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McKinley 48, GlenOak 7 (Nov 14-2009)

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McKinley 48, GlenOak 7 (Nov 14-2009)
Region 2 semifinal; #8 McKinley vs #4 GlenOak at Massillon
McKinley keeps rolling, right into regional final
Chris Beaven
Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009
They left all their frustration and doubts back in the cold, cramped visitor’s locker room at North Canton Memorial Stadium.

That's where the McKinley Bulldogs looked squarely at the end of their high school football season a month ago and made a decision.

"We weren't going to go down without a fight," quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky said.

Plenty of fight remains in the Bulldogs after a 48-7 rout of GlenOak in a Division I regional semifinal. McKinley scored on its first three possessions as a playoff run as unexpected as a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-November rolled through Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

The Bulldogs gained 473 yards as they try to become the state's first No. 8 seed to win a Division I regional title. McKinley (8-4) plays Massillon (9-3) on Saturday in the Region 2 final. Sites will be announced Sunday by the OHSAA.

"We're doing what we dreamed about ever since we started playing at McKinley -- competing for a championship," All-Ohio linebacker Jewone Snow said.

It looked like an impossible dream a month ago when the Bulldogs turned a 34-2 halftime lead at Hoover into a 38-34 loss. That left them at 4-4 with their playoff hopes all but gone. In that despair, Snow said the Bulldogs came together decided "We can't go out like this."

Instead, they've become dominant, winning four straight by at least 14 points. Saturday, they took apart a GlenOak team that shut out the Bulldogs, 14-0, in Week 6.

"We know what is at stake. That's all I can really say," Ohradzansky offered as an explanation of what's changed.

Ohradzansky passed for two touchdowns and 183 yards to help lead the way. Angelo Powell caught four passes for 105 yards and a score. Alex Parton had a 78-yard TD catch. Bryce Wilder supplied the running game with four TDs and 137 yards on just 19 carries.

With McKinley's offensive line in charge up front, the Bulldogs converted 10-of-14 third downs. They scored on four third downs, averaging 25.4 yards on their first eight third-down conversions.

“Those third downs gave us more momentum and kept our sideline up," Snow said. "I'm proud of the defense, too, but I'm really proud of how the offense picked it up."

Snow led a pack of hard-hitting Bulldogs on defense. They recovered two fumbles and made an interception.

“Give them credit. They're playing great football right now," GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia said. "We knew all along they had as much talent as anybody in the state. They're a dangerous team."

McKinley showed how dangerous from the outset, driving 80 yards in nine plays on the opening possession, converting three third downs.

"We don't panic (on third downs)," McKinley head coach Ron Johnson said. “They believe in the game plan, and they believe if we execute, it's going to work."

McKinley capped that drive with a 38-yard TD pass from Ohradzansky to Powell on a third-and-11.

The Bulldogs got the ball back within a minute. Snow ripped the ball away from Brionte Dunn at the GlenOak 22.

“When I met him in the hole ... I could see the ball was kind of loose and went for it and took it out," Snow said.

Wilder raced around right end on a toss sweep for a 15-yard TD two plays later.

Snow played a big role in the Bulldogs getting the ball back four minutes later, stopping Dunn for a 1-yard gain on a fourth-and-two from the 17.

McKinley then worked some more third-down magic when Ohradzansky and Parton turned a short pass on third-and-four into a 78-yard TD down the right sideline.

GlenOak cut the deficit to 21-7 on Dunn’s 1-yard TD run set up by Eric Osborne’s 53-yard run. But the Golden Eagles (9-3) got no closer, squandering two possessions with a chance to get within a TD.

"We made a couple mistakes, and you can't afford that with them playing so hard and so physical," Garcia said.

McKinley kicked its offense back into gear for a 28-7 halftime. But unlike the Hoover loss a month ago, the Bulldogs kept scoring.

“Keep the pedal down," Snow said.

