By Mark Pinzone

Green Wave Finishes The Season Strong With Overwhelming Win Against VASJ

The Holy Name Football Team accomplished what it set out to do by defeating VASJ 48-16 in their final game of the season last Saturday evening at Euclid’s Sparky DiBiasio Stadium. The victory put Holy Name at 5-5 on the season and 4-1 in the NCL White Division and sole possession of second place in the league behind Warren JFK.

Offensively, senior Tre Smith was the feature story of the evening rushing 16 times for 188 yards and 4 touchdowns all in the first half of the game. Tre’s 188 yards puts him over 1,000 yards rushing for the season and earned him Plain Dealer Player of the Week Honors for his efforts. Senior receiver, Andre Husain added 58 yards and a touchdown and new freshman running back Shakif Seymour racked up 37 yards and his first varsity touchdown in the fourth quarter. Quarterback, Mike Messina finished his junior campaign by throwing one touchdown to senior receiver, Jovan Smiley who recorded 3 catches for the night.

Defensively, everyone got into the act as senior linebacker, Zack Wissler recorded 6 tackles including a sack. Junior defensive back, Joe Adams and senior linebackers John Egizzi and Chris Golian each had 4, while junior defensive lineman/linebacker, Will Davis racked 4 tackles and a sack. Others who were in the VASJ backfield and picked up sacks were sophomore linebacker, Eric Youngblood and linebacker John Egizzi who had two each. Senior Tre Smith and Sam Pikus registered one sack each as well. Junior defensive back, Alex Tober came up with the evening’s lone interception to give the ball back to the Namers.

This is the last edition of the Holy Name Green Wave Football Newsletter for 2012. Join us in 2013 for all the info and stats as the Green Wave take to the gridiron for another exciting season. Green Wave Finishes The Season Strong With Overwhelming Win Against VASJ.


Coaches Corner

Now that the season is over, I am very proud of our squad for their hard work, determination, discipline, and focus to finish on such a positive note for 2012. Many people will say that going 5-5 for the season after finishing 7-3 last year was a step back-ward. It is obviously true that we did not accomplish some of the goals this season that we initially set out to accomplish and we did hit some stumbling blocks during the first half of the season that we had to sort out. However, I am choosing to focus on all of the positives that this team, and our seniors especially, accomplished during the season. For example, after starting 0-3, the kids played one of the best games I have seen against Benedictine. Although we came up just short in the end, I thought it was the turning point for our team, where we began to play together with focus and commitment. This led to a se-cond straight victory over our arch rival Padua in a triple overtime win that will go down in the books. That was followed by a very solid win against St. Peter Chanel. Despite a tough, hard fought loss to JFK, our team buckled up and won the last three games in a row to secure a 500 season and take second place in the league’s White Division. Our players overcame tremen-dous obstacles and challenges including but not limited to several key injuries or loss of personnel to key positions such as our quarterback, our left tackle, our right guard, our running back position and our safety towards the end of the season. Eve-ry time our players stepped up and played or even learned new positions on the fly without any prior experience. There is no doubt in my mind that our kids wanted to win and win every time. Could we have done more for this to happen? The answer is: of course. However, I want to thank our seniors for fighting through all that we had to fight through and not giving up. I am excited to see if our players for next year at all grade levels are willing to commit to everything we ask them to do to get to the next level and not only win the league but get to the playoffs.

Coach Pinzone



Featured Player of the Week

Since this is the end of the 2012 season, we would like to feature our senior class of football players. In any high school football program, it is the seniors who must lead the team, and make plays throughout the season. Our seniors withstood several challenges this year yet continued to persevere and work hard to finish on a positive note by clawing their way back to a 500 season. To all the seniors including those who unfortunately were injured throughout times during the season, thank you for staying committed to your team and your program. You have shown the team, the coaches, and the school that regardless of what happens, you never quit and you never give up..



Future of Holy Name Football

In the final week of the season, the freshman and JV Foot-ball Teams proved that the future of Holy Name Football continues to look bright. The JV Football Team, who sport-ed their old throwback jerseys and pants finished the sea-son on a high note by defeating Orange High School at St. Bridget’s field by a score of 26-18. The JV improved to 4-3 on the season. Many of the players showed tremendous promise and gained valuable experience in preparation for next year’s varsity season.

At the freshmen level, the Namers finished strong against VASJ winning 23-8 and improved to 8-2 on the season. Many players had an opportunity to see action in this final game. Head Football coach, Mark Pinzone stated, “looking forward, I think our program has several players at all grade levels that are 100% committed to doing all the things necessary through the off season, the pre-season, and in-season to win the league and earn the right to go to the playoffs in 2013.” Congratulations to Coach Smith, all the freshmen assistants, and in particular all the players who worked hard to improve the freshmen program and prepare for Varsity/JV action next year.


Honorary Captains

Mike Messina, Nate Vollman, Chris Golian, and Joe Adams