Manchester Panthers Team News

Shoes to fill

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE


Thursday, Aug. 18

Wadsworth at Perry, 6 p.m.

Jackson at Walsh Jesuit, 6 p.m.

REPOSITORY STAFF REPORT

The awards continue to roll in for Marlington running back Alden Hill.

Hill is Ohio’s Division III Offensive Player of the Year, which highlighted the local honorees as the Division III and IV All-Ohio high school football teams were announced Tuesday.

The ending was tough to swallow, but the journey will be remembered for the 2010 Manchester Panthers.

Finding themselves in their first regional semifinal game since 1997, a powerful, fast and big Chagrin Falls team had too much firepower for the Panthers to overcome, falling 37-14 in the Div. IV regional championship at Nordonia High School.

MACEDONIA  The Chagrin Falls Tigers are a fast team built for turf.

That was painfully obvious for Manchester in a matter of minutes and just a handful of plays in Friday’s Division IV, Region 13 high school football championship game at Nordonia High School.

NEW FRANKLIN   An even-keeled bunch. No stars, no huge egos.

That’s what Manchester Panthers football head coach Jim France has said about his undefeated team all season. This time, though, he was describing Friday’s Division IV, Region 13 championship opponent, the Chagrin Falls Tigers.


ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-NORTHEAST INLAND DISTRICT FOOTBALL TEAM

Division I

First team

OFFENSE

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

OFFENSE

Devin Smith, Massillon

6-3, 185, Sr., WR

DIVISION IV, REGION 13 FINAL

TIME 
7:30 p.m., Friday

SITE  Boliantz Stadium, Nordonia

RECORDS  Chagrin Falls 11-1; Manchester 12-0

LAST WEEK  Chagrin Falls 54, Cortland Lakeview 28; Manchester 52, Youngstown Campbell 21

NEW FRANKLIN   Smash-mouth football has been a way of life for the Manchester Panthers since Jim France took over the high school football program four decades ago. That means everyone on offense blocks.

So when France saw