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12/9

Monroeville

40

@ Western Reserve

77

12/10

Monroeville

45

@ Margaretta

68

12/16

Monroeville

45

@ South Central

71

12/17

Norwalk St. Paul

45

@ Monroeville

40

12/27

Monroeville

53

@ Clyde

56

12/30

Monroeville

33

@ New London

47

1/3

Danbury Lakeside

37

@ Monroeville

40

1/6

Mapleton

63

@ Monroeville

58

1/7

Monroeville

52

@ Fremont St. Joe

49

1/13

Monroeville

39

@ Plymouth

61

1/14

Edison

46

@ Monroeville

29

1/17

Old Fort

67

@ Monroeville

44

1/19

Monroeville

47

@ Crestview

62

1/21

Western Reserve

59

@ Monroeville

46

1/27

South Central

65

@ Monroeville

45

1/28

Monroeville

43

@ Lucas

69

2/3

Monroeville

35

@ Norwalk St. Paul

54

2/4

New London

50

@ Monroeville

42

2/7

San. St. Mary's

62

@ Monroeville

43

2/10

Monroeville

57

@ Mapleton

74

2/17

Plymouth

52

@ Monroeville

53

2/24

Crestview

46

@ Monroeville

42

3/3

Mans. St. Peter's

68

Monroeville

46

 

 

 

Rivals Clash for Second Time This Season

  

          Monroeville plays arch rival Norwalk St. Paul for the second time this year on Saturday night at Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium in the division seven regional semi finals of the high school football playoffs.

          In their first meeting on October 29 at Monroeville the Flyers won (14-8) to claim the outright Firelands Conference title.

          Last week, Monroeville drilled Windman (55-6) in a first round game at home.  Coach Scott Stacher says they were able to get off to a quick start and never look back.  “We came out and caused a fumble on the second play of the game and the next play we put it in.  I think we scored on our first five possessions, something like that.  We played a really good game,” he said.
          When it comes to the rematch, Stacher says they just have to make a few more plays because he thinks it is going to be a close one again on Saturday.  “We just need to minimize mistakes.  We need to clean up some things and just play with a little more intensity.  It is going to be a close game either way.  It might be a play here or there for either team.  That is what makes playoff games so great.  When you combined them with a conference foe and a rivalry game you have three for the price of one this week,” he said.

          The biggest two plays of the conference title game two weeks ago came when St. Paul caused a fumble on a kick return.  Then quarterback Nick Lukasko found Paul Pearce for a leaping grab in the end zone with 25 seconds left in the half.  There was no scoring in the second half of the game.

          Stacher says the kicking game is going to be pretty big in the rematch too.  “They returned a couple on us and got decent field position.  We had a little mistake their on a punt.  It wasn’t downed on the three and they picked it up, a smart play on their part and ran it out to the 25, so that is a little better field position.  The kicking game is a big deal and it will probably make a difference in a Saturday night’s game for sure,” said Stacher.

          Monroeville might get a boost in the return of running back Blake Anderson, who broke his leg seven weeks ago, but scored a TD last week against Widham.  Stacher says his presence can be a huge boost for them.  “We hope it is going to be a big factor.  He gets better every day.  He has been working hard for the last few weeks trying to get back into a game.  I am so happy for Blake just to make it back after a broken leg in week five to be able to at least run the ball and score.  So, I’m super happy for the kid.  I have never seen our kids celebrate any more in the end zone, and be happier for him, than when he scored that touchdown,” said Stacher.

St. Paul beat Monroeville (28-6) in the first round of the playoffs last year.  They also won the previous three meetings in the playoffs between the two rivals (49-21) in a regional semi final game in 2007, (30-15) in regional final in 2004 and (17-14) in another regional final back in 1999.

Stacher likes playing at Perkins and believes it will be a great atmosphere come Saturday night.  “It is a great site. Perkins’ stadium is just a beautiful place to play.  We will have our fans on our sidelines as well as they will.  I think we will have a big crowd with where it is played and the significance of the game.  I think it is going to be an electric atmosphere.  It is high school kids, so we will see what happens.  Hopefully nerves don’t get to us.  We have been in some playoff games now.  We are a little bit seasoned, not as much as they are.  It is going to be a great game, great atmosphere.  Hopefully we can minimize mistakes, clean up some things, and go after them,” said Stacher.

 

Published 11/09/16

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Ground Game Key in Monroeville Playoff Game

  

          Monroeville, the Firelands Conference runner-up, entertains Windham in a first round playoff game in division seven on Saturday night at Marsh Field.

          It is the second year in a row for the Eagles in the playoffs.  They lost last year on the road in week one to arch rival Norwalk St. Paul.

