2006 Record: 10-2
Mayfield was the No. 3 seed in the Division II, Region 5 playoffs last year and the Wildcats return 10 starters this season under head coach Larry Pinto.
Senior tailback/defensive back Ashante Williams (6-0, 197) recently gave a verbal commitment to Illinois and he is an exciting two-way starter who will also return kicks. In 2006, Williams rushed for 775 yards (6.1 per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He also had 48 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Senior defensive end Carson Bodnovich (6-0, 220) is a heavily-recruited prospect who had 65 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2006.
“He had a great year for us,” Pinto said. “He’s an Ivy League kid. He’s went to a couple Ivy League camps this summer. He’s got a 4.5 GPA.”
Senior inside linebacker Vinnie Durbdella (5-10, 195) racked up 118 tackles and 16 tackles-for-loss last year.
Wide receiver C.C. Smith (6-3 1/2, 186, Sr.) returns as the team’s leading receiver. He had 24 receptions for 360 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Mayfield will be breaking in a new starting quarterback this year. Frank Ferritto (5-11, 175 Sr.) was the varsity backup last year and also got some reps as the part-time JV starter.”
There certainly appears to be plenty of firepower on both sides of the ball for Mayfield this season.
“Our expectations are to make a run at another conference title as well as getting in the playoffs,” Pinto said.
Mayfield finished 10-2 last year including a win over Shaw and a second-round loss to Chardon. This year, the Wildcats will play a tough schedule that includes a whopping nine Division I teams (the only D-II team they play is Olmsted Falls).
“First of all, we upgraded our schedule,” Pinto said. “We picked up Bedford and Olmsted Falls, a perennial playoff team. And of course our conference is tough with Solon, Nordonia, Brush, Hudson. Our expectations are to make a run at another conference title as well as getting in the playoffs.”
Pinto also talked about Region 5 as a whole and what teams might be favored to go deep in the playoffs.
“I see (Akron) Buchtel got into our region and it sounds like they have a lot of kids back and they’ve got to be one of the front-runners,” he said. “And of course Chardon is in our region as well as Olmsted Falls and Tallmadge, perennial playoff teams. And I don’t know how Maple Heights will do without Coach (Jeff) Rotsky. But I definitely expect it to be a difficult region once again.”
|9/28/2007||@ Garfield Heights||I|
|10/12/2007||@ Cuyahoga Falls||I|