CANTON, OHIO – It was a battle of the birds for the OHSAA Division 1 State Championship as the St. Edward Eagles took on the Colerain Cardinals out of Cincinnati. The boys from Northeast Ohio took home the gold with a 24-10 victory. Their fourth OHSAA Division 1 State Title.The star of the game was Michigan commit Quintel Kent who went off for 120 yards on 8 catches, scoring twice. He took the game over in the second half as the Cardinals had no answer for him. The Eagles outscored the Cardinals 17-0 in the second half after trailing 10-7 at Halftime.Deshawn Pace took the opening kickoff deep into Eagle territory to give the Cardinals an immediate scoring threat. A few plays later however it was Pace coughing the ball up at the goal line as the Eagles recovered it, erasing their first scoring chance of the night.Neither team would come close to scoring again in the quarter as it ended scoreless. The Cardinals did pile up 63 rushing yards in the quarter without attempting a single pass. Their first pass came with 4:33 left in the first half and they made it count. It was a 14-yard touchdown toss from Deante Smith-Moore to Syncere Jones to open up the scoring and put the Cardinals ahead 7-0.With the Cardinals driving again at the tail end of the first half, Smith-Moore threw a costly interception to Daylan Jernigan of the Eagles. They immediately made the Cardinals pay for it as Garrett Dzuro threw two passes to a bolting Kent to get the ball inside the Cardinal five. From there it was the 2018 NEOSI Player of the Year, Jordan Castleberry finishing off the drive to tie the game.The Cardinals managed to get another huge kickoff return by Pace to set up a last second 32-yard field goal attempt by Chris Mangold. The senior kicker nailed it, and the Cardinals took a 10-7 lead into the break.The Eagles came out of the locker running wild in the form of Castleberry. Burst after burst by the speed demon back put the Eagles in the red zone. They had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Gianluca Russo to tie the game at 10. Castleberry, the West Virginia commit, finished with 89 yards on 19 carries.The big night for Kent continued the next time the Eagles touched the ball as he hooked up with Dzuro again. This time for 23 yards and pay dirt. This gave the Eagles their first lead of the night at 17-10 as the third quarter came to a close. Dzuro would finish the night going 12 of 12 passing for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.The Eagles had a chance to put it away midway through the fourth quarter and did just that yet. Yet again, it was Kent leaping above Cardinal defenders to catch another touchdown pass. This one from 19 yards and giving the Eagles a 24-10 lead with a little over 7 minutes left to play. Related TopicsQuintel KentSEHSSt. Edward Eagles Vince McKee
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Left, Middletown South goalkeeper Stephen Monaghan keeps his eye on the goal during the second half of the game against Brick Memorial in Middletown last Friday. Brick defeated South 3-0. Above, South’s Derrick Riley unintentionally heads the ball into his own goal the in second half of the game against Brick Memorial. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff
There is no dearth of explanations or reasons proffered for our anaemic post-independence development: underdevelopment of our economy and our society by the departed colonials; squabbling politicians; lack of capital; ethnic/racial divisions; brain drain, etc. But for each of the identified constraints and then some (for instance, lack of physical resources), other countries, such as S. Korea, Singapore, and others in the Far East, have yet jumped from Third World to First.But we would like to place on the agenda one factor that somehow has not received the attention that we believe it should: the need for us to have a strong desire to work for the common good of Guyana. Now, it might be said that this is a consequence of the ethnic divisions in our society, but Malaysia, for instance, also has these divisions, and was able to leapfrog them to knock on the doors of the First World. If the successful ‘developed’ and developing countries are analysed, more often than not, one would discern a strong sentiment of ‘doing it for my country.’This emphasis can be measured by the degree to which, emotionally or consciously, people agree that a common good justifies restrictions on the individual, including oneself. It could also be described as the degree to which the members of a society are willing to forego individual advantages if thereby a larger advantage is secured for the community. Can we say we have this sentiment widespread in Guyana?Some time ago, noted CUNY political scientist Richard Wolin visited China and asked one worker, “What do people here do on weekends?” The reply, to his surprise, was, “We have no weekends. We have to work hard to pass America!” On his tours across many campuses and cities, he found the same sentiment very widespread. The people were willing to work for what they saw as the good of their country. Because of such an orientation, China has, for three decades, been able to maintain a double-digit growth rate, and is now the second largest economy in the world – nipping on the heels of the US.Japan, which led the thrust for ‘miracle growth’ in the post WWII era, was also helped by a strong patriotic fervour among its people.Many people conveniently forget that the Industrial Revolution in Britain and Europe followed their consolidation as nation states, where the people were willing to sacrifice for ‘King and country”. While the US overthrew the king, its citizens also rallied for the national cause.In Guyana, we are still at a point where the feeling of ‘we the people’ has not been inculcated into the psyche of our people. In the absence of such a sentiment, individuals will act only in the interest of their sub- group or themselves on an individual basis. Looking out for “No 1” becomes the rallying cry. It is up to the leaders in our society to mobilise these individuals for the ‘common good’.Unfortunately, the present PNC-led Government has jettisoned all its promises for an inclusive Government that would transcend our divisions, and has actually exacerbated them. Immediately upon achieving office, it slighted its AFC partner, which had purportedly brought in Indians who were traditionally outside the PNC’s constituency. Guyanese today should compare the differential rates of development in the Far East, where exertion for the common good is commonplace, and that of, let’s say Africa, where most countries are riven along ethnic lines – like us. We must do better.In societies lacking an ethos of the common good, people do what is advantageous for themselves, and have no qualms in abandoning principles or changing sides when it is beneficial to them. This expedient behaviour also encourages corruption, which is not just a problem of political systems, but is an attitudinal problem. Persons who are little inclined to accept personal disadvantages for the common good are easily corrupted.