McKinley 27, Boardman 20 (Oct 21-2010)
Boardman Stadium, Youngstown
McKinley holds off Boardman rally for fifth straight win
Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010
BOARDMAN The McKinley High School football team bounced around Spartan Stadium after Thursday nightâ€™s game and chanted, â€œHey, we want Massillon!"
Before the Bulldogs could turn their attention to their long-time rival, they had to exorcise some Mahoning County demons.
McKinley held on for a 27-20 win against Boardman, probably clinching a playoff spot in Division I, Region 2. Next week the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2) look to lock up a Week 11 home game when they take on the Tigers.
The Bulldogs' last trip to Mahoning County was a Week 4 loss to Fitch in which they blew a two-touchdown lead in the second half.
A similar script was playing out Thursday as Boardman cut into McKinley's 20-0 lead. But this night would be different.
"We're just battled-tested," said McKinley senior quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky, who ran for a career-high 101 yards and completed 10 of 17 passes for 141 yards and a TD. "We're mentally tougher now."
The Bulldogs showed it by driving 65 yards in 11 plays, eating more than five minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter, to stonewall Boardmanâ€™s wave of momentum. The Spartans had cut their deficit to 20-13.
â€œKyle made every call on that drive ... and pretty much the whole fourth quarter," said McKinley coach Ron Johnson, whose team has won five straight.
After Jermaine Edmondsonâ€™s interception gave the ball to McKinley at the Bulldogs' 35, Ohradzansky converted two straight third-and-4s, one on an 11-yard slant pass to Tyler Foster and another on a 7-yard draw play.
Later on third-and-8, Foster put on a double move and Ohradzansky lofted a 17-yard TD pass to him, putting McKinley up 27-13 with 4:29 left.
â€œAs the drive was going on, you could see their corners looking in the backfield," Ohradzansky said.
Boardman answered by quickly marching 76 yards and scoring on Dayne Hammondâ€™s 4-yard TD reception. But a Spartan onside kick failed and McKinley ran out the clock, thanks to Ohradzansky picking up a key first down.
McKinley's defense was dominant early. Boardman totaled 31 yards on 20 first-half plays.
But the Spartans started finding success through the air in the second half. Ryan Pollifrone completed 9 of 16 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He hit the 6-foot-5 Hammond and 6-3 Trae Robinson for big chunks of yardage.
â€œThey just out-matched us at some positions," Johnson said. â€œTheir big, giant guys made some plays on us."
McKinley defensive end Steve Miller injured his right elbow and seemed to play much of the game with one arm. Se'Von Pittman picked up the slack by creating havoc.
As for Millerâ€™s availability against Massillon, Johnson said, â€œWeâ€™d find a way for him to be successful with no arms in that game."
After spending much of the first half missing on good scoring opportunities -- including a dropped TD pass -- it took McKinley just 59 seconds to take a 6-0 lead with 4:37 left.
Taron Montgomery lined up in the Wildcat, ran left and jetted 44 yards to Boardmanâ€™s 1. Elijah Farrakhan scored on the next play.
The Bulldogs quickly got the ball back at their own 34. Ohradzansky ran for 12 yards, then passed to Zach Sweat for 20. Farrakhan ran for 25 yards to set up the Pups inside Boardmanâ€™s 10.
Ohradzansky hit Montgomery at the goal line on a second down pass and Montgomery was ruled down at the 1 although TV replays showed the play should have been a touchdown.
No matter. Two plays later, Farrakhan took a fourth-down pitch left and thanks to nice blocks from Tyler Carney and Jacob Williams, scored easily for another 1-yard TD with two seconds left.
The momentum carried to the third quarter, when the Bulldogs took the kickoff and marched 76 yards in 10 plays. Sa'Veon Hollowayâ€™s 3-yard TD run had the Pups leading 20-0.
Week 9 preview: McKinley at Boardman
Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
TIME 7:30 p.m., Thursday
SITE Spartan Stadium
RECORDS McKinley 6-2, 4-2; Boardman 6-2, 4-1
LAST WEEK McKinley 28, Hoover 17; Boardman 41, GlenOak 13
LAST MEETING McKinley won, 28-10, last year.
