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High School Football Preview 2023

Depth and experience come to forefront for Springfield Tigers

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Depth is the name of the game for the Springfield Tigers in 2023. In an effort to replace a large senior class, the Tigers worked several players in and out of the lineup last season and a number of younger players were able to gain experience and improve their abilities ...

Lowellville Rockets look to continue recent string of success

LOWELLVILLE — A year after putting together a historic season and losing one of the most productive senior classes in recent memory, the Lowellville Rockets are still in good shape. Quarterback Vinny Ballone, wide receiver Brady Bunofsky and tight end Anthony Lucente did a lot for the ...

Valley Christian Eagles set to follow up historic season

YOUNGSTOWN — In many regards, last fall might have been one of the greatest seasons the Valley Christian football program ever embarked on. With a record of 9-0, the Eagles went undefeated during the regular season for the first time in program history. Then they proceeded to match the ...

Western Reserve Blue Devils look to right the ship in 2023

BERLIN CENTER — Western Reserve was dealt a bad hand last year. Head coach John Armeni joined the program late into the offseason, and the team never got the chance to gel as a full unit. With a boatload of returners from last year’s squad and a full offseason together, the Blue Devils ...

Jackson-Milton Blue Jays enter season thinking ‘Why not us?’

NORTH JACKSON — The Blue Jays see an opportunity this year. They’re full of experience, and they’re hungry. Motivated by a “Why not us?” attitude, Jackson-Milton is looking to turn some heads this season. The Blue Jays are very upperclassmen-heavy and they want to rely on that to ...

New QB, same offense for West Branch and head coach Tim Cooper in Year 2

BELOIT — Last year, in his first year as the head coach at West Branch, Tim Cooper couldn’t have asked for a better start to his head coaching career. Despite a narrow defeat to eventual Division III state champion Canfield in their season opener, the Warriors went on to win nine straight ...