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4A • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

COLUMBIANA CLIPPERS

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Members of the 2012 Columbiana football team are (front, from left) trainer Karlee Briceland, equipment manager John Tollas, coaches Kris Reash, Tyler DeJong, Mike Strohecker, Randy Barker, Larry Baughman, head coach Bob Spaite, Brian Pearl, Mike Bettura, trainer Brittany Husk; (second row, from left) Conner Richardson, Jake DeJong, Nate Huk, Kevin Fay, Collin Dunlap, Britton Steiginga, Garret Patrick, Brandon Hacker, Jared Hill, Justin Hoffman, Hayden Sneltzer, Jacob Theil, J.J. Walsh, Matt Hopfenziz, Kyle Simms; (third row, from left) Drew Cyrus, Chris Jones, Hunter Durbin, Dylan Ferraro, Mike Tiller, Austin Saverko, Connor Gillespie, Logan Stilson, Eamon Eavers, R.J. Rankin, John Cramer, Mike Buzzard, Dillon Randolph, Steve Kurilla, Nick Delsignore, manager Rocky Bettura; (back, from left) Tylor Thompson, Cooper Smith, Tanner Smith, Dylan Davin, Jordan Troy, Crystal Stone, Nate Armstrong, Dalton Miller, Zane Adkins, Matt Roncone, James Miller, Brendon Schall, Lucas Spayde, Dan Magill, Jacob Hupp and Alex Nyers.

Columbiana fields another winner Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

8-3, including a second-place finish in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier with a 5-2 mark. The Clippers advanced to the state playoffs for the fifth time in six years. They were 2-1 in games decided by six points or less.

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted Aug. 23 Crestview, 7:30 Aug. 31 East Palestine Sept. 8at Steubenville Central Sept. 14 Wellsville Sept. 21 at Sebring Sept. 28 Southern Local Oct. 5 Leetonia Oct. 12 at Lowellville Oct. 19 at McDonald Oct. 26 Western Reserve

They have won 10 of their last 12 regular-season games at home.

Head Coach

Bob Spaite enters his 19th season as head coach with a record of 131-64, three Tri-County League titles and nine state playoff appearances. He has a career head coaching record of 145-984, which includes five seasons at Southern Local.

Assistant coaches

Larry Baughman, assistant head coach, defensive coordinator Mike Bettura, offensive line, defensive line Mike Strohecker, wide receivers, strong safeties Kris Reash, quarterbacks, outside linebackers Randy Barker, running backs, safeties

Returning lettermen

Twenty, including six starters on

offense and seven starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple formation/veer/gun.

Offensive outlook

The Clippers lost three-year starting quarterback and career rushing leader Austin Barbato, but veterans Britton Steiginga and Brandon Hacker return to carry the load in the backfield. “We have an excellent core of offensive linemen, running backs and wide receivers,” Spaite said. “We are inexperienced at quarterback and have zero depth on the offensive line.”

Basic defensive formation 4-4 pressure and 4-3

Defensive outlook

The Clipper return seven of top nine tacklers from a defense that held opponents to less than 75 yards rushing in

six games last season. “The strengths are attitude and tradition, plus veteran outside linebackers, inside linebackers and free safety as well as three starting defensive linemen return,” Spaite said. “We have very little experience at outside linebacker and cornerback.”

Returning offensive backs

Brandon Hacker (senior fullback), Britton Steiginga (senior halfback).

Incoming offensive backs

Nate Huk (sophomore quarterback), R.J. Rankin (junior halfback), John Cramer (junior fullback), Drew Cyrus (sophomore halfback), Mike Tiller (sophomore).

Returning offensive ends

Jake DeJong (senior tight end), Garret Patrick (senior wide receiver). See COLUMBIANA, Page 6A


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Clippers don’t lower expectations By RON FIRTH

“We’re going to have to play teams like we would in the upper tier, so everyone is going to give us their best shot.”

Journal Sports Editor

COLUMBIANA — The Columbiana Clippers are preparing for their first season in the Inter-Tri County League lower tier. Columbiana and Jackson-Milton are switching places in the ITCL due to school enrollment figures. “I’m not against it,” Columbiana coach Bob Spaite said. “There’s pluses and minuses. It’s exciting playing new people. I think that keeps you fresh and sharp. I wouldn’t mind playing in the lower tier for a couple of years.” It looks to be a one-year deal for the Clippers. Columbiana and Southern Local are expected to move into the upper tier next season, while JacksonMilton and Mineral Ridge will go to the lower tier. “It’s going to be different without Columbiana in the upper tier,” Crestview senior Nick Blower said. “I think it’s better with them. It’s more of a challenge. It makes us work harder.” “It’s going to be real different because the teams they’re playing, we’re not going to be playing,” Crestview senior Kaleb Baker said. After six seasons being a perennial contender in the ITCL upper tier, Columbiana is expected to be one of the top teams in the lower tier from the start. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we’ve got to step up and take that challenge,” Wellsville senior Seth Martin said. Columbiana is expected to challenge defending league champion and state semifinalist Western Reserve along with Southern Local for the top spot. “It is what it is,” Columbiana senior Brandon Hacker said. “We’re going to have to play teams like we would in the upper tier, so everyone is going to give us their best shot.” Columbiana is familiar with some of the teams in the lower tier from its days in the Tri-County League and, before that, the Inter-County League. “We’re familiar with some of those guys,” Spaite said. “It’s been six years since we’ve played some of them.

BRANDON HACKER, COLUMBIANA SENIOR

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Columbiana seniors Brandon Hacker (left) and Britton Steiginga will lead the Clippers in their first season in the Inter-Tri County League lower tier.

We’ve scrimmaged some of them. “You’ve got to build files. It’s been six years since we’ve played some of them and there’s been, obviously, some coaching changes. There’s not a history to rely on.” Columbiana will open ITCL lower tier play by hosting Wellsville on Sept. 14. “It should be a little different,” Steiginga said. “It’s still the same approach come game time. We’ve been preparing the same way we’ve always been preparing.” “I just like playing the game,” Hacker said. “The upper tier, I definitely like that. But I’ve never played the teams in the lower tier, so we’ll see what it’s like.” A lot of people in the upper tier would like to see the Clippers stay with them.

“It’s always different when they change it up on us,” Springfield senior Alex Wharry said. “We’ve been playing Columbiana for years. We’ve grown accustomed to looking forward to that game. It takes a little bit out of

our season not being able to play them this year.” Columbiana is staying close to the ITCL upper tier, opening the season by hosting rivals Crestview and East Palestine in the first two weeks. “We’re really just getting prepared for week one,” Steiginga said. “We’re not looking past that right now.” It only appears to be a one-year move for Columbiana in the lower tier. “What the league has decided is we’ll look at the numbers this year and, if they stay the way they are, we’ll go back up and we’ll play Crestview again at home, but later in the year,” Spaite said. You would think most in the upper tier will be pulling for the Clippers to do well this season just to show the strength of the upper tier. “I think our program has had a pretty good run in the 19 years I’ve been here,” Spaite said. “I’m sure there are some people who want us to lose every one. I think there will be some people rooting for us, too.”

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COLUMBIANA,

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Incoming offensive ends

Matt Hopfenziz (senior tight end), Emon Evers (sophomore wide receiver) Collin Dunlap (senior wide receiver), Conner Richardson (senior wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Justin Hoffman (senior tackle), Hayden Sneltzer (senior center), Jacob Thiel (senior guard), Steve Kurilla (junior guard-tackle), Jarod Hill (senior guard-center).

Incoming offensive linemen

Dillon Randolph (junior guard), Mike Buzzard (junior tackle), Jacob Hupp (freshman guard).

Returning defensive linemen

Jared Hill (senior tackle-end), Mike Buzzard (junior end), John Cramer (junior tackle).

Incoming defensive linemen Hayden Sneltzer (senior tackle).

Returning linebackers

Brandon Hacker (senior outside), Steve Kurilla (senior inside), Jacob Theil (senior inside).

Incoming linebackers

Jacob Hupp (freshman inside), Mike Tiller (sophomore outside), Conner Richardson (senior outside), R.J. Rankin (junior outside).

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Returning defensive backs

Britton Steiginga (senior free safety), Jake DeJong (senior cornerback), Garret Patrick (senior cornerback).

Incoming defensive backs

Colin Dunlap (senior), Eman Evers (sophomore).

2011 players honored

Austin Barbato (graduated), special mention Division V All-Ohio and Morning Journal All-Area Back of the Year. Trenton Solmen (graduated), special mention Division V All-Ohio and firstteam All-Area. Brandon Hacker, first-team All-Area. Hayden Sneltzer, second-team AllArea. Britton Steiginga, second-team AllArea.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Austin Barbato (graduated) 1,335 yards and 16 touchdowns on 197 carries (6.8); Brandon Hacker, 795 yards and 10 touchdowns on 126 carries (6.3); Britton Steiginga, 539 yards and nine touchdowns on 72 carries (7.5). Passing — Austin Barbato (graduated) completed 74 of 142 passes for 1,1014 yards and eight touchdowns. Receiving — Steve Slater (graduated) 21 catches for 191 yards (9.1); Jake DeJong, 16 catches for 334 yards (20.9) and three touchdowns; Britton Steiginga, 15 catches for153 yards (10.2) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Austin Barbato (graduat-

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35 Josh Herbert.....................5-9.......160 ....Fr. 40 Brandon Hacker................5-10.....196 ....Sr. 43 Dylan Ferraro....................6-0.......157 ....Soph. 44 Mike Tiller .........................6-3.......173 ....Soph. 46 Brendon Schaal ................5-9.......146 ....Fr. 50 Mike Buzzard....................6-3.......196 ....Jr. 51 Jared Hill...........................5-10.....178 ....Sr. 53 Dillon Randolph ................5-7.......235 ....Jr. 55 Lucas Spayde...................5-10.....178 ....Fr. 56 Steve Kurilla......................5-11.....187 ....Jr. 57 Justin Hoffman..................6-3.......245 ....Sr. 58 Nick DelSignore................6-0.......184 ....Jr. 59 Dan Magill.........................5-10.....185 ....Fr. 60 Hayden Sneltzer ...............5-10.....185 ....Sr. 62 Jacob Hupp ......................5-10.....185 ....Fr. 64 Alex Nyers ........................5-7.......145 ....Fr. 66 Austin Saverko..................5-10.....160 ....Soph. 69 Jacob Theil .......................5-11.....235 ....Sr. 75 J.J. Welch..........................6-0.......258 ....Sr. 78 Dalton Hillyer ....................5-9.......160 ....Fr. 79 Noah Dain.........................5-7.......120 ....Fr. 81 Matt Hopfenziz..................6-1.......190 ....Sr. 84 Logan Stilson....................5-9.......130 ....Soph. 87 Kyle Simms.......................5-8.......148 ....Sr.

ed) 98 points; Britton Steiginga 82 points; Brandon Hacker 66 points. Tackles — Britton Steiginga 115; Mike Buzzard 102; Trenton Solmen (graduated) 102; Steve Slater (graduated) 96; Jared Hill 76, Jacob Theil 75; John Cramer 74; Brandon Hacker 73. Interceptions — Austin Barbato (graduated) 4; Britton Steiginga 4.

played in years and some we have never played. “While this is just an educated guess, certainly Western Reserve would appear to be the early favorite. Coach Hake has built one of the better Division VI programs in the state. Wellsville, under Dave Skinner and Southern Local, under Coach Skrinjar, have put together programs that truly look like they could make a serious run. Leetonia is the one team we are most familiar with and their numbers are up, and no matter what the situation is they will play Columbiana with reckless abandon. McDonald has strong tradition and when we used to scrimmage and play them, they were one of the most physical teams we played. I hon-

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Columbiana’s Britton Steiginga (left) tries to slow down Kirtland’s Damon Washington in the Division V state playoffs last season. Washington is the top returning player from the state champion Hornets.

COLUMBIANA,

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Continued from Page 6A

estly know very little about Lowellville and Sebring.” Columbiana will find out where they stand early as the Clippers open against upper tier rivals Crestview and East Palestine. “We open with a tough, physical perennial Division V power and our biggest rival, Crestview,” Spaite said. “Coach Cusick has established the Rebels as truly one of the top top 15s Division V programs in the state. It is a home game for us and should be a playoff atmosphere.

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CRESTVIEW REBELS

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer

Members of the 2012 Crestview football team are (front, from left) Kris Simpson, Evan Nentwick, Kaleb Baker, Dimitri Gregory, Dylan Douglass, Nick Blower, Zack Bell, Collin Gilbert, Anthony Marnejon; (second row, from left) Trevor Cope, Morgan Johnston, Clint Linhart, John Radman, Collin Gilbert, Andrew Simmons, Christian Kinder, James Crawford, Austin Oates; (third row, from left) Cody Mackall, Robert Logan, John Davis, John Kacenski, Caleb McCath, Aaron Rankin, Josh DeSalvo, Josh McDade, Jake Ferris; (fourth row, from left) Tyler Hall, Zach Mayer, Nathan Stelts, Nick Van Pelt, Darrell Wooten, Ben Basinger, Jarred Hayden, Spencer DeSalvo, Derek Kozlowski; (fifth row, from left) Zach Marr, Jesse Best, Collin Trayes, Tyller Guzman, Jacob Henderson, Mason Crawford, Jake Wick, Austin McIntosh, Andy Gorby; (sixth row, from left) Austin Mackall, Brent Lower, Zach Chuey, Joel Fitzsimmons, Jared Jones, Elijah McCallum, Nick Mattern, Nick Finch, Brendon Mallo, Zach Hicks, Dannen Breault; (back, from left) coach Rick Farris, coach Dom Perry, coach Matt Strank, coach Eric Potts, head coach Paul Cusick, coach Jess Leon, coach Dave Cusick, coach Jed Campbell and coach Lowell Bacon.

Crestview seeks fifth title in row Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

11-2, including a fourth straight Inter-Tri County League upper tier title with a 7-0 mark. It was the winningest

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted Aug. 23 at Columbiana, 7:30 Aug. 31 at Beaver Local Sept. 7 Southern Local, 7:30 Sept. 14 Lisbon Sept. 21 at Mineral Ridge Sept. 28 at Springfield Oct. 5 United Oct. 12 Jackson-Milton Oct. 19 at East Palestine Oct. 26 South Range

season in school history. The Rebels advanced to the state playoffs a fourth season in a row. They have won 15 straight league games.

Head Coach

Paul Cusick enters his 14th season as head coach with a record of 102-42, eight league titles and nine state playoff appearance. He was the Morning Journal All-Area Coach of the Year and the Northeast Inland District Coach of the Year. He has a career record of 11064, which includes three seasons at Leetonia.

Assistant coaches

Lowell Bacon, defensive coordinator Dom Perry, special teams Eric Potts Dave Cusick Jess Leon

Matt Strank Rick Coppock Rich Ferris Jed Campbell

Returning lettermen

Eleven, including five starters on offense and two starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Spread.

Offensive outlook

The Rebels return five starters from a team that set a school record with 531 points last season. Nick Blower is back after running for 1,872 yards last year, while Collin Gilbert takes over at quarterback after being the Rebels’ leading receiver as a sohomore. “We lost four offensive linemen, two receivers and the quarterback to gradu-

ation,” Cusick said. “We have players that have game experience at those positions, but not starting experience. If we can mature at those positions, we’ll have a chance to be competitive on the offensive side of the ball. We do return several players that rotated at the skilled positions, so these players will have to step up their leadership abilities.”

Basic defensive formation 4-4.

Defensive outlook

“We return only two starters on the defensive side of the ball,” Cusick said. “We will be relatively inexperienced, but we do have guys that contributed last season. Our strength should be our overall defensive team speed and athletSee CRESTVIEW, Page 10A


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Small runners make big impact By RON FIRTH

“We’ve seen players come through Minerva, like Drew Prendergast — small guys with big hearts. A big heart is what makes you successful in any area of life. It definitely applies to football.”

Journal Sports Editor

COLUMBIANA — Opponents can only overlook diminutive running backs Nick Blower of Crestview and Britton Steiginga of Columbiana for so long. “Until they play them and see how much speed they really do have,” Columbiana linebacker Brandon Hacker said. What the 5-foot-7 senior standouts lack in size, they make up for with speed and determination. “They’re both absolutely electric,” Columbiana coach Bob Spaite said. “When either one of them touches the ball on any play, in any situation, they can go. They’ve got great speed and great instincts.” “They’re real fast,” Crestview linebacker Kaleb Baker said. “You might be stronger than them, but you’ve got to be as fast as them.” The numbers Blower and Steiginga put up are much bigger than their size. “Everyone looks at their size,” Hacker said. “They say their small, they must not be good. They work at it. They’re good for a reason. Their speed kills.” “Both of them are hard-nosed kids,” Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. “They are very similar. They play with a lot of passion and are explosive.” No one in the Inter-Tri County League underestimate two of the league’s biggest threats. “I’m small, but they know my speed,” Blower said. “That helps me out a lot.” “I’ve always been a little small, but it doesn’t really make a difference on the field,” Steiginga said. “Because of the

JAKE RILEY, MINERVA QUARTERBACK

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Columbiana’s Britton Steiginga (left) and Crestview’s Nick Blower (right), who are featured on the cover, are towered over by Minerva’s 6-foot-3 quarterback Jake Riley.

speed, they can’t underestimate you.” Blower led the Rebels to a schoolrecord 11 wins and a fourth straight Inter-Tri County League upper tier title last season.

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Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. “But we don’t care how big they are on the outside. It’s how big of a heart you have.” Blower averaged 10.6 yards per carry as he ran for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. “The thing that absolutely astounds me is how hard Blower hits the hole,” Spaite said. “In a football uniform, he’s full speed on his first step. That’s rare. He’s a very special back,” See BIG IMPACT, Page 18A

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ic abiliy, but we will be young. We need to replace three starters on the defensive line, three at the linebacker position, and we will have three new starters in the secondary. Our defense will need to mature in a hurry to be competitive throughout the season.”

Returning offensive backs

Nick Blower (senior wingback), Matt Hardenbrook (senior halfback), Collin Gilbert (junior quarterback), Jake Ferris (junior halfback).

Incoming offensive backs

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Returning offensive ends

Kaleb Baker (senior tight end), Dimitri Gregory (senior tight end), Evan Nentwick (senior split end), Austin Oates (senior split end), Kris Simpson (senior flanker).

Incoming offensive ends

Anthony Marnejon (senior split end), James Crawford (junior tight end), Josh DeSalvo (junior split end), Chris Jones (junior flanker), Morgan Johnston (junior tight end), Aaron Rankin (junior split end), Tyller Guzman (sophomore tight end), Darrell Wooten (sophomore tight end), Dannen Breault (freshman split end), Joel Fitzsimmons (freshman flanker), Andy Gorby (freshman split end-quarterback), Jared Haden (freshman split end), Brendon Mallo (freshman tight end), Nick Mattern (freshman tight end), Elijah McCallum (freshman split end), Collin Trayes (freshman tight end), Jake Ward (freshman flanker).

