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Summer Huddle: Region 1 preview

REGION 1
2011 outlook
Favorite: Farrell
Contenders: Mercer, Sharpsville, Linesville
Dark horse: West Middlesex

2010 rewind
Standings

Region Overall
y-Farrell 7-1 13-2
y-Sharpsville 7-1 10-2
z-Lakeview 5-3 8-4
Linesville 5-3 6-4
z-Mercer 5-3 6-5
West Middlesex 4-4 5-5
Conneaut Valley 2-6 4-6
Kennedy Catholic 1-7 1-9
Conneaut Lake 0-8 0-10
y-co-region champions
z-qualified for the playoffs

Returning all-stars
First-team offense
Nolan Varee Conneaut Valley 11 WR
R.J. Swartz Mercer 11 OL
Dylan Hogue Sharpsville 11 OL
First-team defense
Diallo Lewis Farrell 11 LB
First-team special teams
Travis Foster Conneaut Valley 11 P
Second-team offense
Joe Hess Mercer 11 RB
James Wills West Middlesex 11 AP
Jamel Jordan Farrell 11 OL
Brandon Little Mercer 11 OL
Trevor Harrison West Middlesex 10 OL
Second-team defense
R.J. Swartz Mercer 11 DL
Joe Hess Mercer 11 DL
Luke Patten West Middlesex 10 LB
Dersean Alberty-Brown Sharpsville 11 DB
Second-team special teams
Will Juergens Mercer 10 K
Aaron Collins Mercer 11 P

Past champions
2010 — Farrell, Sharpsville (co-champs, 7-1)
2009 — Farrell (8-0)
2008 — Farrell, Linesville, Mercer (tri-champs, 7-1)
2007 — Mercer (8-0)
2006 — West Middlesex (8-0)
2005 — Kennedy Catholic (6-0)
2004 — Sharpsville (6-0)

2010 Postseason results
Class A
District 10 playoffs
Quarterfinals
Farrell 33, Union City 0
Lakeview 43, Saegertown 32
Mercyhurst Prep 54, Mercer 14
Sharpsville 42, Cambridge Springs 6
Semifinals
Farrell 34, Lakeview 7
Mercyhurst Prep 56, Sharpsville 33
Championship
Farrell 39, Mercyhurst Prep 0
PIAA playoffs
Quarterfinals
Farrell 35, Curwensville 14
Semifinals
Clairton 48, Farrell 8

Look for the Kickoff magazine at a Country Fair near you beginning Aug. 15. The 112-page magazine previews the upcoming District 10 football season, including top returning players, schedules, stats and more.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football, Summer Huddle

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