The Boardman Spartans reached the second round of the Division I playoffs last year before falling to Cleveland Glenville 21-3.
Coach D.J. Ogilvie has five starters back on offense and two on defense and a group of younger players that saw some game experience last.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
OL Corey Linsley (6-4, 285, Sr.), HB Damien Jarrett (5-8, 180, Sr.), HB Cameron Shaffer (5-9, 200, Sr.), H-back/LB Pat McFall (6-3, 235, Sr.), OG Alex Lipinsky (6-0, 240, Sr.), QB Rob Boyd (5-11, 195, Jr.).
The Spartans reached the second round of the Division I playoffs last year before falling to Cleveland Glenville 21-3. Coach D.J. Ogilvie has five starters back on offense and two on defense.
“We have some young kids who played last year that we feel pretty good about,” said Ogilvie, who returns for his fifth year as the coach at Boardman and 11th year as a varsity head coach overall.
“Only having seven starters back total, we don’t have a whole lot of experience. But I still think we can be pretty decent.
“We’ve got some holes to fill. We may have some people playing different positions than we did a year ago. A couple of the linemen, Linsley and Lipinsky, will have to be able to play the full 48 minutes.”
Boyd steps in at quarterback. In addition to his work at H-back on offense, McFall will move from outside to inside linebacker on defense.
The massive Linsley has already accepted an offer to play college football at Ohio State.
“Corey’s strength is unbelievable,” Ogilvie said. “He is by far the strongest high school kid I have coached or seen. He is so physical and he has great feet. He throws the shot put over 60 feet.
“He played tackle for us last year, but Ohio State is recruiting him as a guard. His dad is 6-8, so who knows how big he could end up.”
Boardman has nonleague games at home against Cuyahoga Falls and Youngstown Chaney and a road game at Toledo Start before entering Federal League play.
“The Federal League is so good year after year,” Ogilvie said. “GlenOak has got a lot of kids back and they will obviously be very good. No one expected us to be very good last year, so who knows?”
Aug. 22 Cuyahoga Falls
Aug. 29 at Toledo Start, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 Youngstown Chaney
Sept. 12 at Uniontown Lake
Sept. 19 Massillon Perry
Sept. 26 at North Canton Hoover
Oct. 3 Massillon Jackson
Oct. 10 at Canton GlenOak
Oct. 17 Canton McKinley
Oct. 24 at Austintown-Fitch