July 29, 2014

Ignatius, Ed’s and North Royalton headline High School Division I playoff wins

Two local mainstays did what they were expected to do in the Division I regional quarterfinals, while a surprising public school team kept doing just that.

St. Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle won his 300th game as his Wildcats defeated Austintopwn Fitch 35-26 despite a handful of mental mistakes and five total turnovers. Ignatius (10-1) allowed 19 Falcon points in the fourth quarter, but it was quarterback Mike LaManna who — despite having three passes picked off — found wide receiver Rocky Zingale for a 69-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

The undefeated Eagles of St. Edward topped the much-discussed Mayfield Wildcats 55-27. St. Ed’s did not know who they would be playing until late this past week due to court injunctions and controversy, but handled the mystery in stride as they scored on their first three drives, putting up 20 points before Mayfield’s point total would even come close to deviating from zero.

And while the top seeds Ed’s and Ignatius held court, it was the North Royalton Bears who upset the previously undefeated Willoughby South, 38-35. South wide receiver Anthony Federico dropped a first-half touchdown pass that would have put the Rebels up by two scores. Instead, it was the Bears, led by quarterback Travis Tarnowski, who rattled off 21 points in the third quarter to close the gap and take the lead in the high-scoring affair.

The St. Ed’s Eagles will face 10-1 Mentor (who defeated Warren G. Harding 45-35) while the North Royalton Bears will face fellow 10-1 St. Ignatius Wildcats in a regional semi-final next weekend.

While We’re Waiting…Browns prep for Baltimore and Iggy’s wins again

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Browns will have their hands full trying to protect Colt McCoy today:  “The Ravens lead the NFL with 28 sacks – nine of them against the 49ers’ Alex Smith on Thanksgiving night. They are well-rested and hungry for more. The Ravens are 8-3 and tied for first with Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Ravens have to beat the Browns to keep pace.

McCoy has been sacked 26 times and has been hit 64 times in 11 games. Four teams have given up more quarterback hits, but each of those teams have played at least two quarterbacks this season.

McCoy has started every game in his second season with the Browns and so far has lived to line up with the first team in the next practice. One Monday he had both knees wrapped. His right shoulder was pummeled in the Jacksonville game Nov. 20. Last week he left the locker room with a sore right elbow after banging it on a player’s helmet while scrambling on the third play of the game in Cincinnati.

McCoy has to make it through the next five games to become the first Browns quarterback since Tim Couch in 2001 to go wire to wire as the starter. Four days after playing the Ravens he has to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh.” [OBR] [Read more...]

LeCharles Bentley is Back

LeCharles BentleyVia the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we’re graced with what will likely be the best news Browns fans have heard in quite some time: Center LeCharles Bentley has been cleared by the Browns medical staff to practice in minicamp.

“It’s been a long road back for LeCharles,” said [GM Phil] Savage. “We have to give him a lot of credit for the amount of work and effort he’s put into this. To what extent he practices, I couldn’t tell you that right now. We’re going to try monitor the rehab and help him through it.” [Read more...]