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Posted: August 11th, 2014

Region 6
2014 outlook
2013 champion: Cathedral Prep
Favorite: McDowell
Contenders: Cathedral Prep, General McLane
Dark horse: Central Tech

2013 standings
Region 6 — AAA, AAAA
Region Overall
x-Cathedral Prep (AAA) 5-0 13-1
y-McDowell (AAAA) 4-1 7-6
y-General McLane (AAA) 3-2 9-4
Strong Vincent (AAA) 2-3 2-8
Central Tech (AAA) 1-4 3-7
East (AAA) 0-5 0-10
x-region champion
y-qualified for the playoffs

2013 postseason results
Class AAA
District 10
Quarterfinals
General McLane 55, Warren 25
Bye: Cathedral Prep
Semifinals
General McLane 35, Slippery Rock 15
Cathedral Prep 70, Oil City 26
Championship
Cathedral Prep 63, General McLane 21
PIAA
Quarterfinals
Cathedral Prep 28, West Allegheny 0
Semifinals
Bishop McDevitt 47, Cathedral Prep 42
Class AAAA
District 6-8-9-10 subregion
McDowell 49, Allderdice 19
McDowell 16, Mifflin County 10, OT
Quarterfinals
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 48, McDowell 7

Region 6 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Jared Carlson Strong Vincent 12 RB
Charlie Fessler Cathedral Prep 12 WR
Defense
Jake Tarasovitch McDowell 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Eric Mitchell Central Tech 12 RB
James Trucilla Cathedral Prep 12 OL
Special teams
Zachary Bednarowicz Cathedral Prep 12 K
Defense
James Trucilla Cathedral Prep 12 DL
Dane Eberle McDowell 12 LB

New Region Alignment
Class AAA, AAAA
School Enrollment
Cathedral Prep (AAA) 411
Central Tech (AAA) 422
East (AAA) 340
General McLane* (AAAA) 351
McDowell (AAAA) 993
Strong Vincent (AAA) 340
Class AAA range: 300-492
Class AAAA range: 493 and above
*General McLane elected to play up to Class AAAA.

Region 6 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Cathedral Prep (5-0)
2012 — Cathedral Prep (5-0)
2011 — Cathedral Prep (6-0)
2010 — Cathedral Prep (6-0)
2009 — Cathedral Prep (4-0)
2008 — Strong Vincent (4-0)
2007 — Cathedral Prep, McDowell (co-champs, 4-1)
2006 — Cathedral Prep (5-0)
2005 — McDowell (2-0)
2004 — McDowell (2-0)

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 11th, 2014

Region 5
2014 outlook
2013 champion: Slippery Rock
Favorite: DuBois
Contenders: Oil City, Conneaut
Dark horse: Meadville

2013 standings
Region 5 — AAA, AAAA
Region Overall
x-Slippery Rock (AAA) 6-0 10-1
y-Oil City (AAA) 4-2 7-5
y-DuBois (AAAA) 4-2 6-5
y-Warren (AAA) 3-3 7-4
Meadville (AAA) 2-4 3-7
y-Bradford (AAA) 1-5 2-8
Franklin (AAA) 1-5 2-8
x-region champion
y-qualified for the playoffs

2013 postseason results
Class AAA
District 9
Championship
Clearfield 51, Bradford 7
District 10
Quarterfinals
General McLane 55, Warren 25
Oil City 24, Conneaut 21
Bye: Slippery Rock
Semifinals
General McLane 35, Slippery Rock 15
Cathedral Prep 70, Oil City 26
PIAA
Class AAAA
District 6-8-9-10 subregion
Mifflin County 41, DuBois 21

