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Summer Huddle – Cochranton

Chad Eisenhooth combined for almost 2,000 yards passing and rushing for Cochranton in 2012.

Evan Miller

Tyler Buchan

Chad Eisenhooth

Nathan Liberty

Cochranton Cardinals
Coach: Nathan Liberty (2nd season, 6-4)
2012 overall record: 6-4
2012 region record: 5-2 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Sharpsvilel 42-6 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Shane Keller, Brandon Hostetler, Austin Andrews, A.J. Nageotte, Cam Cyphert

Top returning players: Chad Eisenhooth, Garrett Adams, Alex Custead, Evan Miller, Jesse Staudt, Brad Carlini, Jamar Moody, Tyler Buchan

Assistant coaches: Bill Hoy, Joe Hruska, Chad Edwards, Doug Blood, Mike Pendolino

Outlook: Cochranton made big strides under new head coach Nathan Liberty last season. Now, the Cardinals are looking to take another step and win a Region 2 title. Cochranton will have some big holes to fill, including standout running back Austin Andrews. He ran for 934 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 229 yards to be voted to the all-region second team at all-purpose. Cochranton also has to replace Shane Keller, Brandon Hostetler, A.J. Nageotte and Cam Cyphert. Nageotte was voted to the first team at wide receiver after pulling down 23 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns and was voted to the second team at defensive back. Cyphert was voted to the all-region first team at offensive and defensive line, while Hostetler was voted to the second team at offensive line.

While each loss will be tough to fill, the Cardinals were relatively young last fall and will have plenty of experienced players back. Chad Eisenhooth, Garrett Adams, Alex Custead, Evan Miller, Jesse Staudt, Brad Carlini and Jamar Moody are all back this year. Eisenhooth had an impressive junior year at quarterback with 1,355 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing for 628 yards and nine TDs. Eisenhooth was voted to the all-region first team at quarterback and second team at defensive back after intercepting three passes. Custead is a first-team offensive and defensive lineman, and Carlini had a breakout sophomore season as a second-team linebacker. Carlini led the Cardinals with 64 tackles and two sacks. Adams had 49 tackles, including a team-high five sacks, and caught 19 passes for 250 yards and five touchdowns. Staudt and junior Jacob Yarnell could take over in the backfield to replace Andrews. Yarnell was third in rushing for Cochranton with 83 yards on 18 carries, and Staudt had 82 yards on 14 carries. Staudt was also third in receiving with 17 receptions for 310 yards and five touchdowns. Matt Hudson is a senior who could step in and help on both lines, while junior James Groover could contribute as well. The Cardinals will open the season at Class AA Seneca before getting right into an important Region 2 stretch against Cambridge Springs, Mercyhurst Prep, Union City and Eisenhower. Cochranton has some big second-half games, including a non-region showdown with Lakeview, but the Cardinals should be able to tell where they stand in Region 2 right away this season.

Schedule
August
30 at Seneca 7
September
6 Cambridge Springs* 7
13 Mercyhurst Prep* 7
20 at Union City* 7
27 Eisenhower* 7
October
4 at Iroquois* 7
11 at Lakeview 7
18 Youngsville* 7
25 at Maplewood* 7
November
1 Bye
*Region 2 games
Friday: Conneaut
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted in: Football, Summer Huddle

2 Responses to Summer Huddle – Cochranton

  1. joe says:

    Hi Tom Bring on the football! Exciting times here in cochranton, the guys are working hard and looking forward to a championship season! Good luck to all!

  2. Tom Reisenweber says:

    Cochranton is my region pick this year. Should be a big year for the Cardinals.

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