Ohradzansky said the Bulldogs are locked in. “Nobody wants it to end. We want to come out and take it to everybody, and prove how good we really are."
Bulldogs take their revenge on Eagles
By Jonas Fortune
Beacon Journal staff writer
POSTED: 07:30 p.m. EST, Nov 14, 2009
MASSILLON: Bring on the Tigers!

GlenOak was the regular season Federal League champion, but Canton McKinley showed how much that really matters in the playoffs.

Six weeks after being shut out by the Golden Eagles, the Bulldogs hammered GlenOak 48-7 in a Division I regional semifinal at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and set up a date next week for the right to advance to the state final four.

Saturday's game was never close. The Bulldogs (8-4) scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, a stark contrast from the 14-0 loss they suffered earlier in the season to the Golden Eagles (9-3).

The Bulldogs have become a different team since they blew a 31-point lead against North Canton Hoover in Week 8. On Saturday, the Bulldogs were able to rest their starters for the entire fourth quarter.

''A lot of people thought we would probably give up, like the season was done. We just turned it around and said: 'We can't go out like this,' '' senior linebacker Jewone Snow said. ''From then on, we made sure we were going to win out. . . .Anytime we had someone down, we weren't going to let them back.''

After that loss, the Bulldogs ended the regular season with wins over Boardman and Massillon, both Division I playoff teams this season, to slip into the playoffs as the eighth seed.

''It's not how you get there. It's what you do when you get there,'' McKinley coach Ron Johnson said.

In two playoff games, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 82-20 and are playing more like a No. 1 seed, which they eliminated last week.

McKinley did whatever it pleased on both sides of the football. The Bulldogs were 6-of-8, with three touchdowns, on third down in the first half.

On the opening drive alone, they converted three third downs: a 20-yard pass to senior receiver Angelo Powell, a 12-yard run by senior running back Bryce Wilder and, eventually, a 38-yard lob to Powell.

He caught the ball near the 10, behind a defender, and slipped into the end zone untouched to make it 7-0.

The third-down effectiveness even translated to the Bulldogs' defense, which limited the Eagles to 2-of-11 on third downs.

McKinley ended GlenOak's first possession when Snow reached into the arms of GlenOak sophomore running back Brionte Dunn and ripped the ball out of his hands.

Two plays later, Wilder gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with a 16-yard touchdown run.

The 78-yard touchdown pass to senior Alex Parton and a 4-yard touchdown run by Wilder were third-down plays. Parton caught the ball near the McKinley 34-yard line, turned up the right sideline and broke two tackles before racing to the end zone.

Junior quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky completed just five passes, but two of them went for long touchdowns. He was 5-of-11 for 183 yards.

''We give our guys chances to make plays,'' Ohradzansky said. ''They made some big plays today.''

The Bulldogs added a third-down touchdown in the third quarter when Wilder ran 18 yards for his third touchdown of the game. Wilder finished the game with touchdown runs of 15, 4, 18 and 9 yards. He had 137 yards on 19 carries.

Sophomore SaVeon Holloway added a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown.

''We knew we were capable of this from Week 1, since camp started,'' Ohradzansky said.
Defenses dynamite for McKinley, GlenOak
Chris Beaven
Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009
They scored almost at will last week.

Finding the end zone won't be nearly as easy this week for the McKinley and GlenOak high school football teams.

The reason: They're going against each other’s defense.

When the Bulldogs and Golden Eagles meet in a Division I regional semifinal at 1 p.m. in Massillon, their senior-laden defenses could make life miserable for the offenses.

"We've watched a lot of film on them," GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia said of the Bulldogs. “Those kids make plays all over the place. it's fun to watch and tough to prepare for."

McKinley head coach Ron Johnson knows the feeling, as he prepares for GlenOak’s defense.

"They're very impressive," he said. “Their team speed is really good. they've just got playmakers, guys that are relentless. They really have no weaknesses anywhere."

