After making the playoffs the last two years in Region 21, Leetonia
moves to Region 23. The Bears plan on maintaining their playoff streak. Leetonia has finished first or second in the ICL eight of the last nine years and has the firepower back to continue that trend.
* Players to Watch – RB/CB Kyle Gray (5-9, 170, Sr.); FB/LB AJ Bailey (6-1, 235, Sr.); G/LB Andrew Ryan (6-0, 205, Sr.); C/DT Seth Inboden (5-9, 180, Sr.); WR/CB Justin Colella (6-1, 160, Sr.); TE/DE Devan Miller (6-2, 205, Jr.); RB/SS Seth McNally (5-9, 185, Jr.); OT Theo Smith (5-8, 215, Sr.)
* Outlook – After making the playoffs the last two years in Region 21, Leetonia moves to Region 23. The Bears plan on maintaining their playoff streak.
“Moving into a different region this year is an interesting change for us,” head coach Matt Altomare (16-6 in two years) said. “We are anxious to try to accomplish our goals of winning the league title and advancing in the playoffs. The Inter-County League is a very competitive league and we hope to make our community proud.”
Leetonia has finished first or second in the ICL eight of the last nine years and has the firepower back to continue that trend.
The Bears return seven starters on each side of the ball but must replace three All-Ohio players, including one of the program’s best ever in Josh Selway (QB/DB).
Gray is a beast on both sides, having rushed for 500 yards and registering 80 tackles a year ago. Colella (13 receptions, 383 yards, seven TDs; four interceptions), Miller (64 tackles, eight sacks) and McNally (63 tackles) are two-way standouts as well.
Two keys for Leetonia will be the play of Bailey and Ryan. Bailey rushed for 411 yards and nine TDs last year before having a season-ending ankle injury in Week 4. Ryan led the team in tackles last year before being lost to a knee injury in Week 5.
A Week 10 meeting with McDonald could decide the ICL race.
8/27 @ DAVID ANDERSON (LISBON)
9/11 @ MATHEWS (VIENNA)
9/18 JACKSON-MILTON (NORTH JACKSON)
9/25 MC KINLEY (SEBRING)
10/2 @ SOUTHERN (SALINEVILLE)
10/9 @ WELLSVILLE
10/23 WESTERN RESERVE (Berlin Center)
10/30 @ MC DONALD