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2015 AURORA FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name Pos. 1 Robby Albrecht K/P 2 Evan Fromwiller QB/DB 3 Cade Huffman WRDB 4 Josh Stevens WR/LB 5 Brandon Howard WR/DB 6 Gavin Blunt WR/LB/P 7 James Robinson QB/DB 8 Mac Austin QB/LB 9 Mitch Evans WR/DB 11 Ben Stawicki QB/LB 12 Nolan Sotka QB/LB 13 Trevor Burling WR/DB 14 Jared DeMicco SB/DB 15 Parker Blunt SB/DB 16 Sam Berryhill WR/DB 17 Nate Smierciak TE/LB 18 Zach Gerber SB/DB/K 19 Jimmy Richards SBDB 20 Ben Nelson TB/DB 21 Jonathan Blue SB/DB 22 Andrew Seidel TE/LB/K 23 Trent Bollinger TB/LB 24 Craig Conley WR/DB 25 Dino Deroia WR/LB 26 Dylan Marder RB/LB 27 Bubba Arslanian FB/LB
MISSION STATEMENT “We want to represent ourselves, our personal families, our football family and Aurora High School in a positive manner at all times.” — Bob Mihalik, Aurora head coach
Ht. 5-9 5-10 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-9 6-2 5-10 5-10 65-0 5-10 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-2 5-8 5-11
Wt. 145 180 170 175 155 185 185 190 180 185 210 150 175 180 135 185 155 170 190 155 190 155 160 180 175 190
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No. Name 28 David Donley 30 Brent Henderson 31 Juan Gill 32 Jimmy Kish 33 Brock Mancini 34 Alex Williams 35 Jake Hauptner 36 Drew McVay 40 Chris Vanzo 41 Nate Adzima 42 Lemeir Smith 43 Bryan Barefield 44 Cole Miller 45 Austin Piunno 50 Aaron Palchesko 51 Will Lovell 52 Collin Garnek 54 John Retton 55 Justin Merrifield 55 Bobby Arnold 56 Bobby Dirda 58 Albert Pietrangelo 59 John Hanna 60 Connor Kadow 60 Justin Winterman 61 Caleb Tinsley
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No. Name 62 Jacob Blue 63 Michael Dudziak 64 Logan Kocianic 65 David Avenmarg 66 Lucci Quaranto 67 Oliver Gartrell 68 Vinny Verbiar 69 Tyler Stanley 70 Josh Burger 71 Blake Lightfoot 72 Brandon Hall 73 Holden Semancik 74 Sonny Quaranto 75 Anthony Scott 75 Jack Lukehart 76 Montana Nietert 77 Mason Copley 78 Jake Rogge 80 Jacob Loudon 81 Josh Loudon 82 Kyle DelRosa 83 Kellen Jenifer 85 Cody Struhar 86 Thomas Arnold 87 Jack Galluci 88 JT Rose
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making Special Mention All-Ohio in his Bob Mihalik’s Assistants: Brian Wer- first season as a starting quarterback. A dual-threat QB, Smierciak vey, Victor Ricketts, John Calcei, Nick amassed 2,155 total yards and 29 toKukaroia, Jay Price and Mark Dingman. Freshmen coaches are Dave Ke- tal touchdowns Through the air, Smierciak hit 53 ckan and Danny Myers. percent of his passes for 1,460 yards, PRESEASON EVALUATION 15 TDs and seven interceptions. He Having lost seven athletes that ran 126 times for 695 yards and 14 earned All-District honors would be a more scores. major overhaul for most high school This season, senior Nolan Sotka is football programs, but Aurora is sim- slated to start for Aurora, which has ply reloading this fall. several strong prospects. With 10 consecutive state playoff Sotka has solid size (6-foot-3, 210 berths under its belt, Aurora has num- pounds) and a good arm to direct bers in its favor. Aurora’s multiple-set offense. MihaThe Greenmen return 11 starters lik will want his new signal-caller to and 21 lettermen from a 10-2 squad limit errors, but is also high on junior that earned a Division III state play- Mac Austin and athletic junior Ben off berth and a 6-1 record in the final Stawicki. season of the Chagrin Valley ConferRUNNING BACKS ence (Chagrin Division). Aurora has senior tailback Ben NelIncluding its freshman class, Aurora has 107 athletes in its program, in- son (6-0, 190) back after posting his cluding 78 players from its sophomore, first 1,000-yard rushing season in 2014 junior and senior classes. In all, there when he made Special Mention AllNortheast Inland District. are 18 seniors. Nelson ran for 1,036 yards on 172 carDespite the heavy graduation losses (24 total), the Greenmen have key ries (6.0 yard average) and 10 TDs. He athletes returning with a next man in totaled 1,170 total yards, as he added nine catches for 82 yards and anline mindset. Goals remain the same for 15-year other TD. Junior Chris Vanzo (5-11, 195) is the head coach Bob Mihalik (122-44 overprimary backup and lends great size all). “We hope to compete for the league and speed after rushing for 56 yards title in the new Suburban League and and one TD last year. More depth is provided by first-year a state playoff berth in 2015,” said the senior Nate Adzima (5-8, 175). coach. Aurora is loaded at fullback with seAurora played well in the postseason, losing in the second round 23-19 nior Austin Piunno, junior Bubba Arsto Hubbard, which finished 12-1 and lanian and senior Dylan Marder. Piunno, who is 5-10 and 215 pounds, was ranked third in Ohio’s final Assoalong with Arslanian can punish tackciated Press poll. “Once you qualify for the playoffs, lers and Mihalik likes to give his fullthe goal then is a deep run, and a state backs the ball. In 2014, Piunno had 20 totes for 147 yards and 5 TDs, while Archampionship,” added Mihalik. It will be a new-look for Aurora, slanian had 17 carries for 81 yards and which moves from the smaller-based 2 TDs, plus 4 catches. Marder, a former tailback, can be CVC to the American Division of the used at slot back and fullback. Suburban League. The slot-back position also has exThe American Division includes Medina Highland, Copley, Barberton, perience, with senior Parker Blunt, Kent Roosevelt, Tallmadge and Rich- Marder, and junior Jonathan Blue. Blunt had 117 yards and 2 TDs rushfield Revere. To the credit of the CVC, Aurora ing last year. didn’t win titles every year. Howev- RECEIVERS er, most observers think the SuburGone is Special Mention All-Ohio ban will be much tougher from top wide out Joe Dinardo (graduation). to bottom. Dinardo caught the ball, ran with “I think it will be a step up in compeit and was a return threat. He led the tition for our program,” Mihalik said. team with 35 catches for 698 yards, Mihalik is thrilled to return a poplus a 19.9-yard per catch average and tent backfield, but the offensive line 9 TDs. He had 1,428 all-purpose yards is virtually new and the Greenmen and 13 scores. will have new leaders at quarterback According to Mihalik, primary wide and receiver. outs will be senior returnee Mitch EvDefensively, Aurora lost eight of its ans (5-11, 180), senior Craig Conley (5top 12 tacklers, but does return some 11, 160) and sophomore Gavin Blunt. talented individuals earmarked for Evans looks to be a deep threat afbig honors. “We want to represent ourselves, our ter averaging 22.0 yards a catch on his personal families, our football fami- five receptions in 2014. He had one TD. “Senior Trevor Burling and junior ly and Aurora High School in a posiJimmy Richards will provide depth at tive manner at all times,” Mihalik said. wide receiver,” said the coach. QUARTERBACK At tight end, Mihalik revealed a trio Alex Smierciak has graduated after of players are battling for time. They
are senior Jake Hauptner (5-11, 220), senior Andrew Seidel and junior Kyle DelRosa.
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Senior Josh Burger has the most experience in the trenches, but several players showed some promise last year. Burger is a college prospect as a 6-4, 300-pound tackle Junior Holden Semancik (6-2, 240) is slated at the other tackle, while senior Logan Kocianic (5-8, 225) and junior Lucci Quaranto (6-0, 220) are subs. The guard spots should be solid with starters Vinny Verbiar (6-5, 285) and senior returnee Collin Garnek (6-2, 246). Garnek is a team captain, along with Burger, Evans and Sotka. Senior Anthony Scott (5-8, 245) and junior Caleb Tinsley (5-11, 210) provide depth although Tinsley is out with an injury. Aurora’s large front wall has senior Career: 15th season, 122-44 record Albert Pietrangelo (5-11, 250) in his first year as a varsity starter at center. His backup is junior Will Lovell with depth coming from Blue (5-10, (5-11, 175). 155) and Richards (5-10, 170). Backing up Parker Blunt will be DelDEFENSIVE LINE Aurora will miss All-Ohio lineman Rosa (6-2, 190) and Burling (5-8, 150). Brandon Zamary (Wofford SC Uni- Nelson and Stawicki (6-0, 185) will plaversity) and Special Mention All-Dis- toon at strong safety, according to Mitrict standout Brian McNamara, plus halik. Jaun Gill (5-6, 150) is another returning senior on the Aurora roster. Mitch Deininger. While graduation depleted the line, SPECIAL TEAMS Burger (28 tackles) and Garnek (1 Aurora has some holes to fill here. fumble recovery) return with experiKicker and punter Joey Melchiori (68 ence for Aurora. points) has graduated, along with Di“Burger, Verbiar, Garnek, Scott, Senardo (665 yards and 2 TDs) in the remancik, Lovell and Tinsley will rotate turn game. Melchiori was 4-of-7 on field through,” said Mihalik. goals and nailed 56-57 extra points. Mihalik stressed that sophomore LINEBACKERS Leading tackler and Special Men- Robby Albrecht and Seidel are battion All-Ohio backer Mike Strat- tling for the kicking chores. Gavin Blunt and junior J.T. Rose (6ton has graduated, as has Stephen 1, 180) are competing at punter. Rose Pigza. Arslanian is a budding star at in- can also kick. The bulk of the return game will be side linebacker. He was one of the best sophomores in Ohio last year and the manned by Evans, Nelson, Conley and Gavin Blunt. Evans had 10 kickoff re5-11, 190-pounder should be a force. With 94 stops, Arslanian also led the turns last year for 241 yards and one team with seven sacks and nine QB TD. Nelson had 5 punt returns for 52 hurries to go with seven stops behind yards. the line, one interception and a fum- FROM THE COACH’S DESK ble recovery. League Outlook: Mihalik believes The other inside backer will be the American Division of the SuburMarder (5-8, 176). Backups will be ban League will be a step up. Vanzo and sophomore Cole Miller (5Remember that Aurora lost the CVC 10, 185). crown in the 31-21 regular-season finale According to Mihalik, Gavin Blunt loss at Kenston as turnovers and spe(6-2, 185), Austin (6-0, 190) and Se- cial teams errors were costly. idel (6-2, 190) are all battling for time Highland is a program with solid at outside linebacker. playoff history in recent years, while
The Greenmen should be solid, despite some losses here — led by Dinardo, who led the team with 10 pass breakups and had 36 tackles and one interception. Parker Blunt (5-11, 180) returns and is at free safety after posting 36 tackles a year ago. Evans and Conley both are fairly tested and will start at cornerback
Copley, Kent Roosevelt and Barberton should also be solid. “There will be no off weeks in this league as every team is capable of beating us on any given night,” Mihalik said. Excited to create new rivalries, Mihalik’s goals remain steadfast. “Our goal is always to win our league and that will not change,” he said.
— STEVE BATKO
Playoff appearances: 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, League championships: 1922, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1936, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1952, 1961, 1964, 1991, 1992, 2014 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
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CRESTWOOD RED DEVILS
Pete Thompson’s Assistants: Dave Verhotz (wide receivers and defensive backs, assistant defensive coordinator), Paul Koballa (defensive line), Sean Dockery (offensive line), James Heath (offensive coordinator and running backs), Justin Brownlow (wide receivers and defensive backs, junior varsity defensive coordinator), Matt Helm (special teams coordinator and junior varsity head coach), Josh Jakacki (volunteer assistant, football operations).
2014 Record: 9-2 overall, 5-1 PTC Metro Division. Returning Lettermen: 19. Lettermen Lost: 8.
The Red Devils had their best season since 2004, winning their first seven games en route to a 9-2 campaign and the school’s first playoff appearance since 2001. With coach Pete Thompson now entering his fourth season on the sidelines, the Red Devils will try to continue their success while transitioning to the Portage Trail Conference’s County Division. “We have a veteran group of
players returning this season as we move from the Metro to the County,” said Thompson. “Sixteen of the 22 starting offensive and defensive positions should be manned by returning starters. We have an experienced, veteran offensive line that should be a strength of the team on that side of the ball. On defense we return three linebackers, three defensive backs and two defensive linemen. With the veteran experience, there is great optimism for the upcoming season.” Thompson, however, is not taking anything for granted as he prepared his squad for the upcoming season. “Last season definitely has added a confidence and swagger,” he said, “but certainly those things can be fragile. The experience many returning players gained, though, will be invaluable as they learned about the process of what it takes to be successful. Our focus is on the task at hand, week 1, not on the playoffs. “If we focus on the task at hand each week, other stuff like playoffs will work itself out. We try not to focus on things that are out of our control, like other teams in the region, comput-
2015 CRESTWOOD FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name 2 Dominic Picone 3 Dylan Hart 4 Jordan Fabry 5 Aaron Czerny 6 Dalton Tyrell 9 Logan Thut 10 Chris Hager 11 Daniel Nieto 12 Anthony Bates 14 Nick Vilt 15 John Vandercook 19 Scott Schaefer 20 Darin McCreery 22 Jarek Manners 27 Michael Picone 28 Logan Bailey
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No. Name 29 Matt Myers 30 Tyler Todhe 31 Alex Kachenko 32 Jaxxon Tekavec 33 Cole Kvasnicka 34 Matt Duley 37 Andrew Conaway 38 A.J. Foulkes 41 Alex Strahler 44 Mitchell Battiest 50 Frank Morris 51 Adam Vaughn 55 Eric Vaughn 59 Dylan Belloir 60 Mario Davis 63 Eric Lawless
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BACKFIELD Fabry, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior, set the school’s single-season record for receptions with 37 a year ago. Those catches produced 680 yards and seven touchdowns. This year, however, he will take command of the offense, replacing the graduated and Metro Division Offensive MVP Gabe Surgeon. “We are confident that Jordan is going to do a fine job,” said Thompson. “He brings a unique skill-set and tremendous athletic ability to the position. He was a backup last year, even though he started as a wide receiver, and learned a tremendous amount from Gabe Surgeon. Jordan will do a fine job, so long as he plays within our offense and takes care of the ball.” Along with a new signal-caller, there will also be a new face at tailback for Crestwood. Following the graduation of the team’s top three runners from a year ago, including leading rusher Jared Bailey, junior Mike Picone will now be the feature back. Picone did not see much varsity action a year ago, partly because of the talent ahead of him and also due to the fact that he sustained a broken wrist in training camp. However, he did play on the varsity special teams unit where he excelled, according to Thompson, and had a
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Aaron Cox, a 6-4, 220-pound junior tackle and Cameron Mordue, a 6-1, 250-pound senior guard, will be the mainstays on the Red Devils’ offensive line. “He is the leader of our offensive line as he makes checks and line calls,” said Thompson of Cox, who was a first-team selection on last year’s Division IV All-Inland Region squad. “He has a frame that will continue to add size as he ages. Mordue has slimmed down considerably from his junior-season listing of 290. He will play about 50 pounds lighter than a year ago. “He is around 240 now and has demonstrated a new explosiveness and get-off that should make him even better, and his stamina has improved significantly,” said Thompson. Other players in the mix on the line include senior center Eric Vaughn (6-2, 305), junior Jacob Kollman, seniors Romeo Nuti and Nicholas Guyette, and a pair of sophomores, Dylan Belloir and Eric Lawless (63, 260). Also, senior Nathan Dehoff, a starter in 2013 who did not play last year, returns to add depth.
