Stark County High School Football: What you need to know for the 2022 season

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High school football is set to return this week in Ohio.

In the Stark County area, two games kick off the season Thursday before the rest of the area's teams jump into action Friday night.

For all of the teams in the area, and around the state, their ultimate goal is a trip to Canton for the OHSAA state championship games in December.

Our sports writers will be there over the next four months to share the stories of our teams in their journeys to league titles, rivalry games and the state playoffs.

To get ready for the 2022 season, we've been talking to area coaches and players over the last month and sharing stories not found anywhere else.

McKinley and Green in action a year ago at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
McKinley and Green in action a year ago at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Each team's schedule can be found here.

Read on to find breakdowns of all of our area's teams. But before that, let's look at some of the players we expect to be among the best in the area this season.

Massillon QB Jalen Slaughter throws a pass against Euclid, Friday, October 1, 2021.
Massillon QB Jalen Slaughter throws a pass against Euclid, Friday, October 1, 2021.

Find out more about some of those top players:

McKinley’s Cynceir McNeal celebrates his touchdown reception against Mentor on Friday, August 20, 2021.
McKinley’s Cynceir McNeal celebrates his touchdown reception against Mentor on Friday, August 20, 2021.
Canton South quarterback Poochie Snyder tries to elude a Northwest defender, Friday, September 3, 2021.
Canton South quarterback Poochie Snyder tries to elude a Northwest defender, Friday, September 3, 2021.

Federal League football previews

Canton McKinley:Bulldogs football preview

GlenOak:Golden Eagles football preview

Green:Bulldogs football preview

Jackson:Polar Bears football preview

Lake:Blue Streaks football preview

North Canton Hoover:Vikings football preview

Perry:Panthers football preview

Perry's De'Andre Church (22) picks up yardage during their season-opening game at Central Catholic on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
Perry's De'Andre Church (22) picks up yardage during their season-opening game at Central Catholic on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Stark County Parochials / independents

Canton Central Catholic:Crusaders football preview

Louisville:Leopards football preview

Massillon:Tigers football preview

St Thomas Aquinas:Knights football preview

Garrett Miller (52) and his Fairless Falcons teammates take the field before an Aug. 19, 2021 high school football game against Sandy Valley at Fairless.
Garrett Miller (52) and his Fairless Falcons teammates take the field before an Aug. 19, 2021 high school football game against Sandy Valley at Fairless.

PAC-7 football previews

Canton South:Wildcats football preview

Fairless:Falcons football preview

Northwest:Northwest football preview

Tuslaw:Mustangs football preview

Alliance running back Kayden Davis (2) finds a hole on through against Louisville during action Friday, October 15, 2021 at Mount Union Stadium.
Alliance running back Kayden Davis (2) finds a hole on through against Louisville during action Friday, October 15, 2021 at Mount Union Stadium.

Eastern Buckeye Conference football previews

Alliance:Aviators football preview

Carrollton:Warriors football

Marlington:Dukes football preview

Minerva:Lions football preview

Inter-Valley Conference football previews

East Canton:Hornets football preview

Malvern:Hornets football preview

Sandy Valley:Cardinals football preview

Malvern’s Kaden Grinder (left), Manny Walker, Bryson White, Dylan Phillips, and Ibai Aguirre celebrate defeating East Canton and winning the Inter-Valley Conference North Division championship Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Malvern’s Kaden Grinder (left), Manny Walker, Bryson White, Dylan Phillips, and Ibai Aguirre celebrate defeating East Canton and winning the Inter-Valley Conference North Division championship Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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2021 Stark County-area final regular season standings

Federal League Football Standings

  • x-Hoover ..............6-0...... 8-2

  • McKinley ..............5-1.....  6-4

  • Jackson .............. 4-2...... 8-2

  • Green ...................3-3...... 7-3

  • Lake .....................2-4...... 5-4

  • GlenOak .............. 1-5.....  3-6

  • Perry .................... 0-6...... 2-8

  • x-Wins outright league title

Stark County Independents / Catholic Football Standings

  • Massillon .................... 8-2

  • Central Catholic.......... 4-6

  • Louisville .................... 2-8

  • St. Thomas Aquinas ... 0-7

PAC-7 Football Standings

  • x-Fairless .................6-1..... 9-1

  • x-Triway....................6-1..... 7-1

  • Northwest .............5-2..... 6-4

  • Manchester ...........5-2..... 6-4

  • CVCA.....................3-4..... 6-4

  • Orrville....................2-5..... 2-8

  • Loudonville.............1-6..... 1-9

  • Tuslaw ...................0-7..... 1-9

  • x-Share league title

Inter-Valley Conference Football Standings

North Division

  • Malvern .................5-0..... 8-2

  • East Canton ..........3-1..... 5-3

  • Buckeye Trail ....... 2-2 .... 4-5

  • Tusc. Cent.Cath. .. 2-3 .... 3-7

  • Newcomerstown .. 1-3 .....1-5

  • Strasburg ............. 0-4 .... 1-8

  • x-Wins outright division title

South Division

  • Garaway ............... 5-0 .... 10-0

  • Ridgewood ........... 4-1 .... 9-1

  • Indian Valley ......... 3-2 .... 6-2

  • Sandy Valley ........  2-3..... 6-4

  • Claymont .............. 1-4 .... 1-8

  • Tusky Valley .......... 0-5..... 1-9

  • x-Wins outright division title

Eastern Buckeye Conference Football Standings

  • x-West Branch ........ 6-0..... 10-0

  • Carrollton ................ 4-2..... 7-3

  • Salem ...................... 3-3..... 7-3

  • Canton South .......... 3-3..... 7-3

  • Alliance ................... 3-3..... 3-7

  • Marlington ............... 2-4..... 3-7

  • Minerva ................... 0-6..... 0-10

  • x-Wins outright league title

Want to look back at the 2021 regular season? Visit our Week 10 scores from last year, which also includes scores and info from the entire regular season.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Stark County High School Football Guide for the 2022 Season