B Page -- Sept. 2, 2010

Notre Dame Game Preview 

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Notre Dame’s Saturday-afternoon tilt at Lindsey Wilson will spell the first half of back-to-back road games for the Falcons, who are slated to play six road games in 2010. The game, which is Lindsey Wilson’s first since reinstating football after a 75-year hiatus, also marks the beginning of a stretch when Notre Dame will be on the road for five of their next six.

The Blue & White went 4-0 in four road tilts during their 2009 developmental season (NDC went 8-0 overall). The Falcons’ six road games this season are bookended by trips to Kentucky -- Saturday marks their first road game of the season; in their last road game, NDC will be at Kentucky Wesleyan (Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 6).

The team’s trip to KWC will mark their longest road trip of the season (455 miles). In their six road tilts, NDC Football will travel 3,876 round-trip miles.

The Falcons’ Aug. 28 opener included numerous program firsts, but NDC will roll into Columbia looking for its first points and the first victory in program history. In its inaugural-game, 23-0 loss to Mercyhurst (Pa.), Notre Dame got into enemy territory four times but failed to put points on the board.
JFK High alum Gary Briggs

The Falcons were held to just 127 total yards of offense, and the squad was tagged for 11 penalties totaling 117 yards. … Notre Dame’s best drive against the Lakers last Saturday was a 69-yard, 11-play march in the fourth quarter. The three-minute-and-14-second drive ended on downs with NDC coming up a yard short on a 4th-and-8. 
Berea High alum Derrick Paster

Its early, but sophomore LB Gary Briggs comes into Saturday’s game ranked third in the NAIA in tackles; he had 13 in Notre Dame’s opener on Aug. 28. WR Derrick Paster ranks 10th in receptions, with six.

Saylor, Gates awards 

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Ryan Gates has the Lake Erie Crushers in position to surpass the club's
2009 attendance this weekend.  In their second season of existence, Lake
Erie has seen increases in both revenue and attendance at All Pro Freight
Stadium, and will host the 2011 All-Star Game.

Drew Saylor was honored for his work in northeast Ohio as the Citizenship
Award winner.  Drew, who also serves as a volunteer coach for Cleveland
State University, is in his second season with the Crushers and fifth
season overall in professional baseball.

B-W Football 

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B-W dominated right from the start as freshman defensive back Kevin Johnson (Garfield Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) returned the opening kickoff 55 yards.

Iggy Alum Kevin Johnson

Then, on the first play from scrimmage, O’Rourke threw the 40-yard TD pass to Darbutt. Senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) then kicked the point-after-touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Following a 12-yard Fighting Scot punt, the Yellow Jackets travelled 34 yards in five plays and increased their lead to 10-0 with 11:49 left when Pollock booted a career-long 37-yard field goal. The big play on the drive was a 27-yard run by Miker on the first play.

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B-W extended its lead to 17-0 late in the first quarter when the Yellow Jackets marched 85 yards in six plays in 2:12 and the drive was capped when O’Rourke threw the 59-yard TD pass to Jensen with 41 second remaining in the opening stanza. Pollock then tacked on the PAT kick.

The lead grew to 24-0 with 11:15 left in the second quarter when O’Rouke tossed the 19-yard TD pass to Jensen and Pollock booted the PAT. The  drive covered 58 yards in seven plays and covered 3:34 off the clock.  B-W increased its lead to 31-0 with 4:42 left in the half when Miker ran one yard to paydirt to cap an eight-play, 66-yard drive in 3:07.

Wooster finally reached the endzone with 14 seconds remaining before the intermission when freshman QB Richard Barnes, a Painesville Harvey alumnus, passed 13 yards to junior WR Logan Dunn.  Senior Russ Palm’s PAT kick made the score 31-7 and completed a 10-play and 69 yard drive.
In the first half, the Yellow Jackets outgained the Scots, 308-51. B-W’s 308 first half yards featured 154 on the ground and 154 through the air.

