The Panthers had their ups and downs last season and ultimately failed
to reach the postseason. The expectations haven’t diminished. This
year’s team should contend for the program’s 15th playoff berth and
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*Elyria Catholic (6-4): The Panthers had their ups and downs last season and ultimately failed to reach the postseason. The expectations haven’t diminished. This year’s team should contend for the program’s 15th playoff berth and beyond.
Senior QB Jeremy Holley (6-5, 210) returns for his third year under center. He played in just three games last year (tossed 10 TDs) after throwing for 21 TDs as a sophomore. Also back is junior RB Justin Rankin (5-10, 190) who ran for 900 yards and had 300 yards receiving last year. Rankin doubles as a standout DB.
Leading the way up front is senior OL Dakota Tallman (6-5, 300/170 career knockdowns), whom head coach Mike Polevacik says is the best lineman he’s coached since Alex Boone at St. Edward.
Senior DB/WR Conner Riddell (6-0, 190) impacts both sides of the ball.
The defense will be led by senior LB Will Washington (5-11, 195), senior LB Luke Michalski (6-1, 185) and senior DB Lucas Ball (6-0, 185).
The Panthers, must overcome a brutal schedule if they want to make the postseason. EC plays four D-I and two D-II schools.
“I feel we have enough talent to be a major contender in our region,” Polevacik said. “The brutality of our schedule is something we must over come. We have not been able to get wins against the big boys on our schedule the last two years. There are plenty of playoff points available for us to get. We have the talent and experience to compete with our schedule. We have a wealth of experience on both sides of the ball and some of the most talented players I have coached (Tallman/Holley/Rankin). If we can make the jump and beat the majority of the teams on our schedule, I can’t see how we would miss the playoffs. We could tehn make some serious noise.”
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