Linsly Hoping to Get Revenge on Mogadore
WHEELING — Following a pair of convincing victories to begin the season, Linsly gets its first real acid test of the season Saturday afternoon when Ohio perennial small school power Mogadore visits Fawcett Field inside Lockhart Alumni Stadium.
Coach Matt Adorni’s Wildcats (2-0) are a team that the Cadets are very familiar with, having played them the last three campaigns. However, all three of those games have been at Mogadore and Linsly has yet to record a win against the Wildcats.
Included in that was a 28-0 setback last year. In those three games Coach B.J. Depew’s charges have been outscored by a 85-13 margin while the Wildcats have racked up a 35-4 regular season mark since 2014.
“We consider them to be one of the toughest teams we play all season,” Depew said. “They play as hard or harder than most of our opponents, even though they are not the biggest or fastest team that we play. They are very difficult to compete with and we have a ton of respect for them.”
While Linsly is coming off a 41-14 thrashing of Westinghouse, Mogadore defeated Geneva, 49-20, a week ago after holding on for a thrilling 35-34 win over Norwayne in its season opener.
“Our coaches actually witnessed their opener and we left them very impressed,” Depew said. “They had to hold on at the end, but they beat a very good football team that night.”
Luke Rosato is the Wildcats’ quarterback and had a solid night in the opener, hitting 14 of 17 passes for 185 yards. Wide receiver Eli Roberston and running back Gavin Christy have each scored touchdowns in both games this season.
Mogadore is deep at running back as Logan Penix, who blocked the PAT that was the different against Norwayne, has rushed for 145 yards and two scores, while Troy Ferguson and Dylan Jones combined for 239 and six touchdowns last week.
“Their scheme is very similar to what we have seen the last three years and their kids are as well,” Depew said. “They want to run the football and keep that clock turning and they are very effective at doing that. But you also have to be aware of the fact that they can hit you with some pretty impressive play-action.
“Defensively they are very quick and aggressive and they attack you. They do their best to take away what you want to do on offense.”
The Cadets have been impressive on both offense and defense themselves. Through two games Linsly has allowed a total of 188 rushing yards and 41 yards through the air while surrendering 10 first downs.
Senior quarterback Wyatt Hirt is coming off an 11 of 17 performance for 303 yards and five touchdowns, after completing all eight of his passes for 179 and three scores in the opener.
His favorite receiver is classmate Jules Giovengo, who has eight catches for 277 yards and five scores. Against Westinghouse Giovengo had five grabs for 207 and four touchdowns.
Senior Eli Petho and junior Carl Nyh have each scored touchdowns on the ground with Petho having racked up 165 yards.
Mogadore brings an impressive resume to the Friendly City having won four state championships and 17 regional crowns while not winning fewer than seven games in a season since 2004.