Monday, September 26, 2022

Cardinal holds off Hawken

GATES MILLS—Cardinal wasted little time at Hawken on Friday shaking off last week’s tough loss to rival Berkshire.

The Huskies scored two first-quarter touchdowns and went on to beat the Hawks, 48-34.

Joey Soltis opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run midway through the first and Zach Czako added an eight-yard touchdown three minutes later to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead.

Hawken’s Zach Miller ran for a seven-yard score early in the second quarter to cut the Huskies’ lead to 14-7 but Morgan Hershberger’s 22-yard scamper gave Cardinal back its two-score lead.

Terrence Robinson connected with Cooper Jared on a five-yard scoring pass then ran in a two-yard touchdown to pull the Hawks to within 21-20. It would remain that way as Cardinal blocked the extra point try.

Soltis closed out the first half with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Mike Lucarelli with seven seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 28-20 advantage at the break.

Hershberger and Soltis added short touchdown runs in the third quarter to build a 41-20 lead but again the Hawks responded.

Robinson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller to cut Hawken’s deficit to 41-26. Cardinal answered with a 13-yard Czako touchdown run.

Miller then ran for a five-yard touchdown to close out the scoring.

Soltis finished the night 5-of-9 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown. Hershberger and Czako both ran for over 100 yards as Hershberger led the Huskies with 140 yards on 14 carries and Czako ran 24 times for 130 yards.

Maclain Robinson converted 5-of-6 point after tries for the Huskies.

Robinson had a big night for the Hawks as he completed 16-of-19 passes for 196 yards with two touchdown passes and he ran for 34 yards and a score. Miller led the Hawken rushing attack with 77 yards on 20 carries.

Haley Adams
Haley Adams is a 2016 graduate of Cardinal High School. She is currently in her third year at Hiram College with a major in Communications and a minor in Writing. Haley, a three-sport standout at Cardinal, has participated in many athletic events at Hiram and plans to become a sports broadcaster.

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