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Returning defensive linemen

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Dylan Douglass (senior tackle), Evan Nentwick (senior end), Josh McDade (junior end).

Returning defensive backs

Incoming defensive linemen

Incoming defensive backs

Zach Bell (senior tackle), John Davis (junior end), Morgan Johnston (junior end), John Kacenski (junior tackle), Christian Kinder (junior tackle), Clint Linhart (junior end), Robert Logan (junior end), John Radman (junior tackle), Nick VanPelt (junior tackle), Ben Basinger (sophomore tackle), Zach Chuey (sophomore tackle), Tyller Guzman (sophomore end), Tyler Hall (sophomore end), Jacob Henderson (sophomore tackle), Zach Mayer (sophomore tackle), Nick Finch (freshman end), Jared Jones (freshman end), Austin Mackall (freshman tackle), Jacob Wick (freshman tackle).

Returning linebackers

Kaleb Baker (senior inside), Dimitri Gregory (senior inside), Matt Hardenbrook (senior outside), Kris Simpson (senior outside), Dustin Gorby (junior inside), Jake Ferris (junior outside).

Incoming linebackers

James Crawford (junior outside), Chris Jones (junior outside), Andrew Simmons (junior outside), Derek Kozlowski (sophomore inside), Cody Mackall (sophomore inside), Darrell Wooten (sophomore inside), Mason Crawford (freshman inside), Zach Hicks (freshman outside), Brent

Nick Blower (senior), Austin Oates (senior), Collin Gilbert (junior). Anthony Marnejon (senior), Josh DeSalvo (junior), Aaron Rankin (junior), Jesse Best (sophomore), Zach Marr (sophomore free safety), Danen Breault (freshman), Spencer DeSalvo (freshman free safety), Joel Fitzsimmons (freshman), Andy Gorby (freshman), Jared Hayden (freshman free safety), Austin McIntosh (freshman).

2011 players honored

C.J. Collins (graduated), secondteam Division V All-Ohio and Morning Journal All-Area Lineman of the Year. Nick Blower, special mention Division V All-Ohio and first-team AllArea. Adam Coppock (graduated), firstteam All-Area. Tom Rambo (graduated), first-team All-Area. Craig Lower (graduated), first-team All-Area. Dillon Gorby (graduated), first-team All-Area. Derrick Riehl (graduated), secondteam All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Nick Blower 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns on 177 carries (10.6); Adam Coppock (graduated)

1,016 yards and 19 touchdowns on 140 carries (7.3); Ryan Moffett 363 yards and three touchdowns on 59 carries (6.2); Collin Gilbert, 330 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries (13.8). Passing — Adam Coppock (graduated) competed 75 of 155 passes for 1,192 yards and 12 touchdowns. Receiving — Collin Gilbert, 36 catches for 601 yards (16.7) and six touchdowns; Zack Moore (graduated) 10 catches for 117 yards (11.7) and one touchdown. Scoring — Nick Blower 120 points; Adam Coppock (graduated) 114 points; Zack Moore (graduated) 93 points; Collin Gilbert 48 points. Tackles — Craig Lower (graduated) a school-record 149; Kaleb Baker 123; Dillon Gorby (graduated) 91; Tom Oliver (graduated) 86; C.J. Collins (graduated) 77. Interceptions — Dillon Gorby (graduated) 3; Kaleb Baker 2.

2012 Outlook

Crestview looks like the team to beat

in the ITCL upper tier as the next group of Rebels get their turn to leave their mark. The Rebels have won 18 of their last 19 regular-season games and 26 of their last 27 league games. Look for those streaks to keep going this season. “The Inter-Tri County League is a great showcase for small-school football in our area,” Cusick said. “From top to bottom, the ITCL looks to be tremendously competitive. There will be no easy wins in this league. “The top three teams in our tier are South Range, Mineral Ridge and United.” Crestview has won 40 games over the last four seasons. “I really don’t know where we’ll fall into the hierarchy of the league,” Cusick said. “We have graduated a ton of key players over the last two seasons, so we just want to be competitive from week to week. Our non-league schedule will definitely test us as a football team and we better mature early.”

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EAST PALESTINE BULLDOGS

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Members of the 2012 East Palestine football team are (front, from left) Tyler Visnick, Derek Smith, Noah Beal, Levi Kunselman, Austen Reiser, Jacob Thomas, Jacob Knopp; (second row, from left) David Rankin Luke Cope, Josh Mitchell, James Hargreaves, Logan Frye, Jeremy Sodergren, Drew Weigle, Chris Raley, James Klein, Cody McGath, Tyler Bunts, coach Will Franklin; (back, from left) coach Dan Kibler Josh Pickett, Dakota Schreffler, Devan Pudder, Nick Monteleone, Travis Dowd, Gare Mattes, Zack Baker-Stowe, Grant Wagner, Taylor Townsdend, Aaron Proakis, Michael Loyd, Ryan Ross and coach Ryan McCullough.

Bulldogs need to stay healthy Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

2-8, including a 1-6 mark in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. The Bulldogs played five playoff teams and three of the losses were by three-point margins. They have lost six straight games on the road.

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Southern Local Aug. 31 at Columbiana Sept. 7 Western Reserve Sept. 14 at South Range Sept. 21 Springfield Sept. 28 Mineral Ridge Oct. 5 at Jackson-Milton Oct. 12 at United Oct. 19 Crestview Oct. 26 at Lisbon

Head Coach

Gare Mattes enters his third season as head coach with a record of 5-15. He has a career head coaching record of 111-102-3, including 16 seasons at Stow-Munroe Falls, three seasons at Hamptown Township (Pa.) and one season at Maricopa (Ariz.).

Assistant coaches

Dave Rankin, defensive coordinator, linebackers Will Franklin, offensive line Ryan McCullough, defensive backs Dan Kibler, defensive line

Returning lettermen

East Palestine has its backfield returning, but will miss speedy Jake DiCello, who accounted for 116 of the team’s 226 points last season. “The Bulldogs will have a season offense led by Offensive MVP Derek Smith and quarterback Luke Cope. Tyler Visnick will add power to the running attack, which will be spearheaded by returning starters Jacob Knopp, Drew Weigle and Jeremy Sodergren and Chris Raley on the line,” Mattes said. “Austin Reiser, a Division I prospect, will be a key targer for Cope as a wide receiver. his range and size will help to bolster a receiving crew wiped out by graduation.”

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Basic offensive formation

Defensive outlook

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Offensive outlook

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“We will be working hard to shore up a defense that gave up an average of 33 points a game,” Mattes said. “A new

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Returning offensive backs

Derek Smith (senior running back), Luke Cope (sophomore quarterback), Tyler Visnick (senior running back),

Incoming offensive backs

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Returning offensive ends

Austen Reiser (senior tight end), Levi Kunselman (senior wide receiver), Jacob Thomas (senior tight end).

Incoming offensive ends

Nick Monteleone (sophomore wide receiver), Tyler Bunts (freshman tight end). Josh Pickett (freshman receiver). See BULLDOGS, Page 14A


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Incoming offensive linemen

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Returning defensive linemen

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Incoming linebackers

Tyler Visnick (senior), Tyler Bunts (freshman), Aaron Proakis (freshman),

Returning defensive backs

Luke Cope (sophomore), Noah Beal (senior), Derek Smith (senior), Levi Kunselman (senior).

Incoming defensive backs

Nick Monteleone (sophomore), Josh Pickett (freshman).

2011 players honored

Jake DiCello (graduated), secondteam Division V All-Ohio and firstteam All-Area. Jared Knopp (graduated), first-team All-Area. Derek Smith, second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

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touchdowns. Receiving — Jake DiCello (graduated) 24 catches for 525 yards (21.8) and seven touchdowns. Scoring — Jake DiCello (graduated) 116 points; Derek Smith 56. Tackles — Jared Knopp (graduated) 128. Interceptions — Jake DiCello (graduated) 5.

2012 Outlook

East Palestine enters the season with 20 players in grades 10-12 for the second straight year. “We are scrambling right now trying to put a team together (because of injuries), Mattes said. “We’re going to basically work with the strengths we have.” That will be the offense. “We feel we’re going to be able to move the ball on the ground,” Mattes said. “With Luke Cope at quarterback, we feel pretty good about our passing game.” Some of the Bulldogs sat out the scrimmages to injuries and Cope also is questionable due to an ankle injury. “We can’t afford to have anyone hurt and we have a couple of kids dinged up,” Mattes said. “If we lose two kids, that’s four positions because our guys go both ways. We’re hoping by our first game we’ll be back to full to full strength.” Hopefully, everyone will be available when Inter-Tri County League play begins. “Perennial league leaders Crestview, South Range and Springfield will be the teams to beat for the league crown again this year,” Mattes said.


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LEETONIA BEARS

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Members of the 2012 Leetonia football team are (front, fom left) Brandon Dattilio, Dustin Hartzell, James Shea, Kyle Hartman,Colton Gudat, Brandon henry, Dustin Soos, Trent Ferry; (second row, from left) Bryce Turney, Devon Galvin, Zack Van Giesen, Brady Shepard, Drew Turney, Tanner Tullis, Ryan Finch, Tom Cruz; (third row, from left) Derek Farmer, Darin McFarland, Brandon Smith, Dillon Crane, Steve Howe, Steve Howe, Lucas hebron, Quentin Van Giesen, Noah Witmer; (fourth row, from left) Nate Inboden, Calvin Shepard, Hayden Rance, Seth Whittemore, Josh Van Giesen,Cameron Hitchcock, Trevor Sandor, Zack Reiner; (back, from left) manager Brett Weikart, coach Keith Drewnowski, coach Ron Graff, coach Art Altomare, head coach Matt Altomare, coach Bill Altenhof, coach Nick Mango and manager Dusty Kelly.

Leetonia out to turn it around 2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 Lisbon Aug. 31 at Mineral Ridge Sept. 7 Mathews Sept. 14 at Lowellville Sept. 21 at Western Reserve Sept. 28 McDonald Oct. 5 at Columbiana Oct. 12 at Sebring Oct. 19 Southern Local Oct. 26 Wellsville

Classification Division VI, Region 21

2011 Record 4-6, including a 2-5 mark in the Inter-Tri County League lower tier. The six losses were to teams that won 44 combined games. The Bears have seven of their last nine home games and 18 of their last 24 games overall.

Head Coach

Matt Altomare enters his sixth season as head coach with a record of 26-26 and two state playoff appearances. He was the Leetonia defensive coordinator the previous eight seasons.

Assistant coaches

Art Altomare, offensive line, linebackers Nick Mango, offensive line, defensive line

Ron Graff, running backs, defensive backs Bill Altenhof, wide receivers, defensive ends Keith Drewnoski, running backs, linebackers Fred Bruderly, kickers, punters

Returning lettermen

Twelve, including six starters on See LEETONIA, Page 17A


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offense and five starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Wing-T.

Offensive outlook

“Though we return some starters on each side the of the ball, we need some players to step up,” Altomare said. “We must stay healthy in order to compete. We also need to develop an identity on offense and find playmakers. “We have to eliminate our mistakes and turnovers this year to be competitive.”

Basic defensive formation Multiple 50.

Defensive outlook

The Bears win whenever their defense plays well. Last season, they gave up an average of 7.5 points and 99 yards rushing in their four wins and 28.2 points and 228 yards rushing in their six losses. “Our players are very hard working with a desire to win, so it makes it easy to coach,” Altomare said.

Returning offensive backs

Brandon Dattilio (senior wingback), Zack Van Giesen (junior fullback), Colton Gudat (sophomore running back).

Incoming offensive backs

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Incoming offensive ends

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Calvin Shepard (junior tackle), Ryan Finch (junior guard-tackle), Steve Howe (junior guard), Hayden Rance (junior guard).

Returning defensive linemen

Zack Van Giesen (junior), Derek Farmer (senior), Dillon Crane (senior), Nate Inboden (sophomore).

Incoming defensive linemen

Calvin Shepard (junior), Ryan Finch (junior).

Returning linebackers

Tom Cruz (senior), Zack Renier (senior), Josh Van Giesen (senior).

Incoming linebackers

Trevor Sandor (junior), Colton Gudat (sophomore).

Returning defensive backs

Brandon Dattilio (senior), Trent Ferry (sophomore).

Incoming defensive backs

Dustin Soos (senior), Bryce Turney (junior), Brandon Henry (senior), Drew Turney (sophomore), Devon Galvin (sophomore), Dustin Harzell (sophomore).

2011 players honored

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2012 Outlook

2011 Leaders

Rushing — R.J. Pacella (graduated) 411 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries (5.3); Cody Stokes (graduated) 402 yards and 11 touchdowns on 124 carries (3.2); Zack Van Giesen, 355 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries (4.5). Passing — Cody Stokes (graduated) completed 67 of 149 passes for 1,092 yards and eight touchdowns. Receiving — R.J. Pacella (graduated) 33 catches for 615 yards (18.6) and three touchdowns. Scoring — Cody Stokes (graduated) 66 points; R.J. Pacella (graduated) 54. Tackles — Derek Grande (graduated) 130; Tom Cruz 81; Cody Stokes (graduated) 64; Trent Ferry 63; Brandon Dattilio 25. Interceptions — Trent Ferry 3.

Leetonia is coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1997-98. The numbers are against the Bears as they have eight seniors, eight juniors and seven sophomores. “Lack of depth being a small school and our numbers are a little low this year,” Altomare said. “We need leaders to step up as we lost great leadership last year.” The Bears are hoping to get on a roll by the time the ITCL starts. “Our tier of the ITCL should be very competitive this year,” Altomare said. “Western Reserve returns some key players from their undefeated team last year, and are the defending champs. Wellsville, McDonald and Southern all return a lot of players. Columbiana was a playoff team and joins the league and should contend. I look for the league to be very competitive and balanced this year.”

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20A • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

LISBON BLUE DEVILS

Morning Journal/Wayne Maris

Members of the 2012 Lisbon football team are (front, from left) Spencer Cox, Tyler Howe, ball boy Logan Bell, Austin Davis, Brandon Haldiman, Jeff Hetherington; (second row, from left) Zack Allen, Nate Cook, Jared Everett, Alex Barnes, Brandon Barnes, Jacob Jarome, Dakota Medley, Cody Freeland; (third row, from left) Jagr Groubert, Zak Smith, Jared White, Jordan Everett, Colt Carlisle, Ryan Wilson, Josh Liberati, Frankie Morrell, Anthony Nguyen; (fourth row, from left) Jesse Flugan, Anthony Rhodes, R.J. Eglehoff, Austin Rutecki, Austin Trapp, Josh Craig, Trevor Reese, Shawn McKinnon, Darren McDole, Danny Donahue; (back, from left) coach Kyle Bing, coach Ron Sines, coach Rich Joy, Patrick Haren, Josh Lathrop, head coach Jim Tsilimos, Zak Leko, Jeremy Chidester, Adam Faulk, coach Charles Bell, coach Joe Wilson and coach Andy Adams.

Blue Devils try to build confidence 2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Leetonia Aug. 31 at Southern Local Sept. 7 Wellsville Sept. 14 at Crestview Sept. 21 Jackson-Milton Sept. 28 at United Oct. 5 Springfield Oct. 12 at Mineral Ridge Oct. 19 South Range Oct. 26 East Palestine

Classification Division V, Region 17

2011 Record 1-9, including an 0-7 mark in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. The Blue Devils have lost 45 of their last 47 games and 41 straight league games. They have lost nine straight home games.

Head Coach

Jim Tsilimos enters his second season as head coach and 20th overall at Lisbon. He was 110-79 at Lisbon from 1990-2007, including five Tri-County League titles, five state playoff appearances and the 1995 Division V state championship. He has a career head coaching record of 136-113, including three years at Wilmington and two years at Benjamin Logan.

Assistant coaches Kyle Bing Ron Sines Rich Joy Charles Bell Joe Wilson Bill Meek Jason Congo Mike Butream See BLUE

DEVILS, Page 21A


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 21A

BLUE DEVILS,

Zak Leko takes over as Lisbon’s quarterback this season. He completed two passes for 38 yards against Crestview in the 2011 season finale.

Continued from Page 21A

Returning lettermen

Twenty, including seven starters on offense and seven starters on defense.,

Basic offensive formation Wing-T/Stack.

Offensive outlook

The Blue Devils scored 113 points last season, their most since 2006. “We are going to be run oriented to set up the pass,” Tsilimos said.

Basic defensive formation 4-3.

Defensive outlook

The Blue Devils gave up an average of 31.6 points in the seven ITCL games last season. “We must be quick to the football,” Tsilimos said.

Returning offensive backs

Zak Leko (senior quarterback), Josh Lathrop (senior fullback), Zack Allen (junior fullback), Brandon Barnes (junior halfback), Jagr Groubert (junior halfback), Brandon Haldiman (junior halfback).

(junior center), Jacob Jarome (junior guard), Jeremy Chidester (senior tackle).

Incoming offensive linemen

Anthony Rhodes (junior guard), Tyler Heverly (junior guard), Danny Donohue (sophomore tackle), Dakota Medley (junior tackle).

Returning defensive linemen

Adam Faulk (senior tackle), Shawn McKinnon (junior end), Jeremy Chidester (senior tackle).

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Incoming defensive linemen

Jacob Jarome (junior end), Anthony Rhodes (junior end), Jordan Everett (junior tackle).

Returning linebackers

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Josh Liberati (quarterback), Austin Davis (halfback), Frank Morrell (fullback).

Returning offensive ends

Zack Smith (junior wide receiver), Anthony Nuyen (junior wide receiver), Shawn McKinnon (junior tight end), Colt Carlisle (junior tight end).

Incoming offensive ends

Austin Rutecki (freshman wide receiver-tight end), Trevor Reese (freshman wide receiver), Ryan Wilson (junior tight end), Austin Trapp (junior wide receiver), Cody Freeland (junior wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

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Lisbon Blue Devils 1 Zak Smith .........................5-10.....150 ....Jr. 2 Frankie Morrell..................5-9.......155 ....Fr. 4 Darren McDole .................5-10.....150 ....Jr. 5 Zak Leko...........................6-0.......180 ....Sr. 8 Jesse Flugan ....................5-10.....165 ....Jr. 10 Josh Liberati .....................5-10.....175 ....Fr. 11 Austin Rutecki...................6-2.......165 ....Fr. 12 R.J. Eglehoff .....................5-11.....145 ....Soph. 13 Shawn McKinnon..............6-2.......210 ....Jr. 14 Jagr Groubert ...................5-8.......140 ....Jr. 22 Jared White.......................5-9.......140 ....Fr. 23 Spencer Cox.....................5-6.......125 ....Fr. 24 Brandon Barnes................5-8.......135 ....Jr. 25 Brandon Haldiman............5-7.......140 ....Jr. 33 Ryan Wilson......................6-0.......175 ....Jr. 36 Josh Craig ........................6-4.......190 ....Fr. 40 Colt Carlisle ......................5-10.....160 ....Soph. 42 Josh Lathrop.....................6-0.......185 ....Sr. 44 Zack Allen.........................5-9.......175 ....Jr. 49 Austin Davis......................5-7.......? ........Fr.

