Maple Heights coach Fitz ‘expecting a lot more’ in his second year

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Maple Heights Mustangs

The Mustangs barely missed the playoffs
last year when they finished ninth in the Region 5 computer standings. This season, they move over to Region 6 and will likely be
a postseason contender once again.


Maple Heights (6-4)

* Players To Watch –

OL/DT Dominic Flewellyn
(6-3, 275, Sr.), TB Devonte Ransom (5-9, 160,
Sr.), WR/KR/PR Andre Stubbs (5-7, 150, Jr.), TB/OLB Calvin Blackman (6-0, 200,
Sr.), SB/S Ian Hill (5-9, 160, Sr.), OLB Aaron Russell (6-0, 205, Sr.), Fred ILB
Robertson (5-10, 205, Sr.), OL Donauon Garner (6-3, 275, Jr.), QB Shaquille
Washington (5-9, 150, Jr.)

Outlook – The Mustangs barely missed the playoffs
last year when they finished ninth in the Region 5 computer standings (the top
eight teams get in). This season, they move over to Region 6 and will likely be
a postseason contender once again.

Flewellyn is ranked as one of the top 150 seniors in the
state by Ohio High and he has scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Toledo.

“Pitt and some Big Ten schools are also looking at him,”
head coach Todd Filtz said. “Dominic is an athletic offensive lineman which
helps him on the defensive side too. He’s big, physical and athletic. He can
move people out of the way offensively and make plays defensively. He didn’t
play too much defense last year because we had a couple of seniors we started at
defensive tackle. But he’s probably going to play a lot of defense for us this
year.”

Ransom is an explosive tailback and he rushed for over
1,000 yards in just five games last season before going down with a
season-ending injury.

“I’m looking for huge things out of him this year,” Filtz
said. “He’s physical, fast and athletic.”

The good news for Ransom is that he doesn’t have just one
standout offensive lineman leading the way for him in Flewellyn. Maple Heights
also has Garner who is ranked as one of the top 10 junior offensive linemen in
the state by Ohio High.

The top returning defense player is Blackman who Filtz
calls “an athletic linebacker and a playmaker.”

Taking over at quarterback is the diminutive but quick
Washington who is a transfer from the Ginn Academy in Cleveland.

Overall, the Mustangs are eager to rev it up for the 2009
season.

“We’re expecting a lot more this year,” Filtz said. “Last
year was our first year taking over as a staff. We actually had enough playoff
points to make the playoffs last year, but something out of our control took
that away from us. East Liverpool had to forfeit two games which took away
points from us (Maple Heights beat East Liverpool). We were seventh and we would
have played Shaw in the first round of the playoffs. We found out the Monday
before our last game that (East Liverpool) had to forfeit and that it would cost
us computer points. So, that was a tough pill to swallow for our team last year.

“Our kids are very motivated this year. We have eight
starters back on both sides of the ball. We’re an experienced, athletic team and
the kids are fired up for this year.”

While some high school football followers might suggest
Region 5 is more difficult than Region 6 – which should bode well for Maple
Heights – Filtz isn’t necessarily buying that.

“Region 6 is tough,” he said. “There are good, top-notch
programs in Region 6. There are three teams in this region that were 10-0 in the
regular season last year (Avon, Lexington, Toledo Central Catholic). That’s a
lot of undefeated teams, so this is a good region in my opinion.”

Schedule

Aug. 28, at Avon Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4, Bedford, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11, Parma Heights Valley Forge, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, at East Cleveland Shaw, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25, East Liverpool, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2, Cleveland Heights, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Lorain Admiral King,, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16, at Mentor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 23, Euclid, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31, at Shaker Heights, 2 p.m.

 

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