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Written by: on Saturday, September 29th, 2018


Jack Salopek accounted for 240 yards of total offense and had a hand four Norwin touchdowns as the Knights cruised past Butler 42-0 Friday night at Art Bernardi Stadium.

“I was proud of the guys, from offense to defense to our coaching staff,” said Norwin head coach Dave Brozeski. “It was a nice bounce-back game from the last two weeks where we were on a 2-game slide.”

Despite running just running just 29 plays for the game including 14 in the first half. Norwin gained 396 yards of total offense. Salopek threw three first-half touchdown passes to help Norwin build a 28-0 heading into the locker room.

“Jack (Salopek) did some nice things out there, and I thought the offensive line did a nice job,” Brozeski said. “Jack made some excellent decisions and made some good throws. Our receivers did a great job too.”

The Knights got on the board first as Youngstown State recruit Gianni Rizzo hauled 25-yard touchdown late in the first quarter.

With Butler driving into the red zone, Golden Tornado quarterback Kyler Callihan fumbled, and Michael Ryan returned it 33 yards. Two plays later Salopek connected with Billy Kerston on a 52-yard bomb down the far sideline.

Gambling with an onside kick, Norwin was able to recover at the Butler 47. Again, in just two plays Sean Pavlic hauled in a 9-yard score from Salopek.

“Billy Karston and Gianni Zizzo both made fantastic plays on their touchdowns tonight,” said Brozeski. “I’m very proud of the whole team, we talked about getting back to work this week, and the result was great to see.”

Things continued to spiral out of control for Butler. With just 31 seconds to play in the first half a simple handoff to running back, Chris Metz turned into a disaster for the Golden Tornado as Ethan Nelson had a scoop and score for Norwin as the Knights took complete control heading to the half.

“We just couldn’t punch it in, every time we had something going it was either a bad snap or a fumbled snap,” said Butler head coach Eric Christy.

It was no secret what Butler’s game plan was. To hold the ball and take time off the clock, however unable to get out of their way with turnovers and bad snaps doomed the Golden Tornado. Twice they arrived in the red zone and twice shot themselves in the foot. Once with a bad snap losing 20 yards and again with a lost fumble.

“We did exactly what we wanted. We were controlling the ball and moving the ball because we wanted to keep them off the field,” Christy said. “We’re still trying to figure out how to finish. We’ve made some progress up to here; now we have to get the last part.”

Butler’s offense got a great performance by Callihan who rushed for 163 yards on 31 attempts.

Norwin, meanwhile wasted no time putting the mercy rule into effect as Rizzo took a jet sweep down the near sideline for a 57-yard touchdown on the first snap of the third quarter.

The Knights and Salopek wrapped up the scoring as he ran the game’s final touchdown in from four yards.

Game Highlights:

Norwin 42 Butler 0

Score by Quarters

Norwin 7 21 14 0 – 42

Butler – 0 0 0 0 – 0

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

N – Gianni Rizzo 25 yd pass from Jack Salopek (Carter Breen pat), 2:23

Second Quarter

N – Billy Kerston 52 yd pass from Salopek (Breen pat), 6:59

N – Sean Pavlic 9 yd pass from Salopek (Breen pat), 6:36

N – Ethan Nelson 21 yd fumble return (Breen pat), 0:31

Third Quarter

N – Rizzo 57 yd run (Breen pat), 11:42

N – Salopek 4 yd run (Breen pat), 0:43

Individual Stats

Rushing: Norwin – Zeke Houser 6-73, Salopek 3-14, Nick Flemming 3-10, Tanner Queen 2-16, Rizzo 1-57. Totals: 15-170. Butler – Callihan 31-163, Chris Metz 11-61, Darin Skidmore 1-1, Ryan-John Herold 4-30, Trent Valent 6-24, Presco 3-8, Team 2-(-36). Totals: 58-251.

Passing: Norwin – Salopek 7-for-14, 226 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception. Butler – Kyler Callihan 3-for-3, 32 yards, Bryan Presco 0-for-2.

Receiving: Norwin – Rizzo 2-49, Kerston 1-52, Pavlic 2-47, Tanner Krevokuch 2-78. Butler – Logan Donnel 1-13, Metz 1-12, Austin Rodgers 1-7.

Interceptions: Butler – Presco.

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