Though Fabry is not among the mix at receiver anymore, there is still plenty of talent at the position. Junior Logan Thut is coming off a fine season that included 29 receptions for a school single-season record of 780 yards and nine TDs — also a Crestwood record. The standout two-way player also was a member of the Division IV All-Inland Region First Team in 2014. Thompson said Thut’s role this year will be expanded. “He is a versatile offensive weapon,” said the coach. “Primarily a receiver last year, he will be a hybrid player moving around a lot in our offense this year. His size (6-2, 190), speed and football awareness make him special.” Among others to watch at receiver will be seniors DEFENSE Aaron Czerny, Anthony The Red Devils will line Bates and Dylan Hart. up in a 4-3 formation.
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Playoff appearances: 1999, 2001, 2014 League championships: 1991, 2002, 2014 “The defense should be experienced and athletic as eight starters return,” said Thompson. Thompson also pointed to the addition of several members to the unit, players such as Hart at strong safety, and Cox, Dehoff, Kollman and Mario Davis at defensive end.
Joining the aforementioned ends will be Mordue and Foulkes on the interior of the defensive line. “Cam was an all-conference defensive tackle for us last year and we expect big things from him on this side of the ball,” said Thompson. Junior Lucas Gerardi will also play in the interior of the line at nose guard.
Thut was second on the team in tackles last season. Much like on offense, Thut also provides plenty of flexibility on the defensive side. He will be joined on the outside by Alex Strahler. Bates will be on the inside. Additional linebackers include Nuti and Picone.
Fabry was a first-team selection at cornerback on the Division IV All-Inland Region squad and a second-team defensive back pick on the Division IV All-Ohio squad. “His size (6-3) makes him unique to the po-
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Punter/Kicker: “Being sound in the kicking game is a major concern,” said Thompson. “We are breaking in and still auditioning new kickers and punters.” Kick/Punt Returners: Picone and Thut will return kicks; Thut and Czerny will bring back punts.
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Career: 4th season, 18-13 record ers: Aaron Czerny, WR/ FS, jr.; Dylan Hart, WR/ FS, sr.; Mario Davis, DE/ DT, sr.; Nate Dehoff, OL/ DL, sr.; Jake Kollman, OL/DL, jr.; Aaron Cox, OL/DL, jr. Source of Optimism: Momentum from last year’s playoff season and 16 of 22 starting positions manned by experienced returners. Cause for Concern: “Depth is always of concern, especially along the offensive line,” said Thompson. “Ball security and limiting turnovers also is a concern when breaking in a few offensive skill players.”
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2015 FIELD FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Player 3 Remington Martin 4 Jacob Godfrey 6 Luke Kruse 9 Landon Westover 11 Lorenze Wright 12 Nick Giovinozzo 14 Zachary Grist 15 Jaret Poth 16 Garrett Lott 19 Jacob Richards 20 Dominic Smith
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No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Year 23 Nate Winters SE/DB 5-7 125 Junior 25 Cory Simpson RB/DB 5-5 150 Senior 27 Dominic Baggetta RB/LB 5-10 170 Junior 29 Michael Tompkins SE/DB 5-5 120 Junior 30 Carter Baumberger QB/DB 5-6 133 Fresh. 31 Spencer Doepel SE/LB 5-8 165 Junior 35 Matt Simpson RB/DB 5-6 135 Soph. 36 Dakota Main RB/LB 5-7 160 Junior 42 Dawson Pizzino SE/DB 5-9 155 Senior 44 Ryan Soeum SE/LB 5-10 180 Junior 45 Mitch Johns K 6-0 160 Senior
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Week 1: at Mivera, W, 28-21 Week 2: Southeast, W, 28-7 Week 3: Struthers, W, 17-6 Week 4: at Ravenna, L, 7-14 Week 5: Springfield, W, 28-7 Week 6: at Woodridge, L, 2124 Week 7: Kent Roosevelt, W, 38-31 Week 8: at Norton, W, 35-14 Week 9: Coventry, W, 38-21 Week 10: at Crestwood, W, 28-26
OPPONENT Minerva at Southeast Ellet at Norton Coventry at Streetsboro Woodridge at Springfield at Cloverleaf Ravenna
No. Player 47 Gavin Slama 50 Grant Holcomb 51 Daniel Langenfeld 53 Austin Black 54 Damarcus Tucker 55 Luke Cozart 58 Garrett Moore 59 Jake Fraley 60 Joey Falatok 61 Brandon Beavers 63 Robert Harland
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Player Jarrett Eldreth Matt Alberson Bobby Whitaker Zane Repcik Tony Denny Mitch Muncy Billy White Sergio Davis Sylvester Smith Trevor Lewis John Scalise Cody Noga Joey Falat
MISSION STATEMENT “I feel we have a pretty good team this year. If we can stay healthy and believe in one another, the sky is the limit with this group.” — Matt Furino, Field head coach
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Matt Furino’s Assistants: Joe Peterson (offensive coordinator), Mike Harris (defensive coordinator), Tim Mosher (special teams coach); Matt McLouth, Larry Peters and Terry Kettering.
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ter, a combination of senior Joey Fala2014 Record: 8-2 overall, 5-1 PTC tok (6-foot, 210), senior Jarret Eldreth Metro. (6-4, 225) and senior Brandon Beavers Letterman Lost: 14. (5-8, 205) at guard and Garret Moore Returning Lettermen: 10. (6-4, 200) and senior Sergio Davis (62, 245) at tackle. PRESEASON EVALUATION Damarcus Tucker (6-2, 220) will also “We feel we have a good core of returners coming back that have a good compete for time. mix of seniors and juniors,” Furino said. BACKFIELD “We really came together as a team The Falcons will be led by senior siglast year, and we are hoping to do the nal-caller Luke Kruse (6-foot, 165). same this year.” Field will have a deep core of running The Falcons’ biggest strength is havbacks, with senior Cory Simpson (5-5, ing a lot of returners that have worked 155), senior Remington Martin (6-foot, hard in the off-season, while their 195), junior Landon Westover (5-10, greatest weakness will be depth with 190) and junior Mike Tompkins (5-6, a lot of two-way starters. 145) all proving capable of bursting Heading into the the newly reshaped through the line of scrimmage. Metro Division, Field looks to build on its success from last year and compete WIDE RECEIVERS for another league championship. Field’s speedy staff of receivers will be made up of Dominic Smith (5-10, OFFENSE 175), junior Lorenzo Wright (6-1, 210) This season, Field has a number of and junior Jake Godfrey (5-10, 155). returning lettermen in key offensive positions, including many in skill posi- DEFENSE tions and three of the team’s five startField’s primary defensive scheme will ers on the line. be a 4-2-5. The strength of its defense The Falcons will run a spread offense will be that it includes fast, skilled that features a series of off-tackle runs. athletes that fly to the football. Once again, depth will be a weakness. Already a talented bunch, Field’s offensive linemen worked hard during the off-season and will be much improved from last year. Projected starters include senior Grant Holcomb (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) at cen-
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The Falcons’ defensive line will be composed of senior guard Grant Holcomb (5-10, 210), senior guard Mitch Muncy (6-1, 230), senior tackle Sergio Davis (6-2, 245) and senior ends Gar-
rett Moore (6-4, 200), Damarcus Tucker (6-2, 220), Jarret Eldreth (6-4, 225) and Joey Falatok (6-foot, 210) Junior Austin Black (6-3, 200) will also work for time as a defensive end.
Field’s starting middle linebackers include junior Luke Cozart (6-foot, 200), Dominic Smith (5-10, 175) and junior Lorenzo Wright (6-1, 210). The Falcons staff of outside linebackers will be made up of Martin, Westover and junior Dominic Baggetta (5-9, 170).
Career: 17th season, 81-69 record With Kruse and Simspon returning, Field’s secondary will have some experience. think every team feels like they have a Juniors Jake Godfrey, Mike Tompgood shot, and I agree. kins and Westover will also see time. “The league is tough this year I think multiple teams will contend for the SPECIAL TEAMS Kruse, senior Mitch Johns and league and two or three will make the junior Dominic Smith are compet- playoffs,” Furino said. “The best game ing for the starting kicker job, while for the last three years has been with Kruse will handle duties as the Ravenna all the games came down to the last second.” team’s punter.
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Source of Optimism: Field has a lot of returners that have worked hard in the off-season. Cause for Concern: The Falcons have a lot of two-way starters, so depth will be a concern. League Outlook: “I think it’s going to be one heck of a battle to see who will end up league champs,” Furino said. “I
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2015 GARFIELD FOOTBALL ROSTER No. 3 4 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24 25 30 32 33 34 41 43 47 50 51
Name Devin Karlovec Nate Emens Darnell Prince Evan Kurtz Joey Ewell Zach Gorby Kyle Turrentine Dalton Fall Chandler Stefanek Corey Hall Chris Blewitt Sam Biltz Seth Morgan Anthony DeNigris Austin Covey Ryan Brown Jacob Fackler Devyn Penna Dalton Michael Anthony Penna Kyle Borrelli Austin Yancey Travis Sommers Logan Kissell Cade Miskovch Dane Burrows
Pos. WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB K/P WR/DB QB/LB HB/DB WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB HB/DB HB/LB TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB HB/LB RB/LB HB/LB HB/DE RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB OL/LB OL/LB
Ht. 5-11 5-11 5-11 5-7 5-4 5-10 6-0 6-3 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-8 6-1 5-9 6-1 5-10 5-8 5-7 5-8 5-10 5-11 5-5 5-9 5-6 5-10 5-8
Wt. 165 175 150 135 120 130 175 195 150 140 175 170 165 160 170 170 120 140 185 160 185 150 165 150 185 155
Year Senior Senior Soph. Soph. Fresh. Soph. Soph. Junior Junior Senior Junior Fresh. Junior Soph. Senior Soph. Soph. Fresh. Junior Senior Junior Fresh. Soph. Soph. Junior Junior
No. Name 53 Ethan Roman 54 Leon Masga 57 CJ Gage 58 Justin Khairallah 61 Zayne Veon 63 Hayden Nichols 64 Justin Bloom 65 Matt Ryser 66 Adam Roman 67 Zach Peterson 70 Michael Quesenberry 71 Jon Khairallah 72 Cole Dean 74 Dylan Wilson 75 Chandler Miller 76 Ethan Marek 77 Devon Dye 78 Dylan Petti 79 Denzil Dye 80 Browder Sommer 81 Lucas Wordell 82 Bobby Haney 83 Jackson Neer 84 Nathan Whan 85 Ben Nowak 86 Dayne Karlovec
Pos. OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL Ol/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB TE/DE TE/LB WR/DB TE/DE WR/DB
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Wt. 195 215 165 280 220 245 225 245 230 275 190 195 180 220 160 210 240 215 340 120 135 160 185 110 160 160
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DATE OPPONENT Aug. 28 at Middlefield Cardinal Sept. 4 at Berkshire Sept. 11 Champion Sept. 18 at Pymatuing Valley Sept. 25 Newbury Oct. 2 Waterloo Oct. 9 at Crestwood Oct. 16 Mogadore Oct. 23 Rootstown Oct. 30 at Southeast
Week 1: Cardinal, L, 14-34 Week 2: at East Canton, W, 28-7 Week 3: at Champion, W, 27-10 Week 4: at Waterloo, L, 0-17 Week 5: Crestwood, L, 7-49 Week 6: at Rootstown, W, 27-9 Week 7: Southeast, L, 7-13 Week 8: Mogadore, L, 7-49 Week 9: at Streetsboro, L, 21-53 Week 10: Woodridge, L, 7-27
MISSION STATEMENT “We strive to be a program that our fans can be proud of on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” — Mike Moser, Garfield head coach
2014 STAT LEADERS Passing: Nate Emens, 542 yards, two touchdowns. Rushing: Kyle Borrelli, 400 yards, two touchdowns. Tackles: Austin Covey, 80.
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Mike Moser’s Assistants: Chris Taylor (defensive coordinator/ linebacker coach), Randy Ward (offensive and defensive line), Chris Blewitt (offensive and defensive line), Rob Penney (secondary/ offensive line coach), Tom Hannan (offensive coordinator/ running back coach), Mike Paes (co-offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks/ wide receiver/ defensive backs coach), Jake Der (offensive line/ linebackers coach), Jeff Brown (running backs coach) and Aaron Gilbert (wide receivers coach/ equipment manager).
pounds) will make the start at quarterback for the G-Men. Fall has a strong arm and solid leadership skills. He will be backed up by senior Nate Emens (175 pounds), who is an experienced, 10-game starter from a season ago. Emens is very athletic and smart. Sophomore Ryan Brown (170 pounds) may also see some time at quarterback. “We are fortunate to have two very capable, experienced quarterbacks, and both bring special talents to the table,” Moser said.
The G-Men finished the 2014 season with a 3-7 record, dropping the final four games of the season. To improve upon that record, they will need to be better on both sides of the ball. Injuries, inexperience and a tough schedule all took their toll last year. However, 18 returning lettermen and a great off-season have the G-Men anxious to prove themselves this year. The G-Men return several skilled players — and a few new faces are also making an impact. The team goals for Garfield are always to defend its home field, contend for a league title and qualify for the playoffs.
All of Garfield’s running backs are returning starters from last season. At halfback, junior Kyle Borrelli (185 pounds) will start. Borrelli has one year of varsity experience and earned Second Team All-County Division honors in 2014. With one year of varsity experience and Honorable Mention All-County Division honors last season, junior Dalton Michael (185 pounds) will start at fullback for Garfield. Wingbacks for the G-Men will be junior Seth Morgan (170 pounds) and sophomore Anthony DeNigris (155 pounds). Additional players who will be working for time in the backfield include junior Chris Blewitt (175 pounds), sophomore Logan Kissell (150 pounds) and senior Anthony Penna (160 pounds).
2014 Record: 3-7 overall. Lettermen Lost: 8. Lettermen Returning: 18.
This season, Garfield’s base offense will be a Wing-T. The G-Men return a lot of experience in the skilled positions, but lack proven depth on the offensive and defensive lines.
