Mickey Sikora is no stranger to the Memorial football program, having
served as defensive coordinator the last three years, but this is his
first season as head coach. And it could be a great one.
2009 Record: 7-4
* Players To Watch – QB/DB Lester Hughes (6-1, 180, Sr.); OL/LB John Sikora (5-10, 210, Sr.); WR/DB Richard Bledsoe (6-1, 175, Sr.); WR Skevo Zembellis (5-8, 165, Sr.); OL/DL David Guidos (5-11, 255, Sr.); DE/TE Dennis Williams (6-1, 190, Sr.); OL Tyler Abron (6-3, 275, Sr.); OL Shaquon McWilson (6-3, 288, So.)
* Outlook – Mickey Sikora is no stranger to the Memorial football program, having served as defensive coordinator the last three years, but this is his first season as head coach. And it could be a great one.
The Red Devils are coming off their first playoff appearance since 1999 and they have enough talent to return to postseason play.
“(We have) a good nucleus coming back,” Sikora said. “Their goal is to win a league championship and make a playoff run.”
From 2003-2008, Memorial went 7-53. Last year it tied that win tally and this year could explode.
Hughes is a three-year starter at QB and was the team’s MVP last season. He’ll get plenty of touches, as will Bledsoe, another three-year starter, who Sikora tabbed as a “playmaker.”
Zembellis also stars at receiver and on special teams where he excels as a punt and kick returner.
Guidos is the anchor of the OL, which will also be enhanced by the inclusion of Abron and McWilson.
Defensively, John Sikora – the coach’s son – is a beast, having registered over 100 tackles each of the last three years. A four-year starter, Sikora was All-Ohio last year.
Williams anchors the DL.
* Schedule – Cortland Lakeview and Toronto have been dropped from the non-league schedule in favor of Mineral Ridge and North Lima South Range. Four of the final five games are on the road, but the lone home game is against conference foe and fellow title contender Girard.
8/27 @ MINERAL RIDGE
9/3 SOUTH RANGE (NORTH LIMA)
9/10 LIBERTY (YOUNGSTOWN)
9/24 LABRAE (LEAVITTSBURG)
10/1 @ SALEM
10/8 @ CHAMPION (WARREN)
10/22 @ NEWTON FALLS
10/29 @ STRUTHERS