Avon Lake looks to ‘shore’ up another playoff birth


Avon Lake Shoremen

Avon Lake opens up a new stadium this season and although they only
have a total of five starters back from last year’s squad, optimism is
always high for this program.

Said head coach Dave Dlugosz: “I tell our kids that our goals never change.”

Avon Lake
Division II
Region 6

2009 Record: 8-4

* Players To Watch – TE/DE Brian Mihalik (6-6, 240, Sr.), QB Trent Toy (6-3, 208, Sr.), OT/DT Andrew Bohan (6-4, 270, Sr.), WR/DB Ron Willoughby (6-5, 187, Sr.), OG Micah Charlton (6-3, 260, Sr.)

* Outlook –
Avon Lake was the No. 5 seed in the Division II, Region 6 playoffs last year. The Shoremen defeated Maumee 56-35 in the first round and were then edged by top-seeded Toledo DeSales (13-10) in the regional semifinals.

This year’s team is led by Mihalik who is ranked as the No. 35 overall senior prospect in the state by Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com. Mark Porter of Scouting Ohio ranks the Boston College commitment as the No. 15 senior defensive end recruit in the state.

“He has tremendous upside,” Avon Lake head coach Dave Dlugosz said. “He’s a big guy, but he looks kind of a like a string bean. He is going to keep adding muscle and weight and I think he’ll get up to 280 when he’s in college. With his body type, he’ll still only look about 220 though. He runs a 4.6 40 and runs with our DBs when we do straight-line speed drills. He was also looking at Stanford and West Virginia. It was a tough decision for him.”

Toy returns to lead the offense from his quarterback position. As a first-year starter as a junior last year, he threw for over 1,600 yards with 12 touchdowns. He was able to overcome a rough start to the year and really blossomed midseason.

“We almost pulled him after the third game,” Dlugosz said. “But he settled in and proved he’s going to be a good QB for us.”

Willoughby will be Toy’s top target and Dlugosz says “Ron creates mismatches with his size – he’s a very good receiver.”

But it’s not just skilled-position players that the coach is excited about. He’s also thrilled to have Bohan and Charlton back in the fold.

“Both strong, physical kids that do a good job for us up front,” Dlugosz said.

Avon Lake opens up a new stadium this season and although they only have a total of five starters back from last year’s squad, optimism is always in the air for this program.

“I tell our kids that our goals never change,” Dlugosz said. “We want to win our opener against our cross-town rivals Avon, we want to win our league and everything else as far as the playoffs will take care of itself.”

* Schedule –
The Shoreman have a completely new non-league slate, having replaced Maple Heights, Brunswick and Elyria with Avon, Shaker Heights and St. Jean DeBrebeuf, a school out of Canada.

8/27    AVON
9/10    ST. JEAN DEBREBEUF (CANADA)        
10/8    @ BEREA

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