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SPT’s Spencer Davies got the chance to talk to current Browns DL Billy Winn about the first round of the Browns draft:
Talking about Danny Shelton
Talking about Cameron Erving
Talking about Johnny Manziel and his progress
Spencer’s exclusive interview with Earnest Byner (talks Browns draft, impact players this season, Johnny Manziel and team expectations)
For a while, Wadsworth almost forgot it was missing its starting running back with an injury as they run out to an early lead. However, for the second straight week the Generals shook off a sluggish first half and came out strong after the break to defeat the Grizzlies tonight, 35-14, at Art Wright Stadium.
Wadsworth (0-2) found out just before the game that starting running back Daniel Weinerman would miss tonight’s game. The senior suffered a concussion in practice this week and was not able to play in the game.
Backup Zach Looser sent Wooster (2-0) a message early as he found the end zone with just over four and a half minutes left in the first quarter from 26 yards out giving the Grizzlies a 7-0 lead.
It had looked like the Generals would be the one to score first, but they coughed up the ball inside the Grizzlies’ 20 yard line. Wadsworth then took the ball and capped an 8 play. 69 yard drive with Looser’s run.
Wooster was driving again, but turned the ball over on downs near the opponent’s 35. But their defense came up with a great play by causing a Wadsworth fumble after a reception near midfield.
The Grizzlies defense looked as if it had stopped the Generals after a sack left Wooster with a third and 21 situation from their own 48. However, Peyton Bennington found Colt Morgan open across the middle of the field and Morgan sprinted the rest of the way to tie the score at the 8:48 mark of the second quarter.
Wadsworth thought they had a quick answer as Montgomery found a streaking Clayton Christian wide open on the Wooster side of the field, but Christian was not able to hang on to the ball.
Looser broke free on the very next play for 31 yards and six plays later, junior Alex Jones bulled his way to the end zone to give the Grizzlies a 14-7 advantage at the half.
Making the most of his start for the injured Weinerman, Looser ran for 103 yards are 13 carries in the first half.
In their win last week, Wooster had only scored 7 first half points also, I am not sure what coach Doug Haas had to say in the locker at the intermission, but his Generals responded very positively to start the second half once again.
Receiving the second half kickoff, the Generals marched down the field and put themselves in position to knot the score. But a botched snap on third down left them looking at a fourth and four from the 18.
Instead of going for the field goal, Haas sent his team out there to pick up the first down. Bennington did one better by finding his receiver near the goal line, who then crossed into the end zone for the tying score.
After the kickoff, the Grizzlies fumbled the ball on first down and gave it to the Generals at their own 32. Bennington made them pay when he connected on his third TD of the night to push Wooster ahead 21-14.
Turnover mania was not done for the Grizzlies yet, who after the ensuing kickoff, fumbled once again on the first play from scrimmage to put Wooster at point blank range at the 20.
But Wooster could not take advantage and gave the ball back on downs without gaining any yards.
The Generals put the icing on the cake in the last quarter when Mathis take the ball, cut to the right, broke some tackles, then the hearts of the Grizzlies’ fans as he sprinted down the sidelines for a 49 yard touchdown.
The sophomore, Mathis, closed the scoring with a 3 yard run with 12 seconds left in the game.
Mathis carried the ball 34 times and rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Peyton Bennington made the most of his 8 completions by contributing 3 touchdowns.
While the offense of the Generals seems to get the credit for a good second half performance, the defense was the star of the second half holding Wadsworth to just 28 yards after the intermission.
Looser finished the game with 15 attempts and 115 yards, meaning that only 12 yards came in the second half.
Next week, Wadsworth looks to get back on track as they head to Medina to face the Bees (1-1), while Wooster hosts Green who stands at 1-1.
The beginning of the semester is always a sentimental one for me. I have no idea why. Perhaps it is because that this is the time where I reminisce of what was and ponder what will be. It can be an anxious time as well. It is an interesting one also because freshmen and returning students, at least for a few weeks, have something in common. A returning student has the promise of a fresh start. One entirely unique than his/her last semester. While a freshman has the valuable gift of a new beginning. Both can spur on an amazing semester. As an upperclassman, I have experienced both of these feelings. If I can give any advice to anyone, it will be to seize this moment and run with it. College is the experience you make it!
Chase Bodeman passed for almost 300 yards and ran for another 100+ as he led the Toledo Whitmer Panthers over the Walsh Jesuit Warriors, 40-26, at Conway Memorial Stadium this evening. Bodeman, a possible Eastern Michigan recruit, played strong in the second half to lead Whitmer back from an early deficit.
