After dropping down to D-IV last season, the Tigers made an immediate
impact by making the state final and recording the program’s best season
ever. This year there will be plenty of new faces. Although 38 letterwinners and nine starters return, Chagrin
Falls must replace an All-Ohio backfield (QB and RB), four defensive
lineman and three linebackers.
2009 Record: 14-1
* Players To Watch – OL Alex Forbes (6-2, 245, Sr.); OL Austin Garofolo (6-1, 230, Sr.); OL/DL Dan Driscoll (6-1, 230, Sr.); TE/LB Alex Garnaut (6-1, 230, Sr.); WR/DB Marc Geraci (5-9, 180, Sr.); WR/DB Spencer Diedricj (5-11, 170, Sr.); DB Nate Lelonis (6-0, 170, Sr.); LB Andrew Winkelman (6-1, 190, Jr.)
* Outlook – After dropping down to D-IV last season, the Tigers made an immediate impact by making the state final and recording the program’s best season ever. This year there will be plenty of new faces.
Although 38 letterwinners and nine combined starters return, Chagrin Falls must replace an All-Ohio backfield (QB and RB), four defensive lineman and three linebackers.
“After completing the greatest season in Chagrin Falls Football history, the 2010 Tigers will return several starters and are excited to begin the new season,” said head coach Mark Iammarino who is 106-57 entering his 16th season at the school. “On offense, three starting linemen return as well as a tight end and two outstanding receivers. On defense, we’ll have to replace three outstanding linebackers as well as four defensive linemen.”
Positives for the Tigers are the experience on the OL which comes in the form of Forbes (HM CVC), Garofolo (First Team CVC), Driscoll and Garnaut. All weigh over 230.
In regards to the skill positions, Geraci is the returning headliner. Last year en route to first team CVC honors, Geraci caught 41 passes for 627 yards and 11 TDs. He is also the team’s leading returning rusher after having tallied 180 yards and a TD on 34 carries.
Geraci is also the Tigers leading returning tackler after making 53 stops last season.
Other seasoned defensive players include Garnaut (49 tackles), Lelonis (36 tackles, five interceptions), Diedrich (28 tackles), Driscoll (25 tackles) and Winkelman (19 tackles).
Special teams are another area of concern for the Tigers who have to replace the kicker, punter, long snapper and holder.
* Schedule – The CVC Chagrin Division is no joke. The conference has produced state finalists the last two years so the Tigers have their work cut out for them. At least they draw Wet Geauga and Aurora at home. A road game at rival Kenston looms in Week 5.
8/27 CRESTWOOD (MANTUA)
9/3 @ NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN (CHARDON)
9/10 @ FIELD (MOGADORE)
9/24 @ KENSTON (CHAGRIN FALLS)
10/8 @ HARVEY (PAINESVILLE)
10/15 WEST GEAUGA (CHESTERLAND)
10/22 ORANGE (PEPPER PIKE)
10/29 @ PERRY