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2 — STAR BEACON

KICKOFF ’08

Thursday, August 21, 2008

2008 COMPOSITE SCHEDULE WEEK 1 THURSDAY, AUG. 21 ■ Howland at Lakeside (7, WFUN) ■ Madison at Normandy (7:30) FRIDAY, AUG. 22 ■ Jefferson at Grand Valley (7) ■ PV at Berkshire (7:30) ■ Champion at Edgewood (7, WFUN) ■ Oberlin at SJP (7) ■ Perry at Riverside (7:30) ■ Harvey at Lakeview (7:30) ■ Wickliffe at Geneva (7) ■ Conneaut at Southington (7)

WEEK 2 FRIDAY, AUG. 29 ■ Geneva at Madison (7:30) ■ East Tech at Lakeside (7) ■ Jefferson at Perry (7) ■ Grand Valley at Mineral Ridge (7) ■ PV at Cardinal (7) ■ Berkshire at Edgewood (7) ■ SJP at Conneaut (7, WYBL) ■ Harvey at Wickliffe (7:30) ■ Riverside at West Geauga (7:30)

WEEK 3 FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 ■ Perry at Madison (7:30) ■ Lakeside at Garfield Heights (7:30) ■ Brookfield at Jefferson (7) ■ Grand Valley at PV (7) ■ Edgewood at Orange (7) ■ SJP at Fairport ■ Riverside at Harvey (7:30) ■ Lakeview at Geneva (7) ■ Conneaut at Champion (7)

WEEK 4 FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 ■ Madison at Harvey (7:30) ■ Lakeside at Jefferson (7:30, WFUN) ■ Fairport at Grand Valley (7) ■ PV at Southington (7) ■ Trinity College at Edgewood (7) ■ Yo. Christian at SJP (7) ■ Perry at Aurora (7) ■ Riverside at Geneva (7) ■ Conneaut at Mathews (7)

WEEK 5 FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 ■ Madison at Edgewood (7:30) ■ Geneva at Lakeside (7, WFUN) ■ Jefferson at Riverside (7:30) ■ Grand Valley at Hawken (7) ■ Ledgemont at PV (7) ■ Perry at Wickliffe (7) ■ Harvey at Hoban (7:30) ■ CCC at Conneaut (7, WYBL) SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 ■ SJP at Lutheran East

WEEK 6 FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 ■ Madison at South (7:30) ■ Edgewood at Geneva (7, WFUN) ■ Lakeside at Riverside (7:30)

DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

JAMES BOWLING and his Harvey Red Raider teammates will journey to Cortland on Friday night to open their 2008 season against the Lakeview Bulldogs.

■ Jefferson at Harvey (7)

■ St. Thomas Aquinas at PV (7)

■ Grand Valley at Cardinal (7)

■ Beachwood at Perry (7)

■ PV at Mathews (7)

■ Chardon at Riverside (7:30)

■ SJP at Southington (7) ■ Orange at Perry (7) ■ Gilmour Acad. at Conneaut (7, WYBL)

WEEK 7 FRIDAY, OCT. 3 ■ Madison at Chardon (7:30) ■ Geneva at Jefferson (7) ■ South at Lakeside (7:30) ■ Harvey at Conneaut (7, WYBL) ■ Newbury at Grand Valley (7) ■ Lutheran East at PV (7) ■ Perry at Kenston (7) ■ Riverside at North (7:30) SATURDAY, OCT. 4 ■ Matthews at SJP (7) ■ Edgewood at Gilmour Academy (1)

WEEK 8 FRIDAY, OCT. 10 ■ Lakeside at Madison (7:30, WFUN) ■ Geneva at Harvey (7) ■ Gilmour Academy at Jefferson (7) ■ Edgewood at Conneaut (7, WYBL) ■ Cuyahoga Heights at Grand Valley (7)

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 ■ Ledgemont at SJP (7)

WEEK 9 FRIDAY, OCT. 17 ■ Lakeside at Chardon (7:30) ■ Conneaut at Geneva (7) ■ Jefferson at Edgewood (7, WFUN) ■ Berkshire at Grand Valley (7) ■ SJP at PV (7) ■ Perry at West Geauga (7) ■ South at Riverside (7:30) SATURDAY, OCT. 18 ■ Harvey at Gilmour Academy (1)

WEEK 10 FRIDAY, OCT. 24 ■ Riverside at Madison (7:30) ■ Grand Valley at Kirtland (7:30) ■ North at Lakeside (7:30) ■ Gilmour Academy at Geneva (7) ■ Conneaut at Jefferson (7) ■ Harvey at Edgewood (7) ■ PV at Yo. Christian, at Canfield (7)

KICKOFF ’08

Thursday, August 21, 2008

STAR BEACON — 3

2007 — A LOOK BACK

Lakers led way in county Perry, Riverside and Madison reached playoffs By KARL PEARSON Staff Writer

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rea football programs continued their tradition of molding playoff-caliber squads. The thing is, no Ashtabula County squad was again able to make the grade in the postseason. For the second straight year, Perry qualified for the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs, while Riverside reached the Division I, Region 1 promised land again. Madison made the Division II, Region 5 playoffs. The best effort an Ashtabula County squad could muster was the 8-2 record compiled by Pymatuning Valley. For the second straight year, coach Jason Root’s Lakers compiled the best record of any Ashtabula County school, but PV had to settle for second place in the East Suburban Conference behind a Mathews team that compiled its first 10-0 record. The Lakers had the distinction of having two players top the 1,000-yard mark in rushing. Josh Pilson ran for 1,037 yards and also was the area’s leading scorer with 101 points. That performance was enough to secure his selection as the Star Beacon Ashtabula County Player of the Year. Kirby rushed for 1,157 yards to finish second in the area and also tied for second in the area in scoring with 98 points. He was selected Star Beacon Ashtabula County Offensive Back of the Year for that production. Root, back at his alma mater for his second year, repeated as Star Beacon Ashtabula County Coach of the Year. In addition to Kirby and Pilson, the Lakers also placed Mike Hickman and Mike Magyar on the honorable-mention list of the Associated Press Division V All-Ohio team. For the second straight year, and for the first time since it entered the league, Harvey swept to an outright Northeastern Conference championship. The Red Raiders (6-4) entered NEC play 1-4, then ran the table against its conference foes. Led by wide receiver Chris Fields, who later became a 2009 early commitment to Ohio State, and record-setting passer Mick Mohner, the Red Raiders of coach Devlin Culliver ran the table in the NEC. Fields led the Star Beacon area in receptions with 51 and receiving yardage with 850, as well as tying Kirby for second in the area scoring race with 98 points. He was a first-team Division III All-Ohio selection. He was joined by Red Raider running back Chris Bowler and linebacker Nate Dent as honorable-mention all-state choices. Mohner led the area in passing yardage with 1,840 yards and also topped it in touchdown passes with 19. He broke most all of the career and single-season total offense and passing records of former Harvey standout Sean Seibert. One team to make a significant improve-

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TIM WILLIS led Madison to a playoff berth in the 2007 season. ment was Geneva, which finished second to Harvey in the NEC race. Equally importantly, the Eagles of coach Tony Hassett broke a 38-game non-conference losing streak that ranged back to 1999 with a 27-21 victory over Lakeside at Geneva. Geneva (4-6) was spurred on by the hard-nosed running of diminutive tailback James Murray, who finished fourth in the area in rushing with 1,124 yards. The Eagles also got a big boost from defensive end Bill Pitcher, who recorded 13 sacks despite standing only 6-feet and weighing only 180 pounds. He was chosen Star Beacon Ashtabula County Defensive Lineman of the Year for his play. Jefferson (3-7) went through a rugged season as it tried to find consistent offense. Coach Jimmy Henson’s Falcons did produce another in a long line of 1,000-yard rushers as Tyler Wright finished fifth in the area with 1,114 yards. Wide receiver Ryan Morford also had an impact at that position. One of the reasons Wright was able to be so productive was the blocking of Zach Heffner, who was moved into the interior of the offensive line, but remained such a dominant force that he was chosen Star Beacon Ashtabula County Offensive Lineman for the second straight year. He also earned honorable mention Division III All-Ohio recognition. Lakeside (2-8) found its debut in the Premier Athletic Conference a rugged one. First-year head coach Van McWreath, who had previously been the Dragons’ head wrestling coach, got the job late in the game, but managed to pump spirit into the program. The Dragons had their share of outstanding performers in running backs Kevin McCaleb, who was third in the area in rushing with 1,134 yards and tied for fourth in scoring with 90 points, and Jordan Sandidge, who ran for 833 yards. But Sandidge has transferred to Madison. Quarterback James Christian also

showed promise. Edgewood (2-8) also had its share of struggles. The Warriors had trouble mounting a consistent offense, too. At the end of the year, sixth-year head coach Lance Hostetler stepped down. Edgewood administration went to one of the veterans of Ashtabula County coaching circles for Hostetler’s successor in Joe Kearney. With a reputation of rebuilding struggling programs from previous stops at PV (twice), Jefferson and Harbor and a background as an assistant coach at Lakeside and Geneva, Kearney hopes to get the Warriors turned in the right direction. A familiar face returned to the sidelines at Conneaut. Ken Parise took over the Spartan program again after a one-year absence. The Spartans (1-9) seemed to be energized by his return, although the results weren’t immediately apparent. One player who seemed to respond was Nick Distelrath, who doubled as the Conneaut quarterback and was also a key in the secondary. His performance as a defender was so noteworthy that he was chosen Star Beacon Ashtabula County Defensive Back of the Year. He also received honorable mention Division III all-state recognition. SS. John and Paul managed to survive a season with only 18 players on its roster and could not attract a 10th opponent. The Heralds (0-9) did have their share of standouts in offensive lineman Mike Acord, linebacker Steve Robison and defensive back Jake Phelps, who also served as the quarterback. They were all honorable mention Division VI All-Ohio choices, along with running back-linebacker Adam Liuzzo. All except Acord return to this year’s squad for coach Jim Timonere, but the Heralds will again be facing a situation where just one injury could leave them with insufficient players. Grand Valley (0-10) suffered through its first winless season since 1975. The Mus-

tangs just could not shake a rash of injuries that struck, particularly among its quarterbacks. Perry didn’t miss a beat in the coaching transition from Mike Elder — who headed to Avon — to Matt Rosati, who came from Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division rival West Geauga. He led the Pirates (9-2) to a share of the CVC Chagrin championship with Aurora, but they didn’t go into their Division IV, Region 13 playoff game with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the best of health. Injured quarterback Vinny Hokavar couldn’t maintain his form of the regular season in a 42-0 loss to LeBron James’ alma mater. Despite missing two regular-season games, Hokavar finished third in passing in the area with 1,388 yards and was second in touchdown passes with 18 while earning second-team Division IV All-Ohio recognition. He’ll be a huge factor for the Pirates this year. Teammates Derek Dawson, Josh Mullins, John Phelps, Aloysius Rosipko, J.T. Schratz and Kevin Siegel were made the honorable mention allstate list. Madison (7-4) enjoyed a big season in earning its first PAC title since 2002 and also qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since then for coach Tim Willis. But a loss in the final minutes in the regular-season finale against Riverside forced the Blue Streaks to settle for a three-way tie with the Beavers and Chardon for the PAC championship. The Blue Streaks were also humbled by an undefeated Howland team in the first round of the playoffs, 49-7, so they are still seeking the school’s first postseason win. Leading the way was tight end Nic DiLillo, who settled on Ohio State after earlier commitments to Clemson and the University of Pittsburgh. He also was chosen a first-team Division II All-Ohioan for the second straight year. One of the highlights of the winter was a visit by OSU head coach Jim Tressel and Buckeye offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, a Harbor graduate, to see DiLillo play basketball for the Blue Streaks. DiLillo is the first Madison product to play for the Buckeyes since the late Steve Ruzich in the early 1950s. The Blue Streaks also got big seasons from lineman Kyle Glass and multi-purpose back Nick Yeager, who ran for 925 yards and tied for fourth in the area in scoring with 90 points. Both received honorable-mention All-Ohio selection. Quarterback J.D. Ingalls was second in the area in passing at 1,466 yards. Riverside (7-4) kept up its tradition of excellence by showing a never-give-up attitude, which culminated in its lastminute win over Madison and a share of the second straight PAC title for coach Matt Jordan’s team. The Beavers gave eventual state runner-up Mentor a battle in the early going in their Division I, Region 1 playoff game before bowing, 3814. Jordan departed for Grove City in the Columbus area after the season and has been replaced by Ryan Wolf. The Beavers had their share of standouts, too. Bowling Green recruit Lane Robilotto was a special mention Division I All-Ohioan as a defensive back and was also a fine receiver. Running back Aaron Suydam led the area in rushing with 1,173 yards and was sixth in scoring with 84 points.

2007 GAME-BY-GAME SCORES WEEK 1 Thursday, Aug. 23 ■ Howland 42, Lakeside 6 Friday, Aug. 24 ■ Jefferson 19, Grand Valley 6 ■ Berkshire 20, Pymatuning Valley 19 ■ Champion 21, Edgewood 6 ■ Brookfield 12, Conneaut 7 ■ Wickliffe 26, Geneva 13 ■ Normandy 34, Madison 17 ■ Perry 41, Riverside 14 ■ Lakeview 37, Harvey 33 ■ Garfield 13, Cardinal 7 ■ Kirtland 48, Beachwood 7 ■ Independence 33, Southington 6 ■ Aurora 30, Streetsboro 7 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 40, Columbia 0 ■ Orange 14, Bay 6 ■ Brush 47, North 21 ■ Kenston 35, Kent Roosevelt 14 ■ East Canton 21, Richmond Heights 12 ■ Bishop Watterson 38, South 0 ■ Mathews 28, Western Reserve Academy 16 ■ Chagrin Falls 7, Peninsula Woodridge 6 ■ McDonald 47, Youngstown Christian 0 ■ Padua 42, West Geauga 7 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Saturday, Aug. 25 Oberlin 14, SJP 8 3OT Benedictine 28, NDCL 7 Chardon 49, Shaker Heights 28 CCC 37, Newbury 12 Gilmour 41, John Adams 12 University 41, Hawken 13

WEEK 2 Friday, Aug. 31 ■ Perry 55, Jefferson 0 ■ Berkshire 21, Edgewood 7 ■ Madison 36, Geneva 0 ■ Mineral Ridge 64, Grand Valley 0 ■ Harvey 42, Wickliffe 19 ■ Lakeside 66, East Tech 26 ■ Pymatuning Valley 19, Cardinal 3 ■ Kirtland 51, Fairport 12 ■ West Geauga 29, Riverside 24 ■ Aurora 24, Crestwood 0 ■ Chardon 49, Kenston 7 ■ Ledgemont 23, Newbury 19 ■ NDCL 17, Chagrin Falls 7 ■ Sebring McKinley 23, Southington 20 ■ Lutheran West 28, Hawken 13 ■ Mathews 21, CCC 8 ■ Orange 21, Brooklyn 19 ■ South 30, Mayfield 7 ■ South Range 42, Independence 7 ■ North 34, Midpark 27 ■ Oberlin 35, Lutheran East 6

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Saturday, Sept. 1 Conneaut 13, SJP 0 Beachwood 20, Cleveland East 12 Cuyahoga Heights 27, Rhodes 8 Linsley, W.Va. 60, Richmond Heights 54 2 OT

WEEK 3 Friday, Sept . 7 ■ Perry 45, Geneva 6 ■ Orange 23, Edgewood 14 ■ Lake Catholic 24, Madison 9 ■ Pymatuning Valley 21, Grand Valley 15 ■ Riverside 34, Harvey 6 ■ Brookfield 24, Jefferson 19 ■ Garfield Heights 40, Lakeside 34 ■ Champion 35, Conneaut 14 ■ Cardinal 7, Ledgemont 3 ■ Kirtland 51, Fairport 12 ■ West Geauga 20, Brush 6 ■ Aurora 24, Twinsburg 13 ■ Canal Fulton 55, Chardon 16 ■ Oberlin 28, Newbury 7 ■ Chagrin Falls 34, Berkshire 0 ■ Walsh Jesuit 21, NDCL 14 ■ Lutheran West 44, Independence 0 ■ Kirtland 36, Wickliffe 14 ■ Beachwood 21, Lorain Brookside 0 ■ South 30, Mayfield 7 ■ Nordonia 38, Kenston 28 ■ North 7, Collinwood 6 ■ Euclid 32, South 3 ■ Windham 13, Southington 12 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 53, Lincoln West 0 ■ Richmond Heights 72, Lutheran East 0 Saturday, Sept . 8 ■ Fairport 26, SJP 7 ■ Gilmour 42, Hawken 6 ■ Youngstown Christian 35, Sebring McKinley 0 ■ Mathews 23, Leetonia 20

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WEEK 4 Friday, Sept . 14 Riverside 38, Geneva 16 Pymatuning Valley 28, Conneaut 6 Lakeside 21, Jefferson 6 Edgewood 33, Trinity (Can.) 14 Fairport 39, Grand Valley 27 Madison 35, Harvey 24 Perry 17, Aurora 10 Ledgemont 28, Southington 7 Kirtland 24, Cuyahoga Heights 6 Chagrin Falls 39, West Geauga 19 Chardon 25, Lisbon Beaver 22 Oberlin 28, Newbury 7 Hawken 20, Berkshire 14 2OT Cardinal 22, Independence 6 Kirtland 24, Cuyahoga Heights 6 Kenston 41, Beachwood 0

■ Richmond Heights 15, Newbury 6 ■ Mathews 37, Youngstown Christian 17 ■ Orange 36, Wickliffe 6 ■ Youngstown East 16, North 8 ■ ■ ■ ■

Saturday, Sept . 15 Lutheran East 37, SJP 14 Gilmour 40, Cleveland Central Catholic 16 Chanel 24, NDCL 20 University School 38, South 28

WEEK 5 Thursday, Sept . 20 ■ Hawken 28, Grand Valley 6 ■ Aurora 56, Beachwood 14 ■ Kenston 27, West Geauga 7 ■ Chagrin Falls 41, Orange 13 Friday, Sept . 21 ■ Geneva 27, Lakeside 21 ■ Madison 42, Edgewood 0 ■ Riverside 43, Jefferson 6 ■ Northeast, Pa. 41, Conneaut 6 ■ PV 39, Ledgemont 21 ■ Akron Hoban 40, Harvey 34 ■ Perry 38, Wickliffe 0 ■ Youngstown Ursuline 35, Chardon 28 ■ Berkshire 20, Independence 7 ■ Cardinal 37, Fairport 20 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 52, Newbury 6 ■ Richmond Heights 33, Kirtland 21 ■ NDCL 22, Bedford 20 ■ Mathews 35, Southington 0 ■ South 24, Youngstown Chaney 12 ■ Euclid 54, North 21 Saturday, Sept . 22 ■ Youngstown Christian 43, SJP 7 ■ Warrensville Heights 44, Gilmour Academy 33 ■ Cleveland Central Catholic 32, Lutheran East 20

WEEK 6 Friday, Sept . 28 ■ Geneva 31, Edgewood 21 ■ Harvey 41, Jefferson 28 ■ PV 32, SJP 6 ■ Madison 24, South 21 ■ Riverside 12, Lakeside 6 ■ Perry 29, Orange 22 ■ Chardon 42, North 6 ■ Berkshire 28, Newbury 6 ■ Cardinal 29, Grand Valley 10 ■ West Geauga 49, Wickliffe 14 ■ Independence 31, Kirtland 28 2OT ■ Mathews 55, Ledgemont 0 ■ Richmond Heights 48, Fairport 20 ■ Chagrin Falls 49, Beachwood 12 ■ Aurora 14, Kenston 13 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 36, Hawken 8

Saturday, Sept . 29 ■ Gilmour Academy 35, Conneaut 13 ■ NDCL 56, Cleveland Central Catholic 0 ■ Youngstown Christian 21, Lutheran East 6 ■ Bishop Rosecrans 34, Southington 7

WEEK 7 Friday, Oct . 5 ■ Harvey 34, Conneaut 0 ■ Geneva 13, Jefferson 12 ■ Gilmour Academy 32, Edgewood 12 ■ South 43, Lakeside 23 ■ Newbury 39, Grand Valley 12 ■ Ledgemont 45, SJP 14 ■ Madison 38, Chardon 6 ■ Riverside 42, North 7 ■ Perry 31, Kenston 14 ■ Richmond Heights 41, Berkshire 35 ■ Mathews 67, Middletown Christian 0 ■ Kirtland 36, Cardinal 6 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 27, Fairport 7 ■ Youngstown Christian 27, Southington 7 ■ Aurora 21, West Geauga 14 ■ Chagrin Falls 49, Wickliffe 0 ■ Hawken 35, Independence 14 Saturday, Saturday, Oct . 6 ■ PV 31, Lutheran East 13 ■ NDCL 24, Hoban 9 ■ Beachwood 28, Orange 21

WEEK 8 Thursday, Oct . 11 ■ Madison 35, Lakeside 14 Friday, Oct . 12 ■ Harvey 39, Geneva 21 ■ Edgewood 25, Conneaut 12 ■ Mathews 55, SJP 10 ■ PV 34, Southington 19 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 38, Grand Valley 6 ■ Chardon 21, Riverside 14 ■ Ledgemont 48, Lutheran East 6 ■ Kirtland 33, Berkshire 0 ■ Cardinal 20, Newbury 14 ■ Hawken 27, Fairport 7 ■ Aurora 45, Chagrin Falls 0 ■ West Geauga 56, Orange 0 ■ Kenston 48, Wickliffe 0 ■ Richmond Heights 28, Independence 14 ■ South 43, North 14 Saturday, Saturday, Oct . 13 ■ Gilmour Academy 47, Jefferson7 ■ Perry 45, Beachwood 13 ■ Holy Name 12, NDCL 7 ■ Youngstown Christian 55, Grove City Christian 12

WEEK 9 Friday, Oct . 19 ■ Jefferson 27, Edgewood 13 ■ Geneva 20, Conneaut 0 ■ PV 42, Youngstown Christian 28 ■ Berkshire 34, Grand Valley 12 ■ Chardon 55, Lakeside 28 ■ Gilmour Academy 35, Harvey 33 ■ Madison 20, North 9 ■ West Geauga 41, Perry 7 ■ Kirtland 45, Newbury 8 ■ Hawken 14, Cardinal 0 ■ Riverside 38, South 21 ■ Kenston 19, Chagrin Falls 15 ■ Fairport 28, Independence 27 2 OT ■ Wickliffe 21, Beachwood 12 ■ Aurora 33, Orange 13 ■ Kenston 19, Chagrin Falls 15 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 35, Richmond Heights 14 ■ Mathews 61, Lutheran East 6 Saturday, Oct . 20 ■ Southington 20, SJP 14 ■ NDCL 27, Padua 7

WEEK 10 Friday, Oct . 26 ■ Mathews 47, PV 19 ■ Jefferson 9, Conneaut 0 ■ Harvey 42, Edgewood 7 ■ Kirtland 39, Grand Valley 0 ■ North 23, Lakeside 21 ■ Riverside 21, Madison 20 ■ Perry 17, Chagrin Falls 7 ■ Chardon 31, South 21 ■ Newbury 28, Fairport 12 ■ Richmond Heights 21, Hawken 14 ■ Kenston 48, Orange 13 ■ Youngstown Christian 38, Ledgemont 31 ■ Cuyahoga Heights 35, Independence 0 ■ Berkshire 14, Cardinal 10 ■ Aurora 56, Wickliffe 12 ■ ■ ■ ■

Saturday, Oct . 27 Gilmour Academy 34, Geneva 0 NDCL 17, Lake Catholic 7 West Geauga 39, Beachwood 0 Southington 38, Lutheran East 0

WEEK 11 Friday, Nov. 2 ■ Howland 49, Madison 7 ■ Lakeview 17, Aurora 6 ■ South Range 45, Kirtland 30 Saturday, Nov. 3 ■ Mentor 38, Riverside 14 ■ St. Vincent-St. Mary 42, Perry 0 ■ Gilmour Academy 38, Mathews 13

KICKOFF ’08

4 — STAR BEACON STEVE GOLDMAN

Playoffs: They do compute

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Major malfunction?

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nce again, it is time for our annual overview of the computer-point system used in determining Ohio high school football rankings. Really, the term “computer points” is a misnomer. Of course, people determine the system to be utilized, and computers merely provide a quick and convenient method of tracking them. By the same reasoning, many measures used in our society should bear the word “computer” in their names. But I digress. There are six football divisions in Ohio, each of which contains about 120 schools that field teams and are members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Though, of course, a school is not restricted to playing in its own division throughout the regular season, the playoffs are a different story. Each division holds its own postseason elimination tournament, with five rounds determining its state champion from among 32 competitors. Computer points, then, are used to determine the 32 qualifiers from each division. Within each division are four regions, each of which sends eight teams to the postseason. That sets up three rounds that determine the regional champions, and then the final two rounds determine the state champion. The Ohio computer rankings use two levels of tabulation. “First-level” points depend only on the teams beaten in head-tohead competition by a particular school. “Second-level” points accumulate according to the teams beaten by a school’s victims. Points are scaled according to school size, from 6.0 for Division I to 3.5 for Division VI. The system puts a heavy emphasis on second-level points. Here is an example that might help: Perry will open its season at Riverside in a matchup of schools that are three divisions apart. Riverside is in Division I, meaning that a Pirate victory would provide it 6.0 first-level points. The number of second-level points earned via that victory would depend on the teams that the Beavers defeat during the season. If Riverside goes winless, Perry would get no second-level points as a result of its opening victory. But especially given the Beavers’ recent success rate, the potential exists for Perry to accumulate a good number of second-level points. Conversely, Perry is in Division IV. A Riverside win would mean 4.5 firstlevel points for the Beavers, and second-level points depending on who the Pirates defeat the rest of the way. The final number of computer points is derived based on a simple formula that converts the numbers of first- and second-level points accumulated. Everything depends on wins and losses, as margins of victory are given no weight. And also, a loss is a loss. You don’t get any style points for losing to a strong team as opposed to a weak one. The 12 area schools all remain in the same divisions in which they resided in 2007. Therefore, Riverside is in Division I, Lakeside, Geneva See GOLDMAN, Page 5

Naw, but the twists and turns of area conferences throw Hoople for a loop

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arrumph! The 2008 futileball seizin’ will soon be unveiled with the Easy C nearly out of the picture. Egads, you heard me right, the Easy C has just about flunked out. Though all of the causes are unclear, an identity problem looms large as one of the beleaguered league’s reasons for its impending demise. No one knew who the teams were, not even the students who attended the schools represented there, anyway. Think I’m kidding? How, then, is it that people began identifying the schools in the constipated conference by the misnomers Yours Truly tagged them with? Eventually no one could refer to the Saints Paul and John without adding George and Ringo. Yo South became more than an abbreviation. Moreover, no one knew where these teams played. Try to find Ledgemantle’s stadium without a GPS. Can’t be done. Lutheran East? How many of you out there can identify the city that the Looters are located in? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Even Any Fair Port in a Storm saw the writing on the wall and abandoned ship in favor of the Seavy Sea, where the Skippers figured to get keelhauled on a weekly basis — and were — and will continue to be. If the Easy C is almost a footnote in area futileball history, can the Any C be far behind? Well, no. The year of the China Olympics is working its way toward its final fling for the senile segment that has included for eons such stalwarts as Connie Aught, Edge of Night and Shekneeva, Chefferson and Harve were afterthoughts, and, as it turned out, necessary additions for the confabulation to make it even this long. Mad-as-a-son, Riverslide, SS. John, Paul, George and Ringo and Ptooietuning Valley found friendlier alliances (well, some of them thought they did. SJPGR, for one, is out in the cold again. A soothsayer wouldn’t have needed to be too astute to foresee that the combination of Harbore and Boola, Boola into Lakesize back at the turn of the century would doom the Any C. For years we all speculated that the Any C was too big a pond for the Draggin’s, though the only cove they seemed to dominate was futileball, and even that was a little shaky after Jay Cashew left. All it took was one more kidney punch for the Any C to go down for the count. Ironically, Harve, whom the Any C took in when the Radishes were shivering in the cold without the blanket of a conference affiliation, delivered the blow in favor of a congregation that rejected it for decades. Now Shekneeva will play PAC-man with teams that have obliterated the Equals in the past. Ptooietuning Valley will begin to collect Nic-NAC trophies, or at least that’s Jason Rootcanal’s plan. Connie’s Aughts and Edge of Night’s Worriers? They’re down to whoever will have them, probably some herd of hungry carnivores, already licking their lips at the thought. If the Easy C is nearing extinction and the Any C soon will join its country cousins, the Seavy Sea figures to continue to thrive. Where else, after all, is there to go? Of course, all conferences have a limited shelf life. Gland Valley finally saw the light and will hightail it out of there to play Nic-NAC with the Moose-Tongues’ Valley Boy cousins, Peevy Lackeys next season. Any Fair Port needs to find some other refuge. In the area of athletic loyalties, nothing is as certain as change itself. Stay tuned. Some of the Any C teams — Connie Aught, Shekneeva, and, to a lesser extent, Edge of Night — have been surpassed greatly in athletic facilities over the past decade or two. Connie continues to ply its trade (playing futileball would be an exaggeration) in a structure most reminiscent of the Roman

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DEVLIN CULLIVER and his Harvey Red Raiders headed toward a departure from the Northeastern Confernce, along with the pending demise of the East Suburban Conference, has Major Amos B. Hoople all worked up. Colysseum after the bombing. In Grapeburg, the “field” would be exactly that except for the vast mud hole between the 20- and 50yard lines. Locker room facilities at Worrier Stadium encourage the Worriers to bus their way back to the school to shower. The Grapeburgers, however, may have a solution in the making — a vast sports complex being constructed in Harpersfield that includes a state-of-the art spheroidball facility. It would seem logical for Tony the Tiger Hassle and his minions to move right into Ron Cluttered’s offering when it’s ready in 2009. But things are not always logical in Shekneeva. As for Connie, she, too, could use a benefactor, one with very deep pockets. Fireworks sales aren’t likely to bring in that kind of cash, especially when things keep going up with a bang. Gadzooks, there was little turnover in the scholastic futileball coaching ranks. None of the coaches could afford the gasoline to pursue another job. Probably to no one’s surprise, Joe Carny has found a new team to lend his expertise to, Edge of Night’s Worriers. Joe won’t stop until he’s made the entire rounds of the county, and that time is getting close. Ptooietuning Valley, Harbore, Chefferson, Lakesize (assistant), Shekneeva (assistant) and now Edge of Night. Have I forgotten any of Joe’s stops? Not much is left except SJPGR, Connie and Gland Valley, the last, oddly,

where Carny lives. Carny is the only “new face” among Boola, Boola County coaches, but how can you consider Carny, who at the beginning of his career had to take his team to nontests in horses and buggies, a new face? Ken Parisienne continues his second stint at Connie Aught, Hassle battles on in Grapeland, the Hen Sun cartel (Thom and Ghim) continue their family affair at Gland Valley and the County Seat, respectively, Rootbeer continues to drink in the atmosphere (Ptooie!) over Andover, Van McBreath enjoys a second breath at Lakesize and Jim Timid Deer finds himself in the headlights once again for the Harolds. Leggs County, coming off a good year in which Nukeville, Riverslide, Harve and Madas-a-son all claimed at least a share of their beleaguered titles, retained all of its head coaches save at the Slide, where Ryan Woof Woof now wears a Beaver hat. Devlin Gulliver has postponed his travels and remains at Harve, Tim (Whatchatalkinbout) Willis keeps trying different strokes at Mad-as-a-son and Matt Rosewater tries a second seizin’ at Nukeville. Yours truly? I’ll be available to all of them to offer the same sort of counsel I’ve provided for lo, these many decades. Major Hoople is a freelance writer and football expert wannabe from parts unknown. Reach him at [email protected]

KICKOFF ’08

Thursday, August 21, 2008

STAR BEACON — 5

2007 AREA STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE

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INDIVIDUAL SCORING

PLAYER Josh Pilson Chris Fields Clayton Kirby Kevin McCaleb Nick Yeager Aaron Suydam Mitch Krotz Rich Sacerich J.T. Schratz Chris Bowler Kevin Siegel Bryan Easton Tyler Wright Andrew Foit Jordan Sandidge Garrett Biese Jamil Javey Josh Mullins James Murray Eric Gavorski Devon Anderson Adam Liuzzo Anthony Skinner James Christian Ryan Morford Rayshaun Journigan Derek Dawson Scott Hess Vinny Hokavar Ty Law Nate Dent Mick Mohner Joe Teed Termaine McCabe Ryan Colby Josh Denner Mike Hanhauser Anthony Johnson Leon Phillips Lane Robilotto Kyle Hass Juan Aguinaga Tyrone Barnes Tyler Erb Josh McCormack Calvin Neckel Johnathan Wilson Keenan Wright Adam Cranfill Nic DiLillo Andrew Smith Logan Nye Marc Bartone Jimmy Haines Cody Blood Grant Ott Jake Phelps Caleb Strauser Andrew Wilkerson Matt Page Juan Arias Matt Daubenspeck J.D. Ingalls Jordan Newsome Ben Beckwith Patrick Byrne Aaron Caswell Kenny Crockett Nick Distelrath Alex Denman Thomas Erwin Tyler Falvey Matt Freeman Warren Hooper Steven Isabella Kieran Jones Ricky Kaydo Mike Lemponen Jesse Lopez-Roza Nick Marshall Matt McCafferty Derrell McCaleb Brandon McMurphy Colin Moscorelli Matt Moyer Lorenzo Robinson Evan Savage Greg Scott Kyle Shaffer Toriano Smith Kevin Stacey Jacob Susman Zach Thompson Grant Wenger Chris Wharram Tom White Bobby Woods Steve Joslin James Bowling Josh Colo Tahmar Dukes Zach Walk

