensively and defensively. 

St. Ed’s went 3-and-out on the first offensive series of the game by either team and then Moeller’s offense wasted no time in capitalizing on the defensive effort and the juice handed over on the exchange.

The Crusaders used the power running of Keith Watkins II to forge an early 7-0 lead. They marched right down on their first possession of the game with Watkins scoring with 8:12 to go.


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St. Ed’s would have none of it, Fallon finding Jones for a 61-yard gain that put the Eagles in the Red Zone followed by a five-yard run by Kenny Butler that put the hosts in the end zone, Jake Wilhelm’s extra point tying it, 7-7, with 5:55 to go in the half.

Moeller would get the lead back before the end of the opening quarter, again grinding it out on the ground with Watkins again scoring the clincher on a 48-yard drive (all running plays) to make it 13-7 with 1:10 to go in the first set of 12 minutes.

The Eagles first lead came on the first play of the second quarter, another big-play strike to counter the Watkins/grinder game, Fallon finding Young on a slant/post pattern over the middle of the field off the play action for a 30-yard score. Wilhelm’s PAT made it 14-13 with 11:56 to go in the half.


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St. Ed’s was not done yet for the half though. The scores passed the juice to the defense, which became charged. First Greg Kuhar and Darryl Render pushed back for an eight-yard loss on a sack that forced the Crusaders to punt.

Kuhar with parents

Two plays later, Young outraced the entire Crusader defense, hauling in a Fallon spiral and darting to pay dirt and 53-yard score and a 21-13 Eagle lead with nine minutes and 20 seconds to go in the half.

Then John Webb forced a fumble that Tom Lally recovered in Crusader territory.


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After a missed field goal, the defense came through again and again it was Webb with the “big-play”-- defensive style. Lally, Kuhar and Webb pushed the Crusaders back on tackle for loss to set up a third and long and then Webb got into the face of Moeller quarterback Spencer Iacavone to post a quarterback hurry and set up the punt that opened the door for the fourth Eagle TD of the day.

The Eagles by this time were able to use the pass to set up the run and were able to score a traditional TD on a short drive. A 14-yard pass from Fallon to Boston College-bound tight end Sam Grant put the Eagles at the Crusader three-yard line, Butler chewing up the remainder of the yardage for the score that made it 28-13.

Sam Grant with Parents

Two telling statistics in the first half were 1) gains of 10, 20 and 30 yards or more and 2) offensive plays that originated in the opponents’ territory. 

Moeller won the first quarter by running 16 of its 21 of its offensive plays in Eagles territory while the St. Ed’s ran only five of its 15 plays in Crusader territory in the first quarter.

With the coin flipping in the second quarter and St. Ed’s emerging as the dominant one, the Eagles ran 14 of their 19 second-quarter plays from the Moeller end of the field and the guests running a mere one of 16 second-quarter offensive plays in St. Edward territory in the second quarter.

St. Edward’s third and fourth TD’s came on drives that started at midfield. The only offensive drive of St. Edward’s in the second quarter that started in its own territory came with under a half minute to play in the half on a series the Eagles just ran out the clock on anyway. All three first-quarter St. Ed’s drives in the first quarter began in St. Ed’s territory.

Contrarily, all four Crusader offensive drives in the first quarter began in their own end of the field. Three ended in punts and one in a lost fumble.

Dominic Abounader getting a call from the sidelines

Moeller had six plays of 10 yards or more in the first quarter, but only two plays of 10 yards or more in the second quarter.  St. Ed’s had three plays of 10 yards or more and two of 20 or more in the first quarter, and two of 30 or more and four of 10 yards or more in the second quarter.

The St. Ed’s defense got even tougher the second half. First Sam Martello and Lally collaborated on a tackle for loss to stifle some scoring ideas by the Moeller offense. Then after Moeller was alb to drive to the Eagles’ 11-yard line, Render forced a fumble that Lavonte Robinson recovered to deny the guests a score.

