NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – Holy Name hadn’t defeated Rocky River in high school football since the 2015 season, but the Green Wave accomplished the trick with authority Saturday night against the Pirates.
The Green Wave defeated Rocky River 43-21 at Gibson Field to win their second straight game. The win was the Green Wave’s second in Great Lakes Conference play, and marked the second straight game the Green Wave scored 40 or more points.
“It felt great to get the win,” Green Wave coach Dan Wondolowski said. “This win started last December in the weight room. Our guys have dedicated themselves. They come week in and week out. They just bring an intensity this year that we haven’t seen in a while.”
The Green Wave’s offense was headlined by a strong running game. Senior running backs Trevor Dotson and Robert Sherrod each had a pair of touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Nicholas Mercuri also scored a rushing touchdown.
“The (offensive) line up front, it started with them,” Dotson said. “They were super physical with their (defensive) line. It just opened up a bunch of holes for us to run right through.”
The Green Wave came in only giving up 14 points total this season. Rocky River bested that, but Holy Name defused a couple of Pirates possessions with two interceptions by junior Garrett Sparks.
Holy Name led 14-13 at halftime behind Dotson’s scores. The Pirates fumbled on the second-half kickoff, and Holy Name took advantage with a Sherrod score for a 21-13 lead.
Rocky River rallied to tie it at 21 later in the third with a touchdown pass from sophomore Braedon Spies to senior Christian Dean and a two-point conversion. But the Green Wave took control from there with 22 unanswered points.
Sherrod said the Green Wave have a lot to prove this season. Last season the Green Wave went 5-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
“We want to win this year,” Sherrod said. “We want to prove doubters wrong. We want to prove everybody wrong really.”
Holy Name (3-1, 2-0 GLC) will host Parma on Sept. 27. Rocky River (2-2, 1-2 GLC) hosts Normandy.