State runner-up finish still fresh in Mentor’s memory

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Mentor Cardinals Football
Although it ended in disappointment, Mentor enjoyed an excellent 2006 football season. The Cardinals (13-2) came within an eyelash of winning the state championship where they fell to Hilliard Davidson 36-35 in double-overtime. All-State QB Bart Tanski returns for his senior campaign as well as many other seniors that hope to take the next step this season.


Although it ended in disappointment, Mentor enjoyed an excellent 2006 football season. The Cardinals (13-2) came within an eyelash of winning the state championship where they fell to Hilliard Davidson 36-35 in double-overtime.

The good news for Mentor is that the star of last year’s team – quarterback Bart Tanski – is back for his senior season. Tanski (6-2, 195) was named first-team All-Ohio in Division I last season and is receiving a lot of interest from Division I colleges. However, heading into his senior year, he still doesn’t hold any D-I scholarship offers. This is something that will likely change after another big season from the young man many consider to be Ohio’s best quarterback.

Last year, Tanski threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also proved he could do it all by adding over 800 rushing yards. In the state title game, he was 24-of-31 for 327 yards and a four touchdowns. The completions and TDs set a new record for the state championship game.

Tanski’s No. 1 target this season will likely be senior WR Tyler Schutz (6-0, 180). He had 48 receptions for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns as the No. 2 last year. Two other talented receivers also return in seniors Mike Popelas and Steve Orkis and Tanski’s statistics will likely be even better this year.

Leading the offensive line again this year will be Brad Bednar (6-5, 230, Sr.). He is a tough and athletic player at tackle and is ranked as the No. 81 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High. Last year, Bednar was a first-team All-Ohio selection.

The defense returns just three starters off last year’s excellent unit. This year’s group will be led by linebacker J.J. Laseak (6-2, 210, Sr.), linebacker John Harasyn and defensive tackle Shannon Parr.

The schedule includes a tough opener at defending Division IV state champion Youngstown Mooney which will be out to prove it can take down one of the big boys. Mentor has just nine scheduled regular season games according to ohsaa.org and it includes a brutal stretch from weeks 4-5 with a home game against Cleveland St. Ignatius and a road tilt against Massillon Washington.

Head coach Steve Trivosonno is one of the best in the business and it would be a surprise if Mentor isn’t once again in the playoffs and doing damage this year.

Mentor 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney IV
8/31/2007 Strongsville I
9/7/2007 @ Solon I
9/14/2007 Cleveland St. Ignatius I
9/21/2007 @ Massillon Washington I
9/28/2007 @ Euclid I
10/6/2007 @ Shaker Heights I
10/12/2007 Maple Heights II
10/27/2007 Cleveland Heights I


* Lake Erie League games in bold

 

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