St. Ignatius-Mentor take huge stage at FirstEnergy Stadium: Week 2 soccer preview

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The primary recreation of Chuck Kyle’s final yr as coach at St. Ignatius will now be on the large stage of FirstEnergy Stadium, when his Wildcats play Mentor on Friday on the house of the Browns.

The matchup, one in every of three High 25 video games, leads the Week 2 slate of highschool soccer video games on Friday. Along with No. 6 St. Ignatius vs. No. 5 Mentor, No. 3 Avon will entertain No. 11 Medina and No. 25 Aurora travels to No. 19 Riverside.

Moreover, Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium will play host to the Freedom Bowl showcase in Canton with No. 1 St. Edward enjoying Pittsburgh Central Catholic on Friday and No. 4 Chardon going through Camden (N.J.) on Saturday, as the realm’s two defending state champions return to the location of their huge wins that closed final season.

Let’s take a look at the realm’s 12 largest video games of the week:

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

The place: Byers Area in Parma

What to know: Each groups are coming off huge Week 1 wins. The Rangers upset Rocky River, 34-21, on the highway behind freshman Zach Barnhart’s 101 yards dashing and two touchdowns. Valley Forge, recognized for its run-heavy offense, gained practically 400 yards with transformed lineman Shawn Warden’s 113 yards in a 44-15 win in opposition to Amherst. Can the Patriots make it two in a row in opposition to the Southwestern Convention? This matchup ought to issue into playoff seeding, as each are in Division II, Area 6. choose: Valley Forge

Tallmage vs. Aurora, September 24, 2021

Aurora head coach Bob Mihalik.John Kuntz,

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Veterans Stadium at Aurora Excessive Faculty

What to know: Each Riverside and Aurora are coming off huge wins Friday, together with the Greenmen with a 38-6 victory at Euclid that launched them into this week’s High 25. A lot of the starters exited by the halfway level of the third quarter with senior quarterback Matt Geier finishing 6 of 8 passes for 108 yards, dashing for 82 and scoring 3 times. The Aurora protection got here up with three interceptions and can now be examined by Riverside junior Mike Maloney and Co. He additionally had simply two incompletions Friday in a 35-7 win vs. Perry, throwing for 186 yards and two TDs on 9-of-11 passing. Jake Elly scored on one in every of his throws and completed with 119 yards on 4 receptions. choose: Riverside

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Alumni Stadium at Perry Excessive Faculty

What to know: One other robust check from the Western Reserve Convention for Perry, which returns house after the loss at Riverside. Kenston, poised as one of many state’s high groups in Division III, confirmed its stability in a 45-20 win in opposition to Chagrin Falls with senior quarterback Nikko Georgiou throwing for 231 yards and two TDs — each to sophomore Tymir Cardona. Junior Sean Patrick ran for 121 yards and two TDs, whereas the Kenston protection acquired to Chagrin Falls for 4 sacks. Perry, which is now in Division V, seems to be to bounce again with sophomore Walter Moses and junior Brayden Richards working behind heart at quarterback and receiver. Their play has the potential to maintain any opponent’s protection on its toes. choose: Kenston

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Gallagher Stadium at Central Catholic Excessive Faculty in Toledo

What to know: Shut losses for each Benedictine and Central Catholic have them trying to bounce again, because the Bengals take to the highway after their 38-32 double additional time defeat Saturday in opposition to Walsh Jesuit. Sophomore Lucas Kaltenbach threw for 290 yards, discovering junior Jace Ellis for 164 yards and a landing on 5 receptions. That mixture proved to be one in every of Benedictine’s brilliant spots, however a tricky problem awaits within the Preventing Irish after they pushed St. Edward earlier than a 23-20 loss in Lakewood. Central Catholic quarterback Ty’Waun Clark accomplished 23 of 30 passes for 149 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, whereas St. Edward’s cross rush supplied a heavy cross rush. Benedictine will look to do the identical with junior edge rusher Kareem Jennings and Co. TCC additionally used heavy doses of Clark and operating again Chris Edmonds, who rushed for 65 yards, final week. The Irish may go to extra of that after Walsh ran the soccer 52 instances in opposition to Benedictine. The Bengals beat TCC final yr, 24-14, their first assembly since Central Catholic’s 31-30 double-overtime win within the 2015 playoffs. choose: Central Catholic

Kirtland vs. West Geauga, September 10, 2021

Kirtland’s George Prusock (73) lifts operating again Tommy Gogolin into the air in celebration.John Kuntz,

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Rogers Area at Kirtland Excessive Faculty

