Football team advances to regional final


JOE DENARDO, Staff Writer

Entering the 2014 OHSAA Division II Regional Semifinal against Madison, Mayfield’s Senior Running Back Andy Isabella already had over 1,700 total yards as a runner, receiver, and returner for Coach Larry Pinto’s Wildcats.

Isabella, the Northeast Ohio River Division Offensive Player of the Year, darts past defenses averaging over 8.9 yards per carry and has garnered attention from area colleges in the process.

Nevertheless, he isn’t Mayfield’s only outstanding player, as Senior Defensive End Brian “The Head” Hunter, Northeast Ohio River Division Defensive Player of the Year, has pressured offenses to the tune of 38 Tackles for Loss and 10 Sacks.

Hunter, who has over 120 total tackles in all, causes migraines for opposing head coaches and plans to put on extra muscle so he can play in college

The passing game came alive as well in the Victory against the blue streaks, as Mario Monastero hooked up with Mitch’s Kid Brother Jack Longo for a touchdown reception on the first Wildcat Possession, and a circus juggling catch mid-way through the Third Quarter.

The turning point against Madison came late in the first half when Gage Bican returned a punt 61 yards to the house, giving the Wildcats a lead they would never relinquish. Bican, the teams leading receiver, nearly let an expletive slip through his lips on Sports Time Ohio’s Post game interview, but caught himself and made a swift recovery to save himself from near statewide humiliation.

With Dominant Pieces on a High-Flying Offense and Swarming Defense, the Wildcats have cruised to 11 straight wins entering the Division II Regional Final against Undefeated  Bedford as they attempt to put the first Blemish in the Bulldogs Loss Column.