Region 5 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Tanner Harris Oil City 12 TE
Bryson Paulinellie DuBois 12 WR
Defense
Chris Richardson Conneaut 12 DL
Adam Bankovich DuBois 11 LB
Second team
Offense
Gabe French DuBois 12 QB
Hunter Merritt Conneaut 11 QB
Elijah Anderton Conneaut 12 RB
Devin Clark DuBois 12 RB
Special teams
Ty Mooney Franklin 12 K
Defense
Mykel McCool Franklin 12 DL
Jackson McFall Oil City 11 DB
Brennan Miller Conneaut 12 DB

New Region Alignment
Class AAA, AAAA
School Enrollment
Bradford (AAA) 306
Conneaut (AAA) 302
DuBois (AAAA) 562
Franklin (AAA)* 300
Meadville (AAA) 340
Oil City (AAA)** 404
Class AAA range: 300-492
Class AAAA range: 493 and above
*Franklin has an enrollment of 242 and has to include 58 students because of its co-op with Rocky Grove.
**Oil City has an enrollment of 308 and has to include 96 students because of its co-op with Cranberry and Venango Catholic.

Region 5 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Slippery Rock (6-0)
2012 — Slippery Rock (6-0)
2011 — Grove City (6-0)
2010 — Grove City (6-0)
2009 — Grove City (6-0)
2008 — Grove City (6-0)
2007 — Titusville (5-0)
2006 — Titusville (5-0)
2005 — General McLane (8-0)
2004 — Strong Vincent (8-0)

Later today: Region 6

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 11th, 2014

Region 4
2014 outlook
2013 co-champions: Girard, Northwestern
Favorite: Northwestern
Contenders: Fairview, Girard, North East
Dark horse: Fort LeBoeuf

2013 standings
Region 4 — AA
Region Overall
z-Girard 6-1 10-3
z-Northwestern 6-1 9-3
y-Fort LeBoeuf 5-2 7-4
y-Fairview 4-3 6-4
North East 3-4 5-5
Corry 2-5 3-7
Seneca 2-5 3-7
Harbor Creek 0-7 1-9
y-qualified for the playoffs
z-co-region champions

2013 postseason results
Class AA
District 10
Quarterfinals
Greenville 33, Fairview 30
Girard 22, Sharon 19
Northwestern 28, Grove City 7
Hickory 56, Fort LeBoeuf 7
Semifinals
Girard 16, Greenville 14
Hickory 52, Northwestern 14
Championship
Hickory 21, Girard 10

Region 4 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Kel Barnes Girard 12 AP
Special teams
Mike Macaulay North East 12 K
Mike Macaulay North East 12 P
Defense
Kyle Panko Northwestern 12 LB
Zach Muye Seneca 12 LB
Eric Baer Mercyhurst Prep 12 LB
Mike Macaulay North East 12 DB
Nate Tewell Northwestern 11 DB
Second team
Offense
Kyle Panko Northwestern 12 TE
Cody Dinger Girard 12 WR
Austin Miczo Northwestern 12 AP
Garrett Reinwald Fort LeBoeuf 12 OL
Ben Stritzenger North East 12 OL
Special teams
Nate Tewell Northwestern 11 P
Defense
Sean Welch Fairview 12 DL
Craig Zuccolotto North East 12 DL
Dan Paden Fairview 12 LB
Brandon Harvey Fort LeBoeuf 11 LB
Jacob Marzka Fort LeBoeuf 12 DB
Jaime Sommers Seneca 12 DB

New Region Alignment
Class AA
School Enrollment
Fairview 186
Fort LeBoeuf 258
Girard 250
Harbor Creek 272
Mercyhurst Prep* 212
North East 196
Northwestern 200
Seneca 206
Class AA range: 175-299
*Mercyhurst Prep has an enrollment of 177 and has to include 35 students because of its co-op with Erie First.

