2016 South Range Football Preview

South Range will begin their 2016 season with a home matchup with McDonald.

South Range Raiders High School Football

2016 South Range Football Preview
Head Coach: Dan Yeagley, 22nd season (176-60)
2015 Record: 6-4 (2-2), 3rd place in ITCL Red
2016 Division/Region: 5/17

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Revisiting ITCL History
League Championships: 5 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014)
Total League Record: 50-17 (74.6%)
Winning Seasons in League Play: 8 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Best League Record: 7-0 (2006, 2007, 2013)
Worst League Record: 1-6 (2009)

2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 24.5 (27th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 14.0 (T-6th in Area)
Passing Offense: 90.0
Rushing Offense: 224.1
Total Offense: 314.1

2015 Results
East Palestine 26 Raiders 25
Raiders 63 Southern 6
Crestview 20 Raiders 17
Raiders 41 United 17
Raiders 23 Springfield 17
Lisbon 10 Raiders 7
Raiders 7 Mineral Ridge 0
Raiders 17 Western Reserve 7
Raiders 35 Campbell 7
Warren JFK 30 Raiders 10

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Seth Morrow – 531 yards, 50.7%, 4 TDs
Rushing: Ethan Dominguez – 905 yards, 7.1 ypc, 4 TDs
Receiving: Austin Kelly – 8 catches, 59 yards
Tackles: Taymer Graham – 61
QB Sacks: Nathan Daniszewski – 7.0
Interceptions: Aniello Buzzacco & Austin Kelly – 1

Recent Raider Post-Season Finishes
2013: Division VI (Region 19) Semifinalist
2010: Division V (Region 17) Participant
2008: Division V (Region 17) Participant
2007: Division V (Region 17) Finalist
2006: Division V (Region 17) Finalist
2005: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Semifinalist
2004: Division V (Region 17) Finalist
2003: Division V (Region 17) Semifinalist

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – McDonald, 7
Sept. 2 – Western Reserve, 7
Sept. 9 – at Akron Manchester, 7
Sept. 16 – Mineral Ridge, 7
Sept. 23 – at Lisbon, 7
Sept. 30 – at Springfield, 7*
Oct. 7 – United, 7*
Oct. 14 – Crestview, 7*
Oct. 21 – at Indian Creek, 7
Oct. 28 – at East Palestine, 7*

Keys on Offense
The Raiders return their primary quarterback (Seth Morrow) and their featured running back (Ethan Dominguez) which usually points to an uptick in the production from one year to the next. Morrow was effective at the controls of coach Yeagley’s offense as he completed 50.7% of his passes (36-71) for 531 yards (4 TDs). He also ran for 384 stripes on 96 attempts (4.0 ypc) and scored a team-high 7 TDs. Dominguez ran for 905 yards on 127 totes (7.1 avg) and 4 scores. Aniello Buzzacco completed 68.4% of his passes (13-19) for 186 yards and 3 scores. Senior fullback Nathan Daniszewski rumbled his way to a 6.1 yard per carry average (39 attempts, 238 yards) and 5 touchdowns. Austin Kelly caught the third most passes by a Raider one season ago (8) while Taymer Graham pulled down 6 receptions for 45 yards.

Junior Levi Taylor connected on 6 of 8 field goal tries while only missing three extra point attempts (29-32). With the entire starting offensive line graduating there is some unease at camp this summer. “Being young up front is a concern,” said Yeagley. “They will have to mature quickly during our scrimmages and non-league games before league play (begins).”

Keys on Defense
Up front for the Raiders, Nathan Daniszewski and Ray Janecko will anchor the defensive unit. Daniszewski – 2015 All-League First-Team – led the team in quarterback sacks (7.0) and finished fourth in tackles (54). Janecko closed out 2015 with 2 sacks and 22 tackles. Senior linebacker Taymer Graham had 61 tackles and 5 sacks last Fall. Also returning at linebacker will be Peyton Remish. Defensive backs Ethan Dominguez (28 tackles), Aniello Buzzacco and Austin Kelly (INT) are back in the fold. Coach Yeagley likes what he has coming back on defense, “We have a good core of defensive returners coming back. We graduated some key players from a very good defensive team but we should be solid.”

Final Analysis
J.R. Renfoth (357 yards rushing, 118 tackles) and Greg Dunham (285 yards receiving, 29 tackles) are two huge pieces which graduated this past Spring. Replacing them could be quite difficult. However, with the amount of experience which coach Yeagley has coming back, South Range should be in contention for the league title once again this season.

Note: On May 31, South Range will join the Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) for the 2018-19 season. The league will be the new Northeastern Buckeye Conference without Louisville.

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