On November 29, The Pickerton Central Tigers (13-1) defeated the undefeated Mentor Cardinals (13-1) in a close hard fought game at the Bob Commings Stadium at Glen Oak High School in Canton Ohio.
When Mentor defeated the defending champions St Edward Eagles in overtime going for the two point conversion, many thought that the Cardinals were on a mission to give their long time coach Steve Trivisonno a championship before he retired. All State Wide Receiver Luke Floriea stated he would run into a semi truck at 60 miles per hour for his coach, and would do anything for him.
With all the momentum from the Saint Eds game, the Cardinals had high hopes of defeating Pickerton Central and moving on to play in a championship game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. After being down 21-14 at halftime, Mentor was able to get the ball back on the opening kickoff, and score on the drive to tie the game at 21. Sadly that was not enough as Pickerton Central Quarterback Demetri Crenshaw scored a running touchdown to give the Tigers the lead, and to make matters worse for Mentor, dual threat quarterback Ian Kipp goes down with a leg injury with two minutes remaining in the game.
Mentor lost to Pickerton Central by a final score of 28-21, and after 23 magnificent years as the Mentor Cardinals Head Coach, Steve Trivisano’s career comes to an end without a championship. Despite having a great season, there is a lot of rebuilding that Mentor needs to do this offseason, such as finding a new coach to take over for Trivisonno, and replacing the senior stars that will be leaving such as Brian Trobel, and Luke Floriea.