September 16, 2014

Medina
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Cardinals run like well-oiled machine

Rick Noland

The Gazette

MEDINA — Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky was only half good Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound North Carolina recruit led the Cardinals to seven touchdowns in seven drives, then watched the entire second half from the bench as Mentor routed Medina 63-21 in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action.

“They’re a machine,” Bees coach Dan Sutherland said of the Cardinals (7-1, 3-0). “They’re the best team in the league and they’ve got the best player in the league — and arguably the best player in the state.

“It’s pick-your-poison against them. They’ve got great receivers, a great quarterback and a lot of guys who can run the ball.”

Medina (2-6, 1-2) got a heavy dose of all that in the first half, when Mentor ran its no-huddle offense to perfection and put up a whopping 410 yards. Trubisky completed 12-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two scores — three other perfectly placed tosses were dropped — and rushed six times for 72 yards and a score.

“We just do what we’re trained to do,” Trubisky said. “Our coaches did a great job preparing us, so we knew exactly what we were going to do. We came out and executed, so that makes it seem easy.”

The Cardinals’ first scoring drive took seven plays — it would have been four, but a pass was dropped in the end zone — and 1:36 to cover 78 yards, Trubisky going in from 19 yards out.

Their second drive took one play and 11 seconds, Conner Krizancic taking a handoff around left end and going 54 yards.

Drive No. 3 required four plays and 1:27 to cover 43 yards, Krizancic rushing for the final 5.

Add that up and Mentor scored 21 points and accumulated 175 yards while having the ball for just 12 plays and 3:14.

“It’s a system that has been in place since 1997,” Sutherland said. “They’ve perfected it.”

The Cardinals added an eight-play, 56-yard drive late in the first period that took 2:17, Nick Delisa rushing for the last 5.

They then added a six-play, 45-yard drive that took 1:31 early in the second, Krizancic catching a 5-yard pass from Trubisky to make it 35-0 with 9:43 left in the first half.

Add those to the previous three drives and Mentor scored five touchdowns and gained 276 yards on 26 plays that took just 7:02 to run. At that point in the game, Medina had 8 yards total offense.

“That’s what we expect from our offense,” Trubisky said. “We had great practices and we came out and took care of business.”

Medina got on the board on a 7-yard run by Jerry Klue (19 carries, 55 yards) midway through the second quarter, but it took one play for Mentor to answer, Delisa taking a short pass from Trubisky and racing 69 yards.

Matt Schaefer gave the Cardinals a 49-7 lead at intermission with an 11-yard run, at which point Mentor had a 410-48 edge in total offense.

“That’s our goal as an offense,” Trubisky said of Mentor getting seven TDs on seven possessions. “Every time we get the ball, we want to score.”

To Medina’s credit, it played the Cardinals to a 14-14 draw in the second half, though it should be noted Mentor backup quarterback Brenden Parker attempted just one pass.

Eddie Daugherty and Casey Kraft had 2-yard scoring runs for the Cardinals, while the Bees’ answered with a 32-yard connection from Collin Minor to A.J. Hoptry and a 2-yard run by R.J. Siskovic.

Danny Eller and Brandon Fisher had fumble recoveries for Medina, which was outgained 590-154 on the night. Mentor did not punt the entire night, while the Bees called on Kenny Wilder seven times.

“They don’t give up,” Sutherland said of his players. “They don’t fold. I’m very proud of the kids’ effort.”

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

Mentor 63, Medina 21

MENTOR                                         28 21 7 7 — 63

MEDINA                                               0 7 7 7 — 21

First

Men — Mitch Trubisky 19 run (Mike Muzic kick), 10:24.

Men — Conner Krizancic 54 run (Muzic kick), 7:51.

Men — Krizancic 1 run (Muzic kick), 4:33.

Men — Nick Delisa 5 run (Muzic kick), 0:18.

Second

Men — Krizancic 5 pass from Trubisky (Muzic kick), 9:43.

Med — Jerry Klue 7 run (Nick Bavaro kick), 6:51.

Men — Delisa 69 pass from Trubisky (Muzic kick), 6:35.

Men — Matt Schaefer 11 run (Muzic kick), 2:46.

Third

Men — Eddie Daugherty 2 run (Muzic kick), 3:25.

Med — A.J. Hoptry 32 pass from Collin Minor (Chase Johanson kick), 0:02.

Fourth

Men — Casey Kraft 2 run (Muzic kick), 5:25.

Med — R.J. Siskovic 2 run (Johanson kick), 0:41.