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Little Cards take varsity and JV championships

November 9, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
The Canfield Little Cardinals 120-pound squad (aka varsity) completed an undefeated season with a 20-6 victory over their rival the Poland Little Bulldogs at Youngstown State's Stambaugh Stadium to capture the YAC Championship. Stellar defense and an offense that piled up more than 300 yards were the the difference for Canfield (8-0).

Poland struck first when the Bulldogs' Luke Fulton raced 69 yards on Poland's second possession. The touchdown was the first surrendered by the Canfield defense this season and marked the first time the Cards trailed all year. The lead didn't last long as Andre Crump took the ensuing play 65 yards to pay dirt. The conversion failed and the score stood 6-6. Canfield's defense rose to the occasion on the next possession when it forced a Bulldog fumble, which was scooped up by Santino Marucci and returned to the Poland 21. Two plays later, Glenn Griswold burst 18 yards up the middle to give Canfield the lead, 12-6.

Canfield's defense held, giving the Cardinals possession at their own 39. Canfield covered 61 yards in nine plays with Crump going around left end the final 12 yards for a 18-6 Canfield lead. Jake Whittenberger's diving reception of a Griswold aerial provided the conversion and made it 20-6 Canfield. The drive was keyed by a 24-yard Crump to PJ Haloff pass on a third and eight to the Poland 25 yard line. Later Canfield drove to the Poland 4 as the first half closed, but were turned away.

Canfield's defense led by Tyler Stein, Andy Murphy, and Ethan Fletcher kept Poland in check the second half. Canfield penetrated to the Bulldog two yard line late in the game but a fourth down aerial was incomplete.

Offensively Crump had a huge game, rushing for 197 yards in 15 carries and completing one of two passes for 24 yards. Whittenberger added 42 yards on six carries. Head coach Tom Donadee cited the offensive line play of Cole Morell, Bailey Flanagan, Colin Leonard, Zach Smith, Jake Donadee, and Caden White. Defensively Richie Hofus, Nick Crawford, and McCoy Watkins were cited for stellar play.

This was Canfield's second straight 120-pound championship, as the team has compiled a 17-1 record over the last two seasons. Canfield outscored its opponents 226 to 14 and yielded only one touchdown on defense. The Cardinals are led by Donadee and defensive coordinator Jason Marucci and assistants Derick Fletcher, Andre Crump, Doug Stein, Jeff Kowal, Rick Zaremski, Gino Morell, Craig Tareshawty, and Dave Watkins.

Because of the large number of young athletes trying out for the team each year, the CLC is able to field a second 120-pound team that becomes the club’s JV 120s. They too played a post-season schedule and, like their varsity counterparts, captured their second consecutive league title after defeating Poland 26-0. The game was played in Struthers on a rain-soaked Nebo Field.

Canfield struck first, taking the opening drive 65 yards in eight plays with Ethan Fletcher sprinting around right end for the touchdown and a 6-0 Canfield lead.

On Canfield's second possession the Cards drove to the Bulldog 1 year line behind the running of Chance Merlin, Dominic Yozwiak, and Jake Kowal. Nathan Ritenour blasted over the right side to paydirt and Cards led 12-0 at the half.

Poland drove to the Canfield 35 on the opening possession of the second half but a big hit by Bryce Beal on a fourth and five gave Canfield back the ball. Fletcher then burst over the right side, cut left and raced 65 yards for six and a 18-0 lead. Canfield rounded out the scoring when Conor Crogan dashed 50 yards for the score. Jake Hostetter added the two-point conversion run for the final margin.

The Cards defense was led by Matt Zaremski, Alex Smyczynski, David Reinhart, Greg Karas, Gio Saadey, Seth Hull, Paris Bumgardner, Donnie Syrianoudis, Alex George, and Chris Smith. Offensively, coach Donadee cited Kevin Walls, Mario Mavar, James Warren, Joseph Warren, Gavin Tareshawty, Joseph Bruno, Angelo Cestone, BJ Parker, David Noday, and Dominic Joseph.

Article Photos

The Canfield Little Cardinals 120-pound JV team defeated Poland 26-0 to win
their second straight league championship after completing an undefeated season. Pictured are team members following the Poland game that was played in the YAC JV Super Bowl in Struthers on a rain-soaked Nebo Field.

 
 

 

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