Region 13 Overview: Does this region produce a state finalist again?


Region 13

Last year Chagrin Falls won Region 13 and advanced to the state championship before falling to Kettering Alter. Will the Tigers get back? They could. But there are also a number of other teams who think they have what it takes to bring home the trophy too.




Chagrin Falls (14-1) Become
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* Players To Watch – OL Alex Forbes (6-2, 245, Sr.); OL Austin Garofolo (6-1, 230, Sr.); OL/DL Dan Driscoll (6-1, 230, Sr.); TE/LB Alex Garnaut (6-1, 230, Sr.); WR/DB Marc Geraci (5-9, 180, Sr.); WR/DB Spencer Diedricj (5-11, 170, Sr.); DB Nate Lelonis (6-0, 170, Sr.)
* Outlook – After dropping down to D-IV last season, the Tigers made an immediate impact by making the state final and recording the program’s best season ever. This year there will be plenty of new faces.

Although 38 letterwinners and nine combined starters return, Chagrin Falls must replace an All-Ohio backfield (QB and RB), four defensive lineman and three linebackers.

Positives for the Tigers are the return of three starting OL (plus the TE) and a receiving corps that can challenge for the best in the Chagrin Valley Conference. Geraci, Garofolo and Forbes were all All-CVC performers last year and will anchor the offense.

Defensively Geraci registered 53 tackles last year, while Garnaut had 49. Lelonis had five interceptions.

Special teams are another area of concern for the Tigers who have to replace the kicker, punter, long snapper and holder.

Head coach Mark Iammarino is 106-57 entering his 16th season at Chagrin Falls.

Belmont Union Local (6-4)
* Players To Watch –
OLB Tyler Grant (6-1, 210, Sr.); QB Kyle Copeland (6-1, 215, Sr.); Bernie Thompson (5-6, 140, Sr.)
* Outlook – A year after not knowing if his team would match the 386 pass attempts it tallied in 2008 with Jordan Barbina under center, head coach Mark Cisar (entering fifth year) now has to ponder if the Jets will beat the 389 Copeland posted last year. There’s no question Union Local is going to throw the ball. And there’s no question Copeland is a good QB. He threw for 2,878 yards and 21 TDs and ran for 16 more scores last season. Thompson ranked among the state’s Top 10 receivers last year with 63 catches for 623 yards. Grant is a three-year starter and solid defender.

Campbell Memorial (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.)
* Outlook – Mickey Sikora is no stranger to the Memorial football program, but this is his first season as head coach. The Red Devils are coming off their first playoff appearance since 1999 and they have enough talent to make it back. Hughes is a three-year starter at QB and was the team’s MVP last season. John Sikora, the coach’s son, is a three-year starter at LB and has had over 100 tackles each of the past two years. Bledsoe, Zembellis, Guidos and Williams are also three-year starters and were All-All American Conference performers last year.

Cortland Lakeview (8-4)
* Players To Watch –
OL Shane O’Connor (n/a, Sr.); OL Justin Misterka (n/a, Sr.); LB/WR Michael Prindle (n/a, Sr.); LB/RB/K Clint Hess (n/a, Sr.); LB/RB David Soles (n/a, Sr.); DB/WR Toma Leveto (n/a, Sr.); QB/DB Anthony Franco (n/a, Jr.); WR/DB Louie Novakovich (n/a, Jr.); DB/RB Desmond Vaughn (n/a, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs have made the playoffs two of the last three years and if they do it again they can thank some young lines. Lakeview lost six starters across its offensive and defensive fronts. Also replacing Te Elias and his 1,700-plus yards and 28 TDs is key. Head coach Tom Pavlansky (68-48 at Lakeview) and his program will face four D-II and III playoff teams in 2010: Howland, Hubbard, Poland and Salem.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (7-4)
* Players To Watch –
LB/RB Alex Utley (5-9, 185, Sr.); LB/OL Matt Meadows (5-9, 185, Jr.); LB/RB Nathan Rosenberer (5-8, 180, Jr.)
* Outlook – The Royals have been to the playoffs five straight years and six of the last seven. All those trips have come under head coach Ray Carroscia (82-52 in 14 years). CVCA returns one of its best players ever in Utley who has put together back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. He also set a school record for tackles (138) last year. The Royals also return all-district performers and their second and third leading tacklers, respectively, in Rosenberer and Meadows.