The Bulldogs have done a nice job fixing their defensive weakness -- giving up the big play, which plagued them in three of their four losses.

They still yield some yardage, but they are tough in the red zone and are staying fundamentally sound to prevent big plays.

"That's a very proud group," Johnson said. “They know the bottom line is to keep people from scoring. They're mature enough to give up some yardage, but then respond ... and feed off one another to make that next play and keep them out of the end zone."

In the last three weeks, the Bulldogs didn't allow an offensive touchdown against Boardman, held Massillon in check and limited Toledo Whitmer to a season-low 13 points.

"You just don't want to give up any easy ones, make people run plays against you and sooner or later, you can make something happen ... knock a ball loose, make a great pick or a tackle for loss," Johnson said.

McKinley's defense came up with three turnovers last week. The previous week, Brice Everett’s interception in the end zone thwarted Massillon early.

Everett is one of many seniors making things happen. Others include Jewone Snow, Jamaal McClain, Jamon McClain, Ronald Gillom, Desmond Johnson, Deshaun Montgomery, Omoyele Gonzalez and Fred Johnson.

GlenOak has its share of defensive playmakers, too, led by three-year starting linebackers Andrew Garman and Spyro Spondyl.

“Those are two tough kids who play hard and find ways to make plays," Johnson said.

But They're not alone. Brandon Martin, Collin Daniels-Mitchell, Rashad Pope, Zack Rinehart, Thomas Ross and DeShawn Hall are other top defenders.

"They're the fastest defense we've played, without question," Johnson said.

When talking about his own defensive guys, Garcia loves their attitude.

“They just refuse to lose," he said. “Look back to the North Canton game when we weren't getting a whole lot done on offense and a couple guys stepped up and made big plays for us."

Garcia is referring to the 13-9 win over Hoover in Week 9. GlenOak won without an offensive score because Spondyl returned a fumble 93 yards for a TD and Martin took an interception 100 yards for a TD.

"It just seems like someone every week makes that big play to get us going," Garcia said. “Sometimes you take those things for granted. When you have great senior leadership, it's hard to replace.

“They’ve all done a great job all the way through, in the weight room, film study and just everything it takes to be a good football player."

Hall is one of just four non-seniors playing extensively on defense. The sophomore had a key interception in a win over McKinley in Week 6. He had two more big picks last week, returning both for TDs.

"We've had some of our seniors really challenge some of the younger guys to step up and make plays," Garcia said. “DeShawn’s one of those guys who took it to heart, and is working at it real hard and coming up with big plays."

Rivals McKinley, GlenOak can expect an old-fashioned backyard brawl
Chris Beaven
Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
it's not about to surpass McKinley-Massillon. Rivalries surviving more than a century don't go away suddenly.

But when McKinley and GlenOak meet yet again Saturday afternoon, it's going to be hard to imagine a more personal and intense high school football rivalry exists.

The two schools -- separated by about six miles -- clash in a 1 p.m. Division I regional semifinal at Massillon's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. It will be their fourth meeting within the last 14 months.

"It's going to be a very physical game, a very emotional game," McKinley head coach Ron Johnson said. "It's all on the line right now, everything. it's one chance to win and move on. it's going to be no holds barred, and we’ll see who comes out at about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon."

Each team cruised to first-round playoff wins to set up McKinley-GlenOak IV. Both have won three straight, with their respective seasons turning on big wins in Week 8.

“When the kids know each other so well, and the coaching staffs know each other very well right now, it's exciting for everybody. It really is," GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia said.

Garcia then mentioned that GlenOak receiver-quarterback-cornerback Brandon Martin and McKinley cornerback Brice Everett are cousins.

“There’s a lot of those kind of things that go into this game," Garcia said.

With the school districts bordering each other -- McKinley's home, Fawcett Stadium, is practically in the GlenOak district -- many players grew up with each other. They attend the same churches, were neighbors at one time or went to school together as young kids.

