The 8th grade Grizzlies are the 2015 Cleveland CYO Football Champions having defeated the St. Thomas More Wolverines Sunday November 8th at Independence High School Stadium. The St. Gabriel 8th grade football team had a regular season record of 34 wins and 0 losses over the last 5 seasons (4th - 8th grade). The team has accumulated a playoff record of 7 wins against 1 loss, which was in the 7th grade championship game last season. The team won the 6th grade championship in 2013.
The victory in this year's championship game marks the first victory in three tries for St. Gabriel's vs. St. Thomas More in championship play, having lost to them in the 2007 and 2009 CYO Cleveland City Championship games.
This year's championship game featured a true team victory for the Grizzlies, holding the St. Thomas More team to zero first downs defensively. St. Gabriel Scored first on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Christian DeMitro to Danny Walsh and three rushing TD's by Christian DeMitro. Luka Eller chipped in with the extra points. The offense was paced by the hard running of Jack Robinson- 16 carries for 106 yards, Christian Demitro- 22 carries for 197 yards and three touchdowns and pass catching of Danny Walsh who led the team with 2 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown . final score was 28-0
Dan Patriarca - Head Coach
John Patriarca - Offensive Coordinator
Ed Walsh - Defensive Coordinator
Assistant Coaches: Dr. Jerry Patriarca, Jay Cerar, Jarrod Schlacht