by Mark Pinzone
HN Makes it Two in a Row
The Holy Name Green Wave Football Team made it two in a row last weekend as they defeated St. Peter Chanel Firebirds 34-14 at St. Peter Chanel Stadium. The Green Wave are now 1-0 in the North Coast League White Division and 2-4 overall.
Offensively, the Green Wave was once again led by senior running back Tre Smith who rushed for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the receiving end, senior Jovan Smiley led the way with 4 catches for 78 yards and a touch- down. Senior wide receiver, Andre Husain also had a catch for 29 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback, Mike Messina finished the evening on a very positive note completing 5 for 11 pass attempts for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Green Wave looked very good as sophomore linebacker, Eric Youngblood and junior defensive back, Joe Adams led the way in tackles with 5 each. Senior linebacker, Sam Pikus also contributed heavily with 4 tackles and senior defensive end, Tre Smith registered another sack against the Firebirds. Perhaps the big- gest news on the defense is when junior linebacker, Will Davis picked off a flair out pass by the Firebirds and raced to the end zone untouched for a 59 yard interception return.
Next up for the Green Wave is Warren JFK at home this Saturday at 7 pm for Homecoming at North Royalton Stadium. The Knights stand at 5-1 on the season. The Knights stand at 5-1 on the season.
Our team has definitely shown improvement, discipline, focus and class over the past three weeks. That has translated into an exceptional performance against Benedictine, where we just came short, a fantastic triple overtime victory over Padua and a very solid 34-14 win against St. Peter Chanel. I think our team is now under- standing how important every week is in order to be successful. Our players work hard every day and the level of commitment and focus they seem to have now is at its best. I told the kids that this is the reason why they are seeing some success. Also, our kids are more confident than at any point this season. This coupled with the fact that we are getting a little healthier has really helped us the past week or two. This next game against JFK is critical. They are 5-1 and playing very well. They are solid, well coached and confident. Stringing togeth- er a third win this week without being distracted from Homecoming week events and other activities is crucial to our continued success going forward.
———-Coach Pinzone ———-GO GREEN WAVE!!!
Featured Player of the Week
It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out who is the featured player of the week. It’s junior linebacker and tight end, Will Davis. Will had what perhaps was the game changing play as he picked off a St. Peter Chanel pass in the third quarter and ran 59 yards for a Green Wave defensive score. “That play put us up two scores in the third and seemed to take the wind out of the other team,” said Head Football Coach Mark Pinzone. “Will Davis is playing very hard for us right now. I am very happy with all his hard work and effort and we will continue to find ways to do things with him on the field on offense and defense,” Pinzone added.
Congratulations to Will Davis on his big game last week. Keep up the good work Will!!!
The Future of Holy Name Football
The Freshmen Football Team continued to have success as they improved to 4-2 on the season last Thursday by defeating a very big and very fast War- ren Harding Football Team, 23-12. The Freshmen Team has worked very hard all year and has im- proved each and every week. Strong contributions from several players including quarterback and kicker, Kyle Schade, running back and defensive back, Shane Welsh and several lineman have helped pave the way to victory for these Freshmen.
Although the JV Football Squad did not have a game scheduled this past weekend and remain 3-2 on the year, several young sophomores and juniors have contributed heavily to the varsity squad including sophomore lineman, Mike Sabol and junior Ben Pikus. Junior receivers, Alex Tober and Joe Adams along with junior tight end Nate Vollman continu- ously see time in varsity games and prepare each and every week for action.
Great job to all of our younger Green Wave players. You are the future of Holy Name Football!!!
Zack Wiesler & Matt Beechuk