Looking Forward To Fall: HS Football Forecast

  • 7/13/2017 12:24:43 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- The official start of high school football practice in Ohio takes place in just a couple weeks at the end of July. With the typical agenda to hit the ground running, competing in 7-on-7's is a great way for coaches to implement offensive and defensive schemes in the summer months for skill position players before the season really begins.

Earlier this week, Startek Stadium hosted a 7-on-7 tournament where a number of local teams competed to work on passing offense and defense. Among them were host squad Madison, and fellow Richland County programs Ontario and Clear Fork. WMFD caught up with each head coach to get their thoughts on the event and how their squad has developed during the offseason. Brian Skowronski and "Big" Mike Thompson discussed the outlook for each team on this week's episode of the Sports Buzz.

The Rams are coming off a 2-8 campaign and will have to replace record-setter Tyrell Ajian, plus find a new signal caller. Thompson says more physicality can equal more success for Madison in 2017 and head coach Jamie Masi agrees, hoping to see his guys take a step forward in the department this season. Lanky WR Kyle Jackson and the addition of St. Peter's senior Mason Campbell could make the Rams passing attack dangerous for opposing secondaries. 

Chris Hawkins leads Ontario into his second season after finishing 4-6 in 2016, but the longtime area head coach has a habit of turning programs around in a short period of time. Hawkins felt as though his first season running the Warriors was more about "learning" and now it's time to showcase the programs new "mentality". Sophomore Cameron Todd is likely to start under center for Hawkins after the bulk majority of last year's skill players graduated in the spring. 

Ontario will be joining the MOAC in 2017 after the NOL disbanded following this past sports calendar year and Clear Fork will join them after a long stretch in the Ohio Cardinal Conference. The Colts went 3-7 last season and haven't boasted a winning record since 2013 under head coach Dave Carroll. Fans in "The Valley" are hopeful that a change in league scenery, after being the smallest program in the OCC, will lead to the type of winning football Clear Fork is accustomed to playing.

Watch new episodes of The Sports Buzz every Wednesday at 8 pm on WMFD-TV. 

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