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Playoff preview: Toledo St John’s Titans

The time has come. It’s finally here. The OHSAA 2017 High School State Football  Playoffs begin Friday November 3, and the Titans of Toledo St John visit the Division II, Region 6 top seed Avon Eagles at 7:30 pm at Joe Firment Stadium in Avon.

St John Jesuit is coached by Larry McDaniel who is in his first year at the helm and has guided his Titans to a playoff berth.

McDaniel brings 20 years of college coaching experience with him, most recently as assistant coach at the University of Toledo.

The St John offense is led by Freshman QB Brady Litchenberg who last week went 18/26, 154 yards and 2 TD, in a huge win over Toledo Central Catholic which propelled the Titans to the playoffs.

Litchenberg and RB Christopher Valentine handle the bulk of the Titan run game, while WR Dimitrios Mitsopoulos and WR Dallas Gant along with Valentine provide Litchenberg with outside weapons.

The St John defense is led by University of Minnesota recruit DL Austin Beier who leads a very stout and ball hawking defense who is adept at creating turnovers.

Their linebacking core is led by Christian Trudell, who leads a consistently good run stopping unit.

It is the time of the year when you through all the records out. It’s a new season, whether St. John can overcome a lack of experience, especially come playoff time, remains to be seen. The games are played on the field, not on paper.

Avon will have to adjust to unfamiliarity and if the Titans can avoid early mistakes and turnovers, this could be better than advertised.

Next: Avon Eagles.

 

Ruben joins us this fall to cover High School football. He is an avid and passionate fan of all Cleveland sports. A graduate of Lincoln-West High School many, many years ago, Ruben then went on to serve our country in the US Navy. He was a mentor and coach for the Old Brooklyn Little League and coached basketball at the CYO level.

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