by Mark Pinzone
Green Wave Plays Hard But Comes Up Short
Holy Name Football Team came to North Royalton Stadium to play hard in front of a welcoming Homecoming crowd last Saturday night against Warren JFK. Although the Namers gave a great effort especially in the se- cond half, the Green Wave lost 31-14 and fell to 2-5 overall on the season.
Offensively, senior Andre Husain rushed 8 times for 91 yards and senior quarterback, Allan Medovic rushed 6 times for 52 yards and 1 touchdown. Senior wide receiver, John Ehrbar had 4 receptions for 50 yards, while senior receiver/tight end, John Egizzi pulled in two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Senior Jovan Smiley also contributed with 2 catches for 44 yards. Junior quarterback, Mike Messina worked hard registering 10 completions in 22 attempts and 1 touchdown pass.
Defensively, junior safety Joe, Adams and sophomore linebacker, Eric Youngblood each registered 5 tackles a piece. Senior linebacker, Sam Pikus racked up 4 tackles and senior defensive end, Tre Smith had 3 tackles and a sack on the evening.
Next up for the Green Wave at North Royalton Stadium this Saturday is Senior Night against Cleveland Central Catholic who stands at 4-3 overall on the season.
Last Saturday is certainly not the outcome we had hoped for during week #7. After the game, we talked about our effort vs. our execution. There is no doubt in my mind that all of our players are giving 100% effort from beginning to end. I never saw or even sensed any feeling of “quit” in any of our players last weekend. I think that was evidenced from our ability to come out the second half and score 2 touchdowns to their 1 against their first units. The team worked until the clock said zero on it. The issue is certainly not our heart or effort. Our problem now is execution. On offense we struggled to finish our drives in or near the red zone on several occasions especially in the first half. Our defense struggled to make key third down stops to gain possession of the ball. This coupled with some mistakes we made as a team, put us in a whole early through the first half. Injuries and health issues to several of our key play makers have made it no easier. If we can get better at exe- cuting and finishing our drives on offense and making stops on defense, our results will improve. There is no doubt that our kids are working hard every day at practice and in the games. Their commitment to this season has been 100% from everyone. If we piece together the “execution” part of the puzzle with our “effort” part of the puzzle, I think we will see the results we are looking for this week.
———-Coach Pinzone ———-GO GREEN WAVE!!!
Featured Player of the Game
This week’s featured player of the week is someone whose name you do not hear that often. His name is Chris Golian. Chris is a junior offensive tackle and defensive nose tackle. Chris has quietly been working hard all sea- son. Each week Mr. Golian registers several tackles at his nose guard position. Furthermore, Chris has been im- proving each and every week at offensive tackle to create holes for our running backs and protect our quarterback when we are throwing. Head Football Coach, Mark Pinzone said, “Chris Golian is everything I am looking for in a football player at Holy Name High School. Each and every day, Chris works hard on the field, in the weight room, in the class room, and in our community and he does the right thing every day.” Pinzone added, “I really like the pro- gress Chris has made to improve on both sides of the line. There are a lot of times when guys like Chris do not get a lot of ink in the paper, but Chris takes it seriously every day. I am sure glad we have Mr. Golian next year. I look forward to seeing him really dominate on offense and defense.”
Great Job Chris and keep up the good work!!!
The Future of Holy Name Football
The Freshmen Football Team continued its winning ways with another win against Chardon last Thurs- day 44-34. The win against Chardon pushes the Freshmen Namers to 5-2 overall on the season. While Head Freshmen Coach, Jimmie Smith acknowledged that…”we need to work on a few things defensively to correct a few on the field mis- takes,” Coach Smith was happy with his team’s overall performance and “no quit” attitude for four full quarters. While watching the game against Chardon, Head Coach Mark Pinzone added, “it is clear that this freshmen team is very disciplined and has a lot of chemistry. I am happy they are hav- ing the success they are having and I look forward to having them up with us next year to help us at the JV and Varsity level in 2013.”
The JV team continues to work hard and get better each game. Recently the JV team lost a tough one against a very good St. Ignatius team 20-7. The loss puts the JV unit at 3-3 on the year. Although the outcome was not in the Namer’s favor, varsity offensive line coach and JV offensive coordinator, Jamison Hultine said, “I was very pleased with our effort today. Everyone of these guys played their hearts out against a bigger sized Ignatius team. To score late in the second half and keep this game as close as it was, really says something about the heart and desire that these young players have.”
Great Job Freshmen and JV Football Players—-YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF HOLY NAME FOOTBALL!!!