Canton Central Catholic 47 - Hoover 14
October 16, 2015
Central Catholic thrashes Hoover behind Colangelo’s big night
NORTH CANTON Jack of all trades. Master of all. That’s what makes Central Catholic senior John Colangelo one of the most dangerous and dynamic football players in the area.
Colangelo scored touchdowns in three different ways Friday night to help the Crusaders earn a 47-14 victory over Hoover on the road. Colangelo scored on a 48-yard interception return, a 33-yard run and an 88-yard kickoff return.
“John is just a special kid,” Central head coach Jeff Lindesmith said. “He plays every down on offense, defense and special teams for us. He’s the perfect role model for our young players. We always tell them to follow the example he sets.”
Colangelo helped the Crusaders break open a game tied 7-7 for the first quarter and a half. Colangelo’s three touchdowns helped the Crusaders score 34 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
“I think this was a first,” Colangelo said. “I can’t remember a time where I’ve scored on offense, defense and special teams in a game. That’s a tribute to my teammates rushing the passer well on defense and blocking well for me on offense and special teams.”
Colangelo nearly had a fourth touchdown in the third quarter. He returned a punt 55 yards before being tackled at the Hoover 5-yard line. Though he didn’t score, that return set up a 1-yard touchdown run three plays later by Justin Ditty.
“Special teams is a big emphasis for us,” Colangelo said. “It’s something that we spend a lot of time on in practice during the week.”
Colangelo had 10 carries for 92 yards and three catches for 38 yards in addition to all of his return yards.
When Colangelo wasn’t wreaking havoc on Hoover, the Central Catholic defensive front seven was. The Crusaders recorded five quarterback sacks for a loss of 43 yards.
Senior Will Walencewicz had two sacks, while James Wills, Griffin Baumoel and Harrison Stuffel recorded one sack each.
“Our defense is really the backbone of the team,” Lindesmith said. “We allowed their quarterback to scramble and get hot early, which resulted in a touchdown for them but that was it, really. They kept the pressure up and kept him uncomfortable after that.”
Hoover as a whole had an uncomfortable night on offense. The Vikings managed just 66 yards rushing on 29 carries. Hoover was also just 7-of-18 passing for 102 yards.
“Our defense really played well,” Colangelo said. “Everybody is playing their roles well. We’re doing a good job of keep things contained right now.”