In the second half, Fallon hit Young for a 68-yard scoring strike and also temporarily for a 57-yard one, but the latter was called back because of holding.

The final St. Ed’s score came on a two-play drive with Fallon and Butler both turning in the “big-play” --  run style; Fallon scampered for a 41-yard gain for the set up and Butler did the six-points honors on a 25-yard rumble.

Connors lining up in the foreground with Jones and Grant in background 

Fallon could have had over 400 yards of total offense but he netted only some change on his runs, which were mostly canceled out on sacks, muffs and errant snaps. He nearly did share the wealth to three 100-yard receivers with Chris Connors collecting over 60 yards on Fallon aerials.

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Wilhelm’s 6-for-6 days on PATs puts him at 32-of-33 on the season for an accuracy percentage of better than 95 percent.

Wilhelm with Parents

The win ended a two-game Eagle losing streak and makes them 4-0 at home this season.

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Olmsted Falls wins sectional title with shootout win over SWC rival Avon Lake; Laney Haviland scores match winner

By John Kenny

Olmsted Falls claimed a Sectional championship with a shootout win over
Avon Lake by a final score of 1-0.  The two teams played
110 minutes of scoreless soccer fueled by a tremendous defensive effort by
the Lady Bulldogs. 


Olmsted Falls coach Kelly Yurick employed a clever strategy of dropping 6-8 girls back in the defensive end, employing an offsides trap, and also man marking Avon
Lake leading scorer senior Jillian Strimbu.

Jillian Strimbu 

The strategy worked perfectly as the Falls repeatedly frustrated Avon Lake scoring attempts.

The Shoregals outshot OF 18 to 5 and had the advantage in shots on goal 7 to 3, but could not convert a finisher.  Both senior Jillian Strimbu and sophomore Emily O'Connor had a number of great attempts on goal, but each time were thwarted by the Lady Bulldog defense. 

After playing through two scoreless overtime periods, the teams then went to the 5 round shootout format which
was won by Olmsted Falls 4 to 3 and thus earning them the lone goal needed to secure victory. Avon Lake penalty kicks were scored by senior Jillian Strimbu, senior Annie Lyons, and sophomore Emily



OF countered with made kicks by freshman Emma Whitney, senior Jill Mesaros, senior Reilee DuPratt, and the winner by sophomore Laney Haviland.



Haviland has been on fire in the postseason scoring 3 goals in a playoff win over Elyria and netting the game clincher against Avon Lake.  In goal for the Lady Bulldogs was junior Madison Woods who made some tremendous saves on Avon Lake shots and blocked one of the Shoregal shootout attempts. 


Dana Strimbu

 She ended the game with 7 saves.  Shoregal senior goalie Dana Strimbu ended her career with her 7th shutout this season and 14th overall with the Varsity.  Olmsted Falls moves on to the District semi-finals to face
Westlake, while Avon Lake closes out its season at 7-8-2.

Girls Soccer

Avon Lake vs. Olmsted Falls (Sectional Championship)

Game Date:    Saturday Oct. 22, 2011

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 0        Olmsted Falls (OF) - 1 (Shootout 4-3)
AL    7-8-2            OF    5-8-3
AL    None            OF    None

AL    None              OF    None
Shots on Goal:
AL    7            OF    3
AL    Dana Strimbu - 3 saves
OF    Madison Woods - 7 saves
AL    18            OF    5
Corner Kicks:
AL    4            OF    6
AL    5            OF    0
AL    13            OF    17
AL    0            OF    0

Baldwin-Wallace College Football Team Shuts Out Wilmington College, 75-0, For Second Straight Season

WILMINGTON, OHIO – Junior quarterbacks Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/Padua Franciscan) combined for six touchdowns and the Yellow Jacket offense accounted for 580 total yards as the Baldwin-Wallace College football team shutout Wilmington College, 75-0, today (Saturday, October 22, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game on the Townsend Field in the Williams Stadium. This was the second straight season that B-W has shutout Wilmington (113-0).
Padua product Andrew Dziak

The 75 points was the second time in school history during the modern era that the team has scored 70 or more points.  B-W blanked Heidelberg 71-0 during the 1982 season. In addition, the Yellow Jackets defeated Kent State University 118-0 in the 1923 season.

