FINAL Friday Football Follow – Up

Football Season Closes on Positive Note with Victory Over Chagrin

FINAL Friday Football Follow - Up

Some people in America say varsity high school football games on Friday Nights (Friday Night Lights, anyone ???) are the glue that holds towns together during the ten (and hopefully more) weeks in the fall. The year’s rather young varsity team has managed to win six games in 2016. The leaders for this season were seniors Alec Newlon, Nick Rossi, and Joe Daddario.

The season started off rough for the Wolverines, as they began with a 0-28 loss to Chardon. However, according to the News Herald, the Wolverines were the only team to keep the clock running on “normal” time in the second half this season. In week two the boys were defeated by the Riverside Beavers by a score of 16-21. The last time the Wolverines started out losing two games was 1992. On the subject of a bit of a rough start to the season, head coach Mr. Lou Cirino said, “The players started working harder. I’m proud of the guys. They’ve worked harder and started paying attention to more details. They have grown up pretty quick, which is good for such a young team.”

Week three was a turning point for the varsity, as they defeated Padua scoring with less than two minutes left in the game. The boys rallied together and pulled out the win. Joe Daddario led the last second drive with Jax Shenkel (the quarterback) making the hand offs and, of course, the offensive line, led up by Shaun Podojil, Nick Rossi, Nathaniel Grabinski, Sam Orth and Joey Camino. The game against Padua set off a winning streak for the Wolverines. In weeks four and five the team pulled off wins versus Geneva, Harvey and Beachwood.

The second half of the season proved difficult for the Wolverines. An exciting 5 – point loss to the “final four” Perry Pirates proved how tough the Wolverines could be, but an unexpected setback to Orange sealed the non – playoff fate for West G. The Wolverines ended the season ranked 12th in the computer region, which meant they did not get a try at the playoffs this year. However the team won six games throughout the season and only lost four. Coach Cirino only had positive things to say about the end of the season, “It’s always good when you beat Chagrin Falls, especially when you haven’t won at Chagrin since 2006.”

It was a bittersweet ending to the season when the varsity team and senior players defeated Chagrin, the team’s rival, by a score of 20-13. When asked about the season ending, senior Jesse Todd said, “We had a really fun year and we worked extremely hard in the off-season, Football has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I can’t believe it’s over.”