Chardon seeks three-peat, Benedictine and VASJ among new challengers: OHSAA Division III football season preview (2022)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Chardon brings a 28-game winning streak into the 2022 high school football season as the two-time defending OHSAA state champion in Division III.

See how the area stacks up to the Hilltoppers in Division III with’s area preview, which concentrates on Regions 9 and 10. Find preseason rankings and team-by-team scouting reports with players to watch and schedules.

1. Chardon, 2. Hamilton Badin, 3. Canfield, 4. Bellbrook, 5. Mount Orab Western Brown, 6. Benedictine, 7. Trotwood-Madison, 8. Cincinnati Hughes, 9. Monroe, 10. Kenston.

Click here for the full breakdown from July.

1. Chardon, 2. Canfield, 3. Benedictine, 4. Kenston, 5. New Philadelphia, 6. Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 7. Tallmadge, 8. Aurora, 9. Akron East, 10. Youngstown Ursuline, 11. Alliance, 12. Gilmour, 13. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 14. West Geauga, 15. Kent Roosevelt, 16. Harvey.

1. Mansfield, 2. Padua, 3. Rocky River, 4. Norton, 5. Holy Name, 6. Buckeye, 7. Tiffin Columbian, 8. Revere, 9. Lutheran West, 10. Bay, 11. Copley, 12. Lexington, 13. Toledo Scott, 14. Sandusky, 15. Firelands, 16. Toledo Rogers.

Previews are organized in alphabetical order.

2021 record: 5-6, Region 9 qualifier

Coach: Marques Hayes (11th season)

League: Akron City Series

Players to watch

Justin Cox, QB, 6-2, 195, sr.

Ziaire Stevens, 5-10, 180, RB/DB, so.

Tristan Thomas, WR/RB/S, 5-9, 170, sr.

Ronin Kelley, WR/CB, 6-2, 180, sr.

Luther Darisaw, WR/DB, 6-2, 175, jr.

Victor Barnes, OL, 6-2, 270, sr.

Deaire Stevens, OL, 6-0, 265, sr.

Cochise Griffin, OL, 5-10, 250, jr.

Antonio Sandel-Bascomb, DT/OT, 6-3, 285, sr.

Keith Kendrick, DT, 5-11, 295, jr.

Ibraheem Kamara, OLB/S/WR, 6-3, 180, jr.

Antonio Rosser, LB, 6-0, 200, jr.

Derald Mitchell, S, 5-10, 175, jr.

About the Dragons: East has won nine straight City Series games, dating back to the 2020 season. Hayes’ program is one of Akron’s brightest, sending players to college every year. That isn’t changing now. Stevens (888 yards, six TDs) is an up-and-coming sophomore running back with offers already from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and several Mid-American Conference schools. Kamara (31 tackles, one sack) also has some MAC offers to lead the back end of the defense, with Sandel-Bascomb (59 tackles, 14 TFL) anchoring the front. Rosser leads the linebackers with 54 tackles last season. Cox (2,001 yards, 22 TDs to eight interceptions) settled in last year as the quarterback, helping the Dragons reel off five straight City Series wins after an 0-5 start. Three of Cox’s top five targets from last season are back in Kelley (435 yards, five TDs on 25 receptions), Darisaw (193 yards, four TDs) and Thomas (116 yards receiving, 375 yards rushing, four total TDs). The biggest loss to graduation, however, is Eric Holley III (612 yards, nine TDs on 34 receptions), who is now at Toledo. A similarly tough nonleague schedule starts this season, all on the road again, with Brush replacing Dover in Week 4.


Aug. 19 at Massillon Jackson

Aug. 26 at Dover

Sept. 2 at Uniontown Lake

Sept. 9 at Brush

Sept. 16 at North Royalton

Sept. 23 at Akron North

Sept. 30 vs. Firestone

Oct. 6 vs. Buchtel

Oct. 15 at Kenmore-Garfield

Oct. 20 at Ellet

2021 record: 1-9

Coach: John Tanksley (second season)

League: Metro Athletic Conference


Aug. 20 at Kenmore-Garfield

Aug. 26 vs. Ashtabula St. John

Sept. 2 at Orrville

Sept. 9 at Field

Sept. 16 vs. Coventry

Sept. 23 at Woodridge

Sept. 30 vs. Norton

Oct. 7 at Ravenna

Oct. 14 vs. Streetsboro

Oct. 21 vs. Cloverleaf

2021 record: 9-3, Region 9 quarterfinalist

Coach: Bob Mihalik (22nd season)

League: Suburban League, American Conference

Players to watch

Matt Geier, QB/LB, 6-1, 190, sr.

Brandon Liepins, QB/LB, 6-2, 200, jr.

Alex Tenorio, RB/LB, 6-2, 225, sr.

Joey Arnold, OT/DT, 6-4, 270, sr.

Quinn Gorman, OL/DL, 6-0, 225, sr.

Robby Lewandowski, OT/DT, 6-4, 265, sr.

Mate Orgovan, DE/FB, 6-1, 185, sr.

Ben Iammarino, DE/TE, 6-1, 195, sr.

Justin Burick, DE/FB, 5-11, 205 jr.

Rocco Courtad, DT/OL, 6-1, 260, jr.

Cade Fromwiller, LB/WR, 5-11, 190, sr.

Sam Retton, LB/WR, 6-1, 185, sr.

Enzo Catania, LB/RB, 6-3, 225, jr.

Jayce Unverferth, LB/TE, 6-2, 190, jr.

Zach Nemet, CB/SB, 6-1, 165, sr.

Dylan Crasi, CBWR, 5-9, 145, jr.

Zach Anzells, S/WR, 6-0, 180, sr.

Dom Trivisonno, S/WR/K, 6-0, 180, jr.

About the Greenmen: Graduation hit Aurora hard with the departures of third-year starting quarterback Alex Moore and a slew of skill players around him. Aurora’s top nine tacklers from the defense also are gone, including all 11 starters on that side of the ball, but a strong offseason could buoy the Greenmen. Courtad became the school’s all-time leader in the weight room, lifting 1,240 combined pounds between the bench (410), squad (524) and clean (305), to lead a slew of big gains in that area. He will lead the defensive front, while Arnold and Gorman are back on the offensive line. The linebackers have playmakers, too, with Catania and Co. Those areas should be Aurora’s strength, as it looks to remain a contender in the Suburban League. Geier’s experience at quarterback last year, playing for an injured Moore down the stretch, also could pay dividends.


