St. Ignatius tandem steps into spotlight

Mike LaManna (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Conor Hennessey know this is the stuff that earns college scholarships.

While the Wildcats’ defense took much praise for shutting down star quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) in a 49-13 win, LaManna and Hennessey undoubtedly earned a few more looks from colleges.

Both seniors, the duo put themselves on the map with one highlight reel play after the other.

LaManna, who has interest from Ball State, Toledo and Cincinnati, would have probably shattered the school record for 389 yards passing in a game had he not left midway through the third quarter.

His line was still impressive as he finished 18-of-24 for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the demolition.

“I don’t know what it takes yet because I don’t have any offers, but hopefully they’ll come after this,” he said. “I still have to talk to some coaches to see what happens next, but I’ll send it to Coach [Chuck] Kyle and he takes care of the rest. I hope this puts me on the map.”

It’ll be hard to ignore Hennessey as well. The senior wide receiver had four catches for 48 yards and scored twice. He also provided a key block for Tim McVey on a 43-yard touchdown reception when the game was still close.

Hennessey has interest from Princeton, Baldwin-Wallace and Kent State, but was all smiles after the win over the Pilots.

“You know there were some people watching today because of their quarterback, but it’s good to get out there and play football. That’s really all it was. It was playing football.

“I had a couple mistakes, but overall it was a good day. I’ll put the touchdowns on the highlights. I’ll probably put my block on the there, too. You just build every day.”