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24A • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best records this century The regular-season records of area football teams since the 2000 season: Team Record 1. South Range...........................................95-24 2. Crestview ................................................90-29 3. Columbiana.............................................87-31 4. Leetonia..................................................71-48 5. Springfield...............................................69-51 6. Beaver Local...........................................68-52 7. West Branch ........................................65-54-1 8. United .....................................................61-59 9. Minerva...................................................59-61 10. Wellsville .................................................56-64 11. East Liverpool .........................................51-69 12. Southern Local........................................49-70 13. East Palestine .........................................49-71 13. Salem......................................................49-71 15. Oak Glen.................................................45-74 16. Lisbon .....................................................42-77 17. Sebring .................................................13-106

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(junior), Zack Smith (junior).

Returning defensive backs

Jagr Groubert (junior cornerback), Brandon Barnes (junior cornerback), Zack Allen (junior safety), Brandon Haldiman (junior safety).

Incoming defensive backs

Anthony Nguyen (junior safety-cornerback).

2011 players honored

Zac Barnes (graduated), second-team All-Area. Zak Leko, second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Zac Barnes (graduated) 652 yards and five touchdowns on 154 carries (4.2); Zak Leko, 292 yards on 74 carries (3.9). Passing — Eric Walker completed 16 of 29 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns; Drew Sweeney (graduated) completed 17 of 50 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown.

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Receiving — Brad Cox (graduated) 14 catches for 187 yards (13.4); Drew Sweeney (graduated) seven catches for 171 yards (24.4) and three touchdowns; Jacob Borg (graduated) seven catches fror 139 yards (19.9) and one touchdown. Scoring — Zac Barnes (graduated) 50 points. Tackles — Jacob Borg (graduated) 56; Zak Leko 55; Drew Sweeney (graduated) 45; Josh Lathrop 42; Brad Cox (graduated) 41; Evan Cianni (graduated) 40; Danny Reese (graduated) 40. Interceptions — Zac Barnes (graduated) 3.

2012 Outlook

After two wins in the last four seasons, the Blue Devils are looking for something good to happen soon. “We must start fast to build momentum for the upper tier,” Tsilimos said. An early win would be a confidence builder for the Blue Devils, who have six straight losing seasons and haven’t won a league game since 2006. “I like Crestview and South Range to compete for the ITCL title,” Tsilimos said.

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26A • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

SEBRING TROJANS

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Members of the 2012 Sebring football team are (front, from left) Josh Hurford, Zack Jackson, Zach Wagner, Josh Frank; second row, from left, Josh Zmuda, Jerry Billingsley, Dylan Mick, Andrew Helmuth, Devin Cusick, Tyler Prince, Aaron Ostrosky, Dylan Holmes, Cori Wilson, Brian Weekly; third row, from left, Tim Bradley, Justin George, Alex Wheeler, Branton Alex, Nick Rine, Cody Dennis, Zane Twaddle, Diamonte McMullen, Brett Weekly; fourth row, from left,Chris Clemens, Ty Breedlove Wilson, Aaron McDaniels, Logan Barnes, Connan Raber, Adam Brown; back row, from left, Brian Boone, Doug Wilson, Joel Szymanski, head coach Scott Springer, Allen Mangus and Anthony Holben.

Sebring has turned it around 2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 Rootstown Aug. 31 at Southington Sept. 7 Newbury Sept. 14 at Southern Local Sept. 21 Columbiana Sept. 28 at Wellsville Oct. 5 at Western Reserve Oct. 12 Leetonia Oct. 19 at Lowellville Oct. 26 McDonald

Classification

Division VI, Region 21

2011 Record

4-6, including a 3-4 mark in the Inter-Tri County League lower tier. The Trojans had one-point losses to Newbury and Southern Local.

Head Coach

Scott Springer enters his second sea-

son as head coach. He was defensive coordinator at Sebring the previous two years after being an assistant at Alliance for eight years.

Assistant coaches

Allan Mangus, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, running backs T.J. Yost, offensive line, defensive line Anthony Holbew, offensive line, defensive line

Doug Wilson, wide receivers, linebackers Joel Symanski, running backs, defensive backs, special teams Brian Boone, offensive line, defensive line, special teams

Returning lettermen

Six, including three starters on offense and three starters on defense. See SEBRING, Page 27A


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SEBRING,

Sebring Trojans

Continued from Page 26A

Basic offensive formation Pri I/gun with split back

Offensive outlook

“We are looking to be consistent,” Springer said. “We are above average at our skill positions. Quarterback Josh Hurford is back along with running back Dylan Mick and wide receivers Jerry Billingsley and Zach Jackson. The line is young with no seniors on the offensive line, which is anchored by mostly sophomores. They will need to work hard and pick things up fast.”

Basic defensive formation 4-3/4-4

Defensive outlook

“Again we are young up front,” Springer said. “Junior defenisve tackle Cori Wilson returns. There are several players pushing for the free safety positions.”

Returning offensive backs

Dylan Mick (junior tailback), Zach Wagner (senior tailback), Josh Hurford (senior quarterback).

Incoming offensive backs

Cody Dennis (sophomore fullback), Dylan Holmes (junior tailback), Tyl Breedlove Wilson (sophomore quarterback), Alex Wheeler (sophomore quarterback).

Returning offensive ends

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Incoming offensive ends

Josh Zmuda (freshman wide receiver), Brett Weekly (sophomore wide receiver), Branton Alex (sophomore wide receiver), Diamonte McMullen (freshman wide receiver), Aaron McDaniels (freshman tight end).

Returning offensive linemen

Cody Dennis (sophomore), Chris Clemens (sophomore), Andrew Helmuth (junior), Logan Barnes (sophomore), Cori Wilson (junior).

Incoming offensive linemen

Zane Twaddle (sophomore), Tyler Prince (junior), Devin Cusick (junior), Adam Brown (sophomore), Brian Weekly (junior).

Returning defensive linemen

Cori Wilson (junior tackle), Cody Dennis (sophomore end-linebacker).

Incoming defensive linemen

Logan Barnes (sophomore tackle), Aaron Ostrosky (junior nose guard), Chris Clemens (sophomore end), Tim Bradley (freshman tackle), Tyler Prince (junior tackle-nose guard), Devin Cusick (junior tackle-end).

Returning linebackers

Dylan Mick (junior inside), Zach Wagner (senior outside).

Incoming linebackers

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Returning defensive backs

Josh Hurford (senior cornerback), Jerry Billingsley (junior strong safety), Zach Jackson (senior cornerback).

Incoming defensive backs

Brett Weekly (junior free safety-cornerback), Diamonte McMullen (sophomore cornerback), Justin George (sophomore cornerback), Josh Frank (senior free safety).

2011 players honored

Dakota Wagner (graduated), special mention Division VI All-Ohio and firstteam All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Dakota Wagner (graduated) 1,468 yards and 14 touchdowns on 214 carries (6.9). Receiving — Corey Baia (graduated)

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2012 INTER-TRI COUNTY LEAGUE SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE Thursday, Aug. 23 Crestview at Columbiana Lisbon at Leetonia McDonald at Springfield Friday, Aug. 24 Southern Local at East Palestine United at Malvern Warren JFK at South Range Rootstown at Sebring Western Reserve at Cuyahoga Heights Fairport Harbor at Mineral Ridge Windham at Jackson-Milton Saturday, Aug. 25 Toronto at Wellsville Lowellville at Youngstown Christian ——— WEEK TWO Friday, Aug. 31 Crestview at Beaver Local Lisbon at Southern Local East Palestine at Columbiana Salem at United Leetonia at Mineral Ridge Wellsville at Oak Glen, W.Va. South Range at Campbell Memorial Sebring at Southington Malvern at Western Reserve Jackson-Milton at Rootstown Kennedy Catholic, Pa., at McDonald Lowellville at Burton Berkshire Sept. 1 Springfield at Youngstown Christian ———

WEEK THREE Friday, Sept. 7 Wellsville at Lisbon Southern Local at Crestview Western Reserve at East Palestine United at Rootstown Mathews at Leetonia Garfield Heights Trinity at South Range Springfield at Lowellville Newbury at Sebring Mineral Ridge at McDonald Jackson-Milton at Orwell Grand Valley Saturday, Sept. 8 Columbiana at Steubenville Catholic Central ——— WEEK FOUR Friday, Sept. 14 Upper Tier Lisbon at Crestview East Palestine at South Range United at Springfield Mineral Ridge at JacksonMilton Lower Tier Wellsville at Columbiana Sebring at Southern Local Leetonia at Lowellville McDonald at Western Reserve ——— WEEK FIVE Friday, Sept. 21 Upper Tier South Range at United Springfield at East Palestine Crestview at Mineral Ridge Jackson-Milton at Lisbon Lower Tier Columbiana at Sebring Leetonia at Western Reserve Lowellville at Wellsville

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Southern Local at McDonald ——— WEEK SIX Friday, Sept. 28 Upper Tier Crestview at Springfield Lisbon at United Mineral Ridge at East Palestine Jackson-Milton at South Range Lower Tier Southern Local at Columbiana Sebring at Wellsville

McDonald at Leetonia Western Reserve at Lowellville ——— WEEK SEVEN Friday, Oct. 5 Upper Tier United at Crestview Springfield at Lisbon East Palestine at JacksonMilton Mineral Ridge at South Range Lower Tier Leetonia at Columbiana Wellsville at Southern Local

Sebring at Western Reserve Lowellville at McDonald ——— WEEK EIGHT Friday, Oct. 12 Upper Tier East Palestine at United Lisbon at Mineral Ridge South Range at Springfield Jackson-Milton at Crestview Lower Tier Leetonia at Sebring Southern Local at Western Reserve Columbiana at Lowellville McDonald at Wellsville ——— WEEK NINE Friday, Oct. 19 Upper Tier Crestview at East Palestine South Range at Lisbon Jackson-Milton at United Mineral Ridge at Springfield Lower Tier Southern Local at Leetonia Columbiana at McDonald Western Reserve at Wellsville Sebring at Lowellville ——— WEEK TEN Friday, Oct. 26 Upper Tier South Range at Crestview East Palestine at Lisbon United at Mineral Ridge Springfield at JacksonMilton Lower Tier Western Reserve at Columbiana Wellsville at Leetonia Lowellville at Southern Local McDonald at Sebring


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 29A

Home cooking suits Raiders By MICHAEL S. BURICH Assistant Sports Editor

GREENFORD — There will no longer be any treks to the old school for South Range High School football practice. Coach Dan Yeagley is grateful for that. “It saves a ton of time,” Yeagley said. “Being able to practice at the school and being able to walk out of the lockers and practice right after school is great. When the kids had to travel to the other school to practice sometimes they would get lost. Sometimes they would show up late because of traffic. Things like that happened and we had to excuse it because of the inconvenience. Now there’s no problem.” The Phil and Gerry Rominger Foundation Sports Complex was completed over the summer at the site of the K-12 campus. Those benefactors are committed to donating $100,000 or more annually through the 2030s to the South Range school district. Included in the athletic additions to the cam-

pus were a 12,000-square-foot locker and weight room facility, practice fields and an all-weather track and field across the street from the school. “What we like most about this is the amount of space we have,” Yeagley said. “We have tons of space. The nice thing is we can get a lot of people in there at the same time. I think we’ve had 55 or 60 kids in there at the same time with no problem at all. You can’t ask for more than that.” Space was an issue recently for the Raider football team as strength training was taking place in an old barn on the property near the all-weather track. “We did our lifting there for about a year,” Yeagley said. “It wasn’t much, but it saved on travel. We got a very good program going, but it was very cramped. It was a temporary fix.” Yeagley said people in the community donated time and materials to make the barn See RAIDERS, Page 47A

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SOUTH RANGE RAIDERS

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Members of the 2012 South Range football team are (front, from left) Mitch Dolak, Mario Buzzacco, Jake Plunkett, Tyler Patterson, Brandon Standley, J.R. Renforth, Dustin Joy, Deven Fickes; (second row, from left) Jon Kenney, coach Nick Haught, coach Tony Foster, coach Alan Kimmel, head coach Dan Yeagley, caoch Wayne Allegretto, coach Bart Dockry, Jake Pfeifer; (third row, from left) Cullen Kyser, Matt Koziorynsky, Corey Deal, Robby Seman, Jake Arsuffi, Ross Stoffer, Dalton Kurtz, Nathan Hugenberg; (fourth row, from left) Colton Schuster, Neil Allen, Cole Krumpak, Jake Mitchell, Tyler Bradley, Jon Kenney, Tyler Robertson, Dominic Garuccio; (fifth row, from left) Pierce Baird, Greg Dunham, Nick Stanton, Billy Goodall, Eric Liston, Zach Thorpe, Adam Witmer, Joey Phillips, Bryce Allen; (sixth row, from left) Derek Fickes, Evan Schaefer, Ben Baird, Zach Baird, David McCabe, Kirklin Grahovac, Zane Kreidler, Joe Alessi; (back, from left) Ryan Haynes, Ben Farmer, Jake Ruiz, Garrett Sorley, Colton Hiner, Gary Miller, Ryan Miller, Max Fisher and Zack Dolak.

South Range will be in the running 2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Warren JFK Aug. 31 at Campbell Sept. 7 Garfield Heights Trinity Sept. 14 East Palestine Sept. 21 at United Sept. 28 Jackson-Milton Oct. 5 Mineral Ridge Oct. 12 at Springfield Oct. 19 at Lisbon Oct. 26 at Crestview

Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

5-5, including a 4-3 mark in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. The Raiders were 0-2 in games decided by six points or less. They have won eight of their last 10 home games.

Head Coach

Dan Yeagley enters his 18th season

as head coach with a record of 145-49, including 12 state playoff appearances and eight league titles.

Assistant coaches

Wayne Allegretto, quarterbacks, defensive backs Jason Swiger, offensive line, defensive line Alan Kimmel, fullbacks, outside linebackers Don Allen, tight ends, defensive ends

Tony Foster, running backs, defensive line Nick Haught, running backs, defensive backs Joe Brooks, offensive line, defensive line Bart Dockry, offensive line, inside linebackers Ken Gabriel, offensive line, defensive line See SOUTH RANGE, Page 31A


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SOUTH RANGE,

South Range Raiders

Continued from Page 30A

Returning lettermen

Twenty, including eight starters on offense and nine starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Wing-T.

Offensive outlook

South Range returns 1,000-yard passer Ross Stoffer and running back Jake Arsuffi, who missed last season due to injury. “This season the Raiders will have a good mix of skill players returning, but we will be very young up front,” Yeagley said. “Ross Stoffer returns at quarterback this year along with many backs and receivers who got some playing time. “Offensively, the Raiders need to play as a team and execute every play properly to be successful.”

Basic defensive formation 50.

11.0 points in their five wins and 28.4 points in their five losses. “Like on offense, the Raiders played a lot of different players on defense,” Yeagley said. “The defense needs to play well every week for our team to be successful and will be tested early with a very tough non-league schedule.”

Returning offensive backs

Ross Stoffer (senior quarterback), Zach Thorpe (junior halfback), Jake Arsuffi (senior halfback), Joey Phillips (junior fullback), Jon Kenney (senior fullback).

Incoming offensive backs

Neil Allen (senior fullback), Bryce Allen (junior halfback), Billy Goodall (junior halfback), Eric Liston (junior halfback),

Returning offensive ends

10 Ross Stoffer......................6-2.......205 ....Sr. 11 Cullen Kyser .....................5-8.......185 ....Sr. 12 Greg Dunham ...................5-10.....155 ....Fr. 14 Bryce Allen .......................5-8.......150 ....Jr. 15 Max Fisher........................5-10.....135 ....Jr. 16 Zach Thorpe .....................5-10.....165 ....Jr. 17 Gary Miller ........................6-0.......155 ....Soph. 18 Cole Krumpak...................5-10.....185 ....Sr. 19 Ryan Miller........................6-0.......175 ....Soph. 20 Jake Arsuffi.......................6-0.......170 ....Sr. 21 J.R. Renforth.....................5-5.......125 ....Fr. 22 Billy Goodall......................5-10.....150 ....Jr. 23 Neil Allen ..........................5-7.......155 ....Sr. 24 Deven Fickes ....................5-6.......125 ....Fr. 25 Nick Stanton .....................5-7.......140 ....Fr. 26 Dominic Aruccio................5-6.......145 ....Soph. 28 Corey Deal........................6-0.......165 ....Sr. 29 Eric Liston.........................5-9.......155 ....Jr. 30 Joe Alessi .........................5-9.......155 ...Soph. 32 Robby Seman...................6-0.......175 ....Sr. 33 Matt Koziorynsky ..............5-8.......180 ....Sr. 34 David McCabe ..................5-8.......170 ....Soph. 35 Jon Kenney.......................5-10.....205 ....Sr. 43 Adam Witmer....................6-0.......180 ....Jr. 44 Kirklin Grahovac ...............5-8.......150 ....Soph. 46 Joey Philips ......................5-10.....185 ....Jr. 50 Brandon Standley .............6-1.......226 ....Fr. 51 Ben Baird..........................6-0.......155 ....Soph.

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SOUTHERN LOCAL INDIANS

2012 Southern Local football team

The best of times at Southern Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

9-1, including a second-place finish in the Inter-Tri County League lower tier with a 6-1 mark. It was the most wins in school history. The Indians were 5-0 on the road and have won nine of their last 10 home games.

Head Coach

Mike Skrinjar enters his third season as head coach with a 17-4 record. He was an assistant coach at Southern Local for five years, including two as defensive coordinator. He also coached

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted Aug. 24 at East Palestine Aug. 31 Lisbon Sept. 7 at Crestview, 7:30 Sept. 14 Sebring Sept. 21 at McDonald Sept. 28 at Columbiana Oct. 5 Wellsville Oct. 12 at Western Reserve Oct. 19 at Leetonia Oct. 26 Lowellville

one season at Bethany College.

Assistant coaches

Mark Schneider, offensive coordinator Jim Morocco, assistant defensive coordinator Kevin Hickman, offensive line, outside linebacker Jim Thirtyacre, offensive line, defensive tackles Justin Gerrin, assistant offensive coordinator Sam Puckett, running backs, nose tackles Dylan Puckett, middle linebackers Tom Rodgers, wide receivers, safeties Eric Shipe, running backs, defensive backs Jerry Young, defensive line

Returning lettermen

Twenty one, including five starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Pro I.

