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Red Lion lives up to the hype, defeats Ursuline 54-18



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By Doug Chapin


The product was every bit as good as advertised.

The football team from Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, Del., an all-star team made up of players from across the country, was not fazed by the three straight Ohio state titles won by the Ursuline Irish.

The Lions didn’t even blink when Ursuline scored on an 80-yard halfback pass on the first play Friday night at Stambaugh Stadium.

No, the visitors from Delaware showed off their superior talent, including freshman quarterback David Sills who already has committed to Southern Cal, and methodically routed the Irish, 54-18.

“You certainly have to give them credit because they are a tremendously talented football team,” Ursuline coach Dan Reardon said about the Lions. “They did a good job as coaches putting their players in position to make plays. That being said, we had our fair share of mistakes and they’re a good enough football team, they’re going to exploit your mistake.”

After Jermaine Williams hooked up with receiver Kevin Cylar for the trick play to start the game, Red Lion drove 60 yards for its own touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Sills to Nieko Creamner.

Sills, who was 15-for-19 with four TD tosses, connected again with Creamer from 18 yards out to make it 14-6. That score was set up by an interception, and then the Irish fumbled on their next possession.

Sills completed a 31-yard pass to Freddie Canteen and Wendell Smallwood, who rushed for 183 yards, scored from the 1. There were still 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

“We had two blocked punts, numerous missed tackles, we turned the ball over a couple times,” Reardon said. “I know that if we clean those things up it’s a different ballgame. I don’t know if it’s a win, but I know it’s a different ballgame.”

Ursuline ran the ball effectively all night, totaling 401 yards on 61 carries. Trevor Smith, who gained 98 yards, scored from 16 yards out at the 6:53 mark of the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-12. Red Lion countered two plays later with a 54-yard scoring bomb from Sills to Canteen, a pass that was tipped by an Ursuline defender but still hauled in by the Lions’ receiver.

Blocked punts on two successive possessions set up the Lions with short fields and they took advantage with two quick touchdowns to run the score to 41-12 with 2:46 left in the half.

The Irish ended the first half with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped off by Jesse Curry’s 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 108 yards. Tramain Thigpen rushed for 82 yards and had 26 yards receiving, and Williams ran for 74 yards in addition to his touchdown pass. Sophomore quarterback Chris Durkin was 8 for 13 for 63 yards and two interceptions.

Red Lion, which had a balanced attack with 243 yards rushing, opened the second half with a 13-play, 63-yard scoring drive which included a successful fake punt.

“Sometimes it’s a good thing to be humbled. With the success we’ve had, sometimes some of the kids take some of those things for granted,” Reardon said. “We’ve talked to our kids about handling adversity and reacting the right way here. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”



Ursuline had just as much talent as Red Lion. Coach Reardon is correct. Turnovers and silly mistakes led to this loss and it's not an excuse. Plus I wasn't all that impressed with Sills. Good Luck with that USC! The Irish will be fine. Coach Reardon will get those all those kids heads back on track starting today. GO IRISH!

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Ursuline had their a$$ handed to them ,wake up !

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


15 for 19 with 4 TD's, probably making his first start, and oh yes...a FRESHMAN to boot. Maybe by the time he is a Senior he will impress you I'm sure the Irish will be just fine but c'mon dude, they got it handed to them last night.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


I wonder if the athletic directors at Mooney and Massillon are still licking their chops about scheduling this team?

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Ursuline Total Offense: 544 yards

Red Lion Total Offense: 462 yards

Ursuline got destroyed by their own mistakes. Red Lion was definitely a better team, but the score should have never had gotten to 54-18.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Irish with a tough test off the bat. Red Lion seems like they are the real deal. Then again when you have talent like they have, its bound to work. Limit those mistakes and the game is more competetive, but credit Red Lion for coming to Ytown unphased.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Imagine that!!!! Ursuline getting beat by a team that recruits!!! They will still win state playing "the little sisters of the poor".

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


I'd like to see Coldwater and/or Lima Central Catholic take on your team noteworthy... So who is your team???

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Yeah - I wouldn't be impressed with a high school freshman making his first start completing over 80% of his passes with 4 TDs. Seriously??

I'm quite sure USC is licking their chops at what they will get in 4 years.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


Thomas1, only problem is he started as an 8th grader for this team. This was NOT his first high school start.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


When 14 of your 15 completions are bubble screens and when your offensive line is the size of a D-1 college line I'm not impressed. It wasn't his first start either. He started last year for Red Lion as an 8th grader. (look it up) Stick to golf........ pga2er. 544 total yards offensive is getting your ass handed to you? OK.......

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


OK Thomas......Write his name down and pull it out in 4 years and tell me what he is doing. Seriously.....

posted 3 years, 3 months ago


To all you Irish haters out there, just remember your comments when the Irish are holding their 4th straight state title. If the haters are mooney fans, can't wait to see what a whoopin you guys get in week 5 when red lion comes back to town. Hey noteworthy, what team do you follow? I agree with valley red, once you get into the 3rd round of the playoffs and beyond, there are no sisters of the poor teams. Ask PJ Fecko how hard it is to beat Coldwater cause he still hasn't figured it out.

posted 3 years, 3 months ago

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