HN 32 – Benedictine 27
Holy Name showed up Saturday night for a game against Benedictine that was supposed to be nothing but Ben- gals Ball. It was anything but that. The Holy Name Green Wave Football Team came to Bedford Bearcat Stadi- um ready and prepared to win. Through impressive defense, a solid kicking game and improved offensive play, the Green Wave led the game the entire way through the beginning of the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Namers, the Bengals proved to be a bit too fast in the end as Benedictine scored the final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter to go ahead for good 27-23. Offensively, Senior wide receiver, John Ehrbar was extremely impressive hauling in 9 catches for 91 yards and one touchdown. Many of the receptions were for third down conversions as well. Senior, Tre Smith ran hard as usual, racking up 16 rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Namers were all over the field as Senior defensive back, Dan Cunningham and Sen- ior defensive back and captain, Andre Husain led the team with 6 tackles each. Senior linebacker, Sam Pikus and Senior defensive lineman and captain, Alex Veltre each ran down 5 tackles a piece as well.
Special teams played a big part as Junior kicker and punter, Don Stepic converted three of three field goal at- tempts and both extra points. Field position was to the advantage of the Green Wave with solid punting and kickoffs by Stepic as well.
Next up for the Green Wave is the Padua Bruins who stand 2-2 for the season. Good Luck Green Wave!!!
I will say this up front , I am so darn proud of our men, that I can’t stop talking about it with anyone who is willing to listen. Our team showed me and everyone else that they really do have what it takes to play this game. Against Benedictine, every single player regardless of grade level or how much playing time they had, did exact- ly what I asked them to do. For the first time this season, we were a team that stuck together. We were disci- plined, focused, prepared and a class act from beginning to end. During pre-game, on the field of play, on the sidelines, at half time and at the end of the game when things were difficult, my team showed that they are gentlemen and respect the game. They gave everything they had on the field Saturday night. It started with the most difficult week of practice we have had. We made a lot of changes in how we do things and who is in charge on and off the field. We learned to calm down when things get difficult on the field, we played together and under control. This week for Padua I expect the exact same thing. Our practice will be just as disciplined. The expectation and format of our practice, our pre-game and the game itself will be the same. I think we found some success with that formula along with a great game plan from our coaches. If you didn’t see the Benedictine game, you missed quite an impressive showing. We did come up short but in many ways we did win. Our players gained respect, confidence and learned valuable lessons. We are definitely on the right track for week #5 and I look forward to seeing all of you out there at our home rivalry game this Friday at North Royal- ton Stadium at 7 pm.
GO GREEN WAVE!!!
Feature Player of the Week
Through all of the difficulties of the first part of the sea- son, one constant that we have seen is in the perfor- mance of two seniors in particular. Senior Alex Veltre and Senior John Ehrbar. Alex is an offensive and defen- sive lineman and one of our captains. “Through thick and thin, Alex has shown his leadership this season,” said Head Coach Mark Pinzone. “I rely on him every day to lead our team through the big situations and the little things that require detail and focus.”
John Ehrbar is our Senior wide receiver. If the name sounds familiar, it should. John is son to Joe Ehrbar, the teams tight ends and defensive backs coach and long time teacher at Holy Name. John is the leading receiver for the team and contributed heavily in the well played game this past Saturday against Benedictine. “John Ehrbar has worked hard in the off season and every day during the season to be the best receiver he can be. He has literally forced the coaching staff to have no other decision but to try and get him the ball in the air,” said Coach Pinzone. “John is a hard working, disciplined young man and I plan to continue to find ways to throw the ball to him.”
Great Job Alex and John!!! Keep up the Good Work!!!
Dan Cunningham & Jovan Smiley