McKinley 35, Perry 21 (Oct 8-2010)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
McKinley pounds out victory over Perry
Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010
CANTON Perfection is not attainable. The McKinley Bulldogs nipped at its tail a couple of times Friday night at Fawcett Stadium. For the first time this season, McKinley played the kind of high school football game fans have been expecting.
The Bulldogs scored with thunder and lightning. They beat up Perry on long drives, and ran past them on short ones. They flexed their muscles and at the end of their 35-21 win over the Panthers, the Bulldogs sent a message in front of about 9,000 people.
Power football still resides in the shadows of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
McKinley players admitted to being fed up hearing about Perryâ€™s power running game the first half of the season. It had gotten to the point where the Pups running game was an afterthought.
â€œOur kids had a serious chip on their shoulder, and our offensive line asked me why they weren't getting any respect. I told them you arenâ€™t going to get it, you've got to go earn it," Pups head coach Ron Johnson said. â€œThey had to dominate the line of scrimmage."
A six-man rotation of Jacob Williams, Skyler Parks, Chris Moore, Philleano Kennard, Scott Pittman and Kevin Mills owned the line of scrimmage for the Bulldogs. They created surges and seams.
â€œOur guys took it very, very personal about their opponent being the best power team in Stark County," Johnson said. "We made a pact with one another that we were going to leave this field tonight as the most powerful team on the field. That's the mindset we had."
Ah-hem ... mission accomplished.
The Bulldogs ran 55 times for 338 yards. It wasn't all fire and brimstone. McKinley scored on a 92-yard touchdown pass and a 51-yard run, too, pushing its total offense to more than 500 yards.
Sa'Veon Holloway led the way with 118 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. He had a 49-yard run to switch field position. Quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky finished with 95 yards on 19 carries.
â€œHeâ€™s like having another 215-pound running back," Perry head coach Keith Boedicker said. "That's a heckuva football team. We haven't seen speed and explosiveness like that."
McKinley's offense wasted no time setting the tone. The Bulldogs overcame a couple of dropped passes on the first drive. Ohradzansky connected with Tyler Foster on third-and-17 for a 30-yard gain to the Perry 11. Holloway scored on the next play.
Perryâ€™s offense got it in gear and answered. On third-and-9, Cody Minor hit Tony Magnacca for a 38-yard pass to the McKinley 36.
Minor worked third-down magic again. This time from the McKinley 19, Minor rolled left, faked like he was running, and drew the defense in. Then he hit David Hughson for the touchdown to tie the game.
Perry failed to punch in drives that crossed deep into McKinley territory twice.
â€œThat hurt," Boedicker said.
Meanwhile, McKinley's offense was pushing and manhandling its way to respect.
When McKinley's muscle machine went to work, the Bulldogs' offensive line blew open holes and left a trail Panthers lying on the ground. McKinley had four straight first-down plays in which the ground game gained 6 yards in the middle of the third.
The Bulldogs ran the ball 12 straight times and finally scored from the 1 when Ohradzansky kept the ball for a 21-7 lead.
Then the Pups went to the air. Ohradzansky threw a short curl pass to Taron Montgomery, who slipped two Perry defenders and raced to the end zone for a 92-yard score. It was the longest play of the season for the Bulldogs.
â€œThat was a back-breaker," Boedicker said.
Ohradzansky threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns, too. It was the most complete game McKinley has played this season.
Far from perfect.
Afterward in the locker room, the team laughed and hooted its way to 35 jumping jacks -- one for each point. If it wasn't the best they have played this season, it was the happiest players and coaches were.
â€œHowâ€™d you like that one," Ohradzansky said with a big smile as he left the field. â€œNot bad."
McKinley's defense turns away Perry
Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010
No matter what the Perry Panthers tried Friday night at Fawcett Stadium, the McKinley Bulldogs' defense seemingly was ready with an answer.
McKinley's fast and physical defense turned away Perry three times inside the Bulldogs' own territory -- twice on downs and once with an interception -- to help key a 35-21 Federal League victory over the Panthers.
"That's an extremely talented football team and they just controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Perry coach Keith Boedicker said after team fell to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. "We kept fighting but That's a very fast and very explosive football team. We haven't seen speed and explosiveness like that and we knew that going in.
"We knew we had to play pretty well to get the job done, but we had some critical mistakes and critical times."
Trailing 14-7 in the third quarter, Perryâ€™s Joe Tayse thwarted a McKinley scoring drive with an interception inside the Panthersâ€™ 10. Tayseâ€™s 40-yard return was followed by Jon Millerâ€™s 30-yard scamper to put the ball at McKinley's 25. Perry didn't gain a yard on its next four snaps, as McKinley's defense forced a turnover on downs.