Offensive outlook

Quarterback Luke Griffith passed for

a school-record 1,744 yards and 15 touchdowns last season and returns to lead the Indians. “We have experienced leadership at quarterback,” Skrinjar said. “We will utilize our speedy skill players.”

Basic defensive formation 3-4 with multiple formations.

Defensive outlook

With eight returning starters, the Indians expect to be strong defensively. “We have experienced leadership in the secondary and a powerful and strong defensive front,” Skrinjar said. “We have an intensity driven relentless team-oriented mentality.”

Returning offensive backs

Luke Griffith (senior quarterback), J.J. Napierkowski (senior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Dominic Gibson (senior fullback), Levi Haddox (junior fullback), Mike McKenzie (senior running back), Sebastian Baddeley (junior running back), Andrew Russell (sophomore quarterback-wide receiver), Jesse

McClurg (freshman), Tim Parrish (freshman), Dalton Cunningham (sophomore), Alex Parrish (junior), Jordan Meyers (freshman).

Returning offensive ends

Jared Shilot (senior wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

Laughlin Cole (sophomore tight end), Dylan Ketchum (senior wide receiver), M.J. Williams (junior wide receiver), Michael Ashbaugh (freshman wide receiver), Tim Parrish (freshman wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Logan Hickman (senior), Kyler Woodward (junior), Christian Cogar (senior), Dustin Earich (senior), J.T. Bickley (junior), Caleb Gotschall (junior), Howie Bott (junior).

Incoming offensive linemen

Zack Francis (freshman), Jacob Davis (sophomore), Alex Aderhold (freshman), Alex Smith (freshman), Jerry Cunningham (sophomore), Nathan Rigby (freshman). See SOUTHERN, Page 33A


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SOUTHERN,

Southern’s top seasons

Continued from Page 32A

The most wins in a season in Southern Local football history:

Returning defensive linemen

Levi Haddox (junior), Dominic Gibson (senior), Dustin Earich (junior), Laughlin Cole (sophomore), Andrew Russell (sophomore), Howie Bott (junior).

Incoming defensive linemen

Jacob Davis (sophomore), Alex Aderhold (freshman), Alex Smith (freshman).

Returning linebackers

Mike McKenzie (junior), Logan Hickman (senior), J.T. Bickley (junior), Sebastian Baddeley (junior).

Incoming linebackers

Alex Parrish (junior), Will Devlin (junior), Josh Barrows (junior), Jesse McClurg (freshman).

Returning defensive backs

Dylan Ketchum (senior safety), M.J. Williams (junior cornerback), J.J. Napierkowski (senior safety), Jared Shilot (senior cornerback), Steve Treadway (senior).

Incoming defensive backs

Chance Felton (freshman cornerback), Jordan Meyers (freshman cornerback), Jesse McClurg (freshman cornerback), Jaycob Maddon (freshman cornerback), Garrett Coil (sophomore cornerback), Marcus Walter (sophomore cornerback).

2011 players honored

Kyle Exline (graduated), third-team

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2011 Leaders

Rushing — Zack Puckett (graduated) an area-high 1,879 yards and 19 touchdowns on 276 carries (6.8). Passing — Luke Griffith completed 118 of 199 passes for a school-record 1,744 yards and 15 touchdowns. Receiving — Kyle Exline (graduated) 28 catches for 428 yards (15.3) and five touchdowns; Marcus Mick (graduated) 11 catches for 226 yards (20.5) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Zack Puckett (graduated) 120 points; Steve Treadway 49; J.J. Napierkowski 48. Tackles — Kyle Exline (graduated) See SOUTHERN, Page 34A

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Southern Local Indians 1 M.J. Williams.....................5-11.....170 ....Jr. 2 Austin Saddler ..................5-10.....135 ....Soph. 3 Jesse McClurg..................5-7.......175 ....Fr. 4 Josh Barrows....................6-0.......180 ....Jr. 6 Steve Treadway ................6-0.......135 ....Sr. 7 Luke Griffith ......................6-3.......165 ....Sr. 8 Michael Ashbaugh............5-9.......165 ....Fr. 9 Tim Parrish .......................5-8.......160 ....Fr. 11 Jared Silot.........................6-3.......195 ....Jr. 12 Andrew Russell.................6-4.......195 ....Soph. 13 Dylan Ketchum .................5-9.......170 ....Sr. 17 Marcus Walter...................6-0.......175 ....Soph. 19 Alex Parrish ......................5-10.....180 ....Jr. 22 Jordan Meyers..................5-8.......155 ....Fr. 23 Levi Haddox......................5-10.....325 ....Jr. 26 Mike McKenzie .................5-10.....195 ....Jr. 27 Garrett Coil .......................5-9.......155 ....Soph. 28 J.J. Napierkowski ..............5-11.....185 ....Jr. 33 Sebastian Baddeley..........5-8.......190 ....Jr. 34 Dalton Cunningham..........5-10.....180 ....Soph. 50 Dustin Earich ....................6-1.......255 ....Jr. 51 Brent Shivel ......................5-11.....185 ....Jr.

53 Dominic Gibson ................6-2.......225 ....Sr. 54 Jeff Brucker ......................6-0.......175 ....Sr. 55 Howie Bott ........................5-11.....215 ....Jr. 61 Logan Hickman.................5-10.....235 ....Sr. 62 Alex Smith ........................5-8.......185 ....Fr. 63 Nathan Rigby....................5-9.......205 ....Fr. 64 J.T. Bickley ........................5-10.....185 ....Jr. 65 Zack Francis .....................5-10.....275 ....Fr. 66 Kyler Woodward................6-5.......250 ....Sr. 67 Eric Rowly.........................6-0.......230 ....Sr. 75 Christian Cogar.................5-11.....230 ....Jr. 76 Alex Aderhold ...................6-0.......205 ....Fr. 77 Jerry Cunningham ............6-0.......225 ....Soph. 79 Jacob Davis ......................5-10.....240 ....Soph. 80 Robert Spire .....................5-8.......150 ....Jr. 82 Laughlin Cole....................6-3.......235 ....Soph. 84 Tyler Ayers ........................5-8.......170 ....Fr. 85 Chance Felton ..................6-1.......165 ....Fr. 87 Jaycob Madden ................5-9.......165 ....Fr. 92 Cody McDonald ................6-0.......265 ....Sr. 93 Caleb Gotschall ................6-6.......265 ....Jr.

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2012 Outlook

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Returning offensive linemen

Tyler Bradley (senior tackle), Zach Baird (junior guard).

Incoming offensive linemen

Dalton Kurtz (senior tackle), Jacob Mitchell (senior tackle), Ben Farmer (junior tackle), Ryan Haynes (guard), A.J. Melnick (junior guard), Tyler Robertson (center), Jake Ruiz (junior tackle), Garrett Sorley (junior tackle).

Returning defensive linemen

Continued from Page 33A

119. Interceptions — J.J. Napierkowski 3; Jared Sevek (graduated) 3.

SOUTH RANGE,

worked.” Coming off a 17-4 record the past two seasons — the best consecutive seasons in school history — the Indians expect to continue their winning ways as they return 21 letterwinners. “I always have high expectations for myself and my players,” Skrinjar said. “Going into it, I knew we’d put in the work to be able to compete, but that was never good enough for me. I wanted to get the kids into a mindset to dominate. That’s our mentality.” Southern Local will be tested this season as the Indians added area powerhouse Crestview and Columbianan, which drops to the ITCL lower tier this season. “Those guys are playoff contenders every year,” Skrinjar said. “They are solid programs. I like the challenge. It gives us an extra edge. I’ve always like the idea of going up against the best. Wouldn’t you rather say you beat a Crestview than a team everyone expected you to beat?”

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Incoming defensive linemen

Dalton Kurtz (senior), Jacob Mitchell (senior), Ben Farmer (junior), Joey Phillips (juniot), Tyler Robertson (junior), Jake Ruiz (junior), Garrett Sorley (junior).

Returning linebackers

Cullen Kyser (senior), A.J. Melnick (junior), Jon Kenney (senior).

Incoming linebackers

Neil Allen (senior), Tyler Bradley (senior), Zack Baird (junior), Ryan Haynes (junior), Eric Liston (junior), Adam Witmer (junior).

Returning defensive backs

Robby Seman (senior cornerback), Jake Pfeifer (senior cornerback), Corey Deal (senior safety), Ross Stoffer (senior safety).

Incoming defensive backs

Jake Arsuffi (senior safety), Cole Krumpak (senior cornerback), Bryce Allen (junior cornerback), Max Fisher (junior safety), Billy Goodall (junior cornerback), Colton Hiner (junior cornerback), Zach Thorpe (junior cornerback).

2011 players honored

Alex Dickey (graduated), special mention Division V All-Ohio and firstteam All-Area. Dan Good (graduated), first-team All-Area. Alex Snow (graduated), secondteam All-Area. Robbie Grahovac (graduated), second-team All-Area. Robby Seman, second-team AllArea.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Alex Dickey (graduated) 1,124 yards and 14 touchdowns on 138 carries (8.1); Joey Phillips, 368 yards and four touchdowns on 84 carries (4.4). Passing — Ross Stoffer completed 82 of 153 passes for 1,069 yards and four touchdowns. Receiving — Robby Seman, 30 catches for 356 yards (11.9); Dan Good (graduated) 21 catches for 302 yards (14.4) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Alex Dickey (graduated) 96 points; Ross Stoffer 30. Tackles — Robbie Grahovac (graduated) 82. Interceptions — Robby Seman 4.

2012 Outlook

The Raiders return 20 letterwinners, including eight starters on offense and nine starters on defense. “Throughout the 2011 season, we played a lot of different players,” Yeagley said. “Many of our players had a chance to start at least one game during the season because of injuries and trying to find the right combination, Even though we played a lot of players, the Raiders still have to mature quickly because of a very tough non-league schedule and a very tough league.” The Raiders are expected to challenge for the ITCL upper tier title. “It’s still Crestview,” Yeagley said. “They’re going to be very good and they added a few players this year which should help them. Mineral Ridge and United are also looking pretty good. Springfield has the biggest team in the league. We’re going to need to be ready to compete.”


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SPRINGFIELD TIGERS

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2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 McDonald Aug. 31vs. Youngstown Christian (at Poland) Sept. 7 at Lowellville Sept. 14 United Sept. 21 at East Palestine Sept. 28 Crestview Oct. 5 at Lisbon Oct. 12 South Range Oct. 19 Mineral Ridge Oct. 26 at Jackson-Milton

Members of the 2012 Springfield football team are (front, from left) Derek Gbur, Christian Feezle, Alex Wharry, Joey Johnson, Andy Swansiger, Michael Lewis; (second row, from left) Jake Ohlin, Mike Allgower, Anthony Scandy, Trenton Ball, Isaac Crowe, Gabe Crowe, Will Heid, Brian Swantek, Sam Cappelli; (third row, from left) Tyler Cardona, Tyler McLaughlin, Brian Swansiger, Shane Frame, Nick Wells, Chris Wells, Zach Cain, Brandon Chamerblain; (fourth row, from left) Nathan Simboli, Ryan Kohler, Dennis Mansfield, Austin Snyder, Randy Groves, Ian Grdina, Corey Stouffer, Luke Frye, Drake Donotillo; (fifth row, from left) Grant Nezbeth, Austin Lawson, Hunter Troggio, Randy Fegert, Cody Allen, Jordan Copovellez, Nino Esposito, Tim Vinkler; (back, from left) Justin Adkins, David Ohlin, Kenny Sheely, Dominic Washburn, Zack Fellows, David Polonus, Jake Marshall, Jimmy Touville and John Lyda.

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Springfield will lay it on the line Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

8-3, including a second-place finish in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier with a 5-2 mark. The Tigers won their last three regular-season games to gain their first playoff appearance since 2002. They were 5-0 at home.

Head Coach

Sean Guerriero enters his sixth season as head coach with a record of 2328. He was an assistant at Girad for four years and Gilmour Academy one year.

Returning lettermen

yards passing in the regular season last year, but Sugarcreek Garaway beat them in the playoff opener with 310 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Now the Tigers will have to replace all their starters in the secondary.

Returning offensive backs

Christian Feezle (senior running back), Alex Wharry (senior fullback), Chris Wells (junior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Joey Johnson (senior quarterback), Hunter Snyder (sophomore quarterback), Ryan Kohler (sophomore running back).

Sixteen, including three starters on offense and four starters on defense.

Returning offensive ends

Basic offensive formation

Incoming offensive ends

Power spread.

Offensive outlook

It will be hard to replace graduated quarterback Nick Russell, who accounted for 3,030 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns last season. The offensive line is the strength of the Tigers with returning starters Michael Lewis, Gabe Crowe and Brian Swansiger.

Basic defensive formation 3-5.

Defensive outlook

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Returning offensive linemen

Michael Lewis (senior tackle), Gabe Crowe (junior tackle), Brian Swansiger (senior guard).

Incoming offensive linemen

Zach Cain (junior), Isaac Crowe (junior), Austin Snyder (sophomore).

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47 Tim Vinkler........................5-6.......180 ....Soph. 49 Shane Frame ....................5-8.......166 ....Jr. 51 Zack Fellows 52 Austin Snyder ...................5-5.......227 ....Soph. 53 Justin Adkins 54 Grant Nezbeth 55 Tyler McLaughlin...............5-8.......190 ....Soph. 58 Hunter Troggio 59 Brian Swansiger ...............6-0.......240 ....Soph. 60 Will Heid............................5-9.......204 ....Jr. 63 Austin Lawson 66 Gabe Crowe .....................6-1.......304 ....Jr. 68 Derek Gbur .......................5-9.......221 ....Sr. 69 Dominic Washburn 70 Brian Swantek ..................6-0.......199 ....Jr. 72 Jimmy Touville 73 Zach Cain .........................5-9.......262 ....Jr. 75 Isaac Crowe......................6-3.......303 ....Jr. 78 John Lyda 79 Michael Lewis ...................6-1.......270 ....Sr. 80 Sam Cappelli ....................6-0.......171 ....Jr. 81 Luke Frye..........................5-5.......163 ....Soph. 85 Dennis Mansfield ..............5-10.....170 ....Soph. 86 Mark Schuler ....................6-2.......215 ....Soph. 88 Drake Pondillo ..................5-8.......131 ....Soph.

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Incoming defensive linemen

Returning defensive backs

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Returning linebackers

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Members of the 2012 United football team are (front, from left) Mike Martin, Brandon Mostoller, Jared Powell, Austin Graham, Cole Buttermore, Tyler Plummer, Cole Weikart, Garrett Beech; (second row, from left) Kyle Yoder, Jordan Miller, Stephen Leyman, Tyler Lewis, Sabastian Dunn, Brandon House, Caleb Conser, Steven Rudibaugh; (third row, from left) Braden Davison, Lucas Cooper, Brandon Miller, Andrew Birk, Blaine Reiter, Zach Maze, Bryan Weyant, Eric Blosser; (fourth row, from left) Michael Gauding, J.D. Swords, Cage Vincent, Chase Courtney, Charlie Smith, Sean Fox, Cody Dickens, Roger Knizat; (fifth row, from left) Evan Laughlin, Tyler Powers, Jordan Bailey, Kees DeRuyter, Thomas Combs, Colton Antram, Bryce Reiter, Kolton Smith; (back, from left) physical therapist George Summers, head coach Mike Ward, manager Gunner McIntosh, coach Jordan Phillips, coach Tony Sluss, coach Matt Richards, coach Ryan Powell, coach Kenny Lewis, coach Jake Kilroy and LPN Misty Miller.


38A • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

Top players return for United Classification

Division V, Region 17

2011 Record

3-7, including a 3-4 mark in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. The Eagles won three of their last six games overall and 12 of their last 18 league games.

Head Coach

Mike Ward enters his third consecutive season and 12th overall at United. He has a 114-77 career record in 19 years as a head coach — inlcuding 4634 in eight years at Lisbon from 198087 and 58-32 in nine years at United from 1989-97.

Assistant coaches

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Returning lettermen

Eighteen, including eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

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Offensive outlook

The Eagles averaged 31.7 points a game in their three wins, but just 8.4 points in their seven losses. Quarterback Garrett Beech returns after collecting 1,212 yards of total offense as a sophomore. “We return eight starters from last year that includes quarterback Garrett Beech, who started all 10 games last year,” Ward said.

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Maze (junior fullback), Cole Buttermore (senior fullback), Blaine Reiter (junior tailback).

Incoming offensive backs

Roger Knizat (sophomore fullback), Cage Vincent (sophomore tailback), Colton Antram (freshman fullback), Tyler Powers (freshman quarterback), Cody Dickens (sophomore quarterback).

Returning offensive ends

Caleb Conser (junior wide receiver), Brandon Miller (junior wide receiver), Austin Graham (senior tight end), Jared Powell (senior tight end).

Incoming offensive ends

Braden Davison (sophomore wide receiver), Tyler Lewis (junior wide receiver), Andrew Burk (junior wide receiver), J.D. Swords (sophomore tight end), Kees DeRuyter (sophomore wide reciever), Jordan Bailey (freshman wide receiver), Evan Laughlin (freshman wide receiver), Bryan Weingart (sophomore wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Tyler Plummer (senior tackle), Stephen Leyman (junior center), Eric Blosser (sophomore guard), Lucas Cooper (sophomore tackle), Charlie Smith (sophomore guard), Brendan Mostoller (senior guard), Jordan Miller (junior guard), Steven Rudibaugh (junior tackle). “GOOD LUCK TEAM!”

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Returning defensive linemen

Tyler Plummer (senior), Stephen Leyman (junior), Lucas Cooper (sophomore), Charlie Smith (sophomore), Jordan Miller (junior), Steven Rudibaugh (junior).

Incoming defensive linemen

Sabastian Dunn (junior), Brandon House (junior), Michael Gauding (sophomore), Chase Courtney (sophomore), Thomas Combs (freshman), Sean Fox (sophomore), Bryce Reiter (freshman).

Returning linebackers

Zach Maze (junior), Eric Blosser (sophomore), Brendan Mostoller (senior).

Incoming linebackers

Roger Knizat (sophomore), Cage Vincent (sophomore), Colton Antram (freshman).

