PARMA, Ohio – St. Ignatius keeps finding new ways to win. The reigning Division I State Champion Wildcats briefly lost both quarterback Michael LaManna and tailback Tim McVey, Saturday, but relied on its stout defense to hold a determined Glenville team to just a single touchdown, in a 35-7 win at Byers Field.
McVey fell to the turf in the third quarter and had to be helped from the field, but returned a few plays later to score the third of his career-high four touchdowns, and carry St. Ignatius (6-0) to its twelfth consecutive win, dating back to October 2011.
The senior back carried the ball 25 times for 137 yards and those four scores. He also added three catches for 38 yards, including a big first down on a scoring drive in the second quarter, after Glenville (4-2) had cut the Wildcats’ lead to just 12-7.
LaManna, who struggled for the second straight week, missed one series in the second quarter, with an apparent leg injury, but returned to lead two quick scoring drives before the half. He finished 15-28 for 203 yards and two interceptions. It was the first game LaManna has started, that he failed to throw at least one touchdown pass.
Glenville played very hard and the Tarblooders’ tough defense gave the Wildcats all they could handle, but their offense kept stalling in the red zone. Glenville quarterback Quan Robinson threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Dowdell, who finished with five catches for 112 yards. But the Tarblooders, who continue to search for any semblance of a kicking game, missed three scoring opportunities, when they turned the ball over on downs inside the Ignatius 20-yard line.
The win moves St. Ignatius to the top of the Region 1 Playoff race. The Wildcats will play a glorified scrimmage next Saturday, against John Adams (3-3) from the Cleveland Senate League. Then they host St. Francis (NY), which is 0-5, before closing the season against traditional power, Cincinnati St. Xavier (4-2), and #2 ranked St. Edward (6-0) in the annual Holy War.
Glenville’s road to the Region 1 Playoffs will be an uphill climb. Saturday’s loss drops the Tarblooders to 13th in Region 1, with the top eight teams qualifying for the Playoffs. Glenville, whose two loses have come to the state’s #1 and #2 ranked teams, St. Ignatius and St. Edward, closes the season against four straight Senate opponents, and will need a lot of help to sneak into the eighth and final spot.
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