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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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Grand Valley

Like Lakeside and Edgewood, the Mustangs will see a 30-percent rate of turnover on its 2013 schedule from the version it played in 2012.

Gone from schedule for second-year coach John Glavickas’ crew are Fairport, Jackson-Milton and Lutheran East.

Those three teams will be replaced by Division V state powerhouse Kirtland, former East Suburban Conference and Chagrin Valley Conference rival Berkshire and the Northeastern Athletic Conference’s newest member school, Windham.

GV, coming off a 7-3 season in which it won the Northeastern Athletic Conference championship, is quite familiar with two of the newcomers to its schedule.

The Mustangs last played Kirtland in Week 10 of the 2007 season, dropping a 39-0 verdict in Orwell.

Grand Valley last played Berkshire in Week 9 of the 2008 season at Grand Valley, the Badgers claiming a 40-0 triumph.

With 2013 marking the 53rd year of football at Grand Valley, the Week 7 game at Windham will be the first time the Mustangs and Bombers have ever squared off on the gridiron.

GV’s four consecutive winning seasons — the first three under Tom Henson and last season under Glavickas — mark the longest such active streak in the Star Beacon coverage area.

Pymatuning Valley

While not quite as much as Lakeside, Edgewood and Grand Valley, coach Neal Croston’s Lakers will see a fair amount of variance on its 2013 schedule from the 2012 version.

Gone from the Lakers’ schedule are Youngstown East and Lutheran East. They will be replaced by LaBrae in a non-conference contest in Week 3 and by new NAC member Windham in Week 6. Both games will be played away from Laker Stadium.

Coming off a 4-6 season in Croston’s third season at the helm — the first non-winning finish in his tenure — the games against the Vikings and the Bombers will mark the first time the Lakers have played them.

The 2013 season will be the 51st in PV program history.

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