With the victory, B-W improves to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the OAC.   The loss drops the Quakers to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the OAC.

Following a three-and-out by the Quakers, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Dziak scored on a one-yard rush out of the wildcat formation.  Sophomore Chris Mohler (Kent/Roosevelt) tacked on the extra point to cap an 8-play and 46 yard drive at the 10:16 of the first quarter.

B-W increased their lead to 14-0 in the waning seconds of the first quarter when Dziak   scored his second rushing touchdown. Mohler added on the extra point. The Yellow Jacket drive was set up by the first interception of the game by senior linebacker Brett Thompson (Shelby).

After a 15-yard Quaker punt, B-W added to its lead when junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) connected on a 26-yard pass play with senior wide receiver Dan Turner (Youngstown/Ursuline). The extra point was no good and the Yellow Jackets led 20-0 with 13:03 remaining in the first half. The TD-pass capped off a 3-play and 34 yard drive that took just 54 seconds off the clock.

B-W stretched its lead to 27-0, at the 9:52 mark of the second quarter on a 29-yard TD pass from O’Rourke to sophomore wide receiver Mike McGervey (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas). Mohler tacked on the extra point.
Grafton's Josiah Holt

The Yellow Jackets continued the scoring attack (34-0) when O’Rourke completed his third TD pass of the day to senior wide receiver Troy Van Meter (Gahanna/Westerville North) on a 12-yard reception.  Mohler connected on the extra point with 5:14 left in the first half.

The Yellow Jacket defense continued its dominance of the game when Thompson picked off his second pass of the game and took it 25 yards to paydirt with just 41 second left in the first half. The interception was his team-high fourth of the season and second return for a touchdown in the last two games. Following a Mohler extra point, B-W led 41-0 going into halftime.
Sophomore wide receiver Josiah Holt (Grafton/Midview) returned the second half kickoff 85-yards to extend the Yellow Jacket lead to 48-0. Mohler added on the extra point. The return was Holt’s second career kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets added to its lead when Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla. /Crystal River) scored on a 35-yard dash to the end zone. Mohler tacked on the extra point to extend the B-W lead to 55-0 with 8:47 to go in the third quarter.

B-W stretched its lead (62-0) when Dziak completed his second career touchdown pass and first this season to junior tight end Josh Masters (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) and first of his career. Mohler added the extra point with 2:53 to go in the third quarter. The TD-catch was set up on an 80-yard run by freshman running back Sebastian Zuluaga (Naples, Fla. /Gulf Coast).
The Yellow Jackets added to the lead at the 14:57 mark of the fourth quarter when freshman running back Nolan Sordyl (Gurnee, Ill. /Warren Township) scored the first touchdown of his career. Mohler added on the extra point to stretch the lead to 69-0.

Sophomore defensive back Kory Gillissie (Parma/St. Ignatius) closed out the scoring on a 44-yard punt return for a TD with 9:05 remaining in the game. The return was the first of his career and third TD return this game. The extra point was no good and the lead stood at 75-0.

Findlay uses high-octane oil to nip Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Just like last year’s meeting, Saturday’s (Oct. 29) game between the Lake Erie College football team and the University of Findlay went down to the final seconds. But unlike 2010’s dramatic victory, the Storm couldn’t complete the comeback in a 35-31 setback at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

After Findlay’s (5-3 , 5-2 GLIAC) Clay Belton hit Jaryd Brown for a three yard touchdown with 50 seconds to go to give the Oilers the lead, Lake Erie (1-7, 0-7 GLIAC) mounted a potential game-winning drive. The Storm went 51 yards in eight plays before Jamon McClain ended LEC’s hopes with an interception in the end zone to seal the victory.

