The Mogadore junior has more than a few

By Brian King Record-Courier staff correspondent Published:

The Mogadore junior has more than a few things to be happy about. After spending the past two seasons at Walsh Jesuit, Molnar has been an integral part of a Wildcat squad that finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and is preparing for a regional semifinal playoff encounter Saturday at 7 p.m. against Tiffin Calvert in Mansfield.

"I'm really happy that I came back," said Molnar. "Who wouldn't be? We are 11-0."

That is not all Molnar has to be happy about.

The Wildcats, who traditionally feature a run-oriented offense, are now a bit more open then in past years. The abilities of Molnar have helped make that possible.

"I'd like to think that we have always been able to throw the ball," said Mogadore coach Scott Pollock. "Charley is a good one, though. We would have thrown even without him, but having him helps us a lot."

Molnar also found a nice pair of receivers at Mogadore in the form of Mike Wagner and Mike Roth. Wagner is arguably the fastest player in the Portage County League and, with a 6-foot-2 frame, is an easy target. Roth does not possess the speed of Wagner, but he is not far behind and runs crisp, disciplined routes.

"Those guys are always wide open," said Molnar. "There is not really anybody that can cover both of them. Then we still have Tommy Lee coming out of the backfield."

The Wildcats' offensive front has also put a smile on the face of Molnar. The undersized, yet hard-working unit has kept the junior out of harms way this season, allowing him to stay in the pocket and hit his targets.

In that environment Molnar has thrived. He has put up impressive numbers, completing 68-of-122 passes for 1,639 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11 games.

"Our offensive line has really played well this year," said Molnar. "We have passed a lot, and I haven't been sacked all year."

Molnar's first year at Mogadore may be this season, but he is anything but new to the Wildcats. The quarterback grew up in Mogadore and played with his Wildcat teammates all the way through the eighth grade before leaving for Walsh. That familiarity with his teammates has made his return to their system an easy one.

"Not many people realize it, but Charley is not really new to us," said Pollock. "He worked with us through the eighth grade and took the majority of the snaps. He already knew the system when he got here."

Football has always been a big part of Molnar's life. His father, Charley Molnar, makes his living off the sport. Now a wide receiver coach at Eastern Illinois University, the elder Molnar served as the offensive coordinator for Kent State the previous five seasons.

With a coach at home, Molnar has been around the sport all his life.

"I have loved football for as long as I can remember," said the younger Molnar. "My dad really helps me a lot. We work a lot during the summer, and he has helped me be a better quarterback and a leader."

There is a downside to having a father who coaches for a major college. With college games being played on Saturday and high school games on Friday, Charley is forced to play almost every game without his father in the stands. The elder Molnar did make it to a game this season due to an Eastern Illinois cancellation.

"I am pretty much used to it," said Molnar. "He got to see me play against Crestwood this year, and we ship the game film out to him every Monday so he can watch it."

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