Leetonia Bears Excessive College Soccer Preview 2021
LEETONIA, Ohio (WKBN) – Trainer Paul Hulea and his bears brought the school and community a season they hadn’t seen in over a decade. Leetonia finished 7-2, their best record since 2008 (8-3).
The Bears had five seasons (2013-17) in which they recorded at least seven losses. Leetonia combined a 7-43 prior to Hulea’s arrival. For his first three seasons at the top, the Bears have improved every year.
This year will be a challenge without many seniors who have helped bring the team back to life – one of them being Marco Ferry, their record breaking ball carrier.
Leetonia opens the season table with a home game against Sebring on Friday, August 20.
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Record 2020: Paul Hulea, Season 4 (17-12)
Trainer: 7-2 (5-1, T-1 place in EOAC)
2020 Big 22: Marco Ferry
Preview of Leetonia’s attack
Scoring Offense: 30.8 (17th in the range)
Main returnees: Joe Guido, JR / QB; Jake McCool, SR / WR; Mike Miller, SR / FB; LJ Rosa, JR / OL
Major losses: Jordan Baker, WR; Brayden Duko, OL; Marco Ferry, RB; Jaedon Finley, WR; Dylan Lennon, QB; Mason Mellinger, OL; Gannon Sheperd, OL
Name To Look For: Joe Guido, QB
The offensive will have some big footsteps to fill, including losing the standout Marco Ferry to the conclusion. Last year he ran 1,716 yards on 201 carries (8.5 avg). That’s 214.5 yards per game as he scored 22 touchdowns on the ground.
“We’ll find out if there is life after Marco,” said coach Hulea. “It will be interesting to see who will replace him as you run back. Jake McCool, Cody Beck, Hayden Cibula and Mike Miller – who switched from the tight end – will be in the race. “
The Bears will also have to replace their starting quarterback Dylan Lennon and top receiver Jaedon Finley. Lennon completed 52.8% of his passes for 441 yards and seven touchdowns. Finley averaged 19.6 yards per reception (13 catches, 255 yards) and scored three times.
“Our quarterback is Joe Guido,” said Hulea. “Wide outs, we have Timmy Finch, Noah Riffee and Tatum Finley. Timmy Johnson, Andrew Bulford and Ashbee Merritt will share close responsibilities. In the front, LJ Rosa will be our anchor. Kalieb Randolph, Brogan Lease, Andrew Hendricks, Eric Dicross, Alex Cameron, Cliff McFarland and Molly Gibson will compete on both the offensive and the defensive. “
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Preview of Leetonia’s Defense
Scoring Defense: 17.8 (11th in the field)
Main returnees: Jake McCool, SR / LB; Mike Miller, SR / LB; LJ Rosa, JR / DL
Major losses: Jordan Baker, DB; Brayden Duko, OL; Dylan Durick, LB; Marco Ferry, LB; Jaedon Finley, DB; Maurer Mellinger, DL; Gannon Sheperd, DL
Name To Look For: Mike Miller, LB
Senior linebacker Mike Miller led the team with 97 tackles and five losses last year. Miller is supported as linebackers by Jake McCool, Timmy Johnson and Hayden Cibula. Defensive lineman LJ Rosa is back for his junior season. Cody Beck and Joe Guido will be returning in secondary school to give the bears a solid foundation to work with this summer.
Under coach Hulea, defense has always been a cornerstone of their success. He’s seen his defense upgrade their score from a unit in 2018 that allowed 21.6 points to a group that allowed 20 points and 17.8 points respectively over the past two years. An impressive three year run on the defensive side of the ball.
EOAC rating 2020
United – 5-1 (7-3)
Leetonia – 5-1 (7-2)
South – 5-1 (5-3)
Wellsville – 3-3 (4-6)
Columbiana – 3-3 (4-5)
Talchristen – 2-4 (2-6)
Lisbon – 1-5 (4-7)
East Palestine – 0-6 (1-9)
August 20 – Sebring
August 27th – at Mathews
September 3 – in Southington
September 10 – Eastern Palestine
September 17th – United
September 24th – Tal Christian Valley
Oct. 1 – at Southern
October 8 – Lisbon
Oct. 15 – near Columbiana
October 22nd – Wellsville