Friday, September 14, 2012

    Steubenville Catholic Central 49, Toronto High 7   

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 WRAP-UP from, published 9/21/2012

PREVIEW from, published 9/14/2012


Written by Mario Saggio

The Crusaders of Steubenville Catholic Central take to the road for the first time in 2012 when they visit the newly renovated Clark Hinkle Stadium to take on arch rival Toronto Friday night at 7.

Central enters the contest at 1-2 after suffering a heart-breaking loss this past Saturday. A late Crusader rally fell short as Columbiana held on for a 38-35 win, covering an onside kick with less than a minute to play to preserve the victory.

Toronto has yet to taste victory through three games, dropping road games against Wellsville (42-13) and Bridgeport (20-19) before falling at home last Friday to Shadyside by a 54-13 count.

This will mark the 41st meeting between the two rivals. Central leads the all-time series by a count of 29-10-1, and had rattled off 10 straight wins before Toronto rallied for a 22-14 win at Harding Stadium last year.

Eric Meek and the home-standing Red Knights will look to make it two in a row against their Route Seven rivals but they will need a stellar effort on both sides of the ball to do so.

Offensively, Toronto will try to spread things out with freshman quarterback Blaze Glenn (5-7, 150) triggering the attack. Through the first three weeks, he has rushed for 137 yards while completing 20 of 38 pass attempts for 252 yards.

His brother Chez, a 5-7, 160-pound junior, leads the Red Knights in rushing with 238 yards on 389 carries.

Adding to the versatility and athleticism in the backfield are slotbacks Joey Chadwick, a 5-10, 165-pound senior, and Charles Ross III, a 5-5, 160-pound sophomore. The former leads Toronto in receiving with seven catches for 80 yards.

The wideouts are senior Kyle White (5-7, 135) and sophomore Nate Stewart (5-9, 155), with depth provided by 5-5, 115-pound freshman Donnie Starkey.

Senior Zach Price (5-9, 150) holds down the center of the offensive line, with a pair of juniors - 6-2, 220-pound Jordan Allen and 6-0, 190-pound Billy Solomon - starting at guard. The tackles are 5-9, 205-pound senior Jake Haynes and 5-10, 160-pound junior Josh Roche.

The Red Knight’s 4-4 defense will be challenged by a potent Crusader passing game. The secondary must come up big against a deep and talented Central receiving corps. Chez Glenn will patrol the last line of defense at safety, with Blaze Glenn and Chadwick holding down the corners.

Stewart and White are penciled in at outside linebacker, with help from Ross and Starkey. The inside linebackers are Solomon and 5-6, 145-pound freshman Drew Lowery.

Up front, Haynes is joined on the interior by his brother Alec, a 6-2, 280-pound sophomore. They are flanked by ends Derick Lawrence, a 5-10, 165-pound junior and Tyler Miller, another junior, who measures 5-6, 160.

The Red Knight stop troops will be challenged by Steve Daley and his Crusaders’ wide open offense that has been impressive through the first through weeks of the season.

Junior quarterback Brenton Colabella has thrown for 832 yards and 11 touchdowns, completing 52 of 85 attempts. He threw his first two interceptions of the season last week.

Senior wideouts Zach Herrington and Michael Carapellotti have each hauled in 14 receptions so far this season. Herrington has amassed 293 yards and three touchdowns, while Carapellotti has gained 147 yards and scored twice.

Classmate Kyle Laukert leads the squad in touchdown receptions with four among his 10 catches and 191 receiving yards.

Junior Ryan Fletcher has reached the end zone twice while hauling in eight receptions for 119 yards.

Speedy senior Doug Maslowski paces the Crusaders with 206 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts. Sophomore Stone Romano has provided a change of pace between the tackles, notching 38 yards on eight carries.

Defensively, junior defensive back Aleks Porreca leads the team in tackles with 21, including a team-leading five for lost yardage.

Romano and junior cornerback Khalil Jones are next in line with 18 tackles apiece. The former has added a fumble recovery, a sack, and one tackle for lost yardage from his linebacker spot.

Other leaders among the secondary include Fletcher with 16 tackles, an interception and fumble recovery, and Herrington with eight tackles and a theft.

Sophomore Chris Murphy has been a stalwart at linebacker, notching 12 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Laukert has stood out, as well, with 10 stops and two pickoffs. Senior Kevan Zapolnik has three tackles for lost yardage among his eight stops.

