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The Summer Huddle – Grove City

Grove City Eagles
Jeff Bell
2008 overall record: 7-2
2008 region record (place): 4-0 (first place, Region 5)
Playoff results: Lost in the District 10 Class AAA semifinal game to Cathedral Prep 45-21
Top players lost: RB/DB Dwayne Martin, TE/DL Jason Ferderber, RB/LB Casey Shay, OL/LB Garrett Herald, OL/DL Jordan Gruber, OL/DL Wayne Burk, OL/LB Nick Delligatti, RB/LB Phil Schneider, WR/DB Ryan McGeehan, TE/LB Joe Kochemba
Top players returning: RB/DB Martin Phipps, QB/LB Tyler Dagres
Key games: Sept. 19 at Wilmington, Oct. 2 vs. Greenville
Outlook: Grove City cruised to a Region 5 title last season. The Eagles defeated their region opponents by an average of 20.25 points. But they fell in the District 10 playoffs to Cathedral Prep. Now, Grove City finds itself without several all-region players and a bunch of key contributors from last year’s team. All-district defensive back Dwayne Martin graduated. He  led the team with 11 rushing touchdowns and was the team’s second-leading rusher. The Eagles didn’t utilize the passing game much last season, but they do return their quarterback, Tyler Dagres. He attempted only 56 passes  (with a 39% completion rate) and he had two touchdowns and four interceptions on the year. Grove City finished the year strongly, winning its last four games before the playoffs. Along with Martin, the Eagles also lost seven other players who were on the first team, all-region offensive or defensive teams. The team’s leading rusher Casey Shay (846 yards, 7 touchdowns) also graduated. Grove City must find a way to replace quality players all over the offense and defense. However, since there is no clear favorite in Region 5, the Eagles would seem to have a realistic shot to repeat as Region 5 champions.


5 at Central Tech 1
11 East    7
19 at Wilmington 7
25 at Franklin*    7
2 Greenville 7
9 at Hickory 7
16 Corry* 7
23 Meadville* 7
30 at Warren* 7
6 Moniteau 7

* Region 5 game

Monday: Region 5: Meadville

Posted in: District 10, Football, Summer Huddle

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