          Coach Scott Stacher says it is nice to be home.  “I think it is going to be a huge factor for us.  Playing at home is a great thing. Anybody that was at the game last Friday it was just electric.  We had like 2,500 fans there.  I keep telling people it is just great being in Monroeville.  Football is the only gig in town on Friday although it happens to be Saturday this week.  I don’t know how well Windham travels, but I know we will travel well at home.  Our fans will be ready to rock the house on Saturday night,” he said.

          Windham (7-3) is a team that likes to run the ball and is very good it.  The Bombers have averaged more than 250 yards per game on the ground this year.  Stacher says they have some quick and athletic backs.  “They are kind of like what we were a couple of years ago.  They have a lot of young players, very good players.  They run a wing-T style offense.  They run a 4-4 style defense.  They are big up front with their offensive and defensive lines.  They have a couple of quick kids, number 1, one of their backs, is the coach’s son, he is super quick in space especially.  Number four is very fast.  So, they have a couple of really good, fast athletes,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “Their quarterback as a decent arm.  They run the ball very well.  Yardage wise I think they have something like 2.500 yards rushing, similar to what we have.  It is going to be a really good game, an exciting game, a tough four-five match up.  We are looking forward to the challenge, especially at home.”

          A team with wing-T action is going to feature a lot of fakes in the backfield and Stacher says they are going to have to be very focused on their keys and not peaking in the backfield.  “That is what we have noticed on film they are a big play team.  You get a stop, you get a stop and somebody gets out of line.  Big plays are what they are about.  Just like us.  We run some things that are wing-T stylish.  I take a lot of my football roots from the running game, the wing-T, the T, and mixing in a little bit with what we do out of the “I.”  We do have some wings in some situations also.  Those types of blocking techniques and schemes if you get out of alignment it could be a long night,” he said.

 

Published 11/04/16

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Monroeville Clashes With St. Paul

  

          You almost never get a match-up like this one a battle of undefeated teams for a conference championship on the final week of the season.

          It reminds me of my youth and the great wars between Ohio State and Michigan or Oklahoma and Nebraska in college football.

          This time it is Monroeville hosting Norwalk St. Paul for the Firelands Conference title at Marsh Field in Monroeville on Friday night.

          “As far as I know there has never been a 9-0 versus 9-0 in this area.  That’s impressive, so yes it is great to be involved in it,” said Monroeville coach Scott Stacher.

          St. Paul, (9-0,6-0), #2 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, beat South Central (35-0) last week to keep their record unblemished.

          They have scored at least 35 points in five of their six leagues so far.  The exception being a (14-13) win over Crestview three weeks ago.  They average six TD’s a game in league play.

          Stacher says the Flyers are going to force you to stop them from running the football.  “Offensively I expect them to run, and run, and run.  They will pass a little bit.  They are good at what they do.  They have been very good in the past at what they do.  There is no sense in changing the formula.  It is like the outboard motor theory if you own a boat if it runs don’t fix it, don’t touch it, don’t even look at it,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They are really good at what they do.  They have a program there and coach Livengood and his staff has done a great job over the years of keeping that together.  So, I expect them to much of the same.”

          Stacher adds that one good defensive play against St. Paul, even one that results in a loss of yardage, isn’t going to be enough.  “Our defense has been playing very good lately.  It is a challenge to our defense to be able to do that.  It is like derailing a train.  If you get one car off the track the train can still pull it, so you better get two or three of them off.  St. Paul is real good at keep coming at you, keep coming at you.  You have to string several good defensive plays together to get them off the field and get into your own offense,” says Stacher.

          Monroeville (9-0,6-0), #5 in our poll, has scored a lot of points too.  They average five touchdowns a game in Firelands Conference play.

          Stacher says they will be facing a very good defense that has three shutouts to its credit. 

          St. Paul has only allowed three scores in two games this season and in one those the scores came in the fourth quarter of a blow out.  Stacher says their execution when they have the ball is going to have to be very, very good.  “I think they fly around to the ball very well.  Again they are very well coached, they are disciplined and ready their keys well.  Our offense this year has been doing a good job moving the ball, better than last year, even without Blake (Anderson) and some of our starters in.  We have managed to have that next man up mentality so we have been able to maintain some drives and put some points up.  Our offense is going to have to be flawless as well as our defense in order to come out with a victory on Friday night,” said Stacher.

          There will be a lot of emotion in this game and Stacher says they can not allow that to overrun them.  “It is always a factor on both sides of the ball.  I mean we are all going to be fired up.  We will see how fast we can get that knocked out of us if it is the first play or the second play or whatever it is.  We need to get going and get into a groove as quickly as we can,” he said.