Along the front line, junior Jake McCann leads the way with 11 tackles. Classmate Marty Engle has added seven stops (two for negative yardage) from his tackle spot.

Senior end Geno Taglione, and tackles Stephen Butto, a senior, and Jimmy Joe Mort, a junior, have made solid contributions, as well.

The Central kicking game has been solid. Romano has been successful on five of six conversion attempts, while Maslowski has made three of four.

Colabella has averaged 35 yards per punt on his 10 attempts.


Written by Mario Saggio

The Crusaders of Steubenville Catholic Central evened their 2012 record at 2-2 with a 49-7 rout of arch rival Toronto at the Red Knights’ Clarke Hinkle Field Friday night. Central scored on their opening possession and then exploded for 22 points in the second quarter en route to the big win.

Three plays into the game, Central’s Chris Murphy pounced on a Red Knight fumble to give the Crusaders possession at the Toronto 44-yard line. Quarterback Brenton Colabella connected with Ryan Fletcher for 17 yards before Doug Maslowski ripped off a 15-yard run. Luke Potenzini’s five-yard reception and six-yard run gave Central a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. On third down, Maslowski found the end zone and then ran for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead just 3:50 into the contest.

Both defenses stiffened after that with a Toronto fumble recovery and an interception by Central’s Khalil Jones snuffing enemy drives inside the red zone.

Midway through the second quarter, the Crusaders took over at their own 31-yard line following a Toronto punt. Colabella then connected with Fletcher and Zach Herrington for back-to-back 16-yard gains, and Kyle Laukert for seven yards. On the next play, Jones hauled in a short pass in the right flat, eluded numerous Red Knight defenders with several change of direction moves before juking a would-be tackler in the secondary for a spectacular 30-yard touchdown.

Stone Romano’s PAT bumped the lead to 15-0 with just under four minutes to play in the first half.

Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Murphy nearly snagged a Toronto option pitch in midair, knocking the ball down before scooping it up and rambling 25 yards for another Crusader score. Maslowski’s conversion kick with 2:50 left in the second quarter made the count 22-0.

Another Toronto punt gave Central possession on their own 33, and the Crusaders wasted little time denting the scoreboard again before intermission. Completions of 24 and 36 yards from Colabella to Fletcher set up Herrington’s seven-yard touchdown catch with 1:18 left on the clock. Maslowski again split the uprights.

The visitors quickly extended their lead after halftime, covering 66 yards in four plays. Colabella found Fletcher for 20 yards and Kyle Laukert for 30 more before Herrington hauled in another scoring strike, this one from 15 yards out. Romano’s PAT staked Central to a 36-0 lead just 1:12 into the third quarter.

Toronto finally got on the board at the end of an eight-play, 70-yard drive that culminated in a five-yard scoring pass from Blaze Glenn to Kyle White with 6:38 still on the third-quarter clock.

Steve Daley’s high-powered offense answered just four plays later as Maslowski followed a 27-yard jaunt with a 20-yard scoring run at the 5:25 mark. Romano again converted the PAT.

Another Red Knight punt saw Central gain possession at midfield. Romano chalked up 29 yards on three carries, Maslowski busted off eight yards, while Potenzini added a 12-yard run before crossing the goal line from a yard out just before the third quarter clock expired. A failed conversion kick kept the lead at 49-7.

Colabella again paced a stellar offensive effort for the Crusaders, connecting on 17 of 25 passing attempts for 346 yards and three scores. Fletcher and Herrington were his main targets, logging five receptions each. Fletcher’s catches totaled 118 yards, while Herrington compiled 96 yards and two scores.

Laukert continued his solid play of late, nabbing four passes for 93 yards while four other players - Jones, Potenzini, Johnny DiCarlantonio and Cedro Parise - garnered one catch each.

Maslowski again paced the Crusader running game with 72 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Romano and Potenzini both carried three times for 29 and 21 yards, respectively.

Toronto’s Blaze Glenn completed seven of 17 passes for 74 yards, completing three of those passes to Kyle White for 45 yards. Charles Ross III was targeted three times for 23 yards, and Chez Glenn twice for 42 yards.

The latter led the Red Knights in rushing with 22 stripes on six carries.

Catholic Central stays on the road this Friday, venturing to Oak Glen. Toronto, who falls to 0-4 with the loss, will host Valley Friday evening.


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