The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 29, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Football primer

With practice starting six weeks from Monday, we take a look at the schedules for all 10 teams in the Star Beacon coverage area

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Conneaut

Only one change on the schedule is on tap for third-year coach Rocco Dobran and his Spartans in the 2013 season.

The Cleveland Knights, an independent club team, replaces Conneaut Area, Pa. as the Spartans’ Week 6 opponent.

Conneaut will play the Knights on Friday, Oct. 4, with the game being played at Case Western Reserve University.

The Knights had a tie to the area last fall, bowing at Edgewood in Week 6, 23-12, on a Saturday night at Corlew Stadium.

As much as Lakeside has struggled in recent seasons, it’s been even more so for Conneaut, which has posted a combined record of 13-77 in the last nine seasons, for three different head coaches, four, if you count Ken Parise’s two tenures at the helm.

The Spartans’ last .500-or-better campaign was back in 2001, when Parise led Conneaut to a 5-4 record.

Geneva

As is the case at Conneaut, the Eagles will have only one change on their 2013 schedule from the one they took on last fall.

Perry, a longtime former rival, comes back on the Geneva schedule. The Pirates will invade Spire Stadium in Week 2, taking the slot formerly occupied by John Hay, which prevailed at Geneva last season, 28-20.

In his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater, former Eagles great Tony Hassett will look to lead Geneva to a bounceback campaign after back-to-back 3-7 seasons.

The Eagles will play the PAC portion of their schedule in Weeks 4 through 10.

Getting back to the change in the schedule,  Geneva and Perry have not played since 2007, when a 45-6 triumph at Memorial Field not only marked the temporary end of the rivalry, but also the Pirates’ 10th consecutive win in the matchup, played over the course of 10 straight seasons.

The Eagles have not defeated the Pirates on the gridiron since a 25-0 win at Memorial Field in Week 1 of the 1948 season, when Hall of Fame coach Bruno Mallone (Class of 2011) was at the helm.

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