SCHOOL PV Harvey PV Lakeside Madison Riverside Madison GV Perry Harvey Perry PV Jefferson Riverside Lakeside Riverside Harvey Perry Geneva Madison Edgewood SJP Perry Lakeside Jefferson Harvey Perry Perry Perry Madison Harvey Harvey Conneaut Edgewood SJP Riverside Perry Riverside Geneva Riverside Jefferson Lakeside Lakeside Geneva Edgewood Conneaut Jefferson Harvey Geneva Madison PV GV Edgewood Geneva Conneaut Edgewood SJP Geneva Edgewood Perry Harvey Edgewood Madison Lakeside PV Perry Madison Perry Conneaut Riverside PV Riverside Geneva GV Madison Lakeside Edgewood Geneva Riverside PV Geneva Lakeside SJP Edgewood Jefferson Harvey Riverside Geneva Riverside Harvey GV GV Jefferson Conneaut Madison Madison Madison Conneaut Harvey Harvey Harvey Geneva

PTS 101 98 98 90 90 84 66 60 60 56 54 52 50 48 48 46 42 42 42 40 38 38 36 36 33 32 30 30 30 30 28 28 26 25 24 24 24 24 24 24 20 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 16 16 15 14 14 12 12 12 12 12 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 2 2 2 2

RUSHING YARDS PLAYER Aaron Suydam Clayton Kirby Kevin McCaleb James Murray Tyler Wright Josh Pilson Chris Bowler Adam Liuzzo Nick Yeager Jordan Sandidge Rich Sacerich Mitch Krotz Joe Teed Devon Anderson Andrew Foit Josh Denner Josh Mullins Scott Hess Vinny Hokavar Grant Ott James Christian Mike Hanhauser Calvin Neckel Warren Hooper Mick Mohner Andrew Smith Nick Distelrath Kyle Hass Josh McCormack Nate Dent Ty Law Grant Wenger Tyler Erb Leon Phillips Zach Thompson Marc Bartone Chris Fields Kyle Shaffer Jimmy Haines Caleb Strauser Jake Phelps Jesse Lopez-Roza

SCHOOL Riverside PV Lakeside Geneva Jefferson PV Harvey SJP Madison Lakeside GV Madison Conneaut Edgewood Riverside Riverside Perry Perry Perry Edgewood Lakeside Perry Conneaut GV Harvey PV Conneaut Jefferson Edgewood Harvey Madison Conneaut Geneva Geneva Jefferson Edgewood Harvey Riverside Geneva Geneva SJP Riverside

YDS 1,173 1,157 1,134 1,124 1,114 1,037 1,017 937 925 833 718 612 579 563 548 464 436 414 383 377 334 331 327 317 305 276 271 256 256 246 246 244 201 192 164 145 134 123 117 106 105 104

YARDS PER RUSH (Minimum 15 attempts) PLAYER SCHOOL Josh Pilson PV Devon Anderson Edgewood Andrew Foit Riverside Chris Bowler Harvey Clayton Kirby PV Kevin McCaleb Lakeside Calvin Neckel Conneaut Jordan Sandidge Lakeside Nate Dent Harvey Aaron Suydam Riverside Josh Denner Riverside Caleb Strauser Geneva Ty Law Madison Kyle Shaffer Riverside Tyler Wright Jefferson Mike Lemponen Geneva Mitch Krotz Madison Adam Liuzzo SJP Tyler Erb Geneva Scott Hess Perry Jarrod Woodard PV Nick Yeager Madison Mike Hanhauser Perry Vinny Hokavar Perry Nick Distelrath Conneaut Josh Mullins Perry Jamil Javey Harvey James Murray Geneva Jake Stinson Riverside Grant Ott Edgewood

AVG 7.6 7.3 7.3 7.1 6.9 6.8 6.7 6.4 6.3 6.2 5.7 5.6 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.3 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.9 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.4

NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE OVERALL NEC WON LOST STREAK WON LOST GB 5 5 WON 1 4 0 — 4 6 LOST 1 3 1 1 3 7 WON 2 2 2 2 2 8 LOST 2 1 3 3 1 9 LOST 8 0 4 4

TEAM ★ Harvey Geneva Jefferson Edgewood Conneaut

PF 328 147 133 124 71

PA HOME AWAY 256 3-3 2-2 273 2-3 2-3 263 2-3 1-4 232 2-3 0-5 241 0-5 1-4

EAST SUBURBAN CONFERENCE TEAM ★ Mathews PV Yo. Christian Ledgemont Southington Lutheran East SJP

OVERALL ESC WON LOST STREAK WON LOST 10 1 LOST 1 6 0 8 2 LOST 1 5 1 6 3 WON 1 4 2 4 6 LOST 2 3 3 2 8 WON 2 2 4 1 9 LOST 5 1 5 0 9 LOST 9 0 6

GB — 1 2 3 4 5 6

PF PA HOME AWAY 405 117 5-0 5-1 274 178 3-2 5-0 264 160 4-1 2-3 199 248 3-2 1-4 136 241 0-5 2-3 94 392 0-5 1-4 77 284 0-5 0-4

CHAGRIN VALLEY CONFERENCE CHAGRIN DIVISION OVERALL CVC TEAM WON LOST STREAK WON LOST GB PF PA HOME AWAY ★★ Aurora 9 2 LOST 1 6 1 — 231 162 5-1 4-1 ★★ Perry 9 2 LOST 1 6 1 — 325 169 4-1 5-1 Kenston 6 4 WON 3 5 2 1 280 188 5-0 1-4 Chagrin Falls 6 4 LOST 3 4 3 2 248 97 2-3 4-1 West Geauga 6 4 WON 2 4 3 2 274 142 2-3 4-1 Beachwood 3 7 LOST 3 2 5 4 156 236 2-3 1-4 Orange 4 6 LOST 6 1 6 5 176 225 2-3 2-3 Wickliffe 2 8 LOST 1 1 6 5 113 377 2-3 0-5 VALLEY DIVISION OVERALL CVC TEAM WON LOST STREAK WON LOST GB PF PA HOME AWAY ★ Kirtland 8 3 LOST 1 5 2 — 394 165 4-2 4-1 Berkshire 6 4 WON 1 4 3 1 156 183 3-2 3-2 Cardinal 5 5 LOST 1 4 3 1 169 155 3-2 2-3 Newbury 2 8 LOST 1 2 5 3 145 306 2-2 0-6 Grand Valley 0 10 LOST 10 0 7 5 94 347 0-5 0-5 METRO DIVISION OVERALL CVC TEAM WON LOST STREAK WON LOST GB PF PA HOME AWAY ★★ Cuyahoga Hts. 9 1 WON 6 6 1 — 349 71 6-0 3-1 ★★ Richmond Hts. 7 3 WON 1 6 1 — 373 226 6-0 1-3 Hawken 5 5 LOST 1 5 2 1 178 209 2-2 3-3 Fairport 4 6 LOST 1 1 6 5 193 300 3-2 1-4 Independence 2 8 LOST 4 1 6 5 108 314 2-3 0-5

PREMIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OVERALL PAC TEAM WON LOST STREAK WON LOST ★★ Chardon 7 3 WON 3 4 1 ★★ Madison 7 4 LOST 2 4 1 ★★ Riverside 7 4 LOST 1 4 1 South 3 7 LOST 1 2 4 North 3 7 WON 1 1 4 Lakeside 2 8 LOST 6 0 5 ★ Denotes conference champion ★★ Denotes conference co-champion Jimmy Haines Miles Iverson Jonathon Jackson Jamil Javey DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon Lionel Jordan Brian Joslin Steve Joslin Kyle King Kyle Kiser Steve Joslin Conneaut 37.2 Mitch Krotz David DeGennaro GV 30.2 Kyle Maloy Jake Phelps SJP 28.3 Jared Moisio Rich Sacerich GV 22.2 Josh Mullins Johnny Namey Justin Nockengust TOUCHDOWN PASSES Mack Pawlowski PLAYER SCHOOL TDS Jake Phelps Mick Mohner Harvey 19 Josh Pilson Vinny Hokavar Perry 18 Tyler Polchin J.D. Ingalls Madison 10 Rich Sacerich Andrew Smith PV 9 Travis Sandstrom Marc Bartone Edgewood 6 Evan Savage James Christian Lakeside 6 Clay Shepherd Kyle Shaffer Riverside 6 Nate Starkey Johnathan Wilson Jefferson 4 Kyle Wright Kevin Siegel Perry 3 Tyler Wright Trenton Doing GV 2 Andrew Foit Riverside 2

JAMES MURRAY of Geneva, who ran for 1,124 yards in 2007 — the fourth-best total in the area, returns for coach Tony Hassett’s Eagles this season. Steven Isabella Joe Teed Jimmy Haines Levi Halsey James Christian Warren Hooper Scott Braden Josh McCormack Mick Mohner Kyle Hass Rich Sacerich Zach Thompson Keenan Wright Jake Buckey Leon Phillips Cody Blood Grant Wenger

Madison Conneaut Geneva Lakeside Lakeside GV Edgewood Edgewood Harvey Jefferson GV Jefferson Harvey Geneva Geneva Conneaut Conneaut

4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.3

RECEPTIONS PLAYER Chris Fields Nic DiLillo Bryan Easton Kevin Siegel Jamil Javey Ryan Morford Lane Robilotto Rayshaun Journigan Derek Dawson Nick Yeager Anthony Johnson Termaine McCabe Tyrone Barnes Aaron Caswell Joe Teed Josh Mullins Ty Law Evan Savage Kenny Crockett Mitch Krotz Kieran Jones Calvin Neckel Rich Sacerich Zach Walk Logan Nye Anthony Skinner Kevin Stacey Grant Wenger Andrew Wilkerson Adam Liuzzo Johnny Namey Lionel Jordan Aaron Suydam Chis Wharram Ryan Colby Jake Depp Yancy Harper Clayton Kirby Kevin McCaleb Caleb Strauser Devon Anderson Alex Denman Jonathan Landis Jesse Lopez-Roza Tyler Wright Nate Horgan Mike Moore Ryan Anderson David DeGennaro Josh Kocab Josh McCormack Alan Moyer Joe Call Jake Corson Scott Hess Sam Maille Jared Moisio Matt Moyer Leon Phillips Greg Scott Cody Blood

SCHOOL Harvey Madison PV Perry Harvey Jefferson Riverside Harvey Perry Madison Riverside Edgewood Lakeside Madison Conneaut Perry Madison Riverside Perry Madison Lakeside Conneaut GV Geneva GV Perry GV Conneaut Edgewood SJP Jefferson Harvey Riverside Madison SJP Geneva SJP PV Lakeside Geneva Edgewood Riverside Jefferson Riverside Jefferson Geneva SJP Conneaut GV GV Edgewood Riverside GV PV Perry Edgewood Conneaut Jefferson Geneva Geneva Conneaut

REC. 51 38 35 33 27 27 27 26 23 23 21 19 18 17 15 15 14 14 13 13 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2

RECEIVING YARDS PLAYER Chris Fields Bryan Easton Nic DiLillo Nick Yeager Lane Robilotto Ryan Morford Jamil Javey Rayshaun Journigan Derek Dawson Termaine McCabe Kevin Siegel Anthony Johnson Anthony Skinner Aaron Caswell Calvin Neckel Tyrone Barnes Joe Teed Andrew Wilkerson

Goldman From Page 4 and Madison in Division II, Edgewood, Conneaut, Jefferson and Harvey in Division III, Perry in Division IV, Pymatun-

SCHOOL Harvey PV Madison Madison Riverside Jefferson Harvey Harvey Perry Edgewood Perry Riverside Perry Madison Conneaut Lakeside Conneaut Edgewood

YDS 850 643 479 442 427 426 416 366 365 359 367 342 332 271 244 242 205 183

Zach Walk Ryan Colby Kieran Jones Kevin Stacey Grant Wenger Nate Horgan Kenny Crockett Josh Mullins Caleb Strauser Logan Nye Lionel Jordan Mitch Krotz Johnny Namey

Geneva SJP Lakeside GV Conneaut Geneva Perry Perry Geneva GV Harvey Madison Jefferson

162 152 150 145 143 138 158 158 130 128 127 120 109

YARDS PER RECEPTION (Minimum PLAYER Anthony Skinner Nate Horgan Calvin Neckel Ryan Colby Nick Yeager Termaine McCabe Caleb Strauser Bryan Easton Andrew Wilkerson Mike Moore Lane Robilotto Chris Fields Anthony Johnson Aaron Caswell Lionel Jordan Ryan Morford Jamil Javey Derek Dawson Sam Maille Zach Walk Kevin Stacey Grant Wenger Rayshawn Journigan Joe Call Joe Teed Kieran Jones Tyrone Barnes Alex Denman Clayton Kirby David DeGennaro Logan Nye Nic DiLillo Kevin McCaleb Kenny Crockett Johnny Namey Matt Moyer Chris Wharram Josh Mullins Josh McCormack Jesse Lopez-Roza Josh Kocab Kevin Siegel Jared Moisio

5 receptions) SCHOOL Perry Geneva Conneaut SJP Madison Edgewood Geneva PV Edgewood SJP Riverside Harvey Riverside Madison Harvey Jefferson Harvey Perry Edgewood Geneva GV Conneaut Harvey GV Conneaut Lakeside Lakeside Riverside PV GV GV Madison Lakeside Perry Jefferson Jefferson Madison Perry Edgewood Riverside GV Perry Conneaut

AVG 33.2 27.6 22.2 21.7 19.2 18.9 18.6 18.4 18.3 17.8 16.8 16.7 16.7 15.9 15.9 15.8 15.4 15.2 15.0 14.7 14.5 14.3 14.1 13.7 13.7 13.6 13.4 13.2 13.1 12.8 12.8 12.6 12.3 12.2 12.1 12.0 11.9 11.6 11.5 11.2 11.0 10.9 10.3

PASSING YARDS PLAYER Mick Mohner J.D. Ingalls Vinny Hokavar Andrew Smith Kyle Shaffer Marc Bartone Johnathan Wilson James Christian Tyler Erb Nick Distelrath Andrew Foit Jake Phelps Steve Joslin David DeGennaro Trenton Doing Rich Sacerich Kevin Siegel Mitch Krotz Jonathan Jackson

SCHOOL Harvey Madison Perry PV Riverside Edgewood Jefferson Lakeside Geneva Conneaut Riverside SJP Conneaut GV GV GV Perry Madison GV

YDS 1,840 1,466 1,388 844 740 633 578 521 473 461 432 355 292 208 164 157 144 141 108

PASSING COMPLETION % (Minimum 10 PLAYER Kevin Siegel James Christian Mitch Krotz Kyle Shaffer Mick Mohner Vinny Hokavar J.D. Ingalls Nick Distelrath Andrew Foit Andrew Smith Jake Buckey Trenton Doing Johnathan Wilson Marc Bartone Tyler Erb Jonathon Jackson

passing attempts) SCHOOL Perry Lakeside Madison Riverside Harvey Perry Madison Conneaut Riverside PV Geneva GV Jefferson Edgewood Geneva GV

PCT 69.2 60.0 60.0 59.5 53.0 52.3 51.3 47.0 45.2 43.2 42.9 41.0 39.4 38.2 38.2 38.2

ing Valley and Grand Valley in Division V and SS. John and Paul in Division VI. Beginning with the fourth week, the OHSAA will post playoff standings based on games played to that point. Joe Eitel will begin doing this on an unofficial basis from the season’s beginning, at

TEAM TOTAL YARDAGE SCHOOL Harvey Riverside PV Madison Perry Lakeside Geneva Jefferson Edgewood Conneaut GV SJP

YARDAGE 3,712 3,844 3,306 3,427 3,352 2,973 2,404 2,302 2,219 2,142 1,816 1,500

AVG. 371.2 349.5 330.6 311.5 304.7 297.3 240.4 230.2 221.9 214.2 181.6 166.7

RUSHING YARDAGE SCHOOL PV Lakeside Riverside Harvey Geneva Perry Madison Jefferson Edgewood Conneaut SJP GV

YARDAGE 2,462 2,442 2,672 1,862 1,860 1,781 1,820 1,612 1,527 1,389 1,145 1,179

AVG. 246.2 244.2 242.9 186.2 186.0 176.8 161.9 161.2 152.7 138.9 127.2 117.9

PASSING YARDAGE SCHOOL Harvey Madison Perry Riverside PV Conneaut Edgewood Jefferson GV Geneva Lakeside SJP

YARDAGE 1,850 1,607 1,571 1,170 844 753 692 690 637 544 531 355

AVG. 185.0 146.1 142.8 106.4 84.4 75.3 69.2 69.0 63.7 54.4 53.1 39.4

DEFENSE INDIVIDUAL INTERCEPTIONS

PLAYER Nick Yeager James Bowling Nick Distelrath Bryan Easton Termaine McCabe Kevin Siegel Andrew Wilkerson Tyrone Barnes Chris Bowler Anthony Johnson Joe Kelly Derrell McCaleb Lane Robilotto Ben Schneider David DeGennaro Calvin Neckel Jacob Susman Ed Baitt Patrick Byrne James Christian Brandon Collins Kenny Crockett Jake Depp Brandon Dewey Jimmy Doherty Tahmar Dukes Thomas Erwin John Gluvna Tim Gufreda

SCHOOL Madison Harvey Conneaut PV Edgewood Perry Edgewood Lakeside Harvey Riverside Lakeside Lakeside Riverside Riverside GV Conneaut GV Riverside Perry Lakeside Madison Perry Geneva PV Geneva Harvey PV Madison Perry

INT 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Geneva Madison GV Harvey Harvey Edgewood Conneaut Madison PV Madison Geneva Conneaut Perry Jefferson Riverside GV SJP PV PV GV Harvey Riverside Riverside Harvey Edgewood Jefferson

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

GB — — — 2 3 4

Harvey SJP

PF PA HOME 320 253 4-1 283 202 4-1 252 205 4-1 206 219 3-2 150 314 2-4 239 289 2-4

2,275 2,678

AWAY 3-2 3-3 3-3 0-5 1-3 0-4

227.5 297.6

PASSING YARDAGE ALLOWED SCHOOL Conneaut PV SJP Perry Geneva Riverside Madison Harvey Edgewood GV Jefferson Lakeside

YARDAGE 607 669 801 1,042 966 1,076 1,082 1,025 1,060 1,085 1,398 1,441

AVG. 60.7 66.9 89.0 94.7 96.6 97.8 98.4 102.5 106.0 108.5 139.8 144.1

SPECIAL TEAMS PLACEKICKING POINTS (PATs & FGs)

PLAYER SCHOOL PTS J.T. Schratz Perry 60 Garrett Biese Riverside 46 Eric Gavorski Madison 40 QUARTERBACK SACKS Josh Pilson PV 21 PLAYER SCHOOL SACKSJuan Aguinaga Lakeside 19 Billy Pitcher Geneva 13.0 Adam Cranfill Geneva 17 Mike Hickman PV 8.0 Ryan Colby SJP 12 Mike Magyar PV 6.0 Ryan Morford Jefferson 9 Brandon Dewey PV 4.5 Logan Nye GV 9 Ben Beckwith PV 3.5 Juan Arias Harvey 8 Joe Call GV 3.0 Matt Daubenspeck Edgewood 7 Zach Heffner Jefferson 3.0 Jordan Newsome Lakeside 7 Joe Lathan Lakeside 3.0 Steve Joslin Conneaut 3 Jeb Legeza Madison 3.0 J.D. Ingalls Madison 1 Colin Moscorelli Edgewood 3.0 Termaine McCabe Edgewood 1 Josh Roby Edgewood 3.0 Jordan Sandidge Lakeside 3.0 PUNTING AVERAGE Cody Williams PV 3.0 (Minimum 10 punts) Clayton Kirby PV 2.5 SCHOOL AVG Nick Potts Jefferson 2.5 PLAYER Lakeside 36.2 Devon Anderson Edgewood 2.0 Jordan Newsome Conneaut 35.2 Collin Canter Edgewood 2.0 Cody Blood Jefferson 34.0 Alex Cook Jefferson 2.0 Tyler Wright GV 33.4 Josh Daniels Edgewood 2.0 Rich Sacerich Logan Pry Geneva 32.7 Stephen Dobriansky Edgewood 2.0 Madison 31.8 John Gluvna Madison 2.0 J.D. Ingalls Madison 31.4 Dexter Nye GV 2.0 Craig Kuester Riverside 31.4 Jose Rivera Lakeside 2.0 Matt Sonnie Lakeside 30.7 Jake Buckey Geneva 1.0 Juan Aguinaga SJP 29.9 Ryan Colby SJP 1.0 Jake Phelps Jefferson 29.2 David Cooper Geneva 1.0 J.D. Drews PV 29.0 Devon Crockett Lakeside 1.0 Josh Pilson Edgewood 28.5 Nic DiLillo Madison 1.0 Andrew Wilkerson Trenton Doing GV 1.0 Matt Freeman Geneva 1.0 KICKOFF RETURN AVERAGE Yancy Harper SJP 1.0 (Minimum 3 returns) Raymond Holmes PV 1.0 SCHOOL AVG Nate Horgan Geneva 1.0 PLAYER Josh Pilson PV 35.2 Nick Jackson Edgewood 1.0 Edgewood 34.1 Kieran Jones Lakeside 1.0 Termaine McCabe PV 30.8 Ty Law Madison 1.0 Clayton Kirby Edgewood 29.4 Adam Liuzzo SJP 1.0 Devon Anderson Jake Phelps SJP 26.3 Cody Lomas Geneva 1.0 Jefferson 22.3 Cody Maxwell Lakeside 1.0 Tyler Wright SJP 20.9 Kevin McCaleb Lakeside 1.0 Adam Liuzzo Nick Yeager Madison 20.5 Johnny Namey Jefferson 1.0 Geneva 19.2 Jordan Newsome Lakeside 1.0 Zach Walk Geneva 18.7 Preston Ritter GV 1.0 James Murray Riverside 18.2 Steve Robison SJP 1.0 Mike Rossi Anthony Johnson Riverside 18.0 Rich Sacerich GV 1.0 Lakeside 16.7 Shane Styzej Edgewood 1.0 Tyrone Barnes GV 16.3 Jarrod Woodard PV 1.0 Jonathon Jackson Derrell McCaleb Lakeside 15.0 Jacob Brown PV 0.5 Jefferson 14.7 Jake Corson PV 0.5 Kyle Hass Madison 14.6 Eric Simon SJP 0.5 Aaron Caswell Jesse Lopez-Roza Riverside 14.3 Tyler Starcher Jefferson 0.5 Ryan Morford Jefferson 14.3 Eric Taggart SJP 0.5 Johnny Namey Jefferson 14.3 Caleb Strauser Geneva 13.9 TEAM Tommy Jusko GV 13.8 TOTAL YARDAGE ALLOWED Kevin McCaleb Lakeside 13.8 Jordan Sandidge Lakeside 13.7 SCHOOL YARDAGE AVG. Thomas Erwin PV 12.0 Perry 2,376 216.0 Lakeside 12.0 Madison 2,571 233.7 Kieran Jones GV 11.3 PV 2,362 236.2 Nick Ludwig Yancy Harper SJP 11.0 Riverside 2,718 247.1 Mike Lemponen Geneva 10.3 Conneaut 2,841 284.1 GV 8.8 Edgewood 2,951 295.1 Jacob Susman Geneva 8.3 Geneva 3,006 300.6 Tyler Erb Mitch Krotz Madison 8.0 Jefferson 3,225 322.5 Harvey 3,300 330.0 GV 3,339 333.9 PUNT RETURN AVERAGE Lakeside 3,708 370.8 (Minimum 3 returns) SJP 3,479 386.6 PLAYER SCHOOL AVG Yancy Harper SJP 29.0 RUSHING YARDAGE ALLOWED Termaine McCabe Edgewood 27.0 Madison 19.8 SCHOOL YARDAGE AVG. Aaron Caswell Riverside 16.2 Perry 1,334 121.2 Mike Rossi Thomas Erwin PV 15.5 Madison 1,489 135.4 James Murray Geneva 15.3 Riverside 1,637 148.8 Riverside 13.1 PV 1,693 169.3 Lane Robilotto Madison 12.3 Jefferson 1,827 182.7 Nick Yeager Devon Anderson Edgewood 12.0 Edgewood 1,887 188.7 PV 11.2 Geneva 2,040 204.0 Josh Pilson Lakeside 10.5 Conneaut 2,134 213.4 Derrell McCaleb Ryan Morford Jefferson 10.2 GV 2,254 225.4 Tyrone Barnes Lakeside 9.5 Lakeside 2,267 226.7

www.joeeitel.com. Historically, area teams from Lake County have fared much better than their Ashtabula County counterparts in the computer races. In fact, the three area qualifiers last year — Perry, Riverside and Madison — are all Lake County

schools. Will that happen again? Or will Ashtabula County break through with a playoff team? Watch every week, as we will keep an eye on the postseason races and track them to the finish. Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid. Reach him at [email protected]

KICKOFF ’08

6 — STAR BEACON

Thursday, August 21, 2008

LAKESIDE

Dragons look to go on the offensive McWreath says team will open things up this season By ADAM RAEDER Staff Writer

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DERRELL McCALEB will line up at both wide receiver and defensive back for Lakeside this season.

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ast year, Lakeside was just trying to survive. A new coach, little time to prepare and a lack of real game experience led to an offense so predictable, coach Van McWreath could have broadcast his playbook on the scoreboard. Especially after their brief foray with an option offense fell into an abyss of missed assignments and turnovers. “I went to everyone in the stands and said, ‘We’re going to run it right here. Stop us,’” McWreath said. “We hunkered down and ran a more simple offense to give us less turnovers, less big-loss plays, to be more conservative offensively so we had a chance. We were really, really young on defense, so I continued to stress to our coaches that we needed an offense that didn’t hurt us,” he added. “At that point, it was already past the second scrimmage and you can’t put too complex of an offense in during the season. “So, the kids were frustrated at times. But it worked. We had a pretty statistically good offense last year, but it didn’t take people too long to figure out what we were doing.” The Dragons’ practices make it clear that, this season, that will no longer be the case. There’s more misdirection — last year’s running success has translated into a bevy of playaction looks this season. No longer does the team hunker around the hashes — three- or four-receiver

sets look to spread the field. And no longer does quarterback James Christian’s arm stand as an afterthought — it’s competing with his legs, and those of his running backs, for the spotlight. And, so far anyway, the team loves its new look. “I said that, faces lit up in the room and everyone was ready to go,” McWreath said. “They didn’t like the idea of pounding the ball. “This year, it’s what high school football kids want now days, spread the ball around more. Kids want to play basketball out there now. It’s got a little more flare to it. They’re in space doing things.” “It feels real good this year,” Christian said. “We’re not limited to just one style of play. We’re going to be able to run, the quarterback will be able to run, we’ll be able to pass. It’s going to be exciting.” And McWreath doesn’t expect the same blocking problems that doomed the Dragons’ experiment with the triple option to plague this new attack. Even though Lakeside lost a lot of experience, and size, from the line, the coaches think their new, simpler blocking schemes will have everything running smoothly. “You always say the smartest guys play line. (But) the line is simplified in a way in this system,” McWreath said. “We’ve got calls — block to the right, block left, pass block. It’s not as complicated as you might think. “We’ve got experience at the quarterback position and a lot of good athletes — we’ve got more receivers this year — so hopefully we can spread the defense out and it won’t put as much pressure on the line. Last year, the line had to do everything.” And as the Dragons look to rebound from a 2-8 season last year, including an 0-5 mark in the PAC, everything starts with the quarterback spot. In fact, McWreath said they couldn’t have installed their new attack if it weren’t in the hands of

1 James Christian Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-DB 6-1 205 12 ■ The Dragons’ new offense was based around Christian’s special skill set — both physical and mental. How much, err, fire, the Dragons offense has will depend on him. Oh, and he’ll get to pass more now, too.

2 Anthony Colucci Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-1 205 11 ■ Colucci anchors the biggest question mark on the Dragons — their offensive line. The Dragons will count on Colucci to protect Christian’s blind side, while also molding an inexperienced unit. That’s a lot to ask of anyone.

3 Isaac Moore Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-LB 5-7 180 12 ■ Moore enters the season as the Dragons’ big wild card — and they think he’s a powerful one. Despite his size, they’ll ask the strong Moore to be their most disruptive force on the defensive line.

4 Devonte Morris Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-LB 6-1 218 11 ■ Morris is a new addition to the Dragons backfield, taking the place of Derrell McCaleb, who moved to wide receiver. Morris has drawn rave reviews in practice, especially from Christian, who will count on Morris to open up the passing game.

5 Kyle Vance Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE-DL 6-1 231 12 ■ After two seasons at center, Vance moves to tight end, making him a relative unknown in open space. But he can block like a lineman, and if his hands are as good as the coaches say, he’ll give the Dragons a unique weapon. — Adam Raeder

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From Page 6 a more-mature Christian. “He’s getting it now. Last year, he thought he got it. This year, he gets it,” McWreath said of the senior. “This new offense, we couldn’t do with another quarterback. We’d have to do a lot less.” Christian put in a lot of work in the offseason, from speed camps to quarterback camps, to prepare for his final campaign. “I knew this was my senior year. This was my last shot... I knew I had to step it up, I had to be a leader of this team,” he said. “I was on my Ps and Qs. I was at speed camps, getting my speed up. I went to quarterback camps to get my arm right. I’m just doing anything to improve myself to make the team better.” Based on the early returns from the coaching staff, the team got better around him, too. After struggling to find one consistent receiver last year, the Dragons feel like they have five they can turn to this season. Rashaad Bell, Glen Haines, Javas Henry, Dominique Knox and Gerald Murphy are all expected to see playing time. “We’re trying to figure out who is our guy to go to, but we’ve got five of them that are going to be constantly repping,” McWreath said. “The big thing for us is, we’ve got five of them! As coaches, we’re going crazy about that. We’re pleasantly surprised that we’ve got five receivers. Right now, we don’t really care where they lineup because they’re pretty equal in talent.” The best hands on the team, though, might belong to senior tight end Kyle Vance, who coaches expect will more than fill in for departed all-conference selection Kieran Jones. One of the first things the coaches noticed about their new tight end — Vance played the previous two years at center — was his natural athletic gifts. “Kyle Vance is a huge player. I had a stayover in spring where we just played games, had a barbecue. Nothing football, just fun. We’re playing some basketball down

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ISAAC MOORE will see action at running back and linebacker for the Dragons.

there and here’s 240pound Kyle Vance catching the ball, throwing the ball, draining the ball. He’s one of the best basketball players out there,” McWreath said. “Then, we’re sitting around playing just a stupid game of dodgeball, he’s catching the ball, throwing the ball, diving. And we’re like, ‘Wow, this kid’s really an athlete.’ He’s been bugging us for two years to play tight end, but we had plenty of tight ends so we were just like, ‘Shut up and play center.’ “Now, two things have happened. One — he’s a great blocker at tight end because he played center. Two — we’re just so shocked at how good his hands are. He might have the best hands on the team... James is starting to learn, this kid will catch anything. So, if he’s getting pressured, he’ll just look for Kyle. We expect him to lead the area in receptions, and I believe he’s the best tight end I’ve seen in a while.” After two years chained to the line, Vance is just happy to get a chance to run around. “I like it. I’m finally catching the ball,” he said. “Finally running routes.” When he’s not out on those routes, he’ll be blocking alongside a line anchored by left tackle Anthony Colucci. A platoon of Josh Jones and Dustin Offenberg will hold down the other tackle spot, while Brandon Kaydo and T.J. Mayle stand in at guard and Cody Berkowitz plays center. They’ll be looking to open holes for newcomer Devonte Morris and Blake Boothby, who’s new to the backfield after playing at linebacker the previous

season. The pair will look to replace the production of the departed Kevin McCaleb, who amassed 1,134 yards last season. “They both look like they can be dominant backs. (Boothby) sort of skates, (Morris) sort of blasts and cuts. You’ve got two complementary backs.” But the offense isn’t the only part of Lakeside football undergoing a facelift. The defense will have a new look this season as well. With his team losing its big bodies, McWreath is shifting from four linemen to five and is hoping his team speed will cause offenses headaches. “We’re running a more aggressive scheme this year. We’re going to be a multiple-50 front,” the coach said. “Last year I ran a conservative 4-4, 42-5 defense. This year, we’re going to try to put more pressure on teams.” That doesn’t mean opponents will be staring down biltzers every down, though. “I’m not risky,” McWreath said. The Dragons are asking Vance, Colucci and senior Isaac Moore to anchor a unit that Vance, not surprisingly, calls the team’s best. “We’ve got Isaac Mooew playing the nose, he’s pretty quick, strong,” Vance said. “It should be good.” In fact, the Dragons are counting on Moore, a standout wrestler who’s making his return to football after a two-year hiatus, to be a difference maker. “I think he’s going to give teams hell,” McWreath said. “He’s just a hellacious football player. He’s just one of those kids, a

100-mile-an-hour motor, a step faster than most kids, a higher pain tolerance than most kids. From wrestling, he’s got great hips, so he seems to shed blocks. He’s really strong. He’s 178 pounds dead-lifting 500 pounds. When you’re that short, stocky and fast, we can’t block him right now and we hope other teams can’t, too.” The coach disagrees, though, with Vance’s assessment of the strongest unit. “I’ve got a linebacker that’s coming back with over 100 tackles, I’ve got another that comes back with a full year of experience. I’ve got a strong safety and outside linebacker position that we can move up to the lines or off,” he said. “I think we’re a balanced defense, that’s what makes us.” That 100-tackle linebacker is senior captain Cody Maxwell, who anchors a deep unit that includes Boothby, Shawn Dell, Kyle George, Levi Halsey and Corey Wareh. “We’re pretty nice this year, strong,” Maxwell said. “We’re short, but we hit hard.” Christian, at strong safety, and junior Joe Kelly, at free safety, join Derrell McCaleb and Damund Hull in rounding out the defensive backfield. “Our corners this year, they’re young and inexperienced, but they’re getting a lot better,” Christian said. With so much new, the Dragons aren’t setting their goals in terms of wins and losses. “We’re just going to play hard and see how it goes,” Maxwell said. “That’s all we can say.”

