MENTOR, Ohio - When you drive through the city of Mentor, one gets the feeling that football is of high priority. Well -- it should be. That's because Saturday night the unthinkable happened.
In triple overtime against longtime powerhouse St. Ignatius, the mighty Mentor Cardinals went toe-to-toe against their opponent. Trailing 56-49, the Cardinals got a touchdown and then showing a lot of guts, went for a 2-point conversion to win the game instead of a 1-point conversion to tie. The capacity crowd at Byers field went nuts as Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky lobbed a throw to the left side of the end zone to wide out Brandon Fritts.
The Cardinals will now face Toledo Whitmer in the state semifinals in Mansfield Saturday night.
Mentor coach Mike Trivisonno said it was a classic football game and it shows you what kind of character his team has to beat St. Edwards a week ago in exciting fashion and then the triple overtime win against St. Ignatius.
"They're battlers,they fight hard,they work hard,and they keep playing 'til the end," said Trivisonno.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky summed up the victory like this:"It's one of the greatest feelings but nothing special about that play. We run it all the time."
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