Euclid football: 2020 season preview | Sports

Just the facts

Conference: GCC

Coach: Jeff Rotsky, sixth year (44-16)

OHSAA: Division I, Region 1

2019: 9-3

Twitter: @EUCFOOTBALL

Home field: Euclid Community Stadium

Outlook

Euclid returned only three starters to its 2019 team that proceeded to go 9-3 before falling to St. Edward in a Division I regional semifinal. Experience won’t be an issue for coach Jeff Rotsky this season. The Panthers bring back eight starters on offense and six on defense. Euclid’s secondary is one of the best in the state, led by Atiba Fitz, Rasheed Evans, Cam Smith and Glenville transfer Michael Gravely — who is committed to Michigan State. The Panthers have one major question mark at quarterback, where Malachi Davis and Dre Rallings are battling to become the replacement for Dion Valentine. 

Player to watch



Atiba Fitz




Atiba Fitz, an Air Force commit, is a leader for Euclid on each side of the ball. He’s next in line as a highly productive tailback in the Panthers’ offense. Defensively, he mans the free safety position in a secondary teeming with Division I talent. Euclid will lean on his ability to carry the ball as the Panthers determine who will run the offense behind center. 

Underclassman to watch



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Claishon Ivory




Claishon Ivory returns after starting at receiver during a breakout sophomore season. Ivory was a third-team News-Herald all-star in 2019 after racking up 684 yards and nine touchdowns on 37 receptions. Ivory already has an SEC offer from Kentucky in hand and, if he takes a step forward, will provide a premier weapon for the Panthers’ offense. 

Bottom line

IF: the Panthers develop consistent quarterback play; THEN: Euclid will become a factor at the top of its region in Division I. 

Schedule

Aug. 28: at Brunswick, 7

Sept. 4: vs. Mentor, 7

Sept. 11: at Cleveland Heights, 7

Sept. 18: vs. Strongsville, 7

Sept. 25: vs. Medina, 7

Oct. 2: at Elyria, 7

Projected lineup

OFFENSE

Position: Name, Year, Height, Weight

QB: Malachi Davis/Dre Rallings, Sr. 

RB: Atiba Fitz*, Sr., 5-9, 192

FB: Ty Howard*, Jr., 5-11, 200

WR: Armond Scott*, Sr., 6-2, 200

WR: Claishon Ivory*, Jr., 5-9, 165

Slot: Jaylen Morris*, Sr., 5-10, 180

LT: Herman Taylor*, Sr., 6-4, 300

LG: Eddie Baker, Sr., 5-11, 295

C: Harold Jarvis*, Sr., 5-10, 270

RG: Tavion Redfearn, Sr., 5-9, 230

RT: Alex Reese*, Sr., 6-3, 285

K: Aiden Turos, Jr., 5-10, 155

DEFENSE

Position: Name, Year, Height, Weight

DE: Brandon Krivacic, Sr., 5-11, 215

DE: Mekhi Sykes/Evin Harris, So.

DT: Chrishaun Edwards*, Sr., 5-8, 285

DT: Alex Reese/Harold Jarvis*, Sr.

LB: Ty Howard*, Jr., 5-11, 200

LB: Ryan Merrill, So., 5-11, 220

LB: Ahjay Cody*, Sr., 5-10, 190

CB: Rasheed Evans, Sr., 5-9, 165

CB: Michael Gravely*, Sr., 6-1, 195

SS: Cam Smith*, Sr., 6-3, 180

FS: Atiba Fitz*, Sr., 5-9, 182

P: Allonte Pryor, Jr., 5-7, 155

* — returning starter; Returning letterwinners: 21

Key reserves: Jordan Rees, Sr., 6-1, 170, Tyonne Parks, Sr., 5-8, 170, Allonte Pryor, Jr., 5-7, 155, Andre Tilman, Sr., 6-2, 215

Best in the classroom: Jordan Rees, Chrishaun Edwards, Michael Gravely, Harold Jarvis

Best bench press: Chrishaun Edwards, 340 pounds

Best 40 time: Armond Scott, 4.44 seconds

Best squat: Harold Jarvis, 525 pounds

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