Linsly Senior Giovengo Proves To Be as Tough as They Come

Star showed off all skills in latest victory

Photo by Alex Kozlowski Linsly School standout Gage Giovengo (10) heads to the house for one of his five touchdowns during Saturday’s 41-14 victory against Westinghouse on Fawcett Field inside Lockhart Alumni Stadium.

WHEELING — He’s not the biggest, fastest or strongest player on the Linsly football team. But Jules Giovengo is unquestionably the toughest. Benwood tough, in fact.

”That’s why I play how I play, because that’s where I grew up,” Giovengo said of his hometown after the Cadets wiped the floor with Westinghouse on Saturday at Fawcett Field inside Lockhart Alumni Stadium, to the tune of 41-14. ”It’s the best city in the world.”

And one could make an argument that Giovengo is the toughest pound-for-pound player in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. The senior may be lacking a bit in stature — 5-foot-6, 138 pounds — but he more than makes up for it with a tenacity rarely seen.

Against the Bulldogs, Giovengo, who comes from one of the all-time great OV sports families, put a little bit of everything on the tape. He hauled in five passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns, and scored for a fifth time on a 10-yard run. Defensively, he had eight tackles — six solos — while delivering some bone-jarring hits from his defensive back position.

Giovengo had highlight-reel plays on both sides of the ball. Offensively it was his stiff-arm of a would-be tackler on the way to a long touchdown. On defense, Giovengo blitzed off the left side on one occasion and ran down a Westinghouse back for a tackle on the other side of the field.

The key, Linsly coach B.J. Depew said, is a motor that doesn’t have a slow gear.

”He’s got a big family and they’re all tough people,” Depew said. ”I don’t know if he’s the runt of the littler, so to speak, but I’m sure that all his older siblings and family have helped toughen him up.

”He’s a really good football player. Forget what he might be on paper, he plays like the biggest guy on the team every snap.

”So it was nice that he had such a big day and it definitely sparked us.”

That family is something that Giovengo takes seriously. He said that sometimes even the detractors help to remind him of who he is and where he comes from.

”I love it,” Giovengo said of being part of a large family. ”Every once in a while I’ll get somebody saying ‘you’re not your cousins’ and things like that.

”But I just say ‘watch this.’

”I get texts from them all the time and I text them. It’s just all love from one big family in Benwood.”

Offensive Player of the Week

Wyatt Hirt, Linsly

The star quarterback continued his strong start to the season, completing 12 of 19 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns against Westinghouse.

Defensive Player of the Week

Jace Boggs, John Marshall

A menacing figure from his linebacker position, Boggs was everywhere Friday night in a 26-25 victory against Mountain Ridge. The junior made 14 tackles and three assists in addition to jarring the ball loose from a Mountain Ridge runner.

Ground Gainers

∫ Trevor Fante, Indian Creek: Redskins tailback rushed 18 times for 163 yards and three scores in a victory against East Liverpool.

∫ Mark Rucker, Tyler Consolidated: There was no shortage of offense when Tyler and Doddridge met up. The talented Silver Knights back rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns.

∫ Eli Petho, Linsly: Carried 14 times for 102 yards.

∫ Timmy Ferguson, Meadowbrook: Ran 18 times for 99 yards and a score in a victory against Barnesville.

∫ Rapheal Bradley, Wheeling Park: Carried 12 times for 163 yards and a touchdown in a rout of Allderdice.

∫ Derrick Suggs, Wellsville: Rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

∫ Anthony Sinicropi, Kaleb Waggoner, Edison: Sinicropi rushed for 96 yards and a TD on 12 carries while Waggoner picked up another 98 and a score on 14 totes.

∫ Noah Fayak, Jayden Keeder, Steubenville Central: Fayak carried seven times for 109 yards and a touchdown while Keeder gained 103 and a score on 18 carries.

Aerial Attack

∫ Tate Engle, Fort Frye: Cadets signal caller threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in beating Northridge.

∫ Sam Mazar, Indian Creek: In his first start, Mazar completed 11 passes for 142 yards against the Potters.