 

Published 10/27/16

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Monroeville Remains Unbeaten

 

          Monroeville is one of only five schools among the 73 football teams we cover on Swankonsports.com that remain unbeaten after eight weeks of the season.

          One of the others is Norwalk St. Paul and the Eagles share the lead in the Firelands Conference with the Flyers and play them next week in their traditional regular season finale.

          First they play at home against Western Reserve (2-6,2-3) on Friday night.

          Last Friday, the Eagles scored with less than two minutes to play on a 10-yard run by sophomore quarterback Adam Rogers to beat Crestview (18-14) in a conference game.

Coach Scott Stacher says one of things he is the most proud of his team is it perseverance.  “We are getting much better at not quitting.  Perseverance was the word I used (Friday) night that these kids have.  We have overcome a lot of things this year with injuries and so forth.  We were down by two scores and we needed a big play.  We work on tailback pass, we have run that play since I have been here for three years and have never used it, and we pulled it out.  We run it in practice every week for a fun thing, pulled it out and it goes like 77 yards.  That was a momentum changer,” he told Swankonsports.com on Saturday, “We got the ball back late in the game with four minutes left and put a drive together.  Adam Rogers, he is a sophomore kid, did a great job moving the ball down the field, made the right decisions, then ran an option play, and he went in untouched from the 10.”

          Every team faces some adversity during a season and the Eagles have had to battle through some injuries.  Stacher says his kids have adapted to some new positions in some cases and have done the job.  “In the Plymouth game we lost our starting fullback and then Blake (Anderson) goes down, so there goes are whole “I” backfield.  We have had a tight end go down and some other things, but these kids have stepped up.  We have had to switch a couple positions, or move a guy here in there.  When you are playing D-7 football you don’t have the whole plethora of multiple players to choose from and pick from, but these kids have answered the bell for sure,” said Stacher.

          Monroeville (8-0,5-0) plays at home against Western Reserve.  The Rough Riders have won their last two games, including beating South Central (35-28) last week.

          Monroeville lost their last three regular season games last year, including (14-7) to Western Reserve.  Stacher says they have the have better focus.  “We told the kids from day one this year that every game matters.  Last year, we were at a point when we were 6-1 and we didn’t do as well as we would have liked to down the stretch.  Yeah, we made it to the playoffs and that was a goal of the kids, but we didn’t finish the season like we wanted to and this year I think they are more focused than ever.  Western is a good team.  They have a good running game.  They have won a few games here back to back.  Coach Stall has them going in the right direction again.  It is a trap game and it is something we are going to watch and work hard this week.  Luckily it is at home.  We haven’t beaten Western in a couple of years.  I think the kids have enough to grasp and be focused on,” said Stacher.

 

Published 10/17/16

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Monroeville and Crestview Play Key Game in Firelands

  

          Monroeville shares the Firelands Conference lead with Norwalk St. Paul with Crestview only a game back after St. Paul beat the Cougars by a point last Saturday.

          The Eagles (7-0,4-0) on the other hand drilled New London (46-13) in Conference play last week.  Coach Scott Stacher says they caught a break last week.  “Our defense came to play against New London.  We set the tone early and had some tackles.  They were without Molnar, who gave me nightmares.  He is a super player on both offense and defense to take nothing away from our defense, which played well, but Molnar is a special player,” he said.

          Monroeville is ranked number four in the state in division seven in the statewide media poll, but Stacher says they are not concerned by that.  “We tell the kids those are just predictions that are done by the media.  It is just nice to be considered in the mix right now, but we have got a lot more work ahead of us.  Every week in the Firelands is tough, especially this week with Crestview.  We have our work cut out for us.  Like I said it is nice to recognized, but that is on paper and we have to go out and prove ourselves,” he said.

          Stacher says Crestview can do a lot of things when they have the ball in their hands.  “Offensively they have some weapons.  They do a lot of motion and shifting and all of that stuff.  It is just a different team,” he said.

          Crestview (5-2,3-1) lost a tough one at Whitney Field last week when St. Paul beat them (14-13,) but Stacher knows the Cougars are very good on defense.  He says they have been very tough to score on.  “People forget, but they are really good on defense.  You allow a Mapleton team to only score twice, you have had shutouts during the year, you allow St. Paul to score only two touchdowns, their defense is very good.  They have some really good players going both ways even though they have 73 kids they have their 11 best on the field at once,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “The defensive line is good, the linebackers are good.  Every week is different and this is a big challenge for us.  It is going to fun to see where we are at at this stage in the game.  It’s anybody’s ball game they are a very, very good team and so are we.”

