BAINBRIDGE TWP., Ohio — Thirty-five years. That’s how lengthy Mayfield has waited for some other undefeated soccer group.
The waited ended Friday night time at Kenston, the place the Wildcats discovered a solution each and every time their hosts made a giant play. The overall one got here with junior protection Timmy Steffens’ interception in entrance of the Kenston sideline to seal a 24-21 victory.
Steffen stated he spotted Kenston quarterback Jon Tomcufcik throw in that route the former play, because the Bombers attempted to respond to Henry Pernsteiner’s go-ahead box function with 32 seconds left.
“I used to be simply dishonest over there slightly bit,” Steffen stated, “ensuring in the event that they did that once more, that ball is mine.”
It used to be his.
Steffen stored his head on a swivel lots of the night time as Mayfield, ranked 9th within the cleveland.com Most sensible 25, wrapped up the Western Reserve Convention for itself and clinched a first-round house sport in subsequent week’s OHSAA Department II playoffs. The one time he didn’t concentrate got here whilst working again to Mayfield’s sideline in party, when a teammate by chance decked him and despatched him to the turf. Everybody simply piled on, each to rejoice some extra and ensure he used to be OK.
“I used to be simply so excited after the instant,” Steffen stated.
The Wildcats (10-0, 7-0) entered the week 2nd in Area 5, sandwiched between undefeated Massillon and protecting state champion Archbishop Hoban. Whoever they play subsequent week, it’ll be after taking down the protecting Department III state champs and No. 10 Kenston (8-2, 5-2).
“That is a unique crew over there,” Kenston trainer Jeff Grubich stated. “They have been in a position to head 10-0, and that is the reason very tricky to do.”
He is aware of. His group neglected the feat ultimate yr through one sport of their state name run. They’re going to get some other shot to protect that crown, in step with JoeEitel.com’s unofficial rankings, which has the Bombers in with the 8th and ultimate spot for Area 9.
Kenston’s high-powered offense completed with 235 yards, together with 141 dashing, as Mayfield managed the ball with a constant offensive line and senior working again Joey Suchy.
Suchy completed with 33 carries for 132 yards and a landing.
“I do not understand how I will stroll the next day, however it is simply superb,” Suchy stated. “We began enthusiastic about this again in January with our iciness workout routines. We simply labored so onerous each day, out and in, and we simply stored preaching. When that time table got here out, we knew there have been some large video games however lets roll into this sport 9-Zero and it will be a dogfight.”
It proved to be simply that.
Suchy scored the sport’s first landing on a 1-yard run with 23 seconds left within the first part. Kenston tied the ranking on Jack Porter’s 4-yard run halfway during the 3rd quarter, which resulted in the primary of 2 Joey Isabella TD receptions. He bobbled his first one, however secured it on a 22-yard reception from junior quarterback Michael Huss. Isabella completed with 139 yards on six receptions and credited his a hit bobbling act on juggling tennis balls.
He began doing it on the finish of ultimate faculty yr on the recommendation of older brother and Arizona Cardinals receiver Andy Isabella.
“I nonetheless have not gotten 4 down,” Joey Isabella stated. “That is in reality onerous, however I were given 3 down blank. I will do it between my legs.”
The scoreboard additionally juggled from side to side, as Kenston spoke back Isabella’s first catch however may just no longer convert its further level. Isabella scored once more on a 20-yard reception from Huss, who finished 11-of-20 passes for 222 yards.
The run arrange the cross, however Kenston nonetheless replied when Tyler Mintz’s 92-yard kickoff go back and Tomcufcuk’s two-point conversion evened the ranking at a 21-all.
“Proper after that kick, Joey Suchy got here as much as me and stated we have now were given this trainer,” Mayfield trainer Ross Bandiera stated.
Mayfield used lots of the ultimate 4:42 to pressure to the Kenston 1. That arrange Pernsteiner’s profitable kick.
Whilst keeping Kenston to 235 yards, Mayfield totaled 393. Suchy stated he used to be sore, however nonetheless in a celebratory temper over what they simply completed.
“My dad’s coached right here since 1998 and I have been come to video games so long as I will be mindful,” he stated, relating to assistant trainer Ron Suchy. “Seeing nice gamers like Timmy Wetzel, Lee Longo, Andy Isabella and now enjoying along with his brother, it is superb. To look all of the ones guys and be capable to accomplish one thing that is all the time perceived to slip via, it is simply an ideal feeling.”