Region 4 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Girard, Northwestern (co-champs, 6-1)
2012 — Corry, Northwestern (co-champs, 6-1)
2011 — North East (6-0)
2010 — General McLane (6-0)
2009 — General McLane (8-0)
2008 — North East (8-0)
2007 — Harbor Creek (6-0)
2006 — Fairview, Harbor Creek (co-champs, 5-1)
2005 — Girard (6-1)
2004 — North East (7-0)

Later today: Region 5

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 11th, 2014

Region 3
2014 outlook
2013 champion: Greenville
Favorite: Hickory
Contenders: Slippery Rock, Grove City, Sharon
Dark horse: Warren

2013 standings
Region 3 — AA
Region Overall
x-Greenville 7-0 11-1
y-Hickory 6-1 12-2
y-Sharon 5-2 6-5
y-Grove City 4-3 5-5
Wilmington 3-4 5-4
Reynolds 2-5 4-6
Titusville 1-6 1-9
Saegertown 0-7 0-10
x-region champion
y-qualified for the playoffs

2013 postseason results
Class AA
District 10
Quarterfinals
Greenville 33, Fairview 30
Girard 22, Sharon 19
Northwestern 28, Grove City 7
Hickory 56, Fort LeBoeuf 7
Semifinals
Girard 16, Greenville 14
Hickory 52, Northwestern 14
Championship
Hickory 21, Girard 10
PIAA
Quarterfinals
Hickory 37, Martinsburg Central 27
Semifinals
South Fayette 23, Hickory 20

Region 3 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Jake Whitmer Slippery Rock* 12 QB
Colten Raabe Slippery Rock* 12 OL
Alex Gentile Greenville 12 OL
Special teams
Jordan Wombacker Hickory 12 K
Jordan Wombacker Hickory 12 P
Defense
Austin Aikins Hickory 12 DL
Jeff Price Sharon 11 DL
Colten Raabe Slippery Rock* 12 DL
Cameron Neal Slippery Rock* 12 DL
Jared McDowell Slippery Rock* 12 LB
Zach Miller Greenville 12 LB
D.J. Fehlman Warren** 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Blake Heller Slippery Rock* 12 TE
Andrew Pryts Hickory 11 WR
Lou Derloni Hickory 12 RB
Ryan Lauster Slippery Rock* 11 AP
Walker Gray Corry 12 OL
Austin Aikins Hickory 12 OL
Lou Emmett Greenville 12 OL
Special teams
Dylan Nelson Grove City 12 K
Mark Cessar Slippery Rock* 12 K
Defense
Tanner Lucido Grove City 12 LB
Lou Derloni Hickory 12 LB
Nick Black Greenville 12 LB
Travis Lauster Slippery Rock* 12 LB
Brady Kadlubek Slippery Rock* 12 DB
Liam Cragg Corry 11 DB
Andrew Pryts Hickory 11 DB
*Slippery Rock was a member of Region 5 in 2013
**Warren was a member of Region 5 in 2013

New Region Alignment
Class AA
School Enrollment
Corry 276
Greenville* 181
Grove City 295
Hickory 255
Sharon** 285
Slippery Rock 283
Titusville 234
Warren 297
Class AA range: 175-299
*Greenville has an enrollment of 173, which would put them in Class A, but the Trojans have to include 8 students because of its co-op with Living World Christian.
**Sharon has an enrollment of 244, and the Tigers have to include 41 students because of its co-op with Kennedy Catholic.

Region 3 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Greenville (7-0)
2012 — Grove City, Hickory, Wilmington (tri-champs, 6-1)
2011 — Wilmington (5-0)
2010 — Sharon (5-0)
2009 — Sharon, Wilmington (co-champs, 6-1)
2008 — Wilmington (7-0)
2007 — Wilmington (6-0)
2006 — Wilmington (6-0)
2005 — Wilmington (6-1)
2004 — Greenville, Grove City (co-champs, 6-1)

Later today: Region 4

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 10th, 2014

Region 2
2014 outlook
2013 champion: Eisenhower
Favorite: Cambridge Springs
Contenders: Cochranton, Eisenhower
Dark horse: Iroquois