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POS.

HT.

WT.

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1

James Christian

QB-DB

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205

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Joe Kelly

WR-DB

5-9

171

11

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Gerald Murphy

WR-DB

6-1

173

12

4

Derrell McCaleb

WR-DB

5-10

163

11

6

Devonte Morris

RB-LB

6-1

218

11

7

Kyle George

QB-LB

6-0

192

11

8

Javas Henry

WR-DB

6-2

162

12

11

Demonte Orr

WR-DB

5-10

170

12

13

Adam Flaugher

14

David Lefik

WR-DB

5-10

160

10

16

Dominique Knox

WR-DB

5-11

160

12

17

Juan Aguinaga

PK-P

5-6

131

12

21

Rashaad Bell

WR-DB

6-1

165

10

23

Corey Wareh

RB-LB

5-10

178

12

24

Damund Hull

WR-DB

5-9

170

11

31

Kyle Vance

TE-DL

6-1

231

12

32

Blake Boothby

RB-LB

6-0

184

11

34

Shawn Dell

RB-LB

6-0

176

10

36

Patrick Pildner

K-P

37

Glenn Haines

WR-LB

5-11

185

11

43

Levi Halsey

RB-LB

5-11

185

11

45

Cody Maxwell

RB-LB

5-9

203

12

48

Joe Burdette

TE-LB

6-2

200

10

49

Isaac Moore

RB-LB

5-7

180

12

51

Roger Bento

RB-LB

6-0

171

10

54

Cody Berkowitz

OL-DL

6-0

210

12

56

Brandon Kaydo

OL-DL

5-11

238

11

57

Kyle Jeffrey

OL-DL

5-9

185

10

65

Dustin Offenburg

OL-DL

6-1

235

11

66

James Anderson

OL-DL

6-2

183

10

67

Mike Anderson

OL-DL

6-0

215

11

70

John Adams

OL-DL

5-9

258

12

72

Tim Lesperance

OL-DL

6-1

285

10

74

Anthony Colucci

OL-DL

6-2

235

11

76

Craig Workman

RB-LB

6-3

233

10

77

Joshua Jones

OL-DL

6-2

215

11

78

T.J. Mayle

OL-DL

6-3

217

11

81

Mike Pristera

WR-DB

5-11

165

11

85

Shane Chatman

TE-DL

6-2

200

12

K-P

11

11

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Oct. 24

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THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 2-8 ■ 2006 — 5-5

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■ 2005 — 7-3

■ 2002 — 8-3

■ 2004 — 6-4

■ 2001 — 8-2

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wo years ago, when Geneva head coach Tony Hassett was asked how his team looked, he gave a simple assessment — “We’re small, but we’re

slow.” “And it was true,” Hassett reflected two years later as his team wrapped up its twoa-days. “We won one game that year, last game of the year.” The sophomores that year are seniors now, and they stand as the great hope for Geneva football. Not just hope that those one-win days are permanently in the rearview mirror, but hope that last year’s 4-6 record and second-place finish in the Northeastern Conference will prove to be a springboard into bigger and better things. And make no mistake about it, these seniors have big dreams. “Everybody’s saying last year was a good season and all. But we went 4-6. We didn’t go .500. So in my opinion, it wasn’t a good season,” senior lineman Ricky Williams said. “It was just a start. I think we’re going to shoot for 8-2 this year.” And just what would such a performance mean for the Eagles? “It would mean the world,” defensive lineman and tight end Greg Scott said. “Everyone would go nuts.” “The town would just go crazy,” running back James Murray added. “I mean, like, football would definitely come back to Geneva, for sure.” And make no mistake about it, football has to come back in Geneva. When Hassett took over the program five years ago, his varsity team had just 26 kids. Now he’s got that number in freshmen alone. “We’re looking to be in the mid-40s this year. We’re fluctuating between the mid40s and mid-50s for the upper two classes. And this year, we’ve had 26 freshmen come out,” the coach said. “In junior high, we’re looking at around 60 and 70 again. The numbers are back and we’re heading in the right direction.” But it takes more than kids showing up to turn a program around. They’ve got to believe, too. The Eagles took a giant step in that direction last season when they snapped a 38game non-conference losing streak with a triumph over Lakeside. “Even in our big win against Lakeside, one of the kids said, ‘Coach, I didn’t think we were going to win the game,’ ” Hassett said. “Even though we show them film, try to pump them up, they’ve been losing for so long that (they needed to win).” Geneva didn’t help its own cause over the past couple of years with some of the toughest non-conference slates in the region. “You need victories to give the kids confidence a little bit. That’s why we had to

Having taken some lumps in recent seasons, Geneva has set some lofty goals

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1 Adam Cranfill Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-4 275 12 ■ Hassett expects his line to be a strength this year and the big Cranfill is a big reason why. The powerful running of James Murray could take Geneva far this season, but even Murray needs holes. Cranfill looks like the person to give those to him.

2 Justin Dynes Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-0 235 12 ■ Dynes waited until his senior year to come out for football, and from the sound of it, he already has the Geneva staff dreaming of what could have been had he played earlier. But they’d be more than happy for him to be a oneyear-wonder. Can he do it?

3 Tyler Erb Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-DB 6-1 180 11 ■ Erb got a year under his belt as a sophomore, getting used to the pressure of Friday’s bright lights. Now that the jitters are gone, will that translate into a breakout year for the junior? Hassett and the Eagles are counting on it.

4 Matt McCafferty Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-LB 5-9 180 12 ■ Yeah, Murray deserves to be on this list, but these final spots are tabbed for our wild cards. The snake-bitten McCafferty had to take to the sidelines in practice, but this time it’s just a sprain. The Eagles are counting on him coming back healthy and motivated — and hopefully to solidify their linebacking corps.

5 Greg Scott Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE-DE 6-0 190 12 ■ The Eagles are counting on Scott in the passing game where the three-year starter with “exceptional hands,” to help Erb and the passing game make it a year to remember. But they’re also counting on his leadership, too. And that may be even more valuable. — Adam Raeder

Scarlet and gray ■ LEAGUE — Northeastern Conference. ■ COACH — Tony Hassett. ■ COLLEGE — Hiram College. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Special education. ■ YEARS AT GENEVA — Fourth year at Geneva. ■ CAREER RECORD — 1030 (.250). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Dick Pierce, Don Shymske, Chris Clemens, Jay Corlew, Mike Hassett, Bob Lundin, Bob Trivisonno. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Slot-I. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-4 ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 18. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Jake Buckey (TE-OLB), Alec Muller (WRDB), Caleb Strauser (WRDB), James Murray (RBOLB), Joshua Buckey (OLDL), Matt McCAfferty (Ol-LB), Dennis Zelaya (OL-DL), Jared Denik (OL-LB), Adam Cranfill (OL-DL), Ricky Williams (OLDL), Greg Sccott (TE, DE); juniors Tyler Erb (QB-DB), Jimmy Haines (WR-DB) . ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Mike Lemponen (RBLB), Joe Rathy (WR-DB), Tony Johnson (WR-DB), Joshua Jones (OL-DL), Justin Dynes (OL-DL), Erwin Martin (WR-DB), Joe Kerestman (OL-DL); juniors Cameron Nicchols (WR-OLB), Quaid Traves (QB-DB), Zac Depp (RB-OLB), Mike Toratora (RBLB), Aaron Rogers (WR-LB), Justin Fuller (WR-OLB), Aaron Turk (OL-DL), David Leishman; sophomores Nelson Marquez (RB-DL), Tommy Padovick (RB-LB), ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 4-6 (3-1 2nd in NEC).

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THROUGH THE YEARS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

2007 — 4-6 ■ 1983 — 2006 — 1-9 ■ 1982 — 2005 — 2-8 ■ 1981 — 2004 — 3-7 ■ 1980 — 2003 — 2-8 ■ 1979 — 2002 — 3-7 ■ 1978 — 2001 — 4-6 ■ 1977 — 2000 — 2-8 ■ 1976 — 1999 — 7-3 ■ 1975 — 1998 — 8-2 ■ 1974 — 1997 — 8-2 ■ 1973 — 1996 — 9-1 ■ 1972 — 1995 — 7-3 ■ 1971 — 1994 — 6-4 ■ 1970 — 1993 — 3-7 ■ 1969 — 1992 — 3-7 ■ 1968 — 1991 — 2-8 ■ 1967 — 1990 — 9-1 ■ 1966 — 1989 — 9-2 ■ 1965 — 1988 — 4-6 ■ 1964 — 1987 — 3-7 ■ 1963 — 1986 — 4-6 ■ 1962 — 1985 — 6-4 ■ 1961 — 1984 — 4-6-0 ■ 1960 — TOTAL — 262-210-8 (.555)

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Geneva From Page 9 change our schedule,” Hassett said. “Wickliffe for us is going to be no give-me. It was a tough game last year. But at least we were in the game.” If their lofty goals are any indication, that confidence is growing. But after so many years of struggles on the gridiron, Geneva will need continued success to keep that confidence growing. And if the Eagles hope to make the leap to the next level, they’ll need a defense that Hassett describes as his team’s “Achilles’ heel” to step up. The Eagles allowed 300.6 yards per game, 204 of which opponents tallied on the ground. “That’s been one of our big goals, to stop the run. We’re really concentrating there,” Hassett said. Scott, Williams and Josh Buckey have seen plenty of snaps as down linemen, each boasting three years of starting experience, though Williams, who also plays on the offensive line, may be used sparingly so that he can rest. Hassett is also hoping for a big contribution out of Dennis Zelaya, though he’s been hobbled early with a bad ankle sprain. Junior Aaron Turk and sophomore Nelson Marquez are competing for the final spot at defensive end. “He’s not an ordinary sophomore,” Hassett said of Marquez. “We’ve got depth there (on the line). We’ve got size. We’ve got good speed,” the coach added. But what they lack is power. At least across the board. And as a result, the Eagles plan to rely on plenty of movement. “We’ll jump around a little bit.

We’re a stunting team,” Hassett said. “We still don’t have the overall strength to compete with the teams that we have (on our schedule), especially the non-conference teams. Madison’s weight program is one of the best, Riverside has it going. We’ll be a stunting team, believe me. We’re not going to stand there and go toe-to-toe with people we can’t.” With the defensive line on the move, the bulk of the run-stopping responsibilities will fall on the linebacking corps. The group hopes to gain a lift from the return of Matt McCafferty, who suffered a season-ending injury in Geneva’s first game last season. Jared Drenik returns to his outside spot, along with Buckey. Caleb Strauser and Cameron Nichols are competing for time at the other outside spot, while Tommy Padavick has emerged in camp as one of Hassett’s star group of sophomores and is expected to challenge for playing time. “These guys (the sophomores) have really spent their time in the weight room,” Hassett said. Murray may see some time at linebacker, though Hassett doesn’t want to put his first-string running back in harm’s way too often. But in the coach’s eyes, the strongest part of his defense — even after the loss of standout safety Jake Depp to graduation — is a secondary unit that’s anchored by junior Jimmy Haines, who broke into the starting lineup in his sophomore campaign. “Even last year as a sophomore, he drew the opponent’s toughest receiver,” Hassett said. “And that’s a big task, because when you make a mistake back there, everyone sees it. It’s usually a big play for a touchdown. But Jimmy is looking really good.” Joining Haines in the backfield is

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PLAYER Jake Bowser Tyler Erb Nick Odegard Nelson Marquez Cameron Nichols Quaid Traves Kevin Strauser Alec Muller Caleb Strauser Billy Blake John Nichols Ryan Wright Tommy Padovick James Murray Ryan Balcerzak Mike Lemponen Jake Buckey Zac Depp Mike Tortora Joe Rathy Jimmy Haines Tony Johnson Justin Fuller David Leishman Joe Kerestmen Aaron Turk Josh Buckey Matt McCafferty Dan Hughes Aaron Vannatter Ryan Arkkelin Josh Jones Rhett Clark Dennis Zelaya Jared Drenik Tyler Wetzel Sean McBean Adam Cranfill Ricky Williams Justin Dynes Albert Houdek Ian Sharpe Leon Hunt Greg Scott Erwin Martin

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Jared Drenik fills in at center and Buckey comes in as the other tackle. “The big men are the only reason I got the yards that I got last year,” Murray said. “We’ve got big boys like Ricky here and Drenik. As long as they make the holes, I’ll go through.” With a full year of experience under his belt, the Eagles hope Erb can provide some balance on offense from under center. “It’s great having a kid come back after a full year. He was a sophomore last year, and when you play this game and get to start as a sophomore, wow, you’ve got the butterflies, it’s Friday night under the lights and you’ve never been in that position before,” Hassett said. “He just got better as the season progressed.” Erb threw for 473 yards as part of a passing attack that average 54.4 yards per game. “The game he grew up in was the Riverside game,” Hassett said. “We got beat, but he really had a great run on an option play and he threw the ball well. He just started taking command of the team and maturing like you want to see a kid do.” Haines and Muller will be Erb’s primary targets at wide receiver, while Scott provides speed and athleticism from the tight end spot. “Alec has great hands and his pass routes are getting much, much better all the time.,” Hassett said. “Jimmy, his speed, great hands. We’re going to put them both out there at times and see what happens.” That might just be the motto for Geneva’s season. They’re in a position they haven’t been in a long time, facing great expectations, if from nowhere else, then from themselves. And all they can do is go out there and see what happens.

HT. 5-9 6-1 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-6 6-1 5-11 5-5 5-9 5-7 5-9 5-10 5-5 5-11 5-10 6-1 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-3 5-10 5-10 6-2 5-11 5-9 6-3 5-5 5-11 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-4 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-1 5-5

WT. 155 185 135 205 165 140 160 175 175 130 135 160 190 175 130 205 165 170 160 145 170 175 180 210 185 200 215 195 170 190 190 200 150 240 215 195 260 275 315 240 205 150 170 195 120

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12 — STAR BEACON

Thursday, August 21, 2008

MADISON

Streaks have new look

WARREN DILLAWAY / Star Beacon

MITCH KROTZ will be the man under center for the Blue Streaks this season.

Madison isn’t as big, but its expectations certainly are By KARL PEARSON Staff Writer

MADISON TOWNSHIP

F

ans might have to do a double take when they see the Madison football team for the first time this season. Throughout Tim Willis’ eight previous seasons as head coach, one of the hallmarks of the team has been huge personnel along the offensive and defensive fronts. That has applied whether the Blue Streaks have employed a smashmouth offensive approach or have filled the air with footballs. This year, Madison will feature its fair share of sizable players along its lines, but not the giants normally employed there. The Blue Streaks (7-4) figure to rely more upon speed and quickness throughout their team in the pursuit of a defense of their share of the Premier Athletic Conference championship and a second straight trip to the Division II, Region 5 state playoffs. Part of that is because of the personnel that has been lost to graduation. That includes tight end Nic DiLillo, who is now playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, who

checked in at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. The Blue Streaks also possessed giants like Kyle Glass, who is now at Lake Erie College, and Kevin Hendricks, who tipped the scales somewhere between 280 and 310 pounds. Another big loss was multi-purpose performer Nick Yeager. But it’s also a function of the character of this year’s team, which features smaller, but still strong players. Even though Madison lost 22 lettermen to graduation, there’s still plenty of experienced people around, particularly as Willis and his staff really start to rely on an outstanding junior class. Five played prominent roles as sophomores. This year, only one sophomore figures to have such prominence. There will be much more of an emphasis on speed on both sides of the ball for the Blue Streaks. It will particularly be reflected on defense. “The key to our defense is that we will be a lot more athletic,” Willis said. “We’re going to be an attacking defense. It’s going to all be about speed. Except for our defense ends, all of our people on defense are going to be able to run under a 5.0. “These guys are going to be able to run to the ball. I think they’re going to play with a lot of enthusi-

asm. We’re blessed with a lot of tough kids.” The mobility will also be on display on offense. Senior Mitch Krotz will operate at quarterback and has already shown his capability as a running threat, running for 612 yards last year. “Mitch is a very special player,” Willis said. “He makes good decisions as a passer, but when he sees he can run, he will take off. That’s one of the big things defenses have trouble with, accounting for that 11th guy when he’s running. Mitch is very intelligent, too.” Willis is also pleased with the depth and talent he has in his corps at fullback and tailback of juniors Ty Law and speedster Steve Isabella and senior Jordan Sandidge, a transfer from Lakeside, who rushed for 833 yards last year for the Dragons. “Our tailbacks and fullbacks are the strength of our team,” Willis said. “Ty has explosive power and is a good blocker. Steve is a scatback. Jordan has fit into our system well. He’s a threat to go all the way anytime he touches the ball.” The biggest player that will be blocking for them is 6-2, 290pound junior tackle Alex Greene. Most of the rest of the line ranges between 200 and 250 pounds, and

the resulting mobility will be utilized. “When you lose guys the size of DiLillo, Glass and Hendricks, you have to mix it up a little,” Willis said. “I think we’re going to have a very balanced offensive team.” There will probably be at least seven or eight players going on both sides of the ball for the Blue Streaks, including Krotz, Law, Isabella and Sandidge. That also includes junior Miles Iverson, who was one of the key youngsters last year. But Iverson broke his leg at the Ohio State football camp and is not expected to return before the revival of the rivalry with Perry in Week 3 on Sept. 5. When he does return, he will likely be in the rotation at a receiver’s spot and in the secondary. Health is one of the key concerns for Willis. The Blue Streaks rely on a lot of rotating players, which they call the “pair and a spare” philosophy to keep fresh people on the field. “We don’t have a whole lot of depth,” he said. “We have a sixman rotation on the defensive line, three or four guys rotating at wide receiver, seven rotating on the offensive line and five rotating in the secondary.” Offensively, the rotation starts with senior Steve Yoe and junior

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Madison From Page 12 Hunter Legeza, who is also Krotz’s backup at quarterback, at tight end. Senior Mike Kuntz starts at right tackle in the Blue Streaks’ multiple offense, while Mike Hrutkay (235), the one sophomore who figures to be vital to the operation, will be at right guard. Senior Terry Harmon moves from center to guard. Senior Dan O’Connell will be at left guard and senior veteran Frank Wrobleski will be at left tackle. Junior Seth Boggs and Greene will provide depth at tackle. “We have three new linemen who have to mature quickly,” Willis said. “They’ve come a long way so far, but they still have a lot of room to improve.” The wide receivers will come from seniors Jordan Dickman and Steve McGuire, junior Matt Bruening and, eventually, Iverson. He is likely to play a slot receiver’s role. The Blue Streaks have a dependable placekicker in Eric Gavorski, who is working on his third varsity letter despite being just a junior. He will also assume the punter’s role this year. “Eric won our game against South and also was a key against Lakeside,” Willis said. “He’s very effective. He’s also done a solid job for us at punter.” Up front, defensively, in the Blue Streaks’ 3-5 oddstack defense will be a rotation of O’Connell and Wrobleski at left end, Kuntz at right end, Law, who moves up from linebacker, and Harmon at nose tackle. The linebacker corps includes Dickman at an outside spot, Krotz and Yoe at strongside linebacker, junior Devon Smith at middle linebacker and Legeza and junior Brandon Filipasic at weakside linebacker. Isabella and seniors Kevin Campbell and Paul Gain will rotate at cornerback. McGuire, Sandidge, Bruening and Iverson should patrol the safety spots. Willis said his team always has, and will continue to place, a heavy emphasis on special teams. That might give him a bit of an opportunity to get Krotz off the field,

particularly in coverage situations. The key long snapper’s job will be handled by senior Taylor Blystone. Willis is also excited about the possibilities in the return game. “We’re going to have Bruening and Dickman, our good-hands guys, in on punt returns,” he said. “With Sandidge and Isabella back there on kickoff returns, we feel we have people who can take it all the way. “Special teams is important to us. We work on it at least an hour a day. We won games like Lakeside and South because of our special teams.” Willis sees a highly competitive Premier Athletic Conference race. “Our league is always balanced,” he said. “I hear a lot of good things about South with their Division I quarterback, (Patrick) Nicely. Chardon is always good and Riverside is a good Division I program that always seems to be able to reload. “North has some stability now with their coach back for a second year. Lakeside always has great athletes. We’re looking forward to Geneva and University School coming in in a couple years, too.” Spice has been added to Madison’s non-conference schedule with the return of Perry, bringing another tough rivalry game back to the table after an absence of more than a decade to go with battles like Geneva, Riverside and Chardon. “That’s one of the things about being at Madison,” Willis said. “We have so many great rivalries to play. We’re glad to have the Perry game back on our schedule. “It’s hard to keep kids up for 10 games. But that’s our job as coaches.” The Blue Streaks have big goals this year. They feel they have the capabilities to meet them as they head into their opening game tonight at Normandy. “We want to win our league, which we feel is a realistic goal,” Willis said. “We feel we can compete. “We’d like to make it back to the playoffs. We’re still looking to get our first playoff win.” The 21-20 loss last year to Riverside in the closing moments that cost the Blue Streaks an outright PAC championship has

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2008 MADISON BLUE STREAKS

BLUE STREAKS AT A GLANCE MADISON

1 Jordan Dickman Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR-LB 6-2 180 12 ■ “He’s very strong and gets good leverage,” coach Tim Willis said. “He runs good routes and has good hands. He comes from good bloodlines.”

2 Mitch Krotz Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-LB 5-11 205 12 ■ “He’s a special kid with a winning attitude,” Willis said. “He’s our captain. He’s a three-year starter. He’s very intelligent.”

3 Ty Law Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. FB-NT 6-1 215 11 ■ “He’s a two-year starter and our strongest kid,” Willis said. “He’s a good athlete and a tough kid. He has explosive power and comes from real good bloodlines (a member of the famed Bukky family).”

4 Jordan Sandidge Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TB-S 6-1 190 12 ■ Sandidge is a transfer from Lakeside. “He will fit well into our system,” Willis said. “He’s one of our fastest kids and can take it all the way anytime he touches the ball.”

5 Frank Wrobleski

Blue and white ■ LEAGUE — Premier Athletic Conference. ■ COACH — Tim Willis. ■ COLLEGE — BaldwinWallace. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Health and physical education. ■ YEARS AT MADISON — 20th at Madison, ninth as head coach. ■ CAREER RECORD — 5032 (.610). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Mike Martin, Mike Gilligan, Tim Mainello, Scott Herald, Nick Ciani, Tim Reed, Matt Bradley, Chris Dodd. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Multiple. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 3-5-3 odd stack. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 22. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Jordan Dickman (WR-LB), Terry Harmon (C-NT), Mitch Krotz (QB-DB), Stephen McGuire (WR-S), Jordan Sandidge (TB-S), Frank Wrobleski (OT-DE); juniors Eric Gavorski (PK-P), Steve Isabella (RB-DB), Miles Iverson (WR-DB), Ty Law (RB-NT), Steve Yoe (TE-LB). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Kevin Campbell (WR-CB), Paul Gain (WRCB), Mike Kuntz (OL-LB), Dan O’Connell (OG-DL); juniors Seth Boggs (OT-DL), Matt Bruening (WR-S), Brandon Filipasic (LB-RB), Alex Greene (OT-DL), Hunter Legeza (TE-QB-LB), Devon Smith (WR-LB); sophomore Mike Hrutkay (OG-DL). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 7-4 (4-1, tri-champs of PAC, lost in first round of Division II, Region 5 playoffs).

2008 SCHEDULE

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OG-DE 6-2 235 12 ■ His asset is his speed and quickness,” Willis said. “He’s a two-year starter and one of our captains. He’s also one of our strongest guys.”

DATE Aug. 21 Aug. 29 Sept. 5

OPPONENT at Normandy Geneva Perry

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also helped motivate them in the offseason. “They remember,” Willis said. “Guys like Mitch, Jordan (Dickman), Ty and Frank have all been given a little more motivation to work that much harder for this year.” There are two keys to making that happen, in Willis’ eyes. “No. 1, we have to stay healthy,” he said. “Then we have to get off to a good start with games against Normandy, Geneva, Perry and Edgewood. We believe we’re capable of having a great season.”

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2007 — 7-3 ■ 1983 — 5-5-0 2006 — 6-4 ■ 1982 — 3-7-0 2005 — 4-6 ■ 1981 — 3-7-0 2004 — 7-3 ■ 1980 — 5-5-0 2003 — 8-2 ■ 1979 — 7-3-0 2002 — 9-2 ■ 1978 — 2-8-0 2001 — 6-4 ■ 1977 — 5-4-0 2000 — 4-6 ■ 1976 — 3-6-1 1999 — 9-2 ■ 1975 — 5-5-0 1998 — 7-3 ■ 1974 — 4-6-0 1997 — 6-4 ■ 1973 — 10-0-0 1996 — 8-2 ■ 1972 — 4-4-2 1995 — 9-2 ■ 1971 — 6-3-1 1994 — 8-2 ■ 1970 — 5-4-1 1993 — 10-1 ■ 1969 — 5-5-0 1992 — 6-4 ■ 1968 — 8-2-0 1991 — 8-2 ■ 1967 — 7-2-0 1990 — 5-5 ■ 1966 — 8-2-0 1989 — 2-8 ■ 1965 — 5-4-0 1988 — 5-5 ■ 1964 — 2-6-1 1987 — 5-5 ■ 1963 — 9-0-0 1986 — 5-5 ■ 1962 — 4-5-0 1985 — 4-6 ■ 1961 — 6-2-1 1984 — 5-5-0 ■ 1960 —10-0-0 TOTAL — 285-185-10 (.606)

NO. PLAYER POS. HT. 2 Steve Isabella TB-CB 5-9 3 Miles Iverson WR-DB 5-11 4 Hunter Legeza TE-LB 6-2 5 Jason O’Bryan WR-S 6-1 7 Eric Gavorski PK-P 6-3 8 Jordan Sandidge TB-S 5-11 9 Andy Karlson QB 5-9 10 Robert McDivitt QB-CB 5-9 11 Mitch Krotz QB-LB 5-11 12 Paul Gain WR-CB 5-11 15 Stephen McGuire WR-DB 6-3 20 Alex Nowakowski WR-DB 5-7 21 Wes Heath RB-DB 5-7 22 Tito Anaya RB-LB 6-0 23 Matt Wojciechowski WR-LB 5-10 24 Kevin Campbell WR-CB 5-10 25 Steven Richards WR-DB 5-11 27 Branden Collins RB-DB 5-10 28 Jordan Dickman WR-LB 6-2 30 Devon Smith WR-LB 5-9 32 Steve Yoe TE-LB 6-3 33 John Dies RB-DB 5-8 34 Zack Glanzer RB-DB 5-11 35 Kyle Roberts WR-DB 5-6 39 Jesse Rutter RB-DB 6-1 40 Brandon Alley RB-LB 6-0 41 Austin Beck RB-DB 5-10 44 Ty Law FB-NT 6-1 45 Kyle Teahan OL-LB 5-11 46 Devin Bowen RB-DL 5-8 49 Brandon Filipasic RB-LB 6-1 50 Antonio Crawford OL-DL 5-11 52 Gavin Haase OL-DL 5-11 53 Andy Keates OL-DL 5-11 54 Mike Hrutkay OG-DL 6-0 55 Dan O’Connell OG-DE 6-3 56 Seth Boggs OT-DL 6-3 57 Frank Wrobleski OT-DT 6-2 58 Chris Wood OL-LB 5-8 61 Bryan Warner OL-DL 5-11 62 Collin Engler OL-DL 6-2 63 Dan Poulson OL-DL 5-11 64 Mike Kuntz OT-DE 6-2 65 Nick Lasko LB-DL 5-10 66 Terry Harmon C-NT 6-0 67 Andrew Troyan OL-DL 5-10 70 Richard DeJesus OL-DL 5-11 72 Taylor Blystone OL-DL 5-10 73 Matt DiFranco OL-DL 6-4 74 Mason Gilbert OL-DL 6-3 75 Alex Greene OT-DL 6-2 80 Kyle Baker WR-DB 5-9 81 Brian Bismarck WR-DB 5-8 82 Ryan Turner TE-LB 6-2 83 Brad Pearlman WR-DB 5-10 84 Matt Bruening WR-S 6-1 86 Thomas Grenier WR-DB 6-0 89 Connor Gibb TE-LB 6-3 98 Dan Buehner OL-DL 6-2

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14 — STAR BEACON

Thursday, August 21, 2008

PERRY

Pirates set to sail

Top 5 in benchpress: Vinny Hokavar

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2 Josh Mullins

■ 330 pounds.

3 Adam Crow

■ 325 pounds.

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DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

VINNY HOKAVAR will lead the high-powered Perry attack again this season. By ADAM RAEDER Staff Writer PERRY TOWNSHIP

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he last taste the Perry Pirates had of football was a sour one — a lopsided playoff loss at the hands of Akron’s St. VincentSt. Mary. But that hasn’t dimmed the Pirates’ views of this season any. In fact, they’re expecting it to be one for the record books. “This team has been talked about ever since we were in seventh grade. We don’t want to be cocky, but anything less than 10-0 is a dissapointment,” senior quarterback Vinny Hokavar said. “We want to be the best Perry team ever.” It’s a goal the Pirates have been running with since they walked off the field and out of the playoffs, between a more disciplined strength training program and a senior meeting before two-a-days. “We talked about what was going to stop us. We made a team promise making sure we’d fully commit — making sure we’re in it for the team, not that we’re just on the team,” Hokavar said. The strength training came from a lesson ground into them over the 48 minutes of their

42-0 loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs. “In order to play at that next level, we know we need to be more physical,” second-year head coach Matt Rosati said. “That’s something we’ve been working on throughout the year, trying to be as physical as we possibly can.” To the Pirates, that meant their players being in the weight room almost as often as the bench press itself. “In the offseason, in the weight room, is something that we’ve spent a lot of time with. And we’re still lifting. We’re lifting three days a week,” Rosati said. “Even now, throughout the season, we’ve really emphasized staying strong and getting stronger. It’s an attitude that we’ve echoed from January until today.” So far, they like the results. “This is the strongest our team has ever been,” Hokavar said. “And this is the fastest we’ve ever been, too. “With the speed that we’ve got, we’re going to be tough to stop.” Hokavar, who threw for 1,388 yards last season, leads a talented group of returning Pirates. The reigning Chagrin Valley Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player has Rosati feeling confident in his offense. “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast. He’s a very

productive player,” the coach said. “So, we’re looking for big things from Vinny both offensively and defensively. “Vinny’s very consistent and he practices hard. Yeah, he looks good. We hope to win a lot of football games with him.” Part of that consistency is a product of Hokavar’s ability to read the field. “His mind — he’s very smart,” Rosati said. “He sees what teams are trying to do to him and he makes adjustments very well.” An all-too-important trait considering what the Pirates coaching staff asks of him — to take what the defense gives him, something often easier said than done, especially at the high school level. “We like to throw for a high percentage,” Rosati said. “If it’s down the field, so be it. If you’re going to give us short throws, we’ll take short throws. Whatever you give us is what we’re going to try to take.” Hokavar said that the Pirates had some new offensive wrinkles awaiting their opponents this season, though he wasn’t about to spoil the surprise before the first real snap. “There’s going to be a lot of new stuff this year,” he said. “Our team saying is ‘Get your popcorn ready.’ ” Wrinkles or not, the Pirates offense should have plenty of balance.

“I guess you could say we try to be balanced (between run and pass),” Rosati said. “It all depends on what the defense is going to do. We know we can run or pass the ball effectively.” The triumvirate of Josh Mullins, Michael Hanhauser and Ben Perko will share the running duties for Perry. Mullins returns after leading the Pirates with 436 yards last year, while Hanhauser accumulated 311 yards on the ground, though he outpaced his counterpart in yards per carry 4.9-4.7. “They’re three pretty good runners that we have in our backfield,” Rosati said. “They all have the common theme – they run very hard. They’re hard runners, very quick, very strong. It all depends (who shoulders the load) gameby-game. But they’re all very capable running backs.” “Mike’s a big strong back who runs a 4.5, Josh Mullins is a pounder,” Hokavar said. “He’s little and short, but he’s tough to bring down.” But the biggest weapon in Perry’s arsenal could be coming off the line in the form of tight end Anthony Kukwa. The converted quarterback posesses a rare combination of speed, size and hands. “Anthony is there to score touchdowns,” Rosati said of the sophomore. “That’s what he

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KICKOFF ’08

Thursday, August 21, 2008

STAR BEACON — 15

PIRATES AT A GLANCE PERRY

1 Vinny Hokavar

DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

JOSH MULLINS will help carry the load this season.

