Chagrin Falls football: 2022 season preview

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Aug. 16—Just the facts

Conference: CVC Chagrin

OHSAA: Division V, Region 17

Head coach: John Scott, second year (5-5)

2021: 5-5 (3-4)

Twitter: @chagrinAD

Home field: C.S. Harris Stadium

Schedule

(Subject to change)

Aug. 19: Kenston at Chagrin Falls, 7 p.m.

Aug. 27: Chagrin Falls at Trinity, 7 p.m.

Sept. 2: Brookside at Chagrin Falls, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9: Chagrin Falls at Perry, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Chagrin Falls at Orange, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23: Kirtland at Chagrin Falls, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Lakeside at Chagrin Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Chagrin Falls at Edgewood, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: West Geauga at Chagrin Falls, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21: Chagrin Falls at Geneva, 7 p.m.

#NHfootball preview: @ChagrinAD's Nicholas Vinci discusses the upcoming 2022 season

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— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) August 15, 2022

Projected lineup

OFFENSE

QB: Nicholas Vinci*, Sr., 5-10, 180

RB: Donny Hardy*, Sr., 6-1, 195

WR: Jackson Beavers, Sr., 6-3, 180

WR: Drew Zelch, So., 5-8, 155

WR: Spencer Kaas, So., 6-1, 165

TE: Aiden Beresford, Jr., 6-4, 175

LT: Sam Stauffer, So., 6-1, 235

LG: Tyler Saccone, Jr., 5-8, 175

C: Luke Cornell*, Sr., 6-0, 160

RG: Clayton Briggs, Sr., 6-0, 185

RT: Parker Courtright, So., 5-11, 250

K: Ben Cowan, Jr., 5-9, 155

DEFENSE

DE: Dylan Babic, Jr., 6-1, 210

NT: Tristan Norton, Sr., 6-1, 215

DE: Johannes Rohr, So., 5-10, 185

OLB: Luke Munday, Sr., 5-11, 150

ILB: Charlie Frederick, Sr., 5-10, 160

ILB: Grant Sellars*, Sr., 6-1, 185

OLB: Sean McKee, So., 5-11, 170

CB: Julian Hink*, Sr., 5-8, 140

CB: Michael Moissis*, Sr., 6-0, 165

S: Grant Alberts*, Jr., 6-3, 170

S: Cole Ducas, So., 6-2, 170

P: Donny Hardy, Sr., 6-1, 195

#NHfootball preview: @ChagrinAD's Julian Hink discusses the upcoming 2022 season

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— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) August 15, 2022

*: returning starter; Returning letterwinners: 12

Key reserves: WR Jack Gaizutis, Sr., 6-0, 155, OL Mason Hart, So., 5-11, 255, DL Jake Evans, So., 6-1, 200, DB Brandon Castelluccio, Jr., 5-10, 170

Best in the classroom: Sean McKee 4.278 GPA, Duncan Scott 4.123, Luke Neimeier 4.062, Aiden Beresford 3.963, Johannes Rohr 3.929

Best bench press: Donny Hardy, 275 pounds

Best squat: Donny Hardy, 485

Best 40 time: Donny Hardy, 4.59 seconds

Outlook

The Tigers want to be a playoff contender after a .500 campaign that left them one spot out in 2021. They'll have to do so with one of the younger and smaller-sized groups they've had in recent memory. Scott is bullish on his sophomore class, which will garner more reps this fall, and Vinci, Hardy and a seasoned secondary are also building blocks.

Player to watch

Donny Hardy, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior, is the epitome of "the man" for Chagrin. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and caught 20 passes last fall and will be a focal point again offensively.

Underclassman to watch: Scott believes he has a "true leader" for the present and future in S Grant Alberts, a 6-3, 170-pound junior.

Bottom line

IF: the Tigers can regularly get Hardy out in space and the underclassmen develop; THEN: an above-.500 season in the playoff hunt is doable.