2014 Canfield Football Preview

2014 Canfield Cardinals’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 3-7 (2-3), AAC American Division
Head Coach: Mike Pavlansky, 13th season (92-51)
Division: 3
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2009
School Playoff Record: 9-8
Last League Title: 2009, tri-champs
5-Year Winning Percentage: 50.0%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Louisville, 7
Sept. 5 – at Alliance, 7
Sept. 12 – at Dover, 7
Sept. 19 – Howland, 7
Sept. 26 – Sidney, 7
Oct. 4 – at East, 2
Oct. 10 – at Hubbard, 7
Oct. 17 – at Struthers, 7
Oct. 24 – Niles, 7
Oct. 31 – Poland, 7

Returning Statistical Leaders
Rushing Yards: Drew Rogers, 310
Passing Yards: Aaron Jenkins, 96
Receiving Yards: Aaron Jenkins, 158

Single Season Statistical Leaders
Rushing Yards: Angelo Babbaro, 1931 (2005)
Passing Yards: Dick Duffett, 1415 (1976)
Receiving Yards: Jordan Ferns, 831 (2004)
Interceptions: Tim Miller, 10 (1987)
Quarterback Sacks: Zack Guerrieri, 14 (2004)

Year in Review: The Cardinals began 2013 with an 0-5 mark. When the calendar changed to the month of October, Canfield was almost unbeatable as they registered a 3-1 record including road wins over Niles (70-62) and Howland (28-7). The Red Birds faced off against another tough schedule as they squared off against four teams who won 10 games or more.

Quarterback Kimu Kim ran for 497 yards and 9 touchdowns in their 70-62 double overtime victory over Niles on October 4. Kim ended his senior season by rushing for 1728 stripes (6.8 ypc) and 20 TDs while completing 46.3% of his passes (32-69 for 320 yards).

Believe it or not, Canfield has not made a trip to week eleven in four years after registering playoff appearances in seven of the previous ten seasons. Canfield welcomes the Northeastern Buckeye Conference’s defending league champ, the Leopards of Louisville, on Friday, August 29 for their season opener.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 23.6 (33rd in Area)
Rushing Offense: 287.5
Passing Offense: 41.6
Points Allowed Per Game: 28.0 (45th in Area)
Rushing Defense: 141.0
Passing Defense: 174.0

3 Things to Watch in Canfield
Increase in offensive production.
Coach Mike Pavlansky saw his offensive production increase from the previous season. The team scored 23.6 points per game last fall compared to 14.9 in 2012. That’s an increase of nearly 9 points. The Cardinals’ bread and butter has been running the football. In 2013, Cardinal fans noticed a major increase of 104 stripes per outing (183.6 in 2012 and 287.5 in 2013).

Once a strength, not the case in recent memory.
The Cardinals’ defense once had a streak of seven consecutive seasons (2004-2010) of holding the opposition to an average of 17 points or less. Over the last three years, they’ve permitted a 26.4 average over the last 30 games. Last fall, Canfield allowed the opposition to put together 315 yards per game. That figure was down from the previous season of 339.4 but still above 300 stripes.

Jack of all trades.
Senior Aaron Jenkins did just about everything last season but sell popcorn at halftime. Jenkins tallied a 7.5 average on his rushes (39 carries for 292 yards). He completed 3 passes for 96 yards and a score. He finished first on the team in receptions (9) and receiving yards (158). Aaron also was the team’s kickoff return specialist as he recorded 422 yards on 23 chances (18.3).

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Kimu Kim – 320
2012: Kimu Kim – 495
2011: Jordan Italiano – 664
2010: Jordan Italiano – 515
2009: Brett Cooper – 736
2008: Adam Muth – 700
2007: Mark Carrocce – 643

Rushing Yards
2013: Kimu Kim – 1728
2012: Kimu Kim – 596
2011: Jordan Italiano – 1038
2010: Blake Jackson – 657
2009: Kyle Vaclav – 638
2008: Kyle Vaclav – 657
2007: Dan Banna – 890

Receiving Yards
2013: Aaron Jenkins – 158
2012: Kyle Nagy – 148
2011: Joe Tuchek – 345
2010: Blake Jackson – 243
2009: Ben Angelo – 211
2008: Kyle Vaclav – 181
2007: Jimmy Hudson – 208

Fact Finder: Canfield is looking to avoid their first three consecutive losing seasons since 1987 (1981-87)….Over the last four seasons, Canfield has forced 44 turnovers while giving the ball away 64 times…The Cardinals have fallen in four of their last five season opening games.

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