Elyria Catholic loaded and poised for lengthy postseason run

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Elyria Catholic Panthers

Head coach Ben Malbasa enters his third season at Elyria Catholic High
School with a team capable of adding to the school’s lengthy tradition
(three state titles, but none since 1984). The Panthers return nine
starters on defense and seven on offense. They also return six All-Ohio
players.


Elyria Catholic (6-4)

* Players To Watch – S Nick Ksenich (Sr.); LB Adam Kirsch (Sr.); LB Mike Betka (Sr.); DE/WR Josh Russ (Sr.); LB Buddy Davila (Jr.); LB Corey Campbell (Jr.); OL Jared Schuster (Sr.); RB Alex Alicea (Sr.); QB Danny Reaser (Jr.); DB Zach Rogers (Jr.)

* Outlook –
Head coach Ben Malbasa enters his third season at Elyria Catholic High School with a team capable of adding to the school’s lengthy tradition (three state titles, but none since 1984). The Panthers return nine starters on defense and seven on offense. They also return six All-Ohio players.

Points should not be a problem.

Russ, a University of Cincinnati commit, was first team All-Ohio last year as a receiver when he hauled in 35 catches for 651 yards and eight TDs. Reaser, an honorable mention All-Ohioan, is also back after throwing for over 1,800 yards and 14 TDs in eight starts. Alicea supplies the ground game, having rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 TDs a year ago.

Three starters – seniors Nate Carson, Dan Meteleky and Schuster – return on the offensive line. Schuster, who registered over 50 knockdowns last season, was first team All-Ohio.

Defensively the Panthers will be just as capable.

EC is led by All-Ohioans Ksenich (107 tackles), Rogers (five interceptions) and Davalia (19 tackles-for-loss). Campbell (five sacks), Kirsch and Betka each added over 77 tackles.

As usual, a daunting schedule awaits with non-league games against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Shaker Heights (D-I) and Akron Hoban (D-II).

The North Coast League White Division is no cakewalk. EC’s league slate starts with a Week 6 meeting against Villa Angela-St. Joseph.

Schedule

8/28 COLLINWOOD (CLEVELAND)        
9/4 SOUTHVIEW (LORAIN)        
9/11 CARDINAL MOONEY (YOUNGSTOWN)    
9/17 SHAKER HEIGHTS         
9/25 @ ST THOMAS AQUINAS (LOUISVILLE)        
10/3 @ VILLA ANGELA-ST JOSEPH (CLEVELAND)        
10/9 @ ARCHBISHOP HOBAN         
10/16 ST PETER CHANEL         
10/23 TRINITY (GARFIELD HTS.)        
10/31 @ CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC

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