“There’s a lot of familiarity," Johnson said.

"A lot of it goes back into the midget (football) leagues, too," Garcia said. "A lot of our guys and their guys played together on same teams, whether in Plain Local or Canton City."

The teams became even more familiar during the summer and after splitting two games last season.

"We had a chance to work together at a camp this summer," Garcia said. “Both teams’ players and coaches were mixed together throughout the camp.

"We really got to know each other a little bit. You add on the fact we've played each other going on four times, it's almost like you know them like the back of your hand."

This being the fourth matchup in the last two seasons does take this rivalry up a notch. Not that it's about to challenge the McKinley-Massillon rivalry that dates to the end of the 19th century.

McKinley-GlenOak didn't even exist until 1977 -- not long after GlenOak became a school when Glenwood and Oakwood merged. And while proximity made the games meaningful, McKinley dominated the series for more than 20 years to prevent it from being a true rivalry.

That's changed in the last decade, with GlenOak winning its share of games.

“Both teams have a lot of respect for each other, and we play hard, good, clean, fun football," Garcia said.

McKinley beat GlenOak in the middle of last season, but the Golden Eagles enter Saturday having beaten the Bulldogs in last year's playoffs and in Week 6 of this season.

And while that would appear to give McKinley extra motivation, Johnson said none is needed in November.

"It's Week 12, it's the Division I playoffs, and That's the most important thing," Johnson said. "It's not who it is. it's the next team. That's been our theme all year.

"We can't get caught up in the things that take your focus from where it belongs, and That's between the white lines, playing good fundamental football, playing hard and fast and physical."

Garcia agrees.

“What it comes down to is what it usually comes down to in the playoffs," he said. “Who’s going to play the hardest and make the least amount of mistakes is who normally wins."

1977 McKinley, 34-7
1978 McKinley, 13-12
1979 McKinley, 18-7
1980 McKinley, 10-9
1981 McKinley, 14-0
1982 McKinley, 14-0
1983 McKinley, 36-7
1984 GlenOak, 14-12
1985 GlenOak, 21-18
1985 McKinley, 14-7 x
1986 McKinley, 27-12
1987 McKinley, 14-7
1989 McKinley, 21-7
1990 GlenOak, 14-13 (OT)
1991 McKinley, 21-0
1992 McKinley, 24-7
1993 McKinley, 19-6
1994 McKinley, 31-6
1995 McKinley, 37-23
1996 McKinley, 15-0
1997 McKinley, 44-6
1998 McKinley, 42-6
1999 McKinley, 46-6
2000 GlenOak, 7-0 (OT)
2001 McKinley, 27-12
2002 GlenOak, 28-14
2003 GlenOak, 31-14
2004 McKinley, 10-0
2004 McKinley, 17-7 x
2005 McKinley, 49-0
2006 McKinley, 28-3
2007 McKinley, 30-15
2008 McKinley, 24-19
2008 GlenOak, 14-7 x
2009 GlenOak, 14-0
2009 ?, 0-0 x

McKinley leads series, 28-7 (x- playoffs)

A silent rivalry
McKinley and GlenOak high schools have played at least one football game every year since 1977. Only five other schools have had longer continual matchups with the Bulldogs.

Opponent Years played Series
Massillon 1894-2009 Massillon leads, 63-50-5
Alliance 1895-1981 McKinley leads, 52-16-2
Warren Harding 1914-2003 McKinley leads, 32-23-1
Steubenville 1924-79 McKinley leads, 31-20-2
x-Akron South 1911-60 McKinley leads, 31-5-2
GlenOak 1977-2009 McKinley leads, 27-8
x-School is closed

McKinley-GlenOak Div. I regional semifinal preview
Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Division I, Region 2 semifinal

SITE Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, 1 p.m., Saturday

RECORDS McKinley 7-4, GlenOak 9-2.

