Ohioans go with what they’ve got
By RON FIRTH
The Ohio All-Stars may be down to 29 football players, but head coach Sean Guerriero is glad for the ones he’s got.
“I couldn’t give enough credit to the guys coming out,” he said.
The Ohioans will take on the Pennsylvania All-Stars in the 43rd annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic at 7 p.m. today at Geneva College’s Reeves Field in Beaver Falls, Pa.
With the heat index reaching 100 degrees and practicing after workouts for colleges, working jobs and attending graduation parties, the recently-graduated players have had a full schedule the last two weeks.
“The kids have been great,” said Guerriero, Springfield’s head coach. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Pennsylvania holds a 28-13 advantage in the series, although Ohio has won three of the past five games. The 2020 contest was canceled due to the coronarivus pandemic.
“It’s fun to get the talent we have,” Guerriero said. “Monday we had everybody there and the kids got after it. We’re not tackling, but it was good for the kids.”
The Ohio offense is led by a pair of Youngstown State University recruits — Springfield quarterback Beau Brungard (he led the Tigers to the Division VI state semifinals the last three years) and South Range running back Dylan Dominguez. Brungard was the Ohio Division III state runner-up in both hurdles at the state track meet on June 4.
They will be backed up by Toronto quarterback Aiden Mick and Youngstown Christian running back Cam Davenport.
South Range fullback Connor Jones and Springfield tight end Aaron Groner will be threats in the short passing game.
Wide receivers include West Branch’s Nick Wilson, Crestview’s Anthony Cusick, a converted quarterback, and Beaver Local’s Joe Monte. Columbiana’s Eddie Clancy will split time between wide receiver and defensive back.
Expected to start on the offensive line are West Branch center Caleb Adams, West Branch left guard Gregory Rockwell, Edison right guard Jonah Snyder, Springfield left tackle Zeek Worsencroft and United right tackle Steffen Jarrett.
The defensive line is anchored by Wellsville nose tackle Tyler Stanley and United’s Payne Brereton and Springfield’s AJ Stallsmith.
Inside linebackers are West Branch’s Steven Marra, Western Reserve’s Caleb Durig and Groner. Outside linebackers are Springfield’s Bo Snyder, Southern’s Chance Wooley and Lisbon’s Ryan Stauffer.
The secondary includes Beaver Local’s Dorian Jackson and Springfield’s Nick Slike at safties and Indian Creek’s Sam Coleman, East Palestine’s Tyler Bistarkey, Columbiana’s Tony Kocanjer at cornerbacks.
Youngstown Christian’s Aiden Lambert will be the kicker
“It shows the level of competition that goes on in the area,” Guerriero said. “There is good football is in the area.”
He said both all-star teams have 29 players and many could see action on both sides of the ball.
The Ohioans have been practicing at South Range High School, but canceled last Wednesday’s practice due to the heat.
“We don’t want to beat the kids up too much,” Guerriero said. “Hopefully that won’t hurt us.”
They will find out tonight.
“It’s been a fun two weeks,” Guerriero said.