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I've seen some big wins over the years by the Tarblooders but I've also seen some brutal loses. More brutal losses than big wins. Tonight was another brutal loss.
Yes there's blame to go around if you're on Glenville's sideline but their team fought so hard tonight it wasn't even funny.
First of all neither team is playoff worthy at this point in the season but I thought Glenville had more talent than Ed's and I was surprised by that. Neither team had any real offense to speak of but both offenses moved the ball when they had to score late in the game. Both teams lost like 15 starters from their previous year's team.
Kalis was still out for Ed's and one of their QB's quit the team this past week I was told. But they had no real dominant running game at all until the QB started getting involved in the ground attack late in the game. They had no passing game whatsoever. Glenville's passing game wasn't a whole lot better but they had some success in the air. Not much though. But they had a first-year sophomore quarterback, Quan Robinson, playing in his first game and none of their five starting offensive lineman, with the exception of Willie Henry who had to play some tight end tonight in a pinch, ever played in a varsity game before today either. I thought their young QB played with poise till the end for the most part.
Devan Bogard is a stud making plays all game long. Ed's scored late in the game from a yard out when he was on the sideline for a play with an injuy. He's emotional and firey and he's playing out of position for his team. He's going to be a great strong safety at OSU. Ginn said Bogard is a combination of Whitner, Christian Bryant and Jermale Hines. Sounds about right to me! But Bogard is playing linebacker again this season and is all over the field.
Like Mark Porter has stated before and I concur, Willie Henry is a fine two-way lineman and is a real solid defensive lineman. Ohio State has one eye on him I'm told. He's very athletic for his size and moves real well. He has a real good 40 time for a lineman, I think it might be 4.7 or some low number like that. Him and Alex Pace have to attract the attention of the offensive linemen in front of both of them. Pace makes plays also but he needs to play hard every play. I thought Glenville's defense played well overall with guys like Devonte Congress, Kainle McGee and Akyee Henderson running around making plays. V'Angelo Bentley seems like a solid corner and Justin Hardee plays a solid center field. Hardee missed on a big interception late in the game in Eds territory.
Ed's defense kept Glenville in check as well for the most part led by game MVP (that tells you how good their offense was) junior linebacker Lavonte Robinson. Robinson and senior lineman John Webb were both very disruptive forces all game long.
Glenville came up with no points right before the half when they were down close to Ed's goal line. Their QB was sacked back to like the 10 and they couldn't get another play off in time. Glenville led 8-7 at the intermission.
They also had a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt that gave Ed's a first down and change the momentum early in the second half. Another not so intelligent play by the Tarblooders who would have had the ball around midfield. Consider it a big turnover.
And finally the two point conversion??? I guess Ginn just needs to recruit a white suburban soccer player and his worries would be over (I say that with tongue firmly planted in cheek).
Glenville tied the game after a long run by junior Herb Walker put them down to around the five. The young QB scored on a nice run two plays later.
Glenville went for two on their first score and converted and they had more confidence in their 2-pt. offense than kicking a PAT. Say what you want, but Glenville went through four or five kickers and didn't feel real good about any of them winning the game, how simple that might sound. So they went for two on another well-designed play and the Chris Overton, who had a nice game for Glenville, broke open but the ball was thrown late and it was batted away. Should they have a kicker good enough to make an extra point? Yes they should but they don't. Or didn't believe in one enough to use him there.
Well some might say why kick the 30-yard FG to try and win it in regulation. Because it was fourth down from the 23 and they tried to steal the win after Ed's fumbled the ball back to them after the Eagles got the ball back after the tying score. It turns out their punter Devonte Congress, who punted well most of the night, drilled a kick that could have won it but it was wide right. On any other high school field with a wider goal post, they may have won the game there. I don't know how far wide it was right but it looked pretty good and true when he kicked it.
Glenville won the toss and played defense first in OT and gave up a field goal to Ed's on their possession. Glenville got the ball and on third and like 11 or so, the quarterback, Quan Robinson, fumbled the ball away and the game was over. 17-14 Ed's wins in OT.
Another difficult loss for the Tarblooders who will face a tough opponent on Labor Day in week two. St. Ignatius in week six is the other difficult non-league game on their schedule.
It's a win for Ed's and that's all that matters for the defending DI state champions. To the victors went the Charity Game trophy and the MVP of the game award.
It kind of felt like Michigan beat Ohio State if you get my drift!
"A huge guy in a red polo shirt came up to me and punched me in the face.”
Both of these teams will be major contenders in region 1 this year. If Glenville can at least split with their two remaining non-conference games (Ignatius and Kingsland) they are a virtual lock for the playoffs. The only thing keeping Ed's from the post season will be their brutal schedule. Besides the fact that both teams were breaking in new QB's, the lackluster offensive play can be credited to two outstanding defenses, and what may be the two best defensive lines in the state this year. The defensive front sevens for these two teams were incredibly disruptive. Just the week before that St. Edward offense, who actually has a pretty talented group of reveivers, was shredding Warren Harding in a game-simulated scrimmage. Granted the Raiders may not be all that great this year, they are never short on athletes.
With Kalis out and St. Edward replacing the whole left side of their incredible o-line from last year, Willie Henry and company were having their way up front. Bogard was everywhere as usual. He will be an outstanding strong safety/Star for the Buckeyes. Ed's couldn't get anything going until mid way through the third quarter when they moved Orlosky back to guard (he was playing RT w/ Kalis out) and moved TE Sam Grant to tackle. While the constant pressure certainly helped the Glenville secondary out, they are a very talented group as well and coverage was very tight the whole game. Likewise, the young St. Edward secondary (all new starters and all underclassmen) held their own very well. Strong safety Domenic Abounader (state champ wrestler) was very impressive for St. Edward. The Glenville offense lacks the signature gamebreakers they have had in recent years, and their Qb play leaves much to be desired, but they do have some solid backs. Glenville's o-line may be the most unhealthy looking group I have ever seen. Just like Glenvilles d-line had their way with Ed's up front, Ed's d-line had their way with Glenville up front as well. Darryl Render (Pitt), Greg Kuhar (Northwestern), and John Webb were an impressive group. I look forward to a possible rematch of this game in the playoffs where both offenses will undoubtedly be much improved. In the meantime, these teams defenses will carry them.
And Gary, how can you possibly be surprised that Glenville had more talent than Ed's? It's freaking Glenville. They put more guys into D1 colleges than any program in the state. Personally, I thought the talent was pretty on par.
Also, I can't believe Orlosky (WVU commit) didn't have more big ten offers. While he was out of position at tackle, when they moved him back to guard he was dominant. Everytime I've seen Ed's play, I have been more impressed with Orlosky as a guard than Kalis as a tackle (and Kalis is almost always impressive). I think he's the best pure guard in the state.
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