Returning defensive backs

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32 Roger Knizat.....................5-9.......175 ....Soph. 40 Colton Antram...................5-10.....180 ....Fr. 42 Kees DeRuyter .................5-9.......145 ....Soph. 44 Bryan Weyant ...................6-1.......175 ....Soph. 50 Bryce Reiter......................5-9.......160 ....Fr. 51 Chase Courtney ...............5-11.....175 ....Soph. 53 Brandon Mostoller ............5-10.....205 ....Sr. 54 Eric Blosser ......................6-1.......225 ....Soph. 57 Sabastian Dunn ................6-0.......180 ....Jr. 58 Steven Rudibaugh ............5-11.....190 ....Jr. 60 Sean Fox ..........................6-1.......145 ....Soph. 61 Jordan Miller .....................5-11.....205 ....Jr. 64 Lucas Cooper ...................6-3.......205 ....Soph. 65 Mike Gauding ...................6-0.......215 ....Soph. 72 Stephen Leyman ..............5-0.......240 ....Jr. 74 Thomas Combs ................5-10.....220 ....Fr. 76 Brandon House.................6-0.......195 ....Jr. 77 Charlie Smith....................6-1.......265 ....Soph. 78 Tyler Plummer...................6-2.......230 ....Sr.

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Scoring — Garrett Beech 84 points; Mike Martin 24. Tackles — Zach Maze 117. Interceptions — Garrett Beech 3.

Incoming defensive backs

Braden Davidson (sophomore), Tyler Lewis (junior), Cody Dickens (sophomore).

2011 players honored

Garrett Beech, first-team All-Area. Tyler Syx, second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Garrett Beech, 733 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 carries (5.9); Mike Martin, 351 yards and four touchdowns on 68 carries (5.2). Passing — Garrett Beech completed 37 of 100 passes for 479 yards and three touchdowns. Receiving — Mike Martin, 17 catches for 274 yards (16.1) and one touchdown.

2012 Outlook

The Eagles may be young, but are experienced as they return all their statistical leaders. “We return 18 letterwinners and have only six seniors on the roster,” Ward said. “We played many freshmen and sophomores last year. Our hope is their playing experience will be a benefit for us this year.” The Eagles will try to enjoy some success against Malvern, Salem and Rootstown before opening the ITCL upper tier schedule. “Our league is very tough with a number of teams that can compete for the league title,” Ward said.

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2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP 2011 Area standings INTER-TRI COUNTY LEAGUE Upper Tier Team League Overall • Crestview .................................7-0 11-2 • Springfield ................................5-2 8-3 • Columbiana..............................5-2 8-3 South Range ..............................4-3 5-5 Mineral Ridge .............................3-4 4-6 United .........................................3-4 3-7 East Palestine ............................1-6 2-8 Lisbon.........................................0-7 1-9 Lower Tier • Western Reserve .....................7-0 13-1 Southern Local ...........................6-1 9-1 • Wellsville ..................................4-3 5-6 McDonald ...................................4-3 5-5 Sebring .......................................3-4 4-6 Leetonia......................................2-5 4-6 Jackson-Milton............................1-6 3-7 Lowellville ...................................1-6 1-9 ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE Red Division • Howland ...................................4-0 9-1 • Poland ......................................3-1 7-4 Niles ...........................................2-2 5-5 Canfield ......................................1-3 6-4 Beaver Local...............................0-4 1-9 White Division Hubbard......................................3-0 7-3 Lakeview.....................................2-1 6-4 Struthers.....................................1-2 4-5 Liberty.........................................0-3 0-10 Blue Division • Girard .......................................3-1 9-1 Campbell ....................................3-1 7-3 • LaBrae......................................2-2 6-4 Newton Falls...............................2-2 2-8 Champion ...................................0-4 2-8 NORTHEASTERN BUCKEYE CONFERENCE • Minerva ....................................7-0 11-1 Marlington...................................5-2 8-2 Louisville.....................................5-2 6-4 Alliance.......................................3-4 5-5 West Branch...............................3-4 4-6 Salem .........................................3-4 5-5 Carrollton ...................................1-6 2-8 Canton South .............................1-6 1-9 OTHERS • Oak Glen ....................................... East Liverpool.................................. • — playoff qualifier

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2011 Regular Season Team Leaders SCORING OFFENSE Team Avg. 1. Crestview..............................................43.9 2. Minerva ................................................39.8 3. Oak Glen ..............................................33.9 4. Columbiana ..........................................31.2 5. Southern Local.....................................29.6 6. Springfield ............................................26.9 7. South Range ........................................24.5 8. East Palestine ......................................22.6 9. Sebring.................................................20.8 10. West Branch .........................................20.7 11. Wellsville...............................................19.2 12. Leetonia................................................18.1 13. Salem ...................................................15.6 14. United ...................................................15.4 15. Lisbon ..................................................11.3 16. East Liverpool.......................................10.2 17. Beaver Local...........................................9.9

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SCORING MARGIN Team Avg. 1. Crestview ...........................................+29.4 2. Oak Glen............................................+18.9 3. Minerva ..............................................+18.6 4. Columbiana ........................................+18.2 5. Southern Local.....................................+9.6 6. Springfield ............................................+9.2 7. South Range ........................................+4.8 8. Sebring.................................................+0.6 9. Leetonia ................................................-1.8 10. Wellsville................................................-3.0 11. Salem ....................................................-3.7 12. West Branch..........................................-6.5 13. East Palestine .....................................-10.5 14. United..................................................-11.6 15. Lisbon..................................................-16.8 16. Beaver Local ......................................-20.5 17. East Liverpool .....................................-20.9

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WELLSVILLE TIGERS

Special to the Journal/Jimmy Joe Savage

Members of the 2012 Wellsville football team are (front, from left) Marcus Moxley, Zack Mellott, Phillip Thrasher, Ryan Bost, Dakota Barnes, Jordan Sloan, Jordan Allen, Tyshon Franklin, Seth Bradford, Cavan LeMasters; (second row, from left) Levi Brown, Austin Phillips, Marvin Brinkley, Seth Martin, Joe Abdalla, Adam Harless, Tyler Watkins, Vinnie Giordano, DeShan Coles, Daniel Monte, Brendon Carr; (third row, from left) Camden Douglas, Jarin McIntosh, Jalen Williams, Braden Valentine, Travis Furbee, Brandon Shields, Greg Beatty, Curt Rosenbaum, Seth Bloor, Alex Rockenhauser, T.J. Ford; (back, from left) coach Rob Long, coach Dennis Bowers, coach Mark Furda, head coach Dave Skinner, coach Roger Bickel, coach Jimmy Malone and coach Allen Bergert.

Experience key to Tigers’ season Classification

Division VI, Region 21

2011 Record

5-6, including a 4-3 mark in the

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 Toronto, 7:30 Aug. 31 at Oak Glen Sept. 7 at Lisbon Sept. 14 at Columbiana Sept. 21 Lowellville Sept. 28 Sebring Oct. 5 at Southern Local Oct. 12 McDonald Oct. 19 Western Reserve Oct. 26 at Leetonia

Inter-Tri County League lower tier. The Tigers won three of their last four regular-season games for their first playoff appearance since 2001. They were 3-2 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Head Coach

Dave Skinner enters his sixth season as head coach with a record of 28-23. He previously served 14 years as an assistant, including 11 years at Southern Local and one at East Palestine, Campbell Memorial and Wellsville.

Assistant coaches

Mark Furda, defensive coordinator Roger Bickel, wide receivers, defensive backs

Alan Bergert, offensive line, defensive line Rob Long, running backs, linebackers Dennis Bowers, running backs, linebackers Jimmy Malone, offensive line, defensive line

ers from last season (Marcus Moxley and Brendon Carr). “Strengths are our skill positions and the weakness is the depth on the line,” Skinner said.

Returning lettermen

Defensive outlook

Eighteen, including nine starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Spread/4-3.

Offensive outlook

The Tigers return their leading rush-

Basic defensive formation 4-3.

“We have a new defensive coordinator with a lot of energy,” Skinner said. “I’m looking for a lot of big things. I’m pretty excited with the athletes we have.” The defensive line will be aided by 6foot-3 sophomore Travis Furbee, who See TIGERS, Page 42A


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TIGERS,

Wellsville Tigers

Continued from Page 41A

lettered at Edison last sesason.

Returning offensive backs

Jordan Sloan (junior quarterback), Marcus Moxley (junior running back), Brendon Carr (junior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Dakota Barnes (junior quarterbackwide receiver), Vinnie Giordano (freshman running back).

Returning offensive ends

Jordan Allen (junior junior wide receiver), Seth Bradford (junior wide receiver receiver), Zack Mellott (sophomore wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

Daniel Monte (freshman receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Jarin McIntosh (junior center), Seth Martin (senior guard), Seth Bloor (sophomore tackle), Joe Abdalla (junior guard), Marvin Brinkley (junior tackle).

Incoming offensive linemen

Curt Rosenbaum (freshman tackle), Zack Rudder (freshman tackle),

Returning defensive linemen

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Returning linebackers

Vinnie Giardano (freshman middle) Brendon Carr (junior outside), Seth Bradford (senior middle).

Incoming linebackers

Vinnie Giardano (freshman).

Returning defensive backs

Jordan Allen (junior cornerback), Jordan Sloan (junior cornerback), Marcus Moxley (junior safety), Zack Mellott (sophomore safety).

Incoming defensive backs

Daniel Monte (freshman cornerback).

2011 players honored

Josh Carter (graduated), second-team Division VI All-Ohio and first-team All-Area. Rick Brightwell, special mention Division V All-Ohio and first-team AllArea. Vance Thomas (graduated), secondteam All-Area. Jeff McMahon (graduated), secondteam All-Area. “GOOD LUCK, TIGERS!”

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2011 Leaders

Rushing — Marcus Moxley, 781 yards and four touchdowns on 111 carries (7.0); Brendon Carr, 469 yards and touchdowns on 121 carries (3.9). Passing — Jake Reed (graduated) completed 75 of 164 passes for 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns. Scoring — Brendon Carr 38 points; Marcus Moxley 30; Cavan Lemasters 25. Tackles — Rick Brightwell 110; Josh Carter (graduated) 71.

2012 Outlook

A year after making the playoffs, the Tigers suffered a setback as two of their top players are no longer with the team. “Our goals are to win the league and get back to the playoffs,” Skinner said. “We’re not going to change the goals. We’re going to have to have a couple of other kids step up.” Wellsville will be led by a junior class that is 15 players strong. The Tigers have only four seniors and five

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sophomores, so they must avoid injuries. The Tigers have added Oak Glen, which advanced to the West Virginia playoffs last season, to the schedule. They will play at Oak Glen’s new stadium on Aug. 31 before the Tigers open ITCL lower tier play. “Our non-league schedule will be a good test for us to see where we stack up,” Skinner said. “Toronto will be improved as will Lisbon. Oak Glen will be a step up for us and we welcome the opportunity. “Our league will be very strong this year with a number of teams able to compete for the title.” Skinner expects the ITCL lower tier to be solid from top to bottom. “I would say Western reserve is the favorite until you knock them off,” he said. “The league is going to be the most balanced it’s been since I’ve been here, especially with Columbiana moving in. “The winner of the tier could possibly have two losses. It’s going to be that competitive.” “GOOD LUCK TIGERS”

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Division V All-Ohio and first-team AllArea. Nick Russell (graduated), special mention Division V All-Ohio and firstteam All-Area. Derek Gbur, second-team All-Area.

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Rushing — Nick Russell (graduated) 653 yards and 11 touchdowns on 122 carries (5.4); Chris Wells, 137 yards on 40 carries (3.4); Christian Feezle, 102 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries (3.6). Passing —Nick Russell (graduated) completed 155 of 276 passes for an area-high 2,377 yards and 20 touchdowns. Receiving — Tom Mastran (graduated) 42 catches for 578 yards (13.8) and three touchdowns; Joey Ohlin (graduated) 41 catches for an area-high 728 yards (17.8) and nine touchdowns; Jeremy Weingart (graduated) 34 catches for 501 yards (14.7) and two touchdowns; Scott Gorby (graduated) 21 catches for 429 yards (20.4) and five touchdowns. Scoring — Nick Russell (graduated) 66 points; Joey Ohlin (graduated) 60 points. Tackles — J.T. Lavender (graduated) 114; Ryan Stacey (graduated) 97; Derek Gbur 69.

2012 Outlook

The Tigers have had one losing season in the last 16 years and their eight wins last season was their most since 2000. “We will be a young football team,” Guerriero said. “But with being young, we are enthusiastic and hungry to start the season.” The offensive line should be solid and give younger skilled players time to develop. Springfield is glad to be opening at home against McDonald on Aug. 23. The Tigers have won eight of their last 10 home games.


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RAIDERS, Continued from Page 29A

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BEAVER LOCAL BEAVERS

2012 Beaver Local football team

Beavers trying new approach Classification

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2011 Record

1-9, including an 0-4 mark in the AllAmerican Conference Red Division. The Beavers lost their last nine games, includ-

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted Aug. 24 at East Liverpool, 7:30 Aug. 31 Crestview Sept. 7 at Jefferson Area Sept. 14 Canfield Sept. 21 at Niles Sept. 28 at Howland Oct. 5 Struthers Oct. 12 Claymont Oct. 19 at Hubbard Oct. 26 Poland

ing five to playoff teams. They have lost 14 of their last 16 home games.

Head Coach

Jeremy McElroy enters his first season as head coach. He was 1-29 in three seasons at Lisbon from 2008-10 and served as offensive line coach at Beaver Local in 2011. He was an assistant coach at Kettering Fairmont High School from 2004-07, at Piqua High School in 2004, at California University (Pa.) in 2002-03, at East Palestine High School in 2001 and a student coach at Mount Union College in 2000.

Assistant coaches

Jordan Williams, defensive coordinator, running backs Steven Mercer, offensive coordinator, safeties Matt Bostian, wide receivers, corner-

backs Josh Weese, tight ends, linebackers Ed Rankin, offensive line, defensive line Rich Schilling, defensive line Dave Hillard, offensive line, outside linebackers Ed Beohn, outside linebackers Aaron West, linebackers

Returning lettermen

Eighteen, including seven starters on offense and six starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Wing-T/ Multiple.

Offensive outlook

The Beavers averaged 8.8 points in their nine losses last season, which is where they must improve.

“We look to utilize Daniel Lattanzio and Phillip Beohm at the skill positions,” McElroy said. “We have a lot of experience returning on our offfensive line with seniors Mike Brewer and Cody Greene.”

Basic defensive formation Multiple 4-3.

Defensive outlook

The Beavers forced 14 turnovers last season and 10 the year before. “We have an experienced defensive line and secondary with an inexperienced linebacking corps,” McElroy said. “Senior Matt Sims and Justin Osborne are experienced secondary players. Andrew Travis and Cody Martsoff are experienced defensive linemen.” See BEAVERS, Page 8B


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McElroy takes reins at Beaver By MICHAEL S. BURICH Assistant Sports Editor

CALCUTTA — New Beaver Local football coach Jeremy McElroy is hoping for a smooth transition as he makes his second attempt at head coaching. The last time around — from 2008 to 2010 with Lisbon — McElroy went 129 before Jim Tsilimos retook the Blue Devil reigns. This time he comes into his job at Beaver having been the offensive line coach the previous season. “Being here last year I know the kids,” McElroy said. “That helps. I have an established relationship. They know me and I know them.” McElory replaces the popular Rich Wright, who led the Beavers to six playoff appearances in 14 seasons. Wright resigned in May to pursue employment opportunities in administration. “Anytime there is change it’s hard,” McElroy said. “You have to expect it.” McElroy and the administration at Beaver Local have laid the groundwork for a smooth transition into a new era despite the change at the top. “There wasn’t much of a transition because we never stopped,” McElroy said. “I know what they have done in

“We have good enough kids and we just have to take advantage of every day. Every day you have to get better. That’s how you catch up.” JEREMY MCELROY, BEAVER LOCAL HEAD COACH

the past and we tweaked it a bit here and there, but we’re staying consistent. We only added two guys to the staff, so it’s mostly the same.” Despite not much to write home about in the win department from his previous head coaching gig, McElroy said he learned a lot and hopes to apply it to the Beavers.

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“I learned where to focus my attention and where to keep it focused,” McElroy said. “I know where I want to go and hopefully I can get there.” McElroy, a 1996 graduate of East Palestine High School, teaches fifth grade language arts and social studies in Lisbon. He had been an assistant at Kettering Fairmont, Piqua and East

Palestine high schools. Included in his assistant experience is some time at California University in Pennsylvania and Mount Union. As a player at Mount Union, McElory played defensive end on the Purple Raiders’ NCAA Division III national champion teams in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Beaver Local is a bit larger than Lisbon and will present some different challenges for the head coach, but McElroy is up to the task. “You have more bodies, but you’re also playing larger schools, too,” McElroy said. “You still have to compete and do the best you can. It doesn’t matter what size. You have to focus on the process of becoming the best you can be.” Beaver Local, which hasn’t had a winning campaign in six seasons, has a lot of work to do to get back to the winning ways which dominated the early 2000s. “We have good enough kids and we just have to take advantage of every day,” McElroy said. “Every day you have to get better. That’s how you catch up.” “GOOD LUCK BEAVER LOCAL”

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BEAVERS,

Beaver Local Beavers

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Returning offensive backs

Phillip Beohm (senior quarterack), Daniel Lattanzio (senior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Austin Brooks (senior quarterback), Trevel Thompkins (junior running back), Mosley Marsden (junior running back), Kyle Worth (senior running back).

Incoming defensive linemen

Stephen Lucas (sophomore end), Doug Blaner (senior end), Colton Beckwith (sophomore tackle), Cody Riddle (sophomore tackle).

Returning linebackers

Kyle Worth (senior inside), Dylan Railing (junior inside).

Returning offensive ends

Incoming linebackers

Matt Sims (senior wide receiver), Justin Osborne (senior wide receiver), Justin Britt (junior wide receiver).

Drew Prescott (junior inside), Trevel Thompkins (junior inside), Morley Marsden (junior outside).

Incoming offensive ends

Returning defensive backs

Caleb Kountz (sophomore tight end), Andrew Travis (senior tight end).

Returning offensive linemen

Ryan Falkner (senior center), Cody Green (senior guard), Cody Martsoff (junior guard), Mike Brewer (senior tackle), Jason Sims (sophomore tackle), Stephen Lucas (junior center), Doug Blaner (senior tackle).

Incoming offensive linemen

Austin Lawrence (sophomore tackle), Colton Beckwith (sophomore guard), Cody Riddle (sophomore center-guard).

Returning defensive linemen

Andrew Travis (senior end), Cody Green (senior tackle), Cody Martsoff (junior tackle), Jason Sims (sophomore tackle).

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Incoming defensive backs

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2011 players honored

Tyler Givens (graduated), first-team All-Area. Lyle Jennings (graduated), secondteam All-Area. Ryan Smith (graduated), second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Daniel Lattanzio, 646 yards and four touchdowns on 122 carries (5.3); Phillip Beohm, 484 yards and one

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touchdown on 120 carries (4.0). Passing — Jared Britt (graduated) completed 37 of 112 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns. Receiving — Mike Haydu, 12 catches for 198 yards (16.5); Ryan Smith (graduated) 10 catches for 163 yards (16.3). Scoring — Daniel Lattanzio 24 points. Tackles — Tyler Givens (graduated) 91; Lyle Jennings (graduated) 81. Interceptions — Justin Osborne 2.

