Euclid lacks experience for the upcoming season

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Euclid Panthers

Longtime assistant Tom Gibbons took over
as Euclid’s new head coach last year and he helped lead Euclid to a playoff
berth. But the Panthers fell to Strongsville 35-28 in the first round.

He has
two starters back on both sides of the ball as the Panthers will battle inexperience early on.


Euclid (8-4)

* Players to Watch – FB/LB Shane Byrne (5-10, 220,
Sr.), DE William Nunnally (5-11, 260, Sr.), OLB Marcus Brown (6-0, 220, Sr.),
C/DL Nick Nebe (5-10, 215, Sr.), QB/DB Chuck Bradford (6-0, 175, Jr.), WR
Devonte Jones (5-9, 160, Sr.)

* Outlook – Longtime assistant Tom Gibbons took over
as the Panthers’ new head coach last year and he helped lead Euclid to a playoff
berth. But the Panthers fell to Strongsville 35-28 in the first round. He has
two starters back on both sides of the ball.

“We do not have a lot of experience coming back,” Gibbons
said. “Our senior class is still pretty strong. Some of them even had to play JV
ball last year and that team was 8-2. That team won its last seven games in a
row. We like the group of underclassmen who are coming up. I think we have good
team quickness and pretty good size.

“We’d like to have more experience, but that’s kind of
where we’re at right now.”

Jones could be a difference maker as a slot receiver.
Bradford figures to get some look from colleges as an athlete prospect, Gibbons
said.

“Chuck is a dual threat kind of guy,” Gibbons said. “We
think his arm strength can improve as he gets stronger and we think he can make
some things happen.”

The nonleague schedule includes Strongsville, Lakewood St.
Edward, Willoughby South and Warren Harding.

“Obviously, we played Strongsville in the playoffs and that
ended up being a pretty dramatic game,” Gibbons said. “We then play St. Ed’s at
home and play Willoughby South and they should be pretty tough.”

Euclid is in the competitive Lake Erie League Lake
Division.

“We play four league games with crossovers with the other
division,” Gibbons said. “Mentor is probably the team to beat until somebody can
beat them. We beat them two years ago, but they won it again last year. It
should be a pretty competitive league again this year.”

Schedule

Aug. 28, at Strongsville

Sept. 4, Lakewood St. Edward, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11, Willoughby South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Eastlake North

Sept. 25, at Warren Harding

Oct. 2, Mentor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Cleveland Heights, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16, Shaker Heights, 7 p.m.

Oct. 23, at Maple Heights, 7 p.m.

Oct. 30, East Cleveland Shaw, 5 p.m.

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