Undaunted, the Scots opened the second half by travelling 58 yards in 12 plays and covering 4:07 when Barnes passed three yards to junior TE Cameron Daniels for a TD. Palm’s PAT kick made the score 31-14. Then after Wooster recovered an onside kick, the Scots drove into B-W’s redzone, but Palm missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.
Padua alum Andrew Dziak

B-W then countered with 9:36 left in the game when sophomore QB Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan) passed 10 yards Manders  for a TD and Pollock’s PAT kick made the score 38-14.

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Offensively, Barnes led Wooster as he completed 20-of-35 passes for 171 yards with the two TD. He also ran the ball 22 times for 36 yards, but was sacked five times.  Defensively, Wooster was led by junior LB Matt Breidigam from Rocky River with nine stops.


Fairview 5, Lake Ridge Academy 0
Singles: Corrigan d. Rice 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; King d. Colegrove 6-3, 6-4;  Shihada d. Al-Haddad 6-1, 6-1 
Doubles: Watts/Filkill d. Miraldi/Kapodia 6-4, 6-4; Preston/Etterling d. Ridel/Beals 6-0, 6-0. 

Central Michigan has established itself as the best program in the Mid-American Conference since Kelly took over in 2004. The Chippewas are coming off a 12-2 season and their third MAC title in four seasons.

In the MAC, success typically means coaching turnover. Kelly was ripe for a move in 2006, but Michigan State opted for Mark Dantonio over Kelly. So Kelly took the spot at Cincinnati vacated by Dantonio. And Central Michigan plucked former offensive coordinator Butch Jones -- Rich Rodriguez's receivers coach at West Virginia at the time -- to replace Kelly. Kelly took the Notre Dame job in the offseason, Jones replaced him at Cincinnati, and Central Michigan decided to go with Enos -- who has no prior head coaching experience but whose recruiting efforts in Detroit have been a huge part of the Spartans' success.

Enos has a great feel for the quality of last season's Central Michigan team. He was on the sidelines when the Chippewas pulled off a 29-27 upset of the Spartans on Sept. 12. He also knows this isn't the same team. Not even close.

"We've got a lot of proving to do," Enos said. "We've got a lot of holes."

Central Michigan must replace the most accomplished quarterback in school and conference history in Dan LeFevour. LeFevour, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears, left with every significant passing record. He's the first player in NCAA history to exceed 12,000 career passing yards and 2,500 career rushing yards, and his 150 career combined touchdowns are the most in FBS history.

His top weapons are gone, too. Receiver/return man extraordinaire Antonio Brown -- the school's all-time leader with 305 receptions -- also went in the sixth round, to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryan Anderson, CMU's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,648) and receiving touchdowns (28), signed a free agent deal with the New England Patriots.

Cornerback Josh Gordy and defensive end Frank Zombo -- both with NFL free agent deals as well -- will be missed on the other side of the ball. But defense should be the team's strength, especially early while the offense adjusts to a new system. The days of 100 percent spread are gone, although Enos won't say his team is strictly pro-style from now on.

"We'll be multiple," he said. "That's the best way I can say it."

A veteran offensive line, a talented secondary and a pair of star senior linebackers in Nick Bellore and Matt Berning are the primary reasons for optimism. This is the definition of a rebuilding season, but the overall talent level and confidence in this program are high -- and the Chippewas think they can rebuild and transition to a third coach in six years while continuing to win.

"I do," Enos said. "I know people look at us and say, 'Man, they lost this, that and the other,' and we have. But this entire football program is confident and excited about what we can do this season."

Dan LeFevour has been the face of this program for four seasons, smashing records and featuring a rare combination of dual-threat ability with NFL-ready accuracy. Among his numerous accomplishments, LeFevour was one of two players in FBS history -- joining former Texas star Vince Young -- to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. And he was one of two players in FBS history -- joining former Florida star Tim Tebow -- to throw for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in the same season.

He's gone along with the Rich Rodriguez-influenced spread offense (former coach Butch Davis was a Rodriquez disciple) in which he flourished. Now the Chippewas are installing more two-back elements, gap blocking and new terminology while trying to locate the next signal caller in Mt. Pleasant. It's technically an ongoing competition, but sophomore Ryan Radcliff (6-2, 202) is the clear leader entering fall camp.

"Radcliff separated himself from the others [in the spring], but he's going to have to win it again in the fall," Enos said. "He's smart, tough, he's got a good arm. And he has a good demeanor for that position."

