By Ryan Lewis, Northeast Ohio Media Group | August 20, 2014 10:45 a.m.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Check out a preview of the North Coast League White Division for the 2014 football season, including predictions of the league race, top players and more.
North Coast League White Division
Cleveland.com projected finish (overall, league record in 2013)
Villa Angela-St. Joseph (11-2, 5-0)
Central Catholic (9-3, 4-1)
Holy Name (7-3, 3-2)
Saint Thomas Aquinas (7-3, 2-3)
Trinity (5-5, 1-4)
Warren John F. Kennedy (1-9, 0-5)
Preseason offensive MVP:
Marvelle Ross, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, RB, Sr., 5-11, 170 pounds
Preseason defensive MVP:
Colin Costanzo, Holy Name, LB, Soph., 5-11, 185 pounds
Preseason most valuable lineman:
Kovas Kijauskas, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, OL, Sr., 6-5, 275 pounds
Other key players:
Brandon Brown, Central Catholic, WR, Sr., 6-1, 160 pounds
Michael Costanzo Jr., Trinity, LB, Jr., 5-10, 180 pounds
Brett Dawson, Trinity, WR, Sr., 5-10, 175 pounds
Nick DeMassimo, Trinity, LB, Soph., 5-10, 165 pounds
Brandon Green, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, WR, Sr., 5-11, 175 pounds
Marcel English, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, DL, Sr., 5-10, 195 pounds
Ty Hall, Central Catholic, CB, Sr., 5-9, 170 pounds
Dushawn Harris, Central Catholic, CB, Sr., 5-8, 160 pounds
Christian Klink, Holy Name, QB, Sr., 6-2, 215 pounds
Desmond Lundy, Central Catholic, QB, Sr., 5-8, 160 pounds
Isaiah Pope, Central Catholic, DT, Jr., 6-2, 280 pounds
Anthony Moeglin, St. Thomas Aquinas, QB, 6-1, 190 pounds
Mike Sabol, Holy Name, DL, Sr., 6-3, 220 pounds
Shakif Seymour, Holy Name, RB, Jr., 6-1, 210 pounds
Tre’Von Williams, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, QB, Sr., 6-4, 205 pounds
Eric Youngblood, Holy Name, OLB, Sr., 5-11, 190 pounds
Outlook: Villa Angela-St. Joseph returns arguably the division’s two most exciting players in Ross and Williams. The Vikings also bring the conference’s most experienced and perhaps the most talented offensive line to lead the way for an explosive backfield. The question mark at VASJ will be the defense, which is young. But the Vikings will be putting up points this season and have a favorable road schedule, as they get Central Catholic, St. Thomas Aquinas and Holy Name at home.
Central Catholic, last year’s division winner, will be looking to go through the air more, as Lundy, Brown and several other receivers return for the Ironmen. Central Catholic is also plenty motivated after a one-and-out postseason last year has been combined with the Ironmen being placed outside of the top-25 by multiple media outlets. Defensively, Central Catholic has a strong secondary, led by Hall and Harris.
Saint Thomas Aquinas returns Moeglin and several other members of a talented team from last season.
Holy Name has added Klink, a St. Ignatius transfer, at quarterback. And Seymour is still there at running back, creating a talented backfield. On defense, Costanzo will be asked to lead the defense as a sophomore. Holy Name coach Dan Wondolowski believes the Green Wave is ready to compete.
Trinity returns quarterback Kyle McSweeney from a team that lost several close games last season. Costanzo, who was hurt last year, returns to lead the offensive backfield at running back and anchor a young linebacking corps.
Warren John F. Kennedy returns quarterback Michael Roscoe from a team that won just two games last year.
Top three games:
November 1, Central Catholic at Villa Angela-St. Joseph
October 4, Holy Name at Villa Angela-St. Joseph
October 18, St. Thomas Aquinas at Central Catholic
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