Region 21 Overview: Is this still Division VI’s deepest region?


Region 21

Can Norwalk St. Paul make its seventh straight regional final? Can Bucyrus Wynford extend the state’s longest regular season unbeaten streak?
Can Mogadore return to the state final? Here’s
a look at Region 21 and how the top teams are shaping up heading into
the season.




Norwalk St. Paul (15-0)
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Players to Watch – RB/OLB Eric Bradt (5-9, 165, Sr.), TE Alex Foster (6-3, 205, Sr.), TE/LB Mitchell Gross (6-2, 205, Sr.), G/DT Brandon Kraft (6-0, 215, Sr.), T/DT Derek Kraft (6-0, 225, Sr.), G/DE Joe Schafer (5-10, 195, Sr.), LB Adam Smith (5-11, 175, Sr.), FB/DT Isaac Livengood (5-8, 215, Jr.), DT Hayden Service (Jr.)
* Outlook – Norwalk St. Paul has reached at least the regional final each of the last six years and this past season claimed the program’s first state championship. Unlike last year when the Flyers returned a ton of experience at the skill positions on each side of the ball, this season the depth is all up front (Foster, Gross, B. Kraft, D. Kraft and Schafer are all returning starters).

Bradt is the Flyers leading returning rusher after collecting 266 yards and three TDs on 46 carries. Additional touches will go to Smith and Livengood who had 194 yards (and four TDs on 36 carries) and 143 yards (and five TDs on 16 carries), respectively.

“We need to focus on getting better every day,” head coach John Livengood said. “Many of our upcoming seniors have been waiting in the wings for their chance to be starters and we believe they are ready for the challenge to step up this season.”

The challenge as always will be to score on St. Paul. The Flyers allowed 99 total first downs and 106 total points (7.1 per game) last year.

Gross is the top returning tackler after having 140 tackles and 11 sacks in 2009. Smith (99 tackles, 10 sacks), Livengood (42 tackles, seven sacks) and Bradt (34 tackles) are also seasoned.

St. Paul owns 13 playoff appearances – all under Livengood (181-49 career record in 19 years) – including seven straight.

Said Livengood: “Our approach in the off-season and this coming season is that we start with a clean slate each season. Our past success is simply in the past and we need to look forward.”

Bucyrus Wynford (12-1)
* Players to Watch –
QB/LB Zach Chatlin (6-1, 185, Jr.); RB/DB Caleb Miller (5-9, 165, Sr.); RB/LB Seth Rall (6-2, 180, Jr.); WR/DB Nate Glowaski (6-2, 190, Sr.); RB/LB Luke Miller Jr. (5-9, 180, Jr.)
* Outlook – Wynford’s currently riding the longest regular season win streak in the state (38 games). The Royals have put together four undefeated regular seasons in the last five years and are also riding a 40-game North Central Conference win streak.

Don’t expect the trends to end this season.

Wynford must replace standout QB Tyler Brause and OL Teven Eatmon, who are both at Kentucky. But head coach Travis Moyer (95-26 in 11 years) knows how to win. Chatlin had over 100 tackles last season, while Rall and Miller, Jr. each had over 80.

Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (9-3)
* Players to Watch –
* Outlook – The Chieftains are under new management this year with former head coach Brian Colatruglio having moved on to Tiffin Columbian. New head coach Jeremy Nutter (formerly of Van Buren) inherits a program that’s gone 72-9 the last six years with three regional titles and two state finals (runner-up both times). H-L has been to the playoffs eight straight years. Can they make it nine?

Monroeville (7-3)
* Players to Watch –
T/T Ryan Dragon (6-3, 260, Sr.); G/DE Carl Black (N/A, Sr.); RB/DB Cory Long (5-9, 150, Jr.); RB/DE Sam Schwab (5-10, 185, Sr.); TE/DT Jeremy Krill (6-1, 210, Sr.); RB/DB/P Justin Jones (5-9, 160, Sr.)
* Outlook – Things are going to look a lot different at Monroeville this year with coaching legend Steve Ringholz hanging it up after 32 seasons. Ringholz, who ranks among the state’s Top 20 all-time in wins, wraps his career with a 238-104-1 record. Under his lead, Monroeville made 12 playoff appearances and won nine Firelands Conference titles. The Eagles new head coach is Dan Periat, 33, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant under Ringholz. Krill and Jones earned second team All-Ohio honors last year on defense. Schwab was Honorable Mention.

