Saccoccia has holes to fill, but Big Red hoping to ‘roll’ again

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Steubenville Big Red

Steubenville completed a remarkable fifth straight unbeaten regular season last year and eventually earned their way to the regional championship game against Cardinal Mooney. Despite dropping a 35-20 decision.


Steubenville (12-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (4-A); lost to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 35-20, in regional finals)

The Big Red completed a remarkable fifth straight unbeaten regular season last year and eventually earned their way to the regional championship game against Cardinal Mooney. Despite dropping a 35-20 decision, as long-time head coach Reno Saccoccia stated, “last year is last year.” Steubenville will be as determined as ever this fall to get back what it rightfully believes is its – a state trophy.

PLAYER TO WATCH

RB/LB Branko Busick (6-1, 220, Sr.), OL/DL Ryan Dugan (Sr.), OL Sage Cutri (Jr.), WR Brandon Carroll (Sr.), TB Demetrius Brandon (Jr.), QB/S Dwight Macon (Jr.), CB Patrick Gilbert (Sr.), C Jamey DeVaul (Jr.), CB Isiah Willis (Jr.) and K Brennan Stover (Jr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

Saccoccia said there is depth in the backfield and in the linebacking and corner back positions, but said replacing the offensive line and finding two safeties are on the things to do list as camps are quickly approaching. Busick is the headliner and will be playing at West Virginia University in 2009.

“We have some guys that we will give an opportunity to fill the holes we have, and we think they’ll be able to fill them,” he stated. “I like our attitude. It’s very good. These kids work hard and truly like the game. We’re working hard everyday to get better. Our assistant coaches do a great job of also working hard and getting the players ready every day.”

As for erasing last year’s loss to Mooney, Reno did say that his team learned yet another lesson.

“Any time you go out on the field, you learn something win or lose,” he said. “Our kids know to take something from every game. The more you expect to win, you have to work even harder. We have to get up off the floor (referring to the Mooney setback) and work twice as hard to bounce back. Nothing from last year matters now. It’s what you do this year.”

SCHEDULE

8/21/2008 vs. Wintersville Indian Creek

8/29/2008 vs. Akron Buchtel

9/5/2008 vs. East Liverpool

9/12/2008 vs. St. Joseph’s (N.Y.)

9/19/2008 TBA

9/26/2008 TBA

10/3/2008 vs. Wheeling Park

10/10/2008 TBA

10/17/2008 vs. Wheeling Central

10/24/2008 vs. Cardinal O’Hara (N.Y.)

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