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Old 07-30-18, 03:11 AM
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Jackson Polar Bears Football 2018

Jackson comes off a pretty successful 2017 season, winning their first Federal League Championship since 2001, with their first back-to-back playoff appearances since 2000/2001. This included putting a running clock on D2 state power (briefly returning to D1) Perry and a double overtime victory over archrival Hoover to keep them out of the playoffs in one of the best rivalry games in the state.

That thrilling victory at North Canton however transitioned into a playoff game against Euclid that was over before it started because of an injury-laden and ineffective Polar Bear defense. Jackson will have to replace their feature RB, WR corps, and most importantly someone must fill quarterback Jaret Pallotta's shoes. The skill positions are vacant.

The offensive and defensive lines certainly don't lack for size, athleticism, or experience. Numbers are way up compared to the program's dark ages. Whomever is at RB will get their yardage. Jackson TE/FB Hayden Junker recently was awarded a scholarship to FBS school Kent State (turned down Army) and will be a force this season. Big Xavier Grey at 7'1" and 400+ lbs. will undoubtedly feature in some way as well as many others.

Looking at the schedule the most talented teams the Bears face appear to be Boardman, Perry, and McKinley. And in my opinion, in that order. Your mileage may vary.

Can Coach Rohr improve Jackson's defense and overwhelm most of their opponents? Or without D1 UMass QB Pallotta do the Bears lose their ability to outscore the competition? Can Coach Budd, who owns one of the Federal League's best records, win without a Pallotta at QB? His first year featured the elder brother Jake, currently the QB at Dartmouth.

What say you?

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Old 07-30-18, 03:13 AM
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All-Ohio punter Trey Wright is expected to be the QB, but is injured. Presumably he will be active for the first game of the season:

http://fridaynightohio.com/news/1409...ing-the-voids/
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Old 07-30-18, 04:51 AM
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Nice to see the Army recruiter in Stark County,looks like the McK QB Curtis is headed there.
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Old 07-30-18, 05:36 AM
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Curtis will beast in the triple option if so. Almost wish Junker would have gone with Army because Kent has been so bad this decade other than 2012, although Paul Haynes is now out. FNO says Army wanted him to put on 60 lbs. and join the defense. Regardless, congrats to both young men. I like to see some successful MAC-tion and independents!
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Old 07-30-18, 07:32 AM
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I think Jackson will have some growing pains early this year, and that is to be expected when you lose such talent at the skill position. They may even get tripped up by East, but they will be just fine and probably win anywhere from 6-8 games. However, what has amazed me is that these kids are finding ways to win games that they would previously have lost. I go back to the first game CCC played at Jackson two years ago, and see how Jackson was struggling to play a mature game of football. They had talent everywhere, could make big plays, but made too many poor decisions to win that game. Fast forward to last year's Hoover game and you see the Polar Bears winning a tight game in double overtime against a red hot Hoover team.
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Old 07-30-18, 09:41 AM
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I understand Ryan is filling in for the injured Wright, for now. It will be interesting to see if Budd can keep the Polar Bears in the fight the whole season. To me they look to have enough talent on paper to have another good year. How good depends on not the names mentioned above in other posts, but the ones no one yet knows that will be stepping in to starting roles.
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Old 07-30-18, 04:29 PM
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heard some players who saw a good amount of time last year gave up football to focus on baseball.

if so that's too bad.

Bears will win a game or two that they aren't supposed to because Budd and his staff usually find a way to get the kids ready even when they are not athletically superior.
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Old 07-30-18, 10:10 PM
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heard some players who saw a good amount of time last year gave up football to focus on baseball.

if so that's too bad.
That definitely sucks if true. I wish John and Jane Jacksonite would get it through their heads that Brayden and Sophia aren't going pro -- and they've got a much better shot if they're multi-sport athletes anyway.

Eventually something is going to need to be done about single-sport specialization.
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Old 07-30-18, 10:18 PM
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That definitely sucks if true. I wish John and Jane Jacksonite would get it through their heads that Brayden and Sophia aren't going pro -- and they've got a much better shot if they're multi-sport athletes anyway.

