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CANFIELD, OH- A football mom’s love for her son transcends the boundaries of the playing field, creating a truly special and enduring relationship. From the early days of flag football to the roaring crowds of high school games, a mother’s support is unwavering. The bond between a football mom and her son is forged through countless hours of practice, shared victories, and the occasional defeat. In the stands, she becomes his biggest cheerleader, celebrating each touchdown as if it were a personal triumph, and every tackle as a testament to his strength and resilience.

As her son navigates the challenges of the game, a football mom becomes a pillar of strength and a source of inspiration. Through the ups and downs of the season, she remains a constant source of encouragement, offering words of wisdom and comfort during difficult moments. The late-night practices, early morning games, and the sacrifices made for the love of the sport only deepen the connection between mother and son. It’s a relationship built on a foundation of trust, mutual respect, and a shared passion for the game that extends far beyond the gridiron.

The specialness of the football mom-son relationship lies not only in the shared love for the sport but in the life lessons learned along the way. It’s a bond that fosters resilience, perseverance, and teamwork. Beyond the wins and losses, the football mom is there to witness her son grow into a dedicated athlete, a compassionate teammate, and, most importantly, a young man who carries the values instilled by his biggest fan – his mother – into every aspect of his life.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Kristen (Brady) Crumbacher and Shannan (Gus) Valentine and their sons to discuss what makes this time of year so special- especially being a senior parent.



BARBERTON, OH- What started out as a nail-biter for South Range fans turned out to be old hat for the burgundy and gold.  In a high-scoring showdown, the South Range Raiders showcased their offensive prowess, securing a commanding 48-21 victory over Clearview. The game, filled with explosive plays and impressive drives, unfolded in favor of South Range, leaving Clearview struggling to keep up.

Clearview set the tone in the first quarter, with quarterback Ty Christensen connecting with wide receiver Malcolm Lane for a 17-yard touchdown reception at 3:53. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful, but Clearview took an early 6-0 lead.

The second quarter witnessed a surge from South Range as running back Aidan Dominguez rushed for a 9-yard touchdown at 5:08. Logan Butcher’s successful extra point put South Range on the scoreboard. Clearview, however, swiftly answered with Christensen finding Ethan Lorenzana for a 38-yard touchdown reception at 3:08. The extra point by Ty Pinto extended Clearview’s lead to 13-7.

Determined to take control, South Range’s Dominguez scored his second rushing touchdown of the night, a 4-yard run, tying the game at 14-14. The first half concluded with the teams deadlocked, setting the stage for an intense second half.

South Range unleashed a barrage of touchdowns in the third quarter. Blake Ewert powered through for a 1-yard rushing touchdown at 9:56, followed by Dominguez’s 1-yard run at 6:07. Quarterback Tristan Toy connected with Brady Crumbacher for a 14-yard touchdown reception at 0:26. The relentless Logan Butcher added the extra points, propelling South Range to a commanding 35-14 lead by the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter saw South Range extending their lead even further. Tristan Toy sprinted for an impressive 62-yard rushing touchdown at 10:51. Shortly after, Dylan Smesko added another touchdown with a 28-yard rushing run at 7:48. Butcher’s consistent accuracy on extra points continued.

Clearview fought back with a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Ethan Lorenzana at 2:12, and Ayden Cruz successfully converted a 3-yard 2-point reception at 1:56. However, South Range’s substantial lead proved insurmountable.

The game concluded with South Range emerging victorious at 48-21. The Raiders’ dynamic offense, led by impressive performances from Aidan Dominguez, Blake Ewert, and Tristan Toy, proved too much for Clearview to handle, especially in the second half.

The Raiders racked up 454 yards of offense including six rushing touchdowns and a score through the air.  Tristan Toy went 7/13 for 138 yards with a TD and two picks, and ran for 109 yards and a score as well.  Blake Ewert ran the ball 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.  Aidan Dominguez carried the rock 8 times for 46 yards and three scores, and had a pick on defense.  Dyland Smesko had seven carries and 78 yards and an incredible touchdown that showcased the heart of the junior running back.  Brady Crumbacher continued his unbelievable senior campaign with jaw-dropping returns on special teams, and took the lid off the Clipper defense through the air with a pair of catches for 35 yards and a TD.  Gaven Nagy had a highlight reel catch as well setting up the Raiders in scoring position, and finished the game with 4 catches and 70 yards.

Defensively, Aidan Dominguez had the Clippers on lockdown with seven tackles, and a pick.  Nagy and Toy had five tackles apiece, and Toy added an interception to his ledger.  Luke Starkey had an interception as well, and contributed a pair of tackles.  Jimmy Powell also put his mark on the game with a quartet of stops for the Raiders.

The Raiders now head to the Regional Finals again to set up a rematch with the Perry Pirates who met in the 2022 Regional Finals where South Range won 48-21.


CANFIELD, OH –  Brady Crumbacher steps up this year as top dog for the South Range Raiders.  Last year Crumbacher started for the Raiders at Cornerback being a lockdown corner and a huge success for the Raiders as they went on to win the State championship.  Crumbacher has big plans this year for his team and knows they can go far in the playoffs.  Crumbacher will be playing both ways this year.  He will continue playing Corner, but for offense, Brady will be filling the big shoes of Shane Lindstrom and playing wide receiver.  Crumbacher can not wait for the season to start.  They opened up with their rivals The Springfield Tigers on August 18th at Springfield High School.

YSN’s own Chris Colucci who was very fortunate to sit down with his former teammate and talked to Brady about football and fun goofy questions.  Crumbacher was asked, “To the people that say South Range can’t be where they were last year because they lost so many seniors?” He said “We are not trying to be the team we were last year.  We are trying to be our own team.”

Watch this and more from Senior Conner and Receiver Brady Crumbacher’s player profile.



CANFIELD, OH- The name “Crumbacher” comes with outstanding connotations around it.  A diligent work ethic, outgoing personality, and humble servant leadership that has set the tone for Raider teams young and advanced for many years.

For Brady Crumbacher, it’s no different.

The young man who looks up to his family and friends, as well as is able to set himself apart from the crowd because he’s truly becoming comfortable in his own skin.

Crumbacher has helped solidify the Raider defensive backfield this year on the gridiron, posting up a perfect record two weeks into the playoffs, and locking down opposing receivers each week.

With the Regional Semi-Finals coming up, Crumbacher will once again look to help push the Burgundy and Gold one step closer to their ultimate goal.

We sat down with 18 to catch up with him about the season, his role, family life, and of course what goes on inside the walls of SRHS.