Key Returners, News of Note, Schedule Thoughts, Coaches Quotes and more…This could be a BIG season for St. Clairsville. The Red Devils are loaded.
2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews
St. Clairsville (10-2, Region 15 semifinalist)
High School Name: St. Clairsville High School
High School City: St. Clairsville
Coach’s Name: Brett McLean
Years at School (Career record): 10 ( 71- 36)
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 10-2 (Buckeye 8/Co-Champs)
Last Winning Season (If not last season): 2011
Division/Region (I-VI, 1-24): IV-15
*Matt Kinnick, sr. QB, 6-0, 180: Threw for 2,678 yards and 30 TDs last year
*Dan Monteroso, sr., WR, 6-3, 175: Caught 10 TDs and 600+ yards receiving. Ohio has offered.
*Jerrid Marhefka, sr., DB, 5-11, 170: 8 INTs, Eastern District Defensive POY and First Team All-State.
*Michael Ferns, jr., LB, 6-3, 242: Leading tackler with 112 tackles. Ohio State and Notre Dame have offered.
*Jaylon Brown, jr., RB, 5-8, 165: 1,500 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs.
*Luke Smith, sr., SS, 5-9, 190: Second leading tackler with 102 tackles.
*Zac Musilli, jr., K, 5-8, 145: First team All-Buckeye 8 selection.
O-line Returning Starters: Corey Ernest sr. OT 6’2″ 265; Cole Stephen sr. C 6’0″ 195; Tom Parker sr. OT 6’3″ 250; Joel Giffin jr. OG 6’1″ 225
Potential college prospects?: Monteroso; Ferns; Brown; Kinnick
Noteworthy News: St. Clairsville is fielding a team for the 92nd season. McLean looks to lead the Red Devils to a third consective postseason berth and their sixth appearance in the last seven years. SC has been in the playoffs nine times overall.
Schedule: The Red Devils first half of the season willt est this team. SC opens on Thursday Aug. 23 against cross-river rival (Wheeling Park of WV) in the Wheeling Hospital Kickoff Classic. Week 2 is road trip to West Virginia power Brooke. SC opens Buckeye 8 play Week 4 on the road at playoff qualifier Indian Creek and is at archrival Harrison Central (compete for the annual Coal Bucket trophy) in Week 5. A Week 9 Buckeye 8 clash with fellow Region 15 playoff qualifier Martins Ferry looms.
Coaches Quote: “Our 2012 Team has more returning starters than a year ago when we won 10 games. Those numbers would lead one to believe we could have success again this fall. However, I know this group must make their own decisions, which will impact what kind of team they are and the result of their season. We are gonna have less depth early in the season than we did a year ago and it’s paramount that some young guys step up and we stay healthy in the pre-season.”