Experience, talent make CCC a contender in 2007

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Canton Central Catholic Crusaders

Canton Central Catholic snuck into the playoffs last season for the third straight year with a .500 record thanks to a tough regular season schedule but subsequently fell in the first round 48-27 to Orrville. Behind 13 returning starters, CCC is looking to improve upon its regular season record and advance further in the postseason this year.


WR/DB Ed Anderson (6-1, 170, Sr.), WR/DB Chris Andes (5-11, 160, Sr.), LB/FB Theron Andrus (6-0, 185, Sr.), TB/DB Max Clolaner (5-11, 175, Sr.), DT/OL Oliver Dickerhoof (6-0, 190, Sr.), OL/DT Rudy Donatelli (5-11, 195, Sr.), WR/DB Rob Hoagland 6-2, 175, Sr.), TB Mike Kyagaba (5-11, 180, Sr.), OL/DT Joey Leno (6-2, 240, Sr.), LB/FB Marcello Natale (6-1, 200, Sr.), QB Joey Rhoads (5-10, 175, Sr.), LB Mike Roman (6-1, 205, Sr.)

2006 Record: 5-6

Canton Central Catholic snuck into the playoffs last season for the third straight year with a .500 record thanks to a tough regular season schedule but subsequently fell in the first round 48-27 to Orrville.

Behind 13 returning starters, CCC is looking to improve upon its regular season record and advance further in the postseason this year.

“We have a good nucleus returning but after that I’m just not sure how deep we are,” said CCC head coach Lowell Klinefelter. “It looks to me like depth is really going to be a problem. Last year it was really a mess because we got banged up quick and some of our players got forced into action quicker than we wanted.

“It was an up and down year. We played a couple great games and we also had some very disappointing performances, too. “

Rhoads will be a vital part of the CCC offense this season after completing 79-of-150 pass attempts for 1,036 yards, five TDs ands and four INTs while rushing for 528 yards on 132 carries and nine scores.        

“He started half the time as a sophomore and got another whole year under his belt last year,” Klinefelter said. “We are hoping for big things out of him.”

CCC returns three of four starting receivers with Anderson, Hoagland and Andes reeling in passes from Rhoads.

“We like to think we’ll throw the ball more this year because we think we’ll be better at it because last year we didn’t have any receivers back with any experience,” Klinefelter said.

Natale was sidelined about half the season last year with a nagging knee injury but still tallied 598 yards on 112 carries and the three-year starter will be the leader of the Crusader defense.

In five games last season, Colaner had 571 yards rushing on 86 carries and six TDs.

While the Crusaders appear to be in good shape at the skill positions, CCC loses six linemen on offense and defense to graduation.

“Where we are really short on people is on the offensive and defensive lines. But if you have your choice to have skill back or linemen back, I’ll take skill every time,” said Klinefelter.

CCC opens with games against New Philadelphia, Perry and Dover and the Crusaders fall in a very tough region that includes Cardinal Mooney and now Steubenville – both state champions from a year ago

“We must get off to a good start aginast tough competition. Our schedule is very demanding,” said Klinefelter. “But as I said, we like big challenges. I am just hoping that we play well enough and win enough games that we can get in the dance. That has always been our problem – our schedule is so tough that a lot of times it is hard for us to get in.”

Canton Central Catholic
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 New Philadelphia 3
8/31/2007 Massillon Perry 1
9/7/2007 Dover 3
9/15/2007 @ Parma Heights Holy Name 3
9/21/2007 Bedford St. Peter Chanel 5
9/28/2007 Lisbon Beaver 3
10/5/2007 @ Wooster Triway 4
10/12/2007 @ Youngstown East 2
10/19/2007 Steubenville 4
10/26/2007 @ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 5


* Canton Central Catholic is not affiliated with a particular league or conference

 

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