By Mark Pizone
The Holy Name Green Wave Football Team won its second game in a row last weekend by defeating Trinity 41-6 at Bedford Bearcat Stadium. The Namers have now won 4 of their last 5 games and sit at 3-1 in the North Coast League White Division.
Offensively, the Green Wave marched up and down the field throughout the evening. Senior Tre Smith led the way on the ground with 124 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Speedy Senior receiver and tailback, Andre Husain racked up 81 yards and a touchdown as well. On the receiving end, Senior Jovan Smiley recorded 3 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver, Tre Smith pulled in a 41 yard reception for a touchdown and Junior tight end, Will Davis contributed with a 62 yard reception as well. Junior quarterback, Mike Messina had a very productive evening throwing 5 for 8 for 162 passing yards and 2 touchdowns and did not have any interceptions. Several other players got into the act against Trinity, including Senior running back, Matt Beechuk who ran for 18 yards, and Sophomore quarterback, Mike Wallace who recorded 19 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Senior linebacker, Sam Pikus led the way with 9 total tackles, 1 sack and caused a fumble. Everyone got into the tackling act as Junior safeties Joe Adams and Tre Smith recorded 6 each. Senior defensive end Tre Smith and Senior linebacker John Egizzi each had 5 tackles. Linebackers Mike Setta, Eric Youngblood, Matt Beechuk, and Dan Wolf each contributed 4 a piece. Setta, Egizzi, Will Davis, and Senior Tre Smith each recorded a sack as well. Setta also pulled in a fumble and Senior Matt Beechuk and Junior defensive back, Mark Keppler each hauled in an interception.
Junior kicker and punter, Don Stepic continued his strong 2012 kicking campaign as all but one extra point was converted. Strong kickoffs and punts kept Trinity deep in their own territory all nigh long allowing Holy Name to take advantage of field position.
Next up for the Namers is their final game of the season against Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s at Euclid Stadium Saturday night. VASJ stands at 1-8 for the season.
Our team has shown tremendous resiliency and commitment in the second half of the season. Watching our seniors and other leaders on the team step up to make the second half of the season what it has been is encouraging. Since Padua week we have won 4 of our last 5 games. Several players have stepped up and learned new positions to help fill holes from injury. Our sophomores and juniors have done everything they can to help us be successful. Our sole purpose this week is to earn our fifth win and finish on the most positive note we possibly can for the season by assuring a 500 season. In addition, we hope to accomplish a few other things such as having our outgoing seniors hit their peak and play the best football they have to date. Our coaching staff will be working hard this week as always to prepare our starters with our game plan. However, we hope to get a look at some of our younger players that we believe will play a big part in next season’s success. That means having a plan for them as well. I hope to see several students, parents, and alumni fans out at DiBiasio Stadium in Euclid against VASJ for our last game of the season on Saturday night.
Featured Player of the Game
Every team needs athletes that can run and run fast. Two senior receiver/defensive backs for Holy Name certainly fit that description. For the Namers, Andre Husain and Jovan Smiley are just that. Each week you can see Husain and Smiley on the field virtually all the time. They play receiver on offense, defensive back on defense and several of the special teams units. Both players have battled injuries throughout the season but have managed to heal themselves back up to help the team. Head football coach, Mark Pinzone said, “our system on offense and defense is designed to exploit the talents of fast players. Andre and Jovan give us the speed we need to do things we want to on the field, especially on offense. We are constantly looking for ways to get the ball into their hands. At any time, either of these two can break one for us.” Pinzone also added, “when you ask a player to play almost every play of a game, chances are that player is going to get banged up a little. Jovan and Andre have had their share of bumps, bruises, and muscle injuries. What makes them even more special is that they both always found a way to fight through their pain and get back on the field as fast as they could to give us everything they got.”
Great Job Andre and Jovan. Keep up all your hard work!!!
Future of HN Football
The Freshmen Football Team just keep on rolling as they improved their record to 7-2 on the season last week by defeating Trinity 35-0. The offense controlled the after-noon all day and scored frequently due to the outstanding blocking of the offensive line. When you see a score of 35-0 you know the defense showed up as well by pitching the shut out. The Freshmen will try to close out their season with one more win when they play VASJ this Thursday at home.
The JV Football Team closed out their season at 4-3 with a strong win over Orange this past Monday afternoon by defeating them 26-18. Sophomore quarterback, Mike Walllace and Junior receiver, Alex Tober connected twice for touchdowns. Although the JV Namer squad had only 20 players for the contest, several young men such as Dave Duff, Brian Young, Dean Supelak, and Mickey Williams all helped both offensively and defensively. Up front, Ben Pikus, Paul Baker, and Darrin Demetro played a big part in the victory as well.
Congratulations on another very successful week at the Freshmen and JV levels. Your preparation and experience will certainly help for the future.