Aug. 19 at Euclid

Aug. 26 vs. Riverside

Sept. 2 at Twinsburg

Sept. 9 at Copley

Sept. 16 vs. Cuyahoga Falls

Sept. 23 vs. Tallmadge

Sept. 30 at Kent Roosevelt

Oct. 7 vs. Barberton

Oct. 14 vs. Highland

Oct. 21 at Revere

2021 record: 5-5, Region 10 qualifier

Coach: Ron Rutt (ninth season)

League: Great Lakes Conference

Players to watch

Tony Buttari, QB, 6-1, 200, sr.

Brendan Spellman, RB/OLB, 5-10, 165, jr.

Jake McCleary, FB, 6-1, 225, sr.

Malachi Edgerly, TE/DE, 6-3, 225, sr.

Sean Anthony, OL/DE, 6-1, 235, sr.

Nathan Dacek, OL, 5-9, 240, sr.

Adam Tenerowicz, OL, 6-1, 220, sr.

Parker Lake, OL, 6-3, 220, sr.

Cayden Periandri, DL, 6-1, 220, sr.

Patrick Lehane, LB, 5-9, 180, sr.

Jack McAlea, LB, 5011, 180, jr.

Jace Knapp, CB, 6-0, 160, jr.

Charles Rice, S, 6-1, 175, jr.

About the Rockets: Bay is just five wins from its 500th victory in program history and is celebrating its 100th season. Four returning starters on the offensive line, plus an Ivy League recruit in Edgerly at tight end, will help Bay’s bid to make this a memorable season. Having Buttari back behind center helps, too. Edgerly, though, leads the way on both sides with an up-and-coming skill player in Spellman. In all, the Rockets return eight starters on offense and seven on defense.


Aug. 19 vs. West Geauga

Aug. 26 at Lakewood

Sept. 2 vs. University School

Sept. 9 at Valley Forge

Sept. 16 vs. Westlake

Sept. 23 at Rocky River

Sept. 30 at North Olmsted

Oct. 7 vs. Fairview

Oct. 14 at Elyria Catholic

Oct. 21 TBD

2021 record: 6-4, Region 5 qualifier

Coach: Zachary Toth (first season)

League: Lake Erie League

Players to watch

Arrion Boyd, WR/LB, 5-7, so.

Kamrin Bybee, WR, 5-6, 160, jr.

De’Mareyon Smith, G/DT, 6-2, 280, sr.

Dominic Hamilton, LB/S, 5-10, 160, sr.

About the Bearcats: Bedford moves down from Division II because of realignment and competitive balance, which should help the Bearcats after significant turnover from last season. Three-year starting quarterback Raymell Hester has graduated along with most of his top targets for a program that traditionally likes to throw the football. Will that change under Toth? Maybe not. Toth spent the last three years as Bedford’s offensive coordinator under Charles Saulter, who is now at Twinsburg. A 2014 Parma graduate, Toth played quarterback there.


Aug. 19 vs. Nordonia

Aug. 26 vs. Elyria

Sept. 2 at Alliance

Sept. 9 at Lorain

Sept. 16 at Shaker Heights

Sept. 23 vs. Shaw

Sept. 30 vs. Cleveland Heights

Oct. 8 at University School

Oct. 13 vs. Garfield Heights

Oct. 21 at Maple Heights

2021 record: 8-3, Region 5 semifinalist

Coach: Jarritt Goode (fourth season)

League: Independent

Players to watch

Lucas Kaltenbach, QB, 6-4, 200, so.

Chris Maloney, RB, 5-9, 170, so.

Erik Cloud, WR, 5-8, 165, jr.

Jace Ellis, WR, 6-0, 170, jr.

Anthony Iliano, OT/DT, 6-5, 290, sr.

Divontae James, OT/DE, 6-1, 240, jr.

Kareem Jennings, DE/TE, 6-4, 230, jr.

Kenmari Hayes, LB/WR, 5-11, 190, sr.

Ryan Konyescni, LB/TE, 5-11, 200, sr.

A.J. Slemc, LB/S, 6-0, 200, sr.

Calvin Gore Jr., LB/RB, 6-1, 215, sr.

Shamar Darling, CB, 6-0, 170, jr.

Luke Reed, S/RB, 5-10, 175, jr.

About the Bengals: A move down from Division II because of competitive balance could make Benedictine even more dangerous, considering its tough regular-season schedule. The Bengals are led up front with their top two sack artists from last season, Jennings and Konyecsni (seven combined), back on the defense. Jennings is gaining Mid-American Conference interest, plus holds an offer from West Virginia. Iliano also is a Maine commit at tackle, an anchor for the new quarterback in Kaltenbach, who learned as a freshman last year behind CeeJay Yarboro. Kaltenbach will have a new group of receivers, including Cloud and Ellis, but the experience up front will be vital for the offense.


Aug. 20 vs. Walsh Jesuit

Aug. 26 at Toledo Central Catholic

Sept. 3 vs. Cleveland Heights

Sept. 10 vs. DeMatha Catholic (Md.) in Ironton

Sept. 17 at Buchtel

Sept. 23 at Youngstown Boardman

Oct. 1 vs. Brecksville

Oct. 7 at Erie Cathedral Prep (Pa.)

Oct. 14 vs. Archbishop Hoban

Oct. 22 vs. Nordonia

2021 record: 8-4, Region 10 quarterfinalist

Coach: Greg Dennison (sixth season)

League: Great Lakes Conference

Players to watch

Zachary Onorati, WR/CB, jr.

Todd Allen, OT/DT, 6-2, 300, sr.

Ben Midea, OT, 6-3, 285, jr.

About the Bucks: All-Ohio standouts Ben Barnes and Kaymen Marshall, the Inland District Defensive Player of the Year last season, will be tough to replace. Buckeye’s strength, however, is on the offensive line with Allen and Midea. Allen, a state heavyweight wrestling champion in 2021, missed most of last season because of an injury. Midea emerged in his place as an all-district offensive lineman. The combination should benefit Buckeye’s new backs.


Aug. 19 vs. Cloverleaf

Aug. 26 vs. Amherst

Sept. 2 at Copley

Sept. 9 vs. North Olmsted

Sept. 16 vs. Valley Forge

Sept. 22 at Parma

Sept. 30 at Normandy

Oct. 7 vs. Lakewood

Oct. 14 at Holy Name

Oct. 21 TBD

2021 record: 16-0, state champion

Coach: Mitch Hewitt (12th season)

League: Western Reserve Conference

Players to watch

Alex Henry, QB, 6-3, 195, sr.

