HS Football Focus: Tygers and Rams

  • 8/7/2017 10:16:15 AM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- The kickoff to high school football season in Ohio is less than three weeks away and team's all over the Buckeye State are getting into their second week of 2-a-day practices. Among them is a pair of squads from the city of Mansfield where cross-city rivals Madison and Mansfield Senior are working to improve on last seasons results.

For the Tygers, coming off a 6-4 campaign in 2016, the biggest question mark will likely be filling the hole graduated record-breaker Brian Benson leaves in the backfield. Head coach Chioke Bradley, now in his eighth season running the program, believes talented senior Jornell Manns, a University of Minnesota commit, can help fill that void with a combination of speed and athleticism that few possess in the area.

The brown and orange also welcome back starting quarterback Sid Caudill and a host of talented skill guys on the perimeter. The senior signal caller believes the offense can perhaps be more dynamic this season without Benson because his offensive unit will now look to exploit opponents from a myriad of attacking points.

The Tygers OCC rivals from Esley Lane have a slightly different outlook for the new year on the gridiron, as the Rams try to bounce back from a 2-8 season without the services of a Division 1 athlete. Stud WR/DB Tyrell Ajian has moved on to the college game at the University of Kentucky, along with QB Trestan Vail who also graduated in the spring.

Madison head coach Jamie Masi has a pair of junior's battling for the starting role under center and returns a number of key contributors in the trenches. Senior WR Kyle Jackson is also back for the Rams and figures to be the big play threat for the gain green in the passing game. Masi says the team's sole focus is their Thursday night opener against Shelby on Aug 24 which he feels will be a barometer for his team moving forward for the rest of the season.

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