Region 1 Teams To Beat: St. Edward, St. Ignatius & Mentor create formidable trio

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Region 1

Region 1 will see 16 teams make the playoffs this year. Of those, expect three to be the Eagles, Wildcats and Cardinals. St. Edward, St. Ignatius and Mentor headline a strong region dominated by Cleveland entries.


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Teams To Beat


*St. Ignatius (11-2, Region 1 finalist): The Wildcats own a record 11 state titles, all of which have come under head coach Chuck Kyle (301-69-1).  This year’s senior headliners? LB Kyle Berger (6-3, 208) and OL Jimmy Byrne (6-4, 300). JJHUddle Top 100 Prospects, Berger is headed to Ohio State, while Byrne is headed to Notre Dame. Senior LB Dameon Willis Jr. (6-1, 215) holds offers from Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati and several MAC schools. Senior WR Michael Siragusa (6-3, 198) has offers from Eastern Michigan and Buffalo.

*St. Edward (11-1, Region 1 semifinalist): The Eagles have made the playoffs 11 times in 13 years and will make it 12 in 14. As usual, St. Ed features a sizeable OL led by seniors Jake Pruehs (6-3, 280/Ohio commit), Danny McManamon (6-2, 245), Jackson Kirby (6-4, 290), Ben Gaal (6-3, 278) and Gage Blair (6-2, 260). That group will open holes for junior RB Andrew Dowell (6-1, 197) who holds offers from Toledo and Kent State. Junior WR David Dowell (6-1, 185) also has offers from Toledo and Kent State.  On defense, the Eagles feature one of the state’s top juniors in DB Shaun Crawford (5-9, 170) who has offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida State, Penn State, Miami, Michigan State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and West Virginia. Senior DL Tyler King (6-3, 260) has offers from several MAC schools. In the secondary, senior Jack Walz III (6-0, 195) has committed to Bowling Green and Derrick Thomas (5-8, 165) holds offers from Youngstown State and Tiffin.

*Mentor (12-2, Region 1 Champion): The Cardinals made the state semifinals for the third time in seven years last season before falling to Whitmer. The big task this season for head coach Steve Trivisonno (134-53 in 16 years) is replacing Mr. Football winner and North Carolina recruit Mitch Trubisky at QB. Although the task is steep, expect Mentor to be just fine. The Cardinals return 15 starters, including senior Conner Krizancic (6-2, 200) who is expected to shift from his WR position to under center. Krizancic, a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and Cincinnati commit, was a QB in junior high and as a freshman. He’s scored 32 TDs the last two years (22 receiving, 10 rushing). Senior WR Brandon Fritts (6-4, 190) is coming off a season in which he caught 67 passes for 1,188 yards and 16 TDs. Fritts, a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect, has committed to North Carolina. Other key skill players include senior WR Corey Plavcin (5’10, 175/36 receptions, 598 yards, three TDs) and junior RB Eddie Daugherty (5-8, 150/57 carries, 362 yards, two TDs). Four of five starters return on the OL. Senior K Mike Muzic (6-0, 180/61 PATs, 7-of-7 FGS) is also back. On defense, Mentor has another JJHuddle Top 100 player in senior DE Kent Berger (6-4, 245) who has committed to Ohio. Berger had 86 tackles, nine sacks and seven TFL last season. Other key defensive faces are senior LB Justin McMahon (6-0, 210), senior DE Delvon Maddox (6-3, 215) and senior DB Kiyah Powell (5-9, 160). McMahon led Mentor in tackles last year with 154. The schedule has a “great” home slate according to Trivisonno that includes McDowell (Pa.), St. Ignatius, Shaker Heights, Brunswick and Hudson. The Cards play three straight road games in weeks 3-5. “We’re looking forward to great things in 2013,” Trivisonno said. “We have a very deep football team.”

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Region 1: Teams To Watch

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Region 1: Keep An Eye On

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Region 1: Also In This Region

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