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Mount Union stars lead North squad to 7-0 win in the Inaugural Senior Bowl

Upper Arlington HS marquee (

Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium at UAHS (

Back in March, I heard a few people around town talking about a college football game that was coming up in the middle of April that would showcase the college seniors from Ohio colleges against each other. I thought that was a good idea. So I used my reporting skills to find out where this would take place and who was running it.

A few people that I know on facebook told me that was in charge of the game and that I could find the information on their facebook page. I liked what I saw and I joined up as one of their fans and then I put in a phone call to its founder and president to tell him that I would like to cover the event.

Football Field at Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium (

The brains behind the event is Todd J. Oliver, President of and the Senior Bowl.

Oliver and his staff got one of the areas top venues to play the game, Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium at Upper Arlington High School. The sponsorship included: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Wilson Sporting Goods, MidState Educators Credit Union, UPS, Marathon, The College of Wooster, Little Caesers Pizza (which furnished the media meal), Advocare, Time Warner Cable, Holiday Inn, Chipotle, Don Basch Jewelers of Macedonia, Ohio; Lavery Automotive Sales and Service, Wilson Trading Company, LLC in Newark, Ohio; Gold Guys, Sherbourne Solutions in Cincinnati;  Atwell’s Police and Fire Equipment in Painesville, Ohio; SPORTSTIME OHIO, Kenda Tires, Roosters and Pepsi. For a first year Bowl Game, that’s an impressive list of sponsors.

Nice crowd attends the game (

Leading up to the game, there was alot of hype because of the quarterbacks: Kurt Rocco of Mount Union, Dan Whalen of Case Western for the North Squad; Aaron Huffman of Wittenberg and Daniel Raudabaugh from Miami University.

The game was anything but a scoring shootout as the halftime score was 0-0. Can you believe that for an All-Star game? You can believe it. The two teams only had 3 practices to get to know head other and to jell as an offense and defense.

Scoring opportunities were at a premium all game but in the first half, the South team had the best chance of putting a touchdown on the scoreboard. But Marcus Waugh of the Cincinnati Bearcats fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone on the first play of the second quarter. The North team actually had a chance to score first on their first drive in the opening quarter. Place kicker Mike Skvor of Malone College missed a 32 yard field goal wide left with the wind blowing towards the south goal posts.

The scoreboard tells the story, a defensive struggle (

Part of the reason for the low scoring was the ability of the defensive lines on both teams. Game rules prevented blitzing, but it didn’t keep the lines from accumulating nine sacks, five by the North. South defensive tackle Conor Reilly of  Ohio University was the only player with multiple sacks, recording two.

The game was won by two players who are used to playing with together for the Mount Union Purple Raiders.

Quarterback Kurt Rocco connected with Vince Petruziello on a 33-yard pass play to open up the game-winning drive that was finalized by a one-yard dive by Lake Erie College’s Tony Howard as the North team recorded the 7-0 victory in the inaugural Senior Bowl.

Following the completion that put the ball on the South 18 yard line, Rocco found Ohio Northern’s Justin Linzy for a six-yard gain. Howard took over with runs of four, seven and one yard to complete the only scoring drive of the game. Howard, who had a 40-yard run earlier in the second half, finished with 68 yards on eight carries.

North head coach Greg Frey said, “It was a couple of Mount Union college guys stepping up, there is no surprise there, they put us in position and we finally got one in there.”

It didn’t take long for the South team to put pressure on the North defense to preserve the victory. Andre Jones from the University of Akron took the ensuing kickoff 46 yards, and with a five-yard penalty, they were 34 yards from tying up the game.  Immediately, Wittenberg’s Aaron Huffman found his teammate Patrick Williams for a 27-yard completion. However, four straight incompletions from the North 7-yard line into the wind led to the drive coming up short.

Vince Petruziello of Mt. Union caught key pass on winning drive (

Mount St. Joseph defensive end Alex Harbin of the South squad played a solid game with two fumble recoveries as did teammate Kyle Lohrman of Wittenberg University. Lohrman, the Tigers star, was named the game’s defensive MVP with eight tackles and an interception.

Defensively for the North, Bryan Albani of  Wooster College and Matt Greives from Heidelberg College, tied for the team lead with six tackles.

“I was thankful we had those four shots, to be honest with 30 seconds left you never know what’s going to happen,” said South head coach Matt D’ Orazio. “For us to get it down there and to even hav a shot shows what kind of guys we have-fighting all the way to the end.”

QB Aaron Huffman tries to lead the South on a game-tying drive (

Kurt Rocco was named the game’s offensive MVP as he threw for 137 yards on 12-of-21 passing with one interception. Vince Petruziello finished with six receptions for 66 yards, while Justin Lindzy had five receptions for 65 yards.

The North team survived six turnovers, four fumbles-two coming on bobbled snaps, to come out with a victory in the defensive struggle. They however forced five turnovers themselves as the defense dominated the action.

