After memorable 2009 ride, Garfield Heights Trinity must replace 16 starters

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Garfield Heights Trinity Football

The 2009 season was a special one for Garfield Heights Trinity, which
became only the third team in school history to win the conference
(North Coast League) and make the playoffs. Now what?


Garfield Heights Trinity
Division V
Region 17

2009 Record: 7-4

* Players To Watch – RB/OLB Jarrod Gehring (5-8, 178, sr.), WR/QB/SS Kyle Companey (5-8, 150, sr.), OT/DE Jesse Shafts (6-1, 220, sr.), FB/MLB Matt Rauschenbach (6-0, 190, sr.), QB/FS Ryan McSweeney (6-2, 180, jr.), WR/RB/DB Tom Pieronek (5-8, 165, jr.)

* Outlook –
The 2009 season was a special one for Garfield Heights Trinity, which became only the third team in school history to win the conference (North Coast League) and make the playoffs.

“Last year’s team was very talented on the defensive side of the ball as we returned nine starters from a 5-5 team,” head coach Ed Schaefer said.

The 2010 Trojans must overcome heavy losses to graduation as 17 seniors graduated, 16 of whom were starters. But Schaefer, who has been head coach at Trinity for three years after being an assistant for eleven years, expects the team to take on the challenge.

“It will be a very big challenge for us to repeat, but I will say that our skill kids are pretty good and our speed isn’t bad,” Schaefer said. “The problem will be up front where we lost the most (9 seniors of 10 starters). The one thing I’ve learned at Trinity is that our players work very hard and take a lot of pride in playing here.”

This year’s team returns four starters on defense and three on offense. Among the key players returning are three-year starters Gehring (738 yards rushing, 7 TDs on offense; 71 tackles and three interceptions on defense), Companey (78 tackles) and Shafts (72 tackles, 8 sacks, 10 TFL).

“Offensively (last year) we were a power team and ran the ball very well,” Schaefer said. “That could change this year because of our skilled kids.”

One area of difficulty that Trinity will face this year is depth. The team returns 32 varsity players overall, which could force more players than usual to play on both sides of the ball.

“I think our biggest problem will be depth,” Schaefer said. “I’ve always tried to go one way when possible but that will be rough this year because of lack of numbers.”

* Schedule –
The schedule will be formidable as the Trojans play in a challenging conference and have added some big-name non-conference foes.

“Our schedule got rough with the additions of South Range, St. Thomas Aquinas and Warren JFK, and we still have Rocky River and a young Brookfield team from last year,” Schaefer said. “Our conference is always tough with Elyria Catholic, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Holy Name, Cleveland Central Catholic, and St. Peter Chanel.”

8/28/2010    Brookfield
9/3/2010      at Rocky River
9/10/2010    at North Lima South Range
9/18/2010    Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
9/25/2010    at Warren JFK
10/1/2010    at Elyria Catholic
10/8/2010    Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph
10/15/2010  Parma Heights Holy Name
10/23/2010  Cleveland Central Catholic
10/29/2010  at Bedford St. Peter Chanel

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