The Wildcats made the jump up from Division II to D-I last year. They
earned a playoff berth and advanced to the regional semifinals before
being ousted by Solon 13-10 in overtime. Coach Larry Pinto is back from his 13th year. He has six starters back (three offense, three defense).
2009 record: 10-2
* Players to Watch – WR Chuck Zavarella (6-2, 180, Sr.), LT Joe Valente (5-10, 225, Sr.), NG Rob Razzante (5-10, 205, Sr.), OG Kolton Bodnovoich (6-0, 215, Sr.), LB-S Ray Guerrini (5-10, 170, Jr.).
* Outlook – The Wildcats made the jump up from Division II to D-I last year. They earned a playoff berth and advanced to the regional semifinals before being ousted by Solon 13-10 in overtime.
Coach Larry Pinto is back from his 13th year. He has six starters back (three offense, three defense).
“Each year, it seems like we get depleted but then we have kids who have been in the program and they have stepped up,” Pinto said. “Our expectations are high. We want to hold ourselves to the standards we have set. It’s been a nice run. We’ve won 10 games each of the last four years and made the playoffs each year.
“We’ve had some good continuity with our program where our kids have bought into our system. In our district, we lose 26 percent of our kids to private schools. But we’ve been able to win with some talented kids. We’ve had some pretty good classes come through. We’ve had a solid youth program.”
Zavarella had 30 catches for 541 yards with five for touchdowns. Razzante had 58 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles-for-loss. Guerrini had 63 tackles and two tackles-for-loss last year.
The quarterback job is open.
“We’re expecting a junior, Caden Loew, to step into that job,” Pinto said.
Mayfield competes in the Northeast Ohio Conference.
* Schedule – “Our crossover games are against Elyria and Brush,” Pinto said. “We have a tough division. We are in against Solon, Strongsville and Brunswick. We are half of their size. That’s where depth will be huge for us.
“The past two years, we haven’t been the biggest team. We have played really disciplined. We’ve been fundamentally sound and relied on our speed and quickness.”
Aug. 27 Bedford
Sept. 3 at Willoughby South
Sept. 10 at Olmsted Falls
Sept. 16 Elyria
Sept. 24 at Lyndhurst Brush
Sept. 30 Solon
Oct. 8 Strongsville
Oct. 15 at Medina
Oct. 22 at Brunswick
Oct. 29 Macedonia Nordonia