WHAT TO WATCH Both teams enter on four-game win streaks and still have plenty of work to do in terms of the playoffs and the Federal League. McKinley's offense is playing some of its best football of the season, as is Boardmanâ€™s defense. Bulldogs QB Kyle Ohradzansky has completed 57.3 percent of his passes while being intercepted just twice in 143 attempts. Taron Montgomery, with 25 receptions for 407 yards, is Ohradzanskyâ€™s favorite target. Sa'Veon Holloway, Elijah Farrakhan and Ohradzansky combine to rush for 1,360 yards and 21 touchdowns. Boardmanâ€™s 4-4 defense is led by 6-foot-5 safety Dayne Hammond, who has three interceptions. The Spartans have picked off 11 passes. They are stingy against the pass, allowing opponents to complete only 40.3 percent of their attempts. McKinley's defense, led by its big, talented line of ends Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman and tackles Eric Snow and Terris Daniels, allows only 86.4 rushing yards a game. Linebackers Chad Fite, Freddie Burton and Mike Aylward are fast and aggressive. The Spartans use multiple running backs, but speedy Nick Buonavolonta is the leader. He averages 5.9 yards a carry. Boardman rotates Trae Robinson and Ryan Pollifrone at quarterback. The pair has combined to throw for 1,182 yards and 10 TDs. Hammond is a handful, having caught 41 passes for 548 yards and five TDs. Boardman is a game behind league-leading Fitch, which the Spartans face in Week 10. McKinley, playing its Federal finale, needs to beat Boardman this week and have Fitch lose to Lake and Boardman to create a four-way tie for the league championship. Boardman is 0-6 against McKinley since they both joined the Federal League for the 2004 season and 3-10 versus the Bulldogs all-time.
McKinley, Boardman face key meeting before rivalry games
Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
CANTON Big rivalry games await next week.
But before they get there, the McKinley and Boardman high school football teams have other business to attend to Thursday night.
The Bulldogs travel to Boardman for a Thursday night special that will be televised on regional cable by FS Ohio. Kickoff is 7:30.
â€œNo matter Thursday, Friday or Saturday, it's going to be a great game," Boardman head coach DJ Ogilvie said. "We're looking forward to it. It means a lot to both our programs."
Playoff points and Federal League implications abound.
McKinley (6-2, 4-2) is sixth in Region 2 and needs a win versus Boardman and a Fitch loss against Lake to stay alive in
the league race, while Massillon Week awaits.
Boardman (6-2, 4-1) is eighth in Region 1 and sits a game behind Fitch in the league as a Week 10 meeting with Fitch looms.
Both the Bulldogs and Spartans have won four straight games.
"They're real good," McKinley head coach Ron Johnson said about Boardman. "They're athletic and big. Tough kids."
The Spartans have scored 41 points in consecutive weeks. The defense has held opponents under 20 points in six of eight games.
Johnson is particularly impressed with Boardmanâ€™s secondary, which features Nick Buonavolonta and Tyler Walls at cornerback and Dayne Hammond, a 6-foot-5 safety who â€œcovers a lot of ground," according to Johnson.
Combined with Boardmanâ€™s outside linebackers, passing on the Spartans can be a chore. Opponents are completing only 40.3 percent of their passes and averaging 104 yards through the air.
But, as Johnson mentioned, the Spartans held GlenOakâ€™s Briâ€™onte Dunn to 99 yards last week. "So that speaks for itself right there."
Ogilvie points to a couple of keys to his team's season. The Spartans have found consistency on their offensive line. Also, Boardman is healthy.
Buonavolonta -- Boardmanâ€™s leading rusher and â€œbest playerâ€ according to Ogilvie -- and starting quarterback Trae Robinson both missed a Week 4 road loss at Lake.
â€œGuys who score touchdowns you can't afford to miss," Ogilvie said.
Robinson shares time at QB with junior Ryan Pollifrone. They each threw for a pair of touchdowns last week. Hammond has 41 receptions for 548 yards and five TDs.
Ogilvie knows Boardman must be at its best against McKinley, a team the Spartans haven't beaten since entering the league for the 2004 season.
â€œThey are tremendous," Ogilvie said about this year's edition of the Bulldogs. â€œThey are huge. They are physical. They have great athletes. A third-year starter at quarterback (Kyle Ohradzansky). I'm sitting there watching film of them. There are a lot of teams you can say, â€˜This kid isn't very good. We can attack this kid.'
"We're still trying to find that (with McKinley)."
The Bulldogs are led by a formidable defense that is anchored by ends Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman. Behind them are fast linebackers and defensive backs, led by Freddie Burton and Jermaine Edmondson.
McKinley has scored 63 points combined the past two weeks.
"I think we're playing real well," Johnson said. "We had 400 yards of offense the other night and did it entirely different than we did the week before."
The Bulldogs rushed for 343 yards, led by Sa'Veon Hollowayâ€™s 118, in a dominating Week 7 win against Perry. Last week, Ohradzansky completed 19 of 23 passes for a career-high 255 yards while Elijah Farrakhan ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns.
Ohradzanskyâ€™s 255 yards passing are the fifth most in a single game in McKinley history.
"I'm really happy with the way our guys make adjustments and take what the defense is giving us," Johnson said. â€œThe execution is getting better and better every week."
Game game on FNO
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