The Lions surprised some people last year with a legit run to the
D-V state semifinals. This year the focus will be on returning. And the
odds are good.
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*Baltimore Liberty-Union (11-3, Region 19 champions): The Lions surprised some people last year with a legit run to the D-V state semifinals. This year the focus will be on returning. And the odds are good.
Senior RB Jacob Basso (5-11, 180) spearheads the offense after running for 1,683 yards and 17 TDs last year. He also threw a TD and caught 24 passes (for 310 yards). Also back are senior QB Auston Vannatta, who threw for over 1,000 yards and six TDs last year and junior RB Adamn Snyder (who ran for eight TDs last season).
Defensively, senior LB Justin Barber (5-10, 170) returns after making 177 tackles (and 12 TFL) as a junior. Other key returners are junior DB Tyler Makuch (5-6, 130/83 tackles, six INTs), senior DB Tyler Magley (5-11, 145/67 tackles, five INTs), senior LB Logan Piccirillo (5-6, 135/67 tackles, three INTs), junior LB Braden Powers (6-1, 180/92 tackles), senior LB Dustin Short (5-11, 220/72 tackles) and Snyder (42 tackles, four INTs).
The big change for the Lions is moving to the Mid-State League Buckeye Division (replacing Canal Winchester) where they will be the smallest team.
“The 2013 team is in a new league with great coaches and program traditions,” said head coach Dan Johnson (195-168-1 in 28 years). “The focus of Liberty Union Football will continue to be to work to be ‘Good Men’ and improve daily. Winning championships and qualifying for the playoffs just became much harder. But anything is possible for ‘Good Men’ who improve daily and play together as a team.
“Each week will be a challenge.”
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