Harbor Creek Huskies
Coach (season, record): Dan Budziszewski (30th season, 156-125-3)
2010 overall record: 4-6
2010 region record (place): 2-4 (fifth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: D.J. Cartney, Tim Schwenk, Cody Bootes, Andy Swindlehurst, Adam Weismiller, Mike Beskid, Tom Schauble
Top returning players: Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Preston Meade, Chris Merritt, Lucas Morton, Jake Newara, Brandon Phillips, Mitch Schauble, Paris Warner, Tyler Bretz, Anthony Concilla, Mark Fachetti, Adam Renshaw, Jon Ward, Josh Kita, Jake Pound, Aaron Reese, Spencer Zeyfang
Assistant coaches: John Ballard, Mark Brooks, Jake Wilczynski, Marty Dale, Andy Grove
Outlook: Head coach Dan Budziszewski mentioned right away that Harbor Creek must get off to a better start this year. The Huskies started 2010 with five straight losses and came one upset of Fairview short of making the playoffs. Harbor Creek can’t afford that kind of start in a brutal Region 4. The Huskies first must replace several standouts, including Tim Schwenk and D.J. Cartney. Schwenk was an all-region defensive back and Cartney made all-region on the offensive line. Also gone to graduation are starting quarterback Cody Bootes, Andy Swindlehurst, Adam Weismiller, Mike Beskid and Tom Schauble.
Harbor Creek does have some experience in backfield returning this fall. Tyler Bretz led the Huskies in rushing last season with 721 yards and eight touchdowns. He will likely be joined by Austin Griffith at quarterback. Griffith’s top target could be Lucas Morton, who led the Huskies in receiving last fall. Brandon Phillips, Mitch Scahuble, Preston Meade and Paris Warner are back to anchor the line, which must give Harbor Creek time to find holes to run through of find open receivers.
Adam Renshaw returns after a stellar sophomore season. He was the Huskies’ second-leading tackler in 2010 and could be an impact player as a linebacker. Another shot in the arm for Harbor Creek could be Sean Kuzilla. Kuzilla was a solid running back for Fort LeBoeuf last fall before transferring. The Huskies have 12 starters returning this season and if they develop some of the underclassmen, they could surprise a few teams.
Kuzilla will immediately head back to Waterford with the Huskies to open the season before Harbor Creek plays an important game at Girard. The YellowJackets are perennially a playoff team and the Huskies will likely need to beat them to get in this year. It doesn’t get any easier for Harbor Creek after that with home games against General McLane and North East. If the Huskies can finish September with even two wins, they should be in the race for a playoff spot at the end of the year.
2 at Fort LeBoeuf 7
9 at Girard* 7
16 General McLane* 7
23 North East* 7
30 at Warren 7
7 Titusville 7
14 Seneca* 7
21 at Northwestern* 7
28 at Fairview* 7
4 Central Tech 7
– Tom Reisenweber