Although he will not start at quarterback this season, serving as the backup instead, Emens will get the opportunity to play wide receiver. Emens will give Garfield a good option as he is very athletic, with good hands and a lot of speed. Junior Chandler Stefanek (150 pounds) and junior Ryan Brown (170 pounds) will also see time at wide receiver. Tght ends will be a combination of senior Austin Covey (170 pounds), junior Jackson Neer (185 pounds) and junior Ben Nowak (160 pounds). Others fighting for time at wide receiver include sophomore Evan Kurtz (135 pounds), sophomore Darnell Prince (150 pounds), senior Devin Karlovec (160 pounds) and senior Dayne Karlovec (160 pounds).
The offensive line has the potential to be solid, with several new faces seeing action this season. The team’s projected starters include: Junior Hayden Nichols (245 pounds) at center, junior Cade Miskovch (185 pounds) or senior Adam Roman (230 pounds) at right guard, sophomore Zayne Veon (220 pounds) at left guard, senior Dustin Dye (330 pounds) or Roman at right tackle and senior Matt Ryser (250 pounds) anchoring the line at left tackle. Additional players working for time include: Junior Zach Peterson (275 pounds), junior Mike Quesenberry DEFENSE (190 pounds), senior Justin KhairalGarfield’s primary defensive scheme lah (280 pounds), junior Cole Dean will be a 4-2-5 highlighted by an experi(180 pounds), sophomore Dylan Pet- enced secondary. One concern will be ti (220 pounds) and sophomore Jus- depth on the defensive line. tin Bloom (225 pounds).
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Senior Dustin Dye (330 pounds) This season, junior Dalton Fall (195 and Veon will start as Garfield’s de-
fensive tackles. Borrelli and junior Cole Dean (180 pounds) will fill in at defensive end. Additional players working for time include Quesenberry and Blewitt at defensive end, and senior Justin Khairallah (285 pounds), sophomore Dylan Petti (220 pounds), sophomore Justin Bloom (225 pounds), junior Ben Nowak (160 pounds) and Roman at defensive tackle.
Garfield’s projected starters at middle linebacker include 2014 First Team All-County Division selection Austin Covey (170-pound senior), junior Cade Miskovch (185 pounds) and junior Dane Burrows (150 pounds). Additional players working for time are Neer and Kissell. Garfield’s projected starters at outside linebacker include Penna and Neer.
Career: 3rd season, 8-12 record
A combination of DeNigris, Stefanek and Brown will start at corner, while senior Corey Hall (150 pounds), sophomore Evan Kurtz (135 pounds) and senior Dayne Karlovec will all work to see time. After receiving Honorable Mention All-County Division honors in 2014, junior Seth Morgan (170 pounds) will be back to start at strong safety. Morgan will be complemented by Emens at weak safety. Additional players working for time include Prince and Devin Karlovec.
Kicker and Punter: Sophomore Zach Gorby (130 pounds) will face double-duty this season, playing soccer and starting as Garfield’s kicker. The punting duties will be handled by either Emens or Morgan.
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Source of Optimism: “We return 18 lettermen — many of whom were sophomores and freshmen last year,” Moser said. “Our skilled positions are experienced and talented.” Cause for Concern: “Like all small schools, depth is a real issue,” Moser said. League Outlook: “As always, it begins with Mogadore,” Moser said. “Crestwood will also be a talented team. Look for Rootstown to be greatly improved.”
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n A new year means a new schedule for the G-Men, who dropped Streetsboro, Woodridge and East Canton, picking up Burton Berkshire, Pymatuning Valley and Newbury.
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2015 KENT ROOSEVELT FOOTBALL ROSTER No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14
Player Pos. Ht. Trevon Richardson RB/S 5-8 Nate Logan SLOT/CB 6-0 Diamonte Looney RB/LB 5-9 Matt Lillibridge WR/S 5-10 Kelvon Blackmon SLOT/CB 6-0 Malik Moore RB/OLB 5-8 Keith Abercrombie WR/CB 5-9 Desmond Scott RB/CB 5-5 Nick Condos WR/S 5-9 Christian Mehlmann QB 6-4 Demetrius Jones QB/CB 5-8 Mason Fear K 6-0 Tarron Fields K 5-10
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No. Player Pos. Ht. 15 Luke McIntosh WR/CB 5-8 16 Nathan Jones QB 5-11 17 Derek Knapp SLOT/QB 5-11 19 Cole McDougal SLOT/CB 5-9 21 Jerron Browder RB/OLB 6-0 22 Parker Selden WR/OLB 5-10 23 Debonaire Wright WR/S 5-5 24 Travis Verh WR/S 6-1 27 Kevin Bozeman RB/S 5-8 29 Matthew Perison RB/S 5-11 30 Tyler McKown K 5-7 32 Andrew Brown WR/CB 5-11 33 Greg Martin WR/ILB 6-2
Wt. 140 165 170 155 165 170 140 175 170 175 115 160 170
Year Junior Soph. Senior Soph. Soph. Junior Soph. Soph. Senior Junior Senior Senior Senior
No. Player 34 Henry Shepard 35 Dante Sanderfer 51 Michael Patterson 52 Miles Greer 53 Matthew Douglas 54 Alec Boyles 55 Cameron Smith 56 Nick Spicer 57 Ethan Murphy 58 Colton Moore 59 Payne Hartman 60 Nick Manning 61 Caleb McKee
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Ht. Wt. Year 5-7 185 Fresh. 5-7 160 Soph. 5-9 190 Senior 5-8 170 Senior 5-10 205 Soph. 6-3 225 Senior 6-1 210 Junior 6-0 260 Junior 6-0 230 Junior 5-10 180 Soph. 6-2 195 Soph. 6-0 325 Soph. 6-0 195 Soph.
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Ht. 5-6 5-11 6-3 5-8 6-2 5-9 5-8 6-0 6-8 5-11 5-10 5-10
Wt. 220 190 240 200 210 324 185 274 290 200 235 145
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Tim King’s Assistants: Chris Knopick (offensive coordinator), Al Ehlert (defensive line), Mike Haney (inside linebackers), Tyler Curtain (outside linebackers), Malcolm Pannell (cornerbacks), Kardell Jackson (quarterbacks), Seth Childers (slot receivers), Mark Hayhurst (running backs), Eric Caler (wide receivers), Jim DeLeone (volunteer assistant, offensive line), Mark Knopick (volunteer assistant, offensive line), John Seabolt (volunteer assistant, wide receivers), Kevin Hockett (strength and conditioning).
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Tim King begins his second season at the helm for the Rough Riders as they begin play in the Suburban League’s National Division. In 2014, Roosevelt suffered its first losing season since 2007 and also saw its run of four straight playoff appearances come to an end. As they try to rebound from last year’s 3-7 showing, the Rough Riders will have to find replacements for graduated players such as quarterback Riley Larkin (2,524 passing yards, 23 TDs in 2014), running back Isaiah Jones (1,003 rushing yards, 9 TDs), receiver Luther Fortson (1,008 receiving yards
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with 11 TDs) as well as season to offset the loss of leading-tackler Devan Fortson. “We are expecting Tebeau (111 tackles). break-out seasons from OFFENSE Derek and Matt,” he said. Roosevelt will operate a “Both have good hands spread attack under first- and run crisp routes.” year starting signal-callBlackmon, seniors er senior Christian Me- Keith Abercrombie and hlmann. Nick Condos along with juniors Luke McIntosh BACKFIELD Mehlmann is 6-foot-4 and Emari Parmer round out the group of receivers. with a strong arm. “We will have a hand“He throws the ball well from the pocket,” said ful of others contribute,” King. “His height helps noted King. “They all add him with his vision and value and depth to this his release point. He is unit. Time will tell who extremely coachable and will emerge as the biggest his teammates have a lot threats out of this group. of faith and trust in him. It will simply come down He is also a member of the to which guys run the ofbasketball team and his fense correctly every time athleticism shows when and who catches the ball he rolls out of the pocket every time. The more one or has to scramble.” guy does that, the more Senior Derek Knapp he will play.” and sophomore Kelvon Blackmon, both of whom OFFENSIVE LINE Senior 6-3, 225-pound will see time as receivers, will be the team’s reserve tackle Alec Boyles is the anchor of the Rough Ridquarterbacks. Senior running back ers’ offensive front. The Trevon Richardson, other tackle spot will be who averaged 7.0 yards split between seniors last season as Jones’ Colton Abell and Miles backup, will be the fea- Greer. The guards will feature ture back this season. King describes the 5-8, returning juniors Nick 170-pounder as explosive. Spicer and Ethan MurSenior Malik Moore phy, 260- and 230-pounds, and junior Matthew Peri- respectively. Each started son will provide depth at every game last season. Snapping the ball to the position. Mehlmann will be senior RECEIVERS Matt Youngblood. “The three returning Returning starters Knapp and fellow senior starters play with a lot of Matthew Lillibridge each confidence and it shows caught 11 passes a season in the aggressive manago for a combined 235 ner in which they block,” yards. King is optimistic said King of Boyles, Spicthat both will emerge this er and Murphy. The new
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2015 MOGADORE FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Player 1 Kevin Coffman 2 Justice Ramirez 3 Kyle Ferguson 4 Gavin Chew 5 Jarad Dunn 6 Steven Stott 7 Kole Jaber 8 Camden Ramirez 9 Andrew Barker 10 Zeddie Pollock 11 Kyle Coffman 12 Lucas Jackson 13 Michael Sansom 14 Luke Rosato 15 Eli Robertson
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Ht. 6-0 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-0 5-10 5-9 6-3 6-3 5-11 6-2 5-7 5-7 5-9
Wt. 150 185 150 150 185 150 150 155 180 170 130 175 150 135 135
Year Junior Junior Soph. Senior Junior Senior Junior Fresh. Senior Senior Fresh. Senior Senior Fresh. Fresh.
No. Player 16 Devin Pritts 17 Nate Shannon 18 Jack Tupta 20 Nate Keren 21 Ross Harmon 22 Josh Tompkins 23 Dalton Brake 24 Luke Cramer 25 Adam Hutchens 26 Armondo Chelsey 28 Cade Armbrose 29 Charles Saxer 30 Gavin Christy 31 Zach Shutler 33 Trent Yoho
Pos. RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DL RB/LB RB/LB RB/DB WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB RB/LB E/DB E/LB
Ht. 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-3 5-8 5-9 6-0 5-8 5-5 5-8 5-8 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-0
Wt. 135 135 120 125 170 165 160 155 120 155 165 170 180 160 160
Year Fresh. Soph. Fresh. Soph. Senior Senior Soph. Senior Soph. Fresh. Junior Junior Junior Soph. Soph.
No. Player 34 Steven Berry 36 Logan Penix 39 Troy Ferguson 40 Austin Williams 44 Nate Alexander 47 Preston Hoffman 50 Rhett Brodie 51 Jeremiah Sanders 52 Seth Slabaugh 53 Dominyc Haupt 54 Nicholas Reeves 55 Paul Skye 56 Jaret King 57 Nate Confere 58 Joey Knapp 59 Jared Sanders
Pos. RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB E/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/LB
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DATE OPPONENT Aug. 28 Norton Sept. 5 at Gilmour Academy Sept. 11 at Elyria Catholic Sept. 18 Linsly Sept. 25 Loudonville Oct. 2 Crestwood Oct. 9 at Southeast Oct. 16 at Garfield Oct. 23 Waterloo Oct. 30 at Rootstown
Week 1: at Norton, W, 24-2 Week 2: Smithville, W, 41-15 Week 3: Coventry, W, 41-20 Week 4: at Springfield, W, 34-6 Week 5: at Woodridge, W, 2814 Week 6: Streetsboro, W, 35-7 Week 7: Rootstown, W, 48-9 Week 8: at Garfield, W, 49-7 Week 9: Waterloo, W, 63-0 Week 10: at Southeast, W, 4314
The Wildcats’ top statistical outputs from players who will return to the 2015 team. Passing: Zeddie Pollock 85-of-167, 1,690 yards, 19 TDs Rushing: Nate Alexander 28 carries, 232 yards, 4 TDs; Luke
Ht. 5-9 5-7 5-4 6-1 6-2 5-11 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-2 5-9 5-9
Wt. 160 165 125 215 210 175 185 215 190 195 170 195 220 205 145 170
Year Soph. Fresh. Fresh. Junior Senior Senior Fresh. Senior Junior Senior Fresh. Soph. Fresh. Senior Soph. Fresh.
No. Player 60 Zachary Andrews 61 Tyler Newman 62 Caleb Njegovan 64 Michael Miller 68 Andrew Popa 69 Andrew Graska 70 Jarred Taylor 71 Nick Gooden 72 Daniel Stefan 72 Collin Kelly 75 Kyle Callihan 77 Dale Jones 78 Zack States 79 Zack Holderbaum 84 Connor Kerr 88 Austin Partlow
Pos. OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL E/DB WR/DB
Ht. 5-10 5-2 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-9 6-1 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-4 6-3 5-11 5-5
Wt. 210 130 170 170 250 175 180 210 245 220 245 245 375 245 135 120
Year Fresh. Soph. Fresh. Soph. Junior Junior Fresh. Senior Soph. Senior Senior Soph. Senior Senior Fresh. Fresh.
Cramer 35 carries, 151 yards 4 TDs Receiving: Andrew Barker, 6 receptions, 136 yards, 2 TDs; Luke Cramer 9 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD. Defense: Austin Williams, 63 tackles; Collin Kelly, 7 sacks.
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Matt Adorni’s Assistants: Jason Dannemiller (offensive line/defensive coordinator), Larry Murphy II (offensive line/defensive line), Ross Pollock (receivers/defensive backs/ special teams coordinator), Kevin Pollock (offensive line/defensive line/ JV head coach), Kyle Pollock (tight ends/linebackers), Anthony Ricci (quarterbacks/defensive backs).
2014 Record: 11-1 overall, 6-0 PTC County Division (1st), Division VI regional semifinalist. Returning Lettermen: 18. Lettermen Lost: 14.
The Wildcats graduated four AllPTC County Division First Team members on offense and three on defense from last season’s team that won the program’s 39th league championship and reached the state playoffs for the 28th time. Even so, the Wildcats return 18 lettermen this fall, including a pair of First Team All-County selections, so the cupboard isn’t exactly bare on Curtis Street. And with their drop to Division VII this season and an upgraded non-conference schedule, the Wildcats are poised to add another chapter to their illustrious history in 2015.
OFFENSIVE LINE This is an experienced group for the Wildcats, with three returning starters in 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior Jake Holderbaum at left tackle, senior Jeremiah Sanders (5-11, 215) at right guard and senior Nate Confere (6-2, 205) at right tackle. Senior Nick Gooden (6-0, 210) should nail down the center spot, while junior Seth Slabaugh (5-9, 190) has the lead at left guard. Junior Andrew Popa (6-0, 250) and senior Dominyc Haupt (5-10, 195) will add depth. “This should be one of our strengths,” said Adorni. “We’ve got good size and experience up front.”
