Toledo St. John’s looking to take next step after 8-3 finish

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Toledo St. John’s Jesuit Titans
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit qualified for the playoffs last year with the No. 7 seed in Division 1, Region 2. They fell in the first round in a well-played game at Canton McKinley, 28-21, and this year they will look to take the next step with nine returning starters.


Toledo St. John’s Jesuit qualified for the playoffs last year with the No. 7 seed in Division 1, Region 2. They fell in the first round in a well-played game at Canton McKinley, 28-21, and this year they will look to take the next step.

The Titans must replace a talented graduated senior class, but they do return nine starters (3 offense, 6 defense) including four first-team all-district selections.

The group includes senior safety Rick Rattay (5-11, 185, Sr.) who recorded 10 interceptions and was named first-team All-Ohio last year.

The other returning all-district performers include: TE/DE Andrew Schaetzke (6-4, 238, Sr.), ILB Ryan Ball (6-0, 224, Sr.) and OT/DT Justin Leahey (6-3, 326, Sr.).

If St. John’s can get a few skilled-position players to step up, the Titans will be very good considering how talented, experienced and big their lines are. Another offensive lineman to keep an eye on is Jack Mewhort (6-6, 280, Sr.).

Looking at the schedule, the Titans will get a chance to avenge each of their 2006 regular season losses (they finished with an 8-3 overall record). They travel to Columbus DeSales in week two and host Toledo Whitmer in week seven (they lost 34-10 to Columbus DeSales and 27-19 to Whitmer last year). Other possible tough games include Findlay, Strongsville and Toledo Central Catholic, all at home.

Schedule

8/25/2007 Findlay 

8/31/2007 @ Columbus DeSales

9/7/2007 Strongsville  

9/14/2007 Toledo Central Catholic

 9/21/2007 @ Toledo Rogers

9/28/2007 @ Oregon Clay

10/5/2007 Toledo Whitmer

10/13/2007 Toledo Waite

10/19/2007 @ Toledo Start

10/26/2007 @ Toledo DeSales

 

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