          Stacher calls the Cougars versatile on defense and he says they have matured well as a team this fall.  “They do a lot of things on defense well.  Their front four plays well.  Their linebackers read their keys well and their corners and defensive backs play very well in coverage.  They are experienced all of those sophomores and juniors last year had to play a lot and now I would consider them mostly seniors at this late stage in the game.  Experience does count a lot and they have been in a system that they understand for a couple of years now both offensively and defensively.  Coach Mager and his staff have done a very, very nice job of getting the kids to play their style of football and play fundamentally sound and I think that is a key for them they are good fundamentally.  They tackle well, they block well, and they do the little things well too,” said Stacher.

 

Published 10/12/16

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Monroeville Respects New London

  

          Right now, Monroeville shares the Firelands Conference lead with Norwalk St. Paul and Crestview, the other two play each other Saturday, while the Eagles play at New London on Friday.

          Monroeville kept their share with a (35-0) shutout of South Central last week.  Coach Scott Stacher says the defense did a tremendous job.  “I think we played really good football, especially defensively.  Coach Ness, our defensive coordinator, Brad Dunlap and Chris McDonald, who handle a lot of the defense, did an excellent job of putting together our defensive game plan.  Offensively we just made some tweaks to some things, did some things we have always been doing in practice, and implemented them, and executed very well,” said Stacher.

          Leading rusher Blake Anderson injured his leg in a (33-28) win over Mapleton two weeks ago.  Colton Millis replaced him and scored three touchdowns against South Central.

          It seems the Monroeville (6-0,3-0) defense has been getting better this year.  Stacher says they will be challenged this week when they play New London.  “Defensively we have been getting better each and every year.  I think we held South Central to something like 113 yards total offense,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “We have to have that same defensive mentality this week because they have an excellent, excellent player in number two, the Molnar kid.  He is really good on offense and on defense.  He has kind of been a nightmare to us.  There are a number of good kids on New London’s team.  They are a good football club.”

          New London (2-4,1-2) is coming off a (48-28) win over Western Reserve in conference play last week.  The Wildcats have shown the ability to score points pretty consistently this year.  Stacher this week is as important as any other.  “You know how the saying is respect everyone, fear no one.  You tell the kids that every game matters, especially in the Firelands Conference.  I believe you are going to have to run the table this year and not have an “L” at the end of your record.  So, we are focused on New London this week,” he said.

          This is Stacher’s third season at Monroeville after a stint as an assistant at Genoa.  He believes the Firelands Conference is an outstanding football league.  “You look at St. Paul, always in the state playoffs, doing well there, Crestview, who I believe is an up and coming team, when you have 73 kids on your roster.  Every team New London, South Central, Plymouth, Western, and Mapleton even surprised Crestview last week. We have managed to rebuild some things and do some things right.  There are a lot of teams in the mix.  You have to bring it every week.”

 

Published 10/07/16

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Monroeville Tries to Stay Unbeaten

  

          Monroeville, along with Norwalk St. Paul and Crestview, share first place in the Firelands Conference after two weeks of conference play.

          The Eagles (5-0,2-0) host South Central (2-3,1-1) in a conference game on Friday night.

          Last week, the Eagles hung on to beat Mapleton (33-28) in a Firelands Conference game.  Coach Scott Stacher says they showed some guts in getting the win.  “Our kids have not had to do that this year.  It was a great high school football game.  Going down two scores we didn’t even touch the ball for the first seven, eight minutes of the first quarter.  We took the ball and drove down on our first drive and scored.  After that getting the score right at the end of the half and then getting the score at the start of the third to tie things up.  The kids came through really well,” he said.

          After gaining well over 200 yards in the game, Monroeville running back Blake Anderson went down with a leg injury in the Mapleton game.  However, Stacher is confident they have some backs that can do the job in his absence.  “He is a great back.  I think he had somewhere between 800 and 900 yards and probably 13 scores.  It is a big loss for us, but we have some other backs in Colton Millis, Logan Benfer, and Dominic Ruffing to handle that job really well.  They are a little bit of different kind of back.  We go from more thunder to a little more lightning because they are pretty darn fast.  We will see how it works out.  We need to tweak some things and hopefully everybody can keep their act together until he gets back,” he said.

          South Central beat Plymouth in overtime (33-27) for the second straight year last week when quarterback Aaron Lamoreaex scored in the extra period.

          Stacher says the Trojans have some athletes and some speed and they are going to have be solid in order to win.  “South Central is a good ball club.  All of these ball clubs in the Firelands have been good this year.  South Central is no easy team by any means.  Lamoreaex comes back at quarterback, his brother at receiver, #5 (Cristiano Murphy) is pretty fast.  They have a lot of team speed,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday evening, “We don’t want to get into an overtime game with them.  They have played well.  They have some big guys on the line that are 210, 220, 230, so.  It is going to be a really good game, so hopefully we can minimize any mistakes.  They have some speed and have run some kicks and punts back.  They make the most of their opportunities that’s for sure.”