BACKFIELD The running back position seems almost diploma-proof at Mogadore. Because no matter who the Wildcats lose in the backfield from one season to the next, another bumper crop of talent is poised to take their place.
And 2015 should be no different. Graduation took away two 1,000yard rushers in Dominik Pizzino and Brandon Berry, but senior Nate Alexander (6-2, 210), junior Austin Williams (6-1, 215) and senior Luke Cramer (5-8, 155) return with some experience. Alexander and Cramer each rushed for four touchdowns in spot duty behind Berry and Pizzino. The versatile Cramer also caught nine passes in 2014. Senior Josh Tompkins (5-9, 165) and junior Cade Ambrose (5-8, 165) will also see action. “It’s a diverse group,” said Adorni. “We will use all five each week -- true running back by committee. They’re an unselfish group.” Back to direct the offense for a second year is senior quarterback Zeddie Pollock (6-3, 170), who quickly blossomed into one of the top signal-callers in the area last fall. Pollock passed for 1,690 yards and 19 touchdowns in 12 games a year ago. Perhaps more impressively, Pollock threw only five interceptions in that span, completing 85-of-167 passes on his way to earning First Team AllPTC County Division honors. Only two of Pollock’s interceptions were thrown in the regular season. And even bigger things may be in store for the talented senior in 2015. “We will pass much more this year than in years past,” said Adorni.
The Wildcats will be a work in progress here after losing their top three receivers from 2014, although seniors Andrew Barker (6-3, 180) and Lucas Jackson (6-2, 175) did see action at tight end last year. But what the Wildcats lack in experience they make up for in potential, with another group of players just waiting for their chance to get on the field. Junior Jarad Dunn (6-3, 185) could be a large deep threat for Pollock, while junior Kole Jaber (510, 150) and senior Gavin Chew (510, 150) will also see time at flanker. “We’re excited to see the progression of this group,” said Adorni.
DEFENSIVE LINE The ringleader up front is senior Collin Kelly (6-1, 220), who returns at defensive end after earning First Team All-PTC County honors a year ago. Kelly, who totaled seven sacks
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in 2014, has packed on 20 pounds after a year that saw him place at the state tournament in wrestling. Senior Preston Hoffman (5-11, 175) also returns up front. They will be joined by a rotation of senior Ross Harmon (5-8, 170), junior Andrew Graska (5-9, 175), senior Zack States (6-4, 275) and Ambrose. “This group looks to get to the QB more than we did in 2014,” said Adorni.
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The Wildcats never seem to have a shortage of playmakers at linebacker, and the 2015 unit boasts a veteran, talented cast that figures to be the strength of the defense. Williams returns in the middle after recording 63 tackles a year ago and will be joined there by sophomore Paul Skye (6-1, 195). Tompkins and Alexander are back at outside linebacker, where each started all 12 games last year. Confere and Ambrose will provide depth here. “This is our most experienced group, with good size and speed,” said Adorni.
The speedy Cramer returns as a starter at free safety, while Barker has some game experience at corner. Jaber, Chew and Jackson are all in the mix to start at the other corner. “This group must grow up fast to be successful,” said Adorni.
Career: 12th season, 110-27 record in Division V, and Loudonville returns several starters.” County Division Outlook: “Crestwood drops down from the Metro and they’re a well-coached program that will be sure to reload,” said Adorni of the Red Devils, who were a playoff participant a year ago. “Garfield will be the sleeper. They should be successful in non-league games and poised to make a run in league play. They have a lot of lettermen returning.”
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n Another Cramer: Luke will be Pollock will be the Wildcats’ kick- the third Cramer brother to finish a er, filling the void left by the gradu- career with the Wildcats. Mogadore has had a Cramer wearing No. 24 on ated Riley Jones. the roster since 2007. Their father Bill PUNTER also played for the Wildcats, starring Pollock will again handle the puntat running back and defensive back ing duties for the Wildcats this fall. as a senior on Mogadore’s 1983 team RETURNERS that was the Associated Press Class Cramer is back for another season A poll state champion. returning punts and kickoffs and will n Another boy: Wildcats head be joined by Dunn. coach Matt Adorni and his wife Mandy welcomed their fourth son, JaFROM THE COACH’S DESK son Andrew, on June 18. Jason joins Source of Optimism: “Experienced twins Luke and Blake (age 5) and defense, seasoned quarterback, solid offensive line and linebacking corps, Owen (2). n It’s been 30 years???: This fall it’s an unselfish group and we have marks the 30th anniversary of line 18 seniors,” said Adorni. “And we’re coach Larry Murphy and a certain excited to be in Division VII.” Cause for Concern: “Depth on the Record-Courier reporter’s 1985 state lines and a tough non-league slate,” semifinal senior season with the said Adorni. “Gilmour Academy and Wildcats. — TOM HARDESTY Elyria Catholic are preseason top 10
League championships (39): Summit League (10) — 1922, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957. Suburban League (1) — 1960. Portage County League (21) — 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003. Portage Trail Conference County Division (7) — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014.
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Jim Lunardi’s Assistants: Lester Carney (passing game offensive coordinator, wide receivers), Ed Jordan (offensive line), Lenny Lunardi (linebackers), Josh Perry (offensive line), Xylon Purkiss (defensive coordinator, defensive backs), Jake Schmauch (defensive line), TJ Williams (wide receivers), CJ Dennison (defensive backs), Brett Dubinsky (quarterbacks), Brad Crislip (offensive line), Dave Spellman (freshmen defensive coordinator), Andy Golias (freshmen offensive line). Middle school coaches: Matt Alteri, Bob Collins, Tony Davidson, Keith Fife, Austin Lloyd, Mick Yeager.
2014 Record: 6-4 overall, 5-1 PTC Metro.
The Ravens are coming off a 6-4 season, a fourgame leap from 2013. The boost didn’t seem likely at first, as they lost their first three, including a disheartening 40-6 loss at Louisville to fall to 0-3.
2015 RAVENNA FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Player Pos. 1 DeJuan Barfield RB/S 2 Bobby Voiers WR/S 3 Isaiah Bradley WR/CB 4 Bradty Starkey K 5 Austin Fox RB/LB 6 Kymani Jones WR/CB 7 Jimmy Grotemeyer WR/CB 8 Maurice Dentigance WR/CB 9 Bowen Brown QB/S 10 Ian Oros TE/LB 11 Michael Wunderle QB/LB
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Ht. 6-1 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-7
Wt. 220 195 165 180 180 185 150 160 145 195 150
Year Senior Senior Fresh. Junior Soph. Soph. Soph. Senior Soph. Senior Fresh.
No. Player 12 Jon Berry 13 Dakota McKenzie 15 Derek Cross 16 Cameron Field 17 Adam Keto 21 Sonny Ray Jones 23 Cameron Kazadi 25 Tony Lewis 27 Chase Albright 28 Willie Ross 30 Mike Jones
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Ht. 6-2 5-8 6-5 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-2 5-7 5-10 6-3 5-8
Wt. 185 150 185 130 155 150 205 155 180 235 195
Year Senior Senior Senior Soph. Soph. Fresh. Soph. Junior Soph. Senior Junior
No. Player Pos. 31 Dylan Bittner RB/LB 33 Kylin Selander WR/DB 34 Mark Heinze WR/CB 42 Shaun Roberts WR/S 43 Luke Pritchett FB/LB 45 Chandler Mansfield WR/DB 47 Jacob Walker OL/LB 50 Jordan Peppeard OL/DL 51 Nathan Pritchett OL/DL 52 Connor Browne OL/LB 53 Garrett Chinn OL/LB
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Ht. 6-1 5-7 5-9 5-7 5-8 5-7 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-3 5-7
Wt. 220 165 170 155 165 165 200 200 225 220 165
Year Senior Junior Junior Senior Fresh. Soph. Junior Senior Senior Junior Soph.
No. Player 56 Gage Wagner 57 Brad Crislip 58 Darshan Saunders 61 Tristan Herman 63 Kevin Huff 64 Owen Boyes 65 Tyrin Wilmington 68 Daniel Shirley 76 Dalton Lowe 77 Zch Ward 78 John Supel 85 Brent Sodemen 88 Ben Atwood
Pos. OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL TE/DL TE/LB
Ht. 6-2 5-10 5-8 5-7 6-0 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-8 6-1 6-2 6-4 5-11
Wt. 250 195 210 170 215 185 185 220 190 200 380 200 220
Year Senior Junior Soph. Fresh. Junior Junior Soph. Senior Junior Soph. Senior Senior Junior
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Nevertheless, the strong competition, Ravenna’s first three foes finished a combined 24-6, seemed to help down the stretch, as the Ravens won six of their final seven. “We played three state-caliber teams right off the bat in Tallmadge, Aurora and Louisville,” Lunardi said. “Some people pad their schedule to win games. We don’t do that. We want to play tough games in order to make us better and that obviously has worked out for us.” Lunardi’s team is taking the same approach in 2015.
The Ravens enter 2015 expecting their offensive line to serve as a primary team strength. The all-important left side of the line should be set, with Connor Browne at left tackle, Gage Wagner at left guard and Brad Crislip at center. Browne (6-3, 220) is a potential Ivy Leaguer, according to Lunardi. Wagner (62, 250), an All-PTC performer with 20 pancake blocks in 2014, is a “really nice offensive lineman” with “impeccable” grades, according to Lunardi. Unlike last year, Crislip (5-10, 195) appears to have a safe starting slot this season. Seniors Jordan Peppeard (510, 200) and Nathan Pritchett (6-0, 225) round out Ravenna’s line. “We feel our strength is in our offensive line and defensive line,” Lunardi said.
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Last year was the Warren Bradley show at Ravenna, Lunardi said. This season, the veteran coach expects more of a “running back by committee” apparatus. Fullback Willie Ross (6-3, 235), a First-Team All-Metro guy who has received multiple invites to the University of Wisconsin, is a proven commodity.
RESPECT Playoff appearances: 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 League championships: 1964, 1965, 1973, 1974, 1975, H15TORY 1987, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 He’ll share touches with senior Dejuan Barfield (6-1, 220), Bobby Voiers (5-11, 195) and Tony Lewis (5-7, 155). Without a star running back, quarterback Derek Cross (65, 185) may carry a little more weight on his shoulders. Lunardi said Cross has matured nicely since sophomore year, when he had to step in due to injury in the midst of a 2-8 campaign. “I think Derek will have a nice breakout year,” Lunardi said. Cross will have to adjust to a play-action game that might not come as readily with defenses no longer keying in on Bradley.
Lunardi said Cross will have plenty of competent receivers to throw it to, even if the team lacks a star wide receiver. He said leading candidates include Maurice Dentigance (6-0, 160), Ian Oros (6-0, 195), Lewis and Voiers. Lunardi stressed the balance of receivers will force Cross to survey the field, as opposed to locking in on a single guy on key downs.
Pritchett plays nose tackle for the Ravens. The logic goes that you want your best players in, so naturally AllLeague performers Ross and Wagner play on both sides of the line. Brent Sodemen (6-4, 200) rotates in to keep his team-
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The Ravens look to replace Brendon Winning, an All-Ohio competitor in 2014. Browne and Ben Atwood (511, 220) play outside linebacker. Crislip and Oros play inside linebacker. Barfield, who had 70 tackles last year, should see significant time at linebacker. Crislip finished just behind with 67. Jacob Walker (6-0, 200) may also start, particularly since he should be fresher than guys like Crislip, Barfield and Oros, who are expected to be in on most offensive plays.
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Meanwhile, Kymani Jones (5-9, 185) and Voiers will play safety.
Kicker and Punter: Junior Brady Starkey (6-0, 180) did well in his first year as a starter, according to Lunardi, performing near-perfectly on extra-point attempts. He finally has a kicking partner in sophomore Cameron Field (6-0, 130), who just joined the Ravens. Voiers is the leading candidate to punt, although Austin Fox (5-9, 180) and Starkey may challenge him. Ideally, Starkey would punt, but given his work on the soccer team, he just hasn’t had enough time SECONDARY The Ravens will miss Brad- to work on his punting. Voiers ley here as well. He served previously punted for the juas a starting cornerback for nior varsity team. Ravenna last year. They also FROM THE COACH’S DESK lost both of their starting safeSource of Optimism: Luties in Cameron Hinton and nardi noted the difficulty not Shane Polidoro. Such is high school football. only of his team’s regular-seaDentigance is probably the son schedule, but of its scrimmost experienced returner. mages. This year, Ravenna He started opposite Bradley went against Lorain, a 7-3 finisher in Division I last year, as last year. He’ll be joined by Lewis, who well as University School and Lunardi said has shown prog- West Geauga. Cause of Concern: Particress over the summer.
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2015 ROOTSTOWN FOOTBALL ROSTER No. 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 20 21 22 23 25 26 32 34 36 44 45
Name Nick Harris Nick Putnam Luke Sorboro Aiden Pugh Dillon Conner Bruce George Chandler England Scott Steger Brad Trescott Christian Laney Logan Carpenter Christian Reddick Caleb Kaut Jacob Klicman Chris Wasielewski Tristan Fletcher Riley Zoller Seth Noel Ryan Boyle Chris Langguth Nathan Moore Nathan Zurzolo
Pos. WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB QB/DB RB/LB WR/DB QB/LB WR/DB K WR/LB RB/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE.LB RE/LB RB/LB OL/DL RB/LB TE/LB WR/LB
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Wt. 180 145 185 140 152 185 169 160 140 190 162 170 158 175 136 195 148 174 182 170 192 146
Year Senior Fresh. Junior Soph. Soph. Junior Junior Fresh. Junior Junior Fresh. Junior Soph. Senior Junior Senior Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Soph. Junior
No. 51 54 56 57 61 63 64 65 69 70 71 72 73 75 77 79 81 82 83 85 89 90 95
Name Drew Conner Collin Kays Adam Baird Matt Brentlinger Jeff Atkinson Tristen Cutlip Adam Helmling Jimmy GoForth Devin Shipp Jon Ballou Owen Conroy Mason Radike Logan Klicman Cameron Miller Jarrid Mays Graig Simera Kaleb Dulaney Jacob Ries Henry Kline Kyle Brewster Jack Steger Ronnie Jeffers Dalton Leightner
Pos. OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL K WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DL RB/DL WR/DB
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Wt. 218 227 220 200 205 225 196 232 192 247 262 180 146 179 370 183 148 112 148 156 190 230 125
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2014 Record: 3-7, 1-5 PTC County. Returning Lettermen: 17. Lettermen Lost: 5.
Geis reports the Rovers had a great off-season this summer. Weight-room attendance averaged 30 players every day. “Our numbers are higher than in recent history and depth at our skill positions is very good,” said the fourth-year Rovers head coach. “We have multiple players at wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks competing for starting positions.” Four years ago, the Rovers struggled to fill out a roster of 25 players. That roster number has grown to 45 players this season.