That the Storm needed a touchdown on its final drive to win was not without controversy.  After Brown’s touchdown grab Zack Housholder’s extra point was block by Lake Erie junior Taylor Leppla (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) and scooped up around the 20-yard line by junior Dezmone Relaford (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood/Cuyahoga C.C.) who returned it the length of the field for a defensive two-point conversion.

However, an inadvertent whistle during the play negated Relaford’s score.  The officiating crew ruled for a retry of the point after and Housholder’s kick went through to make the score 35-31, instead of possibly 34-33. 

There was plenty of action before that as the team’s engaged in a back-and-forth affair reminiscent of last year’s 48-45 shootout.  The Oilers did it on the ground behind Monterae Williams who rushed for a game-high 175 yards and four touchdowns.

The Storm, meanwhile, did it through the air.  Senior receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) tied his own school record with 14 receptions and totaled 159 yards and a score.  His 19-yard reception early in the fourth quarter tied the game at 28-28. James was the primary target of senior Sean Bedevelsky, who completed 29-of-38 passes for 326 yards and also ran for a score.

Findlay took the opening kickoff and quickly moved down the field, going 57 yards on five plays – all runs by Williams, who capped the drive with a 20-yard scamper for a 7-0 lead just 1:56 into the contest.

After the Storm wasted a school-record 70-yard kickoff return by freshman Ramon Alexander (West Bloomfield, Mich./Walled Lake) and couldn’t convert on its first drive, LEC tied the game at 7-7 on its next possession with a seven-yard run by Bedevelsky.

Williams plunged in from a yard on the Oilers next drive to make it 13-7 after one quarter.  The teams traded short touchdown runs in the second.  Williams had a two-yard run that made the score 20-7 before senior Patrick Lunney (Mount Shasta, Calif./Mount Shasta/College of the Siskiyous) rushed the ball in from a yard out to make it 20-14 heading into halftime.

Freshman Rod Smith (Bartow, Fla./Bartow), who led the Storm with 72 yards on 16 carries, took it in from two yards out on the final play of a 14-play drive to open the second-half scoring and give Lake Erie its first lead of the day at 21-20.

Williams’ fourth touchdown, a one-yard run late in the third, and ensuing two-point conversion pass from Belton to Seth White gave the Oilers a 28-21 lead.  Lake Erie responded with a 10-play, 86-yard drive in 4:22 to tie it on James’ aforementioned grab.

After Housholder’s 40-yard field goal attempt hit the upright and fell short, the Storm drove down and connected on a 36-yard field goal by junior Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) , who had earlier missed from 23 and 42 yards out, to go ahead 31-28.

Aided by a pass interference penalty and a big fourth-down conversion, the Oilers came right back and drove inside the Storm five-yard line before Belton hit Brown for what proved to be the game-winning points.

On that drive, Brown caught three passes, including the two biggest of the drive – a five-yard reception on fourth-and-two, and the touchdown.

Lake Erie outgained Findlay 466-404.  In addition to the big game by James, whose 159 yards were second most only to his 183 in 2008 against Kentucky Wesleyan, classmate David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) caught six passes for 82 yards

Mount puts caps on Capital, 27-7

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 2 ranked Mount Union's defense forced four turnovers and held Capital University to a season-low 156 yards in a 27-7 Ohio Athletic Conference victory in Columbus.

Mount Union (7-0, 6-0) led 3-0 at halftime on a 35-yard Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) field goal.

Almeida booted a 22-yard field goal on first drive of the second half to put the Raiders up 6-0.

Mount Union then found the end zone midway through the third quarter when senior linebacker Arthur Smith(Miami, Fla./Killian) had a 40-yard interception return for a score to make it 13-0.

Junior quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) extended the lead to 20-0 with a five-yard touchdown run with 2:51 to play in the third quarter.

Capital (3-4, 3-3) got on the score board early in the fourth quarter as quarterback Chase Carris hit Matt White on a 15-yard touchdown pass which brought the score to 20-7.

Mount Union finished the scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run by backup running back Jake Simon (Parma Heights/Holy Name).

