2016 South Range Football Preview

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2016 South Range Football Preview

Head Coach: Dan Yeagley, 22nd season (176-60)

2015 Record: 6-4 (2-2), 3rd place in ITCL Red

2016 Division/Region: 5/17More:High School Football previews from other teams

Revisiting ITCL History

League Championships: 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014)

Total League Record: 50-17 (74.6%)

Winning Seasons in League Play: 8 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Best League Record: 7-0 (2006, 2007, 2013)

Worst League Record: 1-6 (2009)

2015 Team Stats

Scoring Offense: 24.5 (27th in Area)

Scoring Defense: 14.0 (T-6th in Area)

Passing Offense: 90.0

Rushing Offense: 224.1

Total Offense: 314.1

2015 Results

East Palestine 26 Raiders 25

Raiders 63 Southern 6

Crestview 20 Raiders 17

Raiders 41 United 17

Raiders 23 Springfield 17

Lisbon 10 Raiders 7

Raiders 7 Mineral Ridge 0

Raiders 17 Western Reserve 7

Raiders 35 Campbell 7

Warren JFK 30 Raiders 10

Returning Statistical Leaders

Passing: Seth Morrow – 531 yards, 50.7%, 4 TDs

Rushing: Ethan Dominguez – 905 yards, 7.1 ypc, 4 TDs

Receiving: Austin Kelly – 8 catches, 59 yards

Tackles: Taymer Graham – 61

QB Sacks: Nathan Daniszewski – 7.0

Interceptions: Aniello Buzzacco & Austin Kelly – 1

Recent Raider Post-Season Finishes

2013: Division VI (Region 19) Semifinalist

2010: Division V (Region 17) Participant

2008: Division V (Region 17) Participant

2007: Division V (Region 17) Finalist

2006: Division V (Region 17) Finalist

2005: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Semifinalist

2004: Division V (Region 17) Finalist

2003: Division V (Region 17) Semifinalist

2016 Schedule

Aug. 26 – McDonald, 7

Sept. 2 – Western Reserve, 7

Sept. 9 – at Akron Manchester, 7

Sept. 16 – Mineral Ridge, 7

Sept. 23 – at Lisbon, 7

Sept. 30 – at Springfield, 7*

Oct. 7 – United, 7*

Oct. 14 – Crestview, 7*

Oct. 21 – at Indian Creek, 7

Oct. 28 – at East Palestine, 7*

Keys on Offense

The Raiders return their primary quarterback (Seth Morrow) and their featured running back (Ethan Dominguez) which usually points to an uptick in the production from one year to the next. Morrow was effective at the controls of coach Yeagley’s offense as he completed 50.7% of his passes (36-71) for 531 yards (4 TDs). He also ran for 384 stripes on 96 attempts (4.0 ypc) and scored a team-high 7 TDs. Dominguez ran for 905 yards on 127 totes (7.1 avg) and 4 scores. Aniello Buzzacco completed 68.4% of his passes (13-19) for 186 yards and 3 scores. Senior fullback Nathan Daniszewski rumbled his way to a 6.1 yard per carry average (39 attempts, 238 yards) and 5 touchdowns. Austin Kelly caught the third most passes by a Raider one season ago (8) while Taymer Graham pulled down 6 receptions for 45 yards.

Junior Levi Taylor connected on 6 of 8 field goal tries while only missing three extra point attempts (29-32). With the entire starting offensive line graduating there is some unease at camp this summer. “Being young up front is a concern,” said Yeagley. “They will have to mature quickly during our scrimmages and non-league games before league play (begins).”

Keys on Defense

Up front for the Raiders, Nathan Daniszewski and Ray Janecko will anchor the defensive unit. Daniszewski – 2015 All-League First-Team – led the team in quarterback sacks (7.0) and finished fourth in tackles (54). Janecko closed out 2015 with 2 sacks and 22 tackles. Senior linebacker Taymer Graham had 61 tackles and 5 sacks last Fall. Also returning at linebacker will be Peyton Remish. Defensive backs Ethan Dominguez (28 tackles), Aniello Buzzacco and Austin Kelly (INT) are back in the fold. Coach Yeagley likes what he has coming back on defense, “We have a good core of defensive returners coming back. We graduated some key players from a very good defensive team but we should be solid.”

Final Analysis

J.R. Renfoth (357 yards rushing, 118 tackles) and Greg Dunham (285 yards receiving, 29 tackles) are two huge pieces which graduated this past Spring. Replacing them could be quite difficult. However, with the amount of experience which coach Yeagley has coming back, South Range should be in contention for the league title once again this season.

Note: On May 31, South Range will join the Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) for the 2018-19 season. The league will be the new Northeastern Buckeye Conference without Louisville.

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