HS Football: Berea-Midpark Titans 'making history every second'

1:41 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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It's common for high school football teams to open preseason camp by discussing how they plan to uphold and build upon the traditions of their respective programs.

The Berea-Midpark High School varsity football team began prepping for its inaugural season this summer with no such history to review.

Instead, with the creation of the new school with the merger of Berea High School and Midpark High School, the Titans were handed the opportunity and responsibility to write the first chapter in the gridiron program's history.

"We are making history every second we are together," Berea-Midpark head coach Ray Hradek said this preseason.

Hradek, who is in his 13th season as a head coach, said the Titans began practice with the goal of becoming a cohesive unit with a unified purpose.

"We are competing for each position," Hradek said in early August. "We began with a great number of unknown variables. We are slowly, but surely, finding out who are players are."

Despite so many uncertainties, after only a handful of practices, seniors Mason Muldoon and Austin Heil stood out as constant leaders.

"They bring dedication, a (good) work ethic and accountability," Hradek said.

Muldoon is a 6-foot, 230-pound outside linebacker who played for Midpark last season. Heil is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver and strong safety who played for Berea in 2012.

Hradek, who served as Medina's head coach in 2011, said the Titans have adopted "All In" as their mantra for the 2013 campaign.

The Titans are employing a two-back shotgun offensive formation and a multiple-front defensive scheme.

Berea-Midpark will look to rebound from its 31-21 season-opening loss at North Royalton on Friday when the Titans host Garfield Heights at Finnie Stadium in the program's first-ever home contest.

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