December 2, 2017
The season ended for the Mentor Cardinals as Pickerington Central won the state title 56-28. The Cards end a fabulous season at 13-2 including a 12 game winning streak! Although it wasn't meant to be for the Cards, this group had an amazing chemistry that we all watched develop during the season. Congrats to all involved as you all did an outstanding job to entertain and make us proud as Cardinal fans. The championship game started on a solid note when the Cards scored twice to take the lead 14-7. Back and forth scoring continued leading to a 21-21 tie at halftime. The second half was the difference as Pickerington scored often pulling away the title championship opportunity from the Cards. Look for the football team to remain a powerhouse in NE Ohio for years to come. The foundation is there for sustained success. #onceacard

November 25, 2017
The Mentor Cardinals continued their 2017 amazing run by defeating the Olentangy Liberty Patriots 27-21 in the state semi-final game. Next stop ...Canton for the state championship game on Friday, December 1st at 8:00 pm! The Cards fell behind 6-0 halfway through the 1st quarter. But, before the quarter ended, they had taken the lead 7-6 on a Tadas Tatarunas to Matt Hartmann 23 yard TD reception. This was the same score leading into halftime as both teams didn't put up any points in the 2nd quarter. Mentor scored first in the second half on a Chris Edmond 2 yard run for which Olentangy answered with their own TD to knot the score at 14. The Cards found enough time to take the lead 21-14 before the 3rd quarter ended with a Tatarunas 3 yard TD run. In the final quarter, Mentor scored again to give the Cards a semi-comfortable 27-14 lead with only 5:40 to go in the game. Olentangy hadn't given up and scored another TD with only 3:06 left in the game. The Cards gave Olentangy one more drive but the defense held fast as the Cards came away with the 27-21 nail-biter victory. The state final game will be next Friday, December 1st at 8:00 pm in Canton. Hopefully you can join us to watch this amazing group of Cardinals play for the Division 1 state championship! GO CARDS!!

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