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2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted Aug. 24 Beaver Local Aug. 31 at Indian Creek, 7 Sept. 8 at Bellaire, 1 Sept. 15 Toledo Woodward, 5:30 Sept. 21 at John Marshall Sept. 28 at Hubbard, 7 Oct. 5 at Cambridge Oct. 12 Oak Glen Oct. 19 Cleveland East Tech Oct. 26 Weir

Members of the 2012 East Liverpool football team are (front, from left) Brent Waggle, Jullian Cowart, Devonta' Oates, Payton Newlun, D.J. Austin, Stefan Yoho, Kade Reynolds, Marc Douglas, Kaelb Tallent, Michael Oates; (second row, from left) Ryan Bombich, Kaulin Wells, Jacob Allen, Canyon Colson, Dallas Brewer, Dylan Reynolds, Zach English, Austin Vranesevich, Devin Streets, Ryan Lilly; (third row, from left) Tyler McComas, John Rickerd, Tim Sarge, Kris Bailey, John Miscuk, Justin Barr, Corey Monteiro, Jimmy Lisk, Dalton Brewer, Luke Bowers; (fourth row, from left) Andrew Durk, Sam Persutti, Josh Woolley, Nick Hanlon, Dalton Cornman, Anthony Ice, Austin Morris, Justin Barr, Chad Reed; (fifth row, from left) Nate Robinson, Eddie Roberts, Charles Iacobucci, Ryan McHenry, Brandyn Emler, Queyshawn Sallis, Jared Yanik, Dvon Zubay, Roger Lawson; (sixth row, from left) coach Eric McMahon, Chris Russell, Jacob Michael, Ben Adams, Jacob Buckel, trainer Sarah Albaugh, Jason Kutzner, Bobby Hill, Tevin Whitson, Nate Miller, coach Bill Potts; (back, from left) coach Jimmy Olmstead, coach Ricky Davis, coach Carl Congo, cach Jason Duke, head coach Rick Prescott, coach Josh Ludwig, coach Jim Arcuragi, coach Dylan Stickler and coach Bill Bailey.

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East Liverpool aims for rivals Classification

Division III, Region 11

2011 Record

1-9, for their sixth losing season in seven years. The Potters were 0-6 at home and have lost 11 of their last 12 games.

Head Coach

Rick Prescott enters his second season as head coach. He previoulsy served as an offensive line coach at East Liverpool in 2010 and 2006, at Wellsville in 2009 and at Beaver Local in 2005.

Assistant coaches Josh Ludwig Jason Duke Carl Congo Jim Arcuragi Ricky Davis Bill Bailey Jim Olmstead Dylan Stickler Eric McMahon Bill Potts

Returning lettermen

Twelve, including six starters on offense and six starters on defense.

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Offensive outlook

The Potters averaged 6.9 points in their nine losses last season and scored seven touchdowns in their six home games. “We have to be more consistent running the football,” Prescott said. “It is, by far, our number one focus. We have to play the time of possession and field position game. We took that for granted at times last year, and that’s ultimately my fault.”

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Defensive outlook

The Potters forced only 11 turnovers last season and are looking for a more physical defense. “It’s all about playing together,” Prescott said. “We’re going to put as many guys as we can up front to stop the run. We’re going to force you to beat us with the deep ball, force them to beat us with the low percentage stuff.”

Offensive backs

Peyton Newlun (senior quarterback), Kade Reynolds (sophomore quarterback), Stefan Yoho (senior running back), John Miscuk (junior running back), John Rickerd (junior running back), Kaleb Tallent (junior running back), Austyn Dozier (freshman running back), D.J. Austin (junior running back).

Offensive ends

Zach English (junior wide receiver), Tyler McComas (senior tight end).

Offensive linemen

Jimmy Lisk (junior center), Queyshawn Sallis (junior guard), Jimmy Beaver (senior guard), Chad Reed (junior guard), Jacob Michael (junior tackle), Cole Hamilton (junior tackle), Dalton Common (center), Sam Persutti (junior guard), Dalton Brewer (junior tackle).

Defensive linemen

Chris Russell (tackle), Jimmy Beaver (senior tackle), Cole Hamilton (junior tackle), Chad Reed (junior end), Queyshawn Sallis (junior end), Jacob Michael (junior end).

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12B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

POTTERS,

East Liverpool Potters

Continued from Page 11B

(junior), Tyler McComas (senior), Dylan Reynolds (freshman), Austyn Dozier (freshman).

Defensive backs

Stefan Yoho (senior), Peyton Newlun (senior), D.J. Austin (junior), Kade Reynolds (sophomore), Zach English (junior), Kaleb Tallent (junior).

2011 players honored

Zac Madison (graduated), first-team All-Area. Marky Thompkins (graduated), second-team All-Area. Mikey Williams (graduated), second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Marky Thompkins (graduated) 531 yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries (5.7); Kaleb Tallent, 157 yards on 40 carries (3.9). Passing — Marky Thompkins (graduated) completed 21 of 51 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns; Payton Newlun completed nine of 33 passes for 74 yards.

Receiving — Mow Mow Thompson (graduated) 15 catches for 178 yards (11.9) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Marky Thompkins (graduated) 44 points.

2012 Outlook

After a one-win season and with only six seniors on the roster, the Potters expect to continue to grow and mature as a team as the season goes along. “We did accomplish some things,” Prescott said about his first season as a head coach. “We had to implement some discipline. We knew going in that there was a lack of accountability. We understood that some of the kids were going to push the limits. Once we fixed those problems, we had players who wanted to be there. From there, we turned a page and it carried into the offseason. “Looking back, I’m glad it happened the way it did. I would’ve liked to had more wins, but we got over some road bumps, which is even more important.” The Potters played six teams that won at least seven games last year

1 Brent Waggle....................5-9.......265 ....Soph. 2 Jullian Cowart...................5-8.......150 ....Fr. 3 Devonta' Oates.................5-11.....143 ....Jr. 4 Reaquan Eliam.................5-6.......132 ....Fr. 5 Payton Newlun .................6-0.......161 ....Sr. 6 D.J. Austin.........................5-7.......142 ....Jr. 7 Stefan Yoho ......................5-8.......170 ....Sr. 8 Austyn Dozier ...................6-0.......203 ....Fr. 9 Kade Reynolds .................5-9.......158 ....Soph. 10 Marc Douglas ...................5-10.....142 ....Jr. 12 Kaleb Tallent .....................5-10.....171 ....Jr. 13 Michael Oates...................5-8.......145 ....Fr. 15 Ryan Bombich ..................5-6.......117 ....Fr. 16 Kaulin Wells ......................5-11.....135 ....Fr. 17 Jacob Allen .......................5-7.......142 ....Jr. 18 Canyon Colson .................5-6.......133 ....Fr. 19 Dallas Brewer ...................5-10.....155 ....Fr. 22 Dylan Reynolds ................6-0.......170 ....Fr. 24 Zach English.....................5-11.....152 ....Jr. 26 Austin Vranesevich ...........5-11.....145 ....Fr. 27 Devin Streets ....................5-10.....209 ....Fr. 32 Tyler McComas .................5-9.......172 ....Sr. 36 John Rickerd.....................5-11.....225 ....Jr. 37 Tim Sarge .........................5-6.......115 ....Fr. 44 Kris Bailey.........................5-8.......173 ....Jr. 45 John Miscuk......................6-1.......221 ....Jr. 46 Justin Barr ........................5-9.......180 ....Jr. 47 Corey Monteiro .................6-2.......246 ....Sr. 51 Jimmy Lisk........................6-2.......217 ....Jr. 52 Dalton Brewer...................5-11.....242 ....Jr.

53 Luke Bowers.....................5-8.......268 ....Fr. 54 Andrew Durk.....................5-8.......183 ....Fr. 55 Jimmy Beaver ...................5-9.......214 ....Sr. 56 Sam Persutti .....................5-8.......213 ....Jr. 57 Josh Woolley ....................6-2.......225 ....Soph. 58 Charles Iacobucci .............5-11.....276 ....Fr. 59 Cole Hamilton ...................5-11.....246 ....Jr. 60 Nick O'Hanlon...................5-8.......210 ....Fr. 62 Dalton Cornman ...............5-8.......202 ....Soph. 63 Anthony Ice.......................5-10.....233 ....Soph. 64 Austin Morris.....................5-8.......205 ....Fr. 66 Chad Reed .......................5-10.....194 ....Jr. 67 Nate Robinson..................5-7.......213 ....Jr. 68 Eddie Roberts...................5-9.......155 ....Soph. 71 Ryan McHenry..................6-2.......285 ....Fr. 72 Brandyn Emler..................5-11.....291 ....Soph. 73 Queyshawn Sallis .............6-0.......196 ....Jr. 74 Jared Yanik .......................5-10.....192 ....Soph. 75 Devon Zubay ....................6-3.......251 ....Fr. 77 Roger Lawson ..................6-0.......250 ....Fr. 78 Chris Russell ....................5-11.....294 ....Jr. 79 Jacob Michael...................6-0.......242 ....Jr. 80 Ben Adams .......................5-10.....142 ....Fr. 83 Devin Earich .....................6-0.......238 ....Sr. 84 Nate Miller ........................5-11.....150 ....Soph. 85 Jacob Buckel ....................5-6.......110 ....Fr. 86 Jason Kutzner...................6-2.......181 ....Soph. 87 Bobby Hill .........................6-1.......155 ....Fr. 88 Tevin Whitson....................5-11.....149 ....Sr.

before winning their season finale at Weirton, W. Va. “We went through the meat grinder last year,” Prescott said. “But, as an independent, there’s always a lot of change and you have the ability to adjust.” East Liverpool overhauled its schedule with five new opponents this season. “Ultimately, I feel like we’re playing the level we should be playing,” Prescott said. “We’re trying to get back into a valley schedule, playing up and down the river. We want to try and get some of those natural rivalries back.” The Potters play five of their first seven games on the road before return-

ing home for their final three regularseason contests. “I’m very optimistic,” Prescott said. “We’re still young, but I like what we have. They’re done everything they could to get better. I can’t say how many wins that will equal out to, but I know at the end of the game they’ll be able to look themselves in the mirror and know they did all they could. Last year, from top to bottom, they couldn’t say that. “We’re never going to lose a game due to heart or conditioning. And when we do lose, it’s going to hurt because they’ve put so much into this.”

State champs kick off season CLEVELAND — A pair of defending state champions will highlight the opening week of the Ohio high school football season. Division III state champion Youngstown Mooney will take on Division I state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius in the annual High School Charity Game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 25. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The Broadview Heights-North Royalton game will precede it at 2 p.m. Tickets (which include admission for both games) are $10 in advance through the Cleveland Browns ticket office or Ticketmaster. Tickets are $12 at the gate.


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 13B

Special to the Journal/Jimmy Joe Savage

East Liverpool’s Stefan Yoho (left) and Kaleb Tallent (right) look for yardage against Hubbard last season. The two running back will be in the East Liverpool backfield again this season.

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14B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

MINERVA LIONS

Morning Journal/Ron Firth

Members of the 2012 Minerva football team are (front, from left) Gary Cooper, Johnathan Lutes, Nate Smith, Daniel Groce, Corey Schaffner, Jake Riley, Tony Rogers, Mitch Soles, Kris Nign, Sean Ferrell, Anthony Cobedesh, Jakob Krug, James Lutes; (second row, from left) Collin Suter, Nick McCauley, Jacob Smith, Seth Loudon, Clay Poteet, Harrison Hoppel, Jake Stryffeler, Mason Butler, Stephen Berstler, Anthony McGuire, Josey Riley, Cody Parrish; (third row, from left) Dalton Hartshorn, Austin Catlett, Tyler Stewart, Tristan Keller, Dakota Hudy, Billy Eyer, Wylie Brown, Mitch Croston, Kevin Apisa, Joery Meiroff, Dylan Stoffer, Lucas VanMeter, Josiah Hrusch; (fourth row, from left) Cainen Bryant, Joey Gill, Mike Scott, Kyle Gulling, Jake Preston, Dominic Crowe, Logan Fritz, Ryan Doane, Luke Walter, Shem Haas, Storm Angione, Joe Letrrich, Jacob Ross, Dylan Ossler; (fifth row, from left) Anthony Canestraro, Sammy Southers, Paden Hartong, coach Leo, Saniuk, coach Brian Costea, head coach Dale Soles, coach Alex Albert and coach Jason Lutz, Bryan Inscoe, Hunter Long, Austin Dennis and Kyle Oyster.

Minerva builds on best season Classification

Division III, Region 11

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Mogadore Field Aug. 31 Louisville St. Thomas Sept. 7 at Tuslaw Sept. 14 at Canton South Sept. 21 at Louisville Sept. 28 West Branch Oct. 5 at Marlington Oct. 12 Salem Oct. 19 Alliance Oct. 26 at Carrollton

2011 Record

11-1, including the first Northeastern Buckeye Conference title since 1997 with a 7-0 mark. The Lions had their most wins in school history and captured their first playoff victory, 29-28, against Poland. Minerva was ranked sixth in the Division III state poll.

Head Coach

Dale Soles enters his second season as head coach. He was the Northeastern Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year. He served the previous 24 years as an assistant at Minerva, including four seasons as

defensive coordinator.

Assistant coaches

Alex Albert, offensive coordinator Derek Haines, volunteer, passing game coordinator Jason Lutz, offensive line Brian Costea, defensive line Leo Saniuk, linebackers

Returning lettermen

Fifteen, including two starters on offense and six starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Spread.

Offensive outlook Last year’s leading rusher, Jake Riley, has been moved to quarterback. “The kids have a solid understanding of the offense now that this will be their fourth year playing in it,” Soles said. “We have a solid group of skill position players return that are anxious to prove themselves.”

Basic defensive formation 3-4. See MINERVA, Page 16B


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 15B

Riley flying high to Air Force By RON FIRTH

“When I was in the eighth grade, my sister (Addie) was starting her first year in the Academy. I went out to a football game and got to experience that. I got a feel that is what I want to do with my life.”

Journal Sports Editor

MINERVA — Minerva senior Jake Riley has a lot left to do his final football season with the Lions before heading to the Air Force Academy. Riley was Minerva’s leading rusher last season as the Lions recorded a school-record 11 victories and captured their first Northeastern Buckeye Conference championship since 1997. “We kind of established ourselves as the top team last year,” Riley said. “This year people are going to be coming after us, trying to take that title away. We’re going to come back at them.” He recently committed to Air Force, narrowing the list down from seven full-ride college offers. “I’ve worked hard for them,” Riley said. “The first one (from Kent State in February) was a big surprise. Ever since then I’ve been going to camps and they’ve kept rolling in.” He knew in his heart from the start he would be heading to Air Force, where his sister, Addie, is entering her senior year. “When I was in the eighth grade, my sister was starting her first year in the Academy,” he said. “I went out to a football game and got to experience that. I got a feel that is what I want to do with my life.” He plans on majoring in civil engineering, just like his sister. Riley said Air Force expects to use him as an outside linebacker in the Falcons’ 3-4 defense. Besides Air Force, he said offers came from Kent State, Akron, Miami of Ohio, Colgate, Harvard and Yale, although a couple of those were for academics. “Now I’m committed to Air Force and I’m going with that,” Riley said. “I’m excited.” “GOOD LUCK”

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in June — ran for a team-high 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns on 178 carries last year.

He will return as a safety after totaling 90 tackles last season, but will also be the starting quarterback when the Lions open the 2012 season at Mogadore Field on Aug. 24. “I played quarterback my freshman year,” he said. “I was more of a runner. “I think I’ve improved a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do in a game situation.” Riley guided the Lions to a pair of victories at quarterback last season when starter Eli Maurer was injured. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions during that stint. “The experience last season, getting thrown in during the rush of the game with not much preparation, it really helped me grow a lot as a quarterback,” Riley said. “I think I’m going to know what I’m doing more this year because of that.”

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16B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

MINERVA,

Minerva Lions

Continued from Page 14B

Defensive outlook

The Lions return six starters on defense, but none of them are up front. “We have been in the 3-3 Stack for several years now and our kids our comfortable with the defense and understand its strengths and weaknesses,” Soles said. “Our kids have a nose for the ball and enjoy playing defense and bring that attitude to the field.”

Returning offensive backs Jake Riley (senior quarterback).

Berstler (junior), Wylie Brown (sophomore), Joey Meiroff (sophomore).

Returning defensive linemen None.

Incoming defensive linemen

James Lutes (senior), Jon Lutes (senior), Mason Butler (junior), Jacob Smith (junior), Stephen Berstler (junior), Wiley Brown (sophomore), Joey Meiroff (sophomore).

Returning linebackers

Incoming offensive backs

Anthony Cobedesh (senior running back), Mitch Soles (senior running back).

Mitch Soles (senior outside), Kris Nign (senior outside), Anthony Cobedesh (senior inside), Harrison Hoppel (junior inside).

Returning offensive ends

Incoming linebackers

None.

Incoming offensive ends

Tony Rogers (senior wide receiver), Sean Ferrell (senior wide receiver), Kris Nign (senior wide receiver), Corey Schaffner (senior wide receiver), Cody Parrish (junior wide receiver), Nick McCauley (junior wide receiver), Billy Eyer (sophomore wide receiver), Joey Gill (sophomore wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen Mason Butler (senior).

Incoming offensive linemen

Jon Lutes (senior), James Lutes (senior), Jacob Krug (senior), Gary Cooper (senior), Harrison Hoppel (junior), Jacob Smith (junior), Stephen

Josey Riley (junior), Billy Eyer (sophomore), Mitch Croston (sophomore).

Returning defensive backs

Jake Riley (senior free safety), Dalton Hartshorn (sophomore cornerback).

Incoming defensive backs

Sean Ferrell (senior safety), Cody Parrish (junior safety), Tony Rogers (senior cornerback), Nick McCauley (junior cornerback), Cody Parrish (junior cornerback), Joey Gill (sophomore cornerback).

