The final day of Week 1 of the 2012 high school football season features four prep gridiron teams in the usatodayhss.com/Cleveland coverage area taking the field today at Cleveland Browns Stadium to take part in this year’s High School Charity Game doubleheader.
Neighboring Northeast Ohio rivals North Royalton and Brecksville-Broadview Heights begin the day’s action when they renew the battle for the Golden Shoe for the 75th time at 2 p.m.
In the event’s nightcap, two reigning state champions – Division’s I Cleveland St. Ignatius and Division III’s Youngstown Cardinal Mooney – will square off.
Get set for the marquee matchups by reading the below game capsules.
North Royalton vs. Brecksville-Broadview Heights – 2 p.m.
The North Royalton Bears, members of the Northeast Ohio Conference’s River Division, head into Cleveland Browns Stadium looking to notch a big Week 1 win over rival Brecksville and to forget what they deemed a disappointing 5-5 season in 2011.
The Bears’ offense, which returns eight starters, is led by 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior quarterback Travis Tarnowski.
Tarnowski completed 200-of-389 passes last fall for 3,154 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 2011 NOC Lake Division Honorable Mention honoree also rushed for four scores.
“He will be one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio,” eighth-year North Royalton head coach Nick Ciulli sad of his star signal caller to usatodayhss.com/Cleveland in the preseason. “He was a captain last year as a junior. He is a leader on and off the field.”
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees, members of the Southwestern Conference, head into Cleveland Browns Stadium looking to retain the Golden Shoe with a win over rival North Royalton and to build upon the 6-4 record they posted in 2011.
Like the Bears, the Bees are led by their standout senior quarterback, Tommy Tupa. The Miami University (Ohio) recruit completed 62-of-117 passes for 980 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in an injury-shortened season.
Brecksville defeated North Royalton 31-26 in last year’s rivalry tilt.
St. Ignatius vs. Cardinal Mooney – 7 p.m.
The St. Ignatius Wildcats head into Cleveland Browns Stadium fresh off their 11th state championship while the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals do the same having just collected their eighth state title in 2011.
The similarities between the two Ohio football powers don’t end there, as both squads will feature new starting quarterbacks, but veteran tailbacks this season.
Mooney’s potent ground game will be led by Marcus McWilson and Justin Ellis-Moore. McWilson tallied 367 rushing while averaging 8.3 yards per carry as a junior in 2011. Ellis-Moore rushed for 838 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
The Widlcats’ ground game will once again be spearheaded by All-Ohio tailback Tim McVey in 2012. McVey rushed for 1,302 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior last season while also racking up 214 receiving yards and 406 return yards.
Mooney won the only two previous meetings between the two schools on the football field in 1980 and 1981.
A ticket to both games is $12 at the gate.
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