∫ Bobby Roth, Bellaire: The Big Reds improved to 2-0 with a victory against Shenandoah behind 113 yards passing and two touchdowns from Roth.

∫ Clayton Criss, Steubenville: Big Red QB completed 10 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in victory against Morgantown.

∫ Anthony Coggins, Shadyside: Remained on fire, hitting on 9 of 15 for 265 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Dylan Black, Meadowbrook: Was good on 11 of 17, good for 174 yards and a score.

∫ Tate Dowler, Barnesville: Completed 13 of 23 for 184 yards and a TD.

∫ Boone Jones, Shenandoah: Completed 8 of 13 for 148 yards and a touchdown.

∫ Nick Chaney, Oak Glen: Was true on 12 of 46 for 297 yards and three touchdowns.

∫ Tyler Komorowski, Weir: Connected on 12 of 16 for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

∫ Jake Probst, Martins Ferry: Connected for 180 yards and a pair of TDs on 9 of 16 accuracy.

Good Hands Team

∫ Cody Morrison, Union Local: Jets wideout caught seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in a victory against Buckeye Local.

∫ Addy Black, Meadowbrook: Made five catches for 68 yards and a score.

∫ Devaughn McWhorter, Wheeling Park: Was on the receiving end of three passes worth 70 yards and a score.

∫ Aden Laipply, Shenandoah: Hauled in two passes for 125 yards and a TD.

∫ Trevonn Ray, Bridgeport: Made six catches for 90 yards in a loss to Toronto.

∫ Hunter Patterson, Zach Taylor, Oak Glen: Patterson made five catches for 131 yards and a touchdown while Taylor caught two for 86 and another TD.

∫ Sebastian Spencer, Weir: Hauled in five passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Mr. Everything

∫ Curtis McGhee III, Wheeling Central: Maroon Knights quarterback played less than a half, but that was good enough to reach this list. He rushed for 49 yards and a score, while completing six passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers.

∫ Cal Kildow, Union Local: Jets quarterback threw for 194 yards and a score as the Bernie Thompson Era improved to 2-0. He also rushed for 93 yards.

∫ Justin Heatherington, St. Clairsville: Red Devils only played one half, but Heatherington made the most of it. He had eight rushes for 47 yards and a score, two catches for 47 yards and a score, and also returned an interception for a touchdown — three scores, three different ways.

∫ Matt Saxon, Paden City: Wildcat had a TD reception and also took one to the house on kickoff in loss to Wirt County.

∫ Justin Frohnapfel, John Marshall: Carried 10 times for 65 yards, caught three passes for 39 yards and recorded four tackles and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

∫ Jules Giovengo, Linsly: Hauled in five passes for 207 yards and four scores. Added one carry for 10 yards and a score as well as eight tackles — six solos.

∫ Kelly Hendershot, Shadyside: Carried one time for 41 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 63 yards for another score.

∫ Justin Hartzell, Steubenville Central: Rushed 19 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 7 of 18 for 88 and a score.

∫ Connor Banco, Shadyside: Was handed the ball 11 times, gaining 87 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Also caught three passes for 64 yards and a score.

Big Boot

∫ Jake Bolyard, St. Clairsville: Kicker was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points, and added field goals of 32 and 28 yards.

Wrecking Crew

∫ Trace Sechrest, Bellaire: Big Reds stalwart recorded 14 tackles against the Zeps.

∫ Jason Anderson, Paden City: Wildcat was a beast against Wirt County, recording 12 tackles, a sack and a recovered a fumble.

∫ Stephen Snyder, Linsly: He was everywhere with 14 hard-hitting tackles, including seven solos.

∫ Trey Helms, Wheeling Central: Made one solo tackle, assisted on five others and knocked down three passes.

∫ Jestohn Moore, Morgantown: Registered 10 tackles, assisted on two including one for a loss, and recovered a fumble.

∫ James Stillwagoner, Jason Beisel, Magnolia: Stillwagoner registered 14 total tackles including two behind the line of scrimmage. Beisel notched 10 stops, of which six were solos.