LAST WEEK GlenOak 40, Wadsworth 21; McKinley 34, Toledo Whitmer 13.

LAST MEETING GlenOak won, 14-0, at Fawcett Stadium in Week 6.

LAST PLAYOFF MEETING GlenOak won, 14-7, last year.

McKinley is 2-1 against GlenOak in the postseason, winning in 1985 and 2004 before losing last fall. GlenOak is making its third straight playoff appearance and sixth overall. The Golden Eagles are 4-5 all-time in the playoffs. McKinley is making its second straight playoff appearance and 18th overall. The Bulldogs are 32-14 in the playoffs.

WHAT TO WATCH Both teams feature senior-laden defenses, a 1,000-yard rusher and rapidly improving passing attacks. GlenOak’s defense -- led by LB Andrew Garman and Spyro Spondyl -- has gotten the better of McKinley's offense during the last two seasons, giving up an average of just 124.3 yards the last three matchups. McKinley usually generates about three times that amount of offense led by RB Bryce Wilder, RB Elijah Farrakhan and QB Kyle Ohradzansky. The Golden Eagles also forced four turnovers in this season’s win at McKinley. Turnovers were a big problem in three of McKinley's four losses. Wilder has rushed for 1,457 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 7.5 a carry. Farrakhan has 713 yards and seven TDs. Ohradzansky has thrown for 17 TDs, six in the last three weeks. He also has six rushing TDs this season. Angelo Powell and Matt Ogletree each have caught long TD passes from Ohradzansky in recent weeks. McKinley's defense features strong senior leadership from the likes of LB Jewone Snow, DL Jamaal McClain, DB Jamon McClain, DB Brice Everett and LB Ronald Gillom. Junior DE Steve Miller, an Ohio State recruit, also is back at full strength after missing games with an injury. Another injured Bulldog, DB Freddie Burton, remains a game-time decision after missing several games. McKinley looks to contain RB Brionte Dunn, who went for 182 yards in the win over McKinley in Week 6. He carried it a career-high 39 times, including 29 in the second half when he ran for 149 yards. Dunn is coming off a 100-yard game and has 1,132 yards and 11 TDs. Collin Daniels-Mitchell, also a star at defensive back, has rushed for 330 yards. Junior QB Alex Meredith is 3-0 as a starter the last three weeks, throwing for 194 yards and three TDs. Brandon Martin -- GlenOak’s former starting QB -- Trai Hearn and Luke Gavin are all big-play threats as receivers.
Howard is MVP of Federal League
Chris Beaven
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009
No area high school football player in recent years carried a bigger target on his back than Erick Howard this season.

As the state's reigning Mr. Football, the Hoover senior might as well have played with a huge state of Ohio on his jersey instead of his No. 5.

Play after play, game after game, he got everyone’s best shot. And Howard never stopped delivering his best, completing a record-setting career that made him a unanimous pick for his second straight Federal League Player of the Year award.

“Knowing that everybody's coming at him and being able to still maintain his game, that says a lot about him," Hoover head coach Don Hertler Jr. said. “There was a lot of pressure on him and our team. A lot of high expectations."

Howard responded with his second straight 2,000-yard season. He broke Stark County’s career scoring and rushing records along the way, and led the Vikings to the playoffs a third straight year.

If that wasn't enough, Howard embraced the role of two-way standout, anchoring the Viking defense. He had a hand in a team-high 102 total tackles, causing four fumbles.

"That's what makes him a great, great high school football player," Hertler said. “He’s an every-down guy."

Averaging 30 carries a game -- nearly all of them coming between the tackles -- Howard took a pounding unlike anyone else in the area.

“His durability and his competitiveness and doing what we need him to do ... That's what stands out to me about him," Hertler said. “He’s fought through some bumps and bruises this year. He's fought through everybody in the world trying to block and tackle him."