Perry From Page 14 does, score touchdowns. We try to get him the ball whenever we have the opportunity. Anthony’s a pretty special player. He’s very fast and has very good hands.” The Pirates also get a boost from the return of wide receiver Anthony Skinner. Skinner shined early last season, putting up six touchdowns and a 34-yard-percatch average before suffering a torn ACL in the season’s third contest. “Anthony is a prime target and we’re glad to have him back 100 percent,” Rosati said. And that prospect — a healthy Skinner — has Hokavar chomping at the bit. “He’s just fast. He gets open,” the quarterback said. “Last year, no one knew about him and we just sent the kid deep every time. He brought in every ball that was thrown to him and just outran the defense.” Joining Skinner out wide are a pair of sophomores — Matt Kropko and Mickey Parker — that Rosati described as “very talented,” while juniors James McCallister and Eric Petrecca add depth and experience to the squad. Up front, Perry returns two starters in guards John Sill and Adam Crow. Rich Zalanka and Cody New provide fresh faces at the guard spot, while David O’Keeffe and Robert Law will battle for time at center. “We’ll be in pretty good shape here. Richy Zalanka is 6-5, 240 and Cody New is 6-5, 210 and they’re pretty good athletes,” Rosati said. “They’re big and they’ve played football for a long time.” The coach said the center battle is a pretty tight race and could come down to how the team plans on using Law.

“It’s just a matter of how much we’re going to use Robert defensively. We’re pretty comfortable there. We’ve got two good players, and if we’re going to use Robert on defense, then Dave will play more offense. If we don’t need Robert on defense, and he’s better than Dave, he’ll play on offense,” Rosati said. “They’re both good football players.” Law may see time as the Mike linebacker in Perry’s base 3-3-5 defense. “The advantage to the 3-3 is you’re very flexible,” Rosati said. “You can adjust to a lot of different looks from an offense.” The Pirates return eight starters from a defense that allowed just 216 yards per game. “They’re very experienced, very fast, very skilled,” Rosati said. “They’re talented kids. We’re excited. We think we can have a pretty good defense.” Perry’s defensive line boasts game experience, with all three starters returning from last year’s squad in Dustin Sarosy, John Phelps and David Wallie. “They’re all pretty quick guys,” Rosati said. Law and Mullins return to the linebacking crew, getting joined by senior Daniel Johnson. Mullins has joined Phelps as the early leaders of the defense. “They’re two guys that are very key to our defense,” Rosati said. “They’re not really so much vocal, but they’re experienced guys who are pretty talented. They’ll set the tone for us up front.” Cornerback Petrecca and free safety Mitchell Hokavar join returners Vinny Hokavar, Hanhauser and Patrick Byrne in the secondary. “We’re going to be better than ever,” Vinny Hokavar said, calling Petrecca an “excellent athlete.”

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-DB 6-3 190 12 ■ Just being the conference’s reigning Offensive MVP would be good enough to have Hokavar in this spot. But we’ll add in this consideration — in his senior season, he’s more determined than ever. And after an offseason of working on his footwork and speed, that should be enough to scare any opponent.

2 Anthony Kukwa Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE 6-3 183 10 ■ Kukwa’s job is simple in the Perry offense — score touchdowns (simple to say, at least). If that doesn’t make someone an immediate finalist for this list, what does?

3 John Phelps Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. DE 6-3 232 12 ■ There were plenty of canidates for this spot, including LB/RB Josh Mullins, but Phelps get the edge here. He’s the player Perry is counting on to be a force on the line, and when you play with only three down lineman, well, they have work hard — and then some.

4 Anthony Skinner Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR 6-1 180 12 ■ With the talent Matt Rosati has returning for his second year at the helm of the Pirates, there were plenty of choices for the top spot. But none as intriguing as Skinner. 1 After 2 ⁄2 astounding games for the Pirates last year, Skinner watched from the sidelines with an ACL tear. Now that he’s back, he’s the single biggest reason Perry’s offense could be more fearsome this year than in Rosati’s first go-around.

5 Rich Zalanka Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OT 6-4 240 12 ■ The Pirates return a lot of their offense, but very few (2) of those returners are along the offensive line. Zalanka steps in as one of the new faces, and if the reviews he drew after two-a-days are any indication, the Pirates are well on their way to turning one of their few question marks into a strength.

Red, white and black ■ LEAGUE — Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division. ■ COACH — Matt Rosati. ■ COLLEGE — Edinboro. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Social Studies. ■ YEARS AT PERRY — First at Perry after 11 years at West Geauga. ■ CAREER RECORD — 7847 (.624) ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Mike Ryan, Pat Giannell, Frank Rico, Aaron Perusek, Jeff Perry, Adam Marino, Ken Siegel, Rich O’Keefe, Chris Bezzeg, Bob Leppla, Matt Collins. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Pro style. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — Multiple. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 11. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Senior Vinny Hokavar (QB, S), Patrick Byrne (DB), Mike Hanhauser (RB), Josh Mullins (RB, LB), Anthony Skinner (WR), John O’Keefe (WR, DB), Dustin Sarosy (DL), John Phelps (DE), Chris Lanese (LB), Robert Law (LB), John Sill (OL), Adam Crow (OL), Daniel Johnson (LB); juniors Eric Kane (WR), Steve Drain (LB), Ben Perko (RB), Rich Zalanka (OL), and David Wallie (OL). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Nick Hedrick (DB), John Musacchio (DL); juniors Jeff Dipolfi (DB), Braden Farrell (K), James McCallister (WR), Erik Petrecca (DB), Cody Clark (LB), Cody New (OL), Andrew Ziegler (DL); sophomores Anthony Kukwa (TE), Mitchell Hokavar (DB)Matt Kropko (WR), Mickey Parker (WR). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 9-2 (6-1, second in CVC Chagrin Division).

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OPPONENT at Riverside Jefferson at Madison at Aurora at Wickliffe Orange at Kenston Beachwood at West Geauga Chagrin Falls

LAST YR. W, 41-14 W, 55-0 DNP W, 17-10 W, 38-0 W, 29-22 W, 31-14 W, 45-13 L, 41-7 W, 17-7

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2008 PERRY PIRATES NO. PLAYER 1 Josh Maffit 2 Austin Cordova 3 Anthony Kukwa 4 Patrick Byrne 5 Danny Bean 6 Caroline Dugan 7 Mitchell Hokavar 8 Robert Russell 9 Mike Hanhauser 10 Jeff DiPofi 11 Nick Gramberg 14 Nick Hedrick 15 Braden Farrell 17 Vinny Hokavar 18 Zach Gustat 19 Daniel Johnson 20 Andrew Ovens 21 James McCallister 22 Erik Petrecca 23 Anthony Skinner 24 David Kahoun 25 Eric Kane 26 Chad Hulkala 27 Mickey Parker 29 Cody Clark 31 Josh Mullins 32 Dustin Sarosy 36 Steve Drain 40 Ben Perko 42 John Phelps 47 Dylan Sharpe 48 Craig Drain 49 Devin Nebe 50 John Rigby 54 Cody New 55 Russell McFarland 56 Mike Lutes 57 Chris Lanese 58 Chad West 59 Robert Law 60 John Musacchio 61 John Norton 62 Doug Kintop 64 Jonathan Talbot 65 Andrew Ziegler 66 John Sill 67 David O’Keeffe 68 David Wallie 69 Derek Kitis 71 Joe Walker 72 Tim Stoss 73 Zach Densmore 74 Adam Crow 75 Jeff Gribble 76 Connor Cline 77 Rich Zalanka 78 Joe Baker 81 Zoldak Cameron 85 Matt Kropko 86 Jon O’Keefe 87 Max Zitney 88 Zach Zitney 89 Ryan Phelps

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CONNEAUT

Spartans out to hurdle road blocks

Parise says his squad remains dedicated to the challenge By BOB ETTINGER Staff Writer CONNEAUT

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ast season, the Conneaut football team had to overcome more than its share of adversity. There were injuries, infections, cuts to the coaching staff and the dreaded payfor-play. It all added up to a 1-9 2007 season for the Spartans. “We got hit with the MRSA staph infection,” coach Ken Parise said. “Seven kids missed close to a total of 20 games. Then there was the pay-for-play. If the kids aren’t starting, or right there, it’s

tough for a family to be able to buy shoes and insurance, let alone pay $75. It’s $150 this year. It’s tough on the kids. “They cut our coaching staff. We had the lowest number of coaches in the area, maybe even the state. That’s tough for the kids. To top it off, they didn’t allow us to have a freshman team. So those kids that played in seventh and eighth grade decided to go do something else with their $75.” This season hasn’t started any better for the Spartans. “They doubled the pay-for-play this year,” Parise said. “There are a lot of road blocks just for the kids to play the game of football, a game they play for fun and because they love it.” But the current Spartans on the roster

are rallying to make 2008 a season of redemption. “This is a group of kids that has decided, since December, to get in the weight room,” Parise said. “They refuse to give in. They work hard even, though they have those road blocks because of the former administration and the levy failing. I hope (superintendent) Kent (Houston) will help that out. I think he will and we’ll get the program back to a Division III level. “The kids have been excited to work during two-a-days. We’re 42 strong and they’re not griping or groaning. I’m proud of their effort. This is a quality group hoping to change last year’s record.” The last several seasons have been

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SPARTANS AT A GLANCE CONNEAUT Blue, gold and white ■ LEAGUE — Northeastern Conference. ■ COACH — Ken Parise. ■ COLLEGE — Youngstown State. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — American History. ■ YEARS AT CONNEAUT — 9th overall, 2nd in new tenure as head coach. ■ CAREER RECORD — 107-101 (.519). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Mike Clancy, Al Carrino, Lance Hostetler, Matt Pape, Phil Schar and Ryan Looman. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — West Coast Wing-T. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-4. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 7. ■LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Mitch Lower (HBDB), Joe Teed (FB-LB), Dakota Brown (OT-DT), Curtis Spragg (OG-DT), Ryan Anderson (TE-DE), Cody Blood (FB-LB), Zane Garza (WR-DB), Mitch Neubauer (RB-DB), Skip Sanford (RBLB), Zak Simek (OT-DT), Willie Thomas (C-DE); juniors Mark Distelrath (G-LB), Craig Johnson (G-LB), Jered Moisio (WR-DB), Grant Wenger (RB-LB). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Senior Kyle Thompson (TELB); junior Evan Wolfe (WRDB); sophomores Parris Fetterhoff (G-DE), Blake Heinonen (QB-DB), Billy Kirk (OT-DT), Chris Poore (FBLB), Jake Simek (QB-DB), Brad Webber (TE-DE); fresman Justin Blood (C-DT). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 1-9 (0-4 in the NEC, fifth).

1 Ryan Anderson Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE-DE 6-0 200 12 ■ He will be key to both the offense and defense. He will have to open holes and catch passes on offense as well as not allowing anyone to his outside on defense.

2 Cody Blood Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. FB-OLB 6-0 205 12 ■ He will pave the way for a stable of halfbacks as well as carry the ball a good portion of the time. He will help anchor the defense as a linebacker.

3 Dakota Brown Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OT-DT 6-1 300 12 ■ One of the Spartans’ most experienced lineman, he will be counted upon to be the road grater. On defense, he’s an important cog in stopping the inside run.

4 Joe Teed Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-LB 5-7 165 12 ■ One of leading rushers returning from last season’s team. He will be counted upon to move the chains on the ground.

5 Kyle Thompson

2008 SCHEDULE DATE Aug. 22

OPPONENT at Southington

Aug. 29 Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24

LAST YR. DNP SJP W, 13-0 at Champion L, 35-14 at Mathews DNP Cle. Central Cath. DNP Gilmour L, 35-13 Harvey L, 34-0 Edgewood L, 25-12 at Geneva L, 20-0 at Jefferson L, 9-0

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 1-9 ■ 1983 — 10-0-0 ■ 2006 — 1-9 ■ 1982 — 9-1-0 ■ 2005 — 1-9 ■ 1981 — 6-4-0 ■ 2004 — 2-8 ■ 1980 — 6-4-0 ■ 2003 — 4-6 ■ 1979 — 4-6-0 ■ 2002 — 4-6 ■ 1978 — 6-4-0 ■ 2001 — 5-4 ■ 1977 — 3-7-0 ■ 2000 — 6-4 ■ 1976 — 4-6-0 ■ 1999 — 4-6 ■ 1975 — 3-7-0 ■ 1998 — 1-9 ■ 1974 — 4-5-1 ■ 1997 — 1-9 ■ 1973 — 2-7-1 ■ 1996 — 0-10 ■ 1972 — 1-9-0 ■ 1995 — 1-9 ■ 1971 — 1-9-0 ■ 1994 — 2-8 ■ 1970 — 1-9-0 ■ 1993 — 6-4 ■ 1969 — 5-2-2 ■ 1992 — 8-2 ■ 1968 — 4-6-0 ■ 1991 — 5-5 ■ 1967 — 2-8-0 ■ 1990 — 3-7 ■ 1966 — 1-8-0 ■ 1989 — 6-4 ■ 1965 — 4-4-1 ■ 1988 — 6-4 ■ 1964 — 3-5-1 ■ 1987 — 5-5 ■ 1963 — 2-8-0 ■ 1986 — 4-6 ■ 1962 — 6-4-0 ■ 1985 — 10-1 ■ 1961 — 2-8-0 ■ 1984 — 8-2-0 ■ 1960 — 3-7-0 TOTAL — 189-284-6 (.400)

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE-LB 6-2 230 12 ■ He and Anderson could be counted upon in the red zone to help the Spartans score some points this season. He will help to spring the outside runs for the backs. DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

— Bob Ettinger

JOE TEED will again be a mainstay at both running back and linebacker for the Spartans in 2008.

Conneaut From Page 16 record in our favor.” Conneaut returns a good number of players from last season’s team, so experience is not really a problem. “The old saying is that we return a lot,” Parise said. “But we return a lot from a 1-9 team, not a 9-1 team. We need to prove that experience is helpful and can turn it around. It remains to be seen, but I have a lot of confidence that this group can do that.” But the experience of the 2007 season should only help the Spartans forge a new path.

“They don’t forget,” Parise said. “They’ll take experience from that and move on. They’ll go on from there. The greatest teams I’ve coached took their lumps and come back better the next year. I think this is one of those teams. They seem to want to be here so much. That’s a key component.” Last season, the Spartans had little trouble moving the ball. They just couldn’t seem to find a way to get in the end zone. “We were able to move the ball between the 20s,” Parise said. “But when we got inside the scoring zone, the drive failed. I think we scored on nine of the 27 drives we had inside that zone last year. That was our Achilles’ heel. We’ve made a conscientious effort this

offseason to score any time we get inside the 20. “We’re working toward finishing things. We’re not satisfied with just that 20-to-20 movement. It was frustrating at times.” Putting the ball in the end zone will be made easier by changes made, not by the coaches, but by the players. “It’s not that we’re doing anything differently,” Parise said. “It’s that (the players) are doing things differently. That’s the key. They’ve made the effort. We’ve talked about and stressed that we don’t want penalties or turnovers or the little things that can stall a drive. We practice that every day.” Leading the Spartans’ West Coast wing-T offense this season

will be a pair of sophomores, Jake Simek and Blake Heinonen. The duo is competing for the starting spot entering the season. “The running backs will take a little of the load off our young quarterbacks,” Parise said. “They have to get battle tested. With all those running backs back, it will be easier for them. We’re pretty experienced up front, so that should help, too. “They’ll have the nerves of a sophomore quarterback. So far, they’ve handled it.” But the running game will have to be strong in order to help the signal callers along. “The running game will be a fea-

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Conneaut From Page 17 ture,” Parise said. “But we’ll go as far as our young quarterbacks (take us) as far as our production.” Joining the quarterbacks in a very crowded but experienced backfield will be running backs Cody Blood, Mitch Lower, Joe Teed, Grant Wenger, Skip Sanford, Chris Poore and Mitch Neubauer. “That’s one of our strengths,” Parise said. “We’ve got seven or eight guys back. We’ll mix and match with them. “They all have different styles. Not one runs the same as the others. Some are north-south runners, some are hip runners, shifty. It’s nice. We can keep them fresh. A lot of them play defense, so we’ll spell them on offense. We want to keep them rested for defense.” Jered Moisio and Zane Garza will start at the wide receivers spots with Evan Wolfe fighting for playing time. At tight end, the Spartans will employ Ryan Anderson and Kyle Thompson. Providing the protection and opening the holes will be tackles Dakota Brown and Billy Kirk, with Zak Simek getting time. Curtis Spragg, Mark Distelrath

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and Parris Fetterhoff will be seeing time as guards and Willie Thomas will anchor the line at center. The Spartans’ strength may very well be their defense. “They are very much committed to defense,” Parise said. “They feel that if the defense can do what it does best, we’ll be in the ballgame. We’ll try and transfer that over to the offense. These kids definitely refuse to give up stuff. Time will tell. Health is definitely a key factor, but we feel the defense can carry the team until the offense can get it going.” Conneaut will use a 4-4 defense, so each player doing the job that’s laid out in front of him is of the utmost importance. “With a gap-control defense, they have to follow their assignments,” Parise said. “If we don’t, our opponents will be very successful. We have to focus on gap control. Everyone has to be where they’re supposed to be. We have to work hard at stopping the play action. We can stuff them, stuff them and stuff them, but the play action would hurt us. We have to address those problems.” Anderson and Thomas will be the defensive ends with Brad Webber pushing for playing time. They will be joined on the line by a combination of tackles Spragg, Brown and Zak Simek.

■ EDITOR’S NOTE — Conneaut and SS. John and Paul were the only schools in our 12-school coverage area to decline to participate in this feature. — DM Thompson and Teed will roam the inside linebacker positions, with Mark Distelrath getting into the fray. Wenger and Blood will be on the outside, with Sanford giving them a break. Garza, Moisio Lower and Neubauer will be the defensive backs, with Wolfe getting time there as well. Blood will have the kicking and punting duties and Wenger is the long snapper. The return men will vary, based on who’s fresh at the time, but there is a number of players capable of the task. “Since we’ll have a running back-by-committee, those guys will also return kicks and punts,” Parise said. “Six of the running backs can return kickoffs and five can return punts.” Special teams will be a key for the Spartans. “Every day, we practice them for 35 minutes,” Parise said. “Obviously, we have to improve on those, as with everything else.”

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GRAND VALLEY

Mustangs look ahead

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TRENTON DOING will be at the controls of the Grand Valley offense in the 2008 season.

Henson & Co. focused on the present By BOB ETTINGER Staff Writer

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he 2007 football season was definitely not one to remember for Grand Valley. Having gone winless for the first time since 1975, the best thing going for the Mustangs entering 2008 is the fact they hardly remember what happened a year ago. “It’s all in the past,” coach Tom Henson said of the Mustangs’ 010 season in 2007. “What difference does last year make? We

change kids every year. We’re not in the NFL where we have the same group back again. We can’t recruit. We can’t bring in a stud to replace somebody or fill a hole. We have to replace from within. “I believe many of the kids today don’t even remember what happened before. If you ask them who the head coach was before me (A.J. Calderone), they probably won’t know. If you ask who was the head coach before that (Jim Henson), they definitely wouldn’t know. All the kids think about is working hard right now. And that’s what it’s all about.” And 2008 could be a way to

show that Grand Valley football is much better than was shown last year. “They have a desire to prove themselves,” Henson said. “They want to prove to themselves they are better than what happened last year. I have a philosophy: If you work hard and give everything you’ve got, the wins will take care of themselves. You may only win a couple of games, you may only win one game, but if you put your heart and soul into it, you’re a winner.” One thing that could be a real benefit for Grand Valley this season is stability. The coaching staff is solid and set, and with added depth at most every posi-

tion, the players will have the ability to be at one position and won’t have to worry about moving to another one if somebody gets injured. The latter was a major concern last year and proved to be difficult to overcome. “We have stability in the program,” Henson said. “We have athletes in positions and the coaching staff is in place. Those are two of the most positive steps we’ve taken this year. That will only help the program. “(Moving from one position to another after the season starts) is such a tough situation. We had so many players injured early, the players had to move around.

They never had a chance to settle in and play a position.” The Mustangs’ depth chart goes several deep at every position entering this season, which is a plus no matter how it’s dissected. But most importantly, the team now has a number of quarterbacks, allowing for the other offensive skill positions to be largely unaffected by an injury under center. “First of all, we now have five quarterbacks instead of two,” Henson said. “They went to a quarterbacks camp and three of the staff members went with them. That not only helped them, but it helped the staff as

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MUSTANGS AT A GLANCE GRAND VALLEY Blue and white ■ LEAGUE — Chagrin Valley Conference (Valley Division). ■ HEAD COACH — Tom Henson. ■ COLLEGE — Kent State. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Library/media specialist—physical education. ■ YEARS AT GRAND VALLEY — Entering his 32nd overall, fourth as head coach. ■ CAREER RECORD — 8-22 (.267). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — John Glavickas, Clint Nims, Joe Krumpak, Chris Dorris, Chris Doran. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Pro set. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 50. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 8. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Anthony Oscar (QBDB), Nathan Cain (RB-DL), Kevin George (OL-DL), Preston Ritter (OL-DE), Aaron Brown (OL-DE), Adam Byler (WB-DB), Kevin Stacey (WR-DB); juniors Trenton Doing (QB-LB), Jacob Susman (RB-DB), James Anderson (WR-DB), Logan Nye (TE-DE), Tommy Jusko (RB-LB). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Mike Fay (OL-DL), James Watkins (OL-DL), Brandon Hart (WB-DB); sophomores Seth Bixel (WR-DB), Curtis Housel (WB-DB), Zach Wilson (RB-DE), Steve Cunningham (OL-DE), Curtis Parent (OL-DL), Sean Smith (TE-DE); freshman A.J. Henson (RB-LB). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 0-10 (0-7 in the CVC Valley Division, fourth).

2008 SCHEDULE DATE

OPPONENT

LAST YR.

Aug. 22

Jefferson

L, 19-6

Aug. 29

at Mineral Ridge

L, 64-0

Sept. 5

at PV

L, 21-15

Sept. 12

Fairport

L, 39-27

Sept. 19

at Hawken

L, 28-6

Sept. 26

at Cardinal

L, 29-10

Oct. 3

Newbury

L, 39-12

Oct. 10

Cuyahoga Hts.

L, 38-6

Oct. 17

Berkshire

L, 34-12

Oct. 24

at Kirtland

L, 39-0

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 0-10

■ 1983 — 6-3-1

■ 2006 — 3-7

■ 1982 — 6-4-0

■ 2005 — 5-5

■ 1981 — 9-1-0

■ 2004 — 3-7

■ 1980 — 7-3-0

■ 2003 — 4-6

■ 1979 — 8-1-1

■ 2002 — 4-6

■ 1978 — 6-3-1

■ 2001 — 5-5

■ 1977 — 4-6-0

■ 2000 — 8-2

■ 1976 — 1-8-1

■ 1999 — 7-4

■ 1975 — 0-10-0

■ 1998 — 2-8

■ 1974 — 1-9-0

■ 1997 — 10-1

■ 1973 — 0-9-1

■ 1996 — 10-1

■ 1972 — 1-8-0

■ 1995 — 8-2

■ 1971 — DNP

■ 1994 — 7-3

■ 1970 — 3-6-1

■ 1993 — 9-1

■ 1969 — 4-5-0

■ 1992 — 10-0

■ 1968 — 9-1-0

■ 1991 — 7-3

■ 1967 — 2-7-0

■ 1990 — 4-6

■ 1966 — 7-1-0

■ 1989 — 6-4

■ 1965 — 3-5-0

■ 1988 — 5-5

■ 1964 — 1-8-0

■ 1987 — 8-2

■ 1963 — 5-4-0

■ 1986 — 9-2

■ 1962 — 1-4-0

■ 1985 — 6-4

■ 1961 — XXX

■ 1984 — 4-5-0

■ 1960 — XXX

TOTAL — 228-205-6 (.527)

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2008 GRAND VALLEY MUSTANGS NO.

1

Aaron Brown

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-0 290 12 ■ Brown joins two teammates as two-time lettermen on the offensive line. He should be a big reason why the Mustangs will run the ball effectively.

2 Trenton Doing Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-LB 6-1 181 11 ■ Doing is entering his first full season under center. Upgrading the passing game was a must and he is a key.

3

Kevin George

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 5-10 225 12 ■ George is a two-time letterman and will be a key component on both sides of the ball. He will also be called on to be a team leader.

4

Tommy Jusko

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-LB 5-10 155 11 ■ Jusko will be the starting tailback in a crowded backfield. He should see the majority of touches and could be a game-breaker.

5 Preston Ritter DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

TOM HENSON: “I believe many of the kids today don’t even remember what happened before. If you ask them who the head coach was before me (A.J. Calderone), they probably won’t know. If you ask who was the head coach before that (Jim Henson), they definitely wouldn’t know. All the kids think about is working hard right now. And that’s what it’s all about.”

GV From Page 19 well. I learned more about quarterbacks in that three days than I thought I knew.” Junior Trenton Doing enters the season as the starter and is joined in the quarterback corps by senior Anthony Oscar and freshmen Jeromy Rockafellow and Joe Satterfield. “We have five quarterbacks we’re comfortable with using in the offense,” Henson said. “Any one of them can run the offense during a varsity game. We may have to water it down a little bit, but we’re confident they can walk on the field and do the job. We won’t have to move somebody over from wide receiver or running back to fill the spot like we did last year or the year before.” A somewhat experienced front line will be responsible for not only protecting Doing, but making the offense the go. “We must be successful up front for us to be successful,” Henson said. “That’s not a secret.” Seniors James Watkins and Aaron Brown will be the tackles, seniors Kevin George and Mike Fay will start at the guards and Preston Ritter, also a senior, will be the center. Logan Nye, a junior, will be employed as the tight end. Curtis Parent will also see time on the offensive line and Sean Smith will also play at tight end. That experience up front will help the team with more than just moving the ball. It has served as an example for the rest of the team off the field. “I don’t know if it’s a leadership role, but it’s a team role,” Henson said. “They’ve come together as a group. That’s great. It brings the team together through their work. Their work ethic is good. They work hard and together as a team and not individuals.” The line has made a step forward from a year ago. “Kris Doran has really helped out with the

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DE 5-10 215 12 ■ Ritter anchors the offensive line as the center. He has two varsity letters and will pave the way for the backs. — Bob Ettinger

offensive and defensive lines,” Henson said. “They’ve shown a lot of improvement in all areas.” Running through the holes opened by the front line will be junior tailback Tommy Jusko and junior fullback Jacob Susman. Sophomore Zach Wilson, senior Nathan Cain and freshman A.J. Henson will also see time in the backfield. “Tommy’s injured right now,” Henson said. “We have some feature backs on the team and, at times, we’ll be a backfield by committee. “Trenton brings leadership to his position. The backfield brings a tremendous effort. They may not be the greatest or most skilled, but they’ll line up and hit anybody at any time. With that kind of effort, they’ll have success.” One area in which the Mustangs need to show improvement over last season will be the passing game. On many occasions in 2007, the Grand Valley offense was facing as many as 10 defenders stacked in the box and waiting to stop the run. “Joe Krumpak and John Glavickas have done some great work with the quarterbacks,” Henson said. “Clint Nims and Chris Dorris have worked daily with our offensive backs on catching the football. We’ve seen improvement, a lot of improvement. Obviously, you have to have athletes and good fundamentals to make the passing game better.” Kevin Stacey and Brandon Hart will be the wide receivers with James Anderson, Curtis Housel, Seth Bixel and Adam Byler contributing as wingbacks and wide receivers. “I hope with the guys up front, we’ll be able to run,” Henson said. “If the defense has eight in the box, we should be able to pass. Last year, teams had nine or 10 guys in the box and we still couldn’t pass.” Defensively, the Mustangs were solid, but susceptible to the big play last season. “We were solid up front,” Henson said. “The problem was the secondary allowed some big plays. We would shut them down for a while,

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT.

GR.

5 Jeromy Rockafellow QB-DB

5-9

136

9

7 A.J. Henson

RB-LB

5-8

155

9

8 Anthony Oscar

QB-DB

6-4

175

12

10 Trenton Doing

QB-LB

6-1

181

11

11 Jacob Susman

RB-DB

5-9

169

11

13 Mitchell Lake

WR-DB

5-8

145

9

15 Joe Satterfield

QB-DE

5-6

160

9

16 James Anderson

WR-DB

5-10

146

11

24 Nathan Cain

RB-DL

6-0

185

12

25 Seth Bixel

WR-DB

6-1

141

10

26 Logan Nye

TE-DE

6-1

190

11

27 Curtis Housel

WB-DB

5-9

147

10

31 Tommy Jusko

RB-LB

5-10

155

11

32 Zach Wilson

RB-DE

5-8

145

10

38 Dakota Yuhasz

WR-DB

5-9

142

9

40 Joe Miller

TE-DB

5-9

155

9

46 Nick Phillips

RB-LB

5-7

150

9

50 Seth Thomas

OL-DL

5-8

195

10

53 Josh Shreve

OL-DE

6-0

175

9

55 Mike Fay

OL-DL

5-10

195

12

57 James Watkins

OL-DL

6-1

235

12

58 Matt Lovick

OL-DL

5-8

216

9

60 Grant Armstrong

OL-DL

5-2

140

9

62 Kevin George

OL-DL

5-10

225

12

63 Matt Zaller

OL-DL

5-7

160

9

64 Jeremy Steen

OL-DL

5-7

217

9

65 Steven CunninghamOL-DL

5-5

140

10

66 Preston Ritter

OL-DE

5-10

215

12

67 Cody Byler

OL-DL

5-4

190

9

68 Kenny Mullenax

OL-DE

5-9

145

9

70 Aaron Brown

OL-DL

5-8

180

9

71 Tyler Allmon

OL-DL

6-1

227

12

72 Dante Gramuglia

OL-DL

5-8

290

10

74 Curtis Parent

OL-DL

5-8

290

10

75 Kyle Hodge

OL-DL

5-7

155

9

80 Adam Moodt

TE-LB

6-1

155

9

81 Brandon Hart

WB-DB

6-1

175

12

84 Adam Byler

WB-DB

5-8

160

12

85 Kevin Stacey

WR-DB

6-5

190

12

86 Doug Hulling

WR-LB

5-8

155

11

88 Sean Smith

TE-DE

5-10

155

10

then boom! It looked like we didn’t know what we were doing. We need to try and overcome that and upgrade in the secondary. We need to step up a level in intensity there.” The defense being stingier can only help the offense and the offense sustaining drives and scoring points will help the defense. “We were on defense too often,” Henson said. “Sooner or later, there are going to be breakdowns. On the mental side, (good defense) changes things. “On the offensive side of the ball, if we turn the ball over, we need to shut them down and go back on offense and go again. Mentally, on defense, if we take the ball away and drive down to the end zone, it energizes the defense. They get pumped and are anxious to do something more.” Ritter, Brown, George, Watkins and Nye will be the Mustangs’ starters on the defensive line in Grand Valley’s 50 defense. Doing and either Jusko or A.J. Henson will be the linebackers. Hart will be one defensive back and Anderson, Susman, Housel, Bixel, Stacey, Oscar and Byler will compete for the other three spots in the defensive backfield. Nye will kick the field goals and extra points and Jusko, Steve Cunningham and A.J. Henson are competing to be the punter. Nye, Mitchell Lake and Henson are battling it out to be the kickoff specialist. There are currently seven or eight players in contention to be the kick and punt returners. Catching kicks and punts will be an area where the Mustangs are looking to be better. “The biggest situation for us on kick and punt returns has been the ability to field the ball,” Henson said. “One time, they’ll catch the ball and look great, the next it will go through their hands. Sometimes they won’t fair catch the ball and it will bounce an extra 30 yards. The most important part is being able to catch the ball. I don’t care if they fair catch it every time, as long as we catch it and don’t give up any extra yards.”

Top 5 in benchpress: Aaron Brown

1

■ 300 pounds.

2 Logan Nye ■ 255 pounds.

3 Preston Ritter ■ 230 pounds.

4 Curtis Parent ■ 225 pounds.

5 Joe Satterfield ■ 200 pounds.

1

Top 5 in squat: Aaron Brown

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2 James Anderson ■ 360 pounds.

