After two straight playoff berths, the Bears dropped their last four
games last year to finish .500 and out of the postseason. If Leetonia
can stay healthy it will be back in the postseason hunt.
2009 record: 5-5
* Players to Watch – FB/LB Devan Miller (6-1, 210, Sr.); RB/SS Seth McNally (5-9, 185, Sr.); QB Lance Tullis (6-0, 170, Sr.); OL/DL Andrew Lavogue (6-1, 225, Sr.); TE/DE Cody Stokes (6-4, 200, Jr.); DL/OL Levi Holloway (5-9, 190, Jr.); WR/CB Jordan Lewis (6-0, 165, Jr.)
* Outlook – After two straight playoff berths, the Bears dropped their last four games last year to finish .500 and out of the postseason. If Leetonia can stay healthy it will be back in the postseason hunt.
“Due to an extreme amount of injuries last season, underclassmen received a lot of experience,” said head coach Matt Altomare who returns for his fourth season with a 21-11 record. “We are going to have to stay injury free this year to stay competitive.”
The talent is there for a memorable season.
Tullis returns after becoming the first Leetonia QB since 1998 to throw for over 1,000 yards (82-of-145; 1,275 yards; 11 TDs; eight interceptions).
McNally is the team’s leading returning rusher after carrying the ball 69 times for 321 yards and four TDs. Stokes is the leading returning receiver (nine receptions, 126 yards, three TDs).
Defensively, Leetonia should be stout.
McNally had 101 tackles last year, while Miller had 92, including a staggering 19 TFL and eight sacks.
Holloway (53 tackles, 10 TFL, six sacks), Stokes (45 tackles) and Lewis (35 tackles) are all veterans.
Said Altomare: “Our kids are working hard and very motivated after last year. We will see how that translates to the field.”
The Bears haven’t had a losing season since 1998.
* Schedule – “Our schedule remains the same,” Altomre said. “We open with our two main rivals in weeks 1 and 2 (Lisbon and Columbiana). We open the league schedule with rival McDonald, which is always a tough game.”
8/26 DAVID ANDERSON (LISBON)
9/3 @ COLUMBIANA
9/10 MATHEWS (VIENNA)
9/17 MC DONALD
9/24 @ JACKSON-MILTON (NORTH JACKSON)
10/1 @ MC KINLEY (SEBRING)
10/8 SOUTHERN (SALINEVILLE)
10/22 @ LOWELLVILLE (LOWELLVILLE)
10/29 @ WESTERN RESERVE (BERLIN CENTER)