Howard walked off the field as a Hoover Viking for the last time Saturday in Massillon. The Tigers beat the Vikings, 17-10, in the first round of the playoffs.

Howard finishes his career with 6,013 rushing yards, 79 touchdowns and 478 points -- all ranked No. 1 all-time in Stark County. More importantly to him, the Vikings won 29 games in his three seasons as a starter, reaching the regional finals in 2007 and state semifinals in 2008.

Hertler is impressed with the way Howard handled all the attention he received off the field, too.

"He knows it's a team game and knows without everyone else playing well, he can't do his thing," Hertler said. “Football is not a one-man game, for sure. He's been a very good teammate throughout his career. He's practiced hard and been very team oriented.

"It hasn't been all about him. It hasn't been like that at all. Winning is the most important thing to him, no matter how we do it. That's not always the case with a guy That's had a lot of publicity thrown at him."


Federal League coaches voted GlenOak’s Scott Garcia the coach of the year after guiding the Golden Eagles to their first league title in 15 years. It was GlenOak’s first outright championship since 1982.

He also led the Eagles into the state playoffs for the third straight year, a first in school history. They play McKinley in a second-round game Saturday.

2009 All-Federal League football team

First team

Andrew Garman, GlenOak 6-0 205 Sr. LB ... An anchor on the Golden Eagle defense the last three years, making 88 tackles this season.

Brandon Martin, GlenOak 5-10 165 Sr. DB ... Broke up eight passes, returned an interception 100 yards and started much of the season at quarterback.

Spyro Spondyl, GlenOak 5-8 190 Sr. LB ... Another three-year impact player. He made 80 tackles.

Collin Daniels-Mitchell, GlenOak 5-11 185 Sr. DB ... Made 51 tackles and rushed for 330 yards and four TDs.

Zach Rinehart, GlenOak 6-0 205 Sr. NG ... Led the Eagles with seven sacks and also made seven tackles for loss.

Rashad Pope, GlenOak 6-0 225 Sr. DE ... Made 54 tackles, including five for losses.

Brionte Dunn, GlenOak 6-1 201 So. RB ... Rushed for 1,132 yards and 10 TDs.

J.T. Moore, Boardman 6-3 230 Sr. DE ... Ohio State recruit returns to first team as leader of a defense that allowed 15.9 points per game.

Ryan Phillis, Boardman 6-3 225 Sr. LB ... Helped his team give up just 175.4 yards per game.

Chase Hammond, Boardman 6-5 210 Sr. WR ... Led the league with 55 catches and 983 receiving yards while scoring four TDs.

Kevin Johnson, Boardman 6-2 210 Sr. DE ... Helped the Spartans give up an average of just 56.1 rushing yards per game.

Rob Boyd, Boardman 6-2 205 Sr. QB ... Passed for 1,662 yards and nine TDs while also rushing for 316 yards and five scores.

Trevor Ragan, Boardman 6-0 185 Sr. K ... Kicked 15 field goals and made 32 PATs.

Erick Howard, Hoover 5-11 205 Sr. RB ... Rushed for 2,000-plus yards the last two years, leading the Vikings in tackles this fall to become the league's two-time player of the year.

Mark Wiley, Hoover 5-11 195 Sr. G ... Opened holes for Howard the last two seasons and totaled 44 tackles this season.

Jordan Witt, Hoover 6-1 175 Sr. LB ... Totaled 87 tackles, recovered three fumbles, gained 631 all-purpose yards and scored three TDs.

Tyler Mann, Hoover 6-3 220 Sr. DL ... Led team with six sacks among his 48 total tackles and blocked two kicks.

Jewone Snow, McKinley 6-2 228 Sr. LB ... A rare four-year varsity player for the Bulldogs, made 200-plus tackles the last two seasons.

Jamaal McClain, McKinley 6-1 275 Sr. DL ... Led a tough defensive front line that helped the Bulldogs return to the playoffs.

