Mustangs down Flyers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – MUSTANG ON THE GALLOP: Medina running back Thomas Follman (39) breaks through the line during the Mustangs 44-14 victory over the Maryvale Flyers this evening at Vets Park.

Getting touchdown production from five different players, Medina rolled to a 44-14 victory over Maryvale this evening in a B-North Division game at Vets Park.

Dan Brown ran for two touchdowns, quarterback Jason Hellwig ran for one score and completed TD passes to Drake Grabowski and Dylan Lewis and Kyle Barna ran for another TD to lead Medina’s balanced attack.

“We’re pretty fortunate to have a number of different guys we can get the ball to and that puts a lot of strain on the other team’s defense,” Medina coach Eric Valley said.

Medina jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead as Barna scored on a one yard run and Hellwig on a two yard carry. Brown added the two-point conversion run after the second score.

Hellwig had pass completions of 19 yards to Barna and 13 to Brown on the first drive. He then hooked up with Barna for completions of 40 and 13 yards on the second drive which also included a 19 yard run by Brown.

Maryvale interrupted for a score as the Flyers recovered their own fumble in the end zone for the touchdown.

Medina though got that one right back on a seven yard touchdown run by Brown and a two-point conversion pass from Hellwig to Barna to go up 22-6 at the half. Brown had a 15 yard run and a key six yard fourth down pickup to keep the drive alive.

Keeping rolling, the Mustangs boosted the advantage to 36-6 at the three-quarter mark as Hellwig completed a 23 yard pass to Lewis for one touchdown and Brown raced 78 yards for another TD in the third quarter. A 47 yard pass from Hellwig to Ben McPherson set up the first tally. Barna added the two-point conversion run after the second tally.

Hellwig rounded out the Mustangs scoring parade with a 36 yard touchdown pass to Grabowski in the fourth quarter. Thomas Follman added the two-point conversion run.

Barna spearheaded the Mustangs defensive effort with half a dozen tackles for losses.

“Maryvale challenged us physically and we had a couple of letdowns in the first half but we buckled down and played better defensively after that,” Valley said. “We had a lot of kids turn in good efforts.”

Medina, which next hosts Akron at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, is now 2-0 while Maryvale slips to 0-2.