McKinley 14, Cleveland St. Ignatius 38 (Nov 9-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
OHSAA State Playoffs, Region 1 Round one, Game 11
Division I playoffs: St. Ignatius at McKinley notebook
FAMILIARITY St. Ignatius and McKinley meet each preseason at Fawcett Stadium.
“I think it’s good to get together two quality teams like that,” Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle said. “I think you learn some things.”
Said McKinley head coach Todd Filtz, “We scrimmage them every year because it gives us a really good mark on where we’re at at that point.”
Between the scrimmages and the numerous playoff games Ignatius has played at Fawcett, the Wildcats are awfully comfortable at the site.
Said Kyle, “It’s one of the greatest venues in the country for watching high school football.”
WAY BACK WHEN The last time McKinley faced Ignatius in a game that counted, QB Brian Hoyer, currently on the Cleveland Browns’ IR, led the Wildcats to a 34-14 win at Fawcett in Week 5 of 2003. Ignatius, which was ranked No. 1 in the state, led 21-14 at the half before pulling away in the second half.
HOME INVASION McKinley’s loss last week to Massillon was Filtz’s first defeat at Fawcett as Bulldogs head coach. It snapped a 12-game winning streak overall at Fawcett for the Bulldogs. ... The Bulldogs are 8-3 in playoff games at Fawcett all-time.
DID YOU KNOW? Former NFL quarterback and Cleveland native Elvis Grbac is the quarterbacks coach for Ignatius. ... Former Cleveland Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan holds Ignatius’ school record for longest fumble return for a touchdown. Hegan, who played 12 years in Major League Baseball, returned a fumble 93 yards for a touchdown in 1958 against Cleveland South.
BY THE NUMBERS Of the 16 teams in Region 1, only Ignatius (eight), McKinley (three) and St. Edward (one) have state titles on their résumés. ... McKinley (9-1) and Ignatius (6-4) finished eighth and 10th, respectively, in the final Associated Press Division I state poll. ... McKinley and Ignatius have combined for 47 playoff appearances, which is the second most in the first round. Cincinnati Moeller and Cincinnati Xavier, who meet in Region 2, have a 52 combined playoff appearances.
McKinley looking straight ahead at St. Ignatius
Nov 05, 2013 11:43 PM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON It is full steam ahead for the McKinley Bulldogs, says head coach Todd Filtz.
That’s good, because looking back is a no-no. The St. Ignatius Wildcats are a high school football team that requires all of McKinley’s attention ... and a much better performance than last week.
McKinley hosts the traditional Cleveland power on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in a Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal. The 7 p.m. game comes a week after McKinley’s humbling 34-7 loss to Massillon at Fawcett.
“Our guys are keyed in on the playoffs now,” Filtz said. “Just what I expected from them; they’re ready to move forward. As hard as it is to move on (from Saturday), we still have playoff life.”
McKinley won its first nine games this season, took the Federal League title outright and had a home playoff game clinched entering the Massillon game. But thanks to a sloppy performance Saturday in front of almost 20,000 fans, the Bulldogs slipped to No. 6 in the 16-team region and a matchup with the 11-time state-champion Wildcats.
McKinley appeared frustrated in Saturday’s second half and lost composure a few times. Filtz turned to team captains Jamal Davis II, Jacque McClellan, Jarrod Smith and Jeff Harding to help refocus the Bulldogs this week.
“That’s the main reason you name them captains,” Filtz said. “Those were the first guys I went to after that football game. That should trickle down through the seniors to the juniors and everyone else.”
The Bulldogs were outplayed in all phases Saturday. Maybe most glaring was a McKinley offense that did its defense no favors by routinely handing the ball right back to Massillon.
McKinley ran three offensive plays in the first quarter.
“You can’t win football games like that,” Filtz said. “We need to sustain drives and move the chains, then ultimately finish those drives.”
That didn’t happen either. Smith and Eric Glover-Williams began to find running room early in the second quarter as the Bulldogs embarked on their best overall drive of the day. But Smith fumbled the ball inside Massillon’s 10 and the Tigers recovered.
Later in the quarter, Smith broke loose for 15 yards and Glover-Williams passed to Chris Prowell-White for 19 yards.
