Glenville won its first 11 games last year and appeared to be a potential
state championship contender. But St. Ignatius avenged an early
defeat with a stunning 8-7 win in a regional semifinal before going on
to the state championship itself. As always, there are heavy graduation losses. But coach Ted Ginn Sr. has
quite a bit of talent still on hand to try and make another playoff run.
Cleveland Glenville (11-1)
* Key players on offense – QB Cardale Jones (Jr.), RB Robert Walton (Jr.), WR Shane Wynn (Jr.), RB Tony Foster (Sr.), OL Aundrey Walker (Jr.), OL Dajuan Calloway (Sr.), OL Charles Woody (Jr.).
* Key players on defense – CB Christian Bryant (Sr.), Safety Latwan Anderson (Sr.), LB Aaron Morris (Sr.), LB Andre Sturdivant (Jr.), LB James Gordon (Sr.), LB Rodnell Pierce (Sr.), CB Xavier Palacios, DE Jayrone Elliott (Sr.), DE Chris Harvey (Sr.), DE Terry Hasberry (Sr.), DL Antwan Crutcher (Jr.).
* Outlook – The Tarblooders won their first 11 games and appeared to be a potential state championship contender. That streak including an opening week win over rival Cleveland St. Ignatius. But St. Ignatius avenged that early defeat with a stunning 8-7 win in a regional semifinal before going on to the state championship itself.
As always, there are heavy graduation losses. OL Marcus Hall and LB Jonathan Newsome signed with Ohio State. But coach Ted Ginn Sr. has quite a bit of talent still on hand to try and make another playoff run.
“We’re young,” Ginn said. “We’re young up front and we’ve got a young quarterback. But we’ve got talent. On paper we look like the Super Bowl champs. But there’s a lot of work to be done. We just hope that we have the right culture here and build the right character so that we have a chance to compete for the championship.
“Last year I thought we didn’t have has much talent but we had a better team because they played together and they knew their strengths and weaknesses. This year we have a lot of talent but how do we get it together is the issue.”
The 6-4, 195-pound Jones is the key name at quarterback. He could be one of Ohio’s top prospects for 2011.
“He’s going to have to be the guy and we have to live and die with him,” Ginn said. “But it’s an every day, every week process.”
Bryant (5-10, 173), rated as the state’s No. 12 prospect for 2010, has scholarship offers from schools from coast to coast and could be the next spotlight player out of this inner city school.
“It’s good to have a leader like Christian back there (secondary),” Ginn said. “But it’s a lot of pressure and every leader is different. He just can’t lead by himself, he has to have other guys to help him along. And those other leaders have to step it up on both sides of the ball for us.”
Anderson (5-11, 185) transferred from Lakewood St. Edward, where he was a defensive standout. As a junior there, he had four interceptions (two for touchdowns), three scores on offense and a punt return for a touchdown.
Elliott’s stock has also risen with colleges during the spring and early summer.
Glenville is expected to win the Senate League again. The nonconference is daunting with road games against St. Ignatius and trips downstate to face Reynoldsburg and Huber Heights Wayne.
The school is considered a national top-25 program again in 2009. But Ginn said championships aren’t his major mission.
“A state championship means nothing to me,” he said. “It don’t. A state championship means something more to everybody else. I have a state championship every day because I have opportunities to engage children. And that’s a championship every day. So if I don’t get that then I’m not winning a state championship. But sure it would be nice to win a state championship for everybody in the community and for the kids it would be good.”
Aug. 29, at Cleveland St. Ignatius, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5, at Reynoldsburg, 7 p.m. (Chris Spielman Gridiron Classic)
Sept. 12, at Huber Heights Wayne, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18, at Cleveland John Hay, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25, Cleveland Collinwood, 3 p.m.
Oct. 3, Cleveland East Technical, noon
Oct. 8, at Cleveland John Marshall, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16, at Cleveland John Adams, 3 p.m.
Oct. 23, Cleveland JFK, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30, at Cleveland East, 3 p.m.