Revenge or Dej`a Vu?
It will be a question that will be answered tonight at Solon’s Stewart Field. It is a rematch of a game that was played way back in Week 1, and if the game tonight is anything like the first time these two teams met, Cleveland high school football fans are sure in for a treat. Week 1 was a 36-35 overtime thriller, STILL one of Ohio best high school football games of the year. The game between these two teams is really a snapshot of contrast. One team has loads of talent, including four Division I college commitments, while the other may not have the talent, but play very well together. One team has a dynamic running back, while the other team seems to run the ball only when they feel like it. One team seems to love playing from in front, while the other seems to pick up its game when their backs are up against the wall. The winner of this rematch game tonight will play for the state championship next Friday in Columbus.
Nordonia v.s. Mayfield….. Part 2
Scouting Nordonia….. After edging Mayfield in Week 1, the Knights have been on a roll. They have scored over 50 points in all three of their playoff games, putting a big exclamation mark on their playoff performances so far with a 52-14 destruction of previously unbeaten and top seed Midview last weekend. Nordonia butters its bread on offense. Quarterback David Murray leads the explosive offense. He has thrown six touchdowns in a game this season an incredible three times. There are weapons all over the place, led by Ohio State recruit Denzel Ward. Alex Alders is Murray’s favorite target, while Dylan Maybin is the Knights deep threat. When the Knights feel like running the ball, Anthony Perrine has come up big this post season, with touchdown runs of over 35 yards in each of the last two Knights wins. The massive offensive line is led by 6’8″ 330 pounder Cameron Bell, who is committed to the University of Toledo.
Defensively, the Knights may have put forth their best effort of the season last week against the high powered Midview offense. The Knights held super sophomore quarterback Dustin Crum of Midview to just 9 completions in 31 attempts passing. Alders, Ward and Maybin are all contributors on defense, but the star of the show is defensive end Justice Alexander. Alexander, a Michigan State recruit, is long, quick, and explosive. Mayfield will have to find a way to block him if they are going to have success offensively.
After that game, Mayfield’s quarterback Mario [Monastero] told me ‘We’ll see you in the playoffs. You don’t put much stock in it then, but here we go…. Nordonia quarterback David Murray
Scouting Mayfield…. There isn’t a more mentally tough team left in state playoffs then Mayfield. The Wildcats only loss of the year was the Week 1 loss to Nordonia. Since then, they have won 12 games in a row against mostly a Division I schedule, including three wins against Division I state qualifiers. Mayfield believes, which can be a scary thing for the opposing team. Their playoff run hasn’t been a cakewalk, as they have had to come from behind in all three games, but facing that type of adversity and overcoming it has just made the Wildcats THAT much more difficult to defeat. They overcame Bedford last weekend 34-32, and survived 352 yards rushing by Bedford’s Chawntez Moss. They are led on offense by running back Andy Isabella. Isabella, a 100 meter sprinter during the track season, is the Wildcats home run threat. His 69 yard touchdown run with just over six minutes left provided the winning score last week. Quarterback Mario Monastero proved last week that the Mayfield offense is more than just Isabella, as he threw for over 200 yards last week against Bedford.
Defensively, the Wildcats have always have hung their hat on this side of the ball. They are especially strong on the defensive line, with defensive end Brian Hunter leading the group. Hunter has been just about unblockable all year. He lives in the opponents backfield, and plays with an extremely high motor. The Bican brothers, Gage and Luke provide solid play in the secondary, along with safety Joey Casey. The Wildcats aren’t the biggest team, but its a fact that doesn’t seem to bother them:
You look around at us and our lines don’t have many guys over 6 foot, but we’re still getting after it. We’ve always had a legacy here that says its not about how big you are, it’s about how much heart you have. And we’ve been following that pretty good….. Mayfield defensive end Brian Hunter
It should be a whale of a game tonight in Solon. Don’t expect a blowout when these two teams get together. They are just too solid on both sides of the ball, and quite frankly, just too good overall for this game to get out of hand.
Good Luck to both teams tonight