What to know: This Week 2 Chagrin Valley Convention crossover matchup ought to check simply how far Lutheran West is rising beneath second-year coach John Parrella. Kirtland gained this recreation final yr, 47-0, in Rocky River and didn’t lose a beat in Week 1 this yr with a 34-8 win Friday at Harvey. Coach Tiger LaVerde gained his 2 hundredth recreation on the faculty final week, turning into the nation’s third-fastest coach to that mark at one program, as freshman son Jake LaVerde began at quarterback. The operating recreation put up 369 yards on 42 makes an attempt with six ball carriers operating for at the very least 57 yards. Junior Rocco Alfieri (66 yards on 9 carries) and senior Tommy Gogolin (57 yards on eight carries) had essentially the most work amongst these six. Lutheran West senior Clay Noble threw for 137 yards on 8 of 10 passing and rushed for 73 yards within the Longhorns’ 34-0 win at Fairview. choose: Kirtland

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Garfield Heights Excessive Faculty

What to know: It’s an early Lake Erie League recreation for Garfield Heights and Cleveland Heights, which is in its final yr of LEL competitors earlier than shifting to the Better Cleveland Convention. The Bulldogs are again at house after they eked out a 16-15 win after two touchdowns from Tommie Benn and a 2-point conversion to tug it out. Coach Jason Osborne has a younger, however promising protection that would gradual the tempo on the grass area at Garfield Heights with a high-powered run recreation coming to city. Cleveland Heights senior quarterback Darreon Honest ran for 122 yards and two TDs and threw for one more 118 yards in final week’s 43-13 win in opposition to Brunswick. The Tigers’ protection pressured three turnovers with 10 tackles from sophomore security Marquise Davis. choose: Cleveland Heights

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: North Gateway Tire Area at Highland Excessive Faculty in Medina

What to know: Highland gained this Suburban League crossover final yr, 24-21, however now has the benefit of enjoying on its house area this yr. The Hornets acquired 119 yards dashing from senior Lukas Stiles and 144 yards passing by senior Andrew Lurtz in his first begin at quarterback in final week’s 39-20 win at Berea-Midpark. The Bears, in the meantime, acquired two TD passes from Joe Kinney and beat Westlake, 21-7, of their season opener. choose: Highland

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland

What to know: St. Ignatius didn’t get to play its season opener Saturday at Byers Area vs. Springfield, as lightning delays pressured that recreation’s cancellation. Maybe it’s becoming that Chuck Kyle’s first recreation of his fortieth and closing season main St. Ignatius comes at FirstEnergy Stadium and the house of the Browns, whom he serves as a youth soccer advisor. Junior Joshua Papesh was slated to get the beginning nod final week for the Springfield recreation and will break up time with sophomore Quinn Woidke. Papesh performed final yr in reduction in the course of the Wildcats’ additional time loss at Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller and began in opposition to Clarkson (Canada) Soccer North. Equally, Mentor sophomore Scotty Fox noticed time final yr due to accidents and is now extra seasoned for it. He threw three TD passes in final week’s 34-21 win in opposition to Canton McKinley. Senior operating again Mitchell Waite ran for 2 TDs. These applications met twice final yr with Mentor successful in Week 2 at house, 28-26, earlier than the Wildcats gained the rematch within the first spherical of the playoffs, 35-32. choose: Mentor

Avon HS at Medina HS football, August 27, 2021

Avon QB Sam DeTillio (19) has a transparent opening to the tip zone for a TD agains Medina on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Medina.David Petkiewicz,

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet Stadium on the Avon Early Studying Heart

What to know: Will jet lag damage Avon in Week 2? The Eagles flew to Florida to play Stratford (S.C.) in a Week 1 recreation that was stopped due to lightning halfway by the primary quarter with Avon up 7-0. Stratford opted to not resume the sport that evening or the subsequent morning, giving Avon the forfeit win. Medina, in the meantime, acquired junior quarterback Danny Stoddard getting into final week’s 33-10 win in opposition to Warren Harding, as he threw for 305 yards and 4 TD passes. Report-setting senior receiver Brennen Schramm had 98 yards and two TDs on 9 receptions for Medina, which final yr beat Avon, 34-17. choose: Avon

When: 7 p.m. Friday

The place: Dowed Area in Akron

What to know: Cathedral Prep involves Akron for its season opener after an 11-2 season final yr that resulted in Pennsylvania’s state quarterfinals. Hoban, which made it again to final yr’s Division II state title recreation in Ohio, picked up the place it left off as senior operating again Lamar Sperling rushed for 401 yards and 5 TDs in a 44-20 win in opposition to Clarkson (Canada) Soccer North. Cathedral Prep may present extra of a check for Hoban’s new-look passing recreation, with junior JacQai Lengthy and transformed receiver Jayvian Crable, because the Ramblers deliver again senior quarterback Carter Barnes (1,432 yards passing, 21 TDs, 532 yards dashing, 14 TDs) and second-leading rusher Suhtaun Lewis (708 yards, 9 TDs). Most of Barnes’ receiving corps additionally returns for this season. choose: Hoban