And he can run a little bit, too. Radcliff rushed for more than 600 yards as a senior at Fairwood High in Sherwood, Ohio, and he had six carries for 48 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman and LeFevour's backup last season. He also completed 10-of-21 passes for 115 yards, with two picks and no touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman A.J. Westendorp (6-1, 213), another dual threat, was a high school star and state champ at Holland (Mich.) Christian High, passing for more than 3,600 yards and rushing for more than 1,200 as a senior. He's a year behind Radcliff on the learning curve but has the talent to make a run at him.

Junior Derek Rifenbury (6-3, 208) is also in the mix, and incoming freshman Kyle Smith (6-3, 210) of Leola, Pa., was a major recruiting score for Enos. He compares Smith with former Michigan State star Drew Stanton, but the plan for now is to redshirt Smith for the 2010 season.

Rugged and underrated senior Bryan Schroeder was last season's top ball carrier not named LeFevour, collecting 559 yards and five touchdowns. His departure leaves a competition that is more open than the one at quarterback. Enos believes he has some talented candidates for an offense that will try to run right at people at times.

Senior Carl Volny (5-10, 198) and junior Paris Cotton (5-9, 188) are the most experienced of the bunch, having rushed for a combined 610 yards last season. Volny contributed 390 and Cotton 220. But the favorite at this point to get the bulk of the carries may be redshirt freshman Zurlon Tipton (6-1, 210), a combination of size and speed who could have helped last year but was lost for the season during fall camp.

Tipton had the "Urlacher injury," Enos said, or a dislocated bone in his wrist. Tipton is healthy now and wowed Enos at times during spring ball.

"Tipton is big and runs hard," Enos said. "And when he gets out, he's gonna go, because he can really run."

Volny -- who missed time with an ailing shoulder during spring ball -- Cotton and Tipton all have pretty good size, while sophomore Tim Phillips (5-5, 163) is a hard-to-find slasher in the open field. Phillips ran for 57 yards and a touchdown in spot duty last season. All four will have chances to carry the ball. The new offense also means the existence of a new position, fullback. The best of the bunch is senior Tyler Reed (5-11, 215), a special teams players the last three seasons who is powerful enough to lead at the point of attack and athletic enough to catch a ball out of the backfield every now and then.

"We like him and what he brings," Enos said. "We will use some two-back at times. It might be two backs, three wide receivers, we'll mix it up."

Much of the talk in 2010 will be about what Central Michigan lost at quarterback, but the receiver position also suffered a pair of gigantic hits. Bryan Anderson and Antonio Brown were two of the best pass catchers in the program's history, and they combined for 174 catches, 1,982 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns last season.

That's a ton of production lost. CMU has been able to recruit well at this position over the years, but the Chippewas need some supporting role guys to become primary targets in a hurry.

"Some guys there need to emerge," Enos said. "All of them missed some practice during the spring [because of injuries], so we still have to find out about them. We did not have a true, true evaluation." Senior Kito Poblah (6-2, 203) brings size and experience. Poblah was a better-than-solid No. 3 receiver last season, catching 53 passes for 681 yards and four touchdowns. Poblah nursed a sprained knee during the spring, but Central Michigan considers him the most known of the commodities available.

Sophomore Cody Wilson (5-10, 182) was the most impressive of the bunch during spring ball. He started seven games last season as a true fresh-man, collecting 25 catches for 226 yards, so he's also proven to an extent. But with Poblah, Wilson and everyone else, there will be fewer bubble screens and quick-hit routes, and more vertical opportunities in the new offense. All must prove themselves in that context.

Florida products including sophomore Jerry Harris (6-3, 184), junior Cedric Fraser (6-3, 197) and senior Matt Torres (6-2, 190) have the requisite size and the potential to break into the playing group. The Chippewas have a strong returning tight end in junior David Blackburn (6-3, 233). He can block and catch, and although he grabbed just 12 balls in 2009 (with two going for touchdowns), he may get the ball more often in Enos' offense -- especially considering the uncertainty at receiver.

"We think he can make plays," Enos said of Blackburn, who is backed up by several young prospects, including early enrollee freshman Joe Sawicki (6-5, 230).

