CLEVELAND HEIGHTS - No late-game heroics were needed this week.
Zach Miller sandwiched three touchdown passes around two TD runs and St. Wendelin fared better in the mud Saturday as the Mohawks slogged past Lutheran East, 36-6.
The road win came after the Mohawks' previous two games were decided in the final 20 seconds.
"Nice day, beautiful day, sunny, 75 degrees, but the field was just chopped up and got worse as the day went on," St. Wendelin coach Bill Hrabak said after his team won its second in a row.
"We were really pleased, because [lineman] Alex Galvan couldn't play this week because his brother was getting married this week. We had some kids step up. Brent Williams actually played some offensive line ... and Austin Reinhart wasn't 100 percent.
"We were down Galvan and a healthy Reinhart, so I give credit to the other guys," he said. "We were able to shift around."
|St. Wendelin 36,|
|Lutheran East 6|
|St. Wendelin||0||15||7||14 — 36|
|Lutheran East||6||0||0||0 — 6|
|LE — Thomas Jackson 3 run (kick failed) 2:31|
|SW — Zach Miller 9 run (George Iannantuono run) 11:36|
|SW — Austin Reinhart 36 pass from Miller (Brent Williams kick) 2:09|
|SW — Alex Shontz 12 pass from Miller (Williams kick) :53|
|SW — Shontz 21 pass from Miller (Haley Wolfe kick) 11:06|
|SW — Miller 5 run (Wolfe kick) 3:17|
|RUSHING: St. Wendelin — Zac Hrabak 16-89; Miller 13-42; Williams 5-13; Reinhart 2-0; Brad Buhrow 3-3. Lutheran East — Austin Woodall 15-34; Robert Drake 10-9; Jackson 8-1; Duray Hall 1-6; Renaldo Mason 1-0.|
|PASSING: St. Wendelin — Miller 6-16-1-147. Lutheran East — Jackson 6-19-2-47; Hall 0-1-0-0.|
|RECEIVING: St. Wendelin — Shontz 3-69; Reinhart 2-39; Buhrow 1-(minus 2). Lutheran East — Mason 2-21; Drake 2-16; Hall 1-6; Matthew Hardnick 1-4.|
The Mohawks (2-2) took an 8-6 lead early in the second quarter on Miller's 9-yard run and George Iannantuono's conversion run, then got 36-yard Miller pass to Reinhart. Brent Williams' PAT boot gave the Mohawks a 15-6 halftime advantage.
The Falcons (0-5) struck first in the first on Thomas Jackson's 3-yard run with 2:31 left in the period.
It was the lone offensive highlight.
Deteriorating field conditions and St. Wendelin's defense held Lutheran East to 50 yards rushing and 47 passing, with the Mohawks picking off two passes and recovering three of the Falcons' eight fumbles.
Meanwhile, Miller added TD passes to Alex Shontz covering 12 yards in the third quarter and 21 yards in the fourth before running for a 5-yard score in the final period.
Miller finished 6 of 16 passing for 104 yards. Shontz caught three passes for 69 yards and Zac Hrabak ran 16 times for 89 yards.