Euclid, Ohio- The Canfield Cardinals are headed to the Division 3 state championship for the first time in school history after defeating the Holy Name Green Wave 38-21 on Friday night. On what most considered a beautiful fall night in late November, the Cardinals were up to every challenge Holy Name threw at them.
Starting with the opening kicking, the Cardinals wasted no time putting 7 points on the
scoreboard to set the tempo for the game behind the monstrous 50-yard touchdown run from
dual-threat senior quarter Broc Lowry.
Holy Name, with a similar style of offense as Canfield showed their will and ability to strike
back quick on their first drive with a 6-yard run from their own dual threat quarterback Jayvon
Williams to tie to game 7-7.
The beginning to this state semifinal made most fans in attendance for both teams at Euclid Community Stadium believe it would turn out to be a game for the ages.
On Canfield’s second drive, their offense came out with the same sense of urgency. Lowry, who some have called the best athlete to ever come through Canfield, rushed for his second
touchdown of the first quarter following a 24-yard dash to the end zone to put Canfield ahead 14-7. At this point in the game the Indiana commit only threw the ball two times.
Canfield’s defense forced Holy Name to punt on their next drive and on the first play of offense, Broc Lowry ran untouched for 75-yards to end zone to put Canfield even further ahead 21-7 for his third rushing touchdown of the first half.
After forcing a Holy Name turnover on downs, the Cardinal offense created a strong drive to
close out the first half. Broc Lowry plowed through the Green Wave defense from the 1-yard line for his 4th touchdown of the first half to put the Cardinals up 28-7. In the first half, Lowry was 7-7 passing for 58 yards and 196 total rushing yards. The Cardinals scored on each offensive drive in the first half.
The third quarter started similarly to how the first half ended. Holy Name received the second
half kickoff and went three-and-out. Canfield marched down the field, but a hands to face
penalty stopped their possible 5th straight touchdown drive and resulted in a 32-yard field goal from Joel Miasek.
Holy Name showed no quit whatsoever on their sideline. They came down after a great kickoff return to Canfield’s 47 and punched in a 1-yard touchdown run by Austin Wondolowski to trim the deficit to 31-14. They forced Canfield to punt on the drive after to end the third quarter.
With 4:52 left in the fourth, Andrew Cole threw a 75-yard touchdown bomb to Kevin Pivonka to trim their deficit to 31-21.
Canfield came down on their very next drive and put the game out of reach with 1:20 following a strong drive from the trio of Danny Inglis, Scottie Eaton, and Lowry
to combine for 67 rushing yards. Inglis ran for his first touchdown from 1-yard out to remove
any doubts for Holy Name.
“In the second half, my gosh we held our breaths every time Jayvon Williams ran the ball. My goodness is he an athlete” said Coach Pavlansky after the game.
Lowry finished the game with 228 total rushing yards and four touchdowns. Inglis added 112
Canfield improves to 13-1 and will meet Bloom-Carroll (14-1) in the Division III State
Championship game on Friday, December 2nd at Tom Benson Hall of Stadium in Canton at 3pm.
The Green Wave end their season with a record of 11-3.
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