Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy returns 15 starters from playoff team

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CVCA Royals

Although CVCA returns a lot of familiar faces, depth could be a
concern for 12-year head coach Ray Carroscia. CVCA should have enough
firepower to end Tuscarawas Valley’s three-year reign atop the
Principals Athletic Conference, but the Royals’ large senior class
hopes to go further in the postseason in ’08. Fifteen returning starters and “good team chemistry” has Carroscia excited.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB/S John Pettigrew (5-9, 185, Sr.), TE/LB Stephen Hudson (6-3, 210, Sr.), OT/DE Cole Dittrich (6-2, 220, Sr.), C/LB Andrew Petterson (5-10, 185, Sr.), QB Jacob Hay (5-11, 170, Sr.), WB/CB Andy Hoffman (5-8, 160, Sr.), RB/LB Zach Butler (5-9, 170, Sr.), TE/DE Xavier Douglas (6-2, 200, Jr.) and RB/LB Alex Utley (5-9, 180, So.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 9-2, Regional quarterfinalist

Although the Royals return a lot of familiar faces, depth could be a concern for 12-year head coach Ray Carroscia. CVCA should have enough firepower to end Tuscarawas Valley’s three-year reign atop the Principals Athletic Conference, but the Royals’ large senior class hopes to go further in the postseason in ’08.

Fifteen returning starters and “good team chemistry” has Carroscia excited. The Royals will have some big shoes to fill in the departure of running back/linebacker Jared Kusar (131 tackles and 870 rushing yards), who will be wrestling at Ohio State this upcoming school year. Despite losing Kusar, the Royals are an experienced group. Pettigrew, who has been offered by Kent and Akron, and senior two-year starters Hudson and Dittrich will be the top playmakers for Carroscia.

“We have some kids with a lot of experience under their belt coming back,” he noted. “We have a large senior class that has been playing together for a long team. Although we’re not a big team and don’t have a lot of numbers, we have a hard-working, unified group.”

One of the biggest disadvantages of being a smaller school is not having depth, forcing players to play both sides of the football.

“We do not have a lot of kids in terms of numbers, so many of them have to play two ways,” Carroscia noted. “We don’t have a lot of depth on this team or size and that could be a concern for us. We do have some good team quickness and we’ll look to use that to our advantage.”

As for knocking off Dale Martini’s Trojans atop the PAC, Carroscia said Tusky Valley did lose a lot of players, but the league will be very tough.

“I think the league is solid every year,” Carroscia said. “Tusky Valley is always competitive and I don’t think this year will be any different. Manchester has been a staple of the league and Tuslaw has made the playoffs in two of the last three years. It’s going to be interesting this season.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 Warren JFK
8/29 @ Creston Norwayne
9/5 Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
9/12 @ Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley
9/19 Wooster Triway
9/26 @ Massillon Tuslaw
10/3 Navarre Fairless
10/10 Canton Timken
10/17 @ Gnadenhutten Indian Valley
10/24 Akron Manchester

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