Daniel Pettyjohn, RB, 5-11, 210, sr.

Zach Fay, FB/LB, 6-0, 203, sr.

Kenneth Friihauf, WR/LB, 6-3, 195, jr.

Austin Leszynski, TE/LB, 6-3, 211, jr.

Logan Bryant, G/DL, 6-0, 245, jr.

Alex Kisley, DE, 6-2, 225, sr.

Cooper Felger, DE, 6-0, 230, sr.

Heath Fetchik, LB/RB, 6-0, 190, sr.

Mario Tolo, LB/RB, 6-1, 203, jr.

Drago Vujaklija, LB/RB, 5-10, 168, jr.

Trey Liebhardt, CB, 6-0, 180, sr.

Andrew Bruce, CB/RB, 6-0, 170, jr.

Leo Colombi, S/WR, 6-4, 195, jr.

Caleb Hewitt, DB/RB, 5-10, 160, so.

Joseph Evans, K/P, 6-0, 140, sr.

About the Hilltoppers: Chardon might now go by the nickname of title town. Coach Mitch Hewitt tweeted that after the baseball team won its first state championship in the spring, following back-to-back OHSAA crowns by the football team. In fact, nine baseball players on that state title team in the spring also are football players. Chardon enters this fall on a 28-game winning streak, going back to the 2019 regional finals. Olmsted Falls and two out-of-state opponents will put that streak to the test before another title defense for the Hilltoppers in the WRC. Their defense took some big hits from graduation, including safety/linebacker Nathanael Sulka and defensive end/tight end Alex McDonald to Youngstown State. Their leading sack artist is back in Kisley, who provided 12 of them with 32.5 tackles for loss. Third-leading tackler Fetchik (95 tackles, 13.5 TFL) is back to lead the linebackers with Felger on the edge. The secondary is as strong as any team at any level with Liebhardt (18 pass breakups, three interceptions) and Bruce (11 PBU, two interceptions) back at corner, plus Colombi (team-high seven interceptions) at safety. Then, there’s Henry (1,326 yards rushing, 20 TDs, 820 yards passing, nine TDs) as a returning savvy dual threat at quarterback with Pettyjohn (561 yards rushing) and Bruce (386 yards rushing, five TDs) in the backfield.


Aug. 19 vs. Olmsted Falls

Aug. 27 vs. Camden (N.J.) at Canton

Sept. 3 vs. Naples First Baptist Academy (Fla.)

Sept. 9 at Riverside

Sept. 16 vs. Mayfield

Sept. 23 at Kenston

Oct. 7 at Madison

Oct. 14 vs. Willoughby South

Oct. 21 at Eastlake North

2021 record: 2-7

League: Senate Athletic League


Aug. 19 at Maple Heights

Aug. 26 vs. Villa Angela-St. Joseph

Sept. 9 at Collinwood

Sept. 16 at Rhodes

Sept. 23 vs. John Adams

Sept. 30 at Glenville

Oct. 7 vs. Lincoln-West

Oct. 14 vs. East Tech

Oct. 21 vs. John Marshall

2021 record: 4-6, Region 10 qualifier

Coach: Justin Vorhies (eighth season)

League: Metro Athletic Conference

Players to watch

Will Jerome, WR/DB, 6-1, 160, sr.

Landon Campbell, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, sr.

Griffen Petrocci, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, jr.

Oakley Kemp, WR/TE/QB/DB, 6-1, 190, sr.

Lakota Hagenbaugh, TE/OLB, 6-1, 200, sr.

Caleb Goode, DL, 6-1, 220, sr.

Tommy Price, DL, 6-0, 240, sr.

Tristan Craddock, LB/RB, 5-8, 165, jr.

Dylan Bresnahan, K, 6-1, 200, jr.


Aug. 19 at Buckeye

Aug. 26 vs. Keystone

Sept. 2 at Black River

Sept. 9 vs. Ravenna

Sept. 16 at Field

Sept. 23 vs. Streetsboro

Sept. 30 vs. Woodridge

Oct. 7 at Norton

Oct. 14 vs. Coventry

Oct. 21 at Akron Springfield

2020 record: 3-5

Coach: Greg Wheeler Jr. (11th season)

League: Senate Athletic League

Players to watch

Jacob Brown, QB, 6-0, 180, sr.

Damir Brown, RB/WR, 5-6, 145, so.

Demarion White, TE/DE, 6-1, 185, so.

Jayden Mays, OL/DL, 6-1, 340, so.

About the Railroaders: The roster is small, but the sophomore class is big and provides a considerable building block for the Railroaders. They enter the season with just 20 players. Fourteen of them are sophomores, including two returning starters in White and Mays to go with returning quarterback Jacob Brown. This summer’s helmet shortage forced Collinwood to cancel its season opener Friday at Akron North, but Wheeler is hopeful the problem will be rectified for the rest of the season.


Aug. 26 at Independence

Sept. 2 vs. Shaw

Sept. 9 vs. Cleveland JFK

Sept. 16 vs. Glenville

Sept. 23 at Villa Angela-St. Joseph

Sept. 30 at Lincoln-West

Oct. 7 vs. John Hay

Oct. 14 at John Marshall

Oct. 21 at John Adams

2021 record: 3-8, Region 10 qualifier

Coach: Jake Parsons (fourth season)

League: Suburban League, American Conference

Players to watch

DaOne Owens, QB, 6-1, 200, jr.

Carter Noel, SB/LB, 6-2, 200, sr.

Javier Stanford, RB/CB, 6-0, 155, sr.

Tony Cox, RB/LB, 5-6, 155, so.

Luke Brenner, WR/S, 6-1, 200, sr.

Ben Firestine, WR/CB, 6-0, 160, sr.

Trent Wininger, WR/DE, 6-3, 180, jr.

DeVonn Nixon, WR/DE, 6-1, 180, jr.

Quinten Carter, WR/S, 5-8, 170, jr.

DaRon Henderson, OT, 6-0, 200, sr.

Jacob Auerbach, OT/DL, 6-0, 225, sr.

Jayden Nicholas, G/DL, 5-4, 250, jr.

Aidan Gribschaw, G/C, 5-7, 215, sr.

Aidan Bradford, C/DL, 5-8, 225, jr.

Drew Humphrys, LB, 5-6, 165, jr.

