2010 Scouting Report: Boardman Spartans

2010 Scouting Report: Boardman Spartans
By Todd Porter

Friday Night Ohio


Boardman Spartans

Head coach: D.J. Olgilvie, seventh season, 24-38.
Last year: 7-4, 5-2.
Postseason assignment: Division I, Region 1
Returning lettermen: 19

Shoes to fill: The Spartans will miss J.T. Moore, who made first-team All-Ohio as a defensive end and now is at Ohio State. WR Chase Hammond, a 6-5 target, now is at Wisconsin. LB Ryan Phillis was a third-team All-Ohio pick last year. First-team All-Ohio kicker Trevor Ragan, who made 15 field goals and averaged 35 yards a punt, is gone, along with three-year starting QB Rob Boyd.

Difference makers: Nick Buonavolonta rushed for 914 yards, at 6.9 a carry, and eight TDs last year, while also starting at defensive back. LB Carmen Tarantino, a three-year letterman, is the leading returning tackler with 71 last year. He totaled eight tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Dayne Hammond, Chase’s brother, caught 10 passes for 161 yards and two TDs last year.

Top newcomers: Trae Robinson probably will start at quarterback for Boardman, but junior Ryan Pollifrone (6-2, 195) will push for playing time. The Spartans replace their entire offensive and defensive lines. Almost no Spartan up front has more than a half-game of experience, so players such as Zach Zidian, Brian Yatsco (6-0, 235), Austin Main, Eric Yovanovich and Zach Machuga will help write the story of Boardman’s season..

Final analysis: The Spartans have come a long way in head coach DJ Ogilvie’s seven years. They went 2-19 in the Federal League during his first three years. During the last three, they are 12-9 in the league with a pair of second-place finishes and two playoff appearances. “From six years ago when we were horrendous and had no confidence and couldn’t even compete with a Federal League team, now we’ve proven we can play at this level,” he said.

Wrap Up: D.J. Ogilvie says the goals for his Boardman Spartans are the same that the same the team has had for the past several years. The sixth-year head coach said his team expects to compete in the difficult Federal League each week, and bring a little attitude to the conference. That, he said, will allow the wins to come. Though the team lost four All-State players, and another five All-League representatives to graduation, Ogilvie believes the strong group of seniors will lead the team. The leadership the class brings, as well as experience from the skill positions, should help the team, Ogilvie said. The Spartans will have to deal with the loss of All-State wide receiver Chase Hammond. Hammond led the team with 60 catches for 1,044 yards and four touchdowns. Each of those figures led the team, and the next highest totals came from wideout Ken Jones. Jones had 22 catches for 251 yards and two TDs. Also gone is starting quarterback Rob Boyd, who made all but two of the Spartans’ passing attempts in 2009. Boyd went 133-of 239 for 1,814 yards with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Boyd was named All-League, but graduated. Trae Robinson completed both his attempts last season. Returning to the Spartan backfield is senior Nick Buonnavolonta. Buonnavolonta was the team’s leading rusher, gaining 973 yards. His TDs on the group also led the team. The offensive and defensive lines will be areas to watch, as neither will return a starter.

Quote: "Our goals for this year are the as they have been for the last couple of years. We want to compete in the Federal League every week, and give our best effort with a great attitude. If we can consistently do this every week, winning will take care of itself." - D.J. Ogilvie, coach

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