Glenville faces season with roster full of some of Ohio’s top talent

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Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders

Last season, the Tarblooders finished 10-2 including a 19-12 win at Cleveland St. Ignatius in the first round of the playoffs and both of their losses came at the hands of eventual state runner-up Mentor.

Talent is never a problem at Glenville and there are plenty of Division I college prospects on this year’s roster as usual.


Talent is never a problem at Glenville and there are plenty of Division I college prospects on this year’s roster as usual.

Last season, the Tarblooders finished 10-2 including a 19-12 win at Cleveland St. Ignatius in the first round of the playoffs. Both of their losses came at the hands of eventual state runner-up Mentor (15-13 in the regular season opener and 29-19 in the playoffs). Glenville has never made it past the regional finals and while the ‘Blooders will be very good this season, Division I, Region I is loaded and this likely won’t be the year they break through. But head coach Ted Ginn Sr. has other ideas.

“We’re just going to keep pounding and eventually we’re going to knock that door down,” Ginn said. “These kids are hungry to win.”

Leading the way will be one of the best overall players in the state in WR/LB Cordale Scott (6-3, 197, Sr.). He is an impressive athlete who “combines size and speed with the ability to make plays” according to Bucknuts.com’s Bill Kurelic. Bucknuts’ Duane Long thinks Scott will eventually be a defensive end and he compares him to NFL first-round draft pick Gaines Adams.

Last season, Scott caught 27 passes, scored a total of 14 touchdowns and recorded five interceptions. He has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Louisville, Wisconsin and many others, but the prevailing wisdom says he will pick the Buckeyes. (When was the last time a Tarblooder standout turned down a scholarship offer from Ohio State?)

But Scott is by no means a one-man show. Offensive lineman/defensive tackle Shawntel Rowell (6-4, 330, Sr.) is ranked as the No. 11 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High. Defensive tackle Dawawn Whitner (6-2, 245, Sr.) is the younger brother of Buffalo Bills (and former OSU) safety Donte Whitner. He is ranked as the No. 74 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High and his lowest 40 time is 4.75.

Taking over at quarterback will be Terrence Owens (6-3, 170, Jr.) but he will be pushed by Christian Bryant (5-11, 170, So.). Bryant can also play wide receiver and defensive back.

Other key players to watch include: RB William Lowe (5-10, 165, Sr.), WR Torrieal Gibson (5-9, 140, Sr.), CB Berchard Hines (5-10, 175, Sr.) and OL Marcus Hall (6-5, 270, Jr.).

The Tarblooders have a very challenging early-season slate, but they will likely have their usual cakewalk through the Senate League. A playoff birth seems certain; it’s just a matter of how far they can advance.

Cleveland Glenville
2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/25/2007 Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
9/1/2007 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Tech
9/8/2007 @ Cincinnati St. Xavier I
9/14/2007 Cleveland Lincoln West I
9/21/2007 @ Cleveland John Adams I
9/28/2007 @ Cleveland John Marshall I
10/5/2007 @ Cleveland Collinwood II
10/11/2007 @ Cleveland East Technical II
10/19/2007 Cleveland East III
10/26/2007 Cleveland South II


* Cleveland Senate League games in bold

 

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