But a miscommunication led to an incompletion on a wide open pop pass and the Bulldogs settled for a 37-yard field goal attempt. It was blocked and returned for a back-breaking 45-yard touchdown by Massillon as the first-half clock expired.
Glover-Williams was 2-of-11 passing with one interception overall.
The Bulldogs are never going to be a pass-first team with Glover-Williams, the Ohio State recruit who is an exceptional athlete but whose natural position is running back or receiver. But the Bulldogs must somehow find better production through the air.
They complete only 44.8 percent of their passes and have thrown for only six TDs all season.
“We can’t get give up on (the pass),” Filtz said. “We’ve got to continue to get reps. Come this weekend, we have to be able to do it so we can keep (Ignatius) honest.”
Smith and Glover-Williams have combined for 1,761 yards rushing at 6.0 yards a carry.
Nikolas Ricks provided a bright spot with an 80-yard TD run Saturday. A starter at linebacker on defense, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ricks has scored three TDs on his five offensive touches this season.
“His role on offense has evolved a little bit,” Filtz said. “He’s one of those guys, as we saw last week, that can take the ball the distance. In a game like this, we need those kinds of guys with the ball in their hands.”
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Preview: St. Ignatius (6-4) at McKinley (9-1)
Nov 06, 2013 8:52 PM
WHEN 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK Ignatius 35, Pinehurst (Ont). 14; Massillon 34, McKinley 7
LAST MEETING Ignatius won 34-14 in the 2003 regular season.
PLAYOFF HISTORY Ignatius is in the playoffs for the 25th time, having missed the postseason once (2010) since 1988. The Wildcats are 63-13 all-time in the postseason and own a record 11 state titles, the most recent coming in 2011. Their 63 playoff wins are second only to Newark Catholic’s 67 and their .829 playoff winning percentage is third all-time. McKinley is in the playoffs for the 22nd time overall and ninth time in the last 10 years. The 22 playoff appearances are the most by a Stark County school and tied for ninth in state history. The Bulldogs are 35-18 all-time in the postseason and own three state titles, the most recent coming in 1998.
THE MATCHUP Ignatius sliced up McKinley’s pass defense during a preseason scrimmage at Fawcett Stadium behind the arm of senior John Thomas. He has thrown for 1,062 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in six games this year, but he’s completed only 44.4 percent of his passes. He missed four games because of a shoulder injury. Thomas is the starter only because senior Patrick Mahoney suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the preseason. Thomas has a pair of 6-foot-3 targets to throw to in Michael Siragusa and Nick Fabian. Siragusa, who has several Division I college scholarship offers, gave McKinley fits in August. Fabian is a West Virginia baseball recruit as an outfielder. McKinley likes to attack on defense but must be sound against a polished Ignatius offense that will take advantage of every opening. McKinley DLs Nick Faulkner and Tre’Von Richardson can create chaos. LBs James Smith and Jamal Davis II have 93 and 92 tackles, respectively. Davis, who has several Division I college scholarship offers, has a McKinley-high 20 tackles for loss. LB Nikolas Ricks is coming off a monster game in which he ran for an 80-yard touchdown and made 10 tackles, including a sack and three tackles for loss. Senior OT Jim Byrne (6-4, 300), a Notre Dame recruit, anchors an Ignatius line that blocks for senior RBs Michael Vitale and Kyle Daugenti. They’ve combined for 459 yards and five TDs, averaging 3.8 yards a carry. Senior RB Enzo Cannata has 458 yards and seven TDs at 5.1 yards a carry for Ignatius, but he hasn’t played since Oct. 12 because of a concussion. Ignatius lost LB Kyle Berger, an Ohio State recruit, to a season-ending knee injury during the McKinley scrimmage. LB-S Dameon Willis (6-1, 215), an Indiana recruit, has filled the void in terms of leadership and big plays for Ignatius’ 3-3 defense. The Wildcats have an impact defensive line with Chris Keane (6-2, 275), Dre’Mont Jones (6-4, 250) and Dan Cartolin (5-11, 245). Jones, a junior, is a Division I college prospect. McKinley starting senior LT Kevin Stillwell re-aggravated an ankle injury against Massillon and will be reevaluated as this week progresses. If he can’t go, junior Courtlin Nix will start in his place. The Bulldogs have a potent 1-2 running punch with QB Eric Glover-Williams and RB Jarrod Smith. But McKinley must find a way to loosen up the Ignatius defense with the pass. The Bulldogs had a season-low 17 yards passing last week. And can they find a way to get Glover-Williams with the ball in space? He has one TD run since Week 6. McKinley put Glover-Williams at running back briefly last week and had some success. Glover-Williams returned a punt for a touchdown during the scrimmage against Ignatius in August. Ignatius K Matt Colella was first team All-Ohio last year. He routinely puts kickoffs into the end zone. Contrary to a media report during last week’s game, no McKinley players were ejected during the loss to Massillon.