Perry (6-4)
* Players To Watch –
QB/FS Mitch Hovakar (6-2, 185, Sr.); TE/OLB Anthony Kukawa (6-4, 210, Sr.); DE Chad West (6-6, 240, Sr.).
* Outlook – The Pirates had a string of three straight playoff berths snapped last year, but they could start a new streak shortly. Kukawa (offers from Iowa State, Toledo and Ball State) and West (Toledo, Ball State, Ohio and Western Michigan) are legit NCAA D-I recruits, while Hovaker, who is back for his second season under center and third in the defensive backfield, is as well. Head coach Matt Rosati enters his fourth season at Perry with a 26-8 record at the school. He’s 95-54 overall in 14 years.

St. Clairsville (6-4)
* Players To Watch –
RB Tavin Stevenson (5-10, 180, Sr.); DL Zak Stiles (6-0, 210, Sr.); QB Zach Kinnick (6-0, 170, Sr.); WR Dan Monteroso (6-0, 150, So.)
* Outlook – The Red Devils had a school record string of three straight playoff berths snapped last year but should challenge for another postseason berth. Offensively, St. Clairsville shouldn’t have a problem putting points on the board with the return of Stevenson, Kinnick and Monteroso. All three earned All-Eastern District honors last year.


* Girard (11-1) – A year after being left out of the playoffs despite a 9-1 record, the Indians made the regional semifinals. Senior WR Landon Smith (6-1, 185) has several D-I offers (including Indiana and Syracuse). He had 44 catches for 1,102 yards and 17 TDs last season.

* Peninsula Woodridge (10-3) –
The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the first time ever last year and advanced all the way to the regional final before falling to Chagrin Falls. Replacing last season’s potent offensive backfield is key.

* Akron Manchester (9-2) –
The Panthers snapped a three-year absence from the postseason by earning the program’s 17th playoff berth last year.

* Massillon Tuslaw (5-5) –
The Mustangs have a penchant for making the playoffs in even years (2008, 2006, 2004 and 2000) so expect them to make the postseason this season. Head coach Nate Held, entering his fifth year, is 31-12.

* Martins Ferry (7-3) –
Head coach Dave Bruney enters his 32nd season at Martins Ferry with the program looking for its 10th postseason berth in 13 years. Key contributors will be seniors Jack Beavers (6-1, 230, DE) and Casey Bain (5-11, 165, DB) and junior Tyrell Simmons (6-4, 195, DB).

* Youngstown Liberty (4-6) –
A year after making the playoffs, the Leopards slipped to below .500 last year. All six of Liberty’s losses came to playoff teams.

* Bellaire (1-9) –
The Big Reds were state semifinalists in 2006, but since then have gone 5-25, including 0-10 in 2007. 

* Leavittsburg LaBrae (4-6) –
After making the school’s first playoff appearance ever in 2008, the Vikings fell to below .500.

* Garrettsville Garfield (7-3) –
Since making the playoffs in 2004 and 2005, the G-Man have finished 7-3 three of the last four years. Garfield has seven straight winning seasons. Senior LB Brent Marshall (6-0, 231) returns.

* Newton Falls (7-3) –
Tigers had four-game improvement last year after finishing 3-7 in 2008. Senior DB Mitch Czerniak (6-1, 180) and junior Cody Dillon (6-3, 220) will be factors in a playoff run. Become
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* Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (4-6) –
The Trojans, just 7-13 the last two years after making the playoffs in 2007, will rally behind senior RB Tyler Robinson (6-1, 200) and junior WR Tyler Dozier (5-9, 145). Become
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* Magnolia Sandy Valley (5-5) –
The Cardinals improved from 3-7 in 2008 to .500 last year. Senior DB Zack Monte (5-10, 170) is one to watch.


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