GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Coach Mike Moser has built the G-Men football program into a perennial powerhouse accumulating a winning percentage of 67% over the course of the past nine seasons. Garfield has advanced to the post-season in each of the last three campaigns, winning a total of 30 contests during that time period (30-4).

Eight players from last year’s group were honored by being named to the All-MVAC Grey Tier First-Team. Garfield must replace nine seniors who’ve since graduated who received all-league honors. The G-Men must move on from their standout ball carrier (Anthony Demma), starting quarterback (Brody Swigonski), top receiver (Joe Perrine) and four of their starters up front (Payton Yancey, Austin Roman, Leonard Veccia, Riley LaPorte).

Demma eclipsed the 2,000-rushing yard plateau in 2021 (2066 yards, 29 TDs) while also catching 11 passes for 266 yards (24.2 avg) and 3 scores. Swigonski scored 8 times by ground (393 rushing yards) and completed 49% of his passes for 1086 yards and 13 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions thrown. Perrine hauled in 11 receptions for an average of 30.3 yards.

“Eric Geddes will take over at quarterback for us this season,” says coach Moser. “Jesse Grace, Keegan Sell, Vinnie Grandizio, Carter Bates, Deacon Sommer and Leo Grandizio, will all be expected to carry the football. We’ll have many new faces [on offense].”

The offensive line returns five players who gained experience last year in John Wiczen, Austin Zarrelli, Brian Stavis, Alex Carter and Nate Veccia.

“Many of our younger guys are also having a great off-season,” adds Moser. “They’re pushing for time as well.”

Defensively, the G-Men return plenty of experience led by Keegan Sell (175 tackles, 22 TFL, 5 QB sacks), Jessie Grace (96 tackles, 14 TFL), Vinnie Grandizio (71 tackles) and Carter Bates (61 tackles, QB sacks).

“Our linebackers are the most experienced returning group with Keegan, Jesse, Vinnie and Carter Bates all providing leadership,” mentions Moser.

The G-Men will welcome Middlefield Cardinal for their week one matchup on Friday, August 19.

“We’ll continue to work hard and prepare,” says Moser. “The departing senior class has laid the groundwork and established a culture that the young guys are hungry to continue.”

Garfield G-Men
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Mike Moser, 10th season (64-32)
2021 Record: 12-1 (6-0), 1st place in MVAC Grey Tier
Last 5 Years: 40-13 (75.5%)
Home Field: JAG Field
League: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Grey Tier
Base Offense: Multiple, Single-wing
Base Defense: 3-4

Returning Starters
Offense: 4
Defense: 5

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 38.9 (8th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 14.3 (7th in Area)
Total Offense: 382.3
Rushing Offense: 298.9
Passing Offense: 83.5

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Brody Swigonski – 1086 yards, 48.8% (41-84), 13 TDs
Rushing: Anthony Demma – 2066 yards, 9.9 avg, 29 TDs
Receiving: Joe Perrine – 333 yards, 30.3 avg, 3 TDs
Tackles: Keegan Sell – 175
Quarterback Sacks: Carter Bates & Bryce Peska – 7
Interceptions: Anthony Demma – 4

2021 Results
Kirtland 25 G-Men 7*
G-Men 44 Bellaire 14*
G-Men 28 Sandy Valley 13*
G-Men 43 Liberty 36
G-Men 31 Brookfield 17
G-Men 34 Rootstown 14
G-Men 56 Campbell Memorial 6
G-Men 55 Champion 14
G-Men 49 Newton Falls 7
G-Men 35 LaBrae 14
G-Men 28 Warren JFK 14
G-Men 47 Lakeview 6
G-Men 49 Cardinal 6
*-playoff

2021 MVAC Grey Tier Standings
Garfield – 6-0 (12-1)
LaBrae – 6-1 (11-2)
Brookfield – 4-2 (7-4)
Crestview – 4-2 (5-5)
Liberty – 3-3 (5-5)
Champion – 2-5 (2-8)
Newton Falls – 1-6 (3-7)
Campbell – 0-7 (1-9)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 – Cardinal
Aug. 26 – at Lakeview
Sept. 2 – Warren JFK
Sept. 9 – at LaBrae
Sept. 16 – at Newton Falls
Sept. 23 – at Champion
Sept. 30 – Campbell Memorial
Oct. 7 – at Crestview
Oct. 14 – Brookfield
Oct. 21 – Liberty