Boardman football preview

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Boardman hired their third head football coach in the past four years this past winter. Spartan grad and longtime assistant Joe Ignazio takes over for Mark D’Eramo.

The Maroon and White began 2012 with a 3-1 mark but finished with only one win over their final six contests. Their last four games saw Boardman fall by at least two touchdowns.

The All-American Conference made a huge splash in July by announcing that five schools will join the league, including Boardman, to their growing collection of the area’s top-flight programs. This means that the Spartans’ football team will be joining the AAC after the 2014-15 season. Boardman began their journey in the Federal league by posting a 2-19 mark over their first three seasons (2004-2006). Over the past six years, Sparty has finished with a winning record four times which included a league championship in 2011.

Boardman begins the 2013 campaign with a road trip to Franklin County to take on the Panthers of Hilliard Darby.

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2013 Boardman Spartans’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Joe Ignazio, 1st season (0-0)
2012 Record: 4-6 (2-4), Federal League
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
Returning Starters: Offense – 5, Defense – 3
Offense: Spread
Defense: 4-4

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 25.5 (29th in Area)
Passing Yards: 84.1 (841)
Rushing Yards: 234.5 (2345)
Points Allowed: 34.8 (57th in Area)

Returning Leaders:
Passing: Darius Sanders – 156 yards, 48.1 Comp. %, 1 TD
Rushing: Turel Thompson – 56 att, 570 yards, 19 TDs
Receiving: Turel Thompson – 20 rec, 282 yards, 4 TDs
Tackles: Nick Cordova – 90
QB Sacks: Evan Croutch – 5.0
Interceptions: Turel Thompson – 2

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – at Hilliard Darby, 7:30 PM
Sept. 6 – Cardinal Mooney, 7:30 PM
Sept. 13 – at Poland, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – GlenOak, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Fitch, 7 PM
Oct 4 – at Perry, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – Hoover, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Jackson, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – at Canton McKinley, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Lake, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: The skill position players should be a strength of the Spartans in 2013. Turel Thompson was one of only two First-Team All-League performers (John Babos). Thompson averaged 10.2 yards per carry (56 attempts, 570 yards) while leading the team in total touchdowns with 24 (19 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 kickoff return). Isaiah Lyle (292 rushing yards) and Darius Sanders (173 rushing yards/156 passing yards) also will be counted upon to increase their production as seniors.

Offensive Weakness: Lack of experience at the receiver position. Thompson is the only returning player to have caught a single pass this past fall.

Defensive Strength: The toughness of this Boardman bunch will not be questioned.

Defensive Weakness: Despite the fact that the Spartans defense caused 15 takeaways (6 interceptions/9 fumble recoveries), they yielded 34.8 points per game to their opponents. This snaps a six-year run where Boardman’s defense had given up less than 20 points per contest.

Storylines Facing the Spartans:
1. Get the ball to Turel. Thompson is a dynamic talent who can score at will and gain bunches of yards with only a few carries.

2. Question Marks about Depth. Virtually every position imaginable will be decided in camp. Coach Ignazio hopes to see his younger players step up and fill into those key roles.

3. Match up with Poland. Boardman will make their trek to the 44514 zip code to take on the Bulldogs of Poland in week three. This match up should generate lots of excitement in both communities.

Did you know? Between 1987-1992, there was one Spartan each year who was named to the AP’s First-Team All-Ohio (1987: Bill Schaffer, OL; 1988: Doug Velasquez, LB; 1989: Jamie Frommelt, OL; 1990: John Ryan, QB; 1991: Jim Rosko, OL; 1992: Jason Triveri, DB).

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