Here is a preseason look at Portage Trail Conference County Division football for the 2007 season. In this post, you will find players (and any all-star recognition they received in the league last season) to watch from each team and my predictions for the upcoming season.
MOGADORE (11-3 overall, 6-1 in the PTC County last season; PTC County co-champs)
Top players: Senior RB-LB Cody Destro (first-team PTC County offense, second-team All-Ohio and first-team all-district in Division VI), senior Sean Holland (second-team defense).
GARRETTSVILLE (7-3, 6-1; PTC County co-champs)
Top players: Senior OL-LB Chris Taylor (first-team offense), junior OL-WR-K Caleb Schwan (first-team special teams), senior WR-DB Kenny Vanek (second-team offense), senior WR-OL Kyle Hartman (second-team offense), junior John Hartman (second-team defense), senior RB-LB Brad Mast (second-team defense).
WINDHAM (7-4, 5-2)
Top players: Sophomore RB-WR-DB Jay Lugo (honorable-mention PTC), junior Kyle Cooper (honorable-mention PTC).
STREETSBORO (5-5, 5-2)
Top players: Junior RB-WR-DB Cory Lanterman (first-team offense), junior DB-WR Mike Edwards (first-team defense), senior John Cushman (second-team offense), senior Doug Tackett (second-team defense).
WOODRIDGE (3-7, 3-4)
Top players: Senior DL-OL Andy Jenkins (first-team defense), senior QB-DB Dave Krusinski (second-team offense), senior WR-DB Josh Jones (second-team offense).
ROOTSTOWN (2-8, 2-5)
Top players: Senior RB Corey Devitt (first-team offense), senior DL-OL Joe Farrah (second-team defense).
EAST CANTON (1-9, 1-6)
Top player: Senior RB Mike Wheeler (second-team offense).
WATERLOO (0-10, 0-7)
Top player: Senior Joe Adelman (honorable-mention PTC).
Here are my 2007 preseason predictions for the PTC County Division.
7. East Canton
Here is my explanation for my picks: I expect the top three teams from last season to finish in the same order again. I think defending co-champs Mogadore and Garrettsville could easily tie for first again. But if I had to pick one over the other, I give the slight edge to Mogadore because it's running back Cody Destro's senior season, and I think Wildcats coach Matt Adorni will get the most out of Destro in his last high school season. I also think the bottom three teams from last season will finish in the bottom three again. The only difference I'm predicting from last year, is Woodridge's improvement. I think the Bulldogs will finish fourth and have an outside chance of sneaking into third. There is a lot of buzz around the league about Woodridge senior quarterback Dave Krusinski and the Bulldogs senior class.
Let me know what you think. How do you think the teams will finish in the PTC County Division?