Sunday, November 18, 2012
UNC QB commit Trubisky on prolific run
By Brad Bournival
One look into the “Twittersphere” Saturday night came back with a resounding answer regarding Mentor (Ohio) quarterback Mitch Trubisky: It looks like North Carolina picked up a steal when the ESPN 150 senior committed to the Tar Heels.
What Trubisky has done this season is incredible, but what he’s done in the last two games is what sets him apart in the eyes of many opposing coaches. In back-to-back victories over Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius -- the last two big-school state champions in Ohio -- Trubisky has rewritten more than a few record books.
In a 63-56 win over St. Edward, when he turned a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit into a win, he silenced the few naysayers out there a week ago. He finished that one 36-of-48 for 478 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 98 yards and two scores.
But that just set the stage for Saturday’s 57-56, triple-overtime win over St. Ignatius.
The Cardinals found themselves behind again, and again the North Carolina commit took over. He finished 26-of-40 for 411 yards and threw two touchdowns.
He also rushed 35 times for 138 yards and four scores, adding a two-point conversion throw to Brandon Fritts for the win.
“It came down to overtime and it’s kind of tough when Mitch and the boys are starting from the 20,” St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle said.
It’s tough to stop Trubisky anywhere as the 6-foot-3, 198-pound Trubisky is 237-of-355 for 3,712 yards and 39 touchdowns this season.
His main targets are Brandon Fritts (67 catches, 1,118 yards, 17 touchdowns), Conner Krizancic (71-985-10) and Nick Delisa (36-598-9). As has become the case during his time with Cardinals, Mentor’s career pass leader deflects praise.
“A lot of credit goes to the offensive line,” Trubisky said. “They give me enough time to make plays and we play within the system.
“This win over St. Ignatius was incredible. That was one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of. We just made plays down the stretch and didn’t stop believing.”