Senior captain Devin Shipp will anchor the experienced Rovers offensive line at left tackle. The 6-foot, 192-pounder is switching from the right side. The hard-nosed and very athletic lineman is a two-year starter for the Rovers. Beside Shipp on the left side is senior Jeff Atkinson (5-8, 205) at guard. The hard-working pulling guard as been starting for Rootstown since his freshman year. Junior center Collin Kays (5-11, 227) has also been a starter since he was a freshman. Expected to start at right tackle is senior Jon Ballou (6-1, 247), who has impressed the coaching staff with his hard work in the off-season. “He has worked tirelessly to improve his strength in the weight room and his footwork over the summer,” said Geis. A pair of sophomores are battling for the starting right guard position.
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Jimmy Goforth (5-11, 232) and Adam Helmling (6-1 196) are vying for time under the Friday night lights. Another sophomore, Owen Conroy (6-1, 262), is also competing for action on the offensive line.
Replacing graduated Sam Todd at quarterback will fall in the hands of either junior Luke Sorboro (5-9, 185) or sophomore Dillon Conner (5-7, 152). Both have shown bright spots in an effort to get the starting nod from Geis. A trio of hard-nosed backs have really bought into working as a position “unit,” according to Geis. “These guys are all starting running backs in our minds and will share duties,” the Rovers’ coach said. Junior Christian Reddick (5-11, 170) is a downhill runner, who will focus primarily on the fullback position, but will also see action as a halfback. Joining Reddick in the backfield will be sophomore Caleb Kaut (5-10, 158). Kaut was a receiver for the Rovers last year and made his mark in the PTC as the leading kick returner. He made First Team All-County Division by gaining almost 600 yards in returns. Kaut is expected to be the Rovers’ speed coming out of the backfield with the ability to also be a receiver. The Rovers’ power out of the backfield is junior Bruce George (5-8, 185), who is a very shifty tailback.
A solid core of receivers brings experience and depth to the Rovers. A trio of seniors return as starters: Nick Harris (5-11, 180) was the leading receiver last season with 167 yards in seven catches and one touchdown. Jacob Klicman (6-0 175) also had seven receptions for 110 yards, while Tristan Fletcher (6-0, 195) also is back. Harris and Klicman are starting for their third year. Fletcher is competing against sophomore Nathan Moore (6-2, 192) for the
tight end spot. Both should see considerable time on Friday night at both the tight and wide spots. Juniors Chandler England (6-1, 169) and Brad Trescott (5-6, 140) are both working hard, according to the coaching staff, in an effort to earn Fridaynight action.
Reddick is the leader of the line from his end position. He recorded 57 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery and three sacks last season, making Honorable Mention on the All-County team. Goforth has worked hard to earn the other defensive end spot opposite Reddick. Tristan Fletcher will move from his linebacker position of last year to back up the defensive line. The interior line will be anchored by third-year starter Atkinson, who moves inside from his end spot of last year. Senior Mason Radike (5-0, 180), Conroy, Helmling, Collin Kays and Graig Simera (5-10, 183) will rotate inside for the Rovers. Geis believes his smaller defensive line is considerably more athletic and aggressive, but will need to mature quickly and play at a highly physical level.
Middle linebacker Devin Shipp will start for his third year after being named Second Team All-County as he led the Rovers in tackles. Shipp had 85 tackles, one TFL, two sacks and two caused fumbles. Moore will move to the outside linebacker spot. He had 47 tackles last year as a freshman. Bruce George is a physical and aggressive linebacker, while Fletcher could also see action at a linebacker spot when not playing defensive end.
Career: 4th year, 5-25 record starters. Junior Brad Trescott is also vying for playing time as a corner. Sorboro will see significant action as a safety.
Sophomore Kaleb Dulaney and junior Christian Laney are competing for the kickoff and field goal duties. “Both of these guys have the ability to really improve our kicking game this season,” said Geis. Freshmen Riley Zoller and Logan Carpenter are battling for the punting responsibilities. Kaut, George and Harris will lead the return team.
FROM THE COACH’S DESK
Source of Optimism: “Our experience at the skilled positions,” said Geis. “But we must improve our offensive and defensive line play and become a very physical team if we expect to win. We need to shore up our QB and see how fast this group can become a team and be willing to lay it on the line for each other.” County Division Outlook: Geis believes the County title will have to go SECONDARY through Mogadore and Crestwood this The entire secondary returns: Kaut year, but also says Garfield and South(62 tackles), Harris (55 tackles), Klic- east will be stronger. man (63 tackles) and Conner. — JIM MANION Klicman and Harris are three-year
2014 STAT LEADERS
“We have not taken one shortcut for success since taking over the program. We have built a solid foundation in our youth and middle school levels and are beginning to see the results of that hard work. We believe in deserving victory — the success we want through hard work in the weight room, practice field, team building and leadership. We believe in a Rover football family — from youth to our alumni — including our band and cheerleaders. It is awesome to see how close our school is becoming and how important it is to support each other, no matter what the sport or level.” — Mark Geis, Rootstown head coach
The statistical leader for the Rovers in 2014 was four-year starting quarterback Sam Todd. Replacing his numbers and leadership is a real priority for coach Mark Geis for the upcoming season. Todd rushed for 805 yards and threw for 664 yards, leading the team with eight touchdowns. Freshman Caleb Kaut came on the scene last year and led the PTC in kickoff returns with 595 yards in 17 attempts. Both Kaut and Todd were named First Team All-County Division.
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F20 THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015
2015 SOUTHEAST FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name 1 Reed Myers 2 Dylan Rogers 3 Dominic Nicolino 4 Billy Rose 5 Ben Meluch 8 John Meluch 9 Steve Powlowski 10 Eric Lough 11 Justin Sahli 13 James Boucher 14 Camden Proctor 16 Sebastain Adametz 17 Isaiah Bloom 18 Kyle Stull 20 Kyle Pruitt 21 Brandon Leonard 23 Hunter James 24 Chase Meadows 25 Brett Bailey 26 Jack Rohal 27 Levi Bloom 28 Cole Stanley 30 Andrew Boring 31 Alex Wright 32 Owen Long 33 Joe Love 34 Nate Ciccozzi 35 Ethan Wright 38 Avery Munger 39 Tyler Chaney 40 Dylan Timms 36/40 Hunter Keefe
Pos. RB/DB QB/LB WR/DB QB/DB RB/DB WR/DE WR/LB WR/LB OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB RB/LB WR/LB OL/DL RB/DB K/P RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB K OL/DL RB/LB
Ht. 5-10 6-1 5-10 5-9 5-6 5-11 5-11 5-5 6-1 5-8 5-7 5-11 5-8 5-10 6-0 6-0 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-4 6-2 5-6 5-8 5-5 6-2 5-6 6-1 5-10 5-11 5-11
Wt. 175 180 155 160 130 170 145 160 195 135 145 140 140 175 210 160 170 140 160 145 190 125 180 125 150 120 160 140 150 160 225 175
Year 12 10 12 11 12 11 11 11 11 9 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 12 10 12 10 12 11 11 9 11 9 10 12 10 9
No. Name 42 Cory Litsinger 44 Jake Staudacher 45 Brandon Zuchowski 46 Michael Criss 48 Lucas Litz 50 Marissa Mihok 51 Brady DeRemer 52 Eric Sapp 53 Matt Wolner 55 AJ Duesler 57 Chandler Crouch 58 Shawn Muldowney 59 Jake Balk 60 Evan Long 61 Jeff Davis 62 Keaton Dyer 64 Kaleb Dohse 66 Ross Slechta 67 Andrew Abbuhl 70 AJ Stropki 71 Mitch Powlowski 72 Brad Powlowski 73 Drew Thomas 74 Nate Robinson 75 Elliott Thomas 76 Travis Nunley 77 Clay Ramseyer 78 Zach Buell 79 Daniel Goldsboro 84 Trevor Rice 85 Niaja Brokaw 88 Tyler Brady
Pos. OL/DL K WR/LB WR/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB OL/DL
Ht. 5-7 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-6 5-3 6-2 6-3 5-9 5-11 5-4 6-4 6-1 5-8 5-6 5-10 5-8 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-1 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-3 6-0 5-10 6-3 5-5 6-0 5-5 5-10
Wt. 200 155 170 140 225 165 210 225 155 195 135 240 165 175 170 220 130 270 250 235 175 220 305 175 295 225 250 230 135 160 125 220
Year 12 12 9 11 12 9 11 12 10 12 10 11 9 11 11 10 9 10 10 11 9 12 10 11 10 12 9 11 9 10 9 10
DATE Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30
Week 1: at Alliance, L, 13-33 Week 2: at Field, L, 7-28 Week 3: at Crestwood, L, 0-42 Week 4: Woodridge, L, 7-37 Week 5: at Streetsboro, L, 0-34 Week 6: Waterloo, W, 37-7 Week 7 at Garfield, W, 13-7 Week 8: at Rootstown, W, 17-7 Week 9: Ravenna, L, 14-30 Week 10: Mogadore, L, 14-43
OPPONENT at Streetsboro Field West Branch at Dover at Lakeside Rootstown Mogadore at Waterloo at Crestwood Garfield
MISSION STATEMENT “Our philosophy is all about one team, one vision (OTOV). Everything we do is about faith, family, academics and football. Our No. 1 goal is to give your son a firstclass experience that will be one of the greatest of his life, and to help him become the best man, future husband, future father and future citizen we can within our program. We want your son to be better for having been a Pirate football player.” — Patrick Youel, Southeast head coach
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2014: 3-7 overall, 3-3 in PTC County. Returning Lettermen: 15. Lettermen Lost: 16.
“The camaraderie and unselfishness of this team is one of the best that I have ever coached,” said Youel. “Travis Nunley and Brady DeRemer were tight ends/running backs last season, and I felt they fit the mold of what I wanted — and want we wanted — to do with our offensive line. They switched to the line and never complained and from what we have seen thus far, they have an opportunity to be very good. Our whole line could be really good. That leadership of Nunley and DeRemer has helped this team rally around that togetherness, and it all starts with the guys up front.”
ter and Zach Buell (6-3, 230) at a guard downey and Powlowski will also be in spot. Jason Sahli (6-1, 195) should also the tackle rotation. Meluch will see see action as an offensive tackle. action at an end spot, while Sahli will also get time on the line. BACKFIELD Nunley had 36 total tackles with two Junior Billy Rose (5-9, 160) is the sacks and three tackles for a loss. projected starting signal-caller for the Pirates. Rose transferred from LINEBACKERS Kent Roosevelt last season and thereEric Lough (5-5, 160) and Bailey will fore was forced to sit out the first five be the starting linebackers in the Pigames of the 2014 season. He earned rates’ 4-2-5 defensive set. Junior Owen Long (5-8, 150) will provide a back up a letter in only five games. “Billy is a good athlete, a wrestler at both spots. Lough was a defensive and a tough kid,” Youel said. “He stud- leader last season with 38 total tackies, and he wants to be great and he les and a pair of fumble recoveries as gets better every day.” a sophomore. Sophomore Dylan Rogers (6-1, 180) SECONDARY is the backup QB. Nicolino is the leader in the secondA pair of seniors return to the Piary. He had 44 total tackles last year rates’ backfield in Reed Myers (5-10, with three interceptions. Isaiah Bloom 175) and Brett Bailey (5-8, 160). Myers, who rushed for 617 yards had 33 tackles and a pair of intercepin 107 carries last season with three tions. They are joined by Myers, Stull touchdowns in only six games, earned and sophomore Camden Proctor (57, 145). Second Team All-County Division. Bailey gained 245 yards in 73 carries KICKER AND PUNTER while scoring once in only seven weeks. Senior Andrew Boring (6-2, 180), He also substituted at QB last year. who is the starting goalkeeper for the “Myers was an all-league basketball boys soccer team, appears to have player, while Bailey was third in the locked up the punting duties. Senior state wrestling championships. Two Tyler Chaney (5-10, 160) and Jake different kind of kids — Myers likes to Staudacher (5-10, 155) will handle the run over people, while Bailey can put kicking responsibilities. some real moves on you,” said Youel.
The Pirates will look to spread it out with multiple receivers and em- RECEIVERS ploy one running back for the majoriSenior captain Dominic Nicolino (5ty of the offense. 10, 155) will lead the Pirates’ receiving corp. OFFENSIVE LINE “Dominic has had an unbelievable Four of the five interior linemen off-season and really fine-tuned his for the Pirates are lettermen, with mechanics and been very impressive the smallest tipping the scales at 210 early,” said his coach. pounds. Senior captains Eric Sapp, Sophomore Brandon Leonard (6-0, Brad Powlowski and Nunley lead this 160) has also been impressive and has group of experienced blockers. good speed. Junior Avery Munger (6-1, Sapp, at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, 150) is the other split end in the mix. will be the starting center. Battling for the slot position are juPowlowski (5-11, 220) will be left of niors Eric Lough (5-5, 160) and Kyle Sapp as one guard, while Nunley (6-0, Stull (5-10, 175). 225) is the right guard. “Both of these guys do a lot of good Sapp was plagued with injuries last things for us and block well on the peseason and only got on the field for rimeter,” said Youel. four games, but the Pirates won three Kyle Pruitt (6-0, 210) and John Meof those games. luch (5-11, 170), both juniors, are exStarting tackles will be Shawn Mul- pected to also see time at the slot. downey (6-4, 240) and Brady DeRemer (6-2, 210). Muldowney and Pow- DEFENSIVE LINE lowski both started all 10 games in the Projected starting tackles are Sapp 2014 season. and Buell, with Nunley and DeRemer Also in the mix for time on Friday anchoring the ends. nights is AJ Stropki (6-1, 235) at cenSenior AJ Duesler (5-11, 195), Mul-
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FROM THE COACH’S DESK
Source of Optimism: “We started 10 sophomores last season and they played multiple Friday nights so our experience is there, they are not going to be afraid of the lights. However, one of my sources of concern is our youth, because we are still young,” added Youel. “They know what to expect from us as coaches, because we are together for our second year. We are so much ahead this year than we were last year.” The Pirates have eight starters back on the defense. Cause of Concern: Depth is always a concern, despite the fact the Pirates have 64 players on the roster. There are 12 freshmen on the roster that will be playing on the JV team. “In our league, when you lose one player, it usually means two and sometimes three positions,” added the Pirate coach. League Outlook: The championship of the division always goes through Mogadore, according to Youel.
Career: 2nd season at Southeast, 31-22 career record “Crestwood has a really good team coming back to the County Division, but I think the other teams in our division are really going to be improved. Mark (Geis) is building a real program at Rootstown. Waterloo’s new coach (Mike Devies) has been a winner and Garfield played a lot of sophomores last season so they will be much improved. Hopefully, we would like to think we could be in the mix.”
DID YOU KNOW?
n Every member of the Pirates’ staff has playoff experience, with two members claiming state titles. John Kinsey was a member of the 2002 Mogadore state champions. Bob Altenhof was a member of the West Branch coaching staff that won a state title in 1994. Chris Kainrad and Ben Kobus were members of the Pirates’ 2005 team that won the County Division and made the playoffs. Cory Sullivan was a running back on the 2006 Mogadore team that reached the Final Four. Adam Jenkins was a member of the 1997 Minerva playoff team that was voted the AP poll champion. Head coach Youel coached the Field Falcons to three state playoff appearances in four years (2008-11).