 

Published 9/29/16

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Monroeville Must Contain Mapleton Pass Game

  

          Monroeville bested Plymouth last week, but they face a different kind of challenge this Friday night at Mapleton against the Mounties.

          Plymouth wants to run the ball, but last week the Eagles were able to slow them down in a (35-21) win on the opening night of Firelands Conference play.

          Coach Scott Stacher says they were able to keep that Big Red running attack in check just enough.  “It was a big win.  My hat is off to Plymouth they played a very physical game.  It was a ball game and coach Genders has them playing well.  They are just tough and rugged.  Both sides got dinged up.  We are ready to go with Mapleton this week,” he said.

          Every team has a least a few injuries every fall and Stacher feels they have pretty good depth for a small school.  “Next man up is our motto and everybody’s motto.  You get guys injured and you have to be ready to play.” He told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “This week will be tough in particular because Mapleton is a very good team.  It is a very good young quarterback.  They throw the ball well.  They do some things really good.  In the Firelands every week you have to come out and play your best game.”

          Mapleton outscored New London (56-30) last week in Firelands Conference action in a game that really wasn’t that close.  Stacher says the Mounties have a dangerous quarterback in Jake Farmer.  “They have a very good passing game.  The quarterback we faced last year as a freshman and now he is a sophomore.  He is a little bit bigger and a lot more experienced and equally as dangerous if not more than last year.  We have our job cut out for us to slow that offense down that is for sure,” he said.

          Stacher says they must keep Farmer contained in the pocket or he is going to have another big game at their expense.  Plus, he says they want to play a little keep away.  “He is fast.  I think he is a hurdles guy and he is just fast.  We definitely have to contain him.  We definitely have to play tough, hard nosed football on the perimeter with the receivers.  Sometimes the best defense is two first downs.  Offensively we have to play our game and grind the ball out and just play physical,” he said.

 

Published 9/23/16

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Monroeville Takes Act to Plymouth

  

          Monroeville has been one the best small school football teams in North Central Ohio over the first three weeks and they understand they can’t stand still.

          The Eagles (3-0) play at Plymouth (2-1) in the Firelands Conference opener for both schools on Friday night.

          After a (28-16) win over Margaretta last week, coach Scott Stacher says they are pleased.  “We are happy with the start of the season, but still striving to do better.  We still have some improvement to make, a lot of improvement to make.  We are just learning from our mistakes, but happy to be 3-0 and where we are at heading into conference play right now,” said Stacher.

Trey also beat Crestline (47-13) to start the season and Sandusky St. Mary’s (41-7) on week two, but Stacher says they are not satisfied with their level of play.  “We are not complacent by any means.  These kids have goals this year.  They want to be better than they were last year.  With the Firelands you can’t be complacent because any week you could lose.  Despite what people might think the Firelands Conference is a tough conference, especially for D-7 and D-6 schools,” he told Swankonsports.com, “It’s like being thrown into a meat grinder and if you aren’t ready to play they are going to knock you off and this week is no exception because Plymouth is very good team.  They have started out 2-1 and played some good teams.  They play a tough brand of physical football.  We are going to their place and it should be an exciting game.”

          Plymouth coming off a (37-20) win at Willard and they looked good to.  Their only setback coming week two to Riverdale (28-14,) but they were able to battle back.

          Stacher says this is going to be a game between two teams that count on running the football.  “We are both run first football teams.  Basically that is what the Firelands is.  It is changing more and more.  This is my third year as coach at Monroeville.  When I started seven out of 10 teams were under center teams and were running the ball and now this year seven of 10 teams we face are in the shotgun and spread formations, so we are one of the minorities.  Form what we have seen on film Plymouth is one of those shotgun teams, but they still favor the run and try and pound it at you,” he said.

 

Published 9/15/16

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Monroeville Doing it up Front

  

          Monroeville has won both of its games so far this season and they have scored over 40 points in both.

          That’s a good start.

          They beat Sandusky St. Mary’s (41-7) last Saturday night at Strobel Field in Sandusky.

          Coach Scott Stacher says the coaching staff did a good job putting the game plan together and kids executed it.  “Saturday night went according to plan.  We played super defense, so hats off to all of our coaches.  In particular to Tyler Metzger, who is our defensive coordinator, and Brad Dunlap, Chris McDonald, Curt Weber, my son, and myself.  The defense was outstanding.  I think we limited them to 50 some yards rushing and less than 200 yards total offense,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “We got together and scored on our first four possessions in the first half.  Blake Anderson had over 200 yards.  He has 360, 370 for the season in two games, so he is back on track.  St. Mary’s never quit.  They played a good game and are a good team and they are going to win some ballgames this year.  It was a great night to play at Strobel Field.”