Mogadore (10-2)
* Players to Watch –
FB/LB Jake McAvinew (5-9, 185, Jr.); TB/LB Kodey Chance (5-11, 175, Jr.)
* Outlook – The Wildcats – one of the state’s top programs regardless of division – are looking for their 12th straight trip to the playoffs and 24th overall. Can they do it? Yes. And they can do a lot more. Mogadore has three state titles. This year it should challenge for No. 4.

Perhaps only the Pohlman-Leininger pairing at Delphos St. John’s rivals the talent produced by Chance and McAvinew. McAvinew has been All-Ohio on both sides of the ball (defense as a sophomore and offense as a junior), while Chance was All-Ohio on defense last year. The duo also spearheads the Wildcats ground game. Combined over the last two years, the tandem has churned out 3,651 yards and 46 TDs. Each owns a 1,000-yard season.

Head coach Matt Adorni is 55-18 in seven years.

Thompson Ledgemont (6-4)
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Players to Watch – RB Danny LaRosa (5-10, 180, Jr.); QB Shane Ritts (6-1, 180, Sr.)
* Outlook – After going 3-7 in 2008, the Redskins rebounded to win five of their first six games last year and finished with a winning record for the first time since 2006 when the program earned its third playoff berth. Postseason talks have stirred up again thanks in part to the return of LaRosa. LaRosa earned first team All-Ohio honors last year after rushing for 1,469 yards on just 162 carries (9.1 yard average). Ritts was first team all-district.

McDonald (10-1)
* Players to Watch –
RB/LB Zach Tura (5-10, 170, Sr.); LB Chris Humphreys (6-2, 185, Sr.); DB Justin Rota (6-0, 170, Sr.); DB Nick Rota (6-1, 175, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Blue Devils have been to four straight postseasons but last year, despite being the No. 1 seed were bounced in the first round. Defense will be a strength for McDonald with the return of Tura (23 tackles), Humphreys (81 tackles), Justin Rota (57 tackles) and Nick Rota (four INTs).


* Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-2) – As a program Western Reserve has been on the rise. The Devils have 32 wins and three playoff appearances in the last four years. Is this the season they make it past the second round of the playoffs? They’ve lost in the first round each of the last two years. Become
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Dalton (9-2) –
After going 6-4 in 2008 and missing the playoffs by one spot (finished ninth in computer points), the Bulldogs regrouped to make the postseason last year. It also turned out to be memorable for another reason as well – it was longtime coach Bob Ramsey’s last. In 29 years at the school, Ramsey went 200-103-1 and led the Bulldogs to nine playoff appearances and seven Wayne County Athletic League titles. Former North Canton Hoover assistant Shawn Billker takes over. Senior All-District QB Gavin Hackett returns as does defensive stalwart Travis Lint.

* Rittman (1-9) –
The Indians have gone 1-19 the last two years but hopes are high with the return of All-Ohio RB Brandon Bauman. Become
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Southington Chalker (5-4) –
 The Wildcats wrapped last season by winning five of their last six games. That momentum – plus the return of All-Ohio RB Jimmy Rasey (1,664 yards and 17 TDs) – has Chalker fans excited. Become
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Fairport Harding (2-8) –
The Skippers have gone 4-16 the last two years but could be primed for a break-out season. Harding returns five first team all-district players in seniors JC Griffin (RB), Zak Hites (DL), Nate Blair (DL), Michael Hogya (LB) and Cory Whitt (LB).

* Youngstown Christian (7-3) –
The Eagles have gone 19-10 the last three years but are still looking for the program’s first playoff berth.

* Warren JFK (7-4) – The Eagles have been to the playoffs six times in the last seven
years. Watch out for the RB duo of senior Nate Marisco (459 yards, six TDs) and junior Jimmy Coates (562 yards). Become
this school’s Quarterspondent


Crestline (2-8) Become
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New Washington Buckeye Central (4-6) Become
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Bedford St. Peter Chanel (4-6) Become
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Cleveland Heights Lutheran East (2-8)
Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic (1-9) Become
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Newbury (1-8) Become
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Greenwich South Central (3-7)
Lowellville (5-5) Become
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Sebring McKinley (1-9) Become
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Windham (0-10) Become
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Lucas (3-7)
Attica Seneca East (5-5)
Vienna Mathews (0-10)
Jackson-Milton (3-7) Become
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Ashland Mapleton (1-9) Become
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Tiffin Calvert (5-5)


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