2012 JJHuddle Previews: Elyria Catholic

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2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews

Elyria Catholic (5-5)

High School Name: Elyria Catholic High
High School City: Elyria
Coach’s Name: Michael Polevacik
Years at School (Career record): 1 (5-5)
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 5-5 West Shore Conference(3-3) 4th
Last Winning Season (If not last season): 2010
Division/Region (I-VI, 1-24): IV-14

Key Returners/Players:
*David Smith Sr. 6’4 275 lb. OL/DL; 3 year player

*Jacob Moore Sr. 6’1 165 lb. SR. DB 3 year player, HM All-Ohio as soph, injured most of jr. year

*Spencer George Sr. 6’2 240 lb Ol/DL 3 year ol starter/captain

*Jeremy Holley Jr. 6’5 210 lb. QB – 62% completetion percentages , 1,900+ yards, 21 TDs as soph starter, major D-I interest as a soph

*Dakota Tallman Jr. 6’5 300 OL/DL frosh played varsity, soph starter, violent and aggressive player, 90+ knockdowns last year, potential to be one of state’s top prospects, major D-I college interest already

*Justin Taylor So. 5’10 155 lbs. RB/DB 400+ yards rushing as a frosh last year. Multiple td runs over 50 yards last year. game breaker speeed and vision.

Potential college prospects? Holley, Tallman and Taylor. Also of note…sophomore DL Deadam Hall (6-6, 340).

Schedule: Biggest game? Elyria Catholic vs. Elyria High (Week 2). New rivalry that continues to be the biggest game in Lorain county every year. New to the schedule this year is the opener against Huron. EC and Huron have staged some classic playoff games in the past (Huron over EC in a great game in 1992 and a playoff win for EC over Huron in 2010). Big games with conference rivals are Avon , North Ridgeville and Midview. EC plays three D-Is, two D-IIs and three D-IIIs. With enough wins there are plenty of playoff computer points available.

Coaches Quotes: “We were the epitomy of a 5-5 program last year. 5 wins and 5 sound loses. The quality of our loses were to strong opponets that went a combined 47-10, with a state runner up (Avon) and regional finalist (Bishop Hartley). We do not feel the pressure to be 10-0, we know we play in a strong conference and against quality competition. We know if we can compete for 48 minutes, that gives us a chance to win every week. If we can find a way to win a few more game this year, week 11 will take care of itself. Our programs ultimate goal is a state championship. We talk about it every year. We want to be in the mix every year. We know we can’t get there without getting to week 11 first. We pride ourselves on playoff appearances (the school has 14, 3 state titles) and the last one was in 2010. The goal is to get in and that gives us a chance. We have adapted a motto of ‘blood and bones’ for 2012 , we don’t care who we play or what size they are everyone is made of blood and bones and 11 guys take the field at a time and we have to do our best with our blood and bones.”

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