— JIM MANION
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F22 THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015
2015 STREETSBORO FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Player Pos. Ht. 2 Johnathan Williams RB/LB 5-11 3 Russell Kendall RB/LB 5-7 4 Jerry Judd QB/LB 6-2 5 George Redding WR/DB 5-7 6 Dakari Carter WR/DB 5-9 7 Keshun Jones WR/DB 5-10 8 Aaron Harvey WR/DB 5-11 9 Joey Blondeaux WR/DB 6-0 10 Marcus Frierson WR/DB 5-11 11 Jared Tucker WR/DB 5-10 12 Avery Van Reeth WR/OLB 6-4 13 Bobby Dixon QB/OLB 5-10
Wt. 190 145 195 155 160 140 155 160 160 160 195 195
Year Senior Soph. Senior Junior Junior Soph. Soph. Junior Senior Senior Senior Senior
No. Player 14 Myron Jones 15 Jonte Florence 17 Will Butler 18 Lonnie Turner 19 Donovan Booker 20 Rick White 22 Chris Anderson 24 Caiden Rogers 25 Ty Arlesic 27 Tommy Duncan 28 Jared Perdue
DATE OPPONENT Aug. 28 Southeast Sept. 4 at Bay Sept. 12 at Youngs. Christian Sept. 18 Springfield Sept. 25 at Woodridge Oct. 2 Field Oct. 9 at Coventry Oct. 16 Norton Oct. 23 at Ravenna Oct. 30 Cloverleaf
Week 1: Champion, W, 40-7 Week 2: at Southern, W, 56-7 Week 3: Youngstown Christian, W, 67-0 Week 4: Rootstown, W, 55-14 Week 5: Southeast, W, 34-0 Week 6: at Mogadore, L, 7-35 Week 7: at Woodridge, L, 2134 Week 8: Kent Roosevelt, W, 54-47 Week 9: Garfield, W, 53-21 Week 10: at Waterloo, W, 53-8
Pos. Ht. WR/DB 5-7 WR/DB 6-0 QB/OLB 5-11 TE/OLB 5-9 WR/OLB 5-10 WR/DB 5-9 RB/DB 5-9 RB/OLB 5-9 QB/LB 5-8 RB/OLB 5-7 RB/LB 5-10
Wt. 145 150 160 175 180 140 140 135 165 135 165
Year Junior Senior Soph. Senior Senior Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Soph. Soph.
No. Player Pos. Ht. 29 Brandon Cooper-Sharra WR/DB 5-9 32 Ethan Flick RB/LB 6-0 33 Robert Lightbourn TE/OLB 5-11 34 Jeramy Debolt TE/LB 5-10 35 Jared Tuma TE/OLB 6-0 44 Hank Carey WR/OLB 5-11 50 Nick Keba OL/LB 5-10 51 Josh Cummings OL/OLB 5-10 52 Dylan Lanning OL/DL 5-10 53 Torianno Bobbitt OL/LB 5-10 54 Brandon Peterson OL/DL 6-1 55 Kyle Armbrecht OL/DL 5-10
Wt. 170 205 175 190 170 165 190 190 205 180 250 220
Year Senior Senior Junior Senior Senior Fresh. Junior Senior Junior Soph. Junior Junior
No. Player Pos. 56 Ve’Shaun Glover OL/DL 57 Nick Kreierhoff OL/DL 60 Roy Mitchell OL/DL 61 Landin Baughman OL/DL 67 Jacob Dever OL/DL 68 Ryan Zampounis OL/DL 70 Milton Wilson OL/DL 72 Anthony Mella OL/DL 74 Ryan McCormack OL/DL 75 Louie McCallum OL/DL 77 Aljuwon Eisland-Sims OL/DL 78 Nick Robinette OL/DL 85 Preston Cegelski WR/DB
Ht. 5-11 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-11 6-3 6-1 6-0 5-7
Wt. 230 170 165 170 250 275 195 190 310 325 325 230 140
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the house at any time,” Arlesic said.
John Arlesic’s Assistants: John Schumm (offensive coordinator), Chris Clift (defensive coordinator), Chris Scisciani (quarterbacks and defensive backs), Kyle Teague (running backs/ outside linebackers), Frank Diehl (assistant varsity coach), Ryan Spence (freshman coach), Jim Lovejoy (freshman coach).
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Jones, seniors Marcus Frierson, BranHEAD COACH don Cooper-Scharra, Avery Van Reeth and Jared Tucker; and juniors George Redding and Myron Jones. “We have the luxury of having eight wide receivers we’re comfortable with,” Arlesic said. “We want to keep them fresh. Just like last year, we’re going to go three wide or four wide.” The two tight ends are juniors Jeramy Diebolt and Jared Tuma. DEFENSE As usual, Streetsboro plans to go with a 4-3 defense. “The strength of our defense is our overall team speed,” Arlesic said. “We want our guys to play sound football and do what they’re coached to do and that’s be disciplined and read their keys.” Another crucial part of the Rockets’ success on defense will be keeping players fresh. Career: 12th season, 56-55 career record “There are a lot of guys who will be playing on both sides of the ball,” Arlesic said. “There’s a lot of depth. We want to be fresh on both sides of men return after an 8-2 season, that’s the ball and play a strong 48-minute not a bad thing. game.” “The experience these guys have over the past two or three years is inDEFENSIVE LINE Seeing time at the tackle spots will valuable,” Arlesic said. “That allows be Zampounis, senior Ve’Shaun Glov- the game to slow down for them and go out and play.” er and Armbrecht. It certainly helps to have a big-time The ends feature Wilson, Lanning, Cummings and Van Reeth. quarterback and a receiver who is as fast as lightning. LINEBACKERS “We have Jerry and Dakari,” Arlesic Williams and Kendall are expected to start at the weakside spots and said. “We’ve never had two Division I the strongside linebackers are Judd athletes at the same time.” Five players on the 2015 roster have a and Keba. Flick and Diebolt will see time at ton of experience. They are Judd, Dixon, Flick, Williams and Van Reeth, who middle linebacker. are four-year lettermen. SECONDARY “We also have five three-year letterSenior Bobby Dixon is expected to men,” Arlesic said. “That goes a long start at strong safety and sophomore way. We have a lot of great players who Will Butler will be his backup. The free safeties are Carter and Coo- are talented and experienced.” Cause for Concern: Last year, the per-Scharra. The cornerbacks are Frierson, KeShun Jones, Myron Jones Rockets could be their own worst enemies. and Redding. They had some issues with penalties SPECIAL TEAMS and turnovers. Judd and Flick are expected to han“One of the points were emphasizing dle the team’s punting duties and Coois to limit our penalties and our own per-Scharra will be the team’s kicker. Carter will showcase his blinding miscues that hurt us,” Arlesic said. “We speed as both a punt and kick returner. need to worry about ourselves.”
The line features three returning starters in senior left tackle Ryan Zampounis, junior left guard Kyle Armbrecht and senior center Josh Cummings. Competing for the right tackle and right guard spots are juniors Milton Wilson, Dylan Lanning and Brandon Peterson. Also in the mix is junior Nick Keba. LOOKING BACK “I think those guys did a nice job at 2014 Record: 8-2, 4-2 in the Portage our scrimmage against Struthers (Aug. Trail Conference County Division. 11),” Arlesic said. “They are a tight-knit Lettermen Lost: 10. group, which is always good for an ofLettermen Back: 26. fensive line. Most of them are multiPRESEASON EVALUATION sport athletes.” After a successful 2014 season and 17 starters returning this fall, the sky BACKFIELD Judd, who recently made a verbal is the limit for the talented Rockets. Blessed with a number of highly ex- commitment to continue his academic plosive skill players, Streetsboro has a and football careers at Bowling Green chance to put up points in a hurry in State University, had a stellar 2015 seaa similar fashion as in 2014, when the son behind center for the Rockets. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterteam scored 40 or more points in sevback threw for 1,259 yards and 10 en of their 10 games. “I’m excited about the season,” Ar- touchdowns and ran for 1,515 yards lesic said. “We have a lot of returning and 25 TDs. “His sheer size, speed and athletistarters. Hopefully, with that experience, we can compete and do well in cism is what’s most impressive,” Arlesic said. “He’s athletic, fast and exthe Metro Division.” The Rockets return to the Portage plosive. He has the size, speed and Trail Conference Metro Division af- strength that not too many quarterter spending the last four years in the backs have.” While Judd was the bulk of the ofCounty Division. fense in 2014, Arlesic knows his quarWoodridge, a County Division rival terback doesn’t have to do it all. in the past, also moved up to the Met“We’re not just Jerry Judd,” he said. ro Division. “We have probably eight or nine guys “It’s a great conference,” Arlesic we feel comfortable having the ball in said. “The PTC Metro Division is very their hands.” strong. I think it’s a football conference Williams and Flick will get the bulk that’s comparable to anyone in North- of the carries in the backfield. Williams east Ohio for our division.” ran for 474 yards and seven TDs and Flick reached the end zone four times. OFFENSE Arlesic said sophomore Russell KenStreetsboro is blessed with a number of players who compete in multiple dall also will see some time in the backsports. Therefore, the Rockets aren’t field. lacking when it comes to athleticism. RECEIVERS Streetsboro plans to utilize a spread Not only do the Rockets have superioffense that will focus on getting the or speed and athleticism in the receivball to its highly talented skill-posi- ing corps, they also have depth. tion players. Eight wideouts could catch at least These players are senior quarter- a few passes from Judd in 2015. Leadback Jerry Judd, junior wide receiver ing the way is Carter, a two-time DiviDakari Carter, senior running backs sion II state champion in the 100-meJohnathan Williams and Ethan Flick ter dash. and sophomore wide receiver KeSCarter caught 41 passes for 702 yards Dixon and Keba will handle the longDID YOU KNOW? hun Jones. and four TDs in 2014. Arlesic said Cart- snapping duties. Arlesic’s son Ty is a freshman quar“We have guys like Dakari, Jerry, er has received several offers from Diterback at Streetsboro. FROM THE COACH’S EYES Ethan, KeShun, Johnathan and four vision I colleges. or five other guys who can take the ball — FRANK ACETO Source of Optimism: When 26 letterThe rest of the receivers are KeShun
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F24 THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015
2015 WATERLOO FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name 2 Joe Watson 3 Cameron Keller 5 Matthew DeAngelis 6 Kyle Overby 7 Dakoda Miller 10 Dylan Metheney 13 Jess Hays 15 Nathan Forney 18 Isaac Linton 21 Andrew Wise 23 Dillon Stallsmith 32 William Bolanz 33 Ian Helwagen 34 Casey Jones 35 Matt Alderson 36 Xavier Ascarrunz 40 Dwight Finnie 42 Trey Huth
Pos. WR/LB WR/LB K QB/DB RB/DB K WR/DB WR/K RB/DL WR/DB WR/DL QB/LB RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DL WR/DL WR/LB
Ht. 5-6 5-10 5-4 6-0 5-7 5-7 5-7 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-1 5-8 6-0 5-5 5-11 5-6
Wt. 135 155 115 160 150 170 130 145 195 150 185 205 210 190 125 170 145 140
Year Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Junior Soph. Junior Senior Senior Fresh. Junior Senior Junior Senior Senior Fresh. Junior Fresh. Fresh.
No. Name 45 Aaron King 50 Spencer Schmucker 51 Cole Hurd 52 Zac Barbose 54 Hayden Youngblood 55 Danny Ausperk 60 Ryan Jennings 64 Danny Finnie 65 Alex Mazur 66 Jon Jarrett 70 Austin Shackelford 72 Chris Stevenson 76 Brad Riggle 78 Jon Cole 80 Noah Smith 82 Nick Brockett 85 Nick Wise 87 Trevor Wise
Pos. RB/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB
Ht. 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-11 5-7 6-3 5-10 5-11 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-4 5-8 5-10 5-5
Wt. 170 245 195 200 175 195 195 265 245 220 200 235 235 200 155 135 155 135
Year Junior Soph. Soph. Senior Fresh. Junior Senior Fresh. Soph. Soph. Junior Fresh. Junior Junior Soph. Soph. Junior Soph.
DATE Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30
Week 1: Southern, W, 49-20 Week 2: at Chippewa, L, 0-55 Week 3: at Cardinal, L, 7-34 Week 4: Garfield, W, 17-0 Week 5: at Rootstown, L, 12-14 Week 6: at Southeast, L, 7-37 Week 7: Norton, L, 20-41 Week 8: Woodridge, L, 7-49 Week 9: at Mogadore, L, 0-63 Week 10: Streetsboro, L, 8-57
OPPONENT at Champion East Canton Cardinal Newbury at Lucas at Garfield at Rootstown Southeast at Mogadore Crestwood
MISSION STATEMENT “We want young men to be better people, better teammates, better community members for being part of our program. We want to win with humility and be gracious in defeat. We want football to be relevant again not only in the Waterloo community, but in the PTC as well.” — Michael Devies, Waterloo head coach
2014 STAT LEADERS Senior Andy Ausperk led the Vikings with 52 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was the only member of the team recognized on the AllCount Division football team.
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Mike Devie’s Assistants: Clayton Wilson (offensive line), Jon Mitchen (special teams coordinator and running backs), Chad Loudin (wide receivers and middle school), Rick Kaderly (defensive coordinator and defensive backs), Harrison Dickerhoof (defensive line), Tyler Siefke (linebackers), Vinny Polverine (linebackers and middle school).
2014 Record: 2-8 overall, 1-5 PTC County. Returning Lettermen: 11. Lettermen Lost: 13.
Veteran assistant coach Mike Devies takes over the helm for Waterloo after spending 23 years on the sidelines at Marlington and Louisville High Schools in Stark County. He began his career in 1991 at Marlington and served as offensive coordinator for eight years and ran the defense for two years. Devies joined the Louisville football staff in 2003 and coached the running backs and served as the run-game coordinator for four years before returning to Marlington. With only seven seniors on the roster, Devies is looking at a very young team in his first year as a head coach on the varsity level. “I have been impressed with the outstanding leadership of those seniors,” said the new Vikings head coach. “Developing depth will be one of our utmost priorities. “Our best depth is up front, where we have an athletic line and that offensive line will take this team as far as it wants to go. We are excited about the experience back in the backfield. “Defensively, we need to play fast and physical. It is always tough for the players when you have a staff turnover, but it is crucial to learn schemes and we need our linebackers and secondary to develop quickly.”