Eventually something is going to need to be done about single-sport specialization.
It’s happening at most all bigger schools. You don’t see this so much in D-3 and lower smh.
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Old 07-30-18, 10:18 PM
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As good as Jackson football has been of late, it's still what, the 3rd of the big 3 sports between football, basketball, and baseball?
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Old 07-31-18, 12:44 AM
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Weird, right? Jackson outperforms a lot of much bigger schools in basketball (been that way for decades) and baseball (more recently). But the bar of entry is a lot higher when it comes to DI football and Jackson has always been "almost but not quite" on the gridiron. But definitely not a horrible position to be in when you're a state power in two of the big three and a playoff team in the other. Having well-rounded athletes in the other two sports will keep Jackson football relevant and improving IF there isn't dysfunction in the program again, or parents meddling and going to the sports specialist gyms!

I like the prediction of 6-8 wins. Probably some wins and losses we don't expect. Leaning more towards 6/7 right now but I'm open to changing my mind once we see scrimmages.
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Old 07-31-18, 04:59 PM
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Sports Specialization happens on the d3 and lower level more than you think. Baseball being the biggest offender. These private groups and baseball coaches from travel to high school sell these kids on baseball scholarships. Which in reality there aren't that many. Plus, kids get to just play games year round. Baseball is becoming the sport that never ends.
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Old 07-31-18, 09:22 PM
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Jax definitely the wild card at this early point. Could go anywhere from 4-6 to 7-3. Good luck to the Polar Bears.
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Old 08-01-18, 07:00 AM
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Sports Specialization happens on the d3 and lower level more than you think. Baseball being the biggest offender. These private groups and baseball coaches from travel to high school sell these kids on baseball scholarships. Which in reality there aren't that many. Plus, kids get to just play games year round. Baseball is becoming the sport that never ends.
Does Jackson football have many Lacrosse players on it? When my sons team played them it seemed like they had a lot of kids who would be very good at football as well. Lacrosse coaches pull the same if not worse stuff than baseball coaches when it comes to scholarships.
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Old 08-05-18, 03:13 AM
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http://fridaynightohio.com/news/1413...ffensive-line/

Should be a mostly two platoon system, hopefully totally as the season goes on, and Xavier Gray moved to the O-line and has lost a lot of weight. This will be the first year where everyone has been under Budd's system through all four years of HS. Second year for Rohr as defensive coordinator, a position that if he proves himself at I assume he has for life, lol.
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Old 08-05-18, 07:52 AM
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Nice story on the Junker kid and his grandfather Mr. Blackledge in Joe Scalzo's Sunday column today. Seems like a good kid from a great family. Gotta love a D1 kid who still goes and cuts his grandpa's grass!
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Old 08-15-18, 07:53 PM
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heard some players who saw a good amount of time last year gave up football to focus on baseball.

if so that's too bad.
Sounds like you heard right, and the Coach that is responsible should be ashamed of himself.

I was more optimistic before the Mentor scrimmage and am a little bit back on the fence. Lots of new faces, due to key injuries/players held out, but the Defense settled in and played pretty solid. I think this will be a much better defensive team than in the past.

The Offense left a lot to be desired. You have to attribute some of that to Mentor having 9 returning starters back from a D-1 runner-up Defense but also the current starting QB missing many 7-on-7s due to injury and again, a few players banged up. The O-Line has very good size but will need to prove they can fire out and run block, as this will be a key to success.

I imagine we'll have a much better assessment after this week's scrimmage. As I mentioned in another post, Mentor handled Jackson last year in the 1st scrimmage, but adjustments and improvements followed leading to a good year.

Here is most recent update from Coach Budd:
http://fridaynightohio.com/news/1416...r-polar-bears/
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Old 08-15-18, 08:26 PM
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Purple,

travel baseball and year round baseball is killing sports. Too much money in it and parents can't see it. schools will find the best players. wherever they are
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Old 08-15-18, 09:25 PM
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Sounds like you heard right, and the Coach that is responsible should be ashamed of himself.
That coach should be dismissed! Word is he talked to many more football/baseball players than just the 5 that have "decided" to focus on baseball. Feed him to The Horsemen!
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Old 08-16-18, 10:03 AM
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Purple,

travel baseball and year round baseball is killing sports. Too much money in it and parents can't see it. schools will find the best players. wherever they are
It is right in front of you. Parents do see it. Parents with money are the cause! They will spare no expense for the best individual training and "leagues" available, in any sport. And most individual coaches are only too happy to support it. Playing multiple sports is not that huge an issue in less affluent districts. Still expensive though. Granted those programs generally do not perform as consistently well either. Pros and Cons.
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Old 08-16-18, 10:11 AM
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Purple,

travel baseball and year round baseball is killing sports. Too much money in it and parents can't see it. schools will find the best players. wherever they are
It's a complete waste of money for 95% of those parents. MLB players from poor Latin American countries grow up playing with broom sticks and pebbles and end up getting 100+ million dollar contracts. You either have the talent or you don't. Parents think spending thousands of dollars a year will make their average to above average child a D1 college scholarship player. It won't.
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Old 08-17-18, 09:02 AM
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That coach should be dismissed! Word is he talked to many more football/baseball players than just the 5 that have "decided" to focus on baseball. Feed him to The Horsemen!
I like the way you think, Hansel!

TigerPaw - you pretty much nailed it....
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Old 08-22-18, 09:14 PM
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Looks like the defense played really well and offense improved from prior week. Of course, Walsh is not Mentor but definitely a step in the right direction.

I don't know much about East other than that they lost some good talent but had some key transfers move in again. It will be another good test for a season opener.

Prediction:
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East 18
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Old 08-23-18, 06:14 PM
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An article on the Polar Bear QB:
https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/ca...federal-league
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Old 08-25-18, 03:17 PM
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Prediction:
Jackson 27
East 18
Guess I was wrong. East had a lot of good athletes, I believe I heard at least 6 D-1 recruits, but this is a game that Jackson should’ve put away. Bright spots were some of the new faces in the lineup. Going to be a long year unless things get corrected.
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Old 08-26-18, 11:54 AM
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Guess I was wrong. East had a lot of good athletes, I believe I heard at least 6 D-1 recruits, but this is a game that Jackson should’ve put away. Bright spots were some of the new faces in the lineup. Going to be a long year unless things get corrected.
Not sure Jackson should have put this game away. I felt both teams were shooting themselves in the foot the whole night, to maybe somewhat be expected in first game, but I felt East was the better team all night and hurt themselves with turnovers and penalties. Jackson has good size up front on both sides of the ball, but their skill players, albeit 85 are not very fast or explosive. Could be a long year for the the Bears, however, they say a team improves the most from Game 1 to game 2. So we will see, but certainly did not see many playmakers.
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Old 08-27-18, 11:47 AM
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Akron East @ Jackson Week 1

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It's a complete waste of money for 95% of those parents. MLB players from poor Latin American countries grow up playing with broom sticks and pebbles and end up getting 100+ million dollar contracts. You either have the talent or you don't. Parents think spending thousands of dollars a year will make their average to above average child a D1 college scholarship player. It won't.
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Old 08-27-18, 08:35 PM
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Was an ugly game. East turned the ball over at least 3 times leading Jackson getting the ball inside East's 20 yard line twice, yielding 10 points. East also had to have at least 200 yards in penalty yardage, too, with at least 7 personal fouls. Jackson couldn't take advantage of that and they looked lost on offense. Offensively, the only bright spot was #85, who looks like a noce athlete and player, but the qb made too many errors thinking he could outrun East sideways when pressured and he learned the hard way that it wasn't going to work. Unfortunately I think it is going to be a long season in Bare, ooops, I mean, Bear Country.

Come on, Polar Bears, get it together. I will be rooting for the Bears to improve each week moving forward.
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