2013 standings
Region 2 — A
Region Overall
x-Eisenhower 7-0 7-4
y-Cambridge Springs 6-1 8-3
y-Cochranton 5-2 6-4
y-Maplewood 3-4 5-6
Iroquois 3-4 3-7
Mercyhurst Prep 3-4 3-7
Union City 1-6 1-9
Youngsville 0-7 0-9
x-region champion
y-qualified for the playoffs

2013 postseason results
Class A
District 10
Quarterfinals
Lakeview 61, Maplewood 6
Mercer 35, Cambridge Springs 14
Sharpsville 31, Eisenhower 7
West Middlesex 46, Cochranton 32

Region 2 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Noah Marvin Maplewood 12 TE
Jarrett Johnson Eisenhower 12 WR
Blaine Wolfrom Cambridge Springs 11 OL
Jake Spetz Eisenhower 12 OL
Juston Tapper Cambridge Springs 12 OL
Chris Sanders Eisenhower 12 OL
Defense
Jake Spetz Eisenhower 12 DL
Juston Tapper Cambridge Springs 12 DL
Blaine Wolfrom Cambridge Springs 11 DL
Chris Sanders Eisenhower 12 DL
Zach Stafford Cambridge Springs 11 DB
Tyshawn Johnson Maplewood 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Kristofer Silbaugh Cambridge Springs 11 WR
Matt McLean Iroquois 12 WR
Justin Dahl Maplewood 12 WR
Miller Peters Maplewood 12 RB
Brandon Roda Iroquois 12 AP
Cody Nageotte Cochranton 12 OL
Tyler Johnson Union City 12 OL
Special teams
Grant Venman Eisenhower 11 K
Jarrett Johnson Eisenhower 12 P
Defense
Cody Nageotte Cochranton 12 DL
Miller Peters Maplewood 12 LB
Logan Bellardo Eisenhower 12 DB
Louie Head Eisenhower 11 DB
Brody Mangel Union City 12 DB
Tyler Barone Iroquois 10 DB

New Region Alignment
Class A
School Enrollment
Cambridge Springs 149
Cochranton 115
Eisenhower 133
Iroquois 146
Maplewood 150
Saegertown 174
Union City 125
Youngsville* 124
Class A range: 174 and below
*Youngsville has an enrollment of 119 and has to include 5 students because of its co-op with Warren County Christian.

Region 2 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Eisenhower (7-0)
2012 — Eisenhower (7-0)
2011 — Youngsville (8-0)
2010 — Mercyhurst Prep (8-0)
2009 — Mercyhurst Prep (8-0)
2008 — Saegertown (8-0)
2007 — Mercyhurst Prep (8-0)
2006 — Mercyhurst Prep (8-0)
2005 — Fairview (7-0)
2004 — Fairview (7-0)

Sunday: Regions 3-6

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 10th, 2014

Region 1
2014 outlook
2013 champion: Lakeview
Favorite: Wilmington
Contenders: West Middlesex, Farrell, Sharpsville
Dark horse: Reynolds, Mercer

2013 standings
Region 1 — A, AAA
Region Overall
x-Lakeview (A) 5-1 12-2
y-Mercer (A) 4-2 9-3
y-West Middlesex (A) 4-2 7-5
y-Sharpsville (A) 3-3 8-5
y-Conneaut (AAA) 3-3 7-4
Farrell (A) 2-4 4-5
Kennedy Catholic (A) 0-6 0-10
x-region champion
y-qualified for the playoffs

2013 postseason results
Class A
District 10
Quarterfinals
Lakeview 61, Maplewood 6
Mercer 35, Cambridge Springs 14
Sharpsville 31, Eisenhower 7
West Middlesex 46, Cochranton 32
Semifinals
Lakeview 52, Mercer 21
Sharpsville 40, West Middlesex 3
Championship
Lakeview 27, Sharpsville 0
PIAA
Quarterfinals
Clarion 35, Lakeview 20
Class AAA
District 10
Quarterfinals
Oil City 24, Conneaut 21

