By Mark Pizone
The Holy Name Football Team found the win column again with an impressive 22-13 win over Cleveland Central Catholic during Senior Night at North Royalton Stadium. The win puts the Green Wave at 2-1 in the North Coast League White Division and 3-5 overall.
Offensively, junior quarterback, Mike Messina threw 8 for 18 passes and 2 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver, John Ehrbar led the team in receptions with 5 while senior receiver, Jovan Smiley contributed with a touch-down catch and junior tight end, Nate Vollman pulled in the final touchdown catch of the night from Messina to seal the victory for the Green Wave. Senior, Andre Husain had a very productive night with 17 rushes for 122 yards and senior running back, Tre Smith was back in form with 20 carries for 85 yards and 1 touch-down. Senior linemen, Mike Setta, Alex Veltre, and Wilex Maldonado paved the way up front to create the yards needed to pick up the third win on the year.
Defensively, the Green Wave really came up big with multiple turnovers, key sacks, and big plays. Senior line-backer, Sam Pikus led the team with 8 total tackles. Tre Smith, Alex Veltre, and Mike Setta each had 7 total tackles while seniors, Dan Cunningham and John Egizzi each recorded 6. Additionally, senior defensive backs, Jovan Smiley and junior Joe Adams each registered key interceptions to put the offense back on the field. The defense was also in the face of the quarterback throughout the night as seniors Tre Smith and John Egizzi each recorded a sack. Finally, senior lineman/linebacker, Alex Veltre really had a night registering two fumble re-coveries for the night.
The Green Wave travel to Bedford Stadium this Saturday to play Trinity who stand 3-5 on the season.
It’s always good to get back in the win column. I have been saying it all year. If we play with discipline and focus we are a very solid team. Our players showed that against Cleveland Central Catholic. In fact it was Cleveland Central Catholic who seemed to lose focus as they had several turnovers and penalties. It is very good to see the maturity and growth of several of our players as we work hard to fight back from difficult early season losses. Our younger guys have really contributed as well. What I noticed most was the improved play and discipline of our defense who came up with 4 turnovers. I look forward to how our team continues to scrape and claw its way back and handle these final two games starting with Trinity.
———-Coach Pinzone——-GO GREEN WAVE!!!
Featured Player of the Game
A good offensive or defensive lineman works hard to master his position without concern for recognition or notorie-ty. Senior offensive and defensive lineman, Wilex Maldonado is just that. Maldonado has fast become the staple to both the offensive and defensive lines this season. On offense, Wilex is the center and always has the job of safely getting the shotgun snap to the quarterback. According to offensive coordinator, Rich Nowak, “Wilex has really shown us what he can do up front. Besides getting the snap back, Wilex has turned himself into a very good, productive lineman this year.” Defensively, Maldonado has been pressed into action after injuries to senior, Mike Cepis and Ariel Mendoza. Defensive line coach, Tom Fasko said, “Wilex has really been playing well for us. He has stepped in and given us another look up front on our defense that we really needed with all the injuries we have had.” Head Coach Mark Pinzone added, “Wilex Maldonado has completely transformed himself in just one year as a football player at Holy Name. I remember all the hard work in the off season that Wilex did with wrestling and in the weight room. All his hard work has really paid off this season and he is now one of our key lineman on both sides of the ball.”
Great Job Wilex and keep up the good work!!!
The Freshmen Football Team continues it’s winning ways and now stands at 6-2 on the season after defeating Cleveland Central Catholic last Thursday 22-18. The freshman team has had a tremendous number of players that have contributed to the success of the season. Coach Smith stated, “we are very happy with our team’s tenacity. They continually find ways to push hard at the end for the win. I am excited to see how these guys contribute next year as sophomores when they are with the varsity.”
The Future of Holy Name Football
The JV Team has been idle lately and still sit at 3-3 on the season. Next up is Orange High School on Monday, October 22nd at home. However, many JV players have had opportunities to contribute including, sophomore lineman, Devon Ventura, Darrin Demetro and Mike Sabol who have been starting at offensive tackle for the varsity after the injury to senior tackle, Mike Cepis. Sophomore receiver/defensive backs, Jimmy Grazziolli, Mickey Williams, and Dean Supelak have shown tremendous improvement this year at JV games and in varsity games as well. They should make big contributions next season along side juniors, Alex Tober, Joe Adams, Will Davis, and Nate Vollman.
Keep up all your hard work young men! You definitely are the future of Holy Name Football!!!