A look at today’s Division IV, Region 13 playoff match ups


Division IV Region 13
Whoever wins Division IV, Region 13 should get two trophies – it's that kind of lineup. Although Youngstown Cardinal Mooney looks to be the favorite, there's also two-time defending state champion Steubenville to deal with. In addition Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and Canton Central Catholic are capable as well. Kurt Stubbs checks in with updates on each game.

Division IV, Region 13

#8 Coshocton (7-3) @ #1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-0)

Game Notes:

Mooney rushing:
Senior Dan McCarthy (6’3, 205)- Notre Dame
-133 attempts for 1,113 yards rushing (13 TDs)
-Brother plays at Notre Dame
Senior Michael Zordich (6’2, 237)- Penn State
-86 attempts for 796 yards rushing (9 TDs)
-Dad played for safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and was an All-American at Penn State.
Senior Brandon Beachum (6’1, 223)- Penn State
-106 attempts for 676 yards rushing (7 TDs)
-Missed two games
Senior Taylor Hill (6’3, 215)- Oklahoma
-38 attempts for 196 yards rushing (2 TDs)

McCarthy (18 of 35 for 423 yards)
-6 TDs/4 INTs

Senior Tim Marlowe (5’11, 170)
-8 receptions for 205 yards (3 TDs)

Hill (98 tackles and 16 sacks)
Zordich (102 tackles and four sacks)
McCarthy (44 tackles and 5 interceptions)
Junior John Simon (6’3, 266)
-(58 tackles and six sacks)
-Simon may be the most dominant player in the state of Ohio. He will be the top rated player in Ohio for the class of 2009.
Senior Vinnie Patella (6’0, 187)
-(7 sacks)

Coshocton Rushing:
Sophomore Marcus Johnston (153 attempts for 1,096 yards and 8 TDs)
Junior Ian Chrisman (160 attempts for 930 yards and 10 TDs)
Sophomore Dom McCluskey (59 attempts for 469 yards and 5 TDs)

Mooney is on another planet, 63-0.


#5 Perry (9-1) @ #4 Akron SVSM (8-2)

Key Players for SVSM:
Tailback Carnell Evans (1,051 yards and 13 TDs)
Quarterback Roger Wilson (63 of 118 for 1,086 yards)
Receiver Todd Culver (18 catches for 580 yards and 6 TDs)

Akron SVSM has two losses this year by a combine seven points to Mooney and Ursuline. Also on its resume is a 10-7 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. That is enough for me to believe this will be a comfortable win for the Irish, 28-7.


#6 Tuscarawas Valley (8-2) @ #3 Canton Central Catholic (9-1)

Key Players for Canton CC:
Senior running back Max Colaner (909 yards rushing),
Senior quarterback Joey Rhoads (1,798 yards and16 TDs)
Senior wide receiver Rob Hoagland (57 catches for 1,107 yards and 13 TDs)
Senior linebacker Marcello Natale (109 tackles)

Key Players for Tuscarawas Valley:
Senior Pat Kane (105 of 192 for 1,617 yards)
-15 TDs and 8 INTs
Senior Steven Spillman (165 attempts for 1,071 yards and 19 TDs)
Senior Sam Gergley (43 Receptions for 900 yards and 10 TDs)

Tuscarawas Valley was just 2-2 out of the PAC-7 this year, and this is bad news for a team getting ready to take on a very good Canton CC outfit. The lone loss for the Crusaders this season came in a 35-34 setback to Steubenville Big Red, a game in which CC led by 13 with just over six minutes to play in the fourth. CC is a much better football team in this game, and they want nothing more than a rematch with Big Red. The Crusaders roll in this one, 35-7.


#7 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (9-1) @ #2 Steubenville (10-0)

Key Players for Steubenville:
Sophomore quarterback Dwight Macon
Junior tailback/linebacker Branko Busick

Key Players for CVCA:
Tailback John Pettigrew (201 attempts for 1,781 yards rushing)
-17 TDs
Quarterback Jared Kusar (847 yards passing and 13 TDs)

Steubenville Big Red will not lose this game. Big Red is a superior football team that has won 47 consecutive at Death Valley. Sophomore quarterback Dwight Macon continues to evolve as a complete QB and that is dangerous for opponents. Look for the Red defense to hold the outstanding Pettigrew to under 50 yards and win this game 35-0.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *