Canfield Cardinals Excessive Faculty Soccer Preview 2021
CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield defeated Kenston (28-10) and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-6) last October to advance to the Region 9 Championship against the top seeded Chardon. The Hilltoppers eliminated Canfield en route to the Division III State Championship.
The Cardinals finished the 2020 season 9-1. The group set the school record for most victories over a four-year course. From 2017-20, Canfield had 39 wins. This corresponded to the standard set between 2005-09 (39 wins).
It will be difficult to replace last year’s senior class.
“The faster we grow up on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line, will determine the success of our season,” said coach Mike Pavlansky. “We have another challenging schedule.”
Canfield will face 224 rivals Poles at the season opener on Thursday 19 August.
Record 2020: 9-1
Coach: Mike Pavlansky, Canfield Season 21 (151-69)
2020 Big 22: Broc Lowry; Chris Sammarone
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Canfield’s Offense preview
Scoring Offense: 26.1 (31st in the range)
Recurring starters: 3
Main returnees: Michael Crawford, RB; Broc Lowry, JR / QB
Major losses: Ethan Fletcher, ATH; Nick Hewko, OL; Michael Minenok, OL; Chris Sammarone, RB; Jonathan Schmidt, K.
Name To Look For: Broc Lowry, QB
Quarterback Broc Lowry had tremendous sophomore success last year. He completed 67.6% of his passes (94-139) while throwing for 1,290 yards and 7 scores. He also led the team in rushing with 1,118 yards, 155 carries (7.2 avg) and 13 touchdowns.
Last year, Michael Crawford and Ryan Schneider each contributed to the running game. Crawford carried the ball 51 times for 293 yards (3 TDs) while Schneider received 25 rushs for 145 yards (TD). Connor Julian, Toby Smith (65 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards), Paolo Papalia, Caden Kohout and Dom Marzano will all be looking for time in the backcourt this fall.
The team completed its three best receivers but returned senior Drew Carrocce – who caught 8 passes for 179 yards (22.4 avg). Look out for Conner Cerneka, Jaden Jaffer, Oliver Kovass, Zane Muckleroy, Nicolo Cocca, Jack Davis, Jack Fabry, Vince Malkovits, and Gavin Ramun to play at any of the receiving seats.
“Our offensive linemen are having a great off-season,” said Pavlansky. “You have to keep moving if we have a chance to compete this year.”
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Canfield’s Defense Preview
Scoring Defense: 12.7 (2nd in the range)
Recurring starters: 4
Most important returnees: Drew Carrocce, SR / LB; Toby Smith, SR / DL
Key losses: Ethan Fletcher, DB; Conor Hritz, LB; Lukas Morell, DB; Chris Sammarone, LB
Name To Look For: Toby Smith, DL
Only two teams could score 20 points or more against the Cardinal Defense a year ago. Canfield held half of his opponents to single figures.
This season, defensive coordinator Wally Hurdley has to replace seven starters.
“We will be very young on the defensive. We have a lineman, a linebacker and two defensive backs who are returning as starters this year, ”said Pavlansky. “We have to grow up very quickly as we are opening with Poland and Dover in the first two weeks.”
Defensive linemen Toby Smith earned first-team junior All-AAC awards. Drew Carrocce won the honor of the second team. Pavlansky will also rely on Michael Crawford, Broc Lowry and Oliver Kovass to lead his defense.
August 19 – in Poland
August 27 – Dover
September 3 – Cleveland JFK
September 10th – in New Philadelphia
September 17th – Chaney
September 24th – Marion Pleasant
Oct 1 – Fitch
Oct 8 – East
Oct 15 – at Howland
October 22nd – at Boardman