Linsly Has Its Way With Mogadore
WHEELING — Linsly coach B.J. Depew knew coming into the season that Week 3 against Mogadore was going to be one of the games his team had circled on the calendar. It was one with great meaning because, after all, the Cadets have never beated the Wildcats.
However, it’s a whole new season and Linsly made a statement. Eli Petho rushed for three touchdowns, Jules Giovengo took a punt return for a score and the defense shut out the Wildcats in the final three quarters as Linsly took down Mogadore, 35-14, on a rainy Saturday at Fawcett Field inside Lockhart Alumni Stadium.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of the team, obviously for the way they played,” Depew said. “So gutsy, so determined. And I want to give the coaching staff a ton credit for the amount of time they spent preparing our kids for this.
”It was really a group effort and we’re fortunate we had the success we did. Thatís a good football team.”
The Wildcats came into the game winning 35 of their last 39 regular-season games, including a 28-0 victory over the Cadets in the season opener last year. But the Cadets were not threatened as Depew felt like Mogadore has always made his team better.
Linsly was making that case on its opening drive. After forcing a turnover on downs, the Cadets drove down the field on nine plays for 62 yards. The drive was capped when Wyatt Hirt found Mikal Warfield-Payne in the corner of the end zone from 15 yards out to put the score at 7-0.
“It means a lot,” Depew said about a win. “We first played them in 2010 when members on the coaching staff were on the field. They’ve beaten us three times in a row and honestly, we felt like we weren’t prepared to play at that level after the game most of those years.
”It is really rewarding to see the growth of the program and certainly the way these guys played against what we know as a very formidable opponent.”
Mogadore answered quickly on the ensuing kickoff when Kyle Coffman showed his speed and went 83 yards to the house for a score. The momentum quickly turned into the Wildcats’ favor as the defense held the Cadets to a three-and-out.
Eight plays and 64 yards later, Mogadore took the lead when Logan Penix scampered into the end zone from 5 yards out to make it14-7 with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
However, the Linsly defense did not fold and it would not give up a point the rest of the way.
The Cadets tied things on their ensuing possession when Petho scored from 5 out for one of his three touchdowns.
Giovengo gave the Cadets the lead for good as he took a punt 65 yards untouched to the house for a 21-14 advantage with 42 seconds left in the first half.
“They really took control of this game in the trenches,” Mogadore coach Matt Adorni said. “They were able to weather the weather a little bit better than us. We were much sloppier with the ball than they were and they had a great defensive game plan and tried to take away what we do well.
”Hats off to their kids and their program. We know this is a tough place to come and play. We’ve had them on the schedule for a while. We lost to a great football team.”
The Linsly defense held Mogadore 84 yards on 34 carries while also limiting it to 56 passing yards on five completions. Penix led the way for the Wildcats with 37 yards on 10 attempts while Coffman had 22 receiving yards.
For the Cadets, Hirt had another impressive day. The senior signal caller went 14 of 19 for 136 yards and a touchdown, connecting with six different receivers, five of whom had at least two receptions. Joe Zaccirey led the receiving corps with 68 yards on four catches.
“We have about six or seven guys we have total confidence in,” Depew said. “That’s Wyatt’s job to see the defense and put it on the money. Conditions made it harder, but I thought he played incredibly well and kept our cool, kept us in check and did his job. He played outstanding.”
Petho rushed for two more touchdowns (1, 3 yards) for the second half’s only scores. He finished the with 51 yards on 17 attempts.
Linsly will travel to Carrick on Friday with a kick off time still to be determined.
“It’s a confidence-booster,” Depew said. “It’s an opportunity for us to realize that we can rise up and play in big games because the first two weeks we won handily, not that we didn’t have our trouble. But we knew this was going to be 48 minutes. The fact that our guys were able to do that and maintain it and finish is a huge confidence-booster.
”There’s a lot of challenges that lie ahead and this was a big step forward.”
Linsly 35, Mogadore 14
Mogadore 14 0 0 0 — 14
Linsly 7 14 7 7 — 35
L — Warfield-Payne 15 pass from Hirt (Nyh kick), 6:13
M — Coffman 83 kick return (Slabaugh kick), 5:57
M — Penix 5 run (Slabaugh kick), :42
L — Petho 5 run (Nyh kick), 6:59
L — Giovengo 65 punt return (Nyh kick), 1:10
L — Petho 1 run (Nyh kick), 2:20
L — Petho 3 run (Nyh kick), 9:14
Rushing: Mogadore 34-84-td (Christy 10-26, Penix 10-37, Jones 5-34, Ferguson 3-13, Team 2-(-17), Rosato 2-(-6), Stephenson 1-2, Popa 1-(-5)). Linsly 33-73-3td (Petho 17-51-3td, Nyh 7-25, Hirt 3-(-9), Tush 2-2, Giovengo 1-1, Gehrer 1-1, Gill 1-3, Hill 1-1).
Passing: Mogadore 5-13-56-x (Rosato 5-11-56-x, Popa 0-2). Linsly 14-19-136-td (all by Hirt).
Receiving: Mogadore 5-56 (Coffman 1-22, Robertson 2-7, Stephenson 1-13, Kerr 1-14). Linsly 14-136-td (Zaccirey 4-68, Giovengo 3-13, Hill 2-21, Petho 2-5, Warfield-Payne 1-15-td. Nyh 2-14).
Frist Downs: Mogadore 8, Linsly 10.
Penalties: Mogadore 2-25, Linsly 7-60.
Fumbles: Mogadore 5-1, Linsly 2-0.