Region 3 Teams To Watch: Roosevelt, Brush, Bedford, Boardman among contenders

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Region 3

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


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Teams To Watch

*Bedford (5-5): The Bearcats feature two JJHudle Top 100 Prospects in DL Jonathan Cunningham (6-1, 220/Kent State commit) and LB Antoine Stone (5-10, 185/Western Michigan commit). Junior DE Marquise Copeland (6-2, 220) is one of Ohio’s top 2015 prospects.

*Boardman (4-6): The Spartans have an offensive weapon in senior slot Turel Thompson (5-9, 150) who had 1,226 all-purpose yards and scored 25 TDs, including 19 on the ground, last season. He also had 30 tackles and two INTs as a DB en route to earning first team All-Federal League honors.

*Kent Roosevelt (10-2, Region 5 semifinalist): The Rough Riders seniors have the chance to be the first class in school history to play in four postseasons. Veteran head coach John Nemec (222-101-3 career record) has things rolling as he enters is 29th season at Roosevelt. The concern on offense is replacing D-I recruits at QB and WR, but this team’s strength will be defense where nine starters, including seven with a 3.5 gpa or higher, return. The leader of the unit is senior LB Matt Sommers (6-2, 225) who has committed to Kent State. Other key returners are seniors Kardell Jackson (DB/WR, 5-10, 175), Stan Zalewski (OL/DL, 6-2, 260), Coery Spicer (DE/TE, 6-1, 220) and Michael Bush (LB, 6-0, 205). All four were All-Portage Trail Conference Metro Division selections. Jackson is just the third four-year starter Nemec’s had in 32 years. Junior WR/DB Luther Fortson (5-10, 180) will contribute heavily. “Our players work hard and expect to win,” Nemec said. “They are a good group of kids.” Four of the first five games are on the road, including non-league tilts at Akron Hoban and Cuyahoga Falls. Week 2 against Stow-Munroe Falls is home. Conversely, the Rough Riders close with four of five at home.

*Lyndhurst Brush (7-3): The Arcs, under second-year head coach Josh Wells, are looking for the program’s first ever run of three straight Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division titles. There’s reason for optimism. “We have the potential to have one of the best offensive lines that Brush has had in recent history,” Wells said. “Our team speed at the skill positions has increased, which we will look to take advantage of on both sides of the ball. Returning an experienced offensive line, and skilled position is something the football program has not had in a long time.” Key contributors are numerous and include: Stephen Shorts (Sr., QB/FS, 5’9″ 185), Davari Gill (Sr., FB, 5’11”, 220), Jonah Harper (Sr., OT/DT, 6’3″ 265), Alfonso Onunwar (Sr. WR, 6’2″, 190, St. Francis), Larry McClough (Sr., OT, 6’3″ 315), Devon Hood (Sr. DT, 6’2″ 225), Marcus Swede (Sr., DT/G, 5’11”, 230), Laquan White (Jr. S/HB, 5’9″, 180), Moses Marshall (Jr., TE/DE, 6’4″, 215), Jermaine Drake (Sr., DE/HB, 6’1″, 205), Jordan Alford (Sr., G, 6’2″, 250), David Dickson (Sr., G, 6’1″, 22), Dan Santoiemmo (Sr., C, 6’3″, 290) and Greg Alexander (sr., CB/WR, 5’9″, 175). In addition to its rivalry game with Mayfield (Week 4), Brush welcomes for new faces to the schedule in 2013: Padua Franciscan (Week 1), Ashtabula Lakeside (Week 2), Mentor (Week 5) and Cuyahoga Falls (Week 9). Brush will debut a new helmet design this year as well.

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Region 3: Team To Beat

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Region 3: Keep An Eye On

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Region 3: Also In This Region

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