Huskies Quickly Pull Away
September 29, 2021 by Alan Kornspan

On a beautiful late September Friday night, the Cardinal Huskies traveled to Beachwood to participate in the Bison’s Homecoming football game.

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On a beautiful late September Friday night, the Cardinal Huskies traveled to Beachwood to participate in the Bison’s Homecoming football game.

Led by a powerful offensive line and a tenacious defense, the Huskies quickly pulled away from their opponent to soundly defeat the Bison 51-6.

It was a lot of high energy right off the bat,” said Chris Perrotti, Cardinal’s head coach.

We kept the pedal to the floor,” said junior running back Ethan Detweiler. “We came out scoring.”

Detweiler began the Huskies’ scoring with an 86-yard first-quarter touchdown run. After a 52-yard Bison punt, Cardinal had first-and-10 from their own 16. On the first play of the drive, Detweiler took the handoff, ran around the left edge to the left sideline, and outran the Bison defense, untouched, to the end zone.

It felt great,” said Detweiler. “You know, I am going to be honest with you: I thought I was going to get caught. I am going to go back and watch film and see if maybe I can get a little faster. Besides that, it felt pretty good.”

After Detweiler’s touchdown, the Huskies quickly extended their lead to 21-0 with two late first-quarter touchdown runs by Zach Czako.

Czako scored from 15 yards out, and minutes later scored again on a 6-yard touchdown run.

Really, the holes were there just like last week,” said Czako. “You know, last week I had to come in due to an injury. So really, I picked up where I left off last week, and I had another good game.

The O-line, they were really doing their job. The holes were huge.”

Cardinal’s ground game and defense continued to dominate the first half. Detweiler scored again on a 29-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Shortly thereafter, the Huskies defense forced a safety to take a 30-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Czako completed the Huskies first-half scoring with his third touchdown of the night, making it 37-0.

Perrotti discussed the importance of the offensive line in leading Cardinal’s running game.

We’re led by two great seniors: John Avalon and Mike Soltis,” Perrotti said. “John had eight pancakes last week; I think Mike had six pancakes. They have just kept that rolling. They’ve opened up holes — big holes — for these running backs.

We’re down a running back this week, with Josh Soltis, and obviously you see that the other guys come to play. Zach is a phenomenal runner. He’s carrying four guys at a time.”

The Huskies defense and ground game continued to shine in the second half.

Senior Cardinal cornerback Blake Reinhart alertly scooped up a Bison fumble in the third quarter and returned the fumble for a 22-yard touchdown. After senior kicker Maclain Robinson converted the extra point, Cardinal was up 44-0.

The Huskies defense completed the Cardinal scoring in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard pick-six touchdown return by Anthony Soltis.

We definitely caused a lot of turnovers,” Perrotti said. “This was a big turnover margin game for us. That absolutely needs to continue.

I think part of that, too, is just with the aggression. We played Hawken, we weren’t that aggressive, we kind of missed out on those turnovers. But when they start playing downhill like that, a lot of good things happen.”

The Bison scored late in the fourth quarter on a 55-yard touchdown run by Mar’quis Pinkney to make the final score 51-6.

Cardinal’s victory brings its season record to 4-2. They take on Grand Valley this week.