About the Indians: Despite a three-win season, Copley pushed top-seeded Norton before a 28-21 loss in the first round of the Region 10 playoffs. Parsons’ program brings back an experienced squad, despite the loss of key players — Dorian and DeAirre Pringle as transfers to Massillon. Owens is back at quarterback, leading a junior class that is a strength of this squad.


Aug. 19 at Twinsburg

Aug. 26 vs. Firestone

Sept. 2 vs. Buckeye

Sept. 9 vs. Aurora

Sept. 16 at Kent Roosevelt

Sept. 23 vs. Cuyahoga Falls

Sept. 30 at Barberton

Oct. 7 vs. Revere

Oct. 14 at Tallmadge

Oct. 21 at Highland

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2021 record: 5-6, Region 13 qualifier

Coach: Nick Cook (second season)

League: Principals Athletic Conference

Players to watch

Kyle Snider, RB/LB, 5-11, 225, sr.

Ty Bova, WR/OLB, 6-2, 160, jr.

David Glover, G/DT, 5-10, 240, sr.

Antonio Collins, G/DT, 6-2, 275, sr.

Nathan Wagner, DE/TE, 6-0, 205, jr.

Logan Scranton LB/RB, 5-11, 195, jr.

Ricky Levak, OLB/S, 5-9, 160, jr.

About the Royals: Up from Division IV because of competitive balance, CVCA is built to beat teams between the tackles with Snider back for a fourth year and standout guards Glover and Collins. Snider rushed for 1,188 yards and 15 TDs, while he also is one of the area’s top linebackers with 99 tackles last season. He exceeded 1,700 yards and 120 tackles as a sophomore.


Aug. 19 at New Philadelphia

Aug. 26 vs. Kent Roosevelt

Sept. 2 at Woodridge

Sept. 9 vs. Canton South

Sept. 16 at Wooster Triway

Sept. 23 vs. Navarre Fairless

Sept. 30 at Canal Fulton Northwest

Oct. 7 vs. Orrville

Oct. 14 at Massillon Tuslaw

Oct. 21 vs. Manchester

2021 record: 2-5

League: Senate Athletic League


Aug. 26 at Uhrichsville Claymont

Sept. 2 at Independence

Sept. 16 at Lincoln-West

Sept. 23 vs. John Hay

Sept. 30 at John Adams

Oct. 7 vs. Glenville

Oct. 14 at Cleveland JFK

Oct. 21 vs. John Marshall

2021 record: 5-5

Coach: Ryan O’Rourke (sixth season)

League: Lorain County League

Players to watch

Weston Strader, RB/LB, 5-10, 210, sr.

Evan Tester, RB, 5-10, 175, sr.

Timmy Phillips Jr., WR/CB, 6-0, 185, jr.

Corey Ransom, WR, 5-9, 170, sr.

Abel Coultrip, WR/LB/K, 6-3, 210, sr.

Thomas Ives, TE, 6-0, 180, sr.

Casey Kelley, DE/TE, 6-1, 200, so.

Shane Stitchick, OL/DL, 6-3, 280, sr.

A.J. Dunn, OL/DL, 6-2, 250, sr.

Collin Adkins, OL/DL, 5-10, 200, jr.

Conner Rogers, OL/DL, 6-0, 190, sr.

Jimmy Aunspaw, LB/QB, 6-3, 200, jr.

Collin Scott, LB, 6-0, 185, so.

Tristan Born, S, 5-10, 165, jr.

Logan Urban, S, 5-10, 165, jr.

About the Falcons: Competitive balance pushed Firelands up from Division IV. The Falcons just missed the playoffs, finishing 17th in Region 14, but return nine starters on offense and four on defense. That includes Strader (587 yards, eight TDs rushing, 30 tackles, eight TFL) and Phillips (468 yards, four TDs receiving, 38 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one interceptions) as two-way standouts, while Aunspaw — a returning linebacker — entered the preseason as the leader to take over at quarterback for graduated Kyle Ransom.


Aug. 19 vs. Milan Edison

Aug. 26 vs. Rocky River

Sept. 2 at Vermilion

Sept. 9 vs. Wellington

Sept. 16 vs. Oberlin

Sept. 23 at Keystone

Sept. 30 at Clearview

Oct. 7 vs. Brookside

Oct. 14 at Black River

Oct. 21 at Columbia

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2021 record: 7-3, Region 13 qualifier

Coach: Tommy Zagorski (first season)

League: Independent

Players to watch

Jake Kavcic, QB/S, 5-9, 175, jr.

Andy Kavic, RB/CB, 5-9, 178, jr.

Brady Pietruszka, RB, 5-10, 185, jr.

Tommy McCrone, WR/CB, 6-0, 175, sr.

Dorjan Flowers, WR, 5-11, 170, sr.

Will Lazzaro, TE/DT, 6-4, 225, sr.

Hunter Sebulsky, OT/DT, 6-1, 260, sr.

Griffin Johnson, C, 6-1, 235, sr.

Louka Babic, DE/G, 5-8, 170, sr.

Louka Babic, OL, 5-9, 175, sr.

Darren DeBaltzo, OL/DL, 5-10, 230, so.

Tyler DeBaltzo, OL/DL, 5-10, 230, so.

Paul Kiebler, OL, 6-4, 250, sr.

Rocco Hice, LB, 5-11, 185, sr.

Alex Melaragno, LB, 6-1, 210, jr.

Aaron McCarter, OLB/TE, 6-1, 210, so.

Brayden Green, CB, 5-11, 150, jr.

Jesse Shepherd, CB, 5-11, 175, sr.

About the Lancers: Brothers Jake and Andy Kavcic are back for their third year with Gilmour after big performances through their sophomore seasons. Both spent time at quarterback last season, and both endured injuries, which bumped Jake (668 yards passing, 568 rushing, 280 receiving 23 total TDs) from his natural spot at quarterback. He still put on an All-Ohio performance at safety (53 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups) and scored six touchdowns in a game. Both are receiving some college interest at the FCS and Division II levels. Andy Kavcic rushed for 458 yards, threw for another 603 and added another 207 yards receiving, while totaling 17 TDs. Lazzarro also is back as a big tight end target, while Sebulsky returns on both the offensive and defensive lines. Hice (121 tackles, nine TFL, five sacks) leads the defense as a returning All-Ohio linebacker. They now will be led by Zagorski, who spent the last four years at the University of Akron after time as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Eastern Kentucky. In addition to a new coach, Gilmour’s installation of lights to Weber Stadium on its campus in Gates Mills means Friday night home games. Gilmour also is playing up from Division IV because of this year’s competitive balance realignment.