Whitmer found themselves down 14-7 early as Joe Penna rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Two first half interceptions and 10 penalties for 85 yards stopped Whitmer on numerous possessions.
Late in the half, the Warriors saw the effects of having 5 players playing both sides of the ball as the Panthers managed to put a drive together to tie the score on a Bodeman 3 yard run with just 38 seconds left before the half.
The Panthers stopped shooting themselves in the second half. After receiving the second half kickoff, Bodeman completed a pass near midfield and then on the next play kept it on the option and scampered 49 yards for the touchdown and a 20-14 lead just 5 minutes into the quarter.
Their D held strong after a long kickoff return put the ball at the Whitmer 41. Walsh could not take advantage of the field position and ended up punting after a three and out. Moore took off on a 80+ yard run on the second play of the possession and was knocked out at the one, but a block in the back penalty wiped out most of the long run. Four plays later, Bodeman connected with his receiver for a 15 yard touchdown pass and a 26-14 lead.
The fourth quarter started with more of the same as Bodeman found Zack Smith in the end zone to extend the lead to 33-14 with 11:51 left in the game. Smith made two nice adjustments on the reception before hauling it in, but unfortunately celebrated too much and drew a flag.
The Warriors took advantage of the penalty and a decent return to start once again in Panther territory. Mac Shinaberry took over the Warrior offense and capped the short drive off with a short run to cut the lead to 33-20 with 8:56 to play.
Mitch Kubicki ended any hope of a Warrior comeback by taking the ensuing kickoff and sprinting 85 yards to the house as the Warrior hopefuls started heading to the exits.
A late touchdown by Walsh closed the margin to 40-26 with one second left in the game.
Penna finished the game with 159 yards on 22 carries and 3 touchdowns for Walsh Jesuit.
On the Panthers side of the ball, Bodeman finished the game 17-26 for 296 and two scores. He also rushed for 115 yards and two additional scores on 14 attempts. Zack Smith ended the game with 7 catches for 147 yards and a TD.
Both teams ran 62 plays on the evening with Whitmer enjoying a big 478-270 yard advantage.
It does not get any easier for the Warriors (0-1) as they host St. Vincent-St. Mary next week. Whitmer (1-0) heads north to take on Detroit Catholic Central.
Early in the football season you will usually see plenty of lopsided games as some of the successful programs tend to schedule smaller schools to prepare themselves for a possible tough conference schedule. That is not the case with this week’s matchup.
This week’s game of the week has Toledo Whitmer taking on Walsh Jesuit. Both teams finished the grueling season last by qualifying for the post season.
The Warriors of Walsh Jesuit are coming off of a 7-4 season that saw them qualify for the state playoffs before losing in the first round. Most people would think that 3 regular season losses in a 10-game schedule is no reason for excitement. Consider that the 3 losses were to Ursuline (a state semi-finalist last year), Benedictine (state champion in D4), and a undefeated Canisius team out of New York. Their playoff loss was to semi-finalist Midview.
The marquee player for the Warriors would by Ohio State commit, OL Jack Wohlabaugh. The 6 foot, 4 inch Wohlabaugh tips the scale around 275-280 and is currently evaluated as the 30th best offensive guard, the 18th best player in the state of Ohio, and the 564th overall ranked player in the 247Sports Composite Ranking which factors in the four biggest recruiting services in the industry.
Senior RB Joe Penna also returns after rushing for over 1,700 yards and 17 TDs last year. Assisting on offense will be seniors FB Zach Zipoly and WR Phil Bell.
The defensive line will be anchored by seniors Adam Pastor (6’2″, 285) and Noah Donald (6’2″, 255) along with Mac Shinaberry (6’2″, 210) who will lead the linebacker corp. Zipoly and Bell will impact both sides of the ball as a linebacker and defensive back respectfully.
Whitmer had a similar season to the Warriors last year finishing with a 7-4 record. The Panthers also had their regular season losses at the hands of a state champion and two post season entrants and are two years removed from a state final appearance of their own.
Their offense is lead by the multi-talented senior Chase Bodeman, who is a dual threat with his arms and his legs. Helping the Panthers to protect Bodeman is 6’5″ Kobee Hughtlen. The 300-pounder is considering Akron to continue his football career.
After averaging over 42 points a game last season, Whitmer will count on seniors TE Zamon Paris, WR Zachary Smith, and WR Robert Tober to keep the offense churning along with Bodeman. Also returning is junior Malik Moore, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and 24 TDs last year.
It should be a good match-up as long as the Warrior defense can contain Bodeman and the rest of that potent Panther offense.
