2015 Valley Christian Eagles Football Preview
Head Coach: Brian Marrow, 9th season (43-40)
2014 Record: 1-9
5-Year Winning Percentage: 43.4%
Returning Offensive Starters: 8
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
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2014 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 8.1 (53rd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 39.4 (53rd in Area)
Aug. 29 – LaBrae, 7
Sept. 5 – Brookfield, 7
Sept. 12 – Streetsboro, 7
Sept. 19 – at Grand Valley, 7
Sept. 26 – at Bellaire St. John Central, 12
Oct. 3 – Cleveland VASJ, 7
Oct. 10 – St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Oct. 16 – at Warren JFK, 7
Oct. 24 – at Cleveland Central Catholic, 1
Oct. 31 – Trinity, 7
Key Losses: Quarterback Ryan Houston has since graduated so has WR/DB Shawn Staples and center Steve Olesky. FB/LB Terell Jones and lineman Josh Abell also leave a hole on both sides of the ball.
Key Returnees: Jaquan Green (6’3, 215 lbs) is another superb athlete with a humungous wingspan and a high motor to come through the Eagle program. Last year, he was an All-Ohio selection as a junior. Senior running back Kimonie Bryant returns as well to try and kick start an offense which averaged just 8 points a game.
Key Storyline: With the Eagles’ entrance into the always difficult NCL, how will the change in competition affect the group of players (in a positive or negative way)? With more opportunities to go head-to-head against some of the best competition around at this classification, one has to like the Eagles chances of becoming more relevant come October of each year in the area’s football landscape. Don’t forget though, it was just last year that the Eagles played against only two teams who finished with a sub-500 record.
Strengths: Even with the loss of their center Olesky, the offensive line returns a bundle of experience in a junior class which features Christian Carson (6’4, 328 lbs), Nick Cornell (5’11, 170 lbs), and Fred Hicks (6’0, 241 lbs). On the defensive side of the ball, Green is the kind of player who coordinators dream of building their unit around. Jaquan gave offensive tackles fits coming off the edge and made quarterbacks leery when he’d drop back into a linebacker/joker spot. He’ll be joined by Trevon Clay, David Hatfield, Arthur Ford, Kylin Hart and Hector Colon among the front seven.
Weaknesses: Losing some of the leadership like Olesky, Houston, Staples, Jones and Abell could be a lot to endure. Last fall, Youngstown Christian was only able to score 14-points or more once and was able to hold their opponents below 31 points three times. There is optimism abound as the program is moving in a new direction (into a new league) with an increased level of competition.
Game to Watch: October 3 vs. Cleveland VASJ
…Valley Christian enters league play with a matchup against Villa Angela-St. Joseph on October 3 at home.
New North Coast League – White Tier
Cleveland Central Catholic
St. Thomas Aquinas
Odds and Ends
…The Eagles football program has finished with an above-500 record 7 of the 11 years that they’ve been in existence (2004-14). Youngstown Christian’s best starts came in 2006 and in 2012 when they began the season with a 5-0 mark. Their longest winning streak was 9 games which happened during the 2011 season.
Recent League Finishes
2008: T-1st ESC (5-1)
2007: 3rd ESC (4-2)
2006: T-3rd ESC (3-3)
2005: T-3rd ESC (4-3)