Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin brought its two-quarterback option system to Warren Harding’s Mollenkopf Stadium Friday night, but Canfield turned out to be more versatile side.
The Cardinals used creativity and guts to beat the Lions, 22-7, to a Division III, Region 9 semifinal. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary is next in a regional final at a site to be announced.
Numbers don’t quite tell the whole story of Paul Breinz’s 174 rushing yards and two touchdowns. If you ask Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky, numbers don’t adequately explain his season.
“Paul Breinz is a heck of a running back, there’s no doubt about that. He’s also the most unselfish kid on the team,” Pavlansky said. “He could be a tailback full-time, but he’s only had about 100 carries in 10 ball games. When you’re a starting tailback, you expect more.
“Tonight showed that when the game is on the line, you want the ball in his hands.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.