Manchester Panthers Team News

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.


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


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

Here’s a look at this week’s matchup for area teams competing in the regional finals.


Division II  Sunbury Big Walnut (10-2) vs. Lake (9-3), 7:30 p.m., at Ashland University Jack Miller Stadium.

RAVENNA  The Campbell Memorial Red Devils pulled into Ravenna Stadium about 75 minutes before facing Manchester in a Division IV, Region 13 semifinal.

Manchester continued its quest for a state grid championship on Friday night as they routed Campbell Memorial 52-21 in a Division IV Region 13 playoff game at Ravenna Stadium.

OHSAA Playoffs

Here’s a look at this week’s matchups for area teams competing the regional semifinals.


Division II  Dresden Tri-Valley (9-2) vs. Lake (8-3), 7:30 p.m. at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.