Fitch Falcons Team News

AUSTINTOWN  By halftime, GlenOak was missing its starting right tackle, and, even worse, its Ohio State-bound running back.

TIME  7:30 p.m.
SITE  Fitch Stadium
RECORDS  GlenOak 4-0; Fitch 3-1

CANTON  After what was essentially the game-clinching tackle Friday, Chad Fite ran toward the sideline, stopped and saluted the McKinley crowd with his right hand.

He couldn’t use his left arm since it was wrapped with enough tape to make a mummy envious.

CANTON  Fitch High School’s star quarterback Demitrious Davis is not in uniform for tonight’s 7:30 game with McKinley at Fawcett Stadium. He is out with a knee injury.

CANTON  There really isn’t any sugarcoating Ron Johnson can put on it. The McKinley High School football team’s defensive line, simply, has got to play better.
McKinley needs more from its defensive line as the Bulldogs prepare to host powerful Fitch.
Particularly this week.

TIME  7:30 p.m.

SITE  Fawcett Stadium

RECORDS  Fitch 3-0; McKinley 2-1

LAST WEEK  Fitch 49, Bishop Mannos 0; McKinley 50, Lake 27


Division I

First team


Ends—Devin Smith, Massillon, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, senior; Dayne Hammond, Boardman, 6-5, 185, jr.; Joey Housos, North Canton Hoover, 6-1, 180, sr.; Justin Olack, Massillon, 6-4, 200, sr.

A capsule look at the 43 Stark County-area players to make the first team of the 2010 Northeast Inland District football team, as well as the one coach of the year:

Division I


Devin Smith, Massillon

6-3, 185, Sr., WR

LAKE TWP.  It was a telling statement from Lake High School football head coach Jeff Durbin.

A man who has won Federal League titles and coached in state championship games over the last 21 seasons looked at his blue-clad players and paid them a high compliment after their 34-28 double-overtime win over Austintown Fitch on Friday night.

Three years ago, Jeff Durbin huddled around a Lake football team as his players looked up at him with tears in their eyes and cries heard around the huddle after a 38-37 double-overtime loss to Youngstown Boardman.

Three years later, Durbin was met by an unlikely supporter.