The Vikings will be operating with an option-based offensive set. Devies has experience with the triple-option and believes the Vikings’ backfield has the skills to pile up rush-
Seniors Ryan Jennings and Zac Barbose return to lead what Devies believes is a very athletic line. Jennings, at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, returns as the Vikings’ center and has solidified that spot, according to his coach. “He is a good leader of this offensive line unit,” said Devies. Barbose (5-11, 200) will be a starting tackle for the Vikings, along with sophomore Alex Mazur, who has impressed the coaching staff. Mazur, who is 6-3 and 245 pounds, transferred to Waterloo late last year and played basketball for the Vikings. “He has been a real nice addition to this team,” said Devies. “He works hard and grinds every day and is a tough physical kid with great size.” Junior Danny Ausperk (5-11, 195) gets the nod at one guard spot, while the other side appears to still be up for grabs, according to the Vikings’ coach. “Junior Austin Shackelford (5-11, 200) could be the front-runner, but four other guys are still in the mix.” Junior Brad Riggle (5-9, 200) and a trio of sophomores are looking for some rotation up front in the trenches. Jon Jarrett (5-10, 220), Cole Hurd (510, 195) and Spencer Schmucker 6-0, 245) don’t have the typical physical attributes of sophomores and should provide depth to the offensive line. “If we are going to be deep at any spot, I want to be deep on the offensive line,” said Devies.
also impressed the coaching staff with his ability to be very accurate at throwing the pigskin. Devies knows that Bolanz is a very important key in the offense, but also said Overby could step in and is capable of making plays. Devies is impressed with a stable of four running backs that should rotate carries for Waterloo. A pair of strong seniors in Ian Helwagen (6-1, 210) and Casey Jones (5-8, 190), along with junior Aaron King (5-8, 170) and Dakoda Miller (5-7, 150, sophomore) — who lettered last season as a freshman — are battling for reps. Helwagen and Jones show strength and power, while King and Miller possess a lot of speed and quickness.
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Senior Dillon Stallsmith (6-1, 185) appears to have the slot position to lead the receiving corps, but eight Career: 1st season, 0-0 career record Vikes are battling for three spots: Jess Hayes (5-7, 130, senior), Nathan Forney (6-0, 145, senior), Andrew Wise (5ing to spend time in the secondary for 10, 150, junior), Noah Smith (6-4, 155, the Vikes. sophomore), Nick Brockett (5-8, 135, sophomore), Trevor Wise (5-5, 135, KICKING AND PUNTING sophomore) and Cameron Keller (5Soccer players Dylan Metheney and 10, 155, freshman). Matthew DeAngellis will handle the kicking duties, along with Nathan ForDEFENSE LINE ney, a senior wide-receiver. Stallsmith and Ausperk will line up Bolanz will be the punter. in the tackle spots, while Brad Riggle looks to get the start at the nose. FROM THE COACH’S DESK However, there are a lot of guys that Source of Optimism: “This team has will see rotation on the defensive line. an incredibly strong work ethic,” said Freshman Isaac Linton (6-1, 195) Devies. “We are young, so if our seniors and sophomore Spencer Schmucker can lead us in the right direction, we (6-0, 245) are pushing, along with Ma- have the ability to have a great team.” zur, Jennings, Schackelford and Cole Cause of Concern: “Our roster is only for minutes. 36 strong and not very deep,” Devies King and Jones will set up as defen- said. “Depth at the skill positions is a sive ends/outside linebackers in the Vi- real concern, and we must develop a kings’ 5-3. solid receiving corps and improve our secondary.” LINEBACKERS County Division Outlook: Devies Helwagen, Barbose and Bolanz will believes that Mogadore is the clear anchor the linebacker positions, with team to beat, but feels both CrestHurd and Jarrett as backups. Meanwhile, Noah Smith — a 6-4, 155-pound wood and Southeast could also be top sophomore — will back up King and contenders. Jones at the outside positions. DID YOU KNOW?
Returning signal-caller Will Bolanz is well suited for the option offense that Devies and his coaches are attempting to install for the Vikings. “We have been taking it slow and steady in an effort to get these kids up to speed,” Devies said. Bolanz — a very solid 6-2, 205 pounds — has matured with some coaching to be a better runner and passer for his team. He was a state-qualifier for the Vikings’ wrestling team as a freshman n Coach Devies has been coaching and a sophomore and one of the most SECONDARY Miller, Overby, Andrew and Trevor longer than half of his staff has been athletic players on the gridirion roster. Junior Kyle Overby (6-0, 160) has Wise, Hayes and Brockett are all look- alive.
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2015 WINDHAM FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name 1 Eric Park 2 Terrance Woods 3 Ronald Nix 4 Colton Starcher 5 Brady Russel 8 Andrew Harvey 9 Elijah Martin 10 Brandon Knight 11 Lexi Knight 12 Ja’Mario Brown 13 Tyler Collins 14 Josh Taylor 15 Christian Ricter 20 Zack Sullivan 21 Blake Eye 22 Joey Meadows 25 Thomas Jenkins 30 Isaiah Pemberton 32 Hunter Shackelford
Pos. QB/CB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TB/LB TE/DE WR/DB WR/S WR/K QB/DB TE/DE RB/LB WR/LB FB/DE QB/DB WR/CB WR/DB G/LB WR/DB
Ht. 5-9 5-7 5-7 5-5 5-7 6-1 5-2 5-10 5-6 5-8 5-9 5-11 5-8 6-1 5-6 5-10 5-2 5-10 5-8
Wt. 150 113 135 155 162 190 119 166 127 150 155 170 147 185 140 150 138 155 145
Year Soph. Soph. Fresh. Senior Senior Senior Soph. Senior Junior Junior Fresh. Senior Fresh. Senior Fresh. Senior Junior Soph. Fresh.
No. 33 36 40 42 44 51 54 55 56 57 59 60 62 63 64 72 73 78 79
Name Jacob Quay Phillip Maiorca Alex Chambers Zach Vazquez Bailey Rutherford Danny Deventure Nate Dyer Chris Chambers Floyd Shackelford Calvin Harvey James Harvey Logan hershberger Timmy Murton Kyle Russel Jarod Small Tyler Simcox Mike Wallace Brandon Wallace Alex Workman
Pos. G/LB TB/S OL/DE FB/LB TE/DE OL/DT OL/DE G/DT G/LB G/DT C/DE C/LB T/DT T/DT G/DE G/DE OL/DL OL/DL T/DE
Ht. 5-9 5-5 6-1 5-8 5-9 5-8 5-8 5-7 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-9 5-9 6-0 5-10 6-1 6-3 6-2
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Year Soph. Freesh. Soph. Fresh. Fresh. Soph. Soph. Senior Senior Fresh. Fresh. Senior Soph. Junior Junior Junior Soph. Fresh. Senior
DATE Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 24 Oct. 30
Week 1: at Sebring McKinley, L, 6-38 Week 2: Lowellville, L, 16-50 Week 3: at Jackson-Milton, L, 14-18 Week 4: Chalker, L, 13-20 Week 5: Lutheran East, W, 38-20 Week 6: at Pymatuning Valley, L, 12-26 Week 7: at Mathews, L, 14-28 Week 8: Newbury, W, 38-12 Week 9: Ledgemont, L, 6-27 Week 10: at Grand Valley, L, 6-41
OPPONENT Sebring McKinley at Lowellville Jackson-Milton at Chalker at Conneaut at Newbury Pymatuning Valley Grand Valley at Lutheran East Mathews
MISSION STATEMENT “Our biggest strength is the dedication of a good core of seniors and our biggest concern is a lack of experience with younger players. We hope to compete in every game and finish every game strong.” — Anthony Maiorca, Windham head coach
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Anthony Maiorca’s Assistants: Jake Eye (offensive coordinator), Jim Schaffer (linemen coach), Floyd Shackelford (running backs coach), David Poling and Rich Beatty (receivers coaches).
2014 Record: 2-8 overall. Returning Lettermen: 8. Lettermen Lost: 9.
This season, Windham will debut a new face at the head of its program as longtime assistant Anthony Maiorca takes over the program, replacing Brian Kiser, who resigned at the end of the 2014 season. Maiorca was selected to kick off a new age of Windham football for his years of experience within the school’s athletic programs. Although this is Maiorca’s first head coaching job, he’s been involved in Windham’s football program for the last eight years. The Bombers haven’t posted a winning record since 2006 and Maiorca is faced with a challenge; however, as he is driven by his love for Windham football, the undertaking is a welcome test. Maiorca is a 1998 graduate of Windham High School and was an All-Portage County League football player. He continued his academic and athletic careers at Thiel College.
season in a row, Logan Hershberger (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) will anchor the offensive line. Sandwiched around Hershberger again this season, both FloyD Shackelford (5-11, 205) and Jarrod Small (6-1, 325) also bring experience to the line. Newcomers Calvin Harvey and Tim Murton will get the call at tackles.
Capping off the other side of the line, Sullivan will also make the start at defensive end. Bringing a year of experience as well, Small will help plug up the middle with his 325-pound frame making the start at defensive tackle. Kyle Russell will join Small in the middle at tackle to round out the line.
Replacing standout quarterback Parker Rickey, sophomore Eric Park (5-9, 150) will step in as Windham’s signal-caller after seeing time at wide receiver and defensive back last season. Senior Brady Russell (5-8, 185), a three-year starter at fullback, will add experience to the backfield. Newcomer Zach Sullivan will complement Russell with youth and energy, starting at tailback.
The Bombers’ staff of linebackers should be a high point this season as all three are retuning seniors. Russell returns to lead the trio from the middle linebacker position. Shackelford and Hershberger will occupy the remaining positions. s each of the three brings multiple years of starting experience, Windham’s linebackers should be the strength of the entire defense.
Senior Brandon Knight (5-10, 150) brings the most experience to Windham’s receiving staff, along with senior tight end Andrew Harvey (6-1, 200). The pair of seniors will be joined by a fresh set of legs to fill the remaining slot position. Phillip Maiorca rounds out the receiving staff.
With a relatively young offense, led by a first-year quarterback in Park, the Bombers will be reliant on a sturdy defense to limit their opposition’s scorOFFENSE Windham will be driven by the ded- ing ability and keep them in games. The Bombers primary defensive setication of a core group of seniors comup will be a 4-3. bined by the energy and eagles of its inexperienced younger players. The DEFENSIVE LINE Bombers base offense will be a Wing-T. Harvey returns to the defensive line with a year of varsity experience at deOFFENSIVE LINE Starting at center for the second fensive end.
Although Park is new to the quarterback position, he returns to Windham’s secondary with a year of experience. Park will start at corner, along with Joe Meadows. Bringing the most experience, Knight will lead secondary coverage and start at strong safety. Maiorca will complement Knight at free safety.
FROM THE COACH’S DESK
Source of Optimism: “I’m optimistic because we had a good off-season program,” Maiorca said. Cause for Concern: Windham will be starting a lot of new faces in new places this season, placing a lot of untested athletes in premier positions. League Outlook: “Mathews, to me, is the favorite, but Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley will be strong,” Maiorca said. “All the teams are gritty and
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Career: 1st season, 0-0 career record hard working.”
DID YOU KNOW?
n Before he coached for the Bombers, Maiorca was an All-PCL player on Windham’s football team and a football player at Thiel College for a couple years following his high school graduation in 1998. n During his time with Windham, Maiorca has been constantly involved with the student-athletes academically, athletically and within the community. He’s encouraged students at study tables, gotten them involved in community projects and opened up off-season weight lifting and conditioning.
League championships: 1939, 1940, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1974, 1986
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2015 WOODRIDGE FOOTBALL ROSTER No. Name Pos. 2 Aamir Abdullah-Thomas WR/CB 3 Jaylin Clark WR/DL 4 Sharif Howard WR/DB 5 Kyle Kelleher WR/DB 6 Robert Singletary RB/LB 7 Kiante Tyson RB/LB 9 Hayden Gerdes QB/DB 10 Alec Sheehan WR/DB 11 Jacob Margroff WR/DB 12 Jackson Taylor WR/DB 14 Mason Lydic QB/DB 15 Nicholas LoPrinzi WR/DB 17 Joe Novak WR/DB 18 Dylan Simmons QB/DB 19 Josh Casteel WR/DB 20 Austin Mansell TE/DL 21 King Alfred Sanders RB/CB 22 Matt Demangeont WR/DB 23 Sean Cox WR/DB 24 Isaiah Townes-Whitefield WR/LB 25 Styles Williams RB/LB
Ht. 5-7 5-11 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-9 6-1 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-9 6-4 5-9 5-11 5-10 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-7
Wt. 125 175 165 165 185 205 180 165 165 160 170 145 145 150 145 200 185 140 140 165 140
Year Soph. Soph. Junior Fresh. Soph. Senior Junior Senior Junior Senior Soph. Junior Senior Senior Senior Senior Junior Soph. Senior Soph. Junior
No. Name 26 Cameron McCraney 27 Deshawnte Hopkins 28 Robbie Taylor 30 Casey Teodecki 32 King Alcaron Sanders 34 Spencer Robinson 36 Nick Gaspro 40 Jacob Mally 51 Austin Hindley 52 Kyle Lamson 54 Dontae Craft 55 Sharif Wilford 56 Emmanuel Sese 58 Lucas Purkey 59 Kasey Kelleher 62 Matt Blackfan 67 Tom Wilkinson 69 Jordan Horn 72 Matthew Horak 75 Guensu Jang 83 Nate Tomlinson 87 Colten Christ
Pos. WR/DB WR/DL WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB TE/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DB
Ht. 5-9 6-1 5-11 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-8 6-2 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-2 5-11 5-11 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-9 6-1 6-1 6-0
Wt. 145 165 165 140 160 185 145 175 260 230 260 250 180 230 210 200 185 225 235 260 205 170
Year Senior Junior Soph. Soph. Soph. Soph. Senior Junior Soph. Junior Junior Senior Soph. Junior Junior Senior Senior Senior Soph. Soph. Senior Junior
DATE Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 30
Week 1: at CVCA, W, 56-28 Week 2: Manchester, W, 35-14 Week 3: at Chagrin Falls, L, 34-40 Week 4: at Southeast, W, 37-7 Week 5: Mogadore, L, 14-28 Week 6: Field, W, 24-21 Week 7: Streetsboro, W, 34-21 Week 8: at Waterloo, W, 49-7 Week 9: Rootstown, W, 55-6 Week 10: at Garfield, W, 27-7
OPPONENT CVCA at Manchester Chagrin Falls at Ravenna Streetsboro Cloverleaf at Field Coventry at Norton at Springfield
MISSION STATEMENT “Our team motto that we’ve had since I got here is ‘Team. Trust. Bulldog.’ We’re about putting our whole team ahead of ourselves. Trust is built in the locker room and on the field. Each individual guy has got to come out and be a Bulldog on Friday night. The entire coaching staff is about building character young men first, building toughness and perseverance through the game of football.” — Jeff Decker, Woodridge head coach
2014 STAT LEADERS Passing: Tom Finegan, 114-of-223 1,752 yards, 23 TDs. Rushing: Don Baker, 113 carries, 800 yards, 12 TDs; Brandon Williams, 108 carries, 655 yards, 7 TDs.
Receiving: Jacob Williams, 38 catches, 446 yards, 7 TDs; Anthony Thurman, 33 catches, 412 yards, 5 TDs; Jacob Margroff, 33 catches, 403 yards, 5 TDs.
