The Wildcats – one of the state’s top programs regardless of division –
are looking for their 12th straight trip to the playoffs and 24th
overall. Can they do it? Yes. And they can do a lot more. Mogadore has
three state titles. This year it could challenge for No. 4.
2009 Record: 10-2
* Players to Watch – FB/LB Jake McAvinew (5-9, 185, Jr.); TB/LB Kodey Chance (5-11, 175, Jr.); WR/DB Kyle Cramer (5-6, 145, Sr.); OL/DL Charles Rader (5-9, 200, Sr.); FB/LB Joe Scolaro (5-8, 185, Sr.); OL/DL Dylan Natko (6-3, 195, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Wildcats – one of the state’s top programs regardless of division – are looking for their 12th straight trip to the playoffs and 24th overall. Can they do it? Yes. And they can do a lot more. Mogadore has three state titles. This year it could challenge for No. 4.
Few duos statewide rival the talent produced by Chance and McAvinew.
McAvinew has been All-Ohio on both sides of the ball (defense as a sophomore and offense as a junior) and has over 2,000 career rushing yards and 22 TDs. Defensively he’s a four-year starter at DE and has 35 career sacks.
A four-year starter at LB, Chance was All-Ohio on defense last year after leading the team in tackles. He’s rushed for over 2,500 yards in his career and has scored 24 TDs the last two years.
Combined McAvinew and Chance have churned out 3,651 yards and 46 TDs the last two years. Each has led the team in rushing one season.
Exactly who hands them the ball is a concern.
“There’s a huge question mark at QB,” head coach Matt Adorni (55-18 in seven years) said. “Two seniors will vie for the spot. One is a move-in from Ashland who came to Mogadore during basketball season and has not played in two years (Adam Schrack, 6-1, 160). The other is Ryan Tarter, a basketball point guard who returns to football from the varsity golf team.”
Depth on the offensive line is another concern, as is a small junior class (just six players; only 20 boys total in class).
Overall, Mogadore returns four starters on offense and five on defense.
Cramer and Scolaro are three-year starters, while Rader has been tabbed as a team leader.
* Schedule – Last year the Wildcats got crushed by Woodridge (52-7). Expect them to have that game circled. Linsly (WV) replaces Mineral Ridge as the opener. Overall the schedule looks favorable for another postseason run.
8/27 Linsly School (West Virginia)
9/10 @ NORTHWESTERN (WEST SALEM)
9/24 @ GARFIELD (GARRETTSVILLE)
10/1 WOODRIDGE (PENINSULA)
10/15 @ WINDHAM
10/22 WATERLOO (ATWATER)
10/29 @ EAST CANTON