The Sports Power Talk team earned an extra half hour of time to add to their show.
Listen to host Spencer Davies, co-host Terry Rabbitts and producer Scott Nixon break down the Browns, Buckeyes and Zips college football, Tribe and the Bridgestone Invitational during the program’s first-ever 2-hour show from August 9, 2015.
0 to 55 mins: Browns talk (offense-first segment, defense-second segment)
55 mins to 1:08: Buckeyes football
1:08 to 1:22: Zips football
1:22 to 1:39: Tribe talk
1:39 to 1:44: RubberDucks update
1:44 to end of the show: Bridgestone Invitational
Global Force Wrestling is a start-up promotion by Jeff Jarrett, a world-renowned promoter and veteran of the wrestling business. As a part of the promotion’s “Grand Slam Tour,” Jarrett brought GFW to Classic Park in Eastlake, home of the Captains. Spencer had the chance to interview Jarrett himself, Cleveland indy wrestler Johnny Gargano and former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Nick “Magnus” Aldis.
Nick “Magnus” Aldis
By Spencer Davies
LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– If you’re a fan of professional wrestling, you know that Ohio has produced a plethora of talent. Whether it’s Cincinnati’s own “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose or the Cleveland guys like the Miz and Dolph Ziggler in the WWE, plus the newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III, the Buckeye state has certainly made its mark on the industry—and local independent wrestling sensation Johnny Gargano may be next in line to do so.
“Johnny in the ring, he can go,” said Jeff Jarrett, owner and founder of Global Force Wrestling. “I saw it a year ago and you will to.”
A world-renowned promoter and superstar in the wrestling business, Jarrett brought his newly founded promotion to Lake County for their latest stop on the GFW Grand Slam Tour.
According to both, Gargano met Jarrett at a live show he attended last year. Since then, they started to become close, and a couple of months ago decided to work together in GFW—so to appease the crowd in a mutually beneficial agreement, Jarrett brought in Gargano to work in front of his fellow Clevelanders on Saturday night.
“We’re fortunate enough that he gets to wrestle in front of his hometown on this stage,” Jarrett said.
“I have high hopes for it,” said Gargano, speaking about his latest venture in GFW. “I think we all do. They’re booking a lot of great guys, a lot of great talent here. The atmosphere is absolutely electric, so I really think there’s something special here.
“I think that there’s a good opportunity for a lot of guys, and I think big things are on the way.”
A raucous crowd at Classic Park was chanting “Johnny Wrestling!” as Gargano and the invading Total Nonstop Action superstar Eric Young went toe-to-toe in a competitive and highly entertaining main event.
Thanks to some assistance from GFW’s “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner and Jarrett, Gargano earned the victory and brought the “King of the Mountain” Championship back to the promotion in front of his fellow Ohioans.
“I take pride in being the ‘Cleveland, Ohio Guy,’ I guess,” he said with a grin. “It’s cool that when people think of wrestling—‘indy wrestling’ that is—they think of me and they want me on their show, so it’s cool.”
With over 10 years of experience in the ring, Gargano has wrestled for promotions such as Prime Wrestling, Chikara, Dragon Gate, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrila and even the WWE. But like most residents of northeast Ohio, he’s stuck to his roots and where it all began: Absolute Intense Wrestling. One of Cleveland’s hottest independent wrestling promotions, AIW held its 10th “Absolution” event, and Gargano along with four of his fellow roster members took on the “Dudes on TV”—a.k.a. Ring of Honor and TNA.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “It was Absolution 10, and that’s crazy for me because I was at the first Absolution. It’s insane to me that it’s been that long. It doesn’t feel like it’s been ten years, but I guess it has.
A small brand with an almost cult following, AIW has grown over the years since Gargano arrived, and he along with the others have noticed it’s rise.
“The crowd last night was absolutely amazing.” he said. “It always amazes me when I’m in Cleveland, Ohio, when I’m in my hometown, and flocks of wrestling fans—like 500 people—flock to this building to watch this promotion I’ve basically watched grow from nothing. It was a cool night for all of us.”
Gargano’s journey to professional wrestling began during his childhood. When he was eight, he drew his inspiration from watching Shawn Michaels, as well as the Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman.
“Unfortunately, I realized that those weren’t real-life professions that I could actually pursue,” he chuckled. “But I can put on spandex tights and I could be a professional wrestler, so that seemed like a pretty cool job choice.”
Now a 27-year-old veteran of the business, Gargano said that he’s loved every second of what he does and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“I get to live out my dream and do it, so I’m very lucky.”