Huskies Tame Mustangs for CVC Valley Division Lead
October 6, 2021 by Alan Kornspan

For the third straight week, the Cardinal Huskies defeated their opponent as they methodically cruised to a 33-0 victory over the Grand Valley Mustangs.

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For the third straight week, the Cardinal Huskies defeated their opponent as they methodically cruised to a 33-0 victory over the Grand Valley Mustangs.

With the shutout, the Huskies moved to first place in the CVC Valley Division with only three games remaining. Both Berkshire and Harvey are tied for second place at one game back.

The Cardinal victory sets up a pivotal matchup Oct. 8 against the third place Crestwood Red Devils.

Preparing for the Red Devils, Head Coach Chris Perrotti emphasized how important his team’s mental toughness has been throughout the season.

This was a very emotional game,” Perrotti said. “To continue to fight and block the way that we did, and hit the way that we did, I couldn’t be any more proud of these guys.

We have been playing great ball.”

The Huskies’ grit and tenacity was evident right away as they picked up right where they left off the week before against Beachwood.

Cardinal opened the scoring with Maclain Robinson’s 44-yard field goal, tying the school record for longest field goal in school history.

Early in the second quarter, Cardinal added a two-yard touchdown run by Zach Czako and an extra point by Robinson, making it 10-0.

Overall the Huskies rushed for 176 yards on 25 carries, averaging seven yards per carry behind the stellar play of the Cardinal offensive line.

Cardinal senior offensive lineman Mike Soltis provided reasons for his offensive line’s success this season.

It’s been pretty fun. We’re playing pretty physical,” said Soltis. “Effort is pretty key, just knowing what you have to do and just executing it to the best of your abilities. That’s one thing that I think our line has been doing a pretty decent job of, is executing.”

We’re just playing physical football; we’re playing team football,” added senior offensive lineman John Avalon. “This is the best team football I think we have played in a long time.

We’re doing a great job. I am proud of our guys.”

In addition to having an excellent game on the ground, the Cardinal offensive line did a great job of pass protection. The Huskies had a successful night throwing the ball.

Late in the second quarter, Cardinal quarterback Logan Strever threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Detweiler to take a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Strever was 10 of 16 for 151 yards with two touchdowns on the night. His second touchdown pass of the night was a 50-yard fourth-quarter throw to sophomore Ryan Sinclair.

Coach told me I was coming in for one play,” said Sinclair. “I was really surprised. Got my gloves on. Logan threw a bird right in my hands.

It felt great, first varsity touchdown.”

He is by far the fastest kid on the field,” said his coach. “He deserved it 100 percent. It was great to see him get a touchdown.”

Cardinal also scored in the second half on a 14-yard touchdown run by Detweiler and a blocked punt by Chase Simak, which led to a safety.

After Crestwood, the Huskies will return home to complete their regular season against Cuyahoga Heights on Oct. 15 and Berkshire on Oct. 22.