3 Preston Ritter ■ 355 pounds.

4 Curtis Parent ■ 355 pounds.

5 James Watkins ■ 325 pounds.

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RIVERSIDE

Beavers to be on attack

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Wolf says Riverside will stay aggressive By STEVE GOLDMAN For the Star Beacon PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP

W

ith Ryan Wolf moving up from defensive coordinator to replace Matt Jordan as Riverside’s head coach, expect some things to change and some to stay the same. “I think when it comes to offense, we’re a little bit more aggressive,” Wolf said. “Coach Jordan — not that he’s passive, but I’m OK with opening it up a little bit more, and really attacking downfield, where it worried him a little bit sometimes.” That isn’t meant as a sign of disrespect to Jordan, who took the Beavers (7-4, 4-1 in 2007) to the playoffs in the latter two of his three seasons as Riverside’s head coach. “I learned a lot from him, so actually if you watch our coaching styles, I might not even realize how similar we really are, just because I learned so much from him the last three years,” Wolf, who also has one season as an assistant at Berlin

Center Western Reserve, said. Another thing that will look very much the same is the coaching staff. Though Jordan has moved on to Grove City, Joe Weimer is the only other assistant who does not return. Wolf also expressed pleasure in the fact he was able to add a few assistants whom we wanted. Riverside, which earned a share of the Premier Athletic Conference title last year after winning it outright in 2006, does lose 27 lettermen. However, the 18 who return lead a contingent for which Wolf and his charges have high hopes. “I think we look all right,” Wolf said. “We had a scrimmage (Aug. 9 with Shaker Heights and Lake Catholic), and we’re pretty happy with it. “The offensive line’s all brand new; we have one kid coming back — Mike Petrof (who moves from tackle to right guard). We lost some great skill guys — (wideouts) Anthony Johnson (21 catches for 342 yards in 2007) and Lane Robilotto (27 catches for 427 yards in 2007) — but (senior lettermen) Alan Moyer and Tyler Falvey are receivers that played a lot last year, and they’ve done a real nice job so far. L.T. Smith (a junior letterman) is an exceptional athlete and a great receiver.

Our quarterback, (senior letterman) Kyle Shaffer (who threw for 740 yards and 6 scores in 2007), is back. Skillwise, we’re pretty solid as long as our line holds up. “It’s a matter of jelling, chemistry-wise, especially with the quarterback and receivers.” Another graduated skill player who was key in Riverside’s ability to average 349.5 yards, good for second in the area, is Aaron Suydam. Suydam led the area with 1,173 yards in leading his team to an average of 242.9 rushing yards per contest. Senior letterman Josh Denner (464 yards, 5.7 yards per carry in 2007) steps in as the new starting tailback in his place. “We’ve really got to get our run game going,” Wolf said. Jim Teknipp, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end who lettered two years ago for the Beavers, returns after spending his junior year in Georgia. Teknipp, who is headed to Central Florida on a football scholarship, provides a welcome presence. The tackles are a couple of guys named Alex — Belconis, a sophomore, on the left and Schneider, a junior letterman, on the right. John Smith will be Petrof ’s running mate at guard. Jake Rich, a junior letter-

man, will be the center. Two more lettermen, senior Mike Schromm (C/G) and junior Mike Thomasen (G), provide some depth on the offensive line. “Actually, our line is doing a real nice job of pass protection,” Wolf said. “We’ve just got to get our timing down — our chemistry together. That’s something that’s going to come. And I think that all teams, even teams that pass the ball a lot, that first scrimmage, teams are able to get to them a little bit.” Though Riverside will mainly run a spread offense, senior letterman Jake Stinson will play fullback when needed. Others who may see significant action on the offensive unit include junior quarterback Zack Kuzma, junior wideout Joe Moyer and senior wideout Rob Raines. On defense, the Beavers have a deep line, with senior letterman Zach Stocum, Belconis and Petroff playing tackle, juniors Josh Britton and Sean Schilling at nose, and Schneider and Rich at end. “(Stocum) is real good,” Wolf said. “He’s getting some (NCAA Division) I looks. “The defensive line, I’d say, is pretty deep — deeper than I thought it would be.

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KICKOFF ’08

Thursday, August 21, 2008

2008 RIVERSIDE BEAVERS NO. 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 34 36 37 39 40 42 44 46 48 50 51 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 70 71 72 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 84 86 88 89 90 99

PLAYER John Studio Matt Isabella Kevin Bernay Zack Kuzma John Thomas Kyle Shaffer Sean Wagner Taylor Johnson Trevor Wolff Steve Nenno Joe Moyer Alan Moyer Tyler Falvey Zach Stocum Dane Cadiou Robert Raines Dakota Burk Mike Zieske Matt Tash Dennis Kuhn John Hughes Josh Britton Shane Goulette Jesse Kiss Martrel Jones Brock Bales Cody Lohr Ben Maxwell Josh Denner Rob Dodd Dominic Tremaglio Paul Crouser Joe Palmer Garrett Biese Jake Stinson Phillip Hallahan Alec Reese Frank Mangano Brandon Hockman Jake McDonald Chris Bealko JD Kerry Mike Petrof Chad Sullivan Josh Davis Mike Thomasen Christian Coyne Josh Knauf Mike Schromm Alex Schneider Tim Beseda Vincent Reynolds Jacob Rich George Vojtush Rich Russell Mike Atwell Tyler Calhoun Will Jackson Dalton Bode John Smith Josh Palumbo Richie VanPelt Kyle Atwell Alex Flores Alex Belconis Blake Sargi Doug Soltesz Brandon Wagner Nick Cveljo Ryan Sulzer Devin Wolfe Lawerence Smith Jim Teknipp Sean Schilling Nathan Pirkle

POS. HT. WT. QB-DB 5-10 165 WR-DB 5-10 155 TE-DB 6-2 185 QB-OLB 5-9 185 WR-DB 5-10 165 QB-DB 5-10 175 WR-DB 5-11 165 WR-OLB 5-11 185 WR-DB 5-8 150 WR-DB 6-0 155 WR-DB 5-11 160 WR-DB 6-0 185 WR-DB 5-11 165 RB-DL 6-3 240 WR-DB 5-10 175 WR-DB 5-11 160 RB-DB 5-10 165 QB-DB 6-0 170 RB-OLB 5-9 160 WR-OLB 5-11 160 TE-OLB 5-11 180 RB-OLB 5-8 190 WR-DB 5-11 155 TE-OLB 5-10 150 RB-DB 5-9 150 RB-ILB 5-11 195 RB-DL 5-10 185 RB-ILB 5-11 160 RB-DB 5-10 165 RB-OLB 6-2 215 RB-ILB-K 5-10 185 RB-ILB 5-10 175 WR-DB 6-1 175 K 5-8 150 RB-ILB 6-0 210 WR-DB 5-9 155 WR-DB 6-0 160 P 5-10 135 TE-OLB 6-1 190 OL-DL 5-10 205 OL-ILB 5-11 200 OL-DL 5-10 230 OL-DL 6-0 215 OL-OLB 5-10 170 OL-DL 5-10 200 OL-OLB 5-10 210 OL-DL 5-7 175 OL-DL 5-9 195 OL-ILB 5-10 175 OL-DL 6-4 230 OL-DL 5-9 190 OL-DL 6-2 230 OL-DL 6-3 200 OL-DL 5-9 170 OL-DL 6-0 190 OL-DL 5-10 185 OL-DL 5-10 155 OL-DL 5-10 210 OL-DL 5-11 175 OL-DL 5-11 245 OL-DL 5-9 235 OL-DL 5-10 180 OL-DL 6-0 245 OL-DL 6-0 225 OL-DL 6-1 230 OL-DL 5-9 265 WR-DB 5-8 145 WR-DB 5-10 150 WR-DB 5-9 150 WR-DB 5-10 150 WR-DB 5-10 165 WR-DB 6-1 170 TE-OLB 6-6 230 TE-DL 6-0 215 TE-DL 6-4 185

BEAVERS AT A GLANCE GR. 10 10 11 11 12 12 10 12 10 12 11 12 12 12 10 12 12 10 10 11 12 11 10 11 11 10 11 10 12 12 10 11 10 12 12 12 10 11 12 11 11 10 12 10 12 11 10 12 12 11 10 12 11 10 11 10 11 12 10 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 10 10 11 12 11 10

RIVERSIDE Black and gold ■ LEAGUE — Premier Athletic Conference. ■ HEAD COACH — Ryan Wolf. ■ COLLEGE — John Carroll, Youngstown State. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — English. ■ YEARS AT RIVERSIDE — Fourth year at Riverside, 1st year overall. ■ CAREER RECORD — 0-0 (.000). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Jason Willhoite, Chuck Thomasen, Jeremy Ishmael, Scott Binkiewicz, Dennis Falvey, Bill Ross, Roger Gasser, Kevin Megyes, Justin Smith, P.J. Knauf. ■ BASIC OFENSE — Spread ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-3. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 27. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Garrett Biese (PK), Dakota Burk (RB-DB), Josh Denner (RB-DB), Rob Dodd (RB-LB), Tyler Falvey (WRDB), Philip Hallahan (WRDB), Taylor Johnson (WR-LB), Alan Moyer (WR-DB), Mike Petrof (OL-DL), Mike Schromm (OL-LB), Kyle Shaffer (QB-DB), Jake Stinson (RB-LB), Zach Stocum (RBDL), Jim Teknipp (TE); juniors Jacob Rich (OL-DL), Alex Schneider (OL-DL), L.T. Smith (WR-DB), Mike Thomasen (OL-LB). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Steve Nenno (WRDB), Rob Raines (WR-DB), John Smith OL-DL); juniors Kevin Bernay (TD-DB), Josh

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Britton (RB-LB), Zack Kuzma (QB-LB), Frank Mangano (P), Joe Moyer (WR-DB), Sean Schilling (TE-DL); sophomores Alex Belconis (OL-DL), Ben Maxwell (RB-LB), John Studio (QB-DB), Dominic Tremaglio (WR-LB-K). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 7-4 (4-1, PAC trichampions, lost in first round of Division I, Region 1 playoffs).

Top 5 in benchpress:

1 Zach Stocum

1 Tyler Falvey

■ 345 pounds.

2

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR-DB 5-11 165 12 ■ The senior steps in as a starting wideout, and is being counted on by Wolf to play a key role. He’s also in the mix at cornerback.

Mike Petrof

■ 280 pounds.

2008 SCHEDULE DATE

3 John Studio

OPPONENT

LAST YR.

Aug. 22

Perry

L, 41-14

Aug. 29

at W. Geauga

L,29-24

Sept. 5

at Harvey

W, 34-6

Sept. 12

at Geneva

W, 38-16

Sept. 19

Jefferson

W, 43-6

Sept. 26

Lakeside

W,12-6

4 Alex Belconis

Oct. 3

at North

W, 42-7

■ 255 pounds.

Oct. 10

Chardon

L, 21-14

Oct. 17

South

W, 38-21

Oct. 24

at Madison

W, 21-20

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 7-4

■ 1983 — 5-5-0

■ 2006 — 8-3

■ 1982 — 6-4-0

■ 2005 — 4-6

■ 1981 — 1-8-1

■ 2004 — 2-8

■ 1980 — 2-8-0

■ 270 pounds.

■ 1979 — 6-4-0

1

■ 475 pounds.

■ 2001 — 2-8

■ 1977 — 7-3-0

■ 2000 — 9-2

■ 1976 — 7-3-1

■ 1999 — 6-4

■ 1975 — 3-7-0 ■ 1974 — 2-8-0

■ 1996 — 5-5

■ 1972 — 2-8-0

■ 1995 — 9-2

■ 1971 — 4-5-1

■ 1994 — 9-2

■ 1970 — 4-2-4

■ 1993 — 7-3

■ 1969 — 6-4-0

■ 1992 — 8-2

■ 1968 — 5-5-0

■ 1991 — 9-1

■ 1967 — 2-7-0

■ 1990 — 10-0

■ 1966 — 9-1-0

■ 1989 — 6-4

■ 1965 — 0-10-0

■ 1988 — 7-3

■ 1964 — 5-4-1

■ 1987 — 7-3

■ 1963 — 9-0-1

■ 1986 — 7-4

■ 1962 — 4-5-1

■ 1985 — 6-4

■ 1961 — 8-2-0

■ 1984 — 7-2-1

■ 1960 — 7-3-0

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-DB 5-10 175 12 ■ He beat out an incumbent that had been to the playoffs and led it to another postseason berth. That says a lot right there.

Top 5 in squat: Zach Stocum

■ 1978 — 1-8-1

■ 1973 — 2-8-0

3 Kyle Shaffer

■ 255 pounds.

■ 2002 — 2-8

■ 1997 — 6-4

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR-DB 6-0 185 12 ■ Another senior Wolf will be counted on as a wideout.

5 Jake Stinson

■ 2003 — 2-8

■ 1998 — 5-5

2 Alan Moyer

2 Blake Sargi

4 Zach Stocum

■ 400 pounds.

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DL 6-3 240 12 ■ He is the best of a strong and deep group of defensive linemen.

3 Will Jackson ■ 387 pounds.

4

5 Jim Teknipp

Kyle Atwell

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TE-LB 6-6 230 12 ■ The tight end lettered as a sophomore two years ago and is back after playing for his uncle at a Georgia school in 2007.

■ 365 pounds.

5 Alex Belconis ■ 365 pounds.

— Steve Goldman

TOTAL — 257-217-12 (.542)

Riverside From Page 22 “Besides Stocum, I don’t know if there’s a kid who jumps right out at you, but everybody’s pretty solid; there’s not a dropoff between ones, twos and threes.” Senior lettermen Taylor Johnson and Rob Dodd play outside linebacker in the Beavers’ 4-3 defense, while Stinson and sophomore Ben Maxwell will see time on the inside. Teknipp is a backup on the outside. The question mark is in the secondary, where all four starters, including standouts Brian Schneider and Robilotto, graduated. Falvey, Joe Moyer, seniors Dakota Burk and Steve Nenno and sophomore John Studio are in the mix at corner, while L.T. Smith, Denner, senior letterman Phil Hallahan and junior Kevin Bernay will all see time at

safety. “I think it’s a matter of just getting used to being back there,” Wolf said. “These kids haven’t played that much there. We play our safeties very aggressively, so that’s what I kind of expect out of them. It’s something new (to them).” Senior letterman Garrett Biese, who booted 46 points through the uprights last year, returns as the placekicker, although sophomore Dominic Tremaglio could have kickoff duties. Junior Frank Mangano is the punter. “Ultimately, our main goal is to win the league,” Wolf said. “If we can win the league, we feel we can get into the playoffs. Personally, I think there’s too much pressure put on kids to make the playoffs. Your (main) goal shouldn’t be to make the playoffs. Only one team gets to win the state championship. So if you don’t win the state championship, you can’t think that you’re a failure.” However, that doesn’t mean that

the Beavers won’t set a return to the playoffs — and in fact to advance in them — among their list of goals. “One thing that’s kind of our motto this year is, ‘The next step,’” Wolf said. “We won the PAC championship the last two years; we were co-champs last year, outright in 2006. So our motto is to take that next step — to win that playoff game that Riverside has never won. “Really, what we’ve got to do — we started 0-2 the last two years. Perry may be the best team we play on our schedule. If not, they’re one of the best. It starts with getting over that hump — beating them, beating West Geauga in Week 2 — not starting out 0-2 and having to play catch-up all the time. The best way to win a playoff game is to play your first one at home. And that can happen if you win your non-league games and win the league.” Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.

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JEFFERSON

Falcons to stay on run

WARREN DILLAWAY / Star Beacon

JOHN NAMEY is the man at QB for the Falcons this season.

Henson & Co. to stay with bread and butter By BOB ETTINGER Staff Writer JEFFERSON

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efferson football coach Jimmy Henson likes his team to control the clock with the running game,

win the field-position battle with special teams and keep its opponents out of the end zone. When all the ingredients are there, it’s a winning recipe. The most important part of that mix could very well be controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And in that regard, entering the 2008 season, the Falcons are A-OK.

“The game is won up front, especially when you play the way we’ve got to play,” Henson said. “We want to come off the ball and hit people.” Having had 1,000-yard rushers in the last four seasons (J.J. Mihoci three times and Tyler Wright last year), one constant for the Falcons has been a strong, experienced offensive front that

paves the lanes for the Falcons’ running backs. The latest installment of Jefferson road graters is no different. “The kids up front all know where to go,” Henson said. “They all have to work together. We have to get 11 guys all doing the right thing at the right time. “The kids believe we can run the football and be successful. To me,

running the football controls the clock, the line of scrimmage and keeps the defense off the field. It also helps with the field-position game. When you do that, it takes a toll on the defense.” The men charged with controlling the line of scrimmage for the Falcons’ offense will be tight end Jeremy Onion, right tackle Shane

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1 Kyle Hass Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DE 6-2 220 11 ■ The key to the Falcons’ offense and defense. He’s the guy that leads the blcoking for the tailbacks.

2 Jed Miller Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-4 245 12 ■ A big kid that runs well and has had a great offseason. He wrestled last season which has only helpd his football. He wants a big senior season after missing all of 2007.

3 John Namey Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-DB 6-1 165 12 ■ He takes over under center for the Falcons. He can be a game-changer with his ability to move around. He can have just as big an impact on the defense

4 Jeremy Onion Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OL-DL 6-0 220 12 ■ A third-year starter at linebacker, he has the most experience and is the strongest kid on the team.

5 Three-headed monster ■ Three running backs are vying for the bulk of the carries for the Falcons. Jefferson has 1,000-yard rushers in the last four seasons.

Kyle Lingo Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DB 6-0 160 11 ■ He will share time in the backfield and could win the job. He can break big runs.

Josh Simon Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DB 5-9 165 11 ■ He will factor in the running game in some way, even if he doesn’t win the job. He will also be a kick returner and can change a team’s momentum in big ways.

Jesse Tyus

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SHANE TETER will be one of the men in the trenches for Jefferson this season.

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DB 6-0 165 12 ■ He received a littlle playing time last season in the backfield and has the most xperience of the three. He’s also experienced in the defensive backfield and should be a game-breaker. — Bob Ettinger

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Jefferson From Page 24 Teter, right guard Jed Miller, center Tyler Lake, left guard Jacob Hill and left tackle Michael Housel. Nick Potter will spell relief up front. Almost as important to the Jefferson running game is the fullback, who acts as yet another lineman. For the Falcons this season, that will be Kyle Hass to start with, but Chaz Becker and Jake Hommes will also see time there. Running behind that front will be a trio of tailbacks, all fighting to be named the starter for the Falcons’ opener on Friday night at Grand Valley. Jesse Tyus, Kyle Lingo and Josh Simon have been battling all summer to be the featured back for the Falcons. But Henson is clear on one thing regarding his backfield, all three will have opportunities. “That’s our biggest competition right now,” Henson said. “They’re all taking reps and trying to earn a spot. They’re doing everything they can to get every repetition possible. They all want to show they can do it. That’s the way I like it. Competition brings out the best in players.” It’s a battle that could last well into the season. “All three of them will help the team,” Henson said. John Namey, as the quarterback, is the man in charge of getting the ball in the hands of his backfield mates. Though the Falcons might love to try it, they can’t run the ball on every play, and that’s where things have gotten dicey the last couple of seasons. “We know you have to be able to throw the ball to be successful,” Henson said. And a lot of times, mistakes have put Henson in the position of having to pass in situations he’d rather the team not be in. “We have to keep the mental mistakes at a minimum,” Henson said. “We can’t have missed assignments or silly penalties. We should be able to run the ball effectively — the O-line is solid. We can’t have silly mistakes. Those are the things that get you into third-and-long where we struggle a little bit. “That puts us in a bind. Third-and-long is tough for us, but I don’t think any team is good on third-andlong. We want to be secondand-short or second-andmedium. That’s the best for us. But that’s what’s best for any football team.” Even so, it’s inevitable Namey will have to drop

Top 5 in benchpress: Jeremy Onion

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■ 345 pounds.

2 Alex Cook

■ 325 pounds.

3 Shane Teter

■ 325 pounds.

4 Nick Potts

■ 300 pounds.

5

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■ 265 pounds.

1

Top 5 in squat: Nick Potts

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2 Alex Cook

■ 395 pounds.

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Shane Teter

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4 Jed Miller

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back and throw the ball from time to time. “That’s why we brought (assistant coach Rick) Havens in,” Henson said. “We’ve been working hard and we’re getting better. We’ll spread the field and do some things as coaches to put our players in the best position to make plays. That’s what we’ve been working on this camp.” One thing Henson and his staff will do is use the run to help Namey get the defensive backs out of position. “We’ve got to be able to use the play-action pass,” Henson said. “We’ll try and move the quarterback so he has the choice to pass or run. We think that’s a good play if we can pick up 4 or 5 yards without having to throw the ball. “Teams bring a lot of pressure against us, so we know we have to slow them down with a little misdirection.” Namey’s targets in the passing game will be Onion, wide receivers Brock McCullough, Ryan Byler and Brian Rosenburg and wide receiver/tight end Matt Moyer. “They’re good athletes,” Henson said. “Matt and

Ryan are nice, tall kids. Those are some of the things we have to take advantage of.” Once the Falcons move over to the defensive side of the ball, they will employ the 4-3 to help keep opponents off the scoreboard. “We need to have as many three-and-outs and turnovers as possible,” Henson said. “We want to keep that field-position advantage. The percentages to score are higher if you don’t have to go as far.” Hass and Moyer will be the defensive ends, with Joe Severino giving them a break; Alex Cook will play at the 3-technique and Potts will man the nose tackle. Teter and Miller will also play on the inside, with Miller also getting time on the end. Onion will be the Mike linebacker, Tyler Starcher is the Sam linebacker and Becker is Will linebacker. Hommes and Alex Kern should also see plenty of time at any one of the linebacker spots. Namey and Byler are slated to be the safeties, with Keegan Maple and Robby Scott getting time there as well. Playing out on the corners will be McCullough and Byler with Tyus, Lingo and Rosenburg working in. Special teams will play a vital role for the Falcons this season. “They’re one third of the game,” Henson said. “That’s the way I look at it. We take a lot of pride in them. They can turn the game for us. The last three years against Grand Valley, special teams have been a huge factor in the game. The first year, we returned a kick for a touchdown and then blocked a punt right before the half. I don’t remember what it was two years ago, but last year was the play where Tyler (Wright) took the ball away from the kid on the kick return.” Doing the kicking for the Falcons will be Kyle Blon, Ilotes Bradford or Hommes. “I’m excited,” Henson said. “I’ve got three kickers. I’ve never had that before. Those three are working their fannies off.” Hommes and Connor Cleveland are competing to be the punter. Every player who finds himself playing as a wide receiver or running back is in the mix to be the kick and punt returners, important roles for the Falcons. “We make sure they all get work,” Henson said. “We just want them to catch the ball. That’s the No. 1 goal, especially on punts. We don’t want to give up an extra 30 yards on the roll just because we didn’t catch the ball.”

2008 JEFFERSON FALCONS

FALCONS AT A G L A NCE JEFFERSON Red, white and black ■ LEAGUE — Northeastern Conference. ■ COACH — Jimmy Henson. ■ COLLEGE — St. Joseph’s College of Indiana. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — 8th grade science. ■ YEARS AT JEFFERSON — 4th. ■ CAREER RECORD — 1515 (.500). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Rob Mead, Dave Wright, Rick Havens, Kevin Temple. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — 2back power. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-3. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 7. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Jeremy Onion (OL-LB), Johnny Namey (QBDB), Jesse Tyus (RB-DB), Jacob Hill (OL-DL), Nick Potts OL-DL), Alex Cook (OL-DL); juniors juniors Tyler Lake (OL-DL), Ryan Byler (WRDB), Kyle Hass (FB-DE), Shane Teter (OL-DL), Alex Kern (WR-DB), Matt Moyer (TE-DE). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Jed Miller (OL-DL), Brock McCullough (WR-DB); juniors Keegan Maple (WRDB), Jake Hommes (RB-LB), Kyle Lingo (RB-DB), Chaz Becker (RB-LB), Josh Simon (RB-DB), Brian Rosenburg (WR-DB); sophomore Joe Severino (RB-LB). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 3-7 (2-2, 3rd in NEC).

2008 SCHEDULE DATE

OPPONENT

LAST YR.

Aug. 22

at Grand Valley

W, 19-6

Aug. 29

at Perry

L, 55-0

Sept. 5

Brookfield

L, 24-19

Sept. 12

Lakeside

L, 21-6

Sept. 19

at Riverside

L, 43-6

Sept. 26

at Harvey

L, 41-28

Oct. 3

Geneva

L, 13-12

Oct. 10

Gilmour

L, 47-7

Oct. 17

at Edgewood

W, 27-13

Oct. 24

Conneaut

W, 9-0

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 3-7

■ 1983 — 3-6-1

■ 2006 — 5-5

■ 1982 — 5-5-0

■ 2005 — 7-3

■ 1981 — 4-6-0

■ 2004 — 7-3

■ 1980 — 2-7-1

■ 2003 — 8-2

■ 1979 — 3-7-0

■ 2002 — 7-3

■ 1978 — 2-8-0

■ 2001 — 4-5

■ 1977 — 7-3-0

■ 2000 — 6-4

■ 1976 — 9-1-0

■ 1999 — 7-4

■ 1975 — 6-3-1

■ 1998 — 6-4

■ 1974 — 4-5-1

■ 1997 — 5-5

■ 1973 — 1-8-0

■ 1996 — 4-6

■ 1972 — 1-9-0

■ 1995 — 6-4

■ 1971 — 1-8-1

■ 1994 — 3-7

■ 1970 — 3-6-1

■ 1993 — 2-8

■ 1969 — 1-9-0

■ 1992 — 1-9

■ 1968 — 0-10-0

■ 1991 — 7-3

■ 1967 — 1-9-0

■ 1990 — 5-5

■ 1966 — 1-8-1

■ 1989 — 3-7

■ 1965 — 2-7-0

■ 1988 — 0-10

■ 1964 — 5-4-1

■ 1987 — 2-8

■ 1963 — 0-7-2

■ 1986 — 3-7

■ 1962 — 0-8-0

■ 1985 — 6-4

■ 1961 — 0-7-0

■ 1984 — 8-1-1

■ 1960 — 3-6-0

TOTAL — 180-281-10 (.391)

NO.

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT.

GR.

2

Brice Comp

QB-LB

5-7

150

9

3

Jacob Dengg

RB-LB

5-8

160

9

4

Colin Cicon

QB-DB

5-11

145

10

6

Brock McCullough WR-DB

5-8

150

12

7

Ryan Byler

WR-DB

6-2

160

11

8

Rob Scott

WR-DB

5-10

140

10

11 Jeremy Onion

OL-DL

6-0

220

12

14 John Namey

QB-DB

6-1

165

12

18 Tyler Starcher

WR-LB

6-0

160

11

20 Dallas Lance

TE-LB

5-9

170

10

21 Dakota Byler

WR-DB

5-7

120

10

22 Keegan Maple WR-DB

5-7

155

11

23 Jake Hommes RB-LB

5-8

155

11

24 Kyle Lingo

WR-DB

6-0

160

11

26 Jesse Tyus

RB-DB

6-0

165

12

32 Chaz Becker

RB-LB

5-5

160

11

34 Kyle Hass

RB-DE

6-2

220

11

35 Connor ClevelandRB-DB

5-8

150

9

36 Donnie Smith

RB-DB

5-6

130

10

39 Josh Simon

RB-DB

5-9

165

11

40 Joe Severino

RB-LB

6-0

180

10

44 Andy Santiago RB-LB

5-8

185

9

49 Adam Chase

5-11

140

9

53 Derek Deyermond OL-DL

5-9

170

9

56 Jeremy Stiles

OL-DL

5-10

200

9

57 Dennis Babic

OL-DL

5-7

240

10

59 Mike Housel

OL-DL

6-0

200

11

60 Jed Miller

OL-DL

6-4

245

12

61 Bradley Cochran OL-DL

5-5

165

9

63 Jacob Hill

OL-DL

6-0

190

12

64 Tyler Lake

OL-DL

6-1

215

11

66 Joe Isenberg

OL-DL

5-11

185

10

68 Adam Pontoni

OL-DL

6-1

265

11

69 Shane Teter

OL-DL

5-2

300

11

70 Nick Potts

OL-DL

5-10

260

12

71 Matt Osborne

OL-DL

6-0

250

11

73 Zach Miller

OL-DL

5-4

185

9

74 Joe Gillespie

OL-DL

5-11

240

9

76 Aaron Painter

OL-DL

6-1

180

9

79 Alex Cook

OL-DL

6-6

305

12

80 Brian Rosenburg WR-DB

5-6

150

11

81 Logan Derbin

WR-DB

5-6

120

9

83 Kyle Blon

K

6-0

160

11

84 Alex Kern

WR-DB

6-0

170

11

86 Matt Moyer

TE-DE

6-4

180

11

5-7

153

12

WR-DB

98 Ilotes Bradford K

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EDGEWOOD

Warriors staying upbeat

BILL WEST / Star Beacon

MARC BARTONE (13) AND DEVIN McCALEB will be two of the key players on offense for Edgewood this season.

Veteran Kearney likes direction team is headed By ADAM RAEDER Staff Writer

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP

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t the bottom of Edgewood’s practice schedule there’s a note “11 Days to Champion — Coach Hard — Coach Positive — Coach Attitude.” It’s a reminder to the Warriors’ new staff what they want to

emphasize with the players. More than Xs and Os, they’re about a mindset and an outlook. “The most important thing for these kids is confidence,” new head coach Joe Kearney said. “We try to give them confidence.” That means that Warriors’ practices have their own distinctive tone — one that’s more frat house than fire and brimstone. Coaches still point out missed gap assignments or coverage mistakes, but they take pains to make sure it’s seen as construc-

tive criticism. Voices may raise, but there’s no yelling. “We’re not perfect, but you can’t do that (yell at kids), especially with young football players like we have,” Kearney, a journeyman coach who takes over the program from Lance Hostetler following a 2-8 season, said. “We have 40 juniors and sophomores and we have our freshmen here. We try to keep them all in a positive frame.” It’s just one example of the mental emphasis the Edgewood

coaching staff is taking this summer, using techniques Kearney picked up from former University of Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz. “You try to do some mental conditioning a little bit — focus, visualization, relaxation, recalling events in the past as athletes or other areas where they’ve been successful,” Kearney said. “You focus on those. Then do some rehearsal and move that rehearsal into their visualization of what they want to do as foot-

ball players... I’ve used that before at other schools and it’s been effective for us. “We try to be as positive as we can — point out when we make mistakes and try to emphasize the good things. We encourage the kids. You can’t do that every minute of every day — we point out things that we need to work on like yesterday when we looked at the scrimmage films. Sometimes you’ve got to emphasize the things that you shouldSee EDGEWOOD, Page 29

Buckeye Community Midget Football League Welcomes Edgewood’s New Head Football Coach Joe Kearney and His Staff.

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1 Devon Anderson Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. HB-DB 5-8 165 11 ■ The new Edgewood attack is all run, all the time. And Anderson seems to be at the head of that attack. That means plenty of chances to break a big one, but also a lot of pounding for his small frame.

2 Matt Anderson Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DB 5-4 130 10 ■ The speedy sophomore will share the backfield with his brother. Kearney hopes this is the 1-2 punch he’s been looking for, and that Anderson enters the season as one of his team’s best-kept secrets. Oops.

3 Marc Bartone Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB 5-9 160 12 ■ Bartone won’t be passing much in this new offense, but he still plays a big role. The Warriors need the senior at the top of his decision-making game on each option. And they pray each time he throws the ball it turns into a long gain.

4 Joey DiTirro Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. K 5-9 150 12 ■ What, you don’t like watching those special teamers? Your loss. With how Kearney talked about the converted soccer player (“In the spring, the soccer coach came to us and said, ‘I think I have a kicker for you,’ and I’m glad he did.”), he’ll be getting our attention.

5 Shane Styzej Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OG-LB 5-10 180 12 ■ This could just as easily have been Collin Moscorelli, so this is about him, too. The linebacking pair enter the season as the lone seniors on a very young defensive unit. The Warriors defense looks to fly around the field, but they need someone to direct the action. Styzej and Moscorelli are those guys. — Adam Raeder

BILL WEST / Star Beacon

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Edgewood From Page 27 n’t do. So, we try to do positive things as much as we can.” Already the players are responding. A transition year can be toughest on the seniors, who know that any benefits are most likely going to be reaped a few years down the road. But when Edgewood’s six seniors huddled after practice on Aug. 12, they gave the coaching staff a chorus of rave reviews. “Thumbs up.” “Two thumbs up.” “They’re great.” “They work with us,” quarterback Marc Bartone said. “They make us work harder.” “They show us our mistakes, what we can correct,” guard Bryon Forbes said. “As long as we’re getting things done, everyone is happy with everyone,” linebacker Collin Moscorelli said. It’s good that the players like them, because Kearney and his staff are asking a lot of their charges, including learning a whole new offensive system Kearney refers to as an “inverted wishbone.” It’s a formation that looks poised for four yards and a cloud of dust, with two tight ends and three backs. (Two backs stand behind and wide of the quarterback, like in the traditional “pro” set, while one, deeper back is directly behind the quarterback.” “We’re going to run the ball,” Kearney said. “I think the more you run the ball, the more hard-nosed you’re going to get. We have to run the football in order to pass. Our idea is we’ll use that run to implement the passing game — play-action pass, some three-step drops.”

Top 4 in benchpress: Ricky Kaydo

1

■ 305 pounds.

2

Joey Howell

■ 280 pounds.

3 Stefan Dobriansky ■ 275 pounds.

4

Grady Hoover

■ 270 pounds.

1

Top 4 in squat: Stefan Dobriansky

■ 405 pounds.

1

Ricky Kaydo

■ 405 pounds.

