Socially Distant, as always
Rematch of 2017 title game. Will be at
Mansfield Canton GlenOak as we all suspected .
I think Mentor gets it done this time.
I think Mentor gets it done this time.
I’ve also thought the same but where else between Cleveland and Columbus has a stadium to hold D1 capacity? The closet to Mansfield would be Medina or Wadsworth but they don’t seem to be bidding for playoff games this year So far.....I always thought when teams have a game the same night, it is hard to get volunteers to work at their school site
Mansfield don't make state semi's very often I believe. Going to be hard to find volunteers to stay back home, and work their playoff site, instead of going to their game. OSHAA problem I guessI’ve also thought the same but where else between Cleveland and Columbus has a stadium to hold D1 capacity? The closet to Mansfield would be Medina or Wadsworth but they don’t seem to be bidding for playoff games this year So far.....
Mansfield usually doesn't travel that well. Went to their playoff game at Wooster. Wasn't much of a crowd.Mansfield don't make state semi's very often I believe. Going to be hard to find volunteers to stay back home, and work their playoff site, instead of going to their game. OSHAA problem I guess
Medina stadium holds less than 6000. Wadsworth holds slightly over 7000 but has very poor parking.I’ve also thought the same but where else between Cleveland and Columbus has a stadium to hold D1 capacity? The closet to Mansfield would be Medina or Wadsworth but they don’t seem to be bidding for playoff games this year So far.....
This PC O-Line is not as good as the 2017 team but they are playing their best right now. They play very conservative on offense and have struggled to move the ball in some games. That style works as long as the O-Line dominates the line of scrimmage. They also understand that throwing the ball 30-40 times per game might not work in November but if you can run the ball, the weather will not be a factor. However, if they do need to throw the ball, the weapons are there and the QB is capable. They coach all year to be playing their best right now. I think the strength of this years team is their front 7. Should be a fun game.Mentor's 2017 team was a bit of a surprise. A group of overachievers that very, very few would have predicted a run to the state final when the playoffs began. But they stepped up their game in November and were a much better football team. In 2017, Mentor's lines were better. The skill positions on this team are better. Mentor's 2017 starting RB was not close to 100% in the state final, so Trobel will be an upgrade. The linebackers on this team are better. The secondary is about equal. As for QB, it is pretty close. Tatarunas, the 2017 QB, was a slightly better passer. Kipp is a dual threat, which makes this offense a little more dynamic than 2017. I'd say the strengths are different, but the 2017 and 2019 Mentor teams are comparable. Both teams went undefeated against Eds/Ignatius, something PC never has to worry about. Region 3 has provided little challenge compared to what Mentor has to deal with in Region 1.
As for comparing 2017 PC to 2019, the 2017 bunch averaged over 42.2 ppg...in the playoffs. This current team doesn't seem to score near that pace. That PC offensive line was the difference maker. I'm not suggesting the current line isn't good, but if there not as good as the 2017 group then it is good news for Mentor. Crenshaw is two years older and that is a scary thing. I see they have one of the best receivers in Ohio and a really good RB. This will be a test for Mentor.
PC has more talent than Mentor, that's for sure. So did St Eds. Let's see what happens. Mentor is on a mission. Not saying the other three teams left aren't, but theirs is a bit more unique. Going for their first state title. Playing for a coach they are fighting for in his last stand. If it wasn't Triv's last year, I don't know that the Mentor players would have found that extra gear to come back against the best team in Ohio on Friday. Now they need to do it again next week.
Interesting? Yes. So tough to gauge these games as they have no common opponents. Pasteur generally is pretty good. Does miss at times. I think it’s safe to say, it’s high school ball, ANYTHING can happen!Interesting that Drew Pasteur has Mentor as a 19 point favorite.
Exactly what Mentor wants to hear. That’s a very cocky prediction coming from someone who’s team played the 25th most difficult schedule in D1 compared to Mentor’s 4th. Mentor dominated all year. I’m not saying Mentor will win, because frankly, I don’t know what will happen in this game. But to sell Mentor that short, trust me, your eyes are deceiving you. Mentor is nationally ranked where they are because of their strength of schedule and how they dominated outside of the 3 games against Iggy and Ed’s that were close games. I will say, it’s very difficult to see and understand what makes them so good, because on paper, maybe they shouldn’t be. Can’t measure will and heart.I finally watched some Mentor video. Mentor just doesn’t have the team speed to matchup with PC. There are 3-4 players on Mentor that would start for PC. There are a couple of players that start for Mentor that would be on the JV team at Central. I am not mentioning any numbers or names because they are high school kids.
The QB has a strong arm and has good size but he runs straight up and sometimes jumps at the point of contact. I will mention #47 is going to be a beast, #93 looks strong and #10 is a great player.
I am going to watch more video today but I would take Central +19 everyday all day and like PC to win straight up.