The Tarblooders got into the playoffs as a seventh seed, but then advanced to the regional finals before a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Mentor.
Glenville should be back in the mix in 2008, despite losing the usual complement of Big Ten signees like WR Cordale Scott (Illinois) and DT Shawntel Rowell and FB/LB Jermil Martin (both to Ohio State).
Players to Watch – Marcus Hall (6-6, 300, Sr.), QB Terrence Owens (6-3, 180, Sr.), WR/DB Christian Bryant (5-11, 170, Jr.), DE/LB Jonathan Newsome (6-4, 230, Sr.), CB Mike Edwards (6-0, 185, Sr.), LB/SS Travis Freeman (6-1, 190, Sr.).
Outlook – The Tarblooders got into the playoffs as a seventh seed, but then advanced to the regional finals before a heartbreaking 41-40 loss to Mentor. Glenville should be back in the mix in 2008, despite losing the usual complement of Big Ten signees like WR Cordale Scott (Illinois) and DT Shawntel Rowell and FB/LB Jermil Martin (both to Ohio State).
“You never know how it is going to end up, but, yes, last year was a bit of a surprise for us to make it that far,” said Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. “We lost to Mentor by a point and that was tough to deal with. But it was a learning experience as well. I think we have a chance to have another good year.
“You are always excited when you get a chance to spend time with young people. I am excited to get started and I hope for the best.”
The massive Hall is rated as Ohio’s No. 3 overall prospect according to Ohio High magazine. He was weighing scholarship offers from Ohio State, Illinois and USC.
Newsome, rated as the state’s No. 9 prospect, ended the suspense when he verbaled to Ohio State in the spring.
“Everything stands out about Marcus Hall,” Ginn said. “He’s a great kid. He’s been loyal to Glenville. That’s key. When kids are loyal to the program, they understand what is going on and life will normally be good to them. Everything is exciting about him.
“Those are two great kids. I’m just lucky to have those type of kids who are so respectful and understanding about life. They are easy to coach and easy to deal with.”
Edwards is rated as the state’s No. 24 prospect. He had offers from a number of schools, including Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati and Louisville. Freeman is rated as the state’s No. 61 senior prospect.
Owens surfaced as the starting quarterback last year.
“He was a pleasant surprise for us,” Ginn said. “I have confidence in him that he will continue to improve this season.”
Glenville will open the season with a familiar opponent in nine-time state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius. The two schools have been regular playoff opponents in recent years, including last season when Glenville nipped St. Ignatius 26-23 in a regional quarterfinal game.
The Tarblooders will then venture to Wheeling, W.Va., to play Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson in the Friends of Coal Classic on Labor Day (Sept. 1). Thomas Jefferson won a state title in Pennsylvania last year.
Glenville closes out its nonleague schedule by visiting Gahanna Lincoln Sept. 6 for the Spielman Gridiron Classic, a fund-raiser game for the Spielman Cancer Fund. Gahanna was a Division I playoff qualifier in 2007.
Glenville has won 10 straight Cleveland Senate League championships. The Tarblooders open defense of that string Sept. 13 against Cleveland South.
“You are always excited about the schedule when you get to play quality teams like that,” Ginn said. “I always try to put our kids in some quality situations so they can be recognized. Playing those teams, those are quality games.”
Aug. 23 at Cleveland St. Ignatius (at Parma Byers Field, 7 p.m.)
Sept. 1 vs. Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson (Friends of Coal Classic at Wheeling Island Stadium, noon)
Sept. 6 at Gahanna Lincoln (Spielman Gridiron Classic, 7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 13 at Cleveland South, noon
Sept. 19 at Cleveland Lincoln West, 3 p.m.
Sept. 26 Cleveland John Adams, 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 Cleveland John Marshall, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Cleveland Collinwood, 3 p.m.
Oct. 18 Cleveland East Technical, noon
Oct. 24 Cleveland East, 3 p.m.