Defense: Brandon Williams (Defensive Player of the Year in the PTC County Division), 120 tackles; Nick Gaspro, 96 tackles, 5 interceptions, 11 passes defended; Joe Novak, 4 interceptions.
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Jeff Decker’s Assistants: Jeremy Maxa (offensive coordinator), Dennis Dever (special team coordinator), Jeff Ladner (head junior varsity coach) Scott Margroff (head freshman coach), Issac Williams (running backs/linebackers coach), Cam Hilling (lineman), Derek Morgan (volunteer assistant).
2014 Record: 7-4, 6-1 in the PTC County Division. Starters Lost: 11. Returning Starters: 10.
While coach Jeff Decker said he feels like he can “just coach” as he enters his second season in charge of the Bulldogs, so much else has changed for Woodridge. The Bulldogs lost their starting quarterback, top two rushers, two top receivers and the PTC County Division Defensive player of the year to graduation. “We’ve got a lot of new guys on the field,” Decker said. “You could potentially see five or six sophomore starters. There’s a little bit of mystery with that We’ve got a lot of inexperience. That said, we had guys that were JV players that got a lot of varsity playing tom last year. Our freshman and JV teams were 17-1 last year.” Another big issue will be Woodridge moving to the PTC Metro Division this fall. It will join Ravenna, Springfield, Streetsboro, Field, Norton, Coventry and Cloverleaf in the division. “There’s a little bit of mystery in that,” Decker said. “We’ve got five teams on our schedule that we’ve never played before.” Despite all this, Decker remains high on his team’s prospects but notes there are too many variables to make a prediction.
“He’s just one of the most coachable kids. He’s great kids to work with,” Decker said. “He’s a true D-I prospect as a long snapper.” Junior Dontae Craft (260) will start at left guard after seeing spot starter time last year. Junior left tackle Kyle Lamson is listed 230 pounds, but Decker notes he is one of the strongest players on the team. The starting right guard spot remains an open competition between senior Jordan Horn (220) and sophomore Austin Hindley (260). Lanky senior Tom Wilkinson (190) gets the nod at right tackle. “They’re experienced with the plays we’re running,” Decker said of the line. “They’re all very smart kids. All of them have good feet.”
With two-year staring quarterback Tom Finegan gone, Woodridge looks to sophomore Mason Lydic as the new starter. “He’s probably grown two or three inches. He looks the part of a junior athlete,” Decker said. “Mason has a natural instinct for getting out of trouble and a natural instinct for making plays.” Senior Dylan Simmons will serve as backup quarterback. Decker said a huge off-season has launched junior King Alfred Sanders into the starting tailback role. “His off-season work ethic in the weight room was amazing,” Decker said. “I think he really picked up fire. He really appears to be a different athlete this year.” Senior Kiante Tyson and sophomore Robert Singletary also will see time at tailback.
While Woodridge lost several excellent talents from its receiving corps, there is talent returning. Junior returning starter Jacob Margroff had 33 catches for 403 yards and five touchdowns last fall from an inside receiver slot. Seniors Joe Novak and Nick Gasrpo OFFENSIVE LINE will start at the two outside receiver Anchoring the Bulldogs’ line with slots after rotating in last falls. be junior center Kasey Kelleher (210 Seniors Jackson Taylor and Alec pounds), who took over as Woodridge’s Shaheen, juniors Sharif Howard and center midway through last season. Nick LoPrinzi and sophomore Robbie Woodridge will keep its traditional four-receiver, one-back spread offense in place, though Decker said he plans to use a tight end a bit more this fall. “We feel like we have a lot of weapons,” Decker said.
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Taylor all are in the mix at wide out. When the Bulldogs do utilize a tight end, junior Jacob Mally will fill the spot. Decker said Mally “is a definite receiving threat.”
Woodridge was also hard hit by graduation on the defensive line. A cadre that includes Wilkinson, Kelleher, senior Nate Tomlinson and sophomore Jaylen Clark will rotate in at the defensive end slots. In the middle, Craft, Lamson and senior Austin Mansell will man the two defensive tackle slots. LINEBACKERS Woodridge lost all three starting linebackers to graduation. Mally looks to get the nod at Sam linebacker, while the Will linebacker spot is being fought over by Singletary and junior Hayden Gerdes. Anchoring the Bulldogs’ defense will Career: 2nd season, 7-4 career record be sophomore Mike linebacker Spencer Robinson. The wrestler showed flashes of brilliance last year in limittic. Great group of kids to be around. ed time as a freshman. We have a lot of explosive playmakers “He’s just a tough, tough kid,” Deckon both sides of the ball.” er said. Cause for Concern: Youth and inexperience. DEFENSIVE BACKS “We’re going through the things you By far the most experienced corps do when you’ve got young kids out for the Bulldogs is the defensive backthere,” Decker said. field Taylor and Shaheen each are return- DID YOU KNOW? ing starters at cornerbacks, while Hown Woodridge lost an enormous ard also is expected to see major time. amount of talent to graduation. How Novak will get the nod at strong safe- much? The Bulldogs have replace their ty, while Gaspro returns at free safe- starting quarterback (Tom Finegan), ty after leading the team with five in- top two rushers (Don Baker, Branterceptions and 11 passes defended don Williams), top two receivers (Jalast season. cob Williams, Anthony Thurman and Decker said he’s comfortable plug- the Count Division Defensive Player of ging LoPrinzi in anywhere he is need- the Year (Brandon Williams). ed. n Woodridge has played Chagrin “We’ve got a group of really fast, tal- Falls often the past decade, but Deckented athletes back there.” er — who came to the Bulldogs from Chagrin — notes this will be the first SPECIAL TEAMS time the game will be played a LahosWith Christian Owens graduated, ki Field since 2006. Woodridge has revamped its kicking n After not reaching the playoffs ungame. Howard will handle kicksoffs til 2009, Woodridge will look to make and place kicks, while Wilkinson will the state playoffs for the fourth consecserve as the punter. utive year. Last year, Woodridge hosted its first playoff home game. The BullFROM THE COACH’S DESK Source of Optimism: Enthusiasm dogs were leading the defending Division IV state runner-up Youngstown of the kids. “They’ve learned how to win. They’re Cardinal Mooney in the fourth quardoing what’s necessary to win,” Deck- ter before falling 28-21. er said. “Two-a-days have been fantas— MICHAEL LEONARD
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2015 PREP SCHEDULES
Aug. 28 at Solon Sept. 4 Ravenna Sept. 11 Twinsburg Sept. 18 Kent Roosevelt Sept. 25 at Barberton Oct. 1 at Highland Oct. 9 Revere Oct. 16 Copley Oct. 23 Warrensville Heights Oct. 30 at Tallmadge
Northwest at Keystone Buckeye at Coventry Norton at Woodridge Springfield at Ravenna Field at Streetsboro
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at Cardinal at Berkshire Champion at Py Valley Newbury Waterloo at Crestwood Mogadore Rootstown at Southeast
Aug. 27 Canton McKinley Sept. 4 Buchtel Sept. 11 at Ursuline Sept. 18 Woodward Sept. 25 St. Vincent-St. Mary Oct. 2 Walsh Jesuit Oct. 10 at Lake Catholic Oct. 16 Padua Franciscan AMANDA WOOLF/RECORD-COURIER Oct. 23 at Notre Dame- Cheerleaders that represented their respective schools at the Varsity Extra High School FootCathedral Latin ball Preview Edition photoshoot included (front row from left to right) Windham’s Gia PemCOVENTRY Aug. 28 at Canton South Oct. 30 at Benedictine berton, Rootstown’s Mira Clavecilla, Waterloo’s Victoria Gizzo. (Back row from left to right) Kent Roosevelt’s Maddie Sacchini, Ravenna’s Brianna Browne, Crestwood’s Alyssa CampSept. 4 Barberton HUDSON Sept. 11 at Crestwood Aug. 28 at Austintown Fitch bell, Southeast’s Kennady Ward, Garfield’s Skylar Lohr, Field’s Brianna Moore, Mogadore’s Olivia Ricci. Sept. 18 Cloverleaf Sept. 4 Strongsville Sept. 25 at Field Sept. 11 at Hoover Oct. 16 at Garfield Sept. 4 Fairport Harding Oct. 16 Cleveland Central Cath. Oct. 2 at Ravenna Sept. 18 Nordonia Oct. 23 Waterloo Sept. 11 East Canton Oct. 23 Villa Angela-St. Joseph Oct. 9 Streetsboro Sept. 25 at North Royalton Oct. 30 Warren JFK at Rootstown Sept. 18 at Conotton Valley Oct. 30 Oct. 16 at Woodridge Oct. 2 Cuyahoga Falls NEWTON FALLS Sept. 25 at Mathews STOW Oct. 23 Springfield Oct. 8 at Stow Aug. 28 Green Rootstown Oct. 2 at Southeast Aug. 28 Oct. 30 Norton Oct. 16 at Twinsburg Sept. 4 at Kent Roosevelt Jackson-Milton Oct. 9 Waterloo Sept. 4 Firestone Oct. 23 Wadsworth Sept. 11 at Mineral Ridge Oct. 16 Crestwood Sept. 11 CRESTWOOD Sept. 18 at Wadsworth Aug. 28 West Branch Oct. 30 Brecksville-Broadview Sept. 18 at Garfield at Edgewood Oct. 23 Heights Sept. 25 at Nordonia Mogadore Sept. 25 Brookfield Oct. 30 Sept. 4 at Marlington Oct. 2 Twinsburg Oct. 2 at Champion SOUTHEAST Sept. 11 Coventry KENT ROOSEVELT Cuyahoga Falls Oct. 9 Hudson at Streetsboro Oct. 8 at LaBrae Aug. 28 Sept. 18 at Northwest Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Stow Oct. 16 at Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 4 Field Oct. 16 Girard Sept. 25 St. Thomas Aquinas Oct. 23 at Brecksville-BroadSept. 11 at Ravenna Sept. 11 West Branch Oct. 23 at Liberty Oct. 2 at Mogadore view Heights at Aurora Oct. 30 at Dover Memorial Sept. 18 Oct. 9 Garfield Sept. 18 Oct. 30 North Royalton at Tallmadge NORTON Sept. 25 at Lakeside Oct. 16 at Rootstown Sept. 25 Rootstown STREETSBORO Revere Aug. 28 at Mogadore Oct. 2 Oct. 23 Southeast Oct. 2 Aug. 28 Southeast Mogadore Garfield Heights Sept. 4 Kenmore Oct. 9 Oct. 30 at Waterloo Oct. 9 Sept. 4 at Bay at Waterloo Oct. 16 at Barberton Sept. 11 Copley Oct. 16 CUYAHOGA FALLS Sept. 12 at Youngstown at Crestwood Field Oct. 23 at Copley Sept. 18 Aug. 28 at Kent Roosevelt Oct. 23 Christian Oct. 30 Garfield Sept. 18 at Cloverleaf Highland Sept. 25 Sept. 4 Akron Garfield Oct. 30 Springfield Oct. 2 Springfield SPRINGFIELD Sept. 25 at Woodridge Sept. 11 at Barberton MARLINGTON Aug. 28 Ellet Aug. 27 at Poland Seminary Oct. 9 Ravenna Oct. 2 Field Sept. 18 at BrecksvilleAkron East Oct. 9 Crestwood Oct. 16 Broadview Heights Sept. 4 at Streetsboro Sept. 4 at Coventry Kenmore Oct. 16 Sept. 25 Wadsworth Sept. 11 St. Thomas Aquinas Oct. 23 Woodridge Sept. 11 Norton at Streetsboro Oct. 23 at Carrollton Oct. 30 Oct. 2 at Hudson Sept. 18 at Coventry Sept. 18 at Ravenna Sept. 25 Ravenna Oct. 30 Salem RAVENNA Oct. 9 at Nordonia Sept. 25 Cloverleaf at Norton TALLMADGE at Louisville Aug. 28 Oct. 16 Stow Oct. 2 at Tallmadge Oct. 2 at Cloverleaf Aug. 28 at Canton South Sept. 4 Oct. 23 at North Royalton Oct. 9 Ravenna at Aurora Oct. 9 Field Sept. 4 at Ellet at Minerva Sept. 11 Oct. 30 Twinsburg Oct. 16 Kent Roosevelt Oct. 16 Oct. 23 at Coventry Sept. 11 Garfield Oct. 23 at West Branch Sept. 18 Woodridge FIELD New Philadelphia Woodridge Sept. 18 Aug. 28 Minerva Oct. 30 at Alliance Sept. 25 at Springfield Oct. 30 Sept. 25 Kent Roosevelt Sept. 4 at Southeast MOGADORE Oct. 2 Coventry ST. THOMAS AQUINAS Oct. 2 at Copley Aug. 28 at Elyria Catholic Norton Oct. 9 Sept. 11 Ellet Aug. 28 at Norton Oct. 9 Barberton Minerva Sept. 18 at Norton Sept. 5 at Gilmour Academy Oct. 16 Cloverleaf Sept. 4 at Highland at Marlington Oct. 16 at Elyria Catholic Oct. 23 Sept. 25 Coventry Sept. 11 Streetsboro Sept. 11 at Revere Linsly Oct. 30 Oct. 2 at Streetsboro Sept. 18 at Field Sept. 17 Canton Central Cath. Oct. 23 Aurora Sept. 25 at Crestwood Oct. 30 Loudonville Oct. 9 Woodridge Sept. 25 Oct. 2 at Trinity WALSH JESUIT Crestwood ROOTSTOWN Oct. 16 at Springfield Oct. 2 Whitmer at Valley Christian Aug. 28 at Southeast Aug. 28 Oct. 23 at Cloverleaf Oct. 9 at Newton Falls Oct. 10
Sept. 4 St. Vincent-St. Mary Sept. 11 Bishop Watterson Sept. 18 St. Francis (N.Y.) Sept. 26 at St. Ignatius Oct. 2 at Hoban Oct. 9 at Padua Franciscan Oct. 16 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Oct. 23 Benedictine Oct. 30 at Lake Catholic
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Aug. 28 Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 24 Oct. 30
at Champion East Canton Cardinal Newbury at Lucas at Garfield at Rootstown Southeast at Mogadore Crestwood Sebring McKinley at Lowellville Jackson-Milton at Chalker at Conneaut at Newbury Py Valley Grand Valley at Lutheran East Mathews
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CVCA at Manchester Chagrin Falls at Ravenna Streetsboro Cloverleaf at Field Coventry at Norton at Springfield
ON THE COVER The Record-Courier hosted its Varsity Extra High School Football Preview Edition photoshoot on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Fred Fuller Park in downtown Kent. Football team representatives from their respective schools were selected by coaches and administrators and included (from left to right) Streetsboro’s Jerry Judd, Southeast’s Reed Myers, Field’s Remington Martin, Crestwood’s Cameron Mordue, Windham’s Andrew Harvey, Waterloo’s Dillon Stallsmith, Mogadore’s Zeddie Pollock, Garfield’s Austin Covey, Ravenna’s Willie Ross and Rootstown’s Nick Harris.
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