BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) -“Yeah, we really have a good mix of everything,” Boardman first-year head coach Seth Antram said. “We have some big guys, some big O and D lineman, and a good group of skill to go with them.”
Watch the video above to hear more from Coach Antram about the upcoming football season.
2020 Record: 4-4
Coach: Seth Antram, 1st season
Previewing Boardman’s Offense
Scoring Offense: 28.5 (23rd in area)
Returning Starters: 8
Key Returnees: Anthony Hightower, SR/WR; Cortland Love, SR/OL; Aidan Miller, SR/OL; Sean O’Horo, SR/RB; Joe Sferra, SR/OL; Terence Thomas, SR/QB-WR; Cam Thompson, SR/WR; Jason Triveri, SR/QB
Key Losses: Nick Winsen, OL
Name to watch: Cam Thompson, WR
Jason Triveri and Terence Thomas are both in the running for time at quarterback this season. Triveri completed 48.7% on his 76 throws (37 completions) for 632 yards and 8 touchdowns. Thomas, future Purdue Boilermaker, connected on 26 of 61 passes (42.6%) for 380 yards and 5 touchdown strikes. Nico Holzschuh will also look to add depth at the position in 2021.
“We return a lot of skill guys coming back this season,” Antram said. “We’re looking for Cam Thompson (16 catches, 411 yards, 5 TDs), Anthony Hightower (11 catches, 172 yards), Kejuan Robinson, Brayden Joseph-Robinson, Sean O’Horo (662 rushing yards, 63 yards receiving) and Fernando Ortiz (276 yards rushing) to be productive for us. They’ve all been working hard this offseason.”
Boardman has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2011 (Devin Campbell, 1,285 yards).
“The offensive line has been a point of emphasis this off-season and they’re progressing well,” Antram said. “That group of guys is really buying into the weight room and working together as a unit. They get along and push each other hard. Joe Sferra is back and stands out based on the numbers he’s been putting up in the weight room. Cortland Love and Aidan Miller are both back and started last season. Tyler Terlesky and Kyle Barnett are two more guys that have really been working hard for us and are looking to contribute on the line.”
Previewing Boardman’s Defense
Scoring Defense: 23.8 (T-30th in area)
Returning Starters: 8
Key Returnees: Stephen Conti, SR/DB; Anthony Hightower, SR/DB; Brayden Joseph-Robinson, SR/DB; Cortland Love, SR/DL; Sean O’Horo, SR/LB; Joe Sferra, SR/DL; Blaine Strines, SR/LB; Terence Thomas, SR/DB
Key Losses: Richard Evans, LB; Jake Powell, DL; Nick Winsen, DL
Name to watch: Anthony Hightower, DB
The Spartans return five of their eight top tacklers from a year ago, which includes linebackers Sean O’Horo (team-high 64 tackles) and Blaine Strines (38 tackles) to go along with defensive backs Stephen Conti (58 tackles), Anthony Hightower (4 INTs) and Brayden Joseph-Robinson (44 tackles).
“There’s a number of guys returning defensively,” Antram said. “I believe the strength right now is our secondary, with five guys returning there.”
O’Horo, Hightower and Strines are all returning as three-year starters.
“Jared Mahood (a junior linebacker) has really been impressive in the weight room,” Antram said. “We look forward to seeing what he can do this summer and fall. Four other guys that we expect to step up on the defensive side of the ball are Fernando Ortiz, Caleb French, Ashton LaBelle and Cam Thompson.”
Junior Carson Essad will be welcomed back as the team’s punter and kicker this fall as well.
Aug. 20 – Mooney
Aug. 27 – at Chaney
Sept. 3 – at Jackson
Sept. 10 – Howland
Sept. 17 – East
Sept. 24 – at Benedictine
Oct. 1 – at Warren Harding
Oct. 8 – at Ursuline
Oct. 15 – Fitch
Oct. 22 – Canfield