Norwalk St. Paul has been to the state final three times – most recently in 2004 – and all three times has been denied the championship hardware. This could finally be the year the Flyers get the big trophy.
Eric Frantz has more on the 2007 Norwalk St. Paul Flyers.
C Justin Brown (6-2, 245, Sr.), G/DT Dan Clements (6-1, 215), OT Shawn Hemmenway (5-11, 225), OT Chris Boughty (6-4, 295, Jr.), TE Wes Stein (6-2, 205, Sr.), SE/CB Joe Graziani (5-10, 170, Sr.), WB/CB Mark Masser (6-0, 165, Sr.), SE/OLB Cory Schaffer (6-0, 185, Sr.), WB/OLB Dominic Belisanti (6-3, 195, Sr.), DE Wes Boose (6-1, 185, Sr.), DT Alex Welfle (5-10, 205, Sr.), DE Jacob Rhoad (6-0, 185, Jr.), QB/SS Eric Schwieterman (6-0, 185, So.)
2006 Record: 9-5
Norwalk St. Paul has been to the state final three times and all three times has been denied the championship hardware. This could finally be the year the Flyers get the big trophy.
Despite being ravaged by injuries last year and opening the season 1-3, St. Paul managed to make the postseason and advance to the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Maria Stein Marion Local. More is expected this season.
“A 6-4 regular season is not a very good record for us here considering what we’ve done the past couple years,” head coach John Livengood said. “By the fourth game last year we had six two-way players out and that really put us in a bind experience-wise. When you lose 12 of 22 positions it puts a hurting on you. We had to play some young guys and that really gave us some depth and experience. It paid dividends in the postseason.”
The real windfall should be apparent this year. Nine starters return on each side of the ball.
Offensively, the Flyers return five of six lineman and size is a strength (average weight is 237 pounds). Protecting first-year quarterback Eric Schwieterman will be key. Schwieterman, a sophomore, started at defensive back last year.
“We’re not going to ask him to win games for us, we just want him to manage the offense,” Livengood said. “We feel like he can do that and we feel pretty good about him taking the snaps. He has experience.”
Senior wingbacks Dominic Belisanti and Mark Masser and senior split ends Joe Graziani and Cory Schaffer will get their share of touches.
On defense, replacing linebacker Joe Stoll, the 2006 D-VI Ohio player of the year, is the top priority.
St. Paul owns 10 playoff appearances, including four straight and seven in eight years.
Surviving Region 21 will be a feat in itself, but the Flyers have the talent to return to Stark County.
“We’ve made it to the title game three times and obviously everyone wants to be state champs, but our goal is to maximize our potential,” Livengood said. “You have to be realistic about the cards you’re dealt and we enter every season wanting to play to our potential. If we do that, we have the potential to do pretty good this year.
“Last year the kids came together and performed and that’s all you can ask for. It’s going to be a battle to get out (of the region this year) but it always is.”
Norwalk St. Paul 2007 Schedule
|8/25/2007||Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic||6|
|9/1/2007||@ Tiffin Calvert||6|
|9/7/2007||@ Elyria Catholic||4|
|9/21/2007||@ Ashland Crestview||5|
|9/28/2007||@ Ashland Mapleton||6|
|10/6/2007||Greenwich South Central||5|
|10/13/2007||Collins Western Reserve||5|
|10/19/2007||@ New London||5|