Glenville moves to 2-1 with big win

Ted Ginn, Jr and Cleveland Glenville are off to a solid start this year as they recently wrapped up big wins over Massillon Perry and Strongsville. We have a look at the Glenville/Strongsville game by Gary Housteau posted now.

Led by the two-way talents of Ted Ginn, Jr., who scored twice on offense and once on defense in the game, the Tarblooders of Glenville High School overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit en route to a 33-14 road victory at Strongsville in week three, which should go a long way toward strengthening their bid for a post-season appearance.

"I think we came out and played a good game," said Ginn, already a leading candidate for the Mr. Football award this year.

"We were down at halftime but we came back and played a nice game. We listened to our coaches and stayed positive, we didn't put our heads down."

Glenville fumbled deep in their own territory on two of their first three possessions of the game, but their defense, led by junior Fred Lenix at middle linebacker, managed to keep Strongsville off the scoreboard.

"At first we came out a little bit too pumped, we had the big head a little bit," Ginn said. "But as we kept going we calmed down and we got to our offense and our defense and we came to be victorious."

Strongsville did get on the board first later in the second quarter on an 81-yard bomb, of which Ginn admitted to making a mental mistake by covering the wrong man on the play, to take a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Mustangs caught the Tarblooders napping and captured an on-side kickoff at the 42. Three plays later Strongsville exploited the speed of the Glenville defense and ran an option-reverse for a score.

Trailing 14-0 at the half, the fireworks started for the Tarblooders immediately after the intermission.

On the second play of the half junior Darren Gibbs, who like Lenix was all over the field for the Glenville defense, picked off a pass and raced 30 yards for their first score.

Then Ginn took over.

After his 64-yard touchdown jaunt got called back on an illegal down field block, a run that was nearly as spectacular as his 60-yard touchdown run against Perry a week earlier, Ginn ran in from around the left side untouched from 15 yards for a score.

"On the one that was called back I didn't put my head down, I just said that I got to go do it again," Ginn remarked. "I was confident in my OL, we just played well together."

In the fourth quarter, sophomore Ray Small, a transfer from St. Edward, scampered 82 yards for another score on a run to the left side. And just plays later, Ginn stepped in front of an enemy aerial and sped 55 yards for another score.

"I knew they were going to throw hitches all day so I just sat back and waited for my turn and I got it," Ginn said. "He's short and I'm tall and I went to go get what I had to go get. I saw it coming."

Finally Ginn closed out the scoring on another run over the left side of 16 yards as the game winded down.

The victory was Glenville's second in-a-row after an opening-week loss to Mentor.

"After we lost we all said we've got to come back and go 2-1, we've got to make the state playoffs, that was our goal," Ginn said.

The victories over Perry and Strongsville should aid the Tarblooders immensely in their chances to play beyond week 10. Ginn has been instrumental in both of those victories.

"I'm just confident in my teammates, that's all I can say," he said. "If I do my part, I help my team by doing my part. And today (down 14-0) my hope was a wish and it came true."

And when asked if there is any reason why Glenville shouldn't now finish 9-1 with a remaining slate of Senate League opponents?

"There's no reason, we should be 10-0 but we made mental mistakes early in the first game but it happens," Ginn said. "But we're going to come back and we're going to see them again. We're definitely a playoff team regardless. If we can come out here and play Strongsville and be down by 14 at half and get back in it, we're a playoff team."

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