Along with Smith, junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had nine tackles with a pair of sacks while Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had eight stops and two interceptions to lead the Raider defense.

Mount Union junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 19 carries for 44 yards in the first half but left the game with an injury. Simon came off the bench and had a career-high 169 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Seaman was 8-of-16 passing for 74 yards and ran for 75 yards with a rushing touchdown.

Vasil Boots Overtime Field Goal to Lead Spartans Past Wooster in Annual Baird Brothers Trophy Game

WOOSTER, Ohio – Senior Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) booted a game-winning, 31-yard field goal in overtime as the Case Western Reserve University football team won its non-conference finale by a score of 24-21 versus The College of Wooster in the annual Baird Brothers Trophy game on Saturday, October 22, at John P. Papp Stadium.

The Spartans (6-1) have won five-straight games heading into their University Athletic Association opener and home finale versus the University of Chicago (Ill.) next Saturday, October 29, at Case Field in Cleveland.

Wooster drops to 2-5 overall and has lost five straight to CWRU.

Wooster opened the scoring in the first quarter when Brett Frongillo completed a 13-yard scoring strike to Cameron Daniels at the 5:53 mark. Dana Obery tacked on the extra-point attempt to cap a 10-play, 59-yard drive that took 4:19 off of the clock.

The next Case Western Reserve drive went 11 plays, but ended deep in Fighting Scot territory as a fourth-down pass by junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) was intercepted in the endzone.

However, the first play on the ensuing Wooster drive resulted in a 25-yard interception return for score by senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter. Vasil booted the extra point to tie the score at 7-7.

The Fighting Scots broke the tie early in the second period as Frongillo snuck into the endzone from one yard out on fourth-and-goal. Another Obery PAT, which capped a 12-play, 60-yard drive, made the score 14-7 with 10:12 left in the half.

Neither side managed another score throughout the duration of the half and the Scots led at halftime.

Case came out of the locker room and marched 70 yards on 14 plays, eventually tying the score with a five-yard TD run by Olson and a Vasil PAT with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter. Olson completed a pair of key passes on the drive – one on a fourth-and-six from the Wooster 33 to senior wide receiver Eric Street (Barberton, Ohio/Coventry) and another on third-and-12 from the 25 to freshman wide out Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley).

After forcing the Scots three-and-out on the next possession, Case once again marched down the field and took its first lead when Olson hooked up with sophomore fullback Steven Magister<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/fball/2011-12/bios/magister%20steven%20fzmp> (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) on a three-yard TD pass with 1:43 left in the third. Vasil's third PAT made the score 21-14. The drive covered 72 yards on 10 plays and was aided by four personal foul penalties on Wooster.

The Spartans dominated in time of possession in the quarter, leading 11:43 to 3:17.

Wooster answered on its first drive of the fourth quarter as Frongillo faked a handoff and bolted straight up the middle for a 23-yard TD. Obery's kick after tied the score and capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive.

After both teams were forced to punt, the Spartans drove deep into Scot territory, but a 37-yard field goal was missed, giving Wooster possession at its own 27 with 1:09 left to play. Several plays later, the Scots attempted a long field goal of their own – a 43-yarder – but it was missed left with 20 seconds left in regulation and the game went to overtime.

In the opening drive of OT, Wooster picked up a 14-yard pass on fourth-and-one to move the ball down to the Case one yardline. However, the Spartan defense came up huge on the next play when junior linebacker Wade Self<Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) popped the ball out of the hands of Frongillo – the loose ball was covered up in the endzone by sophomore safety Jordan Banky  (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon).

Four plays later, Vasil booted the winner – his seventh field goal of the season.

Olson finished 20-of-31 for 161 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore RB Kenny Riordan<> (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) rushed for 47 yards on 18 carries and Lapcevic had four receptions for a game-high 74 yards. Defensively, Self and junior hero Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) tied for the team-high with 10 tackles each.

Wooster linebacker Quinn Hood led all defenders with 13 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Prior to next Saturday's game versus Chicago, CWRU will honor its football senior student-athletes.

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