2011 players honored

Zach Wade (graduated), third-team Division III All-Ohio and Northeastern

2 Tony Rogers .....................6-0.......152 ....Sr. 3 Cody Parrish.....................5-11.....160 ....Jr. 4 Storm Angione .................5-11.....150 ....Soph. 5 Billy Eyer ..........................6-3.......200 ....Soph. 6 Hunter Long......................5-9.......165 ....Fr. 7 Mitch Soles.......................6-0.......190 ....Sr. 9 Kyle Gulling ......................5-10.....155 ....Fr. 10 Dylan Stoffer.....................5-10.....155 ....Soph. 12 Sean Ferrell ......................6-0.......165 ....Sr. 14 Dalton Hartshorn ..............5-9.......160 ....Soph. 16 Kevin Apisa.......................6-0.......155 ....Soph. 17 Nate Smith........................5-9.......130 ....Sr. 18 Tyler Stewart .....................5-11.....160 ....Soph. 19 Jacob Ross.......................5-5.......130 ....Soph. 20 Joe Letrich........................5-7.......140 ....Soph. 21 Kris Nign...........................6-1.......185 ....Sr. 22 Jake Riley .........................6-3.......215 ....Sr. 23 Josey Riley .......................6-0.......197 ....Jr. 24 Nick McCauley..................5-10.....150 ....Jr. 25 Joey Gill............................5-10.....165 ....Soph. 26 Collin Suter .......................5-7.......155 ....Jr. 27 Shem Haas.......................5-11.....140 ....Fr. 28 Josiah Hrusch...................5-5.......125 ....Fr. 31 Sammy Southers ..............5-5.......145 ....Jr. 33 Corey Schaffner................6-2.......190 ....Sr. 34 Mitch Croston ...................6-0.......200 ....Soph. 40 Anthony Cobedesh ...........5-7.......190 ....Sr. 44 Austin Catlett ....................5-11.....195 ....Soph. 47 Anthony McGuire..............6-0.......170 ....Soph.

49 Lucas Van Meter...............5-8.......155 ....Soph. 50 Austin Dennis ...................5-8.......150 ....Fr. 51 Jakob Krug .......................5-10.....220 ....Sr. 52 Cainen Bryant...................5-7.......170 ....Fr. 53 Johnathan Lutes ...............5-9.......190 ....Sr. 54 Kyle Oster.........................5-6.......165 ....Fr. 55 Luke Walter.......................6-1.......175 ....Fr. 56 Harrison Hoppel................6-3.......200 ....Jr. 57 James Lutes .....................5-9.......190 ....Sr. 58 Jake Preston.....................6-0.......202 ....Fr. 59 Mike Scott.........................5-11.....145 ....Fr. 60 Tristan Keller .....................5-10.....180 ....Soph. 61 Paden Hartong .................5-7.......155 ....Fr. 62 Jacob Smith......................6-1.......245 ....Jr. 63 Gary Cooper.....................5-8.......180 ....Sr. 64 Seth Loudon .....................6-1.......195 ....Jr. 65 Mason Butler ....................6-3.......285 ....Jr. 66 Stephen Berstler...............6-0.......265 ....Jr. 67 Daniel Groce.....................6-0.......295 ....Sr. 68 Wylie Brown......................6-3.......210 ....Soph. 70 Bryan Inscoe.....................5-9.......180 ....Fr. 72 Ryan Doane......................6-3.......406 ....Fr. 73 Jake Stryffler.....................6-4.......200 ....Jr. 74 Joey Meiroff ......................5-10.....245 ....Soph. 76 Dominic Crowe .................6-0.......210 ....Fr. 78 Logan Fritz........................6-2.......225 ....Fr. 80 Dylan Ossler .....................5-10.....175 ....Fr. 86 Anthony Canestraro..........5-5.......145 ....Fr. 87 Dakota Hudy.....................6-0.......165 ....Soph.

Buckeye Conference Player of the Year. Eli Maurer (graduated), third-team Division III All-Ohio. Zack Felton (graduated), third-team Division III All-Ohio. Kyle Crum (graduated), special mention Division III All-Ohio. Mitch Soles, special mention Division III All-Ohio.

yards and fourth touchdowns on 66 carries (5.3). Passing — Eli Maurer (graduated) completed 130 of 185 passes for 2,053 yards and 18 touchdowns; Jake Riley completed 24 of 38 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Receiving — Kyle Crum (graduated) 52 catches for 895 yards (15.4) and 18 touchdowns; Zach Wade (graduated) 44 catches for 842 yards (19.1) and six touchdowns; Tyler Klimko (graduated) 39 catches for 453 yards (11.6) and six touchdowns. Scoring — Zach Wade (graduated)

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Jake Riley, 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns on 178 carries (6.9); Zach Wade (graduated) 1,165 yards and 21 touchdowns on 140 carries (8.3); Eli Maurer (graduaed) 347

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Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Franklin...................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Muskingum................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 Miami.........................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 UCF.............................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

at Marietta..................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Ohio Northern...........................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Wilmington............................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

California..................................12:00 p.m. UAB Blazers...........................................TBA

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Michigan State.................................TBA

Saturday, October 6, 2012 Nebraksa.....................................8:00 p.m.

Capital..........................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

at Indiana....................................8:00 p.m.

at Otterbein................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Heidelberg..................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 Baldwin-Wallace.......................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at John Carroll...........................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Purdue....................................................TBA

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Penn State.............................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Towson Tigers............................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Kentucky.................................7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Buffalo Bulls..........................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Ball State..................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Eastern Michigan.................1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Army......................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Western Michigan.....................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Rutgers....................................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 Akron............................................2:00 p.m.

Youngstown State....................6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Cincinatti................................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Virginia Tech............................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 Gardner-Webb...........................3:30 p.m.

Friday, October, 5, 2012 at Syracuse.................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 Louisville................................................TBA

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Buffalo....................................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Temple....................................................TBA

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Notre Dame..........................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Illinois.....................................................TBA

at Miami......................................1:00 p.m.

at Connecticut...........................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

at Wisconsin..........................................TBA

at Bowling Green...................12:00 p.m.

Rutgers...................................................TBA

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Ohio..............................................1:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 UCF Knights................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 2012 at Florida International...........6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Morgan State.............................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Pittsburgh..............................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 Valparaiso...................................4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Albany..........................................4:00 p.m.

at Tennessee.........................................TBA

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Miami...........................................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 Bowling Green..........................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Uni................................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at North Dakota State.............2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

at Ohio.........................................2:00 p.m.

at Illinois State...........................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Northern Illinois.....................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Central Michigan..................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Kent State..............................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 UMass..........................................2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Toledo.....................................7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 30, 2012 MAC Championship................7:00 p.m.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Marshall....................................12:00 p.m.

Ohio...........................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

James Madison.........................4:30 p.m.

at Virginia.................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Maryland................................................TBA

Navy..............................................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 Baylor......................................................TBA

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Texas...................................................TBA

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Texas Tech.........................................TBA

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Kansas State.........................................TBA

Southern Illinois.......................4:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

TCU..........................................................TBA

at South Dakota State.............3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 South Dakota.............................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Western Illinois.....................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 Indiana State..............................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Oklahoma State..............................TBA

Saturday, November 17, 2012 Oklahoma..............................................TBA

Friday, November 23, 2012 at Iowa State..............................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 Kansas....................................................TBA

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Saturday, October 6, 2012 Northwestern..........................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Iowa.........................................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 Ohio State...................................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Purdue...............................................TBA

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Nebraska...........................................TBA

Saturday, November 17, 2012 Indiana....................................................TBA

Saturday, November 24, 2012 Wisconsin...............................................TBA

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2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS WEEK 15 STATE FINALS DIVISION I at Canton Fawcett Stadium Cleveland St. Ignatius 34, Pickerington Central 13 ——— DIVISION II at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Trotwood-Madison 42, Avon 28 ——— DIVISION III at Canton Fawcett Stadium Youngstown Mooney 21, Springfield Shawnee 14 ——— DIVISION IV at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Creston Norwayne 48, Kenton 42 ——— DIVISION V at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Kirtland 28, Coldwater 7 ——— DIVISION VI at Canton Fawcett Stadium Maria Stein Marion Local 61, New Washington Buckeye Central 21 ——— WEEK 14 STATE SEMIFINALS DIVISION I Cle. St. Ignatius 17, Tol. Whitmer 6 Pickerington Cent. 14, Cin. St. Xavier 7 DIVISION II Avon 43, Aurora 20 Trotwood-Madison 47, Cols. Marion-Franklin 44 DIVISION III Spring. Shawnee 56, Elida 42 Youngs. Mooney 24, Chagrin Falls 14 DIVISION IV Creston Norwayne 59, Johnstown-Monroe 28 Kenton 36, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 6 DIVISION V Coldwater 41, Hicksville 21 Kirtland 42, Bucyrus Wynford 0 DIVISION VI Maria Stein Marion Local 21, Delphos St. John's 14 New Washington Buckeye Cent. 22, Berlin Center Western Reserve 21 ——— WEEK 13 REGIONAL FINALS DIVISION I Cin. St. Xavier 35, Cin. Moeller 21 Cle. St. Ignatius 23, Mentor 17 Pickerington Cent. 17, Hilliard Davidson 0

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Youngstown Mooney offensive tackle Jeff Harper (75) blocks Springfield Shawnee’s Ryan Mayfield in the Division III state championship game at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium on Dec. 2, 2011. Harper, a Columbiana resident, returns to the starting lineup for the defending state champions. Tol. Whitmer 37, Wadsworth 0 DIVISION II Aurora 21, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 14 Avon 35, Tiffin Columbian 21 Cols. Marion-Franklin 48, Dresden Tri-Valley 42 Trotwood-Madison 35, Kings Mills Kings 20 DIVISION III Chagrin Falls 30, Akron St. V-M 12 Elida 30, Cols. Eastmoor 10 Spring. Shawnee 21, Plain City Jonathan Alder 10 Youngs. Mooney 70, Dover 44 DIVISION IV Clarksville Clinton-Massie 21, Day. ChaminadeJulienne 20 Creston Norwayne 26, Girard 24 Johnstown-Monroe 27, Coshocton 24

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Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 21B

Run for the playoffs Area qualifiers aim for repeat performance in 2012 By RON FIRTH Journal Sports Editor

Area powerhouses Crestview and Minerva were locks for the football playoffs late last year. It was a different story for Wellsville and Springfield, which had to make late-season runs to get in. “It was pretty hard,” Wellsville lineman Seth Martin said. “We had to step up and prove to everyone we could make the playoffs.” Springfield won its last three games, while Wellsville took three of its last four to earn playoff berths. “As a team, that puts a lot on you,” Springfield fullback Alex Wharry said. “When you win early, it’s easy to relax. We couldn’t relax last year. It came down to either win or you’re not in.” Wellsville was one of two teams in the state to reach the playoffs with a 55 record. Naturally, the Tigers had a lot of skeptics. ‘I heard it from my everyone, even my parents sometimes,” Martin said. “They said we shouldn’t have made it, but I think we worked hard enough to make and showed we could make it.” The high school football season opens in Ohio this week. Of the 716 high school football teams, there will be 192 of them who advance to the state playoffs in November.

“We had to step up and prove to everyone we could make the playoffs.” SETH MARTIN, WELLSVILLE SENIOR

There are 10 weeks of sweat and tears between now and then. “We just work hard the whole season and the playoffs just happen to come around,” Crestview linebacker Kaleb Baker said. “We know if we work hard enough, we will eventually make it to the playoffs.” Last year, five area teams — Columbiana, Crestview, Minerva, Springfield and Wellsville — made it to the playoffs. “Since we went last year, we���re shooting for the same exact thing this year,” Columbiana running back Britton Steiginga said. “Just because that is our tradition, to make it to the playoffs is always our goal.” “We focus on one game at a time,” Columbiana linebacker Brandon Hacker said. “That’s all we do.” It can be hard to put last season behind you, especially when teams like Crestview and Minerva are coming off their best seasons — each with a school-record 11 victories. “It was a pretty amazing experience,” 20 ACR ES O VER 7 M ILES O F M AZE

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do just as we did last year if not better.” All the excitement will start in the season openers this week. “We don’t try to look forward to anything,” Wharry said. “We just look at that week. It’s all about beating who we have right now. We’ve got to focus on beating them.” The playoffs will end in Stark County with the six state title games on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. “It’s in our locker room goals,” Columbiana coach Bob Spaite said. “We want to earn the right to be in the playoffs, but it’s not like we’ve got to do this to be in the playoffs. We want to make sure we deserve to earn the right to do that.”

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22B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

OAK GLEN GOLDEN BEARS

2012 Oak Glen football team

Oak Glen shows muscle up front Classification

West Virginia Class AA

2011 Record

10-2. It was the winningest season in school history as the Golden Bears advanced to the West Virginia Class AA quarterfinal, falling 66-40 to eventual state runner-up Point Pleasant. They were 5-0 in games decided by eight points or less.

Head Coach

Ian Whittington enters his first sea-

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted Aug. 23 vs. Edison (at Steubenville), 8 p.m. Aug. 31 Wellsville Sept. 7 Indian Creek Sept. 14 at John Marshall, 7:30 Sept. 21 Steubenville Catholic Sept. 28 at Weir Oct. 5 at Tyler Consolidated Oct. 12 at East Liverpool Oct. 27 Point Pleasant, 1:30 Nov. 2 Magnolia

son as head coach. He served the previous three years as an assistant at Oak Glen.

Assistant coaches

Derrick Stickles, offensive coordinator, offensive line, outside linebackers Rich Flowers, wide receivers, defensive backs Justin Lipps, running backs, defensive ends Doug Wells fullbacks, linebackers

Returning lettermen

Fourteen, including six starters on offense and six starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple sets.

Offensive outlook

The Golden Bears graduated Lucas McDowell, Jeff Hissam and Dylan Davis, who accounted for 83 percent of their offense last. But they return the entire offensive line, including 6-foot8, 370-pound left tackle Richie Davis. “If you can find a better offensive line, I’d like to see it,” Whittington said.

“They’re big, they’re strong and every single one of them has been there since December in the weight room. They haven’t missed a day.”

Basic defensive formation 4-4.

Defensive outlook

Defensive tackle Preston Murray is a four-year starter and stalwart on the Oak Glen defense. “We want to force you to pass the ball,” Whittington said. “We want to be more physical and fly to the football. Our goal is to force the offense into being one-dimensional.”

Returning offensive backs

Tyler Steed (senior running back), Zack Staley (senior fullback).

Incoming offensive backs

Bub Haddox (junior quarterback), Chase Hartley (sophomore quarterback), Michael Shenton (junior fullback), David Campbell (junior running back).

Returning offensive ends

Cole Holloway (senior wide receiver), Clayton Flowers (senior wide receiver), Justin Stivason (senior tight end), Trey Smith (senior wide receiver), Josh Weltner (senior wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

Cody Howell (senior wide receiver). Nation Whittington (senior tight end), Cody Howell (senior wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Preston Murray (senior tackle), Jeff Stivason (senior guard), Logan Curtis (senior center), Nate Wright (senior guard), Richie Davis (senior tackle).

Incoming offensive linemen None.

Returning defensive linemen

Preston Murray (senior tackle), Zack Staley (senior end), Jeff Stivason (senior tackle), Cole Holloway (senior end). See OAK GLEN, Page 24B


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 23B

Whittington is willing and able By PAUL EDGAR Staff Writer

NEW MANCHESTER, W. Va. — No one can question the energy level of Ian Whittington. The youthful new Oak Glen coach is brimming with excitement, and he isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. “I’m still young and I’m fired up about everything I do,” the 27-year-old Whittington said. “I still run around and jump around with the kids. I think that’s one of the pros about being a young coach. It helps keep the enthusiasm level up.” Whittington will likely need energy in abundance as he faces the difficult task of replacing Tony Filberto who was responsible for turning around a program that had hit rock bottom. In the four seasons before Filberto returned to Oak Glen, the Bears limped to a mark of 6-34. However, in the past four years, Oak Glen has gone 27-16 including a record 10 wins last season and a trip to the Class AA quarterfinals. “I learned a lot from coach Filberto,” Whittington, who was an assistant coach with Oak Glen the past three years, said. “He’s been around since my parents were in school. He taught me the tricks of the trade, the ins and outs. He showed me all the little things that need done that people don’t see like how to prepare and how to deal with adversity.” Whittington, a four-sport athlete who graduated from Oak Glen in 2003, said he witnessed a turnaround in the atti-

“Football is a main priority for the community again. They have rallied around the team even more this year. It’s been overwhelming and I love it.” IAN WHITTINGTON, OAK GLEN HEAD COACH

tude at his alma mater under the guidance of Filberto. While playing football at West Liberty University, Whittington made return trips home and was disappointed in the losing culture that had developed around the Bears. However, he says things have changed now in a major way. “They weren’t having much success and because of that they weren’t getting the full support of the community,” Whittington said. “People would go to the games, but it was more of just something to do. “Over the last three years, that attitude has changed. It’s not just another season anymore. Now, we expect to

compete and win. Football is a main priority for the community again. They have rallied around the team even more this year. It’s been overwhelming and I love it.” Whittington is also a realist. He understands that he will encounter many firsts as he begins his head coaching career and that there will be plenty of bumps along the way. “I’ve never really had to deal with referees,” he said. “That makes me a little nervous. And some of the management of the team behind the scenes and dealing with the media. Those are things I haven’t really experienced yet.” Despite his minor reservations, Whittington isn’t dampening his expec-

tations. He believes this Oak Glen team is built to win, and win now. “Everything I’ve done in my life, I’ve always expected the best,” he said. “If we don’t win, I failed as a coach. I expect that attitude from my team, so I expect it from myself even though it’s my first year.” Whittington said he couldn’t feel more at home coaching the Bears. He is in a place he loves and football is the sport he loves. “I’ve been a multi-sport guy, but everything comes back to football for me,” he said. “I love that you have to be tough, mentally and physically. I love the camaraderie, the fact that everyone has to do their job and back up their teammates. There’s so many factors that bring me back to football. It’s the love of my life.”

Bears notes

In high school, as well as being a starting wide receiver and defensive back, Whittington also won a 140pound state wrestling title and qualified for the state track meet in two relays. … At West Liberty, Whittington started 22 consecutive games at defensive back. He was a team captain for the Hilltoppers, academic All-American, All-Conference, led the team in tackles in back-to-back seasons and led the nation in interception return yardage. … Whittington, who has a five-year-old daughter, also previously coached wrestling and track at Oak Glen Middle School.

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24B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

OAK GLEN,

Oak Glen Golden Bears

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Incoming defensive linemen Richie Davis Bittinger (senior).

(senior),

Brodie

Returning linebackers

Tyler Steed (senior outside).

Incoming linebackers

Cody Howell (senior outside), Nation Whittington (senior inside), Justin Stivison (senior inside), David Campbell (junior), Drew Bailey (junior).

Returning defensive backs

Clayton Flowers (senior free safety), Trey Smith (senior cornerback).

Incoming defensive backs

Josh Weltner (senior cornerback), Bub Haddox (junior cornerback).