Aug. 19 vs. Rhodes

Aug. 26 at Warrensville Heights

Sept. 2 at Hawken

Sept. 9 at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

Sept. 16 vs. Oregon Cardinal Stritch

Sept. 24 at University School

Oct. 1 at Cleveland Central Catholic

Oct. 7 at Brush

Oct. 14 vs. Shaw

Oct. 21 vs. Lutheran East

2021 record: 5-5, Region 9 qualifier

Coach: Mick Mohner (third season)

League: Chagrin Valley Conference, Valley Division

Players to watch

Blaise Collins, RB/DB, 6-1, 190, sr.

Christ Burt, RB, fr.

Davon Badley, WR/LB/S, 6-1, 200, jr.

Tyshawn Vance, WR/DB, 5-10, 160, jr.

Chase Goines, WR/DB, fr.

Armani Hall, WR/DB, fr.

Anthony Albritton, OT, 5-11, 260, sr.

Brandon Bildstein, G, jr.

Alex Rivas, G, 6-0, 190, jr.

Conner Zadrozny, C, 5-9, 220, sr.

Tyree Alston, DE, 5-10, 250, sr.

Prentice Edwards, DE, 6-3, 250, so.

Tay Bolden, DE, so.

Forrest Smart, DT, 5-10, 165, sr.

Zhavier Nurse, DT, 6-1, 310, jr.

Kaleb Puckett, LB, 5-9, 230, sr.

Avion Gaines, LB, 5-8, 180, jr.

Shahn Alston, LB/RB, 5-9, 200, fr.

Katory Shaw, CB/RB, 6-0, 165, jr.

Antonio Soto-Rodriguez, DB, 5-9, 160, so.

Solomon Gaston, DB, 5-01, 150, jr.

About the Raiders: Harvey brings back seven starters on offense and nine on defense, led by Badley (80 tackles, 11 TFL) and Shaw (two interceptions in three games) on both sides of the football. Mohner has depth on this roster for his third year in charge, but finding a new quarterback after the graduation of do-it-all Rick Coleman Jr. to Cornell will be the biggest challenge. Collins’ presence will help after rushing for 746 yards and six TDs.


Aug. 19 vs. Kirtland

Aug. 26 at Jefferson Area

Sept. 2 at Wickliffe

Sept. 9 at Crestwood

Sept. 16 vs. Cardinal

Sept. 23 at Orwell Grand Valley

Sept. 30 vs. Youngstown Chaney

Oct. 7 vs. Berkshire

Oct. 14 vs. Hawken

Oct. 21 vs. Lutheran West

2021 record: 7-6, Region 10 finalist

Coach: Dan Wondolowski (10th season)

League: Great Lakes Conference

Players to watch

Jayvon Williams, QB, 5-11, 175, sr.

Kriztion Sanchez, RB/DE/DT, 5-11, 225, sr.

Keyshawn Garner, RB/S, 5-11, 200, sr.

Andrew Cole, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, sr.

Colin Doskocz, WR/S, 6-2, 185, jr.

Kevin Pivonka, WR/DB, 5-9, 170, sr.

Zach Cuglewski, OL/DL, 6-2, 245, sr.

Jovan Santiago, OL/DL, 5-11, 280, jr.

Logan Burden, DE/G, 6-2, 220, sr.

Austin Wondolowski, LB/HB/LS, 5-11, 205, sr.

Nick Kucera, OLB, 6-0, 205, sr.

About the Green Wave: Two straight runs to the regional finals have left this senior class, led by third-year starters Williams and Sanchez, wanting more. They made an unexpected run in 2020, then followed that up with another trip deep into the postseason after a sub .500 finish to the regular season. Sanchez rushed for 1,451 yards and 15 TDs last year, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, to pace the running game with a dual threat in Williams, who is receiving interest from Ball State. The defense takes hits with losses to graduation, especially up front with end Connor Preisel (Miami of Ohio baseball recruit), and in the secondary with Eric Jones. However, Burden has added strength and agility to his frame with veterans Wondowloski (receiving interest from Ivy League schools and Akron) and Kucera at the second level.


Aug. 19 at Padua

Aug. 26 at Clyde

Sept. 9 vs. Elyria Catholic

Sept. 16 at Parma

Sept. 22 vs. Lakewood

Oct. 1 vs. Valley Forge

Oct. 6 at Normandy

Oct. 14 vs. Buckeye

Oct. 21 TBD

2021 record: 11-2, Region 9 semifinalist

Coach: Jeff Grubich (11th season)

League: Western Reserve Conference

Players to watch

Nikko Georgiou, QB/P, 6-1, 180, sr.

Sean Patrick, RB/CB, 5-9, 155, jr.

Sean Doyle, OT, 6-2, 275, jr.

Luke Leygraaf, OT, 6-4, 275, sr.

Ben DiMarco, OLB/RB, 5-11, 200, sr.

Lucas Simmons, CB/S/KR, 5-10, 160, sr.

Logan Toft, CB/S, 5-11, 170, sr.

Parker Munday, K, 5-10, 155, sr.

About the Bombers: Patrick (1,391 yards, 12 TDs) started at cornerback as a freshman and moved to running back last year, earning All-Ohio honors and a spot on the Northeast Lakes District first team. DiMarco (67 solo tackles, eight TFL, four interceptions) earned similar honors on defense. He leads that side of the ball with Simmons (35 tackles, three interceptions) and Toft (42 tackles, one interception), while a full season with Georgiou (1,230 yards, 14 TDs to four interceptions) can be big for the Bombers after injuries took their tolls on the offense last year.


Aug. 19 at Chagrin Falls

Aug. 26 at Perry

Sept. 2 vs. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

Sept. 9 vs. Eastlake North

Sept. 17 at Lake Catholic

Sept. 23 vs. Chardon

Sept. 30 vs. Madison

Oct. 7 at Willoughby South

Oct. 14 at Riverside

Oct. 21 vs. Mayfield

2021 record: 2-7

Coach: Alan Vanderink (fourth season)

League: Suburban League, American Conference

Players to watch

Donovan Daetwyler, QB/S/P, 6-2, 170, sr.

Jon Jon Smith, WR/DB, 6-1, 165, sr.

Brandon Melin, OL/DL, 6-0, 210, sr.

Cameron Dent, DE/OLB/RB, 6-2, 190, sr.

About the Rough Riders: Down from Division II because of competitive balance, Roosevelt looks to break through in the Suburban League.


