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Mentor Rallies to top St. Ignatius in Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week

To kick off the weekend, Browns Alumni and team representatives celebrated and connected all levels of football in Northeast Ohio during a special Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, featuring St. Ignatius and Mentor High Schools on Friday, Sept. 6. Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week is presented by Ohio Cat in association with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

Shortly after the game had ended, Mentor head coach Steve Trivisonno would refer to his team as the "new Kardiac Kids" in a passionate post game speech. 

It was only fitting then that members of the Cleveland Browns – Kevin Mack, Eric Metcalf, Hanford Dixon and Bernie Kosar – were in attendance Friday night at Jerome T. Osborne Stadium in Mentor, Ohio. 

Prior to kickoff, the Browns legends presented Trivisonno and St. Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle with commemorative footballs. Trivisonno also received a custom Browns color rush jersey honoring his 23rd and final year coaching at Mentor High School. 

After both offenses traded punches in the first half, St. Ignatius would take the lead into the locker room at halftime with a score of 21-17. 

With all of the momentum swinging the Wildcats' way after junior Declan Mangan's 24-yard field goal put them up 24-17 early in the third quarter, senior Connor Cmiel caught a blocked field goal attempt by Mentor and returned it 90 yards for his second touchdown of the night with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter to push the 'Cats lead to 31-17. 

Just like the Kardiac Kids of the 1980's, the Cardinals were not finished and it started with their defense. 

Senior Sonny Oddo intercepted Wildcats' senior quarterback Griffin Hanna and the fourth quarter comeback was on. The Cardinals reached the endzone on three consecutive possessions via a pair of scores by senior running back Brian Trobel and another by junior quarterback Ian Kipp.

Trobel would be awarded the week two Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week MVP after finishing the game with 143 yards rushing on the ground and four touchdowns. Kipp also put up great numbers as he led the Cardinals offense 311 total yards.

No high school football game is complete without great volunteers. We're more than happy to recognize Judy Freeman for her continuous support of the Mentor High School football program. Mrs. Freeman runs the concessions for all home games for the Cardinals although her children no longer attend Mentor High School. #give10 + #BrownsHuddleFor100

After downing local ranked powers St. Edward and St. Ignatius in back-to-back weeks, Mentor (2-0) will now face Clarkson Football North (Canada) and St. Ignatius (1-1) will play on the road at defending Division II State Champion Archbishop Hoban (2-0).