North QB Kurt Rocco of Mt. Union (

North RB Tony Howard of Lake Erie College scored winning TD (


Head Coach: Greg Frey

Assistant Coaches: Greg Debeljak (Offensive Coordinator), Doug Phillips (Defensive Coordinator),

Tom Phillips (Offensive Line), Jeff Phillips (Offensive Line), Mark Aprile (Defensive Backs), Jabaar Thompson (Linebackers), Brian Kight (Defensive Backs) and Bruce Kotlinski (Defensive Line).

RB Kevin Smith-Youngstown

S  Joe Cigas-John Carroll

RB Jemar Lewis-Heidelberg

WR Vince Petruziello-Mount Union

QB  Dan Whelan-Case Reserve

LB Joe Knopick-Findlay

WR Justin Lindzy-Ohio Northern

ATH  Austin Holter-Wooster

OLB James Hebert-Mount Union

LB Marcus Council-Ashland

WR Derek McBryde-Kent State

QB Kurt Rocco-Mount Union

P/K Mike Skvor-Malone

WR Aaron Pitts-Youngstown

CB Danny Sadler-Kent State

S   Bobby Bott-Case Western

RB Tony Howard-Lake Erie

CB  Anthony Fields-Findlay

OLB Draye Ersery-Youngstown

CB Brian Albani-Wooster

RB Joseph Peters-Malone

DE Ken Bevington-John Carroll

TE D.J. Suitca-Case Western

S  Ryan Clokey-Baldwin-Wallace

OLB James Schneider-Bowling Green

LB Cody Basler-Bowling Green

DE Matt Williamson-Mount Union

DT  E.J. Whitlow-Findlay

OC  Mike Nitz-Mount Union

DT Dustin Basch-Ashland

OG James Bird-Mount Union

OG Andrew Benchic-Ohio Northern

OT John Obery-Wooster

OT Brett Scarl-Baldwin-Wallace

OT Caleb Crowl-Mount Union

OG Donte Campbell-Kent State

OC  Nick Ellis-Lake Erie

WR Harry von Kann-Kenyon

TE  Mike Detwiler-Otterbein

DE Matt Greives-Heidelberg

DT Crispin Fernandez-Youngstown

DT  Humphrey Caswell-Hiram

S Bobby Bott of Case Western (


Head Coach: Matt D’ Orazio

Assistant Coaches: Andy Mitchel  (Offensive Coordinator), Barry Wulf (Defensive Coordinator), Deke Hocker (Offensive Assistant)

WR Ryan Rowley-Otterbein

CB Chad Woodfork-Otterbein

WR Patrick Williams-Wittenberg

S   Montrell Dockery-Central State

TE  Kyle Reichelderfer-Ohio Dominican

RB  Nick Krempasky-Denison

QB Aaron Huffman-Wittenberg

CB Brandyn Brown-Wittenberg

LB Donnie Reinhart-Otterbein

WR/CB  Andre Jones-Akron

WR Evan Wallace-Central State

CB Andre Amos-Ohio State

QB Daniel Raudabaugh-Miami

S  Rylan Mitter-Burke-Ohio Wesleyan

RB/WR  Dawon Harvey-Ashland

CB Troy Brookins-Urbana

OLB Murl Johnson-Urbana

WR Ian Iler-Urbana

RB Lamar Hunter-Marietta

WR Jeremy Stuckey-Wilmington

OLB Britan Tolliver-Ohio Wesleyan

RB/OLB Eric Yates-Otterbein

DT Shawn Lewis-Urbana

OLB Andrew Miller-Central State

FB/LB  Marcus Waugh-Cincinnati

S   Drew Homyk-Denison

LB Kyle Lohrman-Wittenberg

P/K Mitch Croy-Ohio Dominican

OC Cory Dutcher-Capital

OLB Maurice Brooks-Central State

OT Kenny Edmunds-Central State

OG Taylor Porter-Central State

OG Steve Gibson-Urbana

OG Chris Rodgers-Ohio

OG Anthony Walsh-Mount St. Joseph

OT  Abraham Valdez_Central State

DT Justin Burum-Urbana

OT George Frisch-Marietta

OT Steve Emmert-Muskingum

WR Charley Howard-Cincinnati

TE Tariq Kalimullah-Urbana

DE Conor Reilly-Ohio

DT Martin Channels-Miami

DE Alex Harbin-Mount St. Joseph
The Senior Bowl in 2011 will feature two exciting games at beautiful Columbus Crew Stadium. The first game will feature Ohio NCAA II All-Stars taking on Ohio NCAA III All-Stars while the night cap pairs Ohio NCAA I-A All-Stars against NCAA I-A All-Stars from Michigan.

North DE Ken Bevington of John Carroll (

South team (red) tries to move the ball away from their own 1 yard line (