Canton GlenOak looking to build on 2008 regional finals finish

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Canton GlenOak Golden Eagles

Scott Garcia returns for his third year
as the coach at GlenOak, which welcomes back four starters on offense and five
on defense. GlenOak advanced to the regional final before losing to Federal
League rival North Canton Hoover 14-0. This season, the Golden Eagles are looking to build on last year’s long playoff run.


Canton GlenOak (10-3)

* Players to Watch – ILB/FB Andrew Garman (6-0, 210,
Sr.), QB Brandon Martin (5-10, 170, Sr.), ILB/FB Spyro Spondyl (5-8, 190, Sr.),
TB/SS Colin Mitchell (5-11, 185, Sr.), OLB Thomas Ross (5-11, 205, Sr.).

* Outlook – Scott Garcia returns for his third year
as the coach at GlenOak, which welcomes back four starters on offense and five
on defense. GlenOak advanced to the regional final before losing to Federal
League rival North Canton Hoover 14-0.

“We have a lot of experience at the skill positions,”
Garcia said. “We only have one starter back on the offense and defensive lines.
We need some inexperienced guys up front to step up if we’re going to be able to
get back to where we want to be.”

Garcia hopes the playoff run will provide his team some
momentum for 2009.

“We made it to the third round, so we got those three extra
weeks of practice,” he said.

Martin passed for over 1,000 yards and rushed for close to
800.

“We are a multiple offense,” Garcia said. “We will run out
of the I-formation, but we will also run some out of the shotgun with Brandon
running the ball.”

Ross will be a three-year starter at OLB. Garman led the
team in tackles (107) as a sophomore in 2007 and had a team-high 125 stops last
year. He also scored three defensive touchdowns for the Golden Eagles.

“Andrew has been a pretty good player for us,” Garman said.
“He needs four tackles to become the all-time leading tackler at the school.”

As always, the Federal League schedule will be a challenge.
GlenOak also plays Massillon Washington and Green outside the league.

“North Canton Hoover has a lot of guys back, including (Mr.
Football winner) Erick Howard,” Garcia said. “Canton McKinley is going to be
loaded. Austintown Lake will be a good football team. There will be a lot of
good teams in our league again.”

Schedule

Aug. 28, Washington (D.C.) Woodson

Sept. 3, at Massillon Washington

Sept. 11, Green

Sept. 18, Massillon Jackson

Sept. 25, at Austintown-Fitch

Oct. 2, at Canton McKinley

Oct. 9, Uniontown Lake

Oct. 16, at Youngstown Boardman

Oct. 23, North Canton Hoover

Oct. 30, at Massillon Perry

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