Willoughby South searching for another playoff berth

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Willoughby South Rebels

The Rebels got into the playoffs last year as the sixth seed in the
region before dropping a first-round game to Mentor. Matt Duffy is back
for his seventh year as the South head coach.


Willoughby South (8-3)

* Players to Watch – DE/OT Marcus Williams (6-3, 250, Sr.), TB/LB Gary Harmon (6-0, 205, Sr.), TB Dominique Darling (5-10, 195, Jr.), QB Cal Rainey (6-4, 200, Sr.), WR Ed Nicholson (6-0, 180, Sr.).

* Outlook – The Rebels got into the playoffs last year as the sixth seed in the region before dropping a first-round game to Mentor. Matt Duffy is back for his seventh year as the South head coach.

“With a very competitive schedule, we hope our guys can mature and grow into their roles,” Duffy said. “If that occurs, we hope to be competitive every week.”

Williams was a two-way standout last year. He blocked at 91 percent on offense and tallied 48 tackles on defense.

Harmon followed up a 1,000-yard season as a sophomore by rushing for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games last year. He split carries with Darling, who had 1,200 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore last year.

Rainey takes over at quarterback for departed starter Patrick Nicely, who signed with Akron. His main target could be Nicholson, who averaged 17 yards on his 23 catches last year.

Schedule

Aug. 28, Alliance
Sept. 4, at Mayfield
Sept. 11, at Euclid, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17, at Hunting Valley University School, 5 p.m.
Sept. 25, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph
Oct. 2, at Madison
Oct. 9, Ashtabula Lakeside
Oct. 16, Eastlake North
Oct. 23, Painesville Riverside
Oct. 30, at Chardon

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