2011 players honored

Lucas McDowell (graduated), firstteam Class AA All-West Virginia. Jeff Hissam (graduated), first-team Class AA All-West Virginia. Preston Murray, first-team Class AA All-West Virginia. Dylan Powell (graduated), special mention Class AA All-West Virginia. Dylan Davis (graduated), honorable mention Class AA All-West Virginia. Ethan Delekta (graduated), honorable mention Class AA All-West Virginia.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Lucas McDowell (gradu-

2 Michael Campbell.............6-2.......160 ....Fr. 3 Cole Holloway...................6-3.......190 ....Sr. 4 Nathan Bebout .................5-7.......145 ....Soph. 5 Micah Swiger....................5-7.......140 ....Soph. 6 Colton Speece..................6-1.......185 ....Jr. 7 Zac Porter ........................5-9.......155 ....Fr. 8 Chris Burnham .................5-9.......145 ....Jr. 9 Chase Hartley ..................5-11.....180 ....Soph. 10 Josh Weltner.....................5-8.......155 ....Sr. 13 Kalib Bailey.......................5-7.......135 ....Fr. 14 Justin Stivason..................6-0.......235 ....Sr. 15 Bub Haddox......................5-11.....170 ....Jr. 20 Clayton Flowers ................5-6.......150 ....Sr. 22 Drew Bailey.......................6-0.......195 ....Jr. 23 Cody Howell .....................6-4.......195 ....Sr. 24 Devon Chadwick...............5-9.......160 ....Fr. 27 Cody Tropeck....................5-11.....170 ....Jr. 30 Zach Mynes ......................5-7.......140 ....Fr. 32 Trey Smith.........................5-11.....175 ....Sr. 35 Nation Whittington ............5-10.....165 ....Sr. 36 Alec Swiger.......................5-8.......160 ....Fr. 40 Aaron Clark.......................5-11.....150 ....Jr. 42 Patrick Arneault ................5-6.......140 ....Soph. 43 Cyle Perez ........................5-11.....150 ....Fr. 44 Tyler Steed........................5-10.....190 ....Sr. 45 Brodie Bittinger .................5-8.......170 ....Sr. 46 Ryan Cunningham............5-9.......170 ....Fr.

47 David Campbell ................5-9.......170 ....Jr. 48 Zack Staley.......................6-0.......235 ....Sr. 49 Bradley Hitt .......................5-8.......150 ....Fr. 50 Noah Flowers ...................5-9.......170 ....Fr. 51 Nate Wright.......................5-10.....225 ....Sr. 55 Noah Mills.........................5-11.....225 ....Soph. 56 Chance Staley ..................6-0.......215 ....Soph. 57 Justin Cornell....................5-10.....220 ....Fr. 60 Jeff Stivason .....................6-0.......230 ....Sr. 62 Cody Wishon ....................5-9.......265 ....Jr. 64 Logan Curtis .....................6-1.......250 ....Sr. 66 Edison Gatrell ...................6-0.......235 ....Fr. 68 Michael Shenton...............6-0.......230 ....Jr. 70 Joe Wells ..........................5-9.......175 ....Soph. 71 Ronald Moore ...................5-10.....210 ....Fr. 74 Ben Boyles .......................5-7.......205 ....Soph. 76 Preston Murray .................6-1.......265 ....Sr. 77 Richie Davis......................6-8.......360 ....Sr. 80 Cooper Brady ...................5-9.......130 ....Fr. 81 Skylar Fluharty .................5-10.....180 ....Jr. 82 Aaron Grey .......................6-1.......170 ....Fr. 83 Tyler Campbell ..................6-2.......180 ....Jr. 85 Zack O'Brien.....................5-7.......130 ....Fr. 86 Justin Campbell ................5-5.......110 ....Fr. 87 Brandon Skeeles ..............5-4.......110 ....Fr. 88 Matt McCune ....................6-1.......170 ....Fr. 89 Jackson Hill.......................5-5.......120 ....Fr.

on 60 carries (7.5). Passing — Lucas McDowell (graduated) completed 26 of 53 passes for 503 yards and five touchdowns. Receiving — Jeff Hissam (graduated) 25 catches for 530 yards (21.2) and nine touchdowns.

place up. It’s a top-level facility. It’s as good as it gets, like playing in a college atmosphere.” Oak Glen will be relying on its 15 seniors to try to post another winning season. “If people think we’re going to drop off, that’s fine with me,” Whittington said. “We can fly under the radar all day long. What they don’t realize is that, yes we’re losing our top three offensive players, but we return our entire offensive line and we’re loaded with seniors. They’re going to carry us and I can’t wait to see this team on the field.” They will open the season against Edison on Aug. 23 at Steubenville’s Harding Stadium. “I think we have a very tough road ahead of us with our schedule, but I believe we can win each one of them,” Whittington said. “People will be gunning for us because of the success we had last year, but we’re ready for the challenge.”

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2012 STATE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE FIRST ROUND Friday, November 2 7 p.m. Division II, IV, VI Saturday, November 3 7:30 p.m. Division I, III, V ——— REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Friday, November 9 7 p.m. Division II, IV, VI Saturday, November 10 7:30 p.m. Division I, III, V ——— REGIONAL FINALS Friday, November 16 7 p.m. Division II, IV, VI Saturday, November 17 7:30 p.m. Division I, III, V ———

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MINERVA, Continued from Page 16B

an area-high 182 points; Jake Riley 90 points; Kyle Crum (graduated) 46 points. Tackles — Scott Boyce (graduated) 102; Zach Wade (graduated) 95; Mitch Soles 93; Jake Riley 85; Anthony Cobedesh 72. Interceptions — Zach Wade (graduated) 7; Tyler Klimko (graduated) 4.

2012 Outlook

The confidence is building as Minerva is coming off the winningest season in school history. The Lions won 11 games, including their first playoff victory, and wore the Northeastern Buckeye Conference crown. “We are very excited about our football team,” Soles said. “Our kids have been working very hard and they are very coachable. Staying healthy will be the key for us this year.”

The numbers are up at Minerva, but not the experience. The Lions feature 13 seniors, 11 juniors and 17 sophomores, but return only two starters from the high-powered offense. “Depth is probably our biggest weakness on either side of the ball this year,” Soles said. “We have some very good kids and they are working extremely hards for us and getting after it, but we need to stay healthy. Inexperience is also a weakness that we need to overcome early in the season.” The Lions have won 11 games in a row at home and 16 of their last 21 games in the NBC. “The NBC is a great football league, and it will continue to produce great football teams,” Soles said. “Every team in our league plays very good solid football, and they are capable of beating any of the other teams in our league.”


26B • Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012

SALEM QUAKERS

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Members of the 2012 Salem football team are (front, from left) Marcus Crittenden, Jake Carner, Mike Madison, Blake Hochadel, Jake Bezon, Justin Harsh, Haedan Panezott, Thane Sevey, Matthew Weingart, Matt Shrontz; (second row, from left) Tyler Simms, Bret Ahearn, Zack Taylor, Trace Jenkins, Brandon Kitts, Brendan Webb, Kade Byland, Jesse Slocum, Mike Crittenden; (third row, from left) Logan Taylor, Eli Bricker, Cameron Turney, Marten Clausen, Josh Campbell, Tyler McCoy, Shane Metzgar, Zach Maenz, Brandon Dustman, Tyler Holenchick; (fourth row from left) C.J. Bloor, Dan Baer, Logan Joy, Sam Standing Soldier, Michael Ciotta, George Hall, John Tafe, Zack Cusick, Brandon Boyle, Mike Edgerton, William Wilson; (back, from left) William Wilson, Caleb Holbert, Nick Larson, Keaton Turney, Brendon Farkas, Alex Sosbe, Nick Blackburn, Carter Rose, Forrest Shaw, Anthony Barcey and Brooks Bezon.

Quakers under new leadership Classification

Division III, Region 11

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Liberty Aug. 31 at United Sept. 7 Niles Sept. 14 Carrollton Sept. 21 Marlington Sept. 28 at Canton South Oct. 5 Alliance Oct. 12 at Minerva Oct. 19 Louisville Oct. 26 at West Branch

2011 Record

5-5, including a 3-4 mark in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. The Quakers have won 19 of their last 26 regular-season games.

Head Coach

Ron Johnson enters his first season as head coach. He was the head coach at Canton McKinley the last four seasons, going 31-16 and making the playoffs all four years. He also had head coaching stints with Yellow Springs (13-17), Westlake (16-24) and Middletown (1317). From 1991-2000, he was a running backs coach and assistant head coach at the University of Miami (Ohio).

Assistant coaches

Offensive outlook

Returning lettermen

Basic defensive formation

Todd Huda, wide receivers Jason Lude, offensive line Sean Kirkland, running backs Steve Bosel, defensive line Greg DeCarlo, linebackers Bob Offenbecher, defensive backs Charlie Ellington, defensive coordinator Seventeen, including one starter on offense and three starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple spread.

The Quakers have no one returning in the backfield after last year’s quarterback, Jake Carner, was moved to the secondary. “We’re yery young on offense,” Johnson said. “We have just two seniors on the offensive side of the ball. We’re also very young at quarterback. I believe we’ll grow every week.” 3-stack.

Defensive outlook

The Quakers gave up an average of See QUAKERS, Page 28B


Morning Journal • Football Preview 2012 • Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 27B

Johnson feels at home in Salem By MICHAEL S. BURICH Assistant Sports Editor

SALEM — When coach Ron Johnson takes the field with the Salem Quakers on Friday at Youngstown Liberty, he’ll be a long way from intense scrutiny and controversy that followed him at Canton McKinley at the end of last football season. Call it a fresh start for the 47-yearold coach. “It was something I researched,” Johnson said. “I saw the kind of people that were in place over here in the administration and what the community was like. It was a place that had a core set of values and seemed like a great place to raise a family.” Johnson spent four seasons at the Division I power going 31-16 with four trips to the playoffs. Johnson’s McKinley teams were also 3-2 against rival Massillon. His career at McKinley ended early this year when the school board voted 3-2 not to renew his contract. The move by the board was highly controversial as the superintendent of Canton

“Football is a main priority for the community again. They have rallied around the team even more this year. It’s been overwhelming and I love it.” RON JOHNSON, SALEM HEAD COACH

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6.8 points in their five wins and 31.8 points in the five losses last season. “That’s where the maturity is on this team,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of speed. We’re going to pressure and force the issue.”

Returning offensive backs None.

Incoming offensive backs

Trace Jenkins (sophomore quarterback), Matt Shrontz (sophomore quarterback), Matthew Weingart (freshman quarterback), Thane Sevey (junior running back).

Returning offensive ends

Marcus Crittenden (junior wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

Brooks Bezon (senior wide receiver), Brendan Webb (senior wide receiver), Bret Ahearn (sophomore wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen Michael Ciotti (sophomore).

Incoming offensive linemen

Keaton Turney (freshman), Alex Sosbe (freshman), Brandon Boyle (junior), Nick Larson (junior).

Returning defensive linemen John Tafe (senior).

Incoming defensive linemen

Justin Harsh (senior), Zack Taylor (senior), Sam Standing Soldier (senior).

Returning linebackers Mike Crittenden (senior).

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Returning defensive backs Jake Carner (senior), Panezott (junior).

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2011 players honored

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2011 Leaders

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2012 Outlook

Even though Salem returns 17 letterwinners, only a few of them were starters last season. “The kids are working hard, They are really committed to improving and playing good football,” Johnson said. “The strong point will be the effort. We have an attitude that will allow us to be successful.” The Quakers know how to win. The 22 wins over the last three season are the most at Salem since going 23-6 from 1959-61. Johnson is quite familiar with the Northestern Buckeye as his teams at Canton McKinley had many interactions with their smaller neighbors. “We went against those teams in 7on-7 and had scrimmages,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of really good coaches in the league. It’s going to be a real challenge. “Minerva is the team to beat until someone knocks them off.”

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Members of the 2012 West Branch football team are (front, from left) Kenny Faulkner, Justin Foster, Zach Ruggles, Mark Schwingle, Jacob Griffith, Connor Sharp, Troy James, Matthew Edie, Devin Uyselt, Braycen Shelton; (second row, from left) Kahliel Fletcher, Jerry Sanor, Chris Conrad, Brandon Zerkle, Brandon Woolf, Bo Utley, Brenden Wells, Brock Trimmer, Tyler Pidgeon, Logan Sharp, Andrew Filp; third row, from left, Matthew Blake, Logan Nagy, Jacob Zinni, Cameron Einge, Scott Johnston, Jake Evanoff, John Seitz, Jeff Vizzuso, Stephen Sosnick, Michel Pfaff, Kip DeShields, Chuckie Ketler; (fourth row, from left) Nick King, Charles Cuthbertson, Zach Haberland, Lance Thompson, Jacob Jarvis, Michael Trent, Bryce Butcher, Corey Snyder, Mason Hughes, Zach Minich, Jordan McGuire; (back, from left) coach Shane Blomel, coach Mike Stiles, coach Alec Lamancusa, coach Chris Tucker, coach Mike Sigler, head coach D.J. Dota, coach Todd McLaughlin, coach Shawn Alazaus, coach Dave Render, coach Scott Manusakis and coach Ken Harris.

This is what Warriors waited for Classification

2012 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Kirtland Aug. 31 New Philadelphia Sept. 7 Streetsboro Sept. 14 Alliance Sept. 21 at Carrollton Sept. 28 at Minerva Oct. 5 Canton South Oct. 12 at Louisville Oct. 19 at Marlington Oct. 26 Salem

Division III, Region 11

2011 Record

4-6, including a 3-4 mark in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. The Warriors were 0-3 in games decided by seven points or less.

Head Coach

D.J. Dota enters his second season as head coach. He spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Warren

Harding with a record of 23-17-1 and a Division I state playoff appearance in 2010. He was defensive coordinator at Warren Harding four years and at Struthers two years.

Kenny Harris, offensive line Shane Blommel, defensive line Tod McLaughlin, special teams coordinator, linebackers

Assistant coaches

Returning lettermen

Mike Stiles, offensive coordinator, offensive line Chris Tucker, running backs Mike Sigler, quarterbacks Shawn Alazaus, defensive backs Scott Manusakis, wide receivers Alec Lamancusa, defensive line, linebackers

Eighteen, including seven starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple I. See WARRIORS, Page 31B


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WARRIORS, Continued from Page 30B

Offensive outlook

The Warriors will look for Brenden Wells, the leading rusher the past two seasons, to carry the load. “We want to be able to run the football,” Dota said. “We want to play with a physical presense to do that. One of the things we wanted to work on is our drop-back pass game.”

Basic defensive formation Multiple 4-3.

Defensive outlook

“We got a lot of returning starters back,” Dota said. “I hope we can show up this year in week 1 and gang tackle. We need to play more physical than our opponent does.

Returning offensive backs

Troy James (senior quarterback), Brenden Wells (senior running back), Tyler Pidgeon (senior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

The Warriors gave up at least 21 points in seven games last season and need to improve in that category. Chris Conrad (senior running back), Bo Utley (senior running back), Logan Nagy (sophomore running back), Corey Snyder (sophomore quarterback).

Returning offensive ends

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Returning defensive backs

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2012 NORTHEASTERN BUCKEYE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE Aug. 23 Poland at Marlington Friday, Aug. 24 West Branch at Kirtland Salem at Liberty Minerva at Mogadore Field Louisville at Canfield Canton Central Catholic at Alliance Carrollton at Mapleton Canton South at Akron Coventry ——— WEEK TWO Friday, Aug. 31 New Philadelphia at West Branch Salem at United Louisvlle St. Thomas at Minerva Canfield at Alliance Marlington at Crestwood Louisville at North Canton Hoover Edison at Carrollton Medina Buckeye at Canton South ——— WEEK THREE Friday, Sept. 7 Streetsboro at West Branch Niles at Salem Minerva at Tuslaw Alliance at Akron Ellett Marlington at Louisville St. Thomas Ravenna at Louisville Claymont at Carrollton Canton South at Northwest ——— WEEK FOUR Friday, Sept. 14 Alliance at West Branch Carrollton at Salem Minerva at Canton South Louisville at Marlington

WEEK FIVE Friday, Sept. 21 West Branch at Carrollton Marlington at Salem Minerva at Louisville Canton South at Alliance ——— WEEK SIX Friday, Sept. 28 West Branch at Minerva Salem at Canton South Alliance at Louisville Carrollton at Marlington ——— WEEK SEVEN Friday, Oct. 5 Canton South at West Branch Alliance at Salem Minerva at Marlington Louisville at Carrollton ——— WEEK EIGHT Friday, Oct. 12 West Branch at Louisville Salem at Minerva Carrollton at Alliance Marlington at Canton South ——— WEEK NINE Friday, Oct. 19 West Branch at Marlington Louisville at Salem Alliance at Minerva Canton South at Carrollton ——— WEEK TEN Friday, Oct. 26 Salem at West Branch Minerva at Carrollton Marlington at Alliance Canton South at Louisville

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West Branch Warriors

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team All-Area. Scott Muckleroy (graduated), second-team All-Area.

2011 Leaders

Rushing — Brenden Wells, 1,366 yards and 17 touchdowns on 214 carries (6.4); Troy James, 217 yards and five touchdowns on 101 carries (2.1); Tyler Pidgeon, 205 yards on 35 carries (5.8). Passing — Troy James completed 80 of 144 passes for 860 yards and six touchdowns. Receiving — Tyler Pidgeon, 26 catches for 233 yards (8.9); Scott Muckleroy (graduated) 24 catches for 333 yards (13.8) and three touchdowns; Aaron Page (graduated) 12 catches for 143 yards (11.9) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Brendon Wells 102 points; Troy James 30 points; Brock Trimmer 25 points. Tackles — Bo Utley 104; Chris Conrad 74; Mike Estock (graduated) 59. Interceptions —Chris Conrad 2; Mike Estock (graduated) 2.

2012 Outlook

This could be a make or break season at West Branch. The Warriors have eight wins in the last three seasons and have had three straight losing seasons for the first time since 1982. “We must believe in the system and each other before anything is possible,” Dota said. “We want to start where we left off last season and move at a faster pace — one game at a time. The experienced senior class, which

includes eight multi-year letterwinners, is back for a final chance to try to have that special season. “Some of those guys are three year letterman,” Dota said. “I talked to those guys, all we have to do is take it week by week. No game is more improtatnt thatn the other.” Dota liked what he swa in the preseason. “We’re about where we need to be,” he said. “We still need to take steps. As long as we continue to do that and get better each week, we give ourselves a chance to be successful.” Dota said the Warriors had some minor injuries, but expect to be fully recovered by the season opener. “One of the keys of being successful is being healthy,” he said. “We’ve got to have backups ready if we need them.” If all goes right, look for West Branch to challenge Marlington, Louisville and Minerva for the Northeastern Buckeye Conference title. “Marlington and Minerva is up there,” Dota said. “Louisville and probably we’re in that mix, too. But we’ve got to take th proper steps to do that.”

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