Football is a game of inches. That old adage was proved once
again Monday afternoon at Ohio Stadium as Cleveland Glenville took a
heartstopping 26-22 win over defending Florida Class 4A state champion
William T. Dwyer of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the Kirk Herbstreit
National Kickoff Classic.
Football is a game of inches.
That old adage was proved once again Monday afternoon at Ohio Stadium as Cleveland Glenville took a heartstopping 26-22 win over defending Florida Class 4A state champion William T. Dwyer of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.
William T. Dwyer players, coaches and fans may maintain that three questionable calls at the end of the game denied their team a hard fought win.
Glenville (2-0) battled back from a 22-6 deficit late in the third quarter to steal the win. That comeback included an 83-yard kick return touchdown by Shane Wynn and a 29-yard touchdown run by V’Angelo Bentley. The Bentley run put the Tarblooders ahead 26-22 with 5:32 left in the game. That play capped an eight-play, 96-yard drive.
Dwyer then drove the length of the field itself down to the Glenville 1-yard line. An apparent touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to Tommylee Lewis was negated when officials ruled Lewis landed on the sideline in the end zone.
Brissett then tried to run the ball in twice himself in the closing seconds. It appeared he may have crossed the goal line each time with the ball, but the officials did not give him the touchdown. Dwyer (0-1), without any timeouts, could only watch the final seconds melt away as Glenville celebrated the win.
“What it means to me is that we have a lot of work to do,” said Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. “But we stood up to the challenge. I always think about Ohio and that’s what the task was – representing our city and our community. We made it happen.
“It’s about what we represent and then what (the kids) become. I’m not proud about how we played. But as far as fans and the nation, Ohio is the best.”
Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones was 10 of 19 passing for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“The main thing that he did was adjust himself,” Ginn said. “You can’t panic. You have to run when you have to and throw when you have to and let us live for the next play. That’s what a quarterback is supposed to do.
“Sometimes he can keep the chains moving with his feet, but he is constantly trying to throw. He has to know everything about the offense. He has to know the line calls and where the blitz is coming from. He’s the quarterback. He’s the leader. That’s what we’re trying to do with Cardale.”
Linebacker Andre Sturdivant added four tackles and two tackles-for-loss before leaving the game with apparent dehydration.
“He’s got to continue to work hard and get in shape and battle through different fatigue factors,” Ginn said. “I think he’ll be OK.”
Brissett directed a strong game for Dwyer. He was 16 of 30 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 14 times for 90 yards and a score.
His favorite target was tight end Nick O’Leary, the grandson of golf legend (and former Buckeye) Jack Nicklaus. O’Leary finished with nine catches for 152 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown.
The game matched up two of the nation’s top 25 prep teams. Glenville was ranked fourth nationally by Rivals.com and 15th by USA Today. Dwyer was ranked 13th nationally by Rivals.com.
This was the second down-to-the-wire win of the season for Glenville.
Last week, the Tarblooders trailed Indianapolis Warren Central 21-20 late. Jones led Glenville on a drive the length of the field, completing a 31-yard pass for a first down on fourth-and-17 with 53 seconds left. He then completed a 15-yard pass on third-and-10 and finally scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 12 seconds left. Glenville then got the two-point conversion for the 28-21 win.
In addition to that touchdown run, the 6-5 and 225-pound Jones threw for 250 yards and two scores in that season-opening win.
Wynn had a kickoff return for a touchdown in that game as well.
Glenville opens Senate League play against Cleveland Rhodes next Friday. Most of Glenville’s top prospects are expected to attend the OSU-Miami (Fla.) game on Saturday.
Here is an interview with Jones following the game. He talked about his team’s comeback, his play in the second half, what the win means and where things stand in terms of his recruiting process and a possible Ohio State offer.