Mogadore – one of the state’s top programs regardless of division – is
looking for its 11th straight trip to the playoffs and 23rd overall.
Can they do it? Yes.
* Players to Watch – FB/DL Jake Mcavinew (5-9, 185, Jr.); TB/LB Kodey Chance (5-11, 175, Jr.); SE/FS Matt Traugh (6-2, 190, Sr.); OLB Zach Glagola (6-2, 190, Sr.); TE/OLB Landon Trainer (6-3, 235, Sr.); C/DT Kevin Pollock (5-8, 200, Sr.); G/DL Andrew Monea (5-9, 180, Sr.); FB Mike Leymon (6-0, 225, Sr.)
* Outlook – Mogadore – one of the state’s top programs regardless of division – is looking for its 11th straight trip to the playoffs and 23rd overall. Can they do it? Yes.
The Wildcats return 16 starters overall, including nine on defense.
The entire linebacking and secondary corps returns, including Chance who registered 105 tackles last season. Mcavinew anchors the defensive line from his end position where he tallied 92 tackles and 12 sacks en route to being named second team All-Ohio.
Offensively the Wildcats have more than enough options.
Although Mogadore must replace both tackles and its quarterback, four backs return who accounted for 2,500 yards and 36 TDs.
Chance leads the rushing attack (1,202 yards and 13 TDs), while Leymon (659 yards, 10 TDs), Mcavinew (603 yards, 10 TDs) and Phil Laston (306 yards, three TDs) are more than capable of carrying the load and sharing duties.
Senior Drew Babbit (5-9, 155, Sr.) steps in at QB. Two targets he’ll want to hit often are Trainer (18 catches, 407 yards, seven TDs) and Traugh (11 catches, 248 yards, two TDs).
Pollock is a three-year starter at center.
A tough non-league schedule with Mineral Ridge, Smithville (on schedule for first time since 1996) and Northwestern awaits.
Head coach Matt Adorni, 45-16 in six years, points to East Canton and Peninsula Woodbridge as “huge” league games.
A small sophomore class (20 boys in the school and six on the football team) hurts depth, although last year’s JV team (6-3) performed strong.
8/28 MINERAL RIDGE (MINERAL RIDGE)
9/4 @ SMITHVILLE (SMITHVILLE)
9/10 NORTHWESTERN (WEST SALEM)
9/18 @ ROOTSTOWN (ROOTSTOWN)
9/25 GARFIELD (GARRETTSVILLE)
10/2 @ WOODRIDGE (PENINSULA)
10/9 @ STREETSBORO (STREETSBORO)
10/16 WINDHAM (WINDHAM)
10/23 @ WATERLOO (ATWATER)
10/30 EAST CANTON (EAST CANTON)