3

Joey Howell

■ 400 pounds.

4 Grady Hoover ■ 390 pounds.

Though he’s going to spend most of his time handing off, Bartone sees a lot of potential in the new scheme. Even for him. “It’s really good,” he said. “When we do a pass, we get down field really quick. A lot of big plays. When we do (pass), we’re going to score.” One of Bartone’s fellow seniors, tight end Ricky Kaydo, stands as the quarterback’s most likely target for those long scoring strikes. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Kaydo provides a big target to go with his speed. Edgewood’s coaches clocked the tight end at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard

dash. “He’s the strongest kid on our football team and a good athlete,” Kearney said. “We run a double tight end much of the time, but we will spread a tight end out on many occasions. We’ll spread Kaydo out. He’s got good hands and he can run.” Justin Rodriguez will line up at the other tight-end spot. Most of the focus, though, will be in the backfield, where six players will rotate in and out. The most intriguing of the bunch stand as the brotherly duo of junior Devon Anderson and sophomore Matt Anderson. “Those two guys are going to run the ball a lot for us,” Kearney said. Devin McCaleb will join the Anderson brothers in the backfield as a fullback, a spot where Stefan Dobriansky will rotate in. Robert Van Akin will see time at tailback. “We’ll use them all,” the coach promised. “We’re not going to start the game and go with just three.” The backs, and Bartone, will take part in a running game that’s based off deceiving the defense, including the stretch and veer options. “The three elements of the running game are speed — and I think we have decent speed — power — and we’re trying to get our kids stronger every day; we lift or do our rubber band program — and deception — we try to hide the ball and emphasize ball handling. Our quarterbacks do a pretty good job of that. I’ve had teams where we didn’t have speed, we didn’t have power, but the one thing we did have was deception. And you can coach that.” Paving the way up front are tackles Joey Howell (the Warriors biggest lineman at 245 pounds) and

Scarlet and gray ■ LEAGUE — Northeastern Conference. ■ HEAD COACH — Joe Kearney. ■ COLLEGE — Kent State University. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Retired. ■ YEARS AT EDGEWOOD— 1st year. ■ CAREER RECORD — 84153-3 (.356). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Dom Iarocci, Joe Rich, Ted Sarbiewski, Gabe Juist, Steve Deimer, Ed Dick, Aaron Ryle. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Inverted wishbone. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-4. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 10. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Marc Bartone (QB), Colin Moscorelli (RBILB), Shane Styzej (OL-ILB), Josh Bilbie (OL-DT), Joe Howell (OL-DT), Ricky Kado (TE-DB); juniors Devon Anderson (RB-DB), Brian Joslin (RB-DB), Justin Rodriguez (TE-OLB), Stefan Dobriansky (RB-ILB), Steven Ball (T-DL),Ethan Colby (GDE), Josh Bilbie (C-DT); sophomores Matt Anderson (RB-DB), Christian Severino (RB-OLB), Drew Severino (RB-OLB). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Senior Joey Ditirro (K); junior Devin McCaleb (FB-ILB), Robert Van Akin (TB-DB); Ryan Pope (OT-DT); Jimmy Million (DT-OT), Matt Widlits (DT-OG), Dillon Hutton (CBRB), Gabe Lister (S-TE), Justin Wiley (S-RB); sophomores Grady Hoover (DEOG), Gary Dodge (DE-TE), Steve Arsulic (DE-TE), David Peterson (DE-TE). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 2-8 (1-3 in the Northeastern Conference, fourth place).

NO.

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT.

GR.

2

Phil Holden

RB-DB

5-8

150

10

5

Matt Anderson

RB-DB

5-4

130

10

8

Brian Joslin

RB-DB

5-9

155

11

9

Eddie Crawford

QB-DB

5-11

175

10

10 Peter Mackey

QB-DB

6-1

160

10

12 Ricky Kaydo

SE-DB

6-1

205

12

13 Marc Bartone

QB-DB

5-9

160

12

18 Corey Hague

RB-DB

5-8

175

10

20 Gabe Lister

TE-DB

6-0

165

11

21 Devon Anderson

RB-DB

5-8

165

11

23 Christian Severino

RB-OLB

5-10

150

10

24 Michael Gansheimer RB-DB

5-6

135

10

25 Drew Severino

RB-OLB

5-10

150

10

27 David Peterson

TE-DE

6-0

200

10

28 Devon Coffin

TE-DB

5-10

160

11

32 Devin McCaleb

RB-ILB

5-10

204

10

33 Justin Rodrigues

TE-OLB

6-0

175

11

34 Colin Moscorelli

RB-ILB

6-0

200

12

36 Mike Peskar

TE-OLB

6-1

180

11

38 Robert Van Akin

RB-DB

5-11

160

11

41 John Ringer

TE-DB

5-11

150

10

42 Cole Baldwin

RB-OLB

5-7

140

10

43 Dillon Hutton

RB-DB

5-7

140

11

44 Joey DiTirro

PK-KO

5-9

150

12

49 Stefan Dobriansky

RB-ILB

5-8

165

11

51 Steven Ball

T-DT

5-7

195

11

52 Ethan Colby

G-DE

6-0

220

11

54 Shane Styzej

G-ILB

5-10

180

12

58 Josh Bilbie

C-DT

5-7

200

11

59 Ryan Pope

T-DT

5-11

230

11

63 Vinny Vencill

C-G-DE

5-10

180

10

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LAST YR. L, 21-6 L, 21-7 L 23-13 W, 33-14 L, 42-0 L, 31-21 L, 32-21 W, 25-12 L, 27-13 L, 42-7

65 Brent Reinhart

T-DT

5-8

190

10

66 Joey Boomhower

T-DT

5-9

205

10

67 Jordan Sisk

T-DT

5-9

230

10

68 Nick Dibble

C-DE

5-10

190

10

69 Jimmy Million

T-DT

5-9

205

11

70 James Baker

G-DE

5-11

190

10

71 Matt Widlits

G-DT

5-10

200

11

74 Joe Howell

T-DT

5-11

245

12

75 Bryon Forbes

G-DE

6-0

190

12

77 Grady Hoover

G-DE

5-11

200

10

79 Josh Hayford

G-ILB

5-8

165

10

80 Tyler Kluge

TE-OLB

6-1

165

10

81 Gary Dodge

TE-DE

5-10

170

10

88 Justin Wiley

RB-DB

5-9

165

11

89 Steve Arsulic

TE-DE

5-10

170

10

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 2-8

■ 1983 — 3-7-0

■ 2006 — 4-6

■ 1982 — 1-9-0

■ 2005 — 3-7

■ 1981 — 1-9-0

■ 2004 — 2-8

■ 1980 — 3-7-0

■ 2003 — 1-9

■ 1979 — 7-3-0

■ 2002 — 1-9

■ 1978 — 6-3-1

■ 2001 — 2-8

■ 1977 — 7-3-0

■ 2000 — 6-4

■ 1976 — 3-7-0

■ 1999 — 4-6

■ 1975 — 4-6-0

■ 1998 — 3-7

■ 1974 — 3-7-0

■ 1997 — 3-7

■ 1973 — 3-7-0

■ 1996 — 8-2

■ 1972 — 5-3-1

■ 1995 — 7-3

■ 1971 — 4-6-0

■ 1994 — 1-9

■ 1970 — 7-2-1

■ 1993 — 3-7

■ 1969 — 4-6-0

■ 1992 — 1-9

■ 1968 — 6-3-1

■ 1991 — 0-10

■ 1967 — 6-4-0

■ 1990 — 5-5

■ 1966 — 4-5-1

■ 1989 — 4-6

■ 1965 — 7-2-1

■ 1988 — 3-7

■ 1964 — 8-2-0

■ 1987 — 2-8

■ 1963 — 4-4-1

■ 1986 — 9-1

■ 1962 — 5-4-0

■ 1985 — 6-4

■ 1961 — 1-7-1

■ 1984 — 2-8-0

■ 1960 — 5-4-0 TOTAL — 189-278-8 (.405)

Ryan Pope, guards Forbes and Ethan Colby, and center Josh Golbie. “We’re not big, but we’re strong,” Howell said. “We’ve got to stay low, come off the ball.” The same could be said for the Warriors defense. But what they lack in size, the youthful unit expects to make up for in speed. “Quick. They’re quick,” Kearney said. “They pursue well.” The Warriors boast a quartet of sophomores at defensive end, with Grady Hoover, Gary Dodge, Steve Arsulic and David Peterson. “Those guys are all sophomores and they’ll all play equal time,” Kearney said. “We’re going to move them

in and out of there. They’re young and they’re all going to play.” Edgewood has more experience at defensive tackle, where juniors Jimmy Million and Steven Ball will anchor their 4-4 defense. Matt Widlits is also expected to see time in the middle of the line. The Severino twins, sophomores Drew and Christian are currently slated as the starters at outside linebacker, while Moscorelli and fellow senior Shane Styzej will hold down the middle spots. Brian Joslin, Dillon Hutton and Phil Holden will split time at the two corner spots and Gabe Lister and Justin Wiley will see action at safety.

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HARVEY

The postseason, or bust!

DANIEL KRAUS / Star Beacon

CHRIS FIELDS, an Ohio State recruit, is one of the top threats in the state.

Culliver says playoffs Red Raiders’ goal By STEVE GOLDMAN For the Star Beacon

PAINESVILLE

S

ince Devlin Culliver took over the Harvey football program, the Red Raiders have accomplished things that had not been seen in Painesville in years. Try this one on for size: eight Northeastern Conference games, eight wins by doubledigit margins. It is therefore fair to say that Harvey has made it very clear who has been the best team in the league in the last two seasons. The 2008 campaign could very well be the final one for the NEC. Whether it is or not, it will be Harvey’s swan song there, as it will move to the Chagrin Valley Conference. Naturally, Culliver & Co. would like to put the bow on their tenure with a third straight crown. But they also have their sights on a goal that has eluded the Red Raiders for quite a

while. “We want to get to the playoffs this year,” Culliver said. “Our main goal is to play for Week 11. We’ve pretty much pushed the program in the right direction; it’s time to get over the hump.” Looking at the schedule, Harvey (5-5, 4-0 in 2007) certainly has the opportunity to do that. The 10 opponents remain the same as in 2007, when a tough non-conference slate resulted in all five of its losses. Opportunities to accumulate significant computer points generally are better when the competition is difficult, so the table appears to be set. Four of the Red Raiders’ 2007 losses came to playoff qualifiers, with the margin of defeat to Lakeview and Gilmour Academy totaling six points. They lost, 35-24, to Madison and bowed to Archbishop Hoban, one of the toughest 3-7 squads around, in a 40-34 thriller. Crosstown rival Riverside, which posted a 34-6 victory in Week 3, was the only foe that was able to really widen the

gap on Harvey. Offense wasn’t the problem. With wideout and return man Chris Fields, then a junior, highlighting a star-studded group of performers, the Red Raiders were a scoring machine, as they piled up 328 points. They put up 33 points in all but two of their games. They registered area highs in total yards (371.2) and passing yards (185.0) per contest. The problem was that Harvey gave up 257 points, with the opposition scoring 29 or more on six occasions. It allowed 330 yards per game, ranking ninth among the 12 area teams. This season, Harvey is much more experienced on the defensive side of the ball. And although it graduated some key performers on offense, Culliver expects that it still has enough firepower to get his team to the promised land. Whether the defense is in the 4-4 or 4-3 formation, both of which the Red Raiders will employ this year under defensive coordinator Marwin Walling, junior lettermen Ian

Jones and Terrance Smith will be at tackle, while senior Willie Nash, a three-year letterman, will play one end position. Three candidates were battling for the nod at the other end as the season approached. Another junior letterman, Josh Colo, is at one outside linebacker spot, while Sean Naylor mans the other. Nate Dent, a standout performer at inside linebacker who is now at Ashland University, will be missed. The two who will play at that position this season are junior letterman Nate Starkey and Mark James, a transfer from Euclid. The secondary returns three senior lettermen. The left cornerback spot will be held by Austin Sealey, while opposite him will be Lionel Jordan. James Bowling (4 interceptions in 2007) will play free safety. A new face on the football field is senior Wes Paramore, who starred on the basketball court for Harvey last winter. He will play at the other safety spot when the Red Raiders are in the 4-3 defense.

“They made some good plays (in our Aug. 9 scrimmage with Perry and Shaw), and they (have improved) a lot since last season,” Culliver said of the defensive unit. There will be some changes in offensive strategy as well, as the emphasis will move from the I-formation of last year to mostly a spread offense with multiple formations. Fields, who has already committed to Ohio State, is coming off a season with 51 receptions for 850 yards, both by far the leading numbers in the area, and 98 points scored. Jordan will also play wideout, and returning letterman Jamil Javey (27 catches, 416 yards in 2007), will be the slot receiver. Colo will be the flexed-out tight end, and junior Josh Dickinson plays a traditional tight end position. Junior Devonte Rouse is likely to get the nod at tailback, where Chris Bowler (1,017 yards, 7.1 yards per carry in 2007) did so well the last two seasons. Sophomore letterman

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had new people out there,” Culliver said. “But we definitely have some positive things for sure, all the way around on both offense and defense.” Colo will do the punting, while either freshman John Wainwright or sophomore Lupe Beccera will handle the placekicking. With the two NEC titles right behind them, and a change in conferences on the horizon, it’s a time for Harvey to look both ahead and behind. Most definitely, it would like to capture a third straight league crown before heading on. “That’s one of our goals — to get the third one and then take our shot at the CVC,” Culliver said. “It’ll be a totally different type of adventure for us — a lot more teams. The competition is a little bit better.” But for now, the Red Raiders still

Harvey From Page 30 Keenan Wright will play fullback when Harvey is in the I-formation. The quarterback spot, where Mick Mohner (area-high 1,840 yards passing, area-high 19 TD passes, 53.0 completion percentage) excelled for three seasons, was totally up for grabs as the season approached, with five candidates vying for the position. The offensive line is led by Nash, who at right tackle is the only returning starter in the group. He will be joined by senior right tackle Armand Gudger, junior center Bobby Sanborn, Jones at left guard and James at left tackle. “In our scrimmage, we looked pretty good at times (on offense), and sometimes we looked like we

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reside in the NEC, which doesn’t stand to be a picnic for anyone. Jefferson, who on the scoreboard gave Harvey its two closest league battles in the past two seasons, albeit losing by 15 and 12 points, stands in the way. So does Geneva, which took some big strides in 2007. “Looking back at it, Geneva was pretty tough (although they were) a little young, and so was Jefferson,” Culliver said. “We saw Jefferson scrimmage (on Aug. 9) and they’re 10 times better than they were last year. Last year they had a lot of 10th graders playing like we did. We’re pretty much at the same point this year, with a little more experienced kids. “We’re looking to take it again; that’s our plan right now — to do it for the third time straight.” Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.

Rouse (RB-LB), Bobby San-

RED RAIDERS AT A GLANCE

born (C-DT); sophomore Lupe Beccera (PK); freshman John Wainwright (PK).

HARVEY

■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD

Red and black ■ LEAGUE — Northeastern

— 6-4 (4-0 in NEC, NEC Champions).

Conference ■ HEAD COACH — Devlin Culliver.

DATE

■ COLLEGE — Ohio Univer-

Aug. 22

at Lakeview

L, 37-33

sity.

Aug. 29

at Wickliffe

W, 42-19

■ TEACHING SUBJECT —

Sept. 5

Riverside

L, 34-6

Art.

Sept. 12

Madison

L, 35-24

■ YEARS AT HARVEY —

Sept. 19

at Hoban

L, 40-34

Third year at Harvey, 10th

Sept. 26

Jefferson

W, 41-28

year overall.

Oct. 3

at Conneaut

W, 34-0

■ CAREER RECORD —

Oct. 10

Geneva

W, 39-21

11-9 (.550) at Harvey.

Oct. 18

at Gilmour

L, 35-33

■ ASSISTANT COACHES —

Oct. 24

at Edgewood

W, 42-7

Marwin Walling, Seth Hartmann,

Rayshawn

LAST YR.

THROUGH THE YEARS

Alston,

■ 2007 — 5-5

■ 1983 — 4-6-0

Ronald Bailey, Rob McGruder,

■ 2006 — 6-4

■ 1982 — 2-7-0

Dominic Wlodyka, Roger Cof-

■ 2005 — 4-6

■ 1981 — 6-3-1

fee, Daryl Gill, Gerald Cook.

■ 2004 — 5-5

■ 1980 — 2-8-0



■ 2003 — 5-5

■ 1979 — 2-7-1

Spread, multiple formations.

■ 2002 — 4-6

■ 1978 — 7-3-0

■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-4.

■ 2001 — 3-7

■ 1977 — 5-5-0

■ LETTERMEN LOST — 8.

■ 2000 — 6-4

■ 1976 — 1-9-0

■ LETTERMEN RETURNING

■ 1999 — 5-5

■ 1975 — 3-7-0

— Seniors James Bowling

■ 1998 — 6-4

■ 1974 — 4-6-0

(QB-FS), Chris Fields (WR-

■ 1997 — 1-9

■ 1973 — 3-6-1

DB), Jamil Javey (WR-DB),

■ 1996 — 3-7

■ 1972 — 4-5-1

Lionel Jordan (WR-CB), Willie

■ 1995 — 5-5

■ 1971 — 3-6-1

Nash (OT-DE) and Alston

■ 1994 — 8-2

■ 1970 — 1-9-0

Sealey (CB); juniors Josh

■ 1993 — 4-6

■ 1969 — 7-3-0

Colo (TE-LB-P), Ian Jones

■ 1992 — 7-3

■ 1968 — 8-2-0

(OG-DT),

Smith

■ 1991 — 4-6

■ 1967 — 6-4-0

BASIC

(DT),

OFFENSE

Terrance

Nate

Starkey



(LB);

■ 1990 — 6-4

■ 1966 — 2-8-0

sophomore Keenan Wright

■ 1989 — 7-3

■ 1965 — 0-10-0

(FB).

■ 1988 — 9-2

■ 1964 — 5-4-1

■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS —

■ 1987 — 6-4

■ 1963 — 9-0-1

Seniors Armand Gudger (OG-

■ 1986 — 5-5

■ 1962 — 4-5-1

DL), Wes Paramore (WR-DB);

■ 1985 — 3-7

■ 1961 — 8-2-0

juniors Josh Dickinson (TE-

■ 1984 — 5-3-1

■ 1960 — 7-3-0

DE), Mark James (OT-LB),

1 Ian Jones ■ 365 pounds.

2008 SCHEDULE OPPONENT

Top 5 in benchpress:

1 Chris Fields

2 Mark James ■ 275 pounds.

3 Armand Gudger ■ 225 pounds.

4

Terrance Smith

■ 225 pounds.

5 Keenan Wright ■ 200 pounds.

1

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OT-LB 6-0 220 11 ■ The transfer from Euclid starts at right tackle and is one of two regular inside linebackers.

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. TB-DB 5-9 150 12 ■ He fit in nicely at wide receiver, along with Fields, and graduated Rayshawn Journigan.

■ 405 pounds.

2 Mark James

4 Willie Nash

■ 350 pounds.

3 Terrance Smith ■ 325 pounds.

4 Kyle Bates

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. C-DE 6-2 235 12 ■ A three-year starter who plays on the offensive line and doubles as a defensive end.

5 Devonte Rouse

■ 225 pounds.

5 Armand Gudger ■ 225 pounds.

2 Mark James

3 Jamil Javey

Top 5 in squat: Ian Jones

TOTAL — 223-247-9 (.475)

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR-FS 6-1 185 12 ■ One of the best wideouts you’ll find anywhere and doubles as a dangerous return man. He’ll be on his way to play for the Ohio Buckeyes in 2009.

Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-LB 5-10 181 11 ■ The junior is the most likely candidate to take over as the starter at the all-important tailback position. — Steve Goldman

Sean Naylor (C-LB), Devonte

2008 HARVEY RED RAIDERS NO. PLAYER 1 Lamar Clemons 2 Jamil Javey 3 Lionel Jordan 4 Josh Colo 5 Anthony Perez 7 Richard Barnes 8 Jermaine Hamilton 9 Chris Fields 10 Michael Turman 11 James Bowling 12 Justin Rice 13 Jordan Repko 15 Brian Robinson 17 Zach Sealey 19 Jamal Gooden 20 Devonte Rouse 21 Kenneth Becks 22 Jalen Fields 24 Daniel Hall 28 Randall Douglas 30 Tino Vargas 31 Charles McClain 33 Keenan Wright 34 Alston Sealey 36 Trey Lohr 38 Michael Shearer 40 Chris Semosky 41 Sam Sale 42 Tyle McCollister 43 Isaac Simmons 44 Spencer Grenier 48 Jerome Becks 49 Nate Starkey 50 Juan Arias 51 Armand Gudger 52 Mark James 53 Shawn Gromek 54 Levonte Green 55 Prince Hall 56 Sean Naylor 57 Robert Sandborn 58 Kyle Bates 59 Anthony Tavares 60 Paul Magbie 61 William Nash 62 Alex Grenier 63 John McClain 64 Christian Jones 65 Maurice Taylor 66 Joey Garrett 67 LaDonte Bolden 68 Scott Frey 69 Josh Wimer 70 Skilar Jones 71 Terrance Smith 72 Ian Jones 73 Mike Spano 74 Fabian Mercedes 75 Dione McClain 77 Terry Ward 78 John Wainwright 79 Lupe Becerra 80 Michael Spikes Jr. 81 Jachin Abney 82 Wes Paramore 83 Dillon Crouse 84 Isaiah Gwynn 85 Steven Stepp 86 Devonte Ward 88 Josh Dickison 89 Chaun Lee

POS. S-OT-DB S-TB-DB WR-DB WR-OLB WR-FS QB-WR WR-DB WR-FS QB QB-FS QB-FS QB RB-OLB WR-DB WR-DB RB-OLB RB-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DE RB-OLB RB-DB RB-LB RB-DB WR-OLB RB-OLB QB OL-DL RB-LB WR-OLB QB-OLB RB-LB G-MLB T-MLB G-DL T-LB RB-OLB C-LB G-DT C-OLB C-DT T-DT TE-FS WR-DB C-DE DT-OT G-DT G-DT WR-DB G-DT G-DT C-DT DT-OT WR-DB OT-DT G-NT G-DE G-DT OT-DT OL-DL K K WR DE-TE WR-FS RB-OLB WR-DB TE-DE WR-DB TE-DE WR-DB

HT. 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-7 6-1 6-3 6-2 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-1 5-9 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-0 5-7 5-11 6-0 5-8 5-9 5-7 5-10 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-6 5-6 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-8 5-9 5-10 6-3 5-8 5-7 6-3 5-11 5-9 5-10 6-4 6-1 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-0 5-9 6-1 5-8

WT. 150 150 145 165 160 170 140 185 190 183 160 170 160 165 150 181 130 140 160 200 181 165 203 153 145 200 130 140 145 171 150 185 200 205 200 220 150 180 205 180 235 250 200 150 235 250 240 207 160 200 235 203 160 140 260 275 150 140 260 160 130 140 165 150 152 140 165 170 143 203 140

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SS. JOHN AND PAUL

Will push come to shove?

BILL WEST / Star Beacon

JAKE PHELPS will be at the controls of the SJP offense this season.

Timonere sees Heralds making strides By TOM HARRIS For the Star Beacon

ASHTABULA

F

or those involved with the SS. John and Paul football program, hope springs eternal. Hope is fine, of course, but the Heralds would like something more tangible, perhaps a few

more wins to savor and talk about when the season ends. It isn’t easy clinging to moral victories and what-might-have-beens. Ronald Reagan was president the last time the Heralds had a winning season, and since going 7-3 in 1987, they have come close to the .500 mark only once, their 4-5 campaign in 2003. SJP coach Jim Timonere, a 1995 St. John graduate who played for coach Dom Iarocci and has been on the

coaching staff at his alma mater since 2002, knows the history as well as anyone. And the Heralds, coming off an 0-9 (0-6 in the East Suburban Conference) season, haven’t won since beating Fairport, 20-18, in 2006. Still, as Timonere begins his third year as the head coach, he is somewhere between guardedly and giddily optimistic. Numbers, long the bane of the SJP football program, continue to be

a problem. But Timonere is hopeful the talent and versatility of the 19 players on the 2008 roster will make the Heralds’ situation a little less tenuous this time around. The Heralds also have speed and experience this year. More importantly, they have a new attitude, a new enthusiasm among the players, a feeling that this is the year they can make something happen.

“This is the first time in a long time that I’ve seen our kids pushing each other,” Timonere said. “If a player misses a practice or shows up late, the other guys let him know. That never happened before. “The kids are fighting for positions this year. They’re friendly battles, but you can feel the tension in the locker room. The guys all seem to be saying, ‘I work

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Ht.

Wt.

WR-LB 6-2 220

Gr. 11

■ A running back last year, Colby will play primarily at wide receiver this year. With good hands and size, he should be an inviting target for Jake Phelps’ throws..

2 Adam Liuzzo Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. RB-DT 5-10 225 11 ■ Rushing for 937 yards in 2007, Liuzzo was responsible for nearly two-thirds of the Heralds 1,500 yards of offense. Timonere is hoping to have more people involved in the running game this year, but he expects Liuzzo to be the focus of the opposing defenses.

3 Mike Moore Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. WR-CB 5-8 150 12 ■ Moore might be the fastest man on the team this year. He and Colby will give the Heralds a pair of very talented wide receivers.

4 Jake Phelps Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. QB-CB 5-9 150 12 ■ Phelps can throw the ball, he can run and he can take a hit and spring back. When it matters, Phelps is one of the three or four people Timonere wants to see with the ball in his hands.

5 Steve Robison Pos. Ht. Wt. Gr. OG-LB 5-11 190 12 ■ Robison anchors the Heralds’ lines, the leader of the experienced crew up front. He is also a team leader, helping the younger players and making sure everyone does his job.. — Tom Harris

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‘SS. John and Paul doesn’t have a lot of excuses this year.’ — Jim Timonere, SJP coach

From Page 32 hard and I deserve to play.’ I don’t think I’ve seen that around here before.” Timonere is quick to say, “SS. John and Paul doesn’t have a lot of excuses this year.” And among the unavailable excuses is experience. Of the 19 players on the roster, 11 lettered last year and eight of those are seniors. This will be their third year under Timonere, and they understand the system. The Heralds should also be able to focus more intensely this season. Last year, the battle of assistant coach John Buskirk with acute lymphoblastic leukemia hung like a dark cloud over the football team and the school. “Last season was a trying time,” Timonere said. “The kids love John, and he’s a great coach. He’s my righthand man. We had a lot of emotional stuff going on last year.” Buskirk is back now, tinkering with the defense, and that bodes well for the Heralds. The Heralds hope for the 2008 season is not so much about doing new things but doing the things they’ve been trying to do for the last few years better and more quickly. The quickly part is what excites Timonere. “We really have a lot of speed on this team,” Timonere said. “Last year, we got beat deep a lot, and

that shouldn’t happen this year. And on offense, we want to be able to go wide and also be able to force it up the middle.” Senior quarterback Jake Phelps will be at the controls of the Heralds’ spread offense. Phelps threw for 872 yards as a sophomore. His numbers weren’t as impressive last year — he threw for 355 yards — when he worked with an inexperienced receiving corps. “In our first game last year (a 14-8 loss to Oberlin in three overtimes), our receivers had a tough time getting down field, and we dropped so many balls,” Timonere said. “We knew then we had to change some things.” The Heralds threw for an average of 123.4 yards a game and rushed for 40.3 in 2006. Last year, those numbers were almost reversed, as SJP averaged 127.2 yards on the ground and 39.4 through the air. Whether or not the Heralds will lean on Phelps’ arm as heavily as they did two seasons ago remains to be seen. One thing is sure, though, they will rely on his talent and leadership. “Jake has plenty of experience, and he’s one of the kids we have to get the ball to,” Timonere said. “He took a lot of shots last year, but he’s tough as nails. We’re hoping with him that we’ll be able to put it all together.” It’s also possible that the Heralds will take advantage of Phelps’ versatility

and have him line up at somewhere other than quarterback from time to time. In those cases, Erick Falero, a senior wide receiver who sat out last year in accordance with Ohio High School Athletic Association rules after transferring from Lakeside, or sophomore wide receiver/running back Kelsey Harper would likely assume the quarterbacking duties. “We actually have some depth at quarterback,” Timonere said. “How long has it been since that’s happened at St. John?” When the passing game stalled last year, the Heralds turned to running back Adam Liuzzo, who ran for 937 yards in nine games. Every week this fall, Timonere expects the 225-pound junior to be the center of the opposing defense’s attention. The Heralds won’t be giving the ball to Liuzzo on every down, but they believe the opposition will have to be prepared for that possibility on every down. “Adam provides us with the ability to control the ball,” Timonere said. “I’d like Adam to run the ball 15 or 20 times a game, and for our other backs to combine for about 30 runs. The other teams will be keying on Adam, and that should help the other guys. “The key for us will be staying disciplined and executing our fakes.” Falero, Harper and junior Tyler Baker will be the Heralds most likely to run

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150

12

7 Erick Felaro

B-CB

5-10

150

12

9 Seve Candella

WR-CB

5-7

110

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WR-CB

5-8

150

9

21 Michael Moore

WR-CB

5-8

150

12

25 Adam Liuzzo

RB-DT

5-10

225

11

32 Ryan Colby

WR-RB

6-2

220

11

34 Tyler Baker

WR-RB

5-8

140

11

50 Brandon McMurphy OG-LB

5-10

160

12

54 Eric Simon

OT-LB

6-0

190

12

59 Alex Rocco

OG-DT

6-0

220

10

62 Ben Thomas

OG-DT

5-9

165

9

66

Don Woodward

OG-DT

5-11

170

12

69

Chase Fleckenstein OT-DT

5-9

190

10

70

Jeremy Brown

C-DT

5-10

235

12

72

Steve Robison

OG-LB

5-11

190

12

75

Jacob Flautt

OT-DE

5-11

240

12

82

John Paul Novak WR-CB

5-8

140

9

88

Kelsey Harper

5-9

145

10

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the ball when Liuzzo isn’t. When Phelps drops back to pass, the teammates he’ll be looking for most often are senior Mike Moore and junior Ryan Colby. “Mike is probably the fastest guy on the team,” Timonere said. “Last year, he ran a guy down over 90 yards. He’s got terrific speed, and he’s difficult to handle one-on-one. “We moved Ryan Colby outside this year. He’s got great hands, and at 6-2 or 6-3 he can really go up for the ball.” The Heralds went to the Lakeside passing camp this year, and Timonere was impressed with what he saw. “We would never be able to compete with the schools at the camp in regular games,” he said. “But the way they ran the camp, our guys were able to compete and do well. I think it gave us some confidence.” Senior Steve Robison is the Heralds’ leader on the offensive line and elsewhere. “He’s one of the most intense players I’ve ever seen,” Timonere said. “He’s the team leader. If a kid needs a ride to practice, Steve gives him one. He’s the guy who makes sure everyone is doing his job.” Senior Jeremy Brown will snap the ball, senior Eric Simon will be the tackle on the right side, while seniors Brandon McMurphy and Jacob Flautt will line up as the guard and tackle, respectively, on the left side. “Brandon McMurphy is a strong kid, and a smart kid,” Timonere said. “I think he has the highest GPA on the team. And he’s just an athlete who wants to get out there and play. “We don’t have a big line, but the kids are experienced, quick and smart. If you can get there first and get lower than the other guy, size isn’t as important.” Brown will be in the middle of the defensive line as a tackle/nose guard. Flautt and Luizzo will also be on the defensive line. Robison and Simon will be the inside linebackers, with Baker and McMurphy on the outside. Moore and Falero will be at the corners and Phelps the free safety. “I think our experience and having Coach Buskirk back are really going to help us on defense,” Timo-

SS. JOHN AND PAUL Blue and white ■ LEAGUE — East Suburban Conference ■ HEAD COACH — Jim Timonere. ■ COLLEGE — Kent State University. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Not a teacher. ■ YEARS AT SS. JOHN AND PAUL — 3rd year ■ CAREER RECORD — 1-17 (.056). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — John Buskirk, Dave Clemens, Tom Penna, David Berrier. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Spread. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 4-4. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 5. ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Jeremy Brown (CDT), Michael Moore (WR-CB), Jake Phelps (QB-CB), Steve Robison (OG-LB), Eric Simon (OT-LB), Don Woodward (OG-DT), Brandon McMurphy (OG-LB), Jacob Flautt (OTDT0; Juniors Ryan Colby (WR-RB-LB), Adam Liuzzo (RB-DT); Sophomore Alex Rocco (OG-DT). ■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Senior Erick Falero (WR-QBCB); Junior Tyler Baker (WRRB-LB); Sophomores Chase Fleckenstein (OT-DT), Kelsey

nere said. “We’re going to be using the same 4-4 defense, but last year we had to keep it pretty basic. This year, we should be able to work in some stunts, twists and blitzes to give people a little more to worry about. “Last year, we got beat deep. This year, we’re going to have to stay at home, know our assignments and we can’t get beat deep.” Injuries, as always, are a concern, and so is stamina. “We’ve got to be sure we’ve got some gas left for the third and fourth quarters,” Timonere said. “I think if we can get out there and start fast, that will help. With 19 kids, they don’t get a lot of chances to go against someone in practice, and it can take a quarter or so to get used to playing against someone. This year, we’ve been able to do a little more, even if the coaches have to get out on the practice field.” The first test will come Friday when the Heralds host Oberlin. Timonere believes his team is ready. “The kids are excited,” he

Harper (WR-RB-CB); Freshmen John Paul Novak (WRCB), Ralphie Pugliese (WRCB), Seve Candella (WRCB), Ben Thomas (OG-DT). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 0-9 (0-6 in ESC).

