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Edward Barch III leads Wildcats to domination of Rebels 37-13

           BY JUSTIN LADA
Mayfield running back Joey Suchy noted that Kenston uses a lot of similar looks on offense and defense to his own Western Reserve Conference squad. The Wildcats watched the film of Kenston's win over their Week 7 opponent, South, thinking they would get a good read on what might work and what won't. Then South was forced to start Rico Small at quaterback due to an injury to starter Justin Grosel.

Luckily for Mayfield, they have Marco Tramontano, Eddie Barch among its defensive personnel and some savvy coaches to make the adjustment to the fast and talented Small and the changes the South offense made with him running the show. Mayfield (7-0, 4-0 WRC) kept its undefeated season alive with a 35-13 win over South (4-3, 1-3 WRC) after leading just 14-13 at half.

South had trouble with penalties, including an illegal receiver downfield, a few false starts and a facemask and a pass interference as Mayfield pushed near the red zone at the end of the third quarter, with the Wildcats still leading the Rebels 14-13. Billy Guzzo ran in a score from five yards out to go ahead a score just before the fourth quarter.

South responded with a good drive with Small picking up a first down scrambling after a play broke down. A false start by South and then a fumble recovered by Mayfield's Eddie Barch put the ball back in the Wildcats hands. The drive after recovering the ball wasn't a breeze, but QB Michael Huss hit Joe Dostal with a 16 yard touchdown pass to pull ahead 28-13.

Barch on the evening had 11 tackles for the Wildcats and the fumble recovery that set up the game sealing touchdown drive on a night where his team's defense had to make a lot of adjustments to their game plan.

"The big thing in practice is reading our keys and I just read the line every play, Barch said. "We watched film on them, we knew (Small) was fast and had to contain the outside."

Watching Kenson's similar defense go against South the previous week still gave Barch some valuable information despite South changing the flow of its offense. 

"It allowed me to get good reads and see how they handled the defensive line," he added.

Suchy had a similar perspective that, with the help of perserverance by his offensive line, allowed him to run for 127 yards on 23 carries and add a touchdown with a minute left to put the cherry on top.

"They have a great nose guard, John Susnik," Suchy noted. "They were bringing it to us a bit. We put an emphasis on pounding the rock to put games away. I was just happy the way we played down the stretch... "Kenston runs a lot of the things we do. Jack Porter is a great running back. So I was able to see how he read the defense and take some keys from him. Defensively it helped a ton. I love when Kenston plays a team before us because it's like seeing ourselves play a team a week early."

Mayfield isn't getting ahead of itself by any means with a good Riverside team on the schedule next week, but certainly seems to have benefited that Kenston has some similarities and that South had them on the ropes a week ago, and that Kenston fell to Chardon to put them in a good spot in the conference. They also benefited from their ability to adjust as well.

"We made some adjustments but they have some good athletes," Mayfield coach Ross Bandiera said. "At halftime we figured it out a little bit and made some adjustments. South's a good team. We're fortunate to be good on defense and have some guys. They didn't run any of their offense because they had a different QB. I would much rather have had that kid at receiver because he touched the ball every play."

Small gave South 103 yards with his arm despite it being his first game at QB and then 87 yards and a score with his legs. Ira Sampson also added South's other score, which was the Rebels first touchdown of the game. 

Overall, the Rebels had a lot of personnel changes to work through and couldn't make it all work against the Wildcats when all of their penalties were added into the equation.

"They're very good," South coach Matt Duffy said. "They have good personnel. They're very well coached. When you put a good kid like (Tramontano) the middle of the defense he can affect a football game. It took us a while to get going to start the game with a new QB and trying to change how we run the offense because ours was injured. We got some things figured out and then in the second half we just couldn't. You can attribute it to a lot of things. We just have to play better overall. We had nine penalties in the first quarter. You can't play like that against a good team. Then we got that cleaned up and had some injuries up front. Trying to get young pups in and it's hard when you have so many pieces parts. When we're playing well and have our guys in there, we're a darn good football team. When mistakes happen and you shuffle around people, it becomes tough. We have to find a way to be a little more fluid where we can play on a more consistent basis."

South deals with Chardon in Week 8, which just upset Kenston while Mayfield heads to Riverside against a team that beat them last season..

"We take it one team at a time," Suchy said. "WRC last year ton of playoff teams same this year. Any team has the ability to come out and beat anyone. Now the focus shifts to Riverside."
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​POSTED 10/12/2019 00:08

South - 0 13 0 0 - 13

Mayfield - 14 0 7 14 35

Mayfield Scoring
Quarter Time Player How PAT
1 5:34 Dostal 7 pass from Huss Miller kick
1 2:25 Suchy 72 pass from Huss Miller kick
3 10:00 Guzzo 5 run Miller kick
4 8:03 Dostal 13 pass from Huss Miller kick
4 1:41 Suchy 1 run Miller kick
4 0:23 Safety, ball fumbled out of end zone  

Mayfield Stats

Rusher # Car / Yards / TD
Suchy 23 / 127 / 1
Huss 3 / 16 / 0
sack 2 / -12 / 0
Klika 1 / -1 / 0
Dostal 3 / 14 / 0
Guzzo 1 / 5 / 1

Passer Comp / Att / Yard / TD / INT
Huss 14 / 20 / 183 / 3 / 0

Receiver # Catch / Yards/ TD
Steffens 1 / 4 / 0
Guzzo 4 / 59 / 0
Dostal 3 / 28 / 2
Suchy 2 / 83 / 1
Cope 1 / 5 / 0
Sherlock 4 / 12 / 0  
South Scoring
Quarter Time Player How PAT
2 4:21 Ira Sampson 21 run Patrizi kick
2 1:01 Rico Small 1 run kick failed 

South Stats

Rusher # Car / Yards / TD
Sampson 10 / 38 / 1
Reese 16 / 40 / 0
Small 14 / 87 / 1
Gallagher 3 / 2 / 0
sack 4 / -24 / 0
Osagie-Erese 2 / -2 / 0

Passer Comp / Att / Yard / TD / INT

Small 7 / 13 / 104 / 0 / 1

Receiver # Catch / Yards/ TD
Gallagher 4 / 39 / 0
Bour 3 / 65 / 0