McKinley capitalized by driving 75 yards in 12 plays, all on the ground, to take a 21-7 lead. Kyle Ohradzanskyâ€™s 1-yard sneak with 3:17 left capped the march.
â€œTheyâ€™d been a big-play team most of the season but tonight they sustained some drives, which they hadnâ€™t done," Boedicker said. â€œThey just wore us down and took it to us. It was 300 (pounds) versus 200 (pounds) and 300 usually wins that."
Perry drove to McKinley's 31 on its next possession, but Jermaine Edmondson intercepted a pass at the Bulldogs' 4 to squelch the threat.
The Bulldogs showed their speed and big-play ability on offense to put the game away three plays later. Wideout Taron Montgomery caught a simple 10-yard out pass, split two Perry defenders and outraced the defense down the sideline for a 92-yard touchdown. The point-after put McKinley up 28-7 with 1:23 left in the third. Perry could only get within 14 points after that point.
â€œThe backbreaker for us was that little choice pattern they ran and turned into a 92-yard touchdown," Boedicker said. â€œThereâ€™s no excuse for that ... that just can't happen. I don't think our defense tackled very well, That's for sure."
McKinley's defense stopped Perry on a fourth-and-1 inside the Bulldogs' 5-yard line midway through the second quarter to maintain a 14-7 lead. It was indicative of how tough the McKinley defense would make things all night for Perry.
"We have to be able to convert a fourth-and-1 down there. They blew us up on that play," Boedicker said. "They're very gifted and they played a very good football game. They have two Big Ten defensive ends, their defense is very fast and aggressive.
"We tried everything offensively, That's for sure. But we had one or two breakdowns on nearly every play and our quarterback had pressure on him nearly every play."
Perry quarterback Cody Minor finished 12-of-23 passing for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He found Tony Magnacca on scoring passes of 12 and 29 yards in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring for Perry.
McKinley rushed for 338 yards with its three-headed rushing attack of Seâ€™Veon Holloway, Elijah Farrakhan and quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky. Holloway led the way with 118 yards and a score on 18 rushes, while Ohradzansky added 95 yards and Farrakhan contributed 47 yards.
After its defense forced a quick three-and-out to open the game, the Bulldogs' offense took advantage of good field position at near midfield to take an early 7-0 lead. Holloway capped the 56-yard drive when he scored from 11 yards out with 7:48 left in the opening quarter. A play earlier Ohradzansky found Tyler Foster on third-and-17 for a 30-yard hookup to keep the march alive.
Perry had two big third-down conversions on its next possession, the first coming when Minor hooked up with Magnacca for a 38-yard gain on third-and-9. Facing third-and-14 later in the drive, Minor rolled left to buy time until he found tight end David Hughson open in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Marcus Pefferâ€™s point-after knotted the game at 7-7 with 3:54 left in the first quarter.
McKinley stayed mostly on the ground on its next possession, as Ohradzansky and Elijah Farrakhan alternated carries that eventually brought the Bulldogs inside Perryâ€™s 10. On the first play of the second quarter, Ohradzansky hit Montgomery in the right flat of the end zone from 6 yards out to put the Bulldogs up by touchdown. n n n
McKinley 35, Perry 21
Perry 07 00 00 14 -- 21
McKinley 07 07 14 07 -- 35
M -- Holloway 11 run (Lioi kick)
P -- Hughson 19 pass from Minor (Peffer kick)
M -- Montgomery 6 pass from Ohradzansky (Lioi kick)
M -- Ohradzansky 1 run (Lioi kick)
M -- Montgomery 92 pass from Ohradzansky (Lioi kick)
P -- Magnacca 12 pass from Minor (Peffer kick)
M -- Beach 51 run (kick good)
P -- Magnacca 29 pass from Minor (Peffer kick)
First downs 13 23
Rushes-yards 28-134 55-338
Passing yards 165 172
Comp-Att-Int 12-23-1 7-15-1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 6-46 9-73
Records 5-2, 2-2 5-2, 3-2
Rushing: Perry -- Miller 21-124. McKinley -- Holloway 18-118 1 TD; Ohradzansky 19-95 1 TD; Beach 8-69; Farrakhan 8-47
Passing: Perry -- Minor 12-23-165 3 TDs, 1 INT. McKinley -- Ohradzansky 7-14-172 2 TDs, 1 INT.
Receiving: Perry -- Magnacca 5-131 2 TDs. McKinley -- Montgomery 5-127 2 TDs.
Week 7 preview: Perry at McKinley
Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
TIME 7:30 p.m., Friday
SITE Fawcett Stadium
RECORDS Perry 5-1, 2-1; McKinley 4-2, 2-2
LAST WEEK Perry 43, Lake 33; McKinley 8, GlenOak 6.
LAST MEETING McKinley won, 54-21, last year.
