A Page -- Sept. 7, 2012

Ignatius, Mentor to meet in one of the top regular-season match ups of the season

One of the top regular-season football games of the year will take place when St. Ignatius hosts Mentor Saturday night on Byers Field.

Last week, St Ignatius QB Mike LaManna completed 18 of 24 passes for 367 yards and four

touchdowns, as the Wildcats built a 38-0 halftime lead on the #5 ranked team in

Michigan, the De La Salle Pilots.


Running back Tim McVey had three total touchdowns and the offense had more than

500 total yards.


It was a team effort in all three facets of the games as the Wildcats scored 24 points

in the second quarter alone and held Michigan recuit Shane Morris in check all



The Wildcats opened the scoring with a 7-play, 80-yard drive that ended when

LaManna connected with the WR Conor Hennessey on an 8-yard touchdown pass.

The Wildcats padded the lead with two consecutive Tim McVey rushing touchdowns

McVey would record his third touchdown of the game on a 42-yard swing pass midway

through the second quarter.


LaManna would throw two more touchdown passes in the game, giving him four for

the aternoon and 10 for his varsity career. One touchdown pass was a 25-yarder to

Hennessey and the other was a 37-yard catch and run with Roc-Anthony Zingalie.


The defense recorded two safeties in the game and Mike Collela collected his second

career field goal.


Also last week, nothing about Friday night was easy for the Mentor Cardinals. But in the end, a trip to

Erie, Pa., to take on a talented McDowell team was simply satisfying to Coach Steve

Trivisonno and his squad.


Mentor overcame 20 penalties, a 90-minute bus ride and a nine-point second-half

deficit to rally for a thrilling 34-27 victory over the host Trojans.


Cardinals senior quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw for 411 yards, and his touchdown run with 24

seconds remaining in the fourth quarter broke a 27-27 tie and proved to be the game

winner. Trubisky - a North Carolina recruit - completed 25 of 39 passes for 411 yards

and three touchdowns, and scored on two short fourth-quarter runs.


Wide receivers Corey Plavcan and Brandon Fritts combined for 11 catches, 255 yards

and two touchdowns for Mentor.





St. Ed's to host team from nation's capital

St. Edward football will be looking to extend its winning streak to three games and remain unbeaten on the season when it hosts Woodson High out of the Washington, D.C. area at 2 Saturday on Coughlin Field behind the school.


Only 1,800 tickets will be sold and only a few auxiliary bleachers will be installed for the game. It will be the only game played on the school’s campus this fall.


This will be the fourth match up between St. Edward and H.D. Woodson (DC).


The two teams last met in 2009 when the Eagles prevailed 35-12.


St. Ed’s leads the series, 3-0, and has outscored the Warriors 82-12 in those three meetings.


Although Woodson is 0-2 on the season, it is one of the strongest teams in the District, having won three of the last five Turkey Bowls, the annual championship of Washington, D.C.


Two of the top players for the Warriors are junior defensive back D’Andre Payne and junior wide out Robert Johnson.


The Warriors are not afraid to travel as they went to West Virginia to play a game last week.


In last week’s 48-0 win over Buchtel, St. Ed’s quarterback Ryan Fallon passed for 281 yards. Fallon and Kyle Shurmer combined to complete 22 passes to 11 different receivers.


The two quarterbacks combined for 366 yards passing, connecting on 22 of 26 attempts. Eleven different receivers caught at least one pass in the game. Anthony Young led all wideouts with 5 receptions for 81 yards, but D.J. Thomas led with 90 yards on three catches including one for a touchdown


This marks the seventh time that a St. Edward football team has played a team from Washington, D.C.

 Solon to host Buchtel tonight; Comets look to bounce back from setback from Glenville

Friday night will be the third consecutive home game for Solon as Akron Buchtel visits Stewart Field. Solon and Buchtel will meet for the second time in each school’s football history. This year marks the second game in a two-year series between the Comets and Griffins.


The Akron Buchtel Griffins make their way to Stewart Field on Friday night following a season opening loss at Massillon and a loss last week to St. Edward. Massillon and Buchtel opened up the year on Thursday night in Week One and the Griffins fell short by a score of 52-21.


Last week, The St. Edward Eagles proved to be too tough for Buchtel as they put the Griffins away, 48-0. Friday night’s game will be the last non-conference game in 2012 for Solon as NOC cross-over play begins next week. Buchtel will play six Akron City Series games after they take on the Comets and will finish the year at Steubenville.


Last week, Glenville’s 16 unanswered fourth quarter points last Friday night earned them their first win of the year. The game left both squads with a 1-1 record after the first two games in this young season. With 2:18 to go in the third quarter, George Berry hit the end zone on a two-yard rush giv-ing Solon the lead, 17-16. Glenville answered with 2:05 to go in the third with an 80-yard touchdown rush and they never turned back. The Tar-blooders will return to Stewart Field next year for the second game in this new rivalry.



Last year’s win over Akron Buchtel at Stewart Field featured some of this year’s standout Comets. George Berry was the leading rusher against Buchtel in last year’s contest. He carried the ball 15 times for 103 yards and 1 touch-down. Drew Barksdale had 3 receptions for 43 yards and CJ Hanna had 9 tackles (3-assists, 5-solos, 1-TFL) to lead the Comets to a 28-2 win.



Sixth year Head Coach Ricky Powers will lead his Buchtel Griffins to Stewart Field on Friday night. Along with Coach Powers comes a slew of talent, speed, and skill. Both Solon and Buchtel come off a loss in Week Two and both are looking to return to the winning side on Friday night.


Last week, Solon lost only for the second time in Week Two games in the last 10 seasons and they recognize that the only way to avoid such a situation again is to get after it this week.


“This is a big week for us,” said Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Buchtel is a great team with a lot of talent and we need to work towards getting better so that we can be successful.”