Several talented players from area schools have graced the cover of the Akron Beacon Journal High School Football Preview over the years.
There have been football players from Archbishop Hoban, Buchtel, Canton McKinley, Garfield, Hudson, Kent Roosevelt, Massillon, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Wadsworth and a host of other schools recently on the front cover of the section.
The 2014 version will have Nordonia football players on the front cover, and be available to the public in the traditional newspaper form on Friday and online at ohio.com.
Nordonia hopes to improve upon 8-3, 5-2 with Division I college recruits Denzel Ward (Ohio State), Justice Alexander (Michigan State) and Cameron Bell (Toledo) playing key roles.To read more or comment...
Wadsworth, 9-2, 6-1 a year ago, will open the season without coach Greg Dennison, who is recovering from a surgery that removed a cancerous kidney. He is hoping to return Week 2 or 3, but until he returns defensive coordinator Robb Karovic is in charge.
“Our strength is the program,” Karovic said. “We have program kids. We are consistent in that we run the same system from the seventh grade up on offense and defense. A weakness would be our inexperience on the varsity level. We are replacing 10 starters on defense and eight starters on offense.”
Wadsworth gradated 25 seniors from last year team’s team, but returns new senior leaders in Adam Dennison, Austin White, Wil Rock, Kyle Kemppel, Mason Egleston, Andrew Hammer, Trent Cornacchione and Kyle Pennington. Adam Dennison, Greg’s son, is entering his third year as the starting quarterback.
Here is a preview capusle for the 2014 season:To read more or comment...
The Highland football team put together a season to remember in 2013 by winning the Suburban League championship and advancing to a Division II state semifinal game.
Hornets players, coaches and fans enjoyed the ride, which included playoff victories over Avon Lake, Massillon and Avon, and a loss to Cleveland Glenville.
Coach Tom Lombardo guided Highland to a 13-1 overall record and a 7-0 league mark, and he is optimistic that the Hornets can create more memories this season.
“We have 24 seniors this year after graduating 17 seniors off of last year’s team,” Lombardo said. “We have eight starters back on defense and five on offense.To read more or comment...
Scott Chouinard, 33, will make his debut as the Copley High School football coach Friday night in a familiar place.
Chouinard will guide the Indians to his alma mater, Kent Roosevelt, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Chouinard played at Roosevelt and also recently coached on the Rough Riders staff.
Chouinard was 32 when Copley hired him and turned 33 on April 20. He graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 2000 and from the College of Wooster in 2004. He played quarterback for the Rough Riders and also for the Fighting Scots.To read more or comment...
Perry High School and Northwest High School will play their inaugural football games on their new synthetic turf fields this week.
Perry opens the 2014 season Thursday night with visiting Massillon and Northwest will stat the season by hosting Cloverleaf on Friday night. Both games are set to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Walsh Jesuit will also plays its first game on its new synthetic turf field on Friday night when it hosts Youngstown Ursuline at 7 p.m.
The synthetic turf fields are similar to the playing fields at several area schools, such as Archbishop Hoban, Brunswick, Copley, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Green, Hudson, Jackson, Lake, Massillon, Medina, Nordonia, Orrville, Ravenna, Revere, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Stow and Wadsworth.To read more or comment...