Bryce Wilder, McKinley 5-9 167 Sr. RB ... Rushed for 1,307 yards and 10 TDs, twice eclipsing 280 yards in a game.

Jon Ballard, Fitch 6-3 210 Sr. QB ... Passed for 1,354 yards and 17 TDs while rushing for 869 yards and nine scores.

DeAndre Richardson, Fitch 6-1 180 Sr. WR ... Caught 43 passes, gained 871 all-purpose yards, intercepted three passes and made 33 tackles.

Jim Luther, Lake 6-1 178 Jr. RB ... Rushed for 1,320 yards and 20 TDs, gaining 1,692 yards all-purpose.

Ryan Christiansen, Lake 6-2 193 Sr. P ... Averaged 37.3 yards a punt, passed 1,032 yards, rushed for 396 and accounted for 12 TDs.

Caleb Laps, Perry 6-0 190 Sr. RB ... Ran for 1,000 yards for second straight season, gaining 1,028 and scoring nine TDs.

Casey Irwin, Jackson 5-9 175 Sr. DB ... A repeat pick for the first team, he also was among team's rushing and receiving leaders.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Erick Howard, Hoover.

COACH OF THE YEAR Scott Garcia, GlenOak.

Second team

Thomas Ross, GlenOak 6-0 205 Sr. LB

Jake Converse, GlenOak 6-0 250 Sr. OL

Trai Hearn, GlenOak 6-1 175 Sr. WR

Nick Buonavolonta, Boardman 5-9 170 Jr. RB

Dan Fernback, Boardman 6-1 195 Sr. LB

Noah Patoray, Boardman 5-10 220 Sr. DT

Carmen Taratino, Boardman 5-10 205 Jr. LB

Alex Steenrod, Hoover 5-10 250 Sr. OL

Mike Frascello, Hoover 5-11 215 Sr. DL

Brett Tulodzieski, Hoover 6-0 190 Sr. QB

Dan Nettleton, Hoover 5-11 175 Sr. DB

A.J. Sarbaugh, Hoover 6-0 185 Sr. K

Jamon McClain, McKinley 6-0 183 Sr. DB

Dakota Makowski, McKinley 6-0 228 Sr. OL

Angelo Powell, McKinley 6-0 165 Sr. WR

Steve Miller, McKinley 6-4 235 Jr. DE

James Forsythe, McKinley 6-3 170 Sr. P

Sam Mariano, Fitch 6-2 173 Sr. WR

Colby Jacobs, Fitch 5-11 264 Sr OL

Derek Sitzlar, Lake 6-0 160 Sr. WR

Brad Beachy, Lake 6-0 173 Sr. DB

Ryan Enlow, Lake 6-0 297 Sr. OT

Ben Karam, Perry 6-1 185 Sr. DE

Lepear Smith, Perry 5-9 170 Sr. DB

Will Logan, Jackson 5-8 163 Jr. RB

Matt Cochran, Jackson 6-2 225 Sr. OL

Honorable mention

GLENOAK Kyle Paul, Eric Osborne, Mark Helmick, Pat Julian.

BOARDMAN Tyler Blangero, Jabrill Garner, Ken Jones.

HOOVER Dan Leek, Jake Berkshire, Ben Gardner.

McKINLEY Ronald Gillom, Doug Fernandez, Elijah Farrakhan.

FITCH Bobby Matthews, Terry Terrigno, Tamron Smith, George Thomas, Ken Burns.

LAKE Andrew Franjesevic, Dan Reed, Logan Wartman.

PERRY Anthony Wise, Dan Oprisch, Trevor Riordan.

JACKSON Max Dehnke, Joel Sweitzer.
Erick Howard, RB, Hoover Vikings
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Hoover Vikings running back Erick Howard gains a first down in the first quarter against Coolidge.

