High school football conference previews for Northeast Ohio teams for 2012 season (NCL White Division Breakdown)
Bob Fortuna, Joe Maxse & Tim Rogers | Plain Dealer Reporters, August 22, 2012
NCL WHITE DIVISION
PD projected finish
1. Holy Name (7-3 overall, 5-0 league in 2011)
2. Central Catholic (6-4, 3-2)
3. Warren John F. Kennedy (5-5, 2-3)
4. St. Peter Chanel (3-7, 2-3)
5. Trinity (1-9, 0-5)
6. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (6-5, 3-2)
Preseason offensive MVP:
Tavion Pauldo, Central Catholic, QB, Jr., 6-1, 160.
Preseason defensive MVP:
Brionne Duke, St. Peter Chanel, DB/QB, Sr., 5-10, 165.
Preseason most valuable lineman:
Mike Setta, Holy Name, OL, Sr., 5-8, 205.
Other key players: Devon Bolden, VASJ, RB, Sr., 5-9, 160; Antonio Capasso, Trinity, LB, Jr., 5-10, 215; Will Davis, Holy Name, TE/LB, Jr., 6-2, 205; John Egizii, Holy Name, LB, Sr., 6-0, 185; Rodell Golphin, St. Peter Chanel, RB/CB, Jr., 5-7, 145; Andre Husain, Holy Name, WR/DB, Sr., 5-7, 155; Charles Miller, St. Peter Chanel, OT/LB, Sr., 6-2, 225; Dominic Naples, JFK, QB/DB, Sr., 5-10, 155; Royce Sawyer, Trinity, RB/DB, Sr., 5-10, 180; Robert Seger, JFK, WR/DB, Sr., 6-0, 170; Gregory Snyder, Central Catholic, WR, Sr., 6-2, 175; Lloyal Stokes, Central Catholic, DT, Sr., 6-1, 390.
Outlook: Holy Name came on strong under coach Mark Pinzone and looks to continue as he enters third season in revamped program. Good numbers add depth with six returnees on offense. QB Allan Medovic gets to lead offense. Running the conference slate once again is not out of the question. For a second straight season, a late fade prevented Central Catholic from reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1982. That could change this year with a good mix of veterans returning on both sides of the ball. Pauldo passed for 1,000 and ran for 200. Strong fronts on both sides can make for a good run. Depth is a huge variable. Warren JFK had its moments during first year in the league and eight defensive starters return. Chanel has not made the playoffs since 2007. Second-year coach Brad Demmerle welcomes back 17 starters, nine on offense. Duke accounted for 1,000 yards, passing for 650, and seven touchdowns. Modest totals look to improve as experienced group of receivers return. Junior quarterback Aaron Ivory adds depth. Numbers always pose a problem. Trinity returns 10 junior starters, who gained tons of experience a year ago. Numbers are a concern with 38 players on the squad, so depth is sketchy at best. It is a rebuilding job for coach John Storey at VASJ as the Vikings, who earned a spot in the Division VI playoffs, return just one starter on each side of the ball.
Top 3 games: Oct. 6, Warren JFK at Holy Name; Oct. 13, Central Catholic at Holy Name; Oct. 27, Warren JFK at Central Catholic.