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CVC players shine in News-Herald Senior Bowl

MAYFIELD—Chagrin Valley Conference Football players made quite an impact in the 2022 News-Herald Senior Bowl at Mayfield High School on Friday.

Kirtland’s Mason Rus earned the game’s MVP award and West Geauga’s Joey DiLalla drilled a 28-yard field with 19 seconds remaining in the game to seal the White team’s 23-20 win over the Blue.

Rus, who became the first player to win both the News-Herald’s Tony Fisher Award, which is presented to the area’s top overall football player, and the Senior Bowl MVP, ran for 60 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown and he caught one pass for 29 yards on fourth-and-8 on the White team’s game-winning drive. He also recorded six tackles on defense.

Kirtland’s Rossi Santo served as the White team’s head coach and Ramon Lescano and Gage Sullivan also represented the Hornets on the White team. Lescano caught five passes for 44 yards, ran one time for three yards, and he recorded seven tackles. Sullivan caught two passes for 15 yards and ran one time for five. He also recorded two tackles on defense and picked off a pass.

West Geauga’s Danny Stewart completed 7-of-14 passes for 64 yards and scored on a three-yard touchdown run for the White team.

Lucas Sadler and Torry Stazzone also represented the Wolverines in the game. Sadler recorded five tackles and a sack for the White team.

Chagrin Falls’ Max Moore also suited up for the White.

Harvey’s and Cardinal’s Senior Bowl participants played for the Blue squad, which was coached by Harvey’s Mick Mohner.

Rick Coleman, Deuce Coffee, and Jordan Babb represented the Red Raiders while Austin Strever, Chase Simak, Anthony Soltis, J.R. Kochy, Zach Czako, John Avalon, and Mike Soltis played in their final game for the Huskies.

Czako ran the ball four times for 14 yards, recorded six tackles, and had a sack and a fumble recovery in the game. Simak finished with six tackles and Kochy recorded two.



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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