2010 Scouting Report: Canton McKinley Bulldogs

2010 Scouting Report: Canton McKinley Bulldogs
By Todd Porter

Friday Night Ohio

 

Canton McKinley Bulldogs

Head coach: Ron Johnson, third season, 14-10.
Last year: 8-5, 4-3.
Postseason assignment: Division I, Region 2
Returning lettermen: 14

Shoes to fill: The Bulldogs return a great deal of experience and talent, but there are many shoes that are gone. Bryce Wilder was the team’s leading rusher, and replacing a player who had one of the best seasons in team history will be difficult. Jewone Snow is gone at linebacker, and he was a piece of granite in the middle of the defense. Brice Everett was a lock-down corner and he graduated. Angelo Powell’s big-play ability at wideout needs to be replaced.

Difference makers: There have been times the last two seasons when head coach Ron Johnson had to watch his team grow and deal with growing pains. The pains are over. There are few newcomers and many difference makers. It starts on the defensive side of the ball with Steve Miller. The Ohio State-bound defensive end is quick and has a long reach that makes it difficult for teams to run in his area code. On the other side of the line is Se’Von Pittman, who may be more athletic than Miller. Pittman has really grown into his body this offseason and seems to be ready to be as good as Miller is. QB Kyle Ohradzansky has the kind of experience after starting the last two years to handle adversity. His mental makeup is such that he doesn’t get rattled. Elijah Farrakhan is the real deal at running back. There are more than a half-dozen receivers for Ohradzansky to throw to. McKinley’s skilled position players are protected by an experienced offensive line led by Skyler Parks.

Top newcomers: Sa’Veon Holloway is a newcomer again. He was slowed much of last season after an injury late in the preseason. He is a speed burner that can cause havoc on jet sweeps and catching the ball out of the backfield. Tyler Foster isn’t new, but he moved from quarterback to wide receiver because his athleticism is just too good to keep on the sideline. Jermaine Edmondson moved back to Canton from California and he’ll man a spot in the defensive backfield.

Final analysis: McKinley will either sink or swim with Johnson’s spread offense. There have been times when the Bulldogs looked like a perfect fit for it, and there have been others when they looked better-suited for the I-formation. This team is too talented to win just six games in the regular season like it has the last two years. But the schedule is brutal. Gallatin, Tenn., is the opener and it went to the Tennessee regional finals last year and is a three-time state champion. Then McKinley heads to Columbus to play in the Herbstreit Classic against Huber Heights Wayne, which has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Braxton Miller. In week 3 they start Federal League play hosting a strong DII Lake Bluestreak team that is hoping to make some noise this season and challege for the Federal League Title.  You'll get a good idea which direction the Bulldogs season will head after the first 3 games.

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