South Vary Raiders Excessive College Soccer Preview 2021
CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – South Range won the Northeast 8 Conference title last fall by hitting a perfect 6-0 mark in league play. For the 8th time in the last 20 years, South Range finished the regular season unbeaten. The Raiders fell in the regional final against Kirtland and ended the season 9-1.
This year, South Range will have to do without League Player of the Year, Michael Patrone.
The Raiders kick off the 2021 season with a highly anticipated clash in New Middletown against Springfield on August 20th.
South Range aims to defend the Northeast 8 title without a cartridge
Record 2020: 9-1 (6-0, 1st place in the northeast 8)
Manager: Dan Yeagley, Season 27 (219-74)
2020 Big 22: Michael Patrone
Preview of the South Range Offensive
Scoring offense: 43.5 (1st in the range)
Total violation: 435.3
Recurring starters: 8
Most important returnees: Jacob Brooks, SR / OL; Chris Colucci, JR / OL; Logan Cormell, SR / OL; Dylan Dominguez, SR / RB; Connor Jones, SR / RB; Michael Lally, SR / OL; Shane Lindstrom, JR / WR; Cory Penick, SR / RB
Key losses: Luke Blasko, RB; Lukas Crumbacher, WR; Jake Gehring, TE; Harley Novak, K; Michael Patrone, QB
Name to look out for: Dylan Dominguez, RB
For the fourth time in the last 8 years, South Range achieved over 40 points per game in a single season (2020: 43.5; 2016: 40.1; 2014: 45.0; 2013: 42.6).
The Raiders must replace quarterback and League Player of the Year Michael Patrone this season. Cartridge completed 63.2% of his passes (72-114) for 1,375 yards while throwing 19 touchdowns, compared to just 2 interceptions. Cartridge also ran nearly 1,000 yards (878 rushing yards) as he crossed the goal line 9 times, collecting 9.9 yards per carry.
Trainer Yeagley says, “It really helps to have Dylan Dominguez, Shane Lindstrom, Connor Jones and Cory Penick back. They are all explosive players and will be a big part of our offensive this year. ”Dominguez led the team in rushing with 1,051 yards and 18 touchdowns. Dominguez also caught 11 passes for an average of 15.9 yards per reception.
Billy Skripac (214 yards) and Ethan Zinz will fight for the starting shot as callers this summer.
Defender Luke Blasko (441 yards) graduated last spring, opening the position to plenty of competition for the next two months. Look out for Connor Jones, Cory Penick (73 Rushing Yards), Tyler Remish, Jake Starkey (3 Rushing TDs), Barry Pitzer and Hunter Knauff battling for the open space.
The Raiders lost their three best receivers (Luke Crumbacher, 535 yards; Jake Gehring, 228 yards; Luke Blasko, 221 yards) from a year ago. Yeagley points out that Ayden Leon, Joey Plunkett, Dean DePizzo, and Isaiah Slabach will be in the mix across the board. JD Crouse and Caleb Agee will also be running out this summer.
South Range welcomes four starters up front again. Says Yeagley, “Having (Michael) Lally, (Jacob) Brooks, (Logan) Cormell and Chris Colucci really helps us. We have some others who had a great winter in the weight room. Beren Laws, Kyle Blough, Bailey Ryan, Braxton Bergman, Ryan Bartholow, Kade Witmer, Ethan Francis, Dominic Tunno and Gus Valentine all looked good in the off-season. “
Preview of the South Range Defense
Judgmental defense: 20.4 (21st in range)
Overall Defense: 300.2
Recurring starters: 9
Most important returnees: Kamron Aquisto, SO / LB; Jacob Brooks, SR / DL; Logan Cormell, SR / LB; Dylan Dominguez, SR / DB; Shane Lindstrom, JR / DB; Cory Penick, SR / DB; Tyler Remish, JR / LB; Bailey Ryan, JR / DL; Ethan Zinz, SR / DB
Loss of keys: Luke Blasko, DL; Lukas Crumbacher, DB; Jake Gehring, DL; Michael cartridge, LB
Name to look out for: Cory Penick, DB
Last year, South Range forced 17 takeaways (11 interceptions / 6 fumble recovery) and kept the opponent at 16 points or less in 5 of their 10 games.
“We’re giving back nine starters,” says Yeagley. “We played a lot of young men last year, in addition to these nine. All three linebackers are back and all four defensive backs are back, which is a great place to start. ”Cory Penick, a first-team All-League selection, finished second in interceptions last fall (3).
“Except for the nine returnees,” says Yeagley. “We’re looking for Connor Jones, Jake Starkey, Gus Valentine, JD Crouse, Caleb Agee, Joey Plunkett, Dean Depizzo, Isaiah Slabach, Braxton Bergman, Ryan Bartholow and Kyle Blough to make an impact in the coming season.”
The Raiders averaged 21 points or less in five of the last six years last fall.
Says Yeagley, “We have to replace both defensive ends, which will be difficult, but we have some young men who played there last year and will be ready to play full-time.”
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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 – in Springfield
August 27 – University School
Sept. 3 – Canton Central Catholic
September 10th – at Struthers
Sept. 17 – in Poland
September 24 – Girard
Oct. 1 – at Niles
October 8 – Jefferson
Oct 15 – at Lakeview
October 22 – Hubbard