Region 23 Teams To Watch: Danville, Trinity, St. Paul, Warren JFK lining up

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Region 23

A look at those teams we think will challenge for the top spot in the region.


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Teams To Watch

*Danville (11-2, Region 23 finalist): The Blue Devils fell one win shy of the program’s third state semifinal appearance and first since 2004 by dropping a 48-46 shootout to eventual state runner-up Newark Catholic in the regional final. That squad relied on offense (scored 457 points). This year’s rendition will lean on defense. Three-year lettermen and senior DEs Conway Baldridge (6-3, 185/109 tackles, 21 TFL) and Andy Payne (6-4, 260/97 tackles/13 TFL) bookend a unit deep in experience. Danville returns five of its top six tacklers, including senior TE/LB Marshall Magers (6-1, 175/155 tackles, seven TFL), senior LB Thomas Hawk (6-0, 165/139 tackles) and senior LB Austin Gonzales (5-10, 195/91 tackles, six TFL). If the Devils offense can rebuild quickly, watch out.

*Garfield Heights Trinity (4-6): The Trojans return three players at the QB position who completed passes in games last year, including seniors Pat Sobolewski (671 yards, five TDs) and Matt Iacobucci (542 yards, three TDs) and sophomore Kyle McSweeney (84 yards). Iacobucci was the team’s leading rusher last year too (374 yards, five TDs). Also back is first team All-North Coast Conference RB/DL Antonio Capasso. Last year Capasso ran for 276 yards and four TDs and made 58 tackles. Other key returnees are senior WR/DB Griffin Filippi (6-2, 185/269 yards receiving, four TDs), senior WR/DL Jacob Walters (6-2, 190/231 yards receiving, TD, 33 tackles), senior WR/DB Cory Haire (5-8, 150) and sophomore Brett Dawson (5-10, 150).

*Norwalk St. Paul (7-4, Region 22 quarterfinalist): Veteran head coach John Livengood flirted with the Clyde job but decided to remain with the Flyers where he’s accumulated a record of 201-60 in 21 years. St. Paul graduated seven seniors but returns a talented group high on experience. Line play will be a strength thanks to the return of senior All-Firelands Conference players Caleb Meyer (6-1, 195) and Ryan Reikowski (6-2, 235). Senior QB/DB/K/P Scottie Slauterback (6-0, 175) is vital to all facets (all-league). Junior RB Devin Smith (second team), sophomore LB Jaret Nickoli (first team), junior DL Matt VanDootingh (HM) and junior DB Wes Fritz (HM) were All-Firelands as well.

*Warren JFK (9-2, Region 21 quarterfinalist): The Eagles made the playoffs for the 19th time last season but must replace nine All-North Coast Conference players. JFK does return one of the state’s top kickers in senior Eric Bofenkamp (6-0, 175). Bofenkamp hit 40-of-44 PATS (including 31 in a row) last year and was 7-of-9 on FGs (long of 37). Expect senior RB/DB Carl Zallow (5-8, 155) to get plenty of touches. Also back are senior TE/LB Austin Munno and junior WR/DB Chad Zallow. 
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Region 23: Team To Beat

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Region 23: Keep An Eye On

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Region 23: Also In This Region

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