Norwalk St. Paul has reached at least the D-VI regional finals each of
the last five years. The Flyers could do it again should a couple holes
be filled. They return plenty of skill on both offense and defense. Line play will be key.
Norwalk St. Paul (12-1)
* Players to Watch – QB/DB Eric Schwieterman (6-1, 205, Sr.); WR/CB Dan Tracht (6-0, 185, Sr.); WB/CB Justin Wilde (5-7, 145, Sr.); WB/S Jared Fries (6-1, 175, Sr.); RB/OLB Brian Griffin (6-2, 195, Sr.); WB/OLB Brian Roberts (5-10, 165, Sr.); C/DE Joel Boose (6-1, 185, Sr.); G/DE Darren Hainline (6-2, 195, Sr.); G/DE Kyle Bundschuh (6-0, 175, Sr.); T/DT Alex Simon (6-1, 225, Sr.); TE/LB Darren Smith (6-1, 205, Sr.); P Jim Roth (Sr.); RB/DB Zach Service (Sr.)
* Outlook – Norwalk St. Paul has reached at least the D-VI regional finals each of the last five years. The Flyers could do it again should a couple holes be filled.
“We return almost all of our skill positions on both offense and defense,” head coach John Livengood said. “We lost two outstanding offensive tackles, an outstanding defensive tackle and an outstanding running back. If we can replace these key positions, we will be in position to make a good run.”
Schwieterman gives St. Paul an advantage most teams don’t have.
The reigning D-VI state offensive player of the year, Schwieterman returns to lead an offense that set new school records last season for points (621; 47.8 per game) and yards (6,014; 462.6 per game). Individually, Schwieterman had his hand in 32 TDs, while passing for 1,778 yards and rushing for 985. He also kicked 53 PATs and six field goals.
Tracht (32 receptions, 598 yards, seven TDs) and Wilde (17 receptions, 425 yards, eight TDs) return as the main targets in the passing game, while Griffin (46 carries, 361 yards, seven TDs) will carry the workload in the running game.
Defensively the Flyers return nearly everyone from a unit that allowed just 9.5 points and 174 yards per game.
Boose is the top returning tackler (109 stops), while Schwieterman (84 tackles), Griffin (88 tackles) and Roberts (88 tackles) also carry solid credentials.
St. Paul owns 12 playoff appearances – all under Livengood (166-49 career record in 18 years) – including six straight.
“Our schedule will be difficult this year,” Livengood said. “Tiffin Calvert, Crestview, Monroeville and Western Reserve will return a large number of starters from last season and are expected to have great seasons. Huron is always good and will look to reload. Our traditionally strong region got even stronger with the addition of Wynford and Chanel. If we can find a couple of offensive tackles, a running back and a couple of linebackers we have the chance to have a great season.”
8/29 ST MARY CENTRAL CATHOLIC (SANDUSKY)
9/5 @ CALVERT (TIFFIN)
9/12 @ HURON
9/18 @ CRESTVIEW (ASHLAND)
9/25 @ MAPLETON (ASHLAND)
10/3 SOUTH CENTRAL (GREENWICH)
10/10 WESTERN RESERVE (COLLINS)
10/16 @ NEW LONDON