North Royalton: “We’re younger but we are going to be bigger than we were last year”

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North Royalton Bears

North Royalton reached the playoffs last year, but dropped a
first-round game to eventual state runner-up Cleveland Glenville 41-16. Coach Nick Ciulli is back for his sixth year as the North Royalton
coach. He welcomes back seven starters (three offense, four defense).


North Royalton
Division I
Region 1

2009 record: (9-2)

* Players to Watch – RB Logan Pearce (6-0, 190, Sr.), S James Holodnak (6-1, 170, Sr.), OL Jeff Kovach (6-3, 255, Sr.), DE-OLB Azarie Battle (6-3, 215, Jr.).

* Outlook – North Royalton reached the playoffs last year, but dropped a first-round game to eventual state runner-up Cleveland Glenville 41-16.

Coach Nick Ciulli is back for his sixth year as the North Royalton coach. He welcomes back seven starters (three offense, four defense).

“Our JVs were 10-1 and our freshmen were 10-0,” Ciulli said. “So we’ve got some good young kids coming. We have seven guys back who were key contributors and good players. We’re younger but we are going to be bigger than we were last year.”

Pearce rushed for 1,300 yards and also had three kick return touchdowns as a junior.

“Logan has started two years for us,” Ciulli said.

Holodnak had five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The quarterback job is wide open.

“We have three kids battling for it, two juniors and a sophomore,” Ciulli said. “Jake Lark and Bobby Darnes are the juniors and Travis Tarnowski is the sophomore.”

North Royalton competes in the Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division.

“We are up against Nordonia, Parma Normandy and Parma in our division,” Ciulli said. “I’d say those are three of the top teams.”

* Schedule – Three of the first four games are on the road, including a test at Medina Highland which has been tabbed as a potential contender in D-II.

Aug. 27 Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Sept. 3 at Richfield Revere
Sept. 10 at Medina Highland
Sept. 17 at Macedonia Nordonia
Sept. 24 Cuyahoga Falls
Oct. 1 Garfield Heights
Oct. 8 at Lyndhurst Brush
Oct. 15 Parma Heights Valley Forge
Oct. 22 Parma
Oct. 28 at Parma Normandy

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