Cleveland (OH) Glenville is always an Ohio powerhouse. With a record of 4-3, it might not look that way, but that's because the Tarblooders arrange for a nationally-competitive out-of-section schedule. They started the season with a 17-14 overtime loss to defending state champ St. Edward at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The following week, they took on Georgia's Camden County, a 23-14 loss. Since then, Glenville has won 4 of 5, as they look to capture another city title.
"We're in the Senate Athletic League," Bentley explained. "We compete with other public schools from around Cleveland. We've been the top team in the city league for 15 straight years. Usually, we just play three out-of-league games. Playing against those teams just gives us an opportunity to play against bigger schools."
Not to mention, not too many high school players open their season with games at an NFL venue, followed by Ohio Stadium in Columbus—one of the biggest college venues in the country. It doesn't even occur to Bentley and his teammates that they aren't playing at typical high school venues.
"We don't really worry about it," Bentley said. "It's one of the good things about being at Glenville. When I got here, as a freshman, we played our first game in front of 15,000 people (against Cleveland St. Ignatius). It's just a great thing to be a part of."
Bentley says there are no new offers on his list. He has offers from Akron, Illinois, Kent State and Pittsburgh. He's been to games at Toledo and Ohio State this year, and is looking forward to an unofficial this weekend for the Pittsburgh-Utah game.
"I should be at the Pittsburgh-Utah game, I'm definitely looking forward to that," Bentley said. "I've been talking to them. We've been having a good relationship with their coaches."
Glenville looks to improve to 5-3 on Friday night, with a game against Lincoln West.