By Tyler Stotsky
MENTOR, OHIO – The Mentor Cardinals (3-0) used a 35-point first half to defeat the Glenville Tarblooders (1-2) 42-18 Friday (Sept. 7) night at Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium.
After both teams went three and out on their first drives, Mentor cracked the scoreless draw with a score on their second drive. After the Glenville punt was tipped, Mentor took over at Glenville’s 26-yard line. Brian Trobel scored on the fourth play of the drive, from nine yards out, as Mentor led 7-0 with 5:21 left in the first quarter.
Glenville tried a fake punt on their next drive but it was blown up by Mentor, giving them great field position. On the fifth play of the drive, Ian Kipp found Charlie Gallo on a 17-yard touchdown pass. Mentor extended the lead to 14-0 with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
Mentor’s special teams unit blew up another fake punt at the end of the first quarter, setting the Cardinals up within the 20 to open the second quarter.
Trobel scampered in from 18 yards out as Mentor opened a 21-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. Daniel Adams gave Mentor back the ball two minutes later with an interception inside the 36-yard line. After a 27-yard pass from Kipp to Trobel, Kipp scored on a two-yard keeper. Mentor’s lead reached 28-0 at the 8:31 mark.
Mentor was driving with six minutes left in the first half before Glenville’s Javon Colston picked off a Kipp pass. The Tarblooders could not convert as they went three-and-out. On the punt, Luke Floriea fumbled the ball and Glenville’s Tristan Bentley recovered the ball inside the Mentor 40. Three plays later, Torrance Davis cut the lead to 28-6 with 1:52 left in the half.
The Cardinals marched down the field with a rushing attack as Mentor responded with 31 seconds left on a three-yard TD by Kipp. Mentor led 35-6 at the intermission.
On Glenville’s first drive of the second half, Mentor’s DJ Wolf intercepted a pass from Glenville’s Tyler Hull and returned it to the Tarblooders eight yard line. Trobel rushed from two yards out for his third touchdown of the night, expanding the lead to 42-6 with 8:43 left in the third and creating a running clock.
The play got sloppy from Mentor as they fumbled on two consecutive drives, including one fumble by Charlie Hawley that was recovered by A.J. Morris for a 31-yard Glenville touchdown. Glenville trimmed the lead to 42-12 as the two point try was no good.
Glenville blocked the punt on Mentor’s following drive and Darrell Johnson recovered the block for the Tarblooders. Glenville had the ball on the move as the third quarter came to a close.
The Tarblooders took four minutes off the fourth quarter clock before Tyler Hull found Treyvon Dimmings on a nine-yard touchdown pass. Glenville’s third attempt on the two-point try was no good as they trailed 42-18 with 7:55 left.
Mentor ran out the final seven plus minutes with a 12 play drive that capped the 42-18 win for the Cardinals.
Mentor outgained Glenville 299-87, including 230 yards rushing for the Cardinals.
Trobel led the Cardinals with 121 yards rushing on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Kipp went 8-for-12 with 69 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. He also added 31 yards on nine carries and two scores.
Glenville’s leading rusher was Davis as he had 30 yards on 14 carries and one score.
Mentor head coach Steve Trivisonno was not pleased with his team’s effort, including five total turnovers in the win. “We have to play better, and practice better. Tonight, we played sloppy and we weren’t a good football team. We didn’t play well on special teams for the second week in a row. We got content and went through the motions, it ended with sloppy football.”
The Cardinals will host Strongsville next Friday to open Greater Cleveland Conference play. Glenville will open Senate League play against Collinwood next Friday.
Player of the Game: Mentor’s Brian Trobel – 15 carries, 121 yards, 3 TD, 2 catches, 31 yards
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