Region 1 returning all-stars (current year listed)
First team
Offense
Braylon Edwards Mercer 12 WR
Logan Clarke Mercer 12 QB
Trey Staunch West Middlesex 12 QB
Eric Lucich West Middlesex 12 RB
Marquis Spence Lakeview 12 AP
Defense
Derrek Smith Sharpsville 12 LB
Eric Lucich West Middlesex 12 LB
Marquis Spence Lakeview 12 LB
Malachi Newell Farrell 11 LB
Tyler Wansack Sharpsville 12 DB
Second team
Offense
Greg Popatak Sharpsville 12 TE
Marc Peoples Wilmington** 12 WR
Michael Millero Reynolds* 12 RB
Tyler Wansack Sharpsville 12 RB
Derrick Carter Farrell 12 OL
Troy Sagulla Mercer 12 OL
Romeo Jackson Farrell 11 OL
Defense
Braylon Edwards Mercer 12 DL
Greg Popatak Sharpsville 12 LB
T.J. Peters Mercer 12 DB
*Reynolds was a member of Region 3 in 2013
**Wilmington was a member of Region 3 in 2013

New Region Alignment
Class A
School Enrollment
Farrell 102
Lakeview 167
Mercer 140
Reynolds 163
Sharpsville 174
West Middlesex 141
Wilmington 173
Class A range: 174 and below

Region 1 champions
(since initial realignment in 2004)
2013 — Lakeview (5-1)
2012 — West Middlesex (6-0)
2011 — Sharpsville (7-0)
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)

Later today: Region 2

—Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 10th, 2014
Solomon Clark

Solomon Clark

Sam Bubbenmoyer

Sam Bubbenmoyer

Jacob Lauffenburger

Jacob Lauffenburger

Youngsville Eagles
Coach: John Victor (2nd season, 1-9)
2013 overall record: 0-9
2013 region record: 0-7 (eighth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Tyler Hoffman, Josh Taydus
Top returning players: Jake Lauffenburger, Solomon Clark, Sam Bubbenmoyer, John Uplinger
Assistant coaches: Jeff Manelick, Rich DeSimone
Outlook: Youngsville is looking for some consistency and success after winning 10 games and the Region 2 title in 2011. In the past two seasons, the Eagles are a combined 1-18 and struggling to compete in Region 2. The good news is Youngsville struggled last season because they were young. The Eagles didn’t lose anyone to graduation and returns an experienced team that went through some growing pains in 2013. Jake Lauffenburger is back at quarterback and will lead the secondary at the safety positions. Jacob Sperry, Noah Carlson, Joe Frazier, Austin Slocum, William Dudenhoeffer, Logan Wright, Jeff Pfoutz and Jeremy Niemeyer all return on the line. John Uplinger is an experienced tight end, while Solomon Clark, Sam Bubbenmoyer, Aaron Melquist and Brady Kesterholt are back at wide receiver. Lauffenburger was Youngsville’s leading rusher with 309 yards and four touchdowns on 125 carries, but Owen Engstrom, Curtis Hoffner, Cody Cox, Christian Blick and Hayden Victor are running backs that are looking to step up and take the pressure off the quarterback. The Eagles are still developing in a new system with second-year coach John Victor. Youngsville can be tough to beat home, but confidence will be a big hurdle to overcome this season. If the Eagles can start buying into what they are doing, the experience gained last year will be a big asset this fall.