          When you are running the ball like that there are some good things happening in the trenches.  Stacher is really proud of the big guys.  “The guys up front are doing the job.  Brad Dunlap and myself, Brad has the defensive line and I have the offensive line.  The offensive line has kind of been my baby since I started coaching being one before.  I just take it personal.  We try to do the best we can.  When you are a run oriented team and you are still under center.  Three yards and a cloud of dust, Woody Hayes style football.  It’s kind of rare to see anymore.  It’s a physical game, so we try and play a physical brand of football,” said Stacher.

          Margaretta (1-1) plays at Monroeville on Friday night in a non-conference game.  The Polar Bears beat Western Reserve (44-33) in their second week game.

          Stacher says it will be a tough game for them.  “They will be a challenge, they are an “SBC” team.  Not much to say about Margaretta except we are looking forward to playing them,” he said.

 

Published 9/07/16

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Monroeville Expects a Better St. Mary’s

  

          Monroeville plays at Sandusky St. Mary’s on Saturday night in a battle between two football teams that made the small school playoffs a year ago.

          On the opening Friday, Monroeville belted Crestline (47-13) in their first game.  Coach Scott Stacher says they did some good things against the Bulldogs, but they can clearly still get better.  “It was a good effort for us.  Crestline didn’t have the numbers, but they played hard and they never quit.  It was a good test for us, especially the first half and then I think we just wore them down a little bit.  We made some mistakes and we have some room for improvement.  It was a good week one for us.  It is always good to come out with a win to start the season,” he said.

         Good teams are ones that consistently improve and Stacher says they have been working hard.  He says they must be better tacklers.  “Practice has gone petty well this week.  We have been grinding away on fundamentals and trying to get better on what we do, some blocking schemes.  We have had more emphasis on tackling.  We have to do a better job on tackling.  So, we have done all of that this week.  It just threw us out of sink a little bit with it being an extra day this week playing on Saturday night.  Strobel Field on Saturday night, it doesn’t get much better than that for high school football,” said Stacher.

          Sandusky St. Mary’s started their season last Saturday with a (34-0) loss to Norwalk St. Paul.  However, Stacher says he believes the Panthers are a lot better team than that score would show.  “I think St. Mary’s is a good team.  They are very well coached.  I think the score is not indicative of the game.  It got away from them a little bit early,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “St. Paul scored quick and then and I think wore on them mentally a little bit.  They did drive the ball against St. Paul and do some very good things against them.  St. Mary’s is a good team.  They were a playoff team last year and possibly a playoff team this year.  I know they will regroup this week.  It will be a very good high school football game come Saturday night between two playoff teams from last year.”

 

Published 9/02/16

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Monroeville, St. Paul, Stage Two

 

          Monroeville found out last week that little mistakes against Norwalk St. Paul turn into big errors in a hurry.  They may not have to play a perfect game this Friday, but pretty close.

          The Eagles (6-4) were thumped by their arch rivals (42-0) in their final regular season game last Saturday now they must make the short trip down route 20 to Whitney Field to face the Flyers again on Friday night, this time in the division seven regional quarterfinals.

          Monroeville is making its 14th playoff appearance, but their first since 2010, and their first under any coach other than Steve Ringholtz.  Current head coach Scott Stacher says this has already been a season of accomplishment for the Eagles.  "I am very pleased and very blessed to be in Monroeville with these kids.  Last year and the year before they were 1-9 and these kids have come a long way to make the playoffs.  A lot of people didn't think it would happen, but these kids just kept working hard and believing.  It so cool, especially on a beautiful day like today, to be out at football practice," he said.

          Against St. Paul Stacher says you just can't afford to make any mistakes, no matter how small they may seem.  "St. Paul and coach Livengood and those kids have a program.  They are doing to same thing year and after year.  We just have to do a better job of matching their intensity and clean up some little mistakes that we made throughout the game like sustaining our blocks or catching the ball.  Just the simple things of blocking and tackling," he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, "With St. Paul you just have to weather the storm.  They get on you quick, just like they did at the end of the half.  We went three and out and got a punt blocked and in 30 some seconds we are down another 14.  We could have gone in at halftime 14-0 or we dropped a ball at the goal line, 14-7.  If we can do a better job hanging with them and weathering their storm it might be a different outcome."

          St. Paul (9-1), #2 in the final Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, is making its 17th playoff appearance and their fourth in a row.  They were state runners-up last year.

