April 24, 2014

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High school football preview 2011: West Shore Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Avon Eagles COACH: Mike Elder, fifth year 2010 RECORD: 10-1, 7-0 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 24 STRENGTHS: An edge. Despite a 10-0 regular season last year, the Eagles no doubt will be hungry to avenge a bitter ending to the season – a first-round loss to Sandusky in the Division II playoffs, a game in Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Justin O’Rourke finally gets the keys to Avon’s offense

Over the past two seasons, Avon quarterback Justin O’Rourke was given ample playing time by coach Mike Elder. However, it was part of a platoon under center, as O’Rourke split time with Cody Schroeder. In fact, as the 2010 season wound down and Avon made a run at a 10-0 season and Division II playoff Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Joe Dempsey is a throwback player Elyria Catholic plans on keeping

One of the first things Mike Polevacik did when he was hired to replace Ben Malbasa as Elyria Catholic’s head coach was look into the program’s rich tradition. What he found was the importance of the No. 44 in Panthers history. It had never been retired, but was intended to be issued only in special Read More…

H.S. football 2011: QB Brennan Hosier and Amherst have unfinished business

First-year Elyria coach Kevin Fell says the key to his new squad’s Week 1 game against Amherst is limiting the Comets quarterback. He should know: He had a front-row seat in Brennan Hosier’s first year as a starter, when all Hosier did was lead the Comets to an 8-0 start and, in Fell’s words, need Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Southwestern Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Amherst Comets Coach: Chad DiFranco, first year 2010 record: 8-2, 5-2 Returning lettermen: 15 Strengths: The battery. Veterans at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line should keep the Comets humming when they have the ball. Brennan Hosier returns at quarterback after a stellar junior season, and DiFranco says left tackle Gino Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Northeast Ohio Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers COACH: Mike Miller, fourth year 2010 RECORD: 1-9 overall, 0-5 STRENGTHS: Big, experienced offensive line. WEAKNESSES: Lack of team speed. SCOUTING REPORT: Cuyahoga Falls’ last winning season was 2002 and it’s had two 0-10 and two 1-9 seasons since. The only victory last year came against winless Akron North, Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Demetrius Walton has skills Elyria wants to make the most of

For a Division I team team that’s had as many as eight or nine two-way starters in recent years, it’s almost hard to fathom that only one player appears to be penciled in for double duty this season. Right now, senior Demetrius Walton is the one guy Kevin Fell can’t do without on either side Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Lake Erie League breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Bedford Bearcats COACH: Sean Williams, second year 2010 RECORD: 2-8, 2-3 Strengths: Two exceptionally talented defensive players in 6-foot-6, 240-pound end Myles Hilliard and 6-4, 185-pound defensive back Tyvis Powell. Weaknesses: Overall inexperience and lack of depth. Scouting Report: Bedford’s only wins a year ago came at the expense of Warrensville (1-9) and Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Lorain’s Matt Cox is a scholar … and a heck of a football player

If Mark Solis was looking for leadership when he took over at Lorain, it didn’t take long to find someone to provide it. “This kid epitomizes what a student-athlete means,” Solis said of Matt Cox, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior letterman. “He’s No. 1 in his class. He’s very organized and transcends what leadership is all Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Six Lorain County teams greet new season with new coaches

You hear the call at every stadium in Major League Baseball. “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard,” the vendors shout. That familiar call will have a new twist at Lorain County high school football games this fall: You may not be able to tell the coaches without a program. A slew of head Read More…