Monday, January 30, 2023

News-Herald projects Perry, Kirtland to win respective divisions

The News-Herald on Friday released its projections for the winners of each area high school football conference. Perry and Kirtland were named as the favorites to win their respective divisions in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Perry swept the CVC Chagrin Division last season and Kirtland did the same in the Valley Division.

Geneva was mentioned as a darkhorse candidate and the News-Herald also stated to watch out for Orange.

“The Pirates are 25-2 the past two seasons. They haven’t lost a regular-season game since 2015. Coach Matt Rosati says this is the team Perry has waited for. Everything points to another huge year with that video game-like offense and a fast, aggressive defense. But Geneva, a Week 9 matchup, has Rosati worried. Keep an eye on Orange. The Lions can put a lot of points on the board.”

In the Valley Division, Wickliffe was mentioned as the darkhorse and Cuyahoga Heights is the team not to overlook.

“The Hornets are filthy loaded this year. They have the biggest line in school history, two 1,500-yard rushers return, and a quarterback with a strong arm is taking the snaps. Cuyahoga Heights lost some offensive weaponry to graduation, but is always a conference threat. Wickliffe moves down from the Chagrin Division this year and has Isaac Pettway. The Blue Devils could be a factor.”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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