Valley Christian enters the PTC with co-head coaches

The Eagles are coached this season by Jeff Hether and Jamont Ware.

Portage Trail Conference High School Football

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Portage Trail Conference had a banner 2016 year. Three teams advanced and won in the playoffs. The team (Garfield) who finished tied for fourth place in the County Division moved onto the Division V Regional Championship round after knocking off top seeded South Range and an explosive offensive attack of LaBrae.

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Mogadore has won (or shared) the County Tier title eight of the last eleven seasons.

Valley Christian left the North Coast League – which has powers the likes of Warren JFK and St. Thomas Aquinas – for another conference which has rich tradition in the Portage Trail Conference (replacing Waterloo). The Eagles will feature co-head coaches (Jeff Hether and Jomont Ware) leading the program into the 2017 campaign.

New League: Portage Trail Conference – County Division
Crestwood
Garettsville Garfield
Mogadore
Rootstown
Southeast
Valley Christian

2016 PTC – County Division
Crestwood – 5-0 (9-2)*
Mogadore – 3-2 (9-3)*
Southeast – 3-2 (6-4)*
Garrettsville Garfield – 2-3 (9-4)*
Rootstown – 2-3 (6-4)*
Waterloo – 0-5 (2-8)

2016 NCL – White Tier
Warren JFK – 4-1 (14-1)
St. Thomas Aquinas – 4-1 (9-3)
Cleveland VASJ – 4-1 (5-5)
Cleveland CC – 2-3 (3-7)
Trinity – 1-4 (2-8)
Valley Christian – 0-5 (2-7)*
*-PTC member

2016 Portage Trail – County League Leaders (based off of current affiliation)
Team Leaders
Scoring Offense
Garfield – 38.4
Crestwood – 38.1
Mogadore – 29.3
Rootstown – 25.2
Southeast – 22.0
Valley Christian – 16.0

Scoring Defense
Mogadore – 11.9
Rootstown – 16.8
Crestwood – 21.0
Southeast – 21.3
Garfield – 24.8
Valley Christian – 30.8

Individual Leaders
(Did not receive 2016 statistics from Mogadore)
Passing Yards: Dalton Fall (Garfield) – 2242+
Completion Percentage: Dalton Fall (Garfield) – 56.2%+
Passing Touchdowns: Dalton Fall (Garfield) – 29+

Rushing Yards: Logan Thut (Crestwood) – 2597+
Yards Per Carry: Logan Thut (Crestwood) – 8.8+
Rushing Touchdowns: Logan Thut (Crestwood) – 43+

Receptions: Tommy Bissler (Garfield) – 49+
Receiving Yards: Seth Morgan (Garfield) – 739+
Receiving Touchdowns: Anthony Denigris (Garfield) & Nathan Moore (Rootstown) – 9
+-Graduated

County Division Champions
2016: Crestwood
2015: Mogadore
2014: Mogadore
2013: Woodridge
2012: Mogadore
2011: Southeast
2010: Mogadore
2009: Mogadore, Waterloo
2008: Mogadore, East Canton
2007: Mogadore
2006: Mogadore, Garrettsville Garfield
2005: Garrettsville Garfield

Big games on the schedule
Sept. 1 – Cuyahoga Heights at Garrettsville Garfield*
Sept. 15 – Mogadore at Elyria Catholic*
Sept. 22 – Gilmour Academy at Mogadore*
Sept. 22 – St. Thomas Aquinas at Crestwood*
Sept. 29 – Valley Christian at Garrettsville Garfield
Sept. 29 – Crestwood at Mogadore
Oct. 6 – Garrettsville Garfield at Crestwood
Oct. 13 – Mogadore at Garrettsville Garfield
Oct. 20 – Valley Christian at Mogadore*
Oct. 28 – Crestwood at Valley Christian
*-Non-league games