NORTH LIMA, OH (WYTV)-South Range posted the best offense in the area in 2014, averaging 45 points per game. But the Raiders lost their starting quarterback Ryan Miller, four offensive linemen, and the school’s all-time leading rusher Joe Alessi to graduation, returning just three starters from last years high-powered offense.
“Next man up is always our policy I guess and we have some younger kids that are ready to go,” says senior lineman Ryan Sympson who is the lone starter back on the offensive line.
There is a competition for the starting quarterback job with former Valley Christian signal caller Seth Marrow, Deven Fickes, Neil Buzzacco. At running back the Raiders will feature several underclassmen fighting for playing time.
“It does come down to the quarterbacks and running backs but the line play is huge, our line did a great job last year. The line is going to have to step up and play, and if they do and bond together we are going to be fine,” says head coach Dan Yeagley who is his 21st season at South Range.
The strength for the team should be on the defensive side of the ball which will be a change from a year ago when they allowed over 24 PPG. The Raiders return 9 starters on defense including J.R. Renforth, Greg Dunham, Nick Stanton, Peyton Remish, and Taymer Graham who helped force 16 turnovers last season.
“We are going to have a crazy defense this year, it is going to be a great defense,” says Stanton who will play safety on defense.
“I know our defense is going to be very tough, better than it has been in years,” said Sympson.
South Range opens the year on August 29th at Warren JFK.