2012 JJHuddle Previews: Benedictine


Benedictine Football

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2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews

Benedictine (7-4, Region 9 quarterfinalist)

High School Name: Benedictine
High School City: Cleveland
Coach’s Name: Ben Malbasa
Years at School (Career record): 1 (38-14)
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 7-4 (3-2, 3rd in NCL, lost to Lake Cath. in playoffs)
Last Winning Season: 2011
Division/Region: III-9

Key Returners:


*Marshall Howell, 6’1″ 180 RB/WR/DB
Over 900 Total Yards, extremely dynamic player, offers from Toledo, Akron, and Western Michigan.

*Jaylen Funches, 6’5″ 295 OT/DT
One of the most dominant linemen in the region, Has offers at Syracuse, Toledo, Ohio, Western Michigan and Akron.

*Peter Cvijanovich, 6’5″ 275 OT/DT
DI-caliber and a starter throughout his junior year, matched up with top level talent last season showed his ability to be a top lineman.

*Dan Piascik, 6’0″ 175 QB/DB
Threw for almost 1,600 yards and 11 TDs as a junior and is a capable runner as well. Has great command of system.

*Jovon Dawson 6’0″ 170 DB/WR
Big-play DB with great speed and strength. Is receiving some MAC interest and will also contribute as a wide-out.

*Matt McCarthy 6’0″ 210 LB
A contributor throughout his junior season, will now be counted on as a defensive leader.

*Will Woodson 5’11” 170 WR/DB

*Demetrious Scott 5’11” 200 WR/LB

*Chris Azzarello 5’11” 180 LB


*Antonio Robinson 5’11” 215 LB/FB
Started as sophomore and showed substantial play-making skills, will be one of Benedictine’s top defensive players.

*Nick DiGeronimo 5’10” 255 C/DT
Incredibly tough, and one of team’s strongest players, will be a two-way player for us.

*Matt Merimee 6’3″ 180 WR/Safety
Unable to play last year due to transfer rules, has the potential to become one of the top receivers in the region.

*Vince Calabrese 6’1″ 180 WR
Played significant minutes as a sophomore, will be a key receiver who has great hands.

*Robbie Cramer 6’0″ 170 Safety/LB
Three-sport athlete, will be a core part of the defense after playing primarily on special teams as a sophomore.

*Allen Viancourt 6’3″ 220 DE/OG


*Jerome Baker 6’2″ 205 WR/QB/LB/Athlete
Already drawing interest from BCS schools, could play at any position and be among the best players in the area at it.

Potential college prospects:     

Marshall Howell
Jaylen Funches

Peter Cvijanovich
Jovon Dawson

Anotnio Robinson (Brother Freddy Page is at Michigan)
Matthew Merimee

Jerome Baker

Noteworthy News: Benedictine will practice on a brand-new synthetic turf field that will mark the first time in school history that a team has been able to have an on-campus field. While no varsity games will be played there this season, there will be Freshmen and JV games.

Schedule: Benedictine opens the season against Boardman and Steubenville. That’s prep for the NCL slate.

Coach’s Quote: “Our players have have had an outstanding off-season in the weight room and in their other sports. I am looking forward to seeing our players transfer this effort and their considerable talents onto the field this fall.”

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