          Stacher says it they can avoid getting blown out early and make this a game in the fourth quarter they have a chance.  "We did a very good job defensively holding their rushing attack to 100 some yards, which I don't think anyone has done this year.  On offense we had two 15 play drives against them and shot ourselves in the foot in the red zone a couple of times and didn't score.  It could be a different game and we are using those as positives and try and clean up our mistakes and build on it.  Get us into that fourth quarter and we will see what happens," he said.

 

Published 11/04/15

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Improved Monroeville Plays Biggest Rival

 

          Monroeville and Norwalk St. Paul is like Ohio State and Michigan and like the team who shares a similar helmet design, Monroeville is much improved and better equipped to offer more of a challenge.

          Two weeks ago the schools where in a share of first place in the Firelands Conference and it looked like Saturday night's match up might rekindle the old days.  However, Monroeville has lost to the last two weeks to Crestview (21-12) and last week to Western Reserve (14-7) to give St. Paul the outright title.  "It was just a tough loss.  We are still trying to get over it a little bit.  Like I told our kids, you know, the sun comes up in the morning and we are ready to go again.  We are back to work and we have had a decent week of practice so far.  We are a good team, we are just not good enough to make mistakes and overcome them, so we are better.  These kids are learning as we go because they have not been there before.  The record, a chance to get in the playoffs, the hype and everything, we are learning, it's a good thing," said Monroeville coach Scott Stacher.

          There is no question this is the biggest game on the Monroeville schedule and Stacher says they will be ready to play their best.  "These kids are amped up.  It is just a great rivalry.  We hope to make it better as we go here.  We are looking forward to this year and having a little better record.  We could have some more things to look forward to as far as league standing and so forth.  It still improves each one of our playoff possibilities, so there is still a lot on the line.  Being a rivalry game anything can happen.  We are looking forward to it," he said.

          As it stands now both teams would make the playoffs, but a Monroeville (6-3,4-2) loss and they are on shaky ground.

          The thing about St. Paul, according to Stacher, is they play hard and they don't make mistakes.  "The best thing about St. Paul is they get after it and they get off the ball quickly.  Their linebackers and their defense comes downhill at you.  Being a coach at Genoa for a few years they get after it, they play angry.  They are fundamentally sound.  They just don't make mistakes.  It is going to take a Herculean effort to beat them this week for sure," he said.

          This season, St. Paul (8-1,6-0), #2 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, has relied a lot on the run.  Stacher says they have to make them drive the ball against them and not give up big plays.  "If we can get a couple of three and outs and make them punt a little bit.  Maybe we can bend a little bit, but there are not many teams over the last several years that have broken them.  Maybe if we keep bending, bending, bending, something might happen and you never know.  They are that good and I respect coach Livengood and their program a lot.  That's what makes a fun rivalry when you play quality football like that," said Stacher.

 

Published 10/28/15

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Monroeville has to Refocus

 

          To have any chance to share the Firelands Conference football title this year Monroeville is probably going to have to win this week and they know that.

          The Eagles (6-2,4-1) lost for the first time in conference play last week when Crestview beat them down in Richland County (21-12) in a conference game.

          Coach Scott Stacher says there were just too many self inflicted wounds for the Eagles.  "We are disappointed, but we have to move on to Western.  It is hard to win a game when you have four fumbles and some uncharacteristic mistakes,  we had a touchdown called back.  Those things hurt when you only lose by a score.  Credit to Crestview and coach Majer they are getting better every week," he said.

          Monroeville plays arch rival and conference leader Norwalk St. Paul next week and for that to mean anything in terms of the conference they must win this week at Western Reserve (3-5,3-3), who is coming off a (34-21) win over South Central.

          Stacher says its a brand new world for many of his players and they have had a good approach this week in practice.  "We have had a really good week of practice this week.  It is time to refocus on Western.  These kids have never been in this position before.  They have a winning record and in the prior years I think they won six games combined in all of their other years of their high school career," he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, "It is another step for them in the evolution of getting mentally tough and maintaining what you have and not listening to the outside distractions.  It has been a better week of practice."

          Western has started to play better and have been featuring a lot of the wildcat offense with a huge offensive line.  Stacher knows they are going to have to defend the run.  "I'll tell you what coach Stull hasn't won 100 games for nothing.  They are a ground and pound team and they are a physical team that runs the ball a lot.  I think we are going to see a lot of that.  It should be a very interesting game," he said.

 

Published 10/23/15

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Monroeville Wary of Crestview

 

          Monroeville shares first place with Norwalk St. Paul in the Firelands Conference and they play the Flyers in two weeks in a possible showdown, however, they are not about to get ahead of themselves.