Aug. 19 vs. Firestone

Aug. 26 at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Sept. 2 vs. Ravenna

Sept. 9 vs. Barberton

Sept. 16 vs. Copley

Sept. 23 at Highland

Sept. 30 vs. Aurora

Oct. 7 vs. Tallmadge

Oct. 14 at Revere

Oct. 21 at Cuyahoga Falls

2020 record: 0-6

League: Senate Athletic League


Aug. 19 at Sebring McKinley

Sept. 9 at John Adams

Sept. 16 vs. East Tech

Sept. 23 at John Marshall

Sept. 30 vs. Collinwood

Oct. 7 at Cleveland JFK

Oct. 14 vs. Rhodes

2021 record: 8-2, Region 14 qualifier

Coach: John Parrella (second season)

League: Chagrin Valley Conference, Metro Division

Players to watch

Ja’Marrion Banks, RB/LB, 5-8, 190, so.

Richard Luecke, G/DT, 6-6, 320, sr.

Dimarion Gill, OLB/DE, so.

Elijah Burns, LB, 5-11, 200, sr.

Keleyon Ravenel, LB/RB, jr.

Greg Fuentes, LB/S/QB, 6-0, 165, jr.

Da’Quarius Bradley, S, 5-10, 160, so.

About the Longhorns: Up from Division IV because of competitive balance, Lutheran West has the defense to adjust. Five of the Longhorns’ top tacklers are back from last season, led by Burns (75 tackles, nine TFL), Ravenel (62 tackles) and Gill (46 tackles, 21 TFL, 15 sacks). Banks (478 yards, 10 TDs) also could see a greater role on offense, following the graduation of leading rusher Eddie Lewis. A Division I college prospect will be among his blockers with Luecke.


Aug. 19 at Fairview

Aug. 26 at Kirtland

Sept. 2 at Keystone

Sept. 9 vs. Brooklyn

Sept. 16 at Vermilion

Sept. 23 vs. Wickliffe

Oct. 1 at Trinity

Oct. 7 at Cuyahoga Heights

Oct. 14 vs. Independence

Oct. 21 at Harvey

2021 record: 10-1, Region 10 quarterfinalist

Coach: Glen Kruger (first season)

League: Metro Athletic Conference

Players to watch

Toby Tatka, QB, 6-3, 200, sr.

Noah Willig, SB/S/KR 6-1, 160, jr.

Buddy Willig, WR/DB, 6-0, 150, fr.

Jacob Ford, TE/LB, 6-2, 215, jr.

Daniel Hopkins, G/LB, 6-1, 240, sr.

Billy Adair, G/DT, 5-11, 250, sr.

Josh Hammerschmidt, DE/TE, 6-1, 215, sr.

Shamus Griffin, DL/OL, 6-1, 260, sr.

Cooper Nipuelio, OLB/RB, 6-1, 200, sr.

Luke Dobbins, S/RB, 6-2, 190, jr.

About the Panthers: Norton finished the regular season last year with a 9-0 record, its first undefeated season since 1959, under the guidance of Kevin Pollock. He stepped down in December after four seasons in charge. Norton found Kruger, who spent last year as Stow’s defensive coordinator before serving as an assistant at Barberton, to take the reins of the Panthers’ program. They bring back Tatka at quarterback, Noah Willig, Ford, Hammerschmidt, Dobbins and Hopkins — an All-Ohio selection on offense and All-MAC pick on defense — to keep the momentum going from last year’s breakout run.


Aug. 19 vs. Canal Fulton Northwest

Aug. 26 vs. Kenmore-Garfield

Sept. 2 vs. Firestone

Sept. 9 vs. Streetsboro

Sept. 16 at Woodridge

Sept. 23 vs. Coventry

Sept. 30 at Akron Springfield

Oct. 7 vs. Cloverleaf

Oct. 14 at Field

Oct. 21 at Ravenna

2021 record: 5-6, Region 9 qualifier

Coach: Andrew Mooney (eighth season)

League: Crown Conference

Players to watch

Burke Buell, RB, sr.

Hayden Dixon, WR, 5-11, 155, sr.

Denny Gibbons, WR, 5-11, 170, sr.

Brandon Smul, WR, 6-1, 170, sr.

Ryan Callahan, TE, 5-11, 205, sr.

Simon Paulic, TE/DL, 5-9, 185, sr.

Ryan Pesho, G/TE, 6-3, 250, sr.

Brendon O’Brien, OL/LS, sr.

Joey Valentino, OL, 6-2, 220, sr.

Luke Peroni, DE/TE, 6-1, 235, sr.

Mac Rottinghaus, DE, jr.

Bryce Wheatley, DT, 6-0, 205, jr.

Matt Urda, LB, 5-11, 200, sr.

Josh Grambo, LB/TE, 6-3, 200, jr.

Griffin Moskal, CB, jr.

Gianni Spetic, K/P, 6-1, 172, sr.

About the Lions: Defense and special teams should drive NDCL. Spetic is one of the top-rated kickers in the state and made 5-of-11 field goals with 17-of-39 punts inside the 20-yard line as a junior. Urda, Peroni, Callahan and Pesho are captains, with Urda coming off a 108-tackle season that included 17 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions. Grambo also helped power the defense with 81 tackles last season that included 13 TFL.


Aug. 19 at Willoughby South

Aug. 26 at Lewis Center Olentangy

Sept. 2 at Kenston

Sept. 9 vs. Gilmour

Sept. 16 vs. Cincinnati Taft

Sept. 23 vs. East Liverpool

Sept. 30 vs. Walsh Jesuit

Oct. 7 at Padua

Oct. 14 at Louisville

Oct. 21 vs. Lake Catholic

2021 record: 9-3, Region 10 semifinalist

Coach: Michael Polevacik (seventh season)

League: Crown Conference

Players to watch

Tyler Tusai, QB, 6-4, 220, jr.

Marquise Hall, RB, 5-11, 175, jr.

Roderick Love, WR, 5-9, 165, so.

Riley Cervanka, WR, 5-11, 160, so.

Freddie Borkey, TE/DE, 6-2, 215, jr.

Isaiah Allen, OT, 6-4, 270, jr.

Gavin McClelland, G/DT, 6-4, 255, jr.

Mason Frank, G, 6-1, 297, jr.

Chris Vance, C/G, 6-1, 255, sr.

Troy Buehner, OL, 6-2, 280, jr.

Jacob Dusek, OL/DL, 6-0, 235, so.