Big plays power Ignatius past McKinley
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BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON When a game unravels against the St. Ignatius Wildcats, it unravels quickly.
McKinley battled the Wildcats tough for most of a half during Saturday night’s Division I, Region 1 high school football quarterfinal at Fawcett Stadium. But the Bulldogs saw all their hard work come undone in less than nine minutes of game clock, en route to a 38-14 loss to Ignatius.
A season that saw McKinley win its first nine games ended on a sour note, with a 34-7 loss to rival Massillon last week and the misfortune of earning a Week 11 home game and drawing the 11-time state-champion Wildcats.
“That’s a good football team,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said about Ignatius. “I thought our kids played hard and competed well in the first half.”
That they did.
The Bulldogs (9-2) moved Ohio State recruit Eric Glover-Williams all around the offense, from quarterback to running back in the pistol to wide receiver in the slot. They found some success and equaled the Wildcats’ first-half offensive output.
The McKinley defense played much better than the preseason meeting with Ignatius as it closed down the middle of the field, which the Wildcats exploited back in August. Darius Smothers picked off two Ignatius passes and James Smith one.
But the problem is Ignatius is a complete football team, and it was special teams that led to the Wildcats completely taking control of the first meeting between the two traditional powers in a game that counted since 2003.
McKinley tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter on a big play from Glover-Williams. But the momentum was soon gone.
All-Ohio kicker Matt Colella booted a 47-yard field goal to put Ignatius up 10-7 with 4:32 left in the first half. Mike Vitale’s 35-yard run set it up.
Minutes later, Ignatius’ Kyle Daugenti fielded a punt in the middle of the field, started right, then cutback left to find daylight. He ran through one tackle on the left sideline en route to a 62-yard touchdown and a 17-7 Ignatius lead.
“We were playing them tough, then that punt return happened,” Filtz said. “It kind of developed a little bit of separation in this game, and we just didn’t make enough plays to rebound.”
A short kickoff led to Ignatius (7-4) beginning the second half in McKinley territory. John Thomas found Nick Fabian for 29 yards on third-and-8. Stan Elad pounded in a 1-yard TD run two plays later for a 24-7 Wildcat lead.
McKinley snapped the ball over its punter’s head moments later, giving Ignatius the ball deep in Bulldogs’ territory. Mike Siragusa made a diving catch in the back of the end zone on Thomas’ 6-yard TD strike, and the rout was on.
A 7-7 game with less than five minutes left in the first half became a 31-7 Ignatius lead less than five minutes into the second half.
“All week, I reminded kids: You can go through the history of playoffs and see how special teams have made big plays for us over the years,” Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle said. “I think our kids believed that. The field goals, the kickoffs, the punt returns — all these things add up to an important part of the game.”
Fabian caught four passes for 123 yards, including a 55-yard TD in the first quarter.
Vitale ran 19 times for 127 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown.
McKinley tied the game midway through the second quarter when Bryce Short hit Glover-Williams on a screen, and the electric junior did the rest for a 60-yard touchdown.
It was Glover-Williams’ first long TD since Week 4 at Hoover and his second longest score of the season. He added a 28-yard TD run in the second half.
Glover-Williams finished with 68 yards on 13 carries. He also caught three passes for 70 yards and completed 1 of 4 passes for seven yards.
Filtz didn’t want to let two bad weeks ruin a season that saw the Bulldogs take their third straight Federal League title and rise as high as No. 4 in the Associated Press state poll.
“The Bulldogs will be back,” he said, “and we’ll continue to build this great tradition.”
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