PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB/LB Alex Pidcock (6-3, 220, Sr.), WR/DB Shaun Joplin (6-2, 185, Sr.), WR/CB Bernard Pinckney (6-1, 190, Sr.), OL/DL Jimmy McMahon (6-3, 260, Sr.), RB/LB Greg Isley (6-1, 200, Sr.), OL/LB T.J. Gibbs (5-11, 245, Sr.), RB/DB Dylan Coleman (6-1, 185, Jr.), DL Nate McDaniels (6-0, 264, Jr.), RB/LB Ryan Jozsa (5-7, 175, Sr.), RB/DL Shane Graeyk (5-9, 193, Sr.).
2007 Record: 11-2, Regional finalists
Sylvania Southview was a regional finalist last season, but must replace several top players. The list of graduates includes: first-team all-district DB Griff Whalen (who also shared time at QB), first-team all-district OL Greg Thomas, first-team all-district WR Alex Renner, first-team all-district DE Vinnie Meehan and second-team all-district LB Sean Cardone.
However, led by the likes of Pidcock, Joplin, Pinckney, McMahon and Isley, Southview will be back in the playoff hunt this year.
“We have high hopes for the season and we’re looking forward to a great year,” head coach Jim Mayzes said.
Pidcock, who is on the ESPN 150 Watch List, can run the 40 in 4.72 seconds and can bench press 275 pounds 10 times.
Joplin is the school long jump record holder (22-8) and is the son of former University of Toledo men’s basketball coach Stan Joplin.
Pinckney runs the 40 in 4.57 seconds, can bench 275, squat 405 and has a 29-inch vertical. He had 45 tackles and four interceptions last season.
McMahon helps anchor both lines and he was a second-team all-district selection last year. McMahon and Gibbs were each all-league selections.
Isley racked up 100 tackles last year and is the leading returnee in that category. He placed second in the state in wrestling at 189 pounds and will wrestle in college.
The Cougars are looking to qualify for the playoffs and then make a deep run once they get there. But they know it won’t be an easy road.
“Our schedule and then our playoff region is plenty difficult,” Mayzes said. “I think if you get through it, you have a chance of being successful at the end. There are many good teams in our region. And you have to get there first to even have a chance.”
Mayzes is entering his 15th year and has a career record of 103-52. Southview has made the playoffs seven times during his tenure and the Cougars were the 1999 Division II state runners up.
At quarterback, Mayzes usually likes to use a rotation, but Pidcock will be the starter.
“A two-quarterback system could happen again this year, but you never know,” Mayzes said. “We might just stick with one, or we could rotate again. We also have a good junior QB. You don’t know how that’s all going to work out. But it’s just good to have more than one quarterback in case someone sprains ankle or something. We run the quarterback a lot and it helps keep those guys fresh and from getting banged up too much.”
8/22 @ BOWSHER (TOLEDO)
8/29 ROGERS (TOLEDO)
9/5 START (TOLEDO)
9/12 @ ANTHONY WAYNE (WHITEHOUSE)
9/19 @ ROSSFORD
9/26 SPRINGFIELD (HOLLAND)
10/3 @ SYLVANIA NORTHVIEW
10/10 BOWLING GREEN
10/17 @ PERRYSBURG