Orrville Red Riders preview

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League: Ohio Cardinal Conference.

Coach: Doug Davault, eighth season at Orrville.

Coach’s record: 57-35.

2012 record: 1-9.

Players to watch: Trevor Summers, Sr. LB-TE; Joel Zook, Sr. RB-SS; Harrison Brown, Sr. OL-LB; Kyle Ritchie, Sr. WR-SS; Chandler Smith, Sr. WR-DB; Elijah Coleman, Sr. WR-DB; Corre Shaffer, Jr. LB; A’mir Simpson, Jr. DT-OL; Luke Smith, So., QB.

Outlook: The Red Riders are a young team coming off a 1-9 season with sophomore first-year starter Luke Smith spearheading the offense at quarterback. “We’ve got high expectations of him,” Davault said. “Luke’s a really poised athlete. He played a lot of basketball as a freshman last year so he already has some big-game experience.” The Red Riders return two starters on offense and five on defense, although two of those are two-way players, so only five players will return with varsity experience. Depth and health will be key for the Red Riders this season, with only 33 upperclassmen and 12 freshmen.

Schedule:

Aug. 30 Cleveland John Marshall 7 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Triway 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 Northwest 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 Lexington 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Mansfield Senior 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 at West Holmes 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 Ashland 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Mansfield Madison 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Clear Fork 7 p.m.

Nov. 2 Wooster 7 p.m.


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