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Summer Huddle – General McLane

Ian Mallory

Steven Shinn

Evan Dillen

General McLane Lancers
Coach: Jim Wells (18th season, 151-43)
2013 overall record: 9-4
2013 region record: 3-2 (third)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Warren 55-25 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals and Slippery Rock 35-15 in the semifinals before losing to Cathedral Prep 63-21 in the championship.
Top players lost: Tyler Sanders, Zach Fox, Brett Kulka, Chris Laird, Zane Berger, Clay Smith, Matt Costa, Jarrell Johnson
Top returning players: Evan Dillen, Greg Streiff, Steven Shinn, Ian Mallory, Mike Novell, Kendrick Storm-Bailey, Kyle Sult, Joe Dunn, Briggs Twitchell, Dave Ingalls, Ryan Carpenter, Mike Allison
Assistant coaches: Brad Wheeler, Bill Frick, Scott Bolheimer, Zach Lucas

 

Click below for the outlook and team schedule.

–Tom Reisenweber

Outlook: General McLane will face a new challenge this season as the Lancers have elected to play up to Class AAAA. Not much else changes as McLane will play in Region 6 and can compete for the region title. The Lancers will head to the District 10 playoffs to play McDowell for the Class AAAA championship. It will be the first D-10 AAAA championship since 2007 when Cathedral Prep edged McDowell 15-13. McLane will have some big holes to fill after losing Tyler Sanders, Zach Fox, Brett Kulka, Chris Laird, Zane Berger, Matt Costa, Jarrell Johnson and Clay Smith to graduation. Kulka was named to the all-district team on the offensive line and will play for Maryland this fall. Kulka was also voted to the all-region first team on the offensive and defensive lines. Laird was voted to the all-region first team at tight end and caught two passes last fall, both for touchdowns. Sanders was a first-team running back and linebacker. He ran for 1,580 yards and 24 touchdowns on 249 carries as a senior. Sanders also led McLane on defense with 61 tackles, including five sacks. Cost was voted to the all-region first team on the offensive line and is one of several holes on the line that coac Jim Wells will need to address in camp. The Lancers will have a new quarterback with the departure of Fox. He threw for 1,010 yards and 16 touchdowns and he ran for 429 yards and eight touchdowns. The new quarterback will have new targests as Smith led McLane with 18 catches for 490 yards and eight touchdowns, while Johnson had 10 catches for 296 yards. The Lancers will need new leaders on defense as their top three tacklers graduated. Along with Sanders, Kulka was second with 52 tackles and Laird was third at 42.

McLane won’t have to completely start over with seven starters back on both sides of the ball. Greg Streiff and Steven Shinn return at running back and defensive back, and Ian Mallory and Mike Novell return on the offensive and defensive lines. Joe Dunn is back at running back and linebacker, while Evan Dillen returns at wide receiver, linebacker, kicker and punter. Kyle Sult was the backup quarterback as a sophomore and will look to step into a starting role this fall. He completed 3-of-6 for 65 yards in his limited time under center last year. Streiff ran for 493 yards and five touchdowns and Dunn had 29 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown. Streiff is also a weapon in the passing game as he was McLane’s third-leading receiver with four catches for 31 yards as a junior. Kendick Storm-Bailey is back on both lines, and juniors Briggs Twitchell, Dave Ingalls, Mike Allison and Ryan Carpenter could all contribute at the skill positions. The Lancers have traditionally put together a deep and proud program that reloads instead of rebuild. McLane lost several key players and will need to fill in some big gaps on the line. Sult will have some pressure on him as the new quarterback, but running the option can help an inexperienced quarterback, especially with the solid running backs McLane has back. If the Lancers can address their inexperience at line and quarterback, they could be a region contender, once again. McLane gets rival Fort LeBoeuf right away before two interesting game with speedy Central Tech and East. The Lancers follows with a tough road trip to Oil City and finish the first half of the season against Conneaut. McLane has five weeks to prepare for one of the toughest five-game stretches among all D-10 schedules. The Lancers take on McDowell, Slippery Rock, Cathedral Prep, DuBois and Strong Vincent to finish the regular season. McLane needs to gain experience and build chemistry in the first half of the season to make a run in the second half ad prepare for the playoffs.

Schedule
August
29 Fort LeBoeuf 7
September
6 at Central Tech* 7
12 East* 7
19 at Oil City 7
26 Conneaut 7
October
3 at McDowell* 7
10 at Slippery Rock 7
17 Cathedral Prep* 7
24 at DuBois 7
31 Strong Vincent* 7
*Region 6 game

–Tom Reisenweber

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