Poland Seminary on the brink of making history

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Poland Seminary Bulldogs

Poland has the
opportunity to make history this season.

The Bulldogs have the potential to make the
playoffs for the third straight season – a feat never accomplished at
the school and one the senior class is ready to fight for.


Poland Seminary (9-3)

* Players to Watch
– QB Trey Lidle (6-2, 170, Sr.), RB Nick Argeras (5-10, 165, Sr.), TE Brett
Modic (6-3, 220, Sr.), RB Anthony Machi (5-9, 175, Jr.), LB/OL Mike Day (5-10,
210, Sr.), OL John Hughes (6-1, 210, Sr.), OLB/TE E.J. Kosec (6-1, 200, Sr.),
RB Luke Wollet (6-1, 190, Sr.), OL Jordan Boyd (6-0, 280, Sr.), OL David
McLaughlin (6-3, 230, Sr.), Daruis Patton (5-10, 170, Jr.)

Outlook – Poland has the
opportunity to make history this season.

The Bulldogs have the potential to make the playoffs for the third straight season – a feat never accomplished at the school and one the senior class is ready to fight for.

“For (the seniors), their personal goal is to be the first
class to make the playoffs three years in a row and that is one of their
primary motivations,” head coach Mark Brungard said. “Our seniors are where we start.
Our emphasis is on them taking the reins of leadership. For them, their
personal goal is to be the first class to make the playoffs three years in a
row and that is one of their primary motivations.”

Wollet will lead the offense out of the backfield after
rushing for over 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He also had three
interceptions on defense and has offers to Eastern Michigan, Kent State
and the Virginia Military Institute.

He is rated as the No. 118 senior in Ohio High magazine’s
top 150.

With Lidle under center for the first time, Brungard said
Wollett will be the catalyst on offense early on.

“We’ll ride that horse as long as we can,” he said. ”With
those situations you try to break those guys in efficiently and special teams
become more important. Our defense will give us a chance.”

Patton played wide receiver for Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills
during his sophomore season but has moved to the Youngstown area and
is now attending Poland. He caught 35 passes for over 400
yards and five touchdowns last season and is playing cornerback, wide receiver and is returning punts and kickoffs this year.

Poland moves into Region 9 this season from Region 11.

“Region 9 is very competitive. There are five or six
parochial schools in that region and we join some other good public schools
there,” Brungard said. “It is going to be very important to win the games we
are supposed to win and one or two we’re not supposed to win. That puts a
little more pressure on the out of conference games that you didn’t have
before.

“No matter where you are you’ve got to give yourself a
chance computer points-wise. It is going to be tough.”

Those computer points will have to come against a
competitive All-American Conference schedule loaded with Division II schools.

“Our league is going to be up for grabs tough, and
challenging,” said Brungard. “I think it is a very formidable schedule.

“It is a fine line when you schedule. Some teams just go out
to try and find wins but that can backfire on you because you might not get
enough points at the end of the season to get into the playoffs. You also have
to be reasonable for what your kids can handle. The hardest thing about high
school football is the scheduling because not every team makes the tournament.

“Success breeds success but it also breeds a higher lever of
accountability and work ethic or it is not going to last long.”

The Bulldogs will also break in a newly renovated stadium
this season.  

“We have a lot on the plate in front of us. I think we have
a lot of good things going for us and we just have to play up to that,”
Brungard said.

Poland Seminary 2009 Schedule

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