Canfield football preview

Canfield began 2012 with a 2-2 mark; however, over the course of their last six games the Cardinals failed to register a single victory as they were outscored 177-87. During that stretch, they faced four teams which advanced to the post-season (Poland, Niles, Howland, Hubbard) and another who finished with a winning record (Struthers).

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The Cardinals suffered through their first losing season since 2003 (3-7). The last time Canfield finished back-to-back seasons with a losing record was in 1998 (2-8) and 1999 (4-6).

The schedule is the same as one year ago with the exception of their week four opponent. Beaver Local has been dropped off the schedule as the Orangemen of Ellet have been added following a trip to the playoffs.

2013 Canfield Cardinals’ Football Preview
By Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Mike Pavlansky, 13th season (89-44)
2012 Record: 2-8 (1-5), All-American Conference – American Division
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 14.9 (56th in Area)
Passing Yards: 60.7 (607)
Rushing Yards: 183.6 (1836)
Points Allowed: 29.7 (47th in Area)
Passing Yards Allowed: 160.1 (1601)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 179.3 (1793)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Kimu Kim – 495 yards, 47.3 Comp. %, 2 TDs
Rushing: Kimu Kim – 161 att, 596 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving: Nick Annichenni – 15 rec, 98 yards, 1 TD
Tackles: Nick Annichenni – 56
Sacks: Carter Rhoads – 7.0
Interceptions: Alec Buchenic & Nick Annichenni – 1

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – at Louisville, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – Alliance, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – Dover, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – Ellet, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – at Poland, 7 PM
Oct 4 – at Niles, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – East, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – Struthers, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – at Howland, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Hubbard, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: Coach Pavlansky gave his younger players more touches last year than one can recall in recent history. Juniors received 199 carries (led by Kimu Kim – 161 attempts for 596 yards) and 12 catches (led by Jake Dawson – 10 catches for 122 yards) while his sophomores took 105 rushes (led by Nick Annichenni – 82 carries for 473 yards) and 21 receptions (led by Nick Annichenni’s 15 catches for 98 yards).

Offensive Weakness: Comparing 2011 to 2012, Canfield took a big step back in offensive production. Two years ago, the Cards topped 345 yards of total offense per game (346.5) while crossing the goal line 40 times. This past season, the Red & Black attack gained an average of 243.7 and scored just 17 touchdowns.

Defensive Strength: Despite the loss of Conner Kesner (49 tackles, 3 sacks), the linebacker position should be a strength of the defense. Seniors Alec Buchenic (51 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 INT) and Carter Rhoads (45 tackles, 7 sacks) should lead this unit following strong efforts last fall.

Defensive Weakness: Last season, Canfield’s defense allowed an average of 339.4 yards of total offense which was last in the American Division. The Cardinals permitted 40 touchdowns while only forcing 9 turnovers (5 fumble recoveries/4 interceptions).

Storylines Facing the Cardinals
1. Increasing Point Totals for the Opposition. In 2007 (11.5) and 2008 (11.2), the Cardinals’ defense ranked fifth and sixth respectively among area schools. However, from that point on, the defense had gradually permitted more points (2009: 12.1; 2010: 17.2; 2011: 21.6) en route to their 2012 season which saw a 29.7 average.

2. First-Team Pilolli. The All-American Conference honored Edmond Pilolli as the American Division’s First-Team Punter. Pilolli averaged 34.0 yards on 44 kicks which included 6 inside the 20-yard line.

3. Buchenic’s Rise.Senior linebacker Alec Buchenic rose from a player who registered just 3 tackles as a sophomore to a player who finished second on the team in tackles (51) and first in stops for a loss (8.0).

Did you know? Nick Annichenni led Canfield in receptions (15) and touchdown catches (1) as a sophomore in 2012. The last time the Cardinals had a sophomore who accomplished that feat was in 2009 (Ben Angelo, 14 catches and 3 TDs).

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