The Wildcats will continue to build on a tradition that has produced 21
playoff appearances (nine straight) and three state titles, albeit
there will be some new faces pounding the hammers.
Mogadore loses nearly 4,000 yards from its backfield.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB/LB Shayne Stewart (5-10, 180, Sr.); RB/LB Kodey Chance (6-1, 185, So.); RB/DE Jake McAvinew (5-9, 185, So.); QB Chad White (6-2, 165, Sr.); WR Landon Trainer (6-3, 210, Jr.); WR Kyle Arnold (6-3, 215, Sr.); WR Matt Traugh (6-1, 185, Jr.)
2007 Record: 10-2, Regional Semifinalist
The Wildcats will continue to build on a tradition that has produced 21 playoff appearances (nine straight) and three state titles, albeit there will be some new faces pounding the hammers.
Mogadore loses nearly 4,000 yards from its backfield, including the school’s second all-time leading rusher in Cody Destro (now at Ashland). Also gone are Ryan Brodie (RB) and Shawn Pierce (QB). In all 14 seniors graduated.
“Anytime you lose three seniors out of the backfield you’re going in a new direction,” head coach Matt Adorni said. “We’ve always stuck to what we do, but there are some things we’re looking at to make us more creative. The losses are forcing us to do that.
Don’t fret Wildcats fans, the cupboard isn’t bare.
Senior Chad White (6-2, 165) steps in at quarterback after starring at defensive back the last two years. Adorni is pleased with what he’s seen thus far. White will have the top three receivers from last year in seniors Landon Trainer (6-3, 210), Kyle Arnold (6-3, 215) and Matt Traugh (6-1, 185) to throw to. Trainer is nearly 100-percent recovered from an ACL injury suffered in the playoff loss to Hopewell-Loudon.
At running back, the trio of senior Shayne Stewart (5-10, 180) and sophomores Kodey Chance (6-1, 185) and Jake McAvinew (5-9, 185) will compete for two starting spots. Stewart also returns on defense where he was an all-district linebacker. McAvinew was a first team all-district defensive end (11.5 sacks). Chance started at linebacker as a freshman.
Junior lineman Steve Seymour (6-5, 310) could make an impact on both sides.
Overall Mogadore returns six starters on offense (including four seasoned lineman) and five on defense. The Wildcats entire defensive secondary will be new. The expectations will not be.
“Qualify for the playoffs, win the league title,” Adorni said. “The goals are the same every year. We hope come late-October we’re a tough team to beat.”
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