Canton McKinley not short on experience

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Canton McKinley Bulldogs

Former Miami (Ohio) assistant Ron Johnson took over the
McKinley program last year and led the Bulldogs to a playoff berth in his first
season. This season, Johnson welcomes back six offensive starters and 10 on
defense.


Canton McKinley (6-5)

* Players to Watch –
DE Steve Miller (6-4, 235, Jr.), LB Jewone Snow (6-3, 232, Sr.), ILB Ronald
Gillum (5-9, 205, Sr.), S Jamon McClain (5-11,
185, Sr.), RB Bryce Wilder (5-9, 170, Sr.), QB Kyle Ohradzansky (6-0, 202,
Jr.).

* Outlook –
Former Miami (Ohio) assistant Ron Johnson took over the
McKinley program last year and led the Bulldogs to a playoff berth in his first
season. McKinley dropped its playoff opener to Federal League rival GlenOak
14-7.

“It was very encouraging,” Johnson said. “We came in
following a 3-7 season and took the program over. We came in and played so many
young guys. We started out 0-2, but then we went on a pretty good run.”

Johnson welcomes back six offensive starters and 10 on
defense.

“It’s very exciting,” Johnson said. “Our kids are locked in
and focused. They got after it this off-season. I think this is a mature,
seasoned group and they have high aspirations.”

One of the youngsters that got playing time in 2008 was
Ohradzansky, who started at quarterback as a sophomore. He threw for 1,400
yards with 15 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.

“He can bench 350 pounds and runs a 4.7 40-yard time,”
Johnson said. “He is a big, strong kid.”

Miller is considered one of Ohio’s top five junior prospects as he
tallied 100 tackles, 11 sacks and 23 tackles-for-loss. He earned first-team
All-Ohio honors as a sophomore and is in line for a number of major college
offers.

“He just plays with great effort,” Johnson said. “He takes
coaching very week. He is strong, uses good technique and just plays very
hard.”

McClain is a strong athlete, winning MVP honors for the
McKinley basketball team the last two years. Wilder had 600 yards last year as
a backup at tailback.

McKinley could be a team to watch in the Federal League.

“I think you have to like North Canton Hoover in our league
until somebody can beat them,” Johnson said. “They have Mr. Football back with
Erick Howard. Coach (Don) Hertzler does an outstanding job there.”

Nonleague games with Cleveland East Tech, Huber Heights
Wayne and rival Massillon Washington, which won that Week 10 showdown
17-0 last year, all loom large. Johnson got his first taste of that Massillon rivalry last
year as a head coach.

“The passion both communities have is amazing,” Johnson
said. “It is refreshing to have people get that excited about these kids and
the community. It is a great atmosphere.”

Schedule

Aug. 29, Cleveland
East Technical

Sept. 5, Huber Heights Wayne,
7 p.m.

Sept. 11, at Uniontown
Lake

Sept. 19, Austintown-Fitch

Sept. 25, at Massillon Jackson

Oct. 2,  Canton GlenOak

Oct. 9, at Massillon
Perry

Oct. 16, at North Canton Hoover

Oct. 23, Youngstown
Boardman

Oct. 31, Massillon
Washington

 

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