The Titans have put together back-to-back 8-3 seasons and playoff
berths. Getting to the postseason again – and advancing deep – is a
realistic goal for the program and second-year head coach Tony Lee.
2009 Record: 8-3
* Players To Watch – TB/WR/S Sawyer Polen (5-11, 180, Sr.); OT/DE Eric Myers (6-3, 230, Jr.); QB Derek Carmichael (5-10, 170, Sr.); SE/LB Kyle Maxwell (6-1, 175, Sr.); OL/DL Cody Gessel (6-1, 185, Sr.); OL/LB Zach Zody (5-9, 185, Jr.); WR/DB Marcus Bertsch (5-9, 165, Jr.); WR Kyle Kearney (6-4, 175, So.)
* Outlook – The Titans have put together back-to-back 8-3 seasons and playoff berths. Getting to the postseason again – and advancing deep – is a realistic goal for the program and second-year head coach Tony Lee.
“Many feel there is potential for us to be a pretty good team this season,” Lee said. “We have many younger guys who have seen what it takes to be successful the past two seasons and are eager to contribute. As a team, we have our goals but we must realize they are just words and only hard work and dedication – and some luck – will help us achieve them.”
Carmichael is at the top of the returning Titans list.
Last season, his first as a full-time starter at QB, Carmichael accounted for 37 total TDs and threw for over 2,700 yards. He already holds most of Triway’s passing records.
Although the Titans will have to replace the loss of 164 receptions and over 2,000 yards with the graduation of Cole Drake, Brandon Butcher and Zach Houmard, Polen’s return lightens the loss. Lee said the senior will likely hold numerous receiving records after this season and his versatility is vital to the Titans success. A four-year starter, Polen had over 1,000 total yards last year, including 444 rushing and 505 receiving. He also returns kicks and long snaps.
Maxwell saw action in the passing game last year as well.
Myers – who is getting interest from D-I and II colleges – anchors the OL. He graded out at 95-percent last year and didn’t allow a sack.
Defensively, Triway will be tough.
Myers (71 tackles) is the team’s top returning tackler, while Polen (41 tackles), Maxwell (26 tackles), Gessel (47 tackles, 6.5 sacks), Zody (53 tackles) and Bertsch (48 tackles) are all experienced.
Said Lee: “We won’t be sneaking up on people anymore.”
* Schedule – “I know this sounds like a cliche, but anyone on our schedule will be good enough to knock us off if we aren’t ready,” Lee said. “We need to take it one game at a time.”
That being said, expect the Titans stiffest challenges to come from Orrville, CVCA and Manchester.
8/27 WEST HOLMES (MILLERSBURG)
9/3 @ ORRVILLE (ORRVILLE)
9/10 WAYNEDALE (APPLE CREEK)
9/17 TUSLAW (MASSILLON)
9/24 CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
10/1 @ INDIAN VALLEY (GNADENHUTTEN)
10/8 @ MANCHESTER (AKRON)
10/15 TUSCARAWAS VALLEY (ZOARVILLE)
10/22 @ FAIRLESS (NAVARRE)
10/29 TIMKEN (CANTON)