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Turnovers doom Walsh Jesuit during home game with Padua

by Roger Gordon | Correspondent Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM
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Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

They are killers when it comes to a football team and Walsh Jesuit had three of them Sept. 30 at home against North Coast League Blue Division rival Parma Padua Franciscan.

Two interceptions and a lost fumble led to 13 Bruins points in a 34-10 defeat for Walsh at Conway Memorial Stadium.

"We also didn't show the resilience we needed to after those turnovers," Walsh head coach Scott Beigie said. "Padua is a very well-coached team, a very well-prepared team. They had us beat with some size up front for sure. They ultimately outplayed us. They did a hell of a job with their game plan, they executed it very well. I think it was a combination of them playing a very good game and us not executing on both sides of the ball.

"We also had a couple key injuries. Senior slot-defensive back Steve Walko went out in the first quarter due to a pulled hamstring. Senior slot-linebacker Josh Bennett had some difficulty with cramps throughout the game. We had to minimize his role."

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Beigie was proud of his team's defensive effort for most of the first half.

Padua took a 7-0 lead with 52.5 seconds left in the opening quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from John Harris to Brad Hall.

"It was a post pattern off a play-action pass," Beigie said. "We had leverage on the guy, but we just missed breaking it up."

Walsh senior Quinn Saluan kicked a 29-yard field goal to pull the Warriors within 7-3 with 7:50 remaining in the second quarter.

Padua upped its lead to 21-3 at halftime on a one-yard touchdown run by Zachary Barther with 5:02 left and a 37-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Hall with 2:31 to go. The latter was the first play following an interception thrown by Walsh senior quarterback Alex Weitman.

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The Bruins padded their lead with a 33-yard field goal by Dominic Buttazzoni with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. The field goal was a few plays after Walsh junior fullback David Blanchard fumbled the ball away.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Weitman capped a 10-play drive by scoring from a yard out to cut the deficit to 24-10.

"We still had a shot at that point," Beigie said.

However, another pick by Weitman led to another field goal by Buttazzoni, this one a 23-yarder with 6:05 remaining.

Trenton Cramer put the icing on the cake for Padua when he scored on a 12-yard run with 4:09 to go for the final points of the game.

The Bruins led Walsh 424-209 in total yards, 205-74 in passing yards and 219-135 in rushing yards. They had no turnovers.

Weitman finished 5-of-17 for 74 yards.

Blanchard rushed the ball 19 times for 87 yards.

"David had a heck of a game running the football," the coach said. "He didn't play football last year and he's been hurt since our second game this year, so this was his first game back. For having the load put on his shoulders, he really did a nice job."

Bennett wound up with eight carries for 39 yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Tommy Cummings had another good game, three receptions for 53 yards.

On defense, junior linebacker Dominic Frisone and senior free safety Alec Wallace each had eight tackles. Bennett had seven.

Walsh Jesuit was scheduled to play Oct. 7 at Blue Division rival Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, but the result was not available at press time.

The Warriors host rival Archbishop Hoban Oct. 14. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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