Here's where Enos believes Central Michigan can dominate. The Chippewas bring back four starters and have seven linemen Enos would feel comfortable with on the field at any time.

"Where would you want to be experienced? Where do you want to be good?" Enos said. "Most coaches would say the offensive line."

Avon Lake High alum Adam Schneid eyes OL starting position

The Central Michigan offensive line paved the way for 423 total yards and 4.6 yards per carry last season, while allowing just 17 sacks in 14 games. Early in the season, it was said to be a weakness, but as it jelled, an already-potent offense got better.

The only departing starter is right guard Allen Ollenburger. Sophomore Matt Kanitz (6-6, 286) is ready to step into that spot, despite a minor injury that robbed him of part of spring ball.

Massive and mobile sophomore Jeff Olson (6-8, 282) is back at left tackle after growing on the job in 2009. Enos is counting on seniors Colin Miller (6-3, 292) and Jeff Maddux (6-5, 315) to provide the leadership. Maddux works at left guard, while Miller coordinates everything from the center position.

Junior Rocky Weaver (6-6, 272) is back at right tackle for the Chippewas, who will count on that line to ease the transition.

"They're an athletic group, they've played a lot of football," Enos said. "They're smart, they've got a good work ethic to them and they're tough. I'm very happy with this group."

CMU will rely on more gap blocking schemes after using more zone blocking schemes the last several years. Enos said zone blocking will remain a part of the running game.

The edge will have much to say about Central Michigan's success in 2010. The Chippewas look solid to special everywhere else, but there is a void of proven talent at the defensive end spot, with Frank Zombo, Larry Knight and Sam Williams all departing. Zombo was the star of the bunch, collecting 6.5 sacks as a senior and earning himself an NFL free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.

"Just like at receiver, we have a lot of wildcards here," Enos said of his group at defensive end. "We need people to step up."

There is hope in junior Kashawn Fraser (6-3, 226), who is undersized for the position but has the strength and speed to make plays anyway. Fraser had 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries as a sophomore.

"Frazier looks like the most explosive player we have there, but we'll see," Enos said.

"Explosive" is also how he described sophomores Daryll Stinson (6-6, 254) and Caesar Rodriguez (6-2, 224). Rodriguez is "tough and had a solid spring," Enos said, while Stinson also produced and showed the ability to be stout against the run. Stinson and Rodriguez may have the most upside of the bunch.

Converted linebacker Will Schwarz (6-5, 226) is "very athletic," Enos said, and is also competing for snaps at the position. Sophomore Steve Winston (6-3, 274) saw some action last season and has the size required against larger opponents.

Inside, things are much more settled and promising. Starters Shawn Murnane (6-1, 266) and John Williams (6-0, 280) are back after combining for six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last season. Murnane is expected to be one of the stars of the defense as a senior.

"He's played a lot of football," Enos said of Murnane, who made 49 tackles last season. "He's a worker and he has good ability. At 275 he plays very hard; he has a great motor."

Williams, a junior, was hurt in the spring but will be back to man the nose tackle spot in the fall. He made 29 tackles last season as a sophomore.

The Chippewas have quality depth backing Murnane and Williams, including Daniel Jackson (6-1, 300) and end/tackle Jason Chomic (6-4, 231). Winston could find himself inside at times. True freshman Andy Phillips (6-3, 270) might just be good enough to help right away.

Here's where the star power resides for Central Michigan. Senior linebackers Nick Bellore (6-1, 241) and Matt Berning (6-0, 232) combined for 240 tackles last season, and both could be playing on Sundays in the future.

Bellore is 108 tackles shy of Central Michigan's school record of 490, a mark he should reach. He piled up 132 stops last season, 13 of them for losses with three sacks, and he picked off a pair of passes as well. Rarely do you see weak-side linebackers weighing in at 241, but Bellore is able to move with enough speed to make it work.

"He's big, physical and he plays fast," Enos said. "He just has very good instincts. And of course he's mature and a good leader as well."

Berning mans the middle and made 108 tackles last season, with 8.5 for loss, three sacks and seven pass break-ups.