2008 SCHEDULE DATE

OPPONENT

LAST YR.

Aug. 22

Oberlin

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Aug. 29

at Conneaut

L, 13-0

Sept. 5

at Fairport

L, 42-7

Sept. 12

Yo. Christian

L, 43-7

Sept. 20

at Lutheran East

L, 37-14

Sept. 26

at Southington

L, 20-14

Oct. 4

Mathews

L, 55-10

Oct. 11

Ledgemont

L, 45-14

Oct. 17

at PV

L, 32-6

Oct. 28

Open

THROUGH THE YEARS ■ 2007 — 0-9

■ 1983 — 4-5-1

■ 2006 — 1-8

■ 1982 — 7-4-0

■ 2005 — 1-9

■ 1981 — 8-3-1

■ 2004 — 3-7

■ 1980 — 5-3-1

■ 2003 — 4-5

■ 1979 — 2-7-0

■ 2002 — 2-8

■ 1978 — 5-4-0

■ 2001 — 2-8

■ 1977 — 9-2-0

■ 2000 — 3-7

■ 1976 — 6-4-1

■ 1999 — 1-9

■ 1975 — 2-7-0

■ 1998 — 2-6

■ 1974 — 4-5-1

■ 1997 — DNP

■ 1973 — 7-3-0

■ 1996 — 0-10

■ 1972 — 5-3-1

■ 1995 — 2-8

■ 1971 — 7-2-0

■ 1994 — 0-10

■ 1970 — 6-1-2

■ 1993 — 2-8

■ 1969 — 4-4-1

■ 1992 — 1-9

■ 1968 — 7-2-0

■ 1991 — 2-7

■ 1967 — 6-3-0

■ 1990 — 1-9

■ 1966 — 5-4-0

■ 1989 — 2-7

■ 1965 — 4-5-1

■ 1988 — 3-7

■ 1964 — 7-2-1

■ 1987 — 7-3

■ 1963 — 6-3-0

■ 1986 — 3-7

■ 1962 — 2-7-0

■ 1985 — 4-6

■ 1961 — 2-6-1

■ 1984 — 2-7-1

■ 1960 — 4-5-1

TOTAL — 175-266-14 (.397)

■ EDITOR’S NOTE — Conneaut and SS. John and Paul were the only schools in our 12-school coverage area to decline to participate in this feature. — DM said. “This is not a rebuilding year. We have an experienced team and an experienced defense. We have our system in place and the kids have been coming to practice every day at 6 a.m. We’ve been able to put a few new things in, and we’re still a week or so ahead of where we were last year. “There are no more excuses for us. And the kids feel that way. I don’t know what the limit for moral victories is, but I think St. John has reached it. The kids are pushing each other this year; they’re excited. They want something more this year.” Harris is a freelance writer from Ashtabula Township.

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ANDREW SMITH’S strong right arm is a big weapon for the Lakers.

Root expects players to step to forefront By TOM HARRIS For the Star Beacon

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1. The sports section that morning is devoted to the Star Beacon All-Ashtabula County Football Team, and the PV stars are prominently featured. Running back Josh Pilson, who amassed 1,575 all-purpose yards in 2007, including 1,037 rushing and 525 on kick returns, reached the end zone 13 times and scored a county-high 101 points, is the 2007 Player of the Year. Clayton Kirby, the Lakers’ other outstanding running back, is the Offensive Back of the Year. The county’s top rusher, Kirby ran for 1,157 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in 2007. Wide receiver Bryan Easton, who caught 35 passes for 643

yards and nine touchdowns, offensive tackle Raymond Holmes and defensive tackle Mike Magyar all receive firstteam honors. So, Root’s pride is understandable. But, he might be feeling a little concern, too, and that would also be understandable. After all, those five players, who were such an important part of the Lakers’ success in 2007, would graduate in the spring. It’s summer now, and the Lakers are preparing for the 2008 season. Root is still concerned, but he is also hopeful. “We did lose some very good players,” Root said. “We had a couple of very good players on

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that team who almost never got on the field. We had some kids who didn’t play who probably could have started for some other teams. “We have a real nice mix this year, and a very strong senior class. We’ll start fresh.” And while the cupboard is going to need a little rearranging, it isn’t bare. In fact, Root believes it’s pretty well stocked. “In terms of depth of talent, this might be as strong as any team I’ve ever had. But they’re young,” he said. “We’re excited about the season. We want to see what we can accomplish with our senior leadership and all the young talent.”

Wide receiver/defensive back Dustin Romanowski, who sat out most of the 2007 season with an injury, running back/defensive back Cody Mercer and lineman Tyler Gault are chief among those who will be thrust into prominent roles after seeing little or no playing time a year ago. And, of course, not everyone graduated. The Lakers do have 11 returning lettermen, five of whom are seniors, including quarterback Andrew Smith. As a junior, Smith threw for 844 yards and nine touchdowns, completing 43.2 percent of his passes. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, the

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Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Gr.

OL-LB

6-1

170

12

■ His 4.5 sacks in 2007 was third on the team and the most

among

this

year’s

returnees. He will be a key part

of

PV’s

aggressive

defense.

2

Thomas Erwin

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Gr.

WR-DB 5-7

155

12

■ As the Lakers’ fastest man, Erwin will be an important component in the passing game. And Root says the Lakers will throw as much as possible.

3

Dustin Romanowski

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Gr.

WR-DB 6-1

165

12

■ Injured early in 2007, Romanowski missed virtually the entire season. He’s back for his senior year and will give Smith a tall target to throw to.

4

Drew Skleres

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Gr.

OT-DT

5-10

235

10

■ Root calls his offensive line PV’s biggest question mark, and Skleres is the only returnee on the line. He’s only a sophomore, but his experience will be invaluable.

5

Andrew Smith

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Gr.

QB

6-1

190

12

■ This will be Smith’s third season as the Lakers’ quarterback. He threw for 844 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He’ll likely throw for as much or more this season, and he’ll be a running threat, too. — Tom Harris

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BILL WEST / Star Beacon

PV From Page 35 multifaceted Smith gives Root and his staff some options for their modified wing-T offense. “He’s definitely a very good quarterback,” Root said. “I think he might be the best in the county. He’s got a tremendous work ethic — he’s such a hard worker — and he’s got strong mechanics. He can throw the deep ball accurately, and he’s still growing. He’s worked on his leadership skills and has made himself a good leader.” The Lakers hope to make liberal use of Smith’s arm. “We want to throw as much as possible,” Root said. When he does throw, he’ll be looking for Romanowski and Thomas Erwin, both seniors. “(Romanowski) is healthy now, and Thomas is the fastest kid on the team,” Root said. Smith can run, too, and will this year. The Lakers have more than a few people who can run the ball, and Root’s plan is to make sure they all get an opportunity. Senior Jarrod Woodard will be the fullback in the Lakers’ scheme. Mercer, a senior, and junior Cody Williams will both see time at halfback, and Erwin and sophomore Nick Marshall will share the load at wingback. “We want to spread the running around to as many people as we can,” Root said. “The idea is to make it as difficult as possible for the defenses to key on one person. “We’ll run from the wingT and pass from the shotgun.” Root thinks the Lakers can succeed with their offense, and the reason he believes that begins with Smith, his quarterback.

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“He’s fast and has so many skills,” Root said. “With him, we should be able mix it up and be able to run and pass.” Whether they run or pass, the Lakers will need people to block. That, Root says, might be the biggest question mark facing his team as it heads into the season. Tackle Drew Skleres, a 235-pound sophomore, is the lone returning offensive lineman. Beyond Skleres and sophomore tight end Josh Kirby,

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very little is definite, but there are a lot people in the mix. Senior Brandon Dewey and sophomore Jimmy Hunt will both see time at center. Junior Tyler Necessary and sophomores Cody Conley and Gault will toil at the guard position. Sophomore Chuck Crowther will probably be at the other tackle. Alexis Acevedo, another 235pound sophomore, will also get his opportunities on the offensive line. Things are up for grabs on the defensive line, too. Jacob Brown, the Lakers’ only junior letterwinner, Gault, Skleres, Conley and Necessary vying for a spot in the front three — “We call them our TNT positions,” Root said. Dewey and Marshall will handle the middle linebacking chores, while Mercer, Hunt and Kirby will share time at the outside spots. In the defensive backfield, Romanowski and sophomore Kyle Kaiser will be at the corners. Erwin will play safety, and Woodard will be the monster. “At this point, our defense is ahead of our offense,” Root said. “We don’t have a lot of big kids, but we can put 11 very athletic kids on the field. And we have five or six more we can move in and out. We’re going to emphasize flying to the ball and using our speed to cover the entire field.” Between dropping their opener to Berkshire last year and falling to Mathews in their season finale, the Lakers ran off eight straight victories. With one exception, Root wasn’t completely happy with his team’s performance in any of those games. The Lakers didn’t always turn in the four solid quarters their coach was looking for. That’s something that will have to change if this year’s less experienced

squad hopes to do well. “In order to win, we have to have good senior leadership, a solid effort from the offensive line and we have to play four quarters,” Root said. “The Conneaut game was the only game last year in which we played four good quarters.” Getting it done will be the hard part. “That’s a big part of the game, and I’m not sure you can coach that,” Root said. “I think there has to be something in the kids that tells them that they can never be satisfied. That’s why we’re hoping to get some strong leadership from our seniors.” With that in mind, Root will be looking for a strong start in the Lakers’ opener at Berkshire. “We’ll be looking for four good quarters,” Root said. “We’ll be looking to see if we play aggressively. That has sometimes been a problem at PV in the first game, not being aggressive out of the gate.” To do well this season, the Lakers will also have to depend on a number of young or inexperienced players to do the little things right down after down and make the big plays when required. “The challenge for us will be the big steps our young kids will have to take,” Root said. “These kids have a lot of ability, but now they have to prove it by taking on the pressure that comes with being in the forefront. “When kids are freshmen, they’re not under a lot of pressure. But now, the kids who were freshmen last year are going to be relied on to be our leaders.” It is a season Root is looking forward to. “With all these young players, it’s exciting for now and for the future.” Harris is a freelance writer from Ashtabula Township.

PLAYER

POS.

HT.

WT. GR.

5

Andrew Smith

QB-DB

6-1

185

12

6

Tyler Gentry

QB-DE

6-1

190

10

7

Dylan Pentek

QB-DB

5-9

150

9

8

Dustin Romanowski WR-DB

6-0

165

12

9

Kurtis Marsh

RB-DB

5-7

145

9

11

Thomas Erwin

WR-DB

5-6

160

12

13

Cody Mercer

RB-DE

5-11

190

12

14

Jared Vinroe

WR-DB

5-8

145

12

17

Kyle Kiser

WR-DB

6-0

165

10

18

Josh Kirby

TE-DE

5-11

165

10

20

Nick Stasiak

WR-DB

5-9

160

9

21

Josh Adkins

TE-LB

5-10

170

9

24

Nick Marshall

RB-LB

6-0

195

10

25

Zach Benedict

RB-LB

5-6

145

9

32

JC Tabor

WR-DB

5-10

160

10

33

Ray Nevison

RB-LB

5-7

150

10

34

David Smith

WR-LB

5-11

160

12

45

Jarrod Woodard

RB-LB

5-10

165

12

48

Cody Williams

RB-LB

5-9

155

12

50

Brian Demoss

OL-DE

5-6

145

11

51

Tyler Necessary

OL-TNT

5-9

200

11

52

Cody Conley

OL-TNT

5-11

215

10

53

Michael Brewer

OL-TNT

6-0

185

9

55

David Dales

OL-TNT

5-10

205

9

56

Jacob Brown

OL-DT

5-6

160

11

57

Brandon Dewey

OL-DB

6-0

170

12

58

Brandon Arnold

OL-TNT

5-11

185

9

60

Matt Kovach

OL-LB

5-7

165

10

61

Jimmy Hunt

OL-DE

5-11

180

10

63

Alexis Acevedo

OL-TNT

5-9

235

10

64

Jacob Wright

OL-TNT

5-6

155

10

65

Zane Feydo

OL-DE

6-0

175

9

70

Chuck Crowther

OL-TNT

5-11

200

10

72

Drew Skleres

OL-TNT

5-10

235

10

73

Tyler Gault

OL-TNT

5-10

185

10

75

Dustin Griffith

OL-TNT

5-9

195

9

77

Cody Eastlake

OL-DE

5-10

180

9

80

A.J. Kovach

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5-9

145

10

86

Kyle Comanescu

WR-DB

5-7

140

9

89

Richard Palo

K-P

5-7

145

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LAKERS AT A GLANCE PYMATUNING VALLEY Maroon and gold ■ LEAGUE — East Suburban Conference. ■ HEAD COACH — Jason Root. ■ COLLEGE — University of Akron. ■ TEACHING SUBJECT — Social Studies at Jefferson. ■ YEARS AT PV — 3rd at PV; four years (2001-04) at Jefferson. ■ CAREER RECORD — 4019 (.678). ■ ASSISTANT COACHES — Steve Urchek, Kevin Brown, Dan Jackson, Kevin Wolfe, Andy Gray, Jerry Bals. ■ BASIC OFFENSE — Modified Wing-T. ■ BASIC DEFENSE — 5-2. ■ LETTERMEN LOST — 10 ■ LETTERMEN RETURNING — Seniors Andrew Smith (QB), Cody Williams (HB), Jarrod Woodard (FB-LB), Thomas Erwin (WR-DB), Brandon Dewey (OL-LB); junior Jacob Brown (OL-LB); sophomores Drew Skleres (OT-DT), Nick Marshall (RBLB), Josh Kirby (TE-DE), Jimmy Hunt (DE), Kyle Kiser (OL-LB).

■ OTHER KEY PLAYERS — Seniors Cody Mercer (RBDE), Dustin Romanowski (WR-DB); junior Tyler Necessary (OT-DT); sophomores Cody Conley (OT-OT), Tyler Gault (OL-DL), A.J. Kovach (WR-LB). ■ LAST YEAR’S RECORD — 8-2 (5-1, 2nd in ESC).

2008 SCHEDULE DATE Aug. 22 Aug. 29 Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24

OPPONENT LAST YR. at Berkshire L, 20-19 at Cardinal W, 19-3 Grand Valley W, 21-3 at Southington W, 34-19 Ledgemont W, 39-21 at Mathews L, 47-19 Lutheran East W, 31-13 St. Thomas Aquinas DNP SJP W, 32-6 at Yo. Christian W, 42-28

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James Laurinaitis (33)

Chris Wells (28)

6-3, 240, Senior Linebacker Three-year starter All-American twice Butkus Award winner

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6-4, 240, Senior Quarterback Two-year starter First-team All Big Ten 25 touchdown passes

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FINAL AP POLLS THROUGH THE YEARS 8, Fremont Ross 9, Dover 10, Kettering Fairmont West Class AA 1, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 2, Toronto 3, Wheelersburg 4, Dayton Jefferson 5, Wellington 6, Louisville Aquinas 7, Minerva 8, Norwalk-X 9, Cin. Wyoming Cols. Watterson Class A 1, McDonald 2, Middletown Fenwick-X 3, Bluffton 4, Windham 5, Canal Winchester 6, Newark Cath. 7, Midvale Indian Valley North Plain City Jonathan Alder 9, Fremont St. Joseph 10, Lisbon Anderson 1975 Class AAA 1, Lakewood St. Edward 2, Cin. Moeller-X 3, Newark 4, Findlay 5, Canton McKinley 6, East Liverpool 7, Kettering Allen 8, North Canton Hoover 9, GENEVA 10, Gahanna Lincoln Class AA 1, Cin. Wyoming 2, Cle. Holy Name-X 3, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 4, London 5, Ironton 6, Circleville 7, Poland 8, Cle. Benedictine 9, New Lexington 10, Wheelersburg Class A 1, Newark Cath. 2, Canal Winchester 3, Burton Berkshire 4, Loudonville 5, New Phila. Tuscarawas Cath. 6, Carey-X 7, Middletown Fenwick 8, Ridgeway Ridgemont 9, Salineville Southern 10, Albany Alexander 1976 Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller-X 2, Youngs. Mooney 3, Gahanna Lincoln 4, WCH Miami Trace 5, Stow Walsh Jesuit 6, Cin. Princeton 7, Centerville 8, Lakewood St. Edward 9, Avon Lake 10, North Canton Hoover Class AA 1, New Lexington 2, Huron 3, Brookville 4, Cin. Reading 5, Cols. Watterson 6, Orrville 7, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 8, Ironton 9, Elyria Cath.-X 10, Minerva Class A 1, Woodsfield 2, Dalton 3, Newark Cath. 4, Sullivan Black River 5, West Jefferson-X 6, Arlington 7, Fairport Harbor Harding 8, Fostoria St. Wendelin 9, Centerburg 10, ASHTABULA ST. JOHN 1977 Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller-X 2, WCH Miami Trace 3, Cin. Elder 4, Canton McKinley 5, Cle. St. Joseph 6, Massillon Washington 7, Gahanna Lincoln 8, Logan 9, Mentor Lake Cath. 10, Garfield Hts. Class AA 1, Elyria Cath. 2, Cin. Wyoming-X 3, Urbana 4, Orrville 5, Canton Cent. Cath. 6, Beloit West Branch 7, South Point 8, Pickerington 9, Brookfield 10, St. Marys Memorial Class A 1, Sullivan Black River 2, Dalton 3, West Jefferson 4, South Charleston SE 5, Beallsville 6, Hanoverton United 7, Newcomerstown 8, ASHTABULA ST. JOHN 9, Hamler Patrick Henry 10, Crooksville-X 1978 Class AAA 1, Cin. Princeton-X 2, Cin. Moeller 3, Zanesville 4, WCH Miami Trace 5, Massillon Washington 6, Hilliard 7, Cin. Elder 8, Clayton Northmont 9, Barberton 10, Sandusky Class AA 1, Cin. Wyoming 2, New Concord John Glenn 3, Loudonville 4, Brookfield-X 5, St. Marys 6, Cols. DeSales 7, Hamilton Badin 8, Ironton 9, Elyria Cath. 10, Paulding Class A 1, Newark Cath.-X 2, Crestline 3, Lorain Clearview 4, West Jefferson 5, New Phila. Cent. Cath. 6, Hamler Patrick Henry Jackson-Milton 8, Woodsfield 9, Fremont St. Joseph 10, Middletown Fenwick 1979 Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller-X 2, Massillon Washington 3, Westerville 4, Dover Elyria 6, Parma Padua Franciscan 7, Cin. Princeton 8, Youngs. Mooney 9, Youngs. South 10, Tol. Whitmer Class AA 1, St. Marys 2, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 3, Wheelersburg 4, Warren Kennedy 5, Hamilton Badin 6, Cols. Grandview Hts. 7, Trenton Edgewood 8, Fostoria 9, Cadiz 10, Ironton-X Class A 1, Mogadore-X 2, Arlington 3, Bergholz Springfield 4, Newark Cath. 5, Cedarville 6, Covington 7, McDonald 8, Crooksville 9, Tiffin Calvert 10, Portsmouth Notre Dame 1980 Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller-X (Div. I) 2, Cin. Princeton 3, Youngs. Mooney-X (Div. II) 4, Canton McKinley 5, Upper Arlington 6, Massillon Washington 7, Westerville North 8, Willoughby South 9, Centerville 10, Newark Class AA 1, Orrville 2, Hamilton Badin 3, Fostoria 4, Ironton 5, Pickerington 6, New Concord John Glenn 7, Cle. Benedictine-X (Div. III) 8, Elyria Cath. 9, Urbana 10, Circleville Class A 1, Mogadore 2, McDonald 3, Glouster Trimble 4, Newark Cath. 5, Covington 6, Lorain Clearview 7, Arcanum 8, Liberty Center 9, Leetonia 10, Tiffin Calvert-X (Div. V) 1981

Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller 2, Upper Arlington 3, Canton McKinley-X (Div. I) 4, Cle. St. Joseph 5, Cols. Eastmoor 6, Gahanna Lincoln 7, Cin. Princeton 8, Dover 9, Lancaster 10, Mentor

5, Garfield Hts. Trinity 6, Ironton 7, Coshocton 8, Dover 9, Brookville 10, Struthers Division IV 1, Cols. Academy-X 2, Archbold 3, Gates Mills Hawken 4, Baltimore Liberty Union 5, Wheelersburg 6, Fremont St. Joseph 7, Huron 8, Lisbon Anderson 9, Richmond Jefferson Union 10, Petersburg Springfield

Class AA 1, Youngs. Mooney 2, Cle. Benedictine-X (Div. II) 3, Ironton 4, Dayton Roth 5, Cols. Watterson 6, Urbana 7, St. Vincent-St. Mary-X (Div. III) Division V 8, Nelsonville-York-X (Div. IV) 1, Newark Cath.-X 9, Zanesville West Muskingum 2, Mogadore 10, Whitehall-Yearling 3, Delphos Jefferson 4, Defiance Ayersville Class A 5, Portsmouth Notre Dame 1, Waynesville 6, Monroeville 2, Newark Cath. 7, McDonald 3, Tiffin Calvert-X (Div. V) 8, Cin. Country Day 4, Reedsville Eastern 9, Lorain Clearview 5, New Wash. Buckeye Central 10, East Canton 6, Maria Stein Marion Local 7, Cadiz 1988 8, Oak Hill Division I 9, Milford Center Fairbanks 1, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 10, Chillicothe Unioto 2, Sandusky 3, Cin. Princeton 1982 4, Cin. Moeller Class AAA 5, Euclid 1, Cin. Moeller-X (Div. I) 6, Tol. Whitmer 2, Massillon Washington 7, Warren Western Reserve 3, Sandusky 8, Cin. Elder 4, Berea 9, Westerville North 5, WCH Miami Trace 10, Huber Hts. Wayne 6, Cin. Princeton 7, Gahanna Lincoln Division II 8, Mentor Lake Cath. 1, Steubenville 9, Canton McKinley 2, Harrison 10, Youngs. Austintown Fitch 3, Uniontown Lake 4, Minerva Class AA 5, Akron Buchtel-X 1, Urbana 6, Fostoria 2, Ironton 7, Franklin 3, Steubenville 8, Solon 4, Elyria Cath. 9, Cle. St. Joseph 5, St. Vincent-St. Mary-X (Div. III) 10, Bowling Green 6, Bellevue 7, Cadiz Division III 8, Nelsonville-York 1, Ironton 9, Millersburg West Holmes 2, Urbana 10, Struthers 3, Orrville 4, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary-X Class A 5, CAPE 1, West Jefferson-X (Div. IV) 6, Newark Licking Valley 2, Newark Cath.-X (Div. V) 7, Campbell Memorial 3, McComb 8, Philo 4, Cin. Summit County Day 9, Akron Hoban 5, Ashland Crestview 10, Tiltonsville Buckeye SW 6, Bradford 7, Midvale Indian Valley North Division IV 8, Fostoria St. Wendelin 1, Cols. Academy 9, Rawson Cory-Rawson 2, Wheelersburg 10, Berlin Center West Reserve 3, Belpre 4, Versailles 1983 5, Canton Cent. Cath.-X 6, West Jefferson Class AAA 7, Bellville Clear Fork 1, Cin. Moeller 8, Louisville Aquinas 2, Akron Garfield 9, Warren Kennedy 3, Fremont Ross 10, Cin. Wyoming 4, Centerville 5, Cin. Princeton-X (Div. I) Division V 6, Massillon Washington 1, Archbold-X 7, Alliance 2, Newark Cath. 8, Sandusky 3, Portsmouth Notre Dame 9, Middletown 4, Monroeville 10, Upper Arlington 5, McDonald 6, Mingo Junction Class AA 7, Mogadore 1, Urbana 8, Canal Winchester 2, Elyria Cath.-X (Div. III) 9, Delphos Jefferson 3, Fostoria 10, Middletown Fenwick 4, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 5, Steubenville 1989 6, Leavittsburg LaBrae 7, Ironton Division I 8, Belpre 1, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 9, Washington Court House 2, Cin. Elder 10, Canal Fulton Northwest 3, Huber Hts. Wayne 4, Euclid Class A 5, Lancaster 1, Mogadore 6, Cin. Moeller 2, McComb-X (Div. V) 7, Warren Western Reserve 3, Fostoria St. Wendelin 8, Lima Senior 4, South Charleston SE 9, Cin. Princeton 5, Newark Cath. 10, Massillon Washington 6, McDonald 7, Archbold Division II 8, Arlington 1, Fostoria 9, Richmond Hts. 2, Minerva 10, Cols. Ready-X (Div. IV) 3, Franklin 4, Pataskala Watkins Memorial 1984 5, Steubenville 6, Harrison Class AAA 7, Cle. St. Joseph-X 1, Cin. Moeller 8, Cols. Franklin Hts. 2, Centerville 9, Galion 3, Berea 10, Akron Buchtel 4, Lakewood St. Edward 5, Youngs. Ursuline Division III 6, Mentor Lake Cath. 1, CAPE 7, Findlay 2, Irontonk-X 8, Lorain Admiral King 3, Urbana 9, North Canton Hoover 4, Youngs. Ursuline 10, Mayfield 5, Hamilton Badin 6, Campbell Memorial Class AA 7, Genoa 1, Elyria Cath.-X (Div. III) 8, Waverly 2, Steubenville-X (Div. II) 9, Swanton 3, Orrville 4, Louisville Aquinas-X (Div. IV) 10, Oberlin Firelands 5, Oak Harbor Division IV 6, Portsmouth 1, Wheelersburg-X 7, Loudonville 2, Fredericktown 8, Cin. McNicholas 3, Archbold 9, Lima Bath 4, Warren Kennedy 10, Warren Kennedy 5, Sullivan Black River 6, Beachwood Class A 7, West Jefferson 1, Newark Cath.-X (Div. v) 8, Amanda-Clearcreek 2, Delphos Jefferson 9, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 3, McComb 10, Versailles 4, CAPE 5, Middletown Fenwick Division V 6, Canal Winchester 1, Sandusky St. Mary’s 7, Mogadore 2, Lima Cent. Cath. 8, Smithville 9, New Phila. Tuscarawas Cath. 3, Fremont St. Joseph 4, Berlin Center Western Reserve 10, Cedarville 5, McDonald 6, Lorain Clearview 1985 7, Minster-X Class AAA 8, Mingo Junction 1, Cin. Princeton 9, Arlington 2, Cin. Moeller-X (Div. I) 10, Delphos St. John’s 3, Galion-X (Div. II) 4, Canton McKinley 1990 5, Lakewood St. Edward Division I 6, Cle. Benedictine 1, Cle. St. Ignatius 7, Canton GlenOak 2, Cin. Moeller 8, Beloit West Branch 3, Warren Harding-X 9, Youngs. Boardman 4, Sandusky 10, Stow Walsh Jesuit 5, Grove City 6, Chillicothe Class AA 7, Youngs. Austintown Fitch 1, Louisville Aquinas 8, Cin. Princeton 2, Lima Bath 9, Youngs. Boardman 3, Orrville 10, Massillon Jackson 4, Castalia Margaretta 5, CAPE-X (Div. IV) Division II 6, Urbana 1, St. Marys Memorial-X 7, Canton Cent. Cath. 2, Beloit West Branch 8, Youngs. Rayen 3, Goshen 9, Dayton Oakwood 4, Steubenville 10, Youngs. Mooney 5, Cols. Briggs 6, Rayland Buckeye Local Class A 7, GENEVA 1, Mogadore 8, Dayton Dunbar 2, Newark Cath.-X (Div. V) 9, Cols. DeSales 3, McComb 10, Solon 4, Caldwell 5, Delphos Jefferson Division III 6, Sullivan Black River 1, Mentor Lake Cath. 7, Mineral Ridge 8, New Phila. Tuscarawas Cath. 2, Youngs. Mooney 3, Amanda-Clearcreek 9, South Charleston SE 4, Bloom-Carroll 10, Wellsville 5, Portsmouth West 6, CAPE 1986 7, Springfield Northeast Class AAA 8, Akron Hoban 1, Centerville 9, Rossford 2, Cle. Benedictine 3, Cin. Purcell Marian-X (Div. II) 10, Orrville 4, Tol. Whitmer Division IV 5, Canton McKinley 1, Campbell Memorial 6, Worthington 2, Loudonville 7, Steubenville 3, Bainbridge Paint Valley 8, Youngs. Austintown Fitch 4, Versailles-X 9, Beloit West Branch 5, Lafayette Allen East 10, North Canton Hoover 6, Crooksville 7, Brookville Class AA 8, Warren Kennedy 1, Ironton 9, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 2, CAPE-X (Div. III) 10, Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 3, Cols. DeSales 4, Wheelersburg Division V 5, Orrville 1, St. Henry-X 6, Thornville Sheridan 2, Fremont St. Joseph 7, Garfield Hts. Trinity 3, Archbold 8, Urbana 4, Defiance Ayersville 9, Youngs. Mooney 5, Cin. Country Day St. Clairsville 6, Minster 7, Franklin Furnace Green Class A 8, Caldwell 1, Delphos Jefferson 9, Fostoria St. Wendelin 2, Gates Mills Hawken 10, Cin. Mariemont 3, Versailles 4, Lisbon Anderson 5, Newark Cath.-X (Div. V) 6, Brilliant Buckeye North 7, Defiance Ayersville 8, McDonald 9, St. Henry 10, Bowerston Conotton Valley 1987 Division I 1, Cle. St. Joseph 2, Euclid 3, Gahanna Lincoln 4, Cin. Princeton-X 5, Brunswick 6, Chillicothe 7, Tol. Whitmer 8, Tol. Cent. Cath. 9, Huber Hts. Wayne 10, Logan Division II 1, Minerva 2, Tiffin Columbian 3, Cols. Mifflin 4, Spring. Shawnee 5, Cols. DeSales 6, Urbana 7, Steubenville 8, Cle. Benedictine 9, Akron Buchtel-X 10, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne Division III 1, Youngs. Mooney-X 2, Orrville 3, Cin. Forest Park 4, Thornville Sheridan

1991 Division I 1, Cin. Princeton 2, Cin. Elder 3, Grove City 4, Piqua 5, Dublin 6, Euclid 7, Middletown 8, Massillon Washington 9, Oxford Talawanda 10, Mentor Division II 1, Fostoria-X 2, Steubenville 3, Uniontown Lake 4, St. Marys Memorial 5, Rayland Buckeye Local 6, Beloit West Branch 7, Portsmouth 8, Akron Hoban 9, Solon 10, Youngs. Chaney Division III 1, CAPE 2, Bellbrook 3, Mentor Lake Cath.-X 4, Utica 5, Ironton 6, Minerva 7, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 8, Kettering Alter 9, Twinsburg Chamberlin 10, Girard Division IV 1, Akron Manchester 2, Marion Elgin 3, Lorain Clearview 4, Wheelersburg 5, Portsmouth East 6, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 7, Summit Station Licking Hts. 8, Springfield Cath. Cent. 9, Gates Mills Hawken 10, West Jefferson Division V 1, Newark Cath.-X 2, Woodsfield 3, Malvern 4, Bluffton 5, Delphos St. John’s 6, McDonald 7, Minster 8, Cin. Mariemont 9, Marion Pleasant 10, Sandusky St. Mary’s 1992 Division I 1, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 2, Cin. St. Xavier 3, Massillon Perry 4, Mansfield Madison 5, Pickerington 6, Cin. Princeton 7, Canton McKinley 8, Euclid 9, Lancaster 10, Cin. Anderson Division II 1, Fostoria 2, Louisville 3, Elyria West 4, Youngs. Chaney 5, St. Marys Memorial-X 6, WCH Miami Trace 7, Rayland Buckeye Local 8, Beloit West Branch 9, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 10, Akron Buchtel Division III 1, Mentor Lake Cath.-X 2, Ironton 3, Nelsonville-York 4, Youngs. Ursuline 5, Germantown Valley View 6, Youngs. Mooney 7, Cle. Benedictine 8, Waverly 9, Morrow Little Miami 10, Lima Bath Thornville Sheridan Division IV 1, Akron Manchester 2, CAPE-X 3, Barnesville 4, Warren Kennedy 5, Wheelersburg 6, Brookville 7, Cols. Academy 8, Tontogany Otsego 9, Springfield Northwestern 10, Cin. Wyoming Division V 1, Newark Cath. 2, St. Henry-X 3, Marion Pleasant 4, Cedarville 5, Lockland 6, Fremont St. Joseph 7, Minster 8, Dalton 9, Columbus Grove 10, Liberty Center 1993 Division I 1, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 2, Cin. Moeller 3, Centerville 4, Euclid 5, Canton McKinley 6, Cin. Princeton 7, Massillon Washington 8, Fremont Ross 9, Massillon Perry 10, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit Division II 1, Fostoria 2, St. Marys Memorial-X 3, Louisville 4, Cols. Watterson 5, Clyde 6, Bellevue 7, Steubenville 8, MADISON 9, Beloit West Branch 10, Piqua Division III 1, Ironton 2, Germantown Valley View 3, Thornville Sheridan 4, Wauseon-X 5, Warren Champion 6, Hamilton Badin 7, McArthur Vinton County 8, Youngs. Ursuline 9, Wheelersburg 10, Youngs. Mooney Division IV 1, Aurora 2, Delphos Jefferson 3, Versailles-X 4, CAPE 5, Akron Manchester 6, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 7, Brookville 8, Plain City Jonathan Alder 9, New Middletown Springfield 10, Montpelier Division V 1, St. Henry 2, Newark Cath. 3, Marion Pleasant 4, Woodsfield 5, Lockland 6, Howard East Knox 7, Delphos St. John’s 8, Steubenville Cath. Cent.-X 9, Cedarville 10, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 1994 Division I 1, Euclid 2, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 3, Cin. Colerain 4, Hilliard 5, Massillon Washington 6, Cin. St. Xavier 7, Dublin 8, Canton McKinley 9, Huber Hts. Wayne 10, Warren Harding Division II 1, Celina 2, Piqua 3, Chardon-X 4, Rayland Buckeye Local 5, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit 6, Cin. Anderson 7, Cols. Watterson 8, Defiance 9, WCH Miami Trace 10, Uniontown Lake Division III 1, Steubenville 2, Beloit West Branch-X 3, Thornville Sheridan 4, Cols. DeSales

