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Talented St. Ignatius cruises past Walsh football

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: October 2, 2016 12:00 AM
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Cuyahoga Falls -- When these two teams met last year, the game was decided in the final seconds.

Just like last season, Cleveland St. Ignatius scored 30 points against the Walsh Jesuit football team.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that's where the similarities end.

The Wildcats improved to 4-1 after posting a convincing 30-0 victory over Walsh Sept. 23 at Conway Memorial Stadium.

This year's contest was a stark contrast from last year's showdown when St. Ignatius rallied to defeat the Warriors 30-27 in the closing seconds.

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This time, Walsh, which was down 20-0 at halftime, had no answers for the Wildcats' high-powered offense.

"At halftime, I reminded the kids that it wasn't an insurmountable lead," Warriors head coach Scott Beigie said. "Our defense bent, but it didn't break. That was a good football team."

St. Ignatius, behind a huge offensive line, ran the ball down Walsh's throats and mixed in a few passes for big plays to stifle the Warriors.

It could have been worse.

Walsh (1-4) stopped the Wildcats on third down on two possessions inside the red zone.

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"You just try to fight like heck," Beigie said. "The score doesn't indicate it, but I was proud of our defense. I thought they did a tremendous job against an oversized line."

Nonetheless, besides having a strong offense and a powerful defense, St. Ignatius also thrived on special teams.

The Wildcats got nine points on three field goals by junior kicker Matthew Trickett.

To make matters worse for the Warriors, their kick returns were nullified by the strong right foot of senior placekicker Colin Goodfellow, who blasted five kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Walsh's offense also had problems solving the Wildcats' talented defense.

The Warriors punted on all seven of their possessions, which included 3 three and outs.

St. Ignatius got most of its yards on the ground.

Much of the work was done by running backs James Andrews, a senior, and Mark Bobinski, a junior.

Andrews led the way with 172 yards on 22 carries and Bobinski had 66 yards in nine attempts.

Bobinski had an 8-yard touchdown run and senior quarterback Patrick Ryan added a 7-yard score. Ryan completed 5-of-12 passes for 75 yards and rushed for 57 yards on nine carries.

Also finding the end zone for the Wildcats was junior back quarterback Daniel Alexander, who reached the end zone on a 1-yard sneak in the fourth quarter.

Trickett had field goals of 35, 40 and 25 yards, respectively.

Senior quarterback Alex Weitman completed 6-of-11 passes for 72 yards for Walsh, which had just 25 yards rushing. Senior defensive back Sam Thomas and senior linebacker Joshua Bennett led the Warriors' defense with nine and seven tackles, respectively.

Walsh was scheduled to make its North Coast League debut at home against Parma Padua Franciscan Sept. 30. Results were not available at press time.

The Warriors are set to visit NCL rival Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Oct. 7 in Chardon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"We've made some mistakes and have taken our lumps," Beigie said. "We just have to focus on getting ready for our NCL games."

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