Brandon Homady, OL/DL, 6-3, 250, so.

Jesse Hayes, DE/TE, 6-7, 230, sr.

Caden Acino, DT/RB, 6-0, 215, jr.

Devin Shaw-Mason, LB, 5-11, 175, so.

Jake Devore, LB, 5-11, 185, sr.

Da’Jahn Telfair, CB, 5-11, 140, jr.

Michael Harrell Jr., S, 5-11, 150, sr.

Lamont Davis, S/OLB, 5-11, sr.

About the Bruins: Padua brings back a talented junior class, led by Tusai (1,258 yards, 10 TDs) at quarterback and Hall (1,164 yards, seven TDs in the regular season) at running back. Both helped the Bruins to the regional semifinals. It will be tough to replace four-year starter Brandon Wilson, who anchored the line on both sides of the ball, but the interior of the offensive line remains a strong point entering this season. Shaw-Mason is one of the area’s top linebackers in the Class of 2025, finishing his freshman year with 104 tackles.


Aug. 19 vs. Holy Name

Aug. 26 at Youngstown Ursuline

Sept. 2 at North Royalton

Sept. 9 at Sandusky

Sept. 16 vs. Salem

Sept. 23 at Lake Catholic

Sept. 30 vs. Maple Heights

Oct. 7 vs. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

Oct. 14 at Walsh Jesuit

Oct. 21 vs. Brush

2020 record: 3-7

Coach: Robert Nickol (first season)

League: Suburban League, American Conference

Players to watch

Luke Farris, QB/S, 6-2, 165, so.

Josiah Blanchard, RB/CB, 5-10, 163, jr.

Stuart Klein, C/LB, 6-1, 206, sr.

Jagraj Dhillon, DL/OL/TE, 6-3, 236, sr.

Alex Cable, LB/G, 6-0, 195, jr.

Brandon Read, CB, 6-2, 181, sr.

Luke Gesing, DB/RB, 5-9, 155, sr.

Zach Olechnowicz, LB/RB, 5-9, 165, jr.

About the Minutemen: Nickol takes over at Revere after four seasons overseeing St. Vincent-St. Mary, where the Fighting Irish made three playoff appearances. He brings an expertise on offense, having previously been Barberton’s coordinator on that side of the ball, and returns to the Suburban League’s American Conference with the Minutemen. His tutelage should be valuable for Farris, who emerged last year as a freshman and has a versatile playmaker in Blanchard. Klein returns up front, but the Minutemen will be looking for new tackles to keep their young quarterback upright.


Aug. 19 vs. Woodridge

Aug. 26 at Eastlake North

Sept. 2 vs. Beloit West Branch

Sept. 9 at Cuyahoga Falls

Sept. 16 at Tallmadge

Sept. 23 vs. Barberton

Sept. 30 at Highland

Oct. 7 at Copley

Oct. 14 vs. Kent Roosevelt

Oct. 21 vs. Aurora

2021 record: 9-4, Region 10 semifinalist

Coach: Josh Wells (eighth season)

League: Great Lakes Conference

Players to watch

Julian Patti, QB, 6-1, 170, jr.

Johnny Bebie, RB/OLB/KR, 5-11, 185, sr.

Zach Wilson, RB/LB, 5-10, 195, sr.

Nick DiSalvo, RB, 5-9, 178, jr.

Owen Kleckner, WR/S, 6-0, 182, jr.

Aiden Konet, WR/TE, 6-4, 192, sr.

Oran Grieve, WR, 5-10, 155, so.

Demis Salivares, WR, 6-2, 160, sr.

Ryan Ricketti, WR/DB, 5-10, 175, jr.

Stan Heuler, TE/DE, 6-3, 230, sr.

Aiden Andrako, OT/DE, 6-3, 240, sr.

Evan Merk, C/DT, 6-2, 235, sr.

Charlie Fadel, DT/OT, 6-1, 255, sr.

Trent Delventhal, LB/DE, 6-1, 205, jr.

Connor Granzier, LB/C, 6-1, 202, jr.

Parker Hartup, CB, 5-6, 165, sr.

Mack Massad, K/WR, 5-10, 175, sr.

About the Pirates: A big senior class led Rocky River last year to a GLC title and the regional finals, where they lost to eventual state semifinalist West Holmes. Wells’ program will turn to a new quarterback after graduating Braedon Spies and Wake Forest recruit Tommy Bebie at linebacker and running back. However, younger brother Johnny Bebie returns to provide a little electricity with Heuler at tight end and some strong linemen, including Andrako, Merk and Fadel. Massad also is one of the area’s top kickers. Two of the Pirates’ three losses in the regular season came without the younger Bebie, who rushed for 532 yards and eight TDs on just 76 carries. He also ranked fourth on the squad in tackles, second behind Delventhal (60 tackles) among returning players. Wells believes he has his biggest roster, not counting freshmen, in eight seasons.


Aug. 19 at Midview

Aug. 26 at Firelands

Sept. 2 vs. Valley Forge

Sept. 9 at Lakewood

Sept. 16 vs. Elyria Catholic

Sept. 23 vs. Bay

Sept. 30 at Fairview

Oct. 7 at Westlake

Oct. 14 vs. North Olmsted

Oct. 21 TBD

Chardon seeks three-peat, Benedictine and VASJ among new challengers: OHSAA Division III football season preview (3)

2021 record: 7-4, Region 9 qualifier

Coach: Mike Hay (fourth season)

League: Suburban League, American Conference

Players to watch

Ty Hurst, QB, 6-1, 175, sr.

Collin Dixon, WR/S, 6-2, 205, sr.

Seth Yacobucci, WR, 5-8, 150, sr.

Ameer Yasin, G/DT, 6-6, 295, so.

Zac Robinson, DE, sr.

Nick Cuva, OLB/S, 6-0, 185, sr.

Beau Gromley, LB/RB, 6-1, 220, sr.

Zander Hopkins, MLB/RB, 6-1, 210, sr.

About the Blue Devils: Hurst and Dixon electrified Northeast Ohio last year as one of the area’s top passing tandems. Hurst threw for 3,241 yards and 34 TDs, while Dixon had 1,461 yards and 18 TDs on 69 receptions. Dixon is committed to Wisconsin. While that high-octane passing game must replace its second- and third-leading receivers, Yacobucci and Hopkins all were featured as additional targets last year for Hurst. Gromley (111 tackles) and Hopkins (107 tackles, 10.5 TFL) also led the Blue Devils in tackles last year. Tallmadge’s top three tacklers and five of their top six last season are back. That includes Dixon (63 tackles), who forced eight fumbles last season. Yasin also is receiving Division I college interest.


