Louisville looks to take another leap forward this year

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Louisville Leopards

Louisville finished the regular season with the No. 2 seed in Division II, Region 7 last year and promptly advanced all the way to the state championship game.

This season, the Leopards have to replace a talented graduated class, but plenty of talent returns, including quarterback Neal Seaman.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Neal Seaman (6-2, 195, Sr.), WR Brandon Mathie (6-1, 175, Sr.), DE Corey Whaley (6-3, 220, Sr.), DT Bryan Kuhn (6-1, 210, Sr.), WR Tyler Jones (6-4, 200, Sr.), WR/DB Jon Minster (5-11, 170, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 12-3, State runner-up

Louisville finished the regular season with the No. 2 seed in Division II, Region 7 last year and promptly advanced all the way to the state championship game. This season, the Leopards have to replace a talented graduated class, but plenty of talent returns.

Seaman is one of the top quarterbacks in the state and he is back to lead the offense. Last year he threw for 2,151 yards, rushed for 1,269 and accounted for 40 touchdowns (29 passing, 11 rushing).

“He has the size and speed to be a Division I quarterback in college,” head coach Paul Farrah said. “Neal has good grades and the work ethic is always there.”

Mathie is Seaman’s No. 1 target and the speedy senior had 63 receptions for 954 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.

Jones is a big target and he recorded 48 receptions for 527 yards and six touchdowns in 2007.

Whaley is the leading returner on defense with 75 tackles, 11 sacks and eight tackles-for-loss.

Kuhn had 69 tackles, seven sacks and 10 TFLs last year.

Minster added 42 tackles and three interceptions last season.

“We need to come ready to play right off the bat with a hard non-league schedule,” Farrah said. “We lost some key players from our state runner-up team last year, so our goal is to find some linebackers and offensive lineman during two-a-days.”

Louisville must replace DL Matt Schooley who was named first-team All-Ohio and the co-defensive player of the year in Division II. It also must replace first-team All-Ohio selections OL Tyler Kwasnicka and RB Clay Swigert, as well as second-team All-Ohio LB Marcus Poyser.

SCHEDULE

8/21 Ravenna

8/29 at North Canton Hoover

9/5 at Akron Hoban

9/12 at Canal Fulton Northwest

9/19 Beloit West Branch

9/26 at Carrollton

10/3 Alliance

10/10 at Alliance Marlington

10/24 Minerva

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