WHAT TO WATCH A key matchup will be Perryâ€™s big offensive line going against McKinley's defensive front seven. Behind that line and FBs Anthony Wise and Joe Tayse, Perryâ€™s Jon Miller has rushed for 1,019 yards and 18 TDs. But the Panthers can go to the air, too. WR Tony Magnacca, TE David Hughson and Wise are good targets for QB Cody Minor. The Panthers will look to move the ball any way they can against McKinley, which limited Ohio State-recruit Briâ€™onte Dunn to his season low of 103 rushing yards last week. There will be some hitting going on with McKinley's Freddie Burton leading the way. LB Chad Fite and DB Jermaine Edmondson are coming off strong performances against GlenOak. Edmondson and McKinley's defensive backs have to make sure not to let themselves get sucked up too much because Perry has deep threats, especially Magnacca. McKinley has thrown only two touchdown passes this season and none in the last four weeks. McKinley welcomed the return of RB Elijah Farrakahn last week. With the Bulldogs' speed, the Panthers must defend their perimeter better than they did last week, when Lake gashed them off the edge several times. McKinley has won five of the last six meetings in this series after Perry won the first three. Interestingly enough, the Bulldogs would be going to Perry for a first-round playoff game if the postseason started today. Perry follows this week with a trip to undefeated Fitch, so this could be an important two-game swing one way or the other for the Panthersâ€™ league and playoff fortunes.
Perry getting used to playing meaningul games, and McKinley is next
Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Stakes rise and games become more meaningful as success increases.
The Perry High School football team is learning this -- and enjoying the chance to play in big games.
Such as this week, when the Panthers travel to Fawcett Stadium to face McKinley on Friday night.
â€œOur players are doing a great job handling it," said first-year Perry head coach Keith Boedicker, whose Panthers are 5-1 after consecutive 4-6 seasons. "It's a new experience for us. Every week is a new experience.
â€œAnd playing McKinley is really no different than playing any other Federal League team. you've got to be ready to buckle it up every Friday night and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll."
Sure, there are plenty of good teams in the league, especially in this parity-filled season. Fitch is the only undefeated team, while Perry and Boardman are a game back at 2-1.
But for reasons both of talent and history, McKinley (4-2, 2-2) is often used as a measuring stick by other teams. Call it the Frank Sinatra mindset: If you can make it against this team, you can make it against anyone.
Boedicker is anxious to see how his team handles athletes the caliber of McKinley's.
â€œThey have great talent across the board," Boedicker said. â€œTwo Big Ten defensive ends. An outstanding defense. No apparent weaknesses on their football team. They truly are a talented group. Very gifted."
The Panthers have made it clear that They're not too shabby themselves. They're off to their best start since 2006. Their 211 points scored are their most through six games since 216 in 2002.
The Panthers are doing it via a balanced offense that specializes in running the football with Jon Miller, who has 1,019 yards and 18 TDs rushing.
â€œOffensively, they are very fundamental and very disciplined," McKinley head coach Ron Johnson said. â€œThey don't hurt themselves."
Asked if Perryâ€™s offensive line, featuring 315-pound Steven Rowe and 270-pound Doug Mayes, is the biggest McKinley has faced, Johnson answered, â€œWithout question."
McKinley counters with probably the biggest, most talented defensive line in the area, led by ends Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman.
McKinley allows 12.8 points and 191.7 yards per game.
It will be strength on strength up front, and this matchup will go a long way in deciding the game.
"That's where the game starts, in the trenches," Johnson said. "That's where coach Boedicker has started his program, in the trenches and rushing the football.
"That's a battle weâ€™ll have to win if we want to have success."
Quarterback Cody Minor has thrown for 1,037 yards and eight TDs, completing 56.1 percent of his passes, to provide the Panthers another dimension.
â€œFor us to be successful, we have to be balanced," Boedicker said. "... Obviously, no oneâ€™s really successfully moved the football on them much this year, so That's going to be the key. We have to find some way to move the football."
To Johnson, Perryâ€™s defense starts with its offense.
â€œThey have such great ball control and keep you off the field," he said. â€œThat really helps their defense and limits your touches. They make you play left-handed to a degree, because They're in such control of the clock."
Perry possessed the ball for 32 minutes last week, running 70 plays to Lake's 41.
McKinley received a boost with running back Elijah Farrakhan returning last week after missing almost three full games with a knee injury.
The Bulldogs feature versatile playmakers such as Taron Montgomery and Tyler Foster with three-year starting quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky.
â€œOur concern is their ability to attack the perimeter with their great athletes and great speed," Boedicker said.