Aug. 19 at Brecksville

Aug. 26 vs. Ellet

Sept. 2 at Green

Sept. 9 vs. Highland

Sept. 16 vs. Revere

Sept. 23 at Aurora

Sept. 30 vs. Cuyahoga Falls

Oct. 7 at Kent Roosevelt

Oct. 14 vs. Copley

Oct. 21 at Barberton

2021 record: 1-7

Coach: Ben Malbasa (eighth season)

League: Independent

Players to watch

Brian Kellon II, WR/CB, 6-3, 180, sr.

Christopher Sean Jackson, DE/OLB, 6-3, 248, sr.

Noah Tidmore, LB, 6-0, 180, jr.

Ryan Pattison, OLB/S/WR, 6-1, 175, sr.

About the Preppers: University School is moving back down from Division II because of competitive balance.


Aug. 19 at Columbus Academy

Aug. 26 vs. Canfield South Range

Sept. 2 at Bay

Sept. 9 vs. Shaker Heights

Sept. 16 at Shaw

Sept. 24 vs. Gilmour

Sept. 30 at Mogadore

Oct. 8 vs. Bedford

Oct. 15 vs. Warrensville Heights

Oct. 22 vs. Warren Howland

2021 record: 7-2, Region 13 quarterfinalist

Coach: Jeff Rotsky (second season)

League: Crown Conference

Players to watch

Kayin Cooper, QB/WR/DB, 5-11, 175, sr.

Kylan Steuball, QB, 6-3, 195, so.

Lamar “Bo” Jackson, RB/S, 5-11, 180, so.

Amani Powell, RB/LB, 5-6, 145, jr.

Andre Spinks, WR/S, 6-0, 170, jr.

Brandon Johnson, OT, 6-3, 284, jr.

Rayshawn Black, G/DL, 5-11, 240, sr.

Max Gembus, G/C, 5-10, 240, so.

Sean DiDona, C/DT, 5-11, 245, jr.

Dominic Kirks, DE/TE, 6-5, 205, jr.

David Jones, DE/OL, 6-2, 205, jr.

Johnathan Pitts, DT, 6-4, 350, sr.

Devin Hendricks, DT/FB, 5-9, 235, sr.

Mack Muhlhan, LB/FB, 5-10, 210, sr.

Timmy Gonakis, LB, 5-9, 180, jr.

Dante Landers, CB/WR, 5-9, 155, jr.

Aiden Staunton, K, 5-11, 150, sr.

About the Vikings: With just eight seniors on the roster, VASJ is even younger than last year’s team that Rotsky characterized as “young” because of its varsity inexperience throughout much of the lineup. That team had 25 seniors and put together impressive performances, such as a Week 2 blowout at Holy Name and a convincing win at Youngstown Ursuline, which made it to the Division IV state championship game. The Vikings are now up to Division III because of OHSAA competitive balance. It’s one of several challenges for this younger team, which must play its first two games without Rotsky following his appeal of an OHSAA playoff suspension last season. Rotsky is confident in his staff, which will lead VASJ into a season opener vs. one of last year’s Division III state finalists in Hamilton Badin. While the senior class is small, the juniors and sophomores are not. The sophomores make up more than 40 players on the roster, and Rotsky made Gembus the first sophomore captain in his coaching career. The headliner is Jackson, whose older brother Ty Howard was an All-Ohio linebacker last year as a senior, and already holds scholarship offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. He will pair with Powell for one of the area’s most dynamic backfields, but the Vikings hope to have a third back in that mix like last year. Cooper and Steuball are competing for the starting quarterback spot, following the graduation of Jalen Minter. Steuball is big with an equally big arm, while Cooper has an added scrambling ability and can play receiver. Kirks is another potential Division I college prospect to lead an area of strength on the defensive line.


Aug. 19 vs. Hamilton Badin at Case Western Reserve

Aug. 26 at Cleveland JFK

Sept. 2 at Youngstown East

Sept. 9 vs. Wheeling Park at John Carroll

Sept. 17 at Cleveland Central Catholic

Sept. 23 at Collinwood

Sept. 30 vs. Columbus Bishop Hartley at Case Western Reserve

Oct. 7 vs. Youngstown Ursuline at Baldwin Wallace

Oct. 15 at Lake Catholic

Oct. 21 at Wooster

2021 record: 7-4, Region 9 second-round qualifier

Coach: Matt Rosati (first season)

League: Chagrin Valley Conference, Chagrin Division

Players to watch

David Fofana, RB/CB, 5-9, 175, sr.

Angelo Desciscio, WR/OLB, 6-1, 190, sr.

Jack Zimmerman, WR/LB, 6-0, 185, jr.

Scott Purchase, G/DT, 6-3, 250, sr.

Eli Milnar, G, 5-9, 240, jr.

Austin Pascoe, DT/G, 5-11, 195, sr.

Joey Hornyak, LB/DB/RB/WR, 5-9, 160, sr.

Elijah Maldonado, OLB/TE/FB/K, 6-1, 225, sr.

Niko Kless, LB/FB, 6-1, 225, jr.

Justin Artino, LB/RB, 5-8, 160, sr.

Ethan Bartlett, LB/RB, 5-8, 175, jr.

Travis Veleba, S/QB, 5-9, 180, sr.

About the Wolverines: Rosati returns to West Geauga, following his departure from Perry, where he stepped down after the 2020 season. He previously coached for 11 years at West Geauga through 2007. He will have a new-look squad after the Wolverines’ senior-laden team from last year that saw the program to two successful years. Pascoe is the biggest returning standout after setting a school record in 2021 with 37 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Pascoe is joined by Veleba and Hornyak as returning starters on offense. Rosati will have an offense with four returning starters, including Fofana and Desciscio with two linemen. The Wolverines will usher in a new quarterback and playmakers following the graduation of QB Danny Stewart and Trae Zimmerman, plus leading linebacker Lucas Sadler.


Aug. 19 at Bay

Aug. 26 vs. Streetsboro

Sept. 2 vs. Parma

Sept. 9 vs. Kirtland

Sept. 16 vs. Ashtabula Edgewood

Sept. 23 at Ashtabula Lakeside

Sept. 30 at Orange

Oct. 7 vs. Geneva

Oct. 14 at Chagrin Falls

Oct. 21 at Perry

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