Girard Indians Excessive College Soccer Preview 2021
GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard returns many seasoned underclassmen as the Indians try to recover from last year’s 4-6 campaign.
Girard managed through Woodridge to advance in their playoff opener (42-21) before falling to the top-seeded Northwest (52-29) the following week.
This season, coach Pat Pearson will be looking to replace Drew Delgarbino as quarterback and get a more consistent game out of his defensive position.
The Indians open the 2021 season at home against Streetsboro on Friday 20th August.
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Record 2020: 4-6 (2-4, T-5th place in the northeast 8)
Trainer: Pat Pearson, Season 8 (46-33)
Preview of Girards Offense
Scoring offense: 27.2 (T-27. In range)
Recurring starters: 5
Most important returnees: Nic Bengala, JR / WR; Dean Deciancio, SR / OL; Nassim Lloyd, SR / OL; Dom Malito, SR / WR; Preston Mays, JR / WR; Triston Valley, JR / QB
Major losses: Drew Delgarbino, QB; Tyler Maddox, RB
Name To Look For: Dom Malito, WR
Girard averaged 33 points in the last four games of the 2020 season. They’ll try to keep that scoring bombshell going into the new year with a new starter at the quarterback and a new featured runner.
Last year, Drew Delgarbino completed 58.3% of his throws (126-216) for 1837 yards and 14 scores. He also ran for 467 yards and scored five times on the ground. Tyler Maddox led the Indians with 726 yards at 5.8 yards per try and 10 touchdowns. Maddox also caught 11 passes for an average of 15.2 yards per reception. Both have now graduated.
This summer, Coach Pearson will have some key position fights.
“As quarterback, we have Junior Triston Valley – who did a few varsity reps with quarterback last year,” says Pearson. “He has a very strong arm and can play with his feet. He’s worked hard so far in the off-season and has become one of our leaders. Freshman Stephen Sims is a super athlete, he is still very young but will have a chance to find his way around the field one way or another on Friday night. We also have a couple of kids who we liked in the running back position. We will have to use the summer and August camps to clarify the position. “
Girard returns each of his 200 yard receivers. Dom Malito played with a broken left wrist and broken right thumb year-round, leading the team in receptions (50), yards (729) and touchdowns (7). Preston Mays (17 catches, 253 yards) and Nic Bengala (226 yards in reception, 3 TDs) put together strong second campaigns on the outside. Be on the lookout for Jordan Grant, Bobby Alejars, Ryan Fitzgerald, Conner Strain, Stephen Sims and Domenico Simone to push for time on one of the receiver spots this summer. Pearson is happy about his pass catcher
“We feel like they are one of the best groups in the area. It could be the deepest group we’ve ever had, which says a lot about our school that has produced so many talented groups over the years, ”he said.
Last season, Nassim Lloyd and Dean Deciancio scored 91% and 85%, respectively. Lloyd picked up nine pancake blocks while Deciancio graduated from his junior year at 6. The two senior linemen will be joined by three more of their classmates this fall – Ben Stirling, Gabe Mager and Anthony Moore.
Preview of Girard’s Defense
Scoring Defense: 31.6 (54th in the field)
Recurring starters: 7
Most important returnees: Nic Bengala, JR / DB; Jake Dohy, JR / LB; Dom Malito, SR / DB; Preston Mays, JR / DB; Triston Valley, JR / LB
Major losses: Amari Curd, LB; Drew Delgarbino, LB; Jared Koch, DL; Cameron Lamonica, DB; Deshawn Williams, LB
Name to look out for: Nic Bengala, DB
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After their shutout win against Lakeview (35: 0) in the beginning, the Girard defense allowed their next nine opponents an average of 35.1 points per game. Within this last section, the Indians allowed three teams to score over 50 points.
“We have a lot of guys coming back from last year’s group, which is always a plus,” Pearson points out. “However, there is still a lot to do on this side of the ball to bring us back to championship level. I’ve always said that the years we play solid defense here at Girard are the years we fight for the league championship and make deep playoff runs. “
Girard offers a lot of speed to go with experience. In secondary school, Girard welcomes back a group led by Dom Malito (59 tackles), Preston Mays (48 tackles) and Nic Bengala (38 tackles). There’s a lot of depth with Jordan Grant, Bobby Alejars, Ryan Fitzgerald, Stephen Sims and Domenico Simone ready to take on bigger roles on the defensive side of the ball.
When it comes to the linebacker, the Indians have Conner Strain (24 tackles) and Triston Valley (53 tackles) on the outside and Jake Dohy (60 tackles) and Dante Byrne on the inside.
“On the offensive, you can always do things to hide your holes or hide your weaknesses,” says Pearson. “In defense, however, all of your weaknesses are exposed and exploited. Last season we played in defense for the second year. These kids fought as hard as they could but weren’t quite ready for what the Northeast 8 had to offer. They had a great off-season in the weight room. I know they are hungry for a chance to build on what was started last season. It’s a group that love to play ball, take care of each other, and are very proud of Girard. I am happy that they continue to grow. “
2020 Northeast 8 tables
South Range – 6-0 (9-1)
Poland – 5-1 (7-2)
Hubbard – 4-2 (5-3)
Nile – 4-2 (5-4)
Girard – 2-4 (4-6)
Struther – 2-4 (2-5)
Jefferson – 1-5 (3-7)
Lake view – 0-6 (1-7)
The excitement grows 100 days before football season; Games to get the adrenaline pumping
August 20 – Streetsboro
August 27th – at Liberty
September 3 – Ellet
September 10th – Jefferson
September 17th – lake view
Sept. 24th – near the South Range
Oct. 1 – Poland
October 8th – at Hubbard’s
Oct. 15 – at Struthers
Oct. 22 – Niles