FNTD D1 State Semifinal: Whitmer Runs Past Mentor, 62-34

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MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Mentor Cardinals had been playing with fire throughout the Division I Playoffs, yet somehow managed to escape Region 1 without getting burned.

But Mentor’s much-maligned defense proved to be its undoing Saturday, as the Cardinals allowed 42 second half points to unbeaten Toledo Whitmer, in a 62-34 loss in the State Semifinals.

Whitmer’s dual-threat quarterback, Nick Holley outplayed Mentor’s All-Ohio signal caller, Mitch Trubisky, leading the Panthers’ high-powered rushing attack with nearly 400 total yards and four touchdowns.  

Holley scored on a 20-yard run on Whitmer’s first possession, then threw a picture perfect pass to this brother Nate for another score in the second quarter, as the Panthers took a 20-13 lead into halftime.

After Trubisky’s short scoring run tied the game at 20-20 early in the third quarter, Holley and the Panthers took over, exploding for 28-unanswered points to turn a tie game into a 48-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Tre Sterritt scored three touchdowns in the second half, including two in the fourth quarter as Whitmer outscored Mentor 28-14 to turn a close game into a blowout.

Trubisky threw more than 300 yards with three touchdowns, and added two more scores on the ground.

But Mentor committed three turnovers and could not recover from its mistakes.

With the win, Toledo Whitmer improves to 14-0 on the season and advances to its first Division I State Championship Game. The Panthers will face seven-time State Champion Cincinnati Moeller, which outlasted Pickerington North, 26-21 in the other semifinal.

The Division I Championship game is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m at Canton Fawcett Stadium.

Mentor’s ten-game winning streak comes to an end, and the Cardinals finish the season 12-2.

For all the final scores, plus video highlights and photo galleries from Friday’s games, head over to the FOX-8 High School Football page.

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