          With some strong defense they beat New London (21-12) last week in a conference game and second year coach Scott Stacher says they are going to need the same kind of effort this week.  "Our defense did a good job containing them.  It is much the same this week because Crestview has an explosive offense.  They have a great quarterback in number 15, a super good option quarterback and they do a lot of things well.  They are definitely not a 1-6 team," he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, "They are really good and I know they have lost a couple in overtime and lost a couple of close games.  I am telling you they are they are a team getting better.  Complements to them because they are doing well."

          Crestview (1-6,0-4) lost to Norwalk St. Paul (48-7) last week, but on most occasions have been able to score the ball, including overtime losses to South Central (31-30) and Mapleton (34-27) in conference play.  Running the triple option offense Stacher calls the Cougars dangerous.  "It is a super big play offense.  They have a lot players, I think they have 60 some kids.  They are a little bigger school, so they have a lot to draw from and they have been good in the past.  The players and the talent they have they have just had some tough breaks.  It's a good offense and fits them and they are getting better at it," he said.

          Not only are the Eagles (6-1,4-0) tied for the conference lead they also set third in their computer region and have a lot to play for on Friday night.  However, Stachter does not believe Crestview will show up with an empty tank.  "I think it is meaningful for both teams.  I don't think they are going to take this one lightly what so ever and we aren't either.  It is going to be a tough game.  It is always tough to play Crestview.  We are looking forward to it and hopefully the kids are up to the challenge, " he said.

 

Published 10/15/15

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Monroeville is Back

 

          Monroeville was once one the most consistent small school powers in football and after some lean years they are back in the thick of the Firelands Conference race.

          Right now, they share first place in the conference with defending champion Norwalk St. Paul, their traditional rival, and South Central, who they play this week in Greenwich.

          The Eagles (4-1,2-0) have conference wins over Plymouth (28-20) and last week they beat (40-14) the Mapleton Mounties.

          Coach Scott Stacher, in his second season as Monroeville's head coach, says his players believe in the system they have set up and have been good at executing it.  "I believe that this year the kids have bought into the program.  The is the second year that we have been together.  They lifting each other up and playing as a team.  We work really hard, so I believe the hard work is paying off," he said.

          Stacher told Swankonsports.com on Thursday that they are a team that doesn't believe in fancy stuff.  He says they are going to come right at you and run the football.  "That is my M.O. previously coaching at Genoa and some other places.  I am a believer that he have got to run the ball and I am not a spread guy, a five wide guy, throw the ball all over video game type guy.  I would rather just pound it and we definitely like to do that," he said.

          South Central (2-3,2-0) has produced two dramatic league wins over the last two weeks, beating Crestview (31-30) in double overtime and coming from 11 points down with three minutes to play to down Plymouth (27-23) last week. 

          Stacher says the Trojans play very hard and are gaining confidence.  "I'll tell you what I think coach Hinkle has them playing very well.  Sometimes when you don't have many numbers you bond stronger together and even play harder for each other.  They don't quit.  The keep coming at you.  They are very physical and they are a very sound football team and a very tough opponent.  I have all of the respect for South Central.  They are going a great job over there," said Stacher.

 

Published 10/02/15

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Monroeville Goes Week by Week

 

          Monroeville is normally one of the very best small school football teams in North Central Ohio and the Eagles have already shown they have that potential this year as well.

          The hammered LaGrange Keystone (35-8) in their first game and a late comeback fell just short against the Edison Chargers (34-28) last week.  Coach Dan Periot feels they have done some good things so far, but they have a lot more to do if they are going to be a good football team.  “In week one, we had good run defense and good run offense and an effective passing game,” he told Swankonsports.com, “Last week, from the middle of third quarter on we played quick and we played physical, we just didn’t do that from the start of the game.”

          Periot thinks this a Monroeville team that is best at running the football right now, but they want to be more balanced when they have the ball.  “I think part of coaching is finding your team’s identity.  I think right now we are running the football on offense pretty good, but there is still room for improvement.  With a lot of new faces I think we are still looking for that identity.  We are not giving up on our passing game.  We think we have some good receivers.  On defense we are still finding some answers on personnel,” he said.

          Monroeville plays at Seneca East on Friday night.  The Tigers have already beaten two Firelands Conference teams rather handily in South Central (45-13) and Plymouth (34-7) over the first two weeks.  Seneca East runs out of the spread formation and Periot says they do a lot of different things.  “They do go under center a little bit, but they are balanced on their run and pass tendencies.  Their quarterback is probably their number one threat running the ball.  They have one of the best receivers in the whole area in the Schaffer kid.  He’s a real fast kid and a real tall kid.  We have to know where he is,” said Periot.

          The winner of the Monroeville-Seneca East game puts itself in position for the playoffs, but Periot doesn’t even want to think about that at this point.  “The postseason, wow, that’s so far away right now.  We are focusing on today and practice and getting ready for Seneca East,” he said. 

 

 
   

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