Massillon Tuslaw looking to get back to playoffs

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Massillon Tuslaw Mustangs

Experience is going to be one of the Mustangs’ top strengths this
season. A lot of veteran players return to a team that had made the
playoffs two out of the last three seasons. Although reaching the
postseason in Region 13 is going to be a difficult task, Tuslaw should
be a contender for one of the eight spots.

 


PLAYERS TO WATCH

OL/DL Aaron Appleton (6-3, 235, Sr.), OL/DL Patrick Bennett (5-9, 205, Sr.), WR/DB Ben Bricker (6-0, 170, Sr.), TE/DE Josh Brown (6-3, 215, Sr.), OL/DL Andy Burrow (5-9, 195, Sr.), QB-WR/DB Shelby Combs (5-10, 190, Sr.), RB/DL Grant Conzen (5-10, 210, Sr.), OL/DL Joe Gump (5-10, 215, Sr.), RB/LB Winston Horn (5-11, 180, Sr.), RB/DB Jake Kobilarcsik (5-10, 185, Sr.), WR/DB Kyle Krug (6-3, 180, Sr.), WR/DB Anthony Lombardi (6-2, 175, Sr.), RB/LB Daniel Marthey (5-9, 185, Sr.), WR/DB Bryan Moore (5-3, 125, Sr.), RB/LB Kim Parr (6-3, 210, Sr.) and WR/DB Drew Wadlan (5-9, 175, Sr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record 7-3

Experience is going to be one of the Mustangs’ top strengths this season. A lot of veteran players return to a team that had made the playoffs two out of the last three seasons. Although reaching the postseason in Region 13 is going to be a difficult task, Tuslaw should be a contender for one of the eight spots.

In just two years at Tuslaw, Nate Held has made his mark with the Mustangs. He followed up a 9-2 season, which included a PAC title and postseason berth, with a 7-3 mark last year (all three losses were to playoff teams). Tuslaw’s roster will be dotted with 17 seniors, which Held is calling on to continue to build “Blue Pride.”

Of the three losses, two were to conference members Tuscarawas Valley and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. For the Mustangs to earn a playoff invitation once again, getting through a tough PAC schedule will be crucial.

“The league will be strong so the ability for some of our young players to fill key roles will be very important. We hope to be competitive in every game. We are looking forward to starting the season, trying to improve each day, and participating in a great year of PAC-7 football,” Held stated.

SCHEDULE

8/22 @ North Lima South Range
8/29 @ Dalton
9/5 Doylestown Chippewa
9/12 @ Gnadenhutten Indian Valley
9/19 Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley
9/26 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
10/3 @ Canton Timken
10/10 @ Akron Manchester
10/17 Wooster Triway
10/24 Navarre Fairless

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