Scouting Perry at McKinley
Updated: Monday, October 4, 2010
The teams: The Perry Panthers were looking to bounce back last week following their first loss this season, a 19-13 setback at Boardman. The Panthers did that, but the Lake Blue Streaks didn't make it easy on them at all. Perry pulled out a 43-33 win in a game that wasn't decided until junior tailback Jon Miller broke free on a 34-yard TD run on fourth-and-1 play late in the fourth quarter. After being stymied in their loss, the Panthersâ€™ offense showed the kind of diversification that coach Keith Boedicker wants to see. Senior QB Cody Minor was very efficient with a passing game set up by Perryâ€™s power running attack, which often comes out of the I-formation. Miller runs behind a big, physical offensive line anchored by center Sean Kean and guards Warren Parks, Nick Boron and Doug Mayes, while fullbacks Anthony Wise and Joe Tayse clear more holes as lead blockers. All the backs can serve as outlet receivers when Minor checks down, or he can find Tony Magnacca, Charlie Steiner or tight end David Hughson farther down the field. While Perryâ€™s defense surrendered some big plays, the Panthers have been much more effective shutting down opposing offenses this season. Wise is a leader from the middle linebacker position of Perryâ€™s 4-3 defense, while Magnacca, Josiah Dehnke and McKinley Lancaster are playmakers in the secondary.
McKinley's chances of winning a Federal League championship took a significant hit when the Bulldogs opened league play with losses to Lake and Fitch. Still, coach Ron Johnsonâ€™s team has rebounded since then with victories over Jackson and GlenOak to move to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. Johnson credits the turnaround to nothing more than the Bulldogs simply executing better. It did help that senior RB Elijah Farrakhan returned against GlenOak after missing time with a knee injury suffered against Lake. Farrakhan is a breakaway threat in the multiple-formation, spread offense helmed by senior QB Kyle Ohradzansky. Sa'Veon Holloway stepped up during Farrakhanâ€™s absence to give the Bulldogs another threat on the ground, while Ohradzansky has also shown he can run the ball, as evidenced by his 60-yard TD run against GlenOak last week. Taron Montgomery, Tyler Carney and Christian Thompson are the Bulldogs' leading receivers. Defensively, it all starts up front for McKinley, as ends Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman use their athletic ability to create havoc for opposing offenses. Miller is already is headed to Ohio State, while Pittman is also getting looks from Division I colleges. Eric Snow holds down the interior of the line, while Freddie Burton is one of McKinley's top cover men.
The key matchup: it's said before nearly every football game, but this is one that will truly be decided in the trenches. Perryâ€™s offense has developed a balanced attack that depends on the line getting a push to jump-start its running game. If the Panthers are running it effectively, that only plays into their hands when it comes to their play-action passing game. The task this week will be tougher, though, given the talent McKinley has along its defensive front. If the Panthers can create some seams and be effective running the ball, it will keep Miller, Pittman and their cohorts from pinning their ears back in long-yardage situations.
Streaks, stats and facts: McKinley leads the all-time series between the two schools 5-4. The Bulldogs have won the last two games by a combined 92-31. Perryâ€™s last win was a 21-7 triumph in 2007. ... Ohradzansky has completed 57-of-106 passes for 700 yards and two TDs, while also running for another 236 yards on 72 attempts. ... Farrakhan rushed 10 times for 51 yards last week, bringing his season total to 333 yards on 60 carries. ... Holloway leads McKinley with 407 yards and seven TDs on 87 carries. ... Minor completed 12-of-18 passes for 173 yards and one TD last week. The yardage total gave Minor s single-season school record of 1,037 yards this fall, eclipsing Al Zeigelhoferâ€™s 974 yards in 1972. Minor has completed 60-of-107 passes and tossed eight TDs against five interceptions. ... Miller could be on pace for a school record if he continues his current pace. Last weekâ€™s 36-carry, 184-yard, five-touchdown performance gave him 1,019 yards and 18 TDs on 169 carries this fall. The single-season school records are 1,612 yards, 234 carries and 23 TDs, all set by Tim Laps in 1969. ... Magnacca leads Perry with 18 catches for 408 yards and three scores, while he also picked off two passes last week. ... Hughson is proving to be a key weapon at tight end, as He's hauled in 11 catches for 212 yards this year. ... Wise is the Panthersâ€™ everyman on offense. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is a key blocker, He's caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a TD and He's also rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries.
Coach speak: â€œPerry is big, They're very big and physical and They're very fundamentally sound," McKinley's Johnson said. â€œThey run a very disciplined offense and defense. They have confidence in what They're doing and They're doing it very well."
â€œEverything stands out about McKinley," Perryâ€™s Boedicker said. â€œTheyâ€™ve got a great defense with great athletes ... they've got two Big Ten defensive ends with great speed. Offensively, they've got a great quarterback and They're very good up front with an excellent running back and good receivers. They have no real weaknesses."
-- DAVID HARPSTER
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