Playoff contender Toledo St. John’s welcomes back large senior class

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Toledo St. John’s Jesuit Titans

St. John’s got into the 2007 Division I playoffs as the seventh seed in Region 2. St. John’s then dropped a memorable playoff opener with a 40-33 five overtime defeat at the hands of No. 2-seed North Canton Hoover.

This year, Titans coach Doug Pearson welcomes back four starters on offense and five on defense.


 
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (6-5)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

OL Jack Mewhort (6-6, 296, Sr.), OL Tyler Webster (6-3, 254, Sr.), QB Walt Anderson (6-1, 195, Sr.), TB/DB Hunter Lent (5-10, 190, Sr.), CB Ben Fudge (5-10, 175, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK 

The Titans got into the 2007 Division I playoffs as the seventh seed in Region 2. St. John’s then dropped a memorable playoff opener with a 40-33 five overtime defeat at the hands of No. 2-seed North Canton Hoover.

St. John’s coach Doug Pearson welcomes back four starters on offense and five on defense.

“We have a very big senior class,” said Pearson, starting his seventh year as the St. John’s head coach. “We’ve got about 37 seniors. It is a good sized group – including one giant.”

That giant is Mewhort, a center who has already verbaled to Ohio State for its 2009 recruiting class.

“He is the most powerful player I think I have ever seen up front at the high school level,” Pearson said. “Jack is the biggest and most powerful kid I have had. If he locks on, you’re going for a ride. He is a strong, physical player with a nasty streak.

“He is an extremely hard worker. I think Ohio State saw all of those traits in him. I know (offensive coordinator) Jim Bollman liked that. A lot of guys have the size to play at that next level. But the really good ones are big and physical and you’ve also got to be nasty.”

Pearson believes the large senior class can help the Titans achieve this season.

“We sure hope so,” he said. “We think we have a good nucleus. Every year, our goals are to win the Toledo City League and go to the playoffs. We have made the playoffs five of the last six years.

“This is a group we have been building on. We expect big things from them. Hopefully we can get it done in Region 2.”

Lent was a standout on defense and will have a chance to win the tailback job as a senior.

“Hunter has done a nice job on defense for us,” Pearson said. “He has also done a good job returning kicks. Now he has a chance to be our tailback.”

Anderson was a part-time starter last year at quarterback, throwing for 800 yards and rushing for 500.

“He split time with a kid we had who is going to Georgetown,” Pearson said. “Walt took over halfway through the year and he did a nice job.”

Toledo St. John’s faces a challenging nonleague slate with games at Findlay and Strongsville and home with Columbus DeSales. The Titans then open Toledo City League play against Toledo Central Catholic.

“Those first four games will all be very difficult,” Pearson said. “We know all four of those teams will be very competitive.

“In the City League, I think Central will be very good. They could be the pick to win the league. They have Mike Marrow, who just moved in from New Albany, as well as Brad Rogers, a tailback going to Iowa. If you’re looking for a top three in the league, it might be Central as well as us and Whitmer. I think they can also be pretty good this year.”

SCHEDULE

Aug. 22 at Findlay

Aug. 29 Columbus DeSales

Sept. 5 at Strongsville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12 at Toledo Central Catholic, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19 Toledo Rogers, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 Oregon Clay, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 at Toledo Whitmer, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 at Toledo Waite, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 Toledo Start, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 Toledo St. Francis, 7 p.m.

 

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