Toledo St. Francis starts a new era post-Cromwell; Blochowski takes over

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Toledo St. Francis Football

Toledo St. Francis was the No. 1 seed in the D-II, Region 6
playoffs last season. The Knights beat North Ridgeville and Avon
Lake, before losing to Maple Heights in what turned out
to be long-time head coach Dick Cromwell’s final game. Replacing the retired Cromwell is Mike Blochowski who served as an
assistant in the program for the last 17 years.


Toledo St. Francis
Division II
Region 6

2009 Record: 11-2

* Players To Watch – OL/DL Cam Stanley (6-5, 270, Jr.), OL/DL Hunter Stanley (6-5, 270, Jr.), OL Andrew Villolovos (6-4, 300, Jr.), QB/FS Danny Yodzis (6-3, 195, Sr.), QB/OLB Justin Chandler (6-1, 200, Sr.).

* Outlook –
Toledo St. Francis was the No. 1 seed in the Division II, Region 6 playoffs last season. The Knights beat North Ridgeville (35-7) and Avon Lake (13-10), before losing to Maple Heights (34-21) in what turned out to be long-time head coach Dick Cromwell’s final game.

Replacing the retired Cromwell is Mike Blochowski who served as an assistant in the program for the last 17 years.

“It’s a dream job,” Blochowski said. “I’ve waited a long time and I stayed with the hopes that one day I’d be able to replace Coach Cromwell. I’m thrilled to be a part of this tradition. I’m only the sixth head football coach in school history and it’s quite an honor.”

The strength of the team will be on the offensive line where four starters return. The Stanley brothers (they are twins) and Villolovos are ranked among the top 50 juniors in the state by Ohio High/Scouting Ohio regardless of position.

Yodzis will likely be the starting quarterback, but Chandler is also in the mix. Both players also are keys to St. Francis’ defense. Yodzis had seven interceptions and 95 tackles last year and will be one of the team captains this season. Chandler returns as a starter at outside linebacker.

“We should be very strong up front offensively, but my main concern is some of the youth we have defensively,” Blochowski said.

* Schedule –
As for the schedule, the Knights will find out right away how good they are.

“I’m very nervous about our first four weeks,” Blochowski said. “We have Sylvania Southviuew to open up and they were D-II state champs a couple years ago. Then we have Findlay who is always good. Then we have Hilliard Davidson who is the reigning state champion in D-I. Then in Week 4 we have our big rivals, Toledo St. John’s. We’re excited about the season, but concerned about first four weeks.”

8/27    SYLVANIA SOUTHVIEW
9/3      FINDLAY
9/10    @ HILLIARD DAVIDSON
9/17    @ ST JOHN’S JESUIT (TOLEDO)
9/24    @ WOODWARD (TOLEDO)
10/8    CENTRAL CATHOLIC (TOLEDO)    
10/15  START (TOLEDO)            
10/22  @ SCOTT (TOLEDO)        
10/29  @ CLAY (OREGON)

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