5, Avon lake 6, Lemon-Monroe 7, Ironton 8, Hamilton Badin 9, Clyde 10, Bellaire Division IV 1, Germantown Valley View-X 2, Wauseon 3, Amanda-Clearcreek 4, Nelsonville-York 5, Orrville 6, Youngs. Mooney 7, Brookville 8, Coshocton 9, Wheelersburg 10, Brookfield Division V 1, Versailles-X 2, Cin. Mariemont 3, Wellsville 4, Sugarcreek Garaway 5, Carey 6, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 7, Woodsfield Monroe Cent. 8, Sugar Grove Berne Union 9, Lore City Buckeye Trail 10, Akron Manchester Division VI 1, Delphos St. John’s 2, McDonald 3, Cin. Country Day 4, Cedarville 5, Danville 6, Portsmouth East 7, Columbiana 8, St. Henry-X 9, Beallsville 10, Leipsic 1995 Division I 1, Cle. St. Ignatius-X 2, Westerville South 3, Cin. Colerain 4, Lakewood 5, West Chester Lakota 6, Cin. Elder 7, Brunswick 8, Youngs. Boardman 9, Kettering Fairmont 10, Tol. St. John’s Division II 1, Celina 2, Cols. DeSales 3, Amherst Steele 4, Dublin Scioto-X 5, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit 6, Chardon 7, Akron Buchtel 8, Bellefontaine 9, Wintersville Indian Creek 10, Jackson Division III 1, Hillsboro 2, London 3, Hamilton Ross 4, Clyde-X 5, Oak Harbor 6, Hamilton Badin 7, Poland Seminary 8, Alliance Marlington 9, Cortland Lakeview 10, Mentor Lake Cath. Division IV 1, Orrville 2, Germantown Valley View 3, Versailles-X 4, Bellaire 5, Youngs. Mooney 6, Newark Licking Valley 7, Ironton 8, Youngs. Ursuline 9, Akron Manchester 10, Ironton Rock Hill Division V 1, Cin. Mariemont 2, Amanda-Clearcreek 3, Lisbon Anderson-X 4, Marion Pleasant 5, Woodsfield Monroe Central 6, Elmore Woodmore 7, Wellsville 8, Lorain Clearview 9, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 10, Columbiana Crestview Division VI 1, St. Henry-X 2, Mogadore 3, Danville 4, Portsmouth Notre Dame 5, Lowellville 6, New Wash Buckeye Central 7, Cin. Country Day 8, North Baltimore 9, Dola Hardin-Northern 10, DeGraff Riverside 1996 Division I 1, Troy 2, Grove City 3, Brunswick 4, Canton McKinley 5, Massillon Washington 6, Cin. Elder 7, Cleve. St. Ignatius 8, Tol. St. John’s 9, Lima Sr.-X 10, Cin. Moeller Division II 1, Akron Springfield 2, WCH Miami Trace 3, Cols. Watterson 4, Fostoria-X 5, Chardon 6, Wadsworth 7, Solon 8, Akron Buchtel 9, E. Liverpool 10, Akron Coventry Division III 1, Mentor Lake Cath. 2, Youngs. Chaney 3, Hillsboro 4, Spring. Shawnee 5, Jackson 6, Cols. DeSales 7, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit Wintersville Indian Creek 9, Thornville Sheridan 10, Olmsted Falls Division IV 1, Germantown Valley View-X 2, Youngs. Mooney 3, Newark Licking Valley 4, Bellaire 5, Castalia Margaretta 6, Jamestown Greeneview 7, Tontogany Otsego 8, Akron Manchester 9, Girard 10, Williamsport Westfall Division V 1, Versailles 2, Cin. Mariemont 3, Amanda-Clearcreek 4, Marion Pleasant-X 5, ORWELL GRAND VALLEY 6, N. Lima S. Range 7, Fremont St. Joseph 8, Hamler Patrick Henry 9, Cols. Ready 10, Avon Division VI 1, St. Henry 2, Mogadore-X 3, Dalton 4, Norwalk St. Paul 5, Covington 6, Crestline Howard E. Knox 8, Bridgeport 9, Cin. Summit Country Day 10, Milford Ctr. Fairbanks 1997 Division I 1, Canton McKinley-X 2, Cleve. St. Ignatius 3, Cin. Moeller 4, Upper Arlington 5, Worthington Kilbourne 6, Troy 7, Hamilton 8, Tol. St. Francis 9, Cin. St. Xavier 10, Euclid Division II 1, Defiance-X 2, Lebanon 3, Akron Springfield 4, Zanesville 5, Cols. Watterson 6, Broadview Hts. Brecksville 7, Chardon 8, E. Liverpool 9, Uniontown Lake 10, Celina

Division III 1, Minerva 2, Cols. DeSales-X 3, Mentor Lake Cath. 4, Bellefontaine 5, Avon Lake 6, Bellevue 7, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit 8, Wintersville Indian Creek 9, Eaton 10, Jackson Division IV 1, Germantown Valley View-X 2, Cleve. Benedictine 3, Bellaire 4, Akron Manchester 5, Nelsonville-York 6, Wickliffe 7, Bellville Clear Fork 8, Wellington 9, Bucyrus 10, Piketon Division V 1, Marion Pleasant 2, Amanda-Clearcreek 3, Hamler Patrick Henry 4, ORWELL GRAND VALLEY 5, Hannibal River 6, Columbus Grove 7, Liberty Center-X 8, Sullivan Black River 9, Lucasville Indian Valley 10, Apple Creek Waynedale Division VI 1, Delphos St. John’s-X 2, Norwalk St. Paul 3, Independence 4, Dola Hardin Northern 5, Defiance Ayersville 6, Cedarville 7, Dalton 8, Toronto 9, Beallsville 10, Columbiana 1998 Division I 1, Upper Arlington 2, Strongsville 3, Canton McKinley 4, Shaker Hts. 5, Cin. Colerain 6, Cleve. St. Ignatius 7, Grove City 8, Gahanna Lincoln 9, Tol. St. Francis 10, Cin. St. Xavier Division II 1, Chardon 2, New Carlisle Tecumseh 3, Lebanon 4, Uniontown Lake 5, Chillicothe 6, Zanesville 7, Tiffin Columbian 8, E. Liverpool 9, Mayfield 10, Sylvania Southview Division III 1, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit 2, Cols. DeSales 3, Thornville Sheridan 4, Beloit W. Branch 5, Akron Hoban 6, Minerva 7, Shelby 8, Poland Seminary 9, Youngs. Mooney 10, Jackson Division IV 1, Germantown Valley View 2, Martins Ferry 3, Aurora 4, Bellville Clear Fork 5, Granville 6, Huron 7, Orrville 8, Kenton 9, Youngs. Ursuline 10, Akron Manchester Division V 1, Liberty Center 2, Marion Pleasant 3, West Jefferson 4, Versailles 5, Apple Creek Waynedale 6, Wheelersburg 7, Milford Ctr. Fairbanks 8, Mineral Ridge 9, Warren Kennedy 10, Lisbon Anderson Division VI 1, Delphos St. John’s-X 2, Toronto 3, Newark Cath. 4, Tiffin Calvert 5, McDonald 6, Cedarville 7, Richmond Hts. 8, Danville 9, Gibsonburg 10, St. Henry 1999 Division I 1, Grove City 2, Cin. St. Xavier 3, Massillon Washington 4, Centerville 5, Brunswick 6, Solon 7, Cin. Elder 8, Worthington Kilbourne 9, Cleve. St. Ignatius-X 10, Logan Division II 1, Dover 2, Piqua 3, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit-X 4, Trenton Edgewood 5, Marysville 6, Cols. Brookhaven 7, Kings Mills Kings 8, MADISON 9, Cols. Independence 10, Mentor Lake Cath. Division III 1, Poland Seminary-X 2, Bellbrook 3, Copley 4, Cols. Watterson 5, Millersburg W. Holmes 6, Lima Bath 7, Bellevue 8, Willard 9, Orrville 10, London

6, Akron Buchtel 7, Avon Lake 8, Trenton Edgewood 9, Tol. Rogers 10, Cols. DeSales Division III 1, Portsmouth 2, McConnelsville Morgan 3, Akron Hoban 4, Lisbon Beaver Local 5, Canton Cent. Cath.-X 6, Sunbury Big Walnut 7, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 8, Millersburg W. Holmes 9, New Richmond 10, Louisville Division IV 1, Sandusky Perkins 2, Coshocton 3, Newark Licking Valley 4, Youngs. Ursuline-X 5, Germantown Valley View 6, Ironton 7, Akron Manchester 8, Cleve. VASJ 9, Wellington 10, Coldwater Division V 1, Liberty Ctr. 2, New Middletown Springfield 3, Massillon Tuslaw 4, Bedford Chanel 5, Cols. Ready 6, Bluffton 7, Cols. Academy 8, Hemlock Miller 9, St. Henry 10, Marion Pleasant Division VI 1, Delphos St. John’s 2, Mogadore 3, Norwalk St. Paul 4, Portsmouth Notre Dame 5, Cuyahoga Hts. 6, Maria Stein Marion Local-X 7, Toronto 8, Covington 9, McComb 10, Beallsville 2001 Division I 1, Cin. Colerain 2, Cin. St. Xavier 3, Cin. Elder 4, Lakewood St. Edward 5, Warren Harding 6, Massillon Washington 7, Hilliard Davidson 8, N. Canton Hoover 9, Canton McKinley 10, Cin. Anderson Division II 1, Avon Lake 2, Youngs. Chaney 3, Cols. Beechcroft 4, Piqua 5, Warren Howland 6, Amherst Steele St. Bernard Roger Bacon 8, Defiance 9, Tol. St. Francis 10, New Carlisle Tecumseh Division III 1, Sunbury Big Walnut 2, Hubbard 3, Akron Hoban 4, Washington CH 5, Poland Seminary 6, Medina Highland 7, St. Marys Memorial 8, New Richmond 9, Beloit W. Branch 10, Copley Division IV 1, Ironton 2, Newark Licking Valley 3, Kenton 4, Portsmouth 5, Canton Cent. Cath. 6, Germantown Valley View 7, New Lexington 8, PERRY 9, Coldwater 10, Chagrin Falls Division V 1, Bedford Chanel 2, Marion Pleasant 3, Liberty Center 4, Delphos Jefferson 5, N. Lima S. Range 6, Cols. Academy 7, Warren Kennedy 8, Sherwood Fairview 9, Delphos St. John’s 10, Amanda-Clearcreek Division VI 1, Mogadore 2, Maria Stein Marion Local 3, McComb 4, Sycamore Mohawk 5, Cuyahoga Hts. 6, Dola Hardin Northern 7, Danville 8, Newark Cath. 9, Tiffin Calvert 10, S. Charleston Southeastern 2002 Division I 1, Warren Harding 2, Solon 3, Brunswick 4, Cin. Elder 5, Cin. Anderson 6, Lakewood St. Edward 7, Findlay 8, Pickerington 9, Dublin Scioto 10, Cle. St. Ignatius Division II 1, Louisville

2, Kings Mills Kings 3, Canfield 4, Tol. St. Francis 5, Cols. Brookhaven 6, Day. Chaminade Julienne 7, Tol. Cent. Cath 8, Vandalia Butler 9, Macedonia Nordonia 10, Green Division III 1, Akron Buchtel 2, Newark Licking Valley 3, Germantown Valley View 4, Urbana 5, Akr. Hoban 6, Oak Harbor 7, Cle. Benedictine 8, Cols. DeSales 9, Willard 10, Richmond Edison Division IV 1, Coldwater 2, New Lexington 3, Coshocton 4, Akr. Manchester 5, Martins Ferry 6, Kettering Alter 7, Reading 8, Portsmouth 9, Kenton 10, Ottawa-Glandorf Division V 1, Marion Pleasant 2, Woodsfield Monroe Cent. 3, Smithville 4, Middlefield Cardinal 5, Cin. Hills Chr. Acad. 6, Defiance Tinora 7, Dalton 8,Hamler Patrick Henry 9, Delphos St. John’s 10, Bucyrus Wynford Division VI 1, Maria Stein Marion Local 2, Columbus Grove 3, Strasburg-Franklin 4, Dola Hardin-Northern 5, Mogadore 6, Lowellville 7, Covington 8, Northwood 9, Danville 10, Edon 10, Mechanicsburg 2003 Division I 1, Warren Harding 2, Mentor 3, Cin. Colerain 4, N. Canton Hoover 5, Westerville South 6, Cin. Elder 7, Marion Harding 8, Tol. Whitmer 9, Cleve. St. Ignatius 10, Lancaster Division II 1, Avon Lake 2, Cols. Brookhaven 3, Sylvania Southview 4, Trenton Edgewood 5, Macedonia Nordonia 6, Warren Howland 7, Kings Mills Kings 8, Pickerington Central 9, Whitehall-Yearling 10, Youngs. Chaney Division III 1, Steubenville 2, Dover 3, Cleve. Benedictine 4, Lisbon Beaver 5, Canal Fulton NW 6, Sunbury Big Walnut 7, Chesterland W. Geauga 8, Germantown Valley View 9, Newark Licking Valley 10, Day. Chaminade-Julienne Division IV 1, Versailles 2, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 3, Coldwater 4, Coshocton 5, Ironton 6, Youngs. Mooney 7, Upper Sandusky 8, Apple Creek Waynedale 9, Delta 10, Urbana Division V 1, Marion Pleasant 2, Sarahsville Shenandoah 3, N. Lima S. Range 4, Gates Mills Gilmour 5, Amanda-Clearcreek 6, Bainbridge Paint Valley 7, Smithville 8, Woodsfield Monroe Central 9, Delphos St. John’s 10, Hamler Patrick Henry Division VI 1, Columbus Grove 2, Norwalk St. Paul 3, Covington 4, Newark Cath. 5, Dola Hardin-Northern 6, Shadyside 7, Mogadore 8, Cory-Rawson 9, N. Lewisburg Triad 10, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. 2004 Division I 1, Cin. Colerain-X 2, Cin. St. Xavier 3, Centerville 4, Westerville South 5, Cleve. Glenville 6, Cleve. St. Ignatius 7, Youngs. Austintown Fitch 8, Lakewood St. Edward

9, Cin. Moeller 10, Warren Harding Division II 1, Avon Lake 2, Cols. Brookhaven-X 3, New Philadelphia 4, Cin. Withrow 5, Macedonia Nordonia 6, Carrollton 7, Springboro 8, Uniontown Lake 9, Amherst Steele 10, Tallmadge Division III 1, Steubenville 2, Lisbon Beaver 3, WCH Miami Trace 4, Canal Fulton NW 5, Napoleon 6, Akron Hoban 7, Cols. Watterson 8, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 9, Chardon NDCL 10, Bellevue Division IV 1, Coldwater 2, Akron Manchester 3, Martins Ferry 4, Huron 5, Ironton 6, Plain City Jonathan Alder 7, Youngs. Mooney-X 8, New Albany 9, Upper Sandusky 10, Youngs. Liberty Division V 1, Amanda-Clearcreek 2, Marion Pleasant 3, Hamler Patrick Henry 4, Findlay Liberty-Benton 5, Gates Mills Gilmour 6, Bluffton 7, St. Henry-X 8, N. Lima S. Range 9, Mineral Ridge 10, Wheelersburg Division VI 1, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 2, New Matamoras Frontier 3, Columbus Grove 4, Monroeville 5, Dola Hardin Northern-X 6, Mechanicsburg 7, Newark Cath. 8, Glouster Trimble 9, Hicksville 10, Sandusky St. Mary 2005 Division I 1, Cin. St. Xavier—X 2, Canton McKinley 3, Cleve. Glenville 4, Lakewood St. Edward 5, Solon 6, Cin. Colerain 7, Hilliard Davidson 8, Massillon Washington 9, Huber Hts. Wayne 10, Findlay Division II 1, Avon Lake 2, Tallmadge 3, Louisville 4, Canfield 5, Springboro 6, Maple Hts. 7, Cols. Watterson 8, Cin. Mt. Healthy 9, Willoughby South 10, Tol. Cent. Cath.—X Division III 1, Steubenville—X 2, Newark Licking Valley 3, Cin. Indian Hill 4, Mentor Lake Cath. 5, Medina Buckeye 6, Clyde 7, Aurora 8, New Albany 9, Spring. Shawnee 10, Youngs. Liberty Division IV 1, Coldwater—X 2, Bellaire 3, Ottawa-Glandorf 4, Germantown Valley View 5, Youngs. Mooney 6, Akron Manchester 7, Huron 8, Ironton 9, Tontogany Otsego 10, Plain City Jonathan Alder Division V 1, Hamler Patrick Henry—X 2, N. Lima S. Range 3, Versailles 4, Bucyrus Wynford 5, Cin. Hills Christian Acad. 6, Findlay Liberty-Benton 7, Smithville 8, Anna 9, Howard E. Knox 10, Warren JFK Division VI 1, Dola Hardin-Northern 2, Mechanicsburg 3, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 4, Spring. Cath. Cent. 5, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 6, Liberty Center 7, Delphos St. John’s—X 8, Columbiana 9, Cleve. Cuyahoga Hts. 10, Covington 2006 Division I 1, Cin. Colerain 2, Cin. St. Xavier 3, Lancaster 4, Lakewood St. Edward

5, Hilliard Davidson—X 6, Fremont Ross 7, Mentor 8, Brunswick 9, Can. McKinley 10, Cle. Glenville Division II 1, Ashland 2, Macedonia Nordonia 3, Kent Roosevelt 4, Tol. Cent. Cath. 5, Maple Hts. 6, Pickerington Central 7, Day. Carroll 8, Mayfield 9, Trenton Edgewood 10, Olmsted Falls Division III 1, Steubenville—X 2, Kettering Alter 3, Cambridge 4, Cin. Indian Hill 5, Dover 6, Tipp City Tippecanoe 7, Sunbury Big Walnut 8, Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit 9, Aurora 10, Waverly Division IV 1, Youngs. Mooney—X 2, Coldwater 3, Bellaire 4, Oak Harbor 5, New Lexington 6, Plain City Jonathan Alder 7, Williamsport Westfall 8, Milton-Union 9, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 10, Blanchester Division V 1, N. Lima S. Range 2, W. Salem NW 3, Barnesville 4, St. Henry—X 5, Warren JFK 6, Smithville 7, W. Jefferson 8, Bedford Chanel 9, W. Lafayette Ridgewood 10, Sherwood Fairview Division VI 1, Covington 2, Beallsville 3, Mechanicsburg 4, Dola Hardin Northern 5, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. 6, Sycamore Mohawk 7, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 8, Spring. Cath. Cent. 9, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 10, Maria Stein Marion Local—X 2007 Division I 1, Cin. St. Xavier—X 2, Cin. Colerain 3, Brunswick 4, Dublin Coffman 5, Pickerington Cent. 6, Hilliard Darby 7, Cle. St. Ignatius 8, Euclid 9, Cin. Sycamore 10, Mentor Division II 1, Cols. DeSales 2, Avon Lake 3, Cin. Turpin 4, Warren Howland 5, Canfield 6, Sylvania Southview 7, Tallmadge 8, Louisville 9, Cin. Withrow 10, Day. Carroll, Dres Tri-Valley Division III 1, Canal Fulton NW 2, Rocky River 3, Tipp City Tippecanoe 4, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit 5, Sunbury Big Walnut—X 6, Newark Licking Valley 7, Bellefontaine 8, Napoleon 9, Canal Winchester 10, Beloit W. Branch Division IV 1, Youngs. Mooney 2, Steubenville 3, Kettering Alter 4, Can. Cent. Cath. 5, St. Clairsville 6, Marion Pleasant 7, Akr. SVSM 8, Marion Pleasant 9, PERRY 10, Milton-Union Division V 1, Maria Stein Marion Local—X 2, N. Lima S. Range 3, Findlay Liberty-Benton 4, Cols. Ready 5, Bucyrus Wynford 6, Old Washington Buckeye Trail 7, W. Jefferson 8, Hamler Patrick Henry 9, Youngs. Ursuline 10, Sherwood Fairview Division VI 1, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 2, Spring. Cath. Cent. 3, Covington 4, Mogadore 5, Norwalk St. Paul 6, Shadyside 7, Portsmouth Sciotoville 8, Newark Cath.—X 9, Hannibal River 10, McComb

Wish Them Good Luck!

Division IV 1, Youngs. Mooney 2, Sandusky Perkins-X 3, Campbell Memorial 4, Germantown Valley View 5, Wheelersburg 6, Utica 7, Chagrin Falls 8, Cin. Wyoming 9, Akron Manchester 10, Marion Elgin Division V 1, Bedford Chanel 2, Milford Ctr. Fairbanks 3, Johnstown Northridge 4, Liberty Ctr. 5, Cleve. VASJ 6, Gibsonburg 7, Amanda-Clearcreek-X 8, Woodsfield Monroe Central 9, Smithville 10, Massillon Tuslaw Division VI 1, Delphos St. John’s-X 2, Tiffin Calvert 3, Mogadore 4, Cin. Country Day 5, Independence 6, Toronto 7, Bellaire St. John 8, Hemlock Miller 9, Pandora-Gilboa 10, Norwalk St. Paul 2000 Division I 1, Cleve. St. Ignatius 2, Upper Arlington-X 3, Shaker Hts. 4, Pickerington 5, Solon 6, Cin. Colerain 7, Cin. Moeller 8, Logan 9, Massillon Perry 10, Mansfield Sr. (tie) Canton GlenOak

Alyssa Baker

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Grand Valley High School

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Good luck Alyssa & The Mustang Marching Pride Love Mom & Dad

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High School

Jefferson High School

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-X won playoff title (began 1972) 5, Hamilton Garfield 6, Upper Arlington Class AAA, 7, Cols. Eastmoor Division I 8, Akron Hoban 1947 9, Louisville 1, Barberton 10, East Liverpool 2, Elyria 3, Canton McKinley Class A 4, Cle. Cathedral Latin 1, Marion Harding 5, Cols. West 2, Millersport 6, Hamilton Public 3, Chillicothe Unioto 7, Warren Harding 4, Sandusky St. Mary’s 8, Salem 5, New Albany 9, Upper Sandusky 6, Portsmouth Notre Dame 10, Tol. Libbey 7, Irondale Stanton Local 8, Bellville Clear Fork 1948 9, Bluffton 1, Massillon Washington 10, Cols. Academy 2, Canton McKinley 3, Hamilton Public 1967 4, Middletown Class AA 5, Newark 1, Upper Arlington 6, Martins Ferry 2, Massillon Washington 7, Alliance 3, Cin. Roger Bacon 8, Lakewood 4, Steubenville 9, Mansfield Senior 5, Dover 10, Akron St. Vincent 6, Shelby 7, Sandusky 1949 8, Circleville 1, Massillon Washington 9, Tol. St. Francis 2, Mansfield Senior 10, Cin. Princeton 3, Canton McKinley 4, Cin. Purcell Class A 5, Fremont Ross 1, Portsmouth Notre Dame 6, Middletown 2, Versailles 7, Tol. Libbey 3, Kent State High 8, Circleville 4, Newark Cath. 9, Springfield Public 5, Lorain St. Mary 10, Wooster 6, Milan 7, Fredericktown 1950 8, Norwalk St. Paul 9, New Lebanon Dixie 1, Massillon Washington 10, Chillicothe Unioto 2, Hamilton Public 3, Barberton 1968 4, Springfield Public 5, Upper Arlington Class AA 6, Portsmouth 1, Upper Arlington 7, New Philadelphia 2, Mentor 8, Canton McKinley 3, Canton McKinley 9, Steubenville 4, Elyria 10, Lakewood 5, Struthers 6, Warren Western Reserve 1951 7, Shelby 8, Cle. St. Joseph 1, Massillon Washington 9, Cin. St. Xavier 2, Steubenville 10, Warren Harding 3, Springfield Public 4, Hamilton Public Class A 5, Zanesville 1, Newark Cath. 6, Barberton 2, Norwalk St. Paul 7, Warren Harding 3, Rawson Cory-Rawson 8, Cle. Collinwood 4, Zanesville West Muskingum 9, Fremont Ross 5, Mt. Sterling The Plains 10, Lima Central 6, Newcomerstown 7, Portsmouth Notre Dame 1952 8, Covington 1, Massillon Washington 9, Brilliant 2, Springfield Public 10, McDonald 3, East Liverpool 4, Cin. Purcell 1969 5, Dayton Chaminade 6, Washington Court House Class AA 7, Cle. Benedictine 1, Upper Arlington 2, Elyria 8, Middletown 3, Cin. Moeller 9, Van Wert 4, Canton McKinley 10, Youngs. Ursuline 5, Warren Western Reserve 6, Akron Garfield 1953 1, Massillon Washington 7, Niles McKinley 2, Portsmouth 8, Steubenville 3, Dayton Chaminade 9, Jackson 4, New Philadelphia 10, Shelby 5, Warren 6, Fremont Ross Class A 7, Tol. DeVilbiss 1, Norwalk St. Paul 8, Cin. Purcell 2, Newark Cath. 9, Cle. Rhodes 3, Mechanicsburg 10, Urbana 4, Rawson Cory-Rawson 5, Dennison St. Mary 1954 6, Marion Pleasant 7, McDonald 1, Massillon Washington 8, Granville 2, Alliance 9, Bainbridge Paint Valley 3, Canton McKinley 10, Mount Gilead 4, Mansfield Senior 5, Cle. Cathedral Latin 1970 6, Youngs. Rayen Class AAA 7, Lancaster 1, Massillon Washington 8, Jackson 2, Upper Arlington 9, Springfield Public 3, Canton McKinley 10, Cin. Elder 4, Sidney 5, Cin. Moeller 1955 6, Lancaster 1, Canton McKinley 7, Sandusky 2, Massillon Washington 8, Warren Western Reserve 3, East Liverpool 9, Cols. Eastmoor 4, Fremont Ross 10, Troy 5, Cols. East 6, Tol. DeVilbiss Class AA 7, Mansfield Senior 1, New Lexington 8, Youngs. East 2, Bucyrus 9, Upper Sandusky 3, Circleville 10, Jackson 4, Huron 5, Napoleon 1956 6, Hartville Lake 1, Canton McKinley 7, Portsmouth West 2, Fremont Ross 8, Hebron Lakewood 3, Mansfield Senior 9, Minerva 4, Cle. St. Ignatius 10, Gallipolis 5, Youngs. Ursuline 6, Cle. Benedictine Class A 7, Lorain High 1, Portsmouth Notre Dame 8, Massillon Washington 2, Mechanicsburg 9, Troy 3, Dennison Cent. Cath. 10, East Liverpool 4, Canal Winchester 5, Marion Pleasant 1957 6, Johnstown Monroe 1, Cle. Benedictine 7, Cin. Country Day 2, Massillon Washington 8, New London 3, Tol. DeVilbiss 9, Norwalk St. Paul 4, Warren Harding 10, Yorkville 5, Youngs. South 6, Troy 1971 7, Fremont Ross 8, E. Cle. Shaw Class AAA 9, Tol. Cent. Cath. 1, Warren Harding 10, Salem 2, Elyria 3, Akron Garfield 1958 4, Troy 1, Alliance 5, Cin. Moeller 2, Marion Harding 6, Massillon Washington 3, Springfield Public 7, Fremont Ross 4, Massillon Washington 8, Youngs. Mooney 5, Cle. Cathedral Latin 9, Cols. Eastmoor 6, Elyria 10, Tol. Woodward 7, Kettering Fairmont 8, Tol. DeVilbiss Class AA 9, Youngs. East 1, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 10, Tol. Libbey 2, Warren Kennedy 3, Cle. Holy Name 1959 4, Dayton Jefferson 5, Poland 1, Massillon Washington 6, Ironton 2, Springfield Public 7, Napoleon 3, Kettering Fairmont Youngs. North 4, Marion Harding 9, Vermilion 5, Tol. DeVilbiss 10, St. Marys Memorial 6, Marion 7, Canton Cent. Cath. Class A 8, Salem 1, Marion Pleasant 9, Parma 2, Newark Cath. 10, Elyria 3, West Jefferson 4, Rawson Cory-Rawson 1960 5, Portsmouth Notre Dame 1, Massillon Washington 6, Lorain Cath. 2, Niles McKinley 7, New Phila. Tusc. Cent. Cath. 3, Alliance 8, Ada 4, Sandusky 9, LaGrange Keystone 5, Dayton Col. White 10, Zanesville Rosecrans 6, Cin. Purcell 7, Marion Harding 1972 8, Tol. Cent. Cath. 9, Troy Class AAA 10, Port Clinton 1, Massillon Washington 2, Warren Western Reserve-X 1961 3, Cin. Princeton 1, Niles McKinley 4, Fremont Ross 2, Massillon Washington 5, Elyria 3, Bellevue 6, Cin. Elder 4, Cin. Roger Bacon 7, Tol. Scott 5, Martins Ferry 8, Canton McKinley 6, Hamilton Garfield 9, North Canton Hoover 7, Kettering Fairmont 10, Akron Garfield 8, Alliance 9, Tol. Macomber Class AA 10, Middletown 1, Cols. Watterson 2, Warren Kennedy 1962 3, Dayton Jefferson 4, Hannibal River 1, Tol. Cent. Cath. 5, St. Marys 2, Warren Harding 6, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary-X 3, Niles McKinley 7, Cin. Reading 4, Sandusky 8, Fostoria 5, Middletown 9, Rossford 6, Tol. DeVilbiss 10, Clyde 7, Steubenville 8, Cin. Roger Bacon Class A 9, Cle. St. Ignatius 1, Marion Pleasant-X 10, Alliance 2, Newcomerstown 3, Ada 1963 1, Niles McKinley 4, Cedarville 2, Massillon Washington 5, Arlington 3, Sandusky 6, Kirtland 4, Cin. Roger Bacon 7, Cory-Rawson 5, Cle. St. Ignatius 8, Lorain Clearview 6, Akron Garfield 9, Lowellville 7, Springfield South 10, Middletown Fenwick 8, Dayton Roth 9, Fremont St. Joseph 1973 10, Ashland Class AAA 1, Warren Western Reserve 1964 2, Cin. Moeller 1, Massillon Washington 3, Youngs. Mooney-X 2, Canton McKinley 4, Barberton 3, Springfield South 5, Bowling Green 4, Elyria 6, Lakewood St. Edward 5, Louisville 7, Canton McKinley 6, Upper Arlington Fremont Ross 7, Sandusky 9, Akron Garfield 8, Rossford 10, Massillon Washington 9, Cle. St. Ignatius 10, Fremont St. Joseph Class AA 1, Washington Court House 1965 2, Cin. Reading Class AA 3, Ironton 1, Massillon Washington 4, Lisbon Beaver 2, Sandusky 5, Dayton Jefferson 3, Cin. Moeller 6, Cle. Benedictine-X 4, Cols. Watterson 7, Wheelersburg 5, Warren Harding 8, Minerva 6, Upper Arlington 9, Oberlin Firelands 7, Cle. Benedictine 10, Newark Licking Valley 8, Steubenville 9, Athens Class A 10, Middletown 1, Newark Cath. 2, Ada Class A 3, Cory-Rawson 1, Dover St. Joseph 4, Marion Pleasant 2, Marion Cath. 5, McDonald 3, Millersport 6, Yellow Springs 4, Hartville Lake 7, Middletown Fenwick-X 5, Hanoverton United 8, Norwalk St. Paul 6, Johnstown Monroe 9, Sugar Grove Berne Union 7, Fairport Harbor 10, ASHTABULA ST. JOHN 8, Lancaster Fenwick 9, Frankfort Adena 1974 10, Portsmouth Notre Dame Class AAA 1, Cin. Moeller 1966 2, Warren Harding-X Class AA 3, Upper Arlington 1, Cols. Watterson 4, Canton McKinley 2, Niles McKinley 5, New Philadelphia 3, Sandusky 6, Cin. Elder 4, Steubenville 7, Warren Western Reserve

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