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

The place: Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton

What to know: Pittsburgh Central Catholic involves Ohio, opening its season after shedding in final yr’s Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League’s championship recreation. The Vikings play in Class 6A, which is that state’s largest division. They completed 9-3 and produce again junior quarterback Peyton Wehner (1,460 yards, 17 TDs) and junior linebacker Anthony Speca, who holds Energy 5 convention scholarship affords from Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Michigan. They’re ranked second in Pennsylvania by MaxPreps. St. Edward, with three Division I faculty prospects on the offensive line and two senior recruits on the defensive position, are ranked No. 1 in Ohio. These edge rushers led the Eagles in final week’s 23-20 win in opposition to Toledo Central Catholic, as Wyatt Gedeon had 3.5 sacks and 16 tackles. Northwestern recruit Michael Kilbane had 17 tackles. This recreation is a part of a weekend showcase at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium. choose: St. Edward

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

The place: Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton

What to know: Chardon will characterize Northeast Ohio on Saturday on the Freedom Bowl showcase. The Hilltoppers search their thirtieth win in a row and, like St. Edward, return to the location of their state championship win late final yr. Camden is coming off a 5-5 season in New Jersey and returns main receiver Terron Davis, who had 30 receptions for 555 yards and eight TDs final yr as a junior slotback. The Panthers’ high three receivers, together with Hamin Anderson and Taquan Bittingham are also slated to return for his or her senior season. Nevertheless, they’ll have new playmakers, together with sophomore quarterback Deante Ruffin and receiver Jaylan Hornsby, additions by way of switch with first-year coach Rob Hinson, who returns to his alma mater, based on, which ranks them simply exterior of its high 20 groups within the state. Final yr’s report may very well be deceiving, as Camden is the primary of two out-of-state opponents for Chardon. The Hilltoppers gained their twenty ninth straight recreation final week in a 14-7 slugfest in opposition to Olmsted Falls, as junior A.J. Bruce ran for 158 yards and each TDs. Senior linebacker Heath Fetchik added 13 tackles with a pressured fumble, whereas edge rusher Alex Kisley had 10 tackles with three TFL and a sack, together with the clinching hit on Falls’ final possession. choose: Chardon

All instances are 7 p.m., except famous.

Thursday, Aug. 25


Lincoln-West at Independence

North Ridgeville at Valley Forge

Friday, Aug. 26

Nice Lakes Convention

Bay at Lakewood

Fairview at Parma

Lake Erie League

Cleveland Heights at Garfield Heights


Brooklyn at John Adams, 4 p.m.

Oberlin at Lutheran East, 4 p.m.

John Hay at Cleveland Central Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs. Cleveland JFK at Roye Kidd Area, 4:30 p.m.

Canfield South Vary at College Faculty, 5 p.m.

Ashtabula St. John at Akron Springfield

Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.) at Archbishop Hoban

Wellington at Ashland Mapleton

Riverside at Aurora

Medina at Avon

Brecksville at Avon Lake

Elyria at Bedford

Woodridge at Beloit West Department

Nordonia at Berea-Midpark

Cuyahoga Heights at Brookside

Olmsted Falls at Brunswick

Toledo Bowsher at Brush

Amherst at Buckeye

Andover Pymatuning Valley at Cardinal

Keystone at Cloverleaf

Holy Identify at Clyde

Vermilion at Columbia

Firestone at Copley

Garrettsville Garfield at Cortland Lakeview

Berkshire at Coventry

Minerva at Crestwood

Normandy at Cuyahoga Falls

Kent Roosevelt at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Akron East at Dover

Hawken at Doylestown Chippewa

Revere at Eastlake North

Walsh Jesuit at Erie McDowell (Pa.)

Lisbon David Anderson at Fairport Harding

Rocky River at Firelands

North Olmsted at Inexperienced

North Royalton at Highland

Euclid at Hudson

Harvey at Jefferson

Lutheran West at Kirtland

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at Lewis Heart Olentangy

Sandusky at Lorain

Ashtabula Lakeside at Madison

Mangolia Sandy Valley at Manchester

Massillon Jackson at Mayfield

Strongsville at Midview

Orange at Mineral Ridge

Kenmore-Garfield at Norton

Glenville at Olentangy Liberty

Kenston at Perry

Warren Howland at Ravenna

Area at Ravenna Southeast

Windham at Rittman

Mentor vs. St. Ignatius at FirstEnergy Stadium

Elyria Catholic at Sandusky Perkins

Youngstown East at Shaw

Shaker Heights at Solon

Barberton at Stow

Ellet at Tallmadge

Benedictine at Toledo Central Catholic

Clearview at Toledo Scott

Willoughby South at Twinsburg

East Tech at Uhrichsville Claymont

Maple Heights at Uniontown Lake

Rootstown at Warren Champion

Buchtel at Warren Harding

Gilmour vs. Warrensville Heights at Maple Heights

Streetsboro at West Geauga

Rhodes at Westlake

Black River at West Salem Northwestern

Akron North at Wickliffe

Wadsworth at Wooster

Padua at Youngstown Ursuline

St. Edward vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27


Beachwood at John Marshall, midday

Chardon vs. Camden (N.J) at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium, 5 p.m.

Columbus Crusaders at Mogadore, 6 p.m.

Chagrin Falls vs. Trinity at Cuyahoga Heights

Lake Catholic vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at Mineral Ridge

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