Monroeville looks to rebound from rare losing season

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Monroeville Eagles

Head coach Steve Ringholz continues his reign at Monroeville, where he
enters his 31st season with the Eagles and ranks among the state’s top
20 coaches in career wins (231-101-1). Last season, however, was one of
the few hiccups the Eagles have had under the coaching legend. Don’t expect another.


Monroeville (2-8)

* Players to Watch – QB/DB Brian Ringholz (5-10, 166, Sr.); RB/DB Logan Stieber (5-5, 140, Sr.); TE/LB Eric Leber (6-1, 179, Sr.); TE/T Justin Sparks (5-10, 184, Sr.); C/LB Dakota Schwan (5-8, 213, Sr.); T/T Ryan Dragon (6-3, 260, Jr.); T/T Mitch Sweet (6-1, 251, Sr.); G/DE Carl Black (N/A, Jr.); RB/DB Cory Long (5-9, 150, So.); RB/DE Sam Schwab (5-10, 185, Jr.); TE/DT Jeremy Krill (6-1, 210, Jr.); RB/DB Justin Jones (5-9, 160, Jr.)

* Outlook –
Head coach Steve Ringholz continues his reign at Monroeville, where he enters his 31st season with the Eagles and ranks among the state’s top 20 coaches in career wins (231-101-1). Last season, however, was one of the few hiccups the Eagles have had under the coaching legend.

Monroeville lost its first seven games last year and had a string of seven straight playoff berths snapped. Things should return to normal this season.

Ringholz and the Eagles return 27 letterwinners, including 11 players who will earn their third letter this year and three who will earn their fourth. Experience is a strength.

“We have a very experienced offensive line returning,” Ringholz said. “This should give us a good foundation on that side of the ball.”

Stieber, Sparks and Long give the Eagles a solid trio at RB. Stieber rushed for 440 yards and seven TDs on 94 carries last year, while Long had 643 yards and six TDs on 127 carries. Long also had 23 receptions for 193 yards and a TD. Sparks chipped in 341 yards and six TDs on 106 carries.

Brian Ringholz returns for his third year as the starting QB.

Defensively Monroeville should be stout. Leber (48 tackles), Schwann (61 tackles), Sparks (48 tackles), Stieber (76 tackles), Schwab (74 tackles), Krill (69 tackles), Jones (54 tackles) and Long (67 tackles) spearhead a unit that should be much improved.

Overall, the Eagles return six players who earned All-Firelands Conference honors last season.

“We will need to be able to prevent the big play,” Ringholz said. “Offensively we should be able to mix it up.”

Schedule

8/28 KEYSTONE (LA GRANGE)        
9/4 EDISON (MILAN)        
9/11 @ SENECA EAST (ATTICA)        
9/18 NEW LONDON         
9/25 @ CRESTVIEW (ASHLAND)        
10/2 @ WESTERN RESERVE (COLLINS)
10/9 PLYMOUTH         
10/16 MAPLETON (ASHLAND)        
10/23 @ SOUTH CENTRAL (GREENWICH)
10/ 31 @ ST PAUL (NORWALK)

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