Three Holy Name Football players earn All-Ohio Honors.
Joseph Laviano / November 30, 2011
Congratulations to HN Varsity Football standouts Dan Draher, Joe Duff, and Jake Schaeffer. They all have been select for All-Ohio Division III Special Mention Honors.
Steve Novak / Sun News Correspondent
FSOhio.com / November 26, 2011
ALLIANCE, Ohio — No. 2 ranked Mount Union defeated No. 25 ranked Centre (Ky.) 30-10 in the second round of the NCAA Football Playoffs Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (12-0) make their 20th straight trip to the quarterfinal round where they will host No. 9 ranked Wabash (12-0) next Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
Junior running back Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) came off the bench and rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, junior fullback Jake Simon (Parma/Holy Name) also rushed for a score and junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) threw for two scores to lead the Mount Union offense.
Junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had a season-best 12 tackles along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the Mount Union defense which held Centre to its lowest scoring and fewest yards this season.
Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) returned after missing the last four game and went over a defender to catch an 11-yard touchdown pass that capped a 97-yard scoring drive and gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mount Union extended the lead to 14-0 on a Skilliter two-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. On the very next drive, Centre pinned inside its own 10-yard line was called for a holding penalty in the end zone which resulted in a safety and made the score 16-0.
Centre (9-2) got on the board just before halftime as Jordan Gay kicked a 47-yard field goal as the score was 16-3 heading to the lockers.
The Colonols took the opening possesion of the second half 63 yards on seven plays and quarterback Tyler Osterman hit brother Jason Osterman on a 17-yard touchdown pass to get within six points 16-10.
The Raiders then answered with an impressive seven-play, 80-yard drive that saw Piloto complete a 37 yard pass to senior A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) and a 22-yarder for a score to senior Brandon Brown (Merrillville, Ind./Cincinnati Harmony Prep) that ended the third quarter with a 23-10 lead.
Mount Union put the game away with just under three minutes left as Simon ran in from seven yards out for the 30-10 final.
Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:04 AM
Holy Name is scheduled to open its season Nov. 30 when they play at Lake Catholic in Mentor.
ELYRIA — Times will not be so tough for Elyria Catholic someday.
The Panthers should get veteran defensemen Jack Walter and Alex Nielsen back on the ice eventually. Nate Wilkie’s hand injury should heel. Rookie goalie Bret Zak will get a few more games under his belt and, with time, should be steadier.Until then, Elyria Catholic will sail on rough waters. Holy Name skated over and around the Panthers for a 12-3 victory in a Red South division game Wednesday night at North Park.
“I can’t make excuses,” Panthers coach Rick Montgomery said. “All teams at some time in the season will have injuries. But when you’re missing two of the four defensemen who you planned to play most of the time, and you have a first-time goalie, and your right wing (Wilkie) just isn’t ready, it’s tough.
Elyria Catholic (1-3, 0-1 Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League) made it interesting. The Panthers scored three goals in a row to cut Holy Name’s lead to 5-3 with 4:35 left in the second period.
Holy Name (4-1, 1-0) spent the rest of the evening making the game uninteresting. The Green Wave put in a goal with 3:15 left in the second period and scored six times in the third. Holy Name scored three times in the first 6:26 of the final period and got a power-play goal with 7:20 remaining.
“For as shorthanded as we are we took it to them in the second,” Montgomery added. “We had a poor first period. We were sluggish. We didn’t hit anyone. In the second our guys played hockey the way I know they can play it. We won the race to the puck every time.
The furious second period took its toll, however.
“It’s tough to play that way when you only have two lines and they’re using four,” Montgomery said. “In the third period our feet were in cement. We were gassed. You just have to fight through it. Things don’t get easier for us from here.
“We just have to keep working hard in practice and make the most of our opportunites,” said Stephan Donat, who scored two of the Panthers’ goals. “We have to build on what we did in the second period, keep doing the good things we did, and get off to a quicker start.” Zak, who had never played goalie before approaching Montgomery last month and offering to try the position, had 29 saves.“Bret made a couple of nice saves, but he let in some easy ones,” Montgomery said. “It’s concentration.”
Zak’s most impressive save happened with 30 seconds left in the second period when he smothered Jamie Bucell’s attempt to score on a breakaway.
The Green Wave needed just 4:14 to take a 3-0 lead. They added two more goals late in the first period for a 5-0 lead at the first rest.
Dustin Myles ended the shutout by scoring in close off a pass from Collin Lester at 13:25 of the second. Donat’s first goal, off Luke Williams’ assist, came at 11:44. Donat took a pass from Seth Wechter to score his second goal and breathe some life — if only temporarily — into the Panthers.
Elyria Catholic had two other good chances to score. Shots by James Baker in the second period and Donat in the third hit off the pipes and bounced to the wrong side of the net.
Holy Name 12, Elyria Catholic 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Holy Name, Ross Genetti (Joe Meehan), 2:24; 2. Holy Name, Genetti (Tim Higgenbotham), 3:28; 3. Holy Name, Alex Kurowski (Jamie Bucell), 4:14; 4. Holy Name, David Perry (Kurowski, Bucell), 10:53; 5. Holy Name, Higgenbotham (Perry), 14:16. Penalty – Elyria Catholic, Steve Donat (head contact), 3:48.
SECOND PERIOD: 6. Elyria Catholic, Dustin Myles (Collin Lester), 1:35; 7. Elyria Catholic, Donat (Luke Williams), 3:16; 8. Elyria Catholic, Donat (Seth Wechter), 10:25; 9. Holy Name, Meehan (Perry, Bucell), 11:45. Penalties – Holy Name, Justin Kosicki (slashing), 6:59; Holy Name, Meehan (head contact), 7:21; Holy Name, Marcus Wolk (roughing), 7:50; Holy Name, Kosicki (hooking), 12:29.
THIRD PERIOD: 10. Holy Name, Troy Mazzena (Tyler Albitz, Kyle Canda), 1:57; 11. Holy Name, Higgenbotham (Kosicki, Eric Fiehl), 3:39; 12. Holy Name, Perry (Kurowski, Bucell), 6:26; 13. Holy Name, Kurowski (Higgenbotham, Fiehl), 7:40; 14. Holy Name, Perry (Canda), 11:46; 15. Holy Name, Fiehl (Paul Baker), 12:29. Penalties – Elyria Catholic, James Baker (holding), 7:23; Holy Name, Fiehl (head contact), 8:34; Elyria Catholic, Nate Wilkie (boarding), 10:07; Holy Name, Kosicki (slashing), 12:57; Holy Name, Wolk (tripping), 13:04; Elyria Catholic, Donat (tripping), 14:38
Shots on goal – Holy Name 20-8-13—41, Elyria Catholic 4-9-5—18. Goalies – HN, Marcus Wolk (18 shots, 15 saves); EC, Bret Zak (41 shots, 29 saves). Power-play opportunities – Holy Name 3 of 3, Elyria Catholic 1 of 5.