After an 0-2 start last season, the Panthers rallied to make the
postseason for the fourth year in a row and 20th time overall.
Expectations are high again. Head coach Jim France enters his 42nd
season at the school with a mark of 349-91-3.
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Akron Manchester (8-4, Region 13 semifinalist): After an 0-2 start last season, the Panthers rallied to win their 19th PAC title and make the postseason for the fourth year in a row and 20th time overall. Expectations are high again. Head coach Jim France enters his 42nd season at the school with a mark of 349-91-3. His latest squad will be led by senior OL Jake Hanzel (6-2, 265) who was first team All-Pac 7 and is one of Ohio’s best small school lineman. Senior TE Chandler Stahl (6-1, 210) returns (23 catches, 199 yards) too. Defensively, Manchester is led by the senior tandem of LB John Beavers (5-11, 195) and FS Dakota Craig (5-11, 175). Beavers had 99 tackles last year, while Craig had 94. Other key contributers are C David Gresham (sr., 6-5, 315), RB/LB Austin Klein (sr., 6-2,185), LB Logan Harvey (jr., 6-2, 180), ST Bob Bowen (sr., 5-8, 150), DB/WR Anthony Miltner (jr., 5-8, 160) and LB Sterling Jackson (jr., 5-10, 190). The schedule is the same as last year.
“We will be young, but athletic and our young guys will play hard for four quarters,” France said. “If we can stay free of injuries we should be competitive. Leadership will be a key as we lost a couple of great leaders from last years team. Our seniors and a couple of key juniors must step up and become leaders. We will be stressing basic fundamentals more than we ever have.”
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