Football playoffs -- anybody surprised?

by Jim Isabella on November 9, 2009
in ABJ thoughts, Archbishop Hoban, Buchtel, Canton McKinley, Football, Garfield, GlenOak, Louisville, Massillon, Mogadore, Playoffs, Prep Talk, Twinsburg, Woodridge

After Week One of the five weeks of football playoffs, here are my observations looking back and moving ahead.

*The Federal League rematch of Canton McKinley and Canton GlenOak will be a different game. The Bulldogs were the eight seed going into top seeded Toledo Whitmer and demolished the Glass City bunch, which did not surprise me, McKinley has found its swagger and I expect them to beat GlenOak this time.

By the way and for what it's worth, I don't think Hudson, the team edged out by McKinley for that eighth and final spot, could have won that game in Toledo.

*Massillon will be favored to beat Twinsburg, but I for one think Twinsburg can pull the upset. Twinsburg’s defense must set the tone early on and stop Massillon's running game and force quarterback Robert Partridge to run for his life.

*Just wonder how Garfield or Buchtel might have done in the playoffs. Something has to be done to get a City Series team in the post season with smarter scheduling and more home games.

*In Division II, Louisville, another No. 1 seed, was kayoed by No. 8 Columbus Marion-Franklin. One has to wonder if quarterback Bobby Swigert had stayed healthy how deep into the playoffs the Leopards go.

*Division III, Archbishop Hoban’s offense is killing them. They could surprise Poland Seminary at Uniontown Lake's Blue Streak Stadium Friday night, but not if the offense is as bad as its been in big games.

don't be shocked if Northwest, a sixth seed, knocks off No. 2 seed Dover. I have Indian fever!

*One of the coolest stories of the year is Woodridge in Division IV. The Bulldogs put a whipping at Martins Ferry in their first playoff appearance in school history (49-28) and winning their first ever league title. This team can light up scoreboards on on given night.

*Lest we not forget Mogadore. The Wildcats lone loss was to Woodridge and Saturday night I look for them to knock off Norwalk St. Paul at Medina’s Kenneth Dukes Stadium.
Canton McKinley's Bryce Wilder leaps into the end zone for a 2nd quarter touchdown during action in the Bulldogs Division I regional semi-final football game against GlenOak High School at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. The score gave the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Brice Everett (left) hangs on as he tries to tackle GlenOak's Eric Osborne during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Angelo Powell (right) catches a pass over GlenOak's Eric Osborne for a 1st quarter touchdown during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. The score gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Alex Parton breaks free for a 78-yard touchdown during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. The score gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley defensive players Johnny Duncan (left), Jewone Snow, Omeyele Gonzalez and Brice Everett converge on a GlenOak fumble during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. Everett eventually recovered the ball for the Bulldogs. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Bryce Wilder (left) congratulates team mate Angelo Powell after catching a pass over GlenOak's Eric Osborne for a 1st quarter touchdown during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. The score gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Bryce Wilder (right) drags GlenOak's DaShawn Hall with him for a nice gain during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Matt Ogletree reaches for a pass from quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. Ogletree dropped the pass. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Jamon McClain (top) and Brice Everett (bottom) stop GlenOak's Andrew Garman short of the end zone during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Alex Parton (right) congratulates team mate Bryce Wilder as GlenOak's Andrew Garman walks away after Wilder's 3rd quarter touchdown run during action in their Division I regional semi-final football game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday in Massillon. The score gave the Bulldogs a 34-7 lead. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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Angelo Powell finds the ball in a reception in one of his 105 yards catching the ball against GlenOak, a McKinley win 48-7 in the region semifinal. (Courtesy, Repository)
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McKinley senior linebacker Jewone Snow averages 12.7 tackles per game to lead a Bulldog defense playing its best football of the season. (REPOSITORY SCOTT HECKEL)
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GlenOak sophomore running back Brionte Dunn went for 182 yards and a touchdown in a 14-0 win over McKinley in Week 6. (REPOSITORY SCOTT HECKEL)
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