Perennial playoff contender Tallmadge returns experience, talent

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Tallmadge Blue Devils

Tallmadge is a perennial playoff team and this year is expected to be no different. Last year, the Blue Devils barely qualified for the postseason with the No. 8 seed in D-II, Region 5 and were bounced in the first round by Macedonia Nordonia. This season, with 13 returning starters, head coach Joe Vassalotti is optimistic that his team could be headed for a big season.  


2006 Record: 8-3

Tallmadge is a perennial playoff team and this year is expected to be no different. Last year, the Blue Devils barely qualified for the postseason with the No. 8 seed in D-II, Region 5 and were bounced in the first round by Macedonia Nordonia (which has moved up to Division I). 

This season, with 13 returning starters, head coach Joe Vassalotti is optimistic that his team could be headed for a big season.  

“We expect to be in the hunt for a Suburban League title,” he said. “We’ve either won outright or shared the past three championships. Much will depend on the boys up front; we lost a few good linemen from last season’s team. But at the same time, we do have a good core of guys coming back.” 

Returning at quarterback is Patrick Pakan (6-1, 187, Sr.) who can do damage with his arm or legs. Pakan will also start at free safety. 

Other returning standouts for Tallmadge include: FB/LB Collin Haben (6-1, 211, Sr.), TE/DE Aaron Donze (6-1, 191, Sr.), OL/DL Nick Fleming (5-11, 254, Sr.), OL/DE Jesse Hobbel (6-2, 210, Sr.), RB/DB Tyler Fortner (5-11, 180, Jr.) and OL/DL Zack Cevasco (6-2, 265, Jr.). 

Tallmadge does not appear to have an extremely challenging schedule. The Blue Devils will attempt to avenge one of their 2006 losses in week six when they hosts Richfield Revere (the Minutemen surprisingly won 21-6 last year).

Tallmadge 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 Cuyahoga Falls I
8/31/2007 @ Akron Ellet II
9/7/2007 Akron Firestone II
9/14/2007 @ Uniontown Green I
9/21/2007 Lodi Cloverleaf II
9/28/2007 Richfield Revere II
10/5/2007 @ Copley II
10/12/2007 @ Medina Highland II
10/19/2007 Barberton II
10/26/2007 @ Wadsworth I


* Suburban Conference games in bold

 

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