2015 Canfield Football Preview

2015 Canfield Football Preview
Head Coach: Mike Pavlansky, 15th season at Canfield (97-56)
2014 Record: 5-5 (2-3), AAC American
5-Year Winning Percentage: 42.0%
Division/Region: 3/7
Returning Letter Winners: 19
Base Offense: Pro-I
Returning Offensive Starters: 7
Base Defense: 4-3
Returning Defensive Starters: 5

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 256.5
Passing Offense: 57.8
Total Offense: 314.3
Scoring Offense: 28.5 (17th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 23.6 (30th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Aaron Jenkins – 712 yards, 5.2 ypc, 8 TDs
Passing: Aaron Jenkins – 469 yards, 50.5%, 5 TDs
Receiving: John French – 16 catches, 248 yards, 2 TDs
Tackles: Jacob Esarco – 96
QB Sacks: C.J. Frost, Cameron Tareshawty, & Mason Giordano – 2.0
Interceptions: Matt Milligan – 4

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Louisville, 7:30
Sept. 4 – Alliance, 7
Sept. 11 – at Kenston, 7
Sept. 18 – Lakeside, 7
Sept. 25 – Struthers, 7
Oct. 2 – at Boardman, 7
Oct. 9 – Niles, 7
Oct. 16 – East, 7
Oct. 23 – at Howland, 7
Oct. 30 – at Poland, 7

Key Losses: WR/DB John French had a solid 2014 season which saw the 5’9 athlete haul in 16 passes for 248 yards (2 TDs) while intercepting 2 balls and finishing with 30 tackles. Other defenders Jordan Brown, Matt Milligan, Cameron Tareshawty and Ross Duffett have all graduated this past Spring as well. Brown finished third on the team with 47 tackles as he recovered a fumble and forced one as well. Milligan led the team with 4 interceptions (20 tackles). Tareshawty stopped 21 ball carriers and brought down 2 passers. Duffett put together a strong stat line with 35 tackles, 5 for loss, and 2 forced fumbles. Quarterback Aaron Jenkins leaves after posting 712 rushing yards and 469 passing. He was involved in 13 touchdowns (8 rushing, 5 passing). Luke Whittenberger (478) and Drew Rogers (462) combined for 940 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. One of the biggest losses for Canfield will be the graduation of their kicker – Bryan Kristan. Number 30 connected on 97.3% of his extra point attempts (36-37) and was 5 of 7 on his three-pointers. In 2013, Kristan again registered 30 of 31 extra point attempts and 3 of 5 field goals.

Key Returnees: Senior C.J. Frost finished first on the team in rushing yards per carry (14.4) with his 488 yards on 34 attempts. Frost also was effective on defense as he had 2 quarterback sacks. Jake Cummings was a jack of all trades last year as he threw for 102 yards, ran for 120 (5 TDs), caught 9 balls for 103 and scored 7 total touchdowns. Jake also was involved in 13 tackles on defense. Punter Ryan Teminsky averaged 33.2 yards on 29 punts as a sophomore. Seniors Jacob Esarco and Troy Williams both return on the defensive side. Esarco led the team with 96 tackles, 6 for loss. Williams finished second with 65 tackles and a team-leading 3 forced fumbles. Along the defensive front – Mason Giordano (29 tackles, 2 sacks) and Jaret Bunch (25 tackles) – both are back in the fold.

Key Storyline: Believe it or not, Canfield has only had one winning season in the past five years (2011: 6-4). That’s pretty hard to imagine after they enjoyed so much success for a decade (2000-2009) which saw the Cardinals finish with nine winning campaigns in ten years.

Strengths: On defense, the unit returns five of their top eight tacklers from a season ago. Besides Bunch and Giordano up front, the team also returns linebackers Esarco, Cody Holland (8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) and Andrew Hallof (28 tackles) as well as in the secondary Williams, Cummings and Frost.

Weaknesses: A ton of moving parts on offense. Canfield featured four ball carriers who each ran for over 460 yards. The Cardinals lost four of their top five rushers to graduation. Canfield also lost 81.6% of their receiving options from a year ago. Not to mention, their quarterback Jenkins and their place kicker Kristan. Many will seek answers this fall to where the offense will come from with so much change. A bright sign on offense is the fact that the Cardinals return four offensive linemen who saw many minutes last fall: Matt Minenok, Jack Pallante, Jacob Esarco and Jaret Bunch.

Game to Watch: October 30 at Poland
…Canfield seems to play such a strong schedule year-in and year-out. This season, the Cardinals will welcome Kenston, Boardman and Lakeside onto the schedule. Kenston has qualified for the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. But, there’s one game on the slate which is the marquee matchup each year – Poland vs. Canfield. This year, the contest will be played in week ten at Dave Pavlansky Field.

New AAC Red Division
Canfield
Howland
Niles
Poland
East

Odds and Ends
Leading Rushers Since 2007
2014: Aaron Jenkins, 712
2013: Kimu Kim, 1728
2012: Kimu Kim, 596
2011: Jordan Italiano, 1038
2010: Blake Jackson, 657
2009: Kyle Vaclav, 638
2008: Kyle Vaclav, 657
2007: Dan Banna, 890

Recent League Finishes
2014: T-3rd AAC American (2-3)
2013: 4th AAC American (2-3)
2012: T-6th AAC American (1-5)
2011: 4th AAC Red (1-3)
2010: 3rd AAC Red (2-2)

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