Monroeville poised to make run at playoffs and Firelands Conference title

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Monroeville Eagles

Head coach Steve Ringholz continues his reign at Monroeville where he
enters his 30th season with the Eagles among the state’s top 20 coaches
in career wins (229-93-1).
Monroeville has been to the playoffs seven straight seasons and 12 times overall and should add to both tallies.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB/DB Brian Ringholz (5-10, 162, Jr.); RB/DB Marcus Brotzki (5-11, 154, Sr.); RB/DB Logan Stieber (5-4, 139); TE/LB Eric Leber 6-1, 170, Jr.); TE/T Justin Sparks (5-10, 182, Jr.); C/LB Dakota Schwan (5-9, 200, Jr.); T/T Ryan Dragon (6-4, 250, So.); T/T Mitch Sweet (6-2, 250, Jr.); G/De Carl Black (N/A, Jr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 6-5, Regional Quarterfinalist

Head coach Steve Ringholz continues his reign at Monroeville where he enters his 30th season with the Eagles among the state’s top 20 coaches in career wins (229-93-1).
Monroeville has been to the playoffs seven straight seasons and 12 times overall and should add to both tallies.

Offensively the Eagles return just five starters, albeit important ones.

“We have four of our five lineman back,” Ringholz said. “This should give us a good foundation on that side of the ball.”

The core of the line is all underclassmen in returning starters C/LB Dakota Schwan (5-9, 200, Jr.), T/T Ryan Dragon (6-4, 250, So.), T/T Mitch Sweet (6-2, 250, Jr.) and G/De Carl Black (N/A, Jr.). Black was second team Firelands Conference a year ago, while Schwan was honorable mention.

Back taking snaps is junior Brian Ringholz (5-10, 162). Honorable mention Firelands Conference last season, Ringholz completed 124 of 222 attempts for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also tossed 14 interceptions.

Senior Marcus Brotzki, who’ll be a four-year letterman, steps in at running back. He also excels as a defensive back (36 tackles).

On defense the Eagles return three starters, led by junior Eric Leber (93 tackles, four sacks). Leber (6-1, 170) will see action at tight end on offense.

Schwan had 81 tackles last season, while returning defensive tackle Justin Sparks (5-10, 182) chipped in 68.

Overall the Eagles have just six seniors on their 53-man roster. The future looks bright.

SCHEDULE

8/22 @ KEYSTONE (LA GRANGE)
8/29 @ EDISON (MILAN)
9/5 SENECA EAST (ATTICA)
9/19 @ NEW LONDON
9/26 CRESTVIEW (ASHLAND)
10/3 WESTERN RESERVE (COLLINS)
10/10 @ PLYMOUTH
10/17 @ MAPLETON (ASHLAND)
10/24 ST PAUL (NORWALK)

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