Key Returners, News of Note, Schedule Thoughts, Coaches Quotes and more…
2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews
Aurora (12-2, state semifinalist)
High School Name: Aurora High School
High School City: Aurora
Coach’s Name: Bob Mihalik
Years at School (Career record): 11 (90-38)
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 12-2 State Final Four- CVC-Runnerup
Last Winning Season: 2011
1) Patrick Dougherty- 12- OL/DL- 6’5″ 260- has numerous full-ride offers including Boston College and most of the MAC
2) Zach Quinn- 12- TB/LB- 6’4″ 220- has numerous MAC offers and North Carloina State.
3) Zach Smierciak-12-OLB/TE- 6’3″ 225- has many offers including MAC and Ivy league.
4) Geoff Moniz- 12- OL/DL- 6’3″ 225
5) Jake Czerwinski-12-WR/DB- 6’3″ 175
6) Jack Bruder- OL/LB- 6’2″ 195
7) Jake McVay- DB/RB- 6’1″ 175
8) Nick Groth-DL/OL- 5’10” 185
All the above are returning starters
Potential college prospects: Dougherty, Quinn and Smierciak.
Noteworthy News: Aurora will attempt to make the playoffs for the 8th straight season which is tops in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s seven county coverage area. In those past seven playoff seasons, Aurora’s overall record is 72-16. Mihalik will try to reach his 100th victory as he is 90-38 going into this season.
Schedule: “Our league, the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division is loaded again. In the past four years, five different teams have made the playoffs, four teams have made the staet semifinals, two teams have made the state finals and one has won a state championship. That being said, the league schedule prepares us well for the playoffs. The league will probably be a four team race between Chagrin Falls, Aurora, Kenston and West Geauga. Our non-conference schedule includes Twinsburg (who beat Mentor in Week 10) and Ravenna a (playoff team).
Coach’s Quote: “Winning the CVC and qualifying for the playoffs is an expectation every year. That comes with some pressure for our kids, but they thrive on that. Our defense should be strong and will have to carry us early as we try to find a QB and a few receivers to replace graduated players.”