"He's extremely athletic and he's physically mature," Enos said. "He's a really tough guy to block." Junior Mike Petrucci (6-2, 235) is the favorite to start at strong-side linebacker after getting a start there and collecting 20 tackles during the 2009 sea-son. Redshirt freshman Shamari Benton (6-0, 201), sophomore Jake Bentley (6-2, 220), junior Landon Carter (5-11, 214), sophomore Alex Smith (6-3, 229) and junior Armond Staten (6-1, 211) also will compete for larger roles this season."

The stars play linebacker, but the most stocked position may be the secondary. And that's despite the fact starting corners Kirkston Edwards -- last season's third-leading tackler -- and Josh Gordy are gone. Senior Vince Agnew (5-10, 198), who started two games last season and contributed 35 tackles and five pass break-ups, has one starting spot all but locked.

On the other side, Enos has plenty of options. An intriguing one is sophomore Lorenzo White (6-0, 179), son of Enos' most celebrated college team-mate -- the former Heisman finalist and Pro Bowl running back of the same name.

"Lorenzo had a tremendous spring, he can run, he has great ability to run," Enos said. "He also has excellent physicality and attention to detail."

Redshirt freshman Evan Ray (6-1, 189) also opened eyes during the spring. Sophomore LaVarus Williams (5-11, 204) will be in the mix, and JUCO transfer Anthony Hollis (5-10, 185) is a guy Enos thinks can push for playing time.

At safety, sophomore Jahleel Addae (5-9, 193) may have had as impactful a spring as anyone on the roster. He went a long way toward cementing himself as the replacement for Eric Fraser at starting free safety.

"He's just a sophomore and he's tough," Enos said of Addae, who had 26 tackles last season. "He plays physical and he plays hard. He had a tremendous spring."

Junior Dannie Bolden (5-11, 197) returns at strong safety after collecting 51 tackles and two interceptions last season. But his starting spot is not as-sured. Senior Bobby Seay, Jr. (5-11, 186) is right there after getting one start and making 60 tackles last season.

Redshirt freshman Leron Eaddy (5-10, 186) also appears to have a promising future and will have a legitimate chance to help this season.

Antonio Brown was a major loss, an open-field weapon who returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns during his career. Twice he was voted MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, and last season he averaged 13.5 yards with two scores on punt returns, and 22.1 yards with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown.

Receiver Cody Wilson is the top candidate to replace Brown on punt returns, but Enos has no idea yet who will bring back kickoffs. Fall camp will be an open competition for that chore.

Andrew Aguila's departure should not be underestimated. Aguila booted the game winner at Michigan State and ended up 17-of-23 on field goals for the season. Central Michigan has three candidates vying to replace him.

All are redshirt freshmen -- Connor Gagnon (6-1, 182), David Harman (6-0, 170) and Richie Hogan (6-1, 190) -- and none did anything distinguishing during spring football.

"All three are neck and neck, and it's gonna take fall camp to figure this out," Enos said. "They all struggled early, to be honest with you, but they got better as spring ball went along. At this point, I don't want to cut anybody out of the competition, I have an idea how this will play out, but I don't want to say it right now."

Senior Brett Hartmann (6-4, 229) is back for his third season as Central Michigan's starting punter. He also will kick off.

Hartmann averaged 38.4 yards a punt last season, placing 19 inside the opponent's 20-yard line and forcing 14 fair catches.

Enos was happy with his first recruiting class at Central Michigan, although he had less than a month as head coach to secure previous commitments and tie it all together. Enos believes quarterback Kyle Smith can be a star in years to come, although the plan is to redshirt Smith.

Smith racked up huge numbers, record numbers in fact, at Lancaster Catholic High School. He's Pennsylvania's all-time leader in passing yards (8,544), touchdown passes (118) and single-season touchdown passes (50).

JUCO cornerback Anthony Hollis and defensive tackle Andy Phillips both could see immediate playing time, as could tight end Joe Sawicki.

Last season at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, Hollis was credited with 42 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions.

Linebacker Mike Kinville (6-3, 215) is a prospect with enough talent to at least see some special teams action, and wideout Deon Butler (6-3, 210) will have an opportunity in a receiving corps that may need a spark.