There they go again….
In what is becoming common place in Cleveland high school football, Mentor’s Mitch Trubisky and Willoughby South’s Kareem Hunt continue to light up the stat sheet, light up the scoreboard, and lead their teams to victory.
Trubisky became Mentor’s all-time leading passer by completing 19 of 24 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 71 yards rushing , leading #3 Mentor to a surprisingly easy 49-21 win over #5 Brunswick last night.
Kareem Hunt continued to dominate any and all competition. Making his case to be named Mr. Football in the state of Ohio, Hunt rushed for 275 yards on 25 carries, leading #12 Willoughby South (#3 in Region 1 playoff points) to a rather comfortable 35-14 win over previously undefeated #15 Chardon.
Mentor 49, Brunswick 21…. In front of a huge crowd at Judy Kirsch Field in Brunswick, the fifth ranked Blue Devils couldn’t have asked for a better start. Taking the opening kickoff, the Blue Devils went 76 yards in 19 plays, eating up over nine minutes. Brunswick cashed the long drive in for a touchdown on an 8 yard pass from Dan Yohman to running back Nick Roberts, putting the Devils up 7-0. The teams traded touchdwons through the rest of the half, with Trubisky finding receiver Brandon Fritts from 23 yards out with 19 seconds left in the first half to give Mentor a 21-14 lead.
Then Trubisky got hot…. The Cardinals really turned in on in the second half. Running their no huddle, four receiver offense, Mentor and Trubisky took control. Led by receiver Connor Krizancic (8 receptions 172 yards), the Cardinals ended any hope of a Blue Devil upset by blitzing Brunswick 28-7 in the second half to finish off a victory that was vital for the Cardinals state playoff hopes. In a quote to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Trubisky summed up the importance of winning against the always tough Blue Devils:
“We needed this game for big computer points, and for the NOC, they are 4-1, just like us. It was definately a big game for us to win”
Willoughby South 35, Chardon 14…. In a battle of unbeatens, with again, major computer points on the line, the game turned into what many Willoughby South games have turned into the last two years: The Kareem Hunt Show. After a slow first half, the Rebels defense stepped it up in the second half, allowing only one first down after the break. Of course, that didn’t mean that Hunt was quiet the whole game.
Another majestic performance by Kareem Hunt…. With massive computer points on the line, the junior running back made sure that the Rebels playoff future stayed intact. Trailing 14-13 at the half, Hunt exploded on his first touch of the second half, bursting 78 yards for a touchdown. One problem: the play was called back for holding. Problem solved: Hunt then ran 69 yards on the next play setting up a short touchdown run. Despite running for 275 yards last night, it paled in comparsion to what he did last year against the Hilltoppers when he ran for 410 yards and seven touchdowns!! Chardon coach Mitch Hewitt may have come up with a game plan for future coaches to try and stop Kareem Hunt. In a quote to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hewitt summed in up this way:
“Graduation. That’s the key”
Both Mentor and Willoughy South face tough tests next week as the Cardinals host always tough Solon, and the Rebels with travel on the road to take on Madison.
If anyone gets a chance to see either Mitch Trubisky or Kareem Hunt play, don’t miss it. The are two special players.