Schedule
August
29 at Lakeview 7
September
5 at Eisenhower* 7
12 Cambridge Springs* 7
19 at Maplewood* 7
26 Union City* 7
October
3 at Iroquois* 7
10 at West Middlesex 7
17 Cochranton* 7
24 Saegertown* 7
31 Seneca 7
*Region 2 game

Up next: Region 1

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 10th, 2014
Jake Sotter

Jake Sotter

Marc Peoples

Marc Peoples

Cody Llewellyn

Cody Llewellyn

Wilmington Greyhounds
Coach: Terry Verrelli (36th season, 276-117-3)
2013 overall record: 5-4
2013 region record: 3-4 (fifth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Riley Kollar, Josiah Bloise, Casey Hilton, Dwight Scott
Top returning players: Cody Llewellyn, Josh Wrightson, Shea Clark, Jake Sotter, Spencer DeMedal, Marc Peoples, Ben patterson, Anthony Berardi, Mitchell Whiting, Brendon Montswil, Dakota Boyle, Reese Bender
Assistant coaches: David Welch, Robert Mitcheltree, Rob Shimrack, Brandon Phillian, Mike Neurohr, Mark Shenker, Kyle Jones, Josh Phillian, Pat Matsook, Keith Fulkman
Outlook: Wilmington is coming off an unusual season that did not include a trip to the District 10 Class AA playoffs. The Greyhounds were young and inexperienced last year to finish in fifth place and miss the postseason. Wilmington went through a big change in the offseason with a drop to Class A and move from Region 3 to Region 1. The Greyhounds look like an instant contender in Class A, but the region and class is loaded with southern powerhouses. Wilmington lost four key players to graduation in Riley Kollar, Josiah Bloise, Casey Hilton and Dwight Scott, but everyone else is back for the ‘Hounds. Cody Llewellyn returns at quarterback after a solid junior season, while Jake Sotter and Spencer DeMedal return at running back. Marc Peoples is a returning all-region wide receiver, and Josh Wrightson, Shea Clark, Ben Patterson and Anthony Berardi are back on the offensive line. Mitchell Whiting, Wrightson and Dakota Boyle are back to anchor the defensive line, and Brendon Monstwil, Reese Bender and Sotter are solid linebackers. DeMedal will be counted on to lead a young and new secondary this fall. The ‘Hounds have several players that could step up and contribute right away this season, including Spencer DeRosa and Tyler George on the line as well as Moses Morris, Kyle Slicker and Mark Shenker at running back.

Schedule
August
29 at Grove City 7
September
5 at Mercer* 7
12 Bye
19 West Middlesex* 7
26 at Farrell* 7
October
3 Reynolds* 7
10 at Hickory 7
17 at Lakeview* 7
24 Sharpsville* 7
31 Slippery Rock 7
*Region 1 game

Up next: Youngsville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 9th, 2014
Eric Lucich

Eric Lucich

Trey Staunch

Trey Staunch

West Middlesex Big Reds
Coach: Ed Roberson (2nd season, 7-5)
2013 overall record: 7-5
2013 region record: 4-2 (tied for second)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Cochranton 46-32 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals before losing to Sharpsville 40-3 in the semfinals.
Top players lost: Davey Cox, Chandler Tyillian, Dillon Fair
Top returning players: Eric Lucich, Trey Staunch
Assistant coaches: Joel Murray, Mark Means, Jeff Hether, Chris Wallace, Walter Carpenter, Brian Kimmel, Jon Misinay, Adam Moore, Josh Bradley
Outlook: West Middlesex put together another successful season in 2013 but ran into a charmed Sharpsville team in the District 10 Class A semifinals. The Big Reds have another talented team this fall and will look to make another playoff run. West Middlesex returns a solid 1-2 punch in quarterback Trey Staunch and running back Eric Lucich. Staunch threw for 1,277 yards and eight touchdowns and he ran for six touchdowns as a junior, while Lucich had a breakout season with 1,410 yards and 17 touchdowns on 161 carries. Luke Hemminger is back after rushing for 155 yards and one touchdown and Joey Trippy had 134 yards on 25 carries. The Big Reds will have to fill some holes in the passing game. Dillon Fair had 39 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns and Chandler Tyillian had 30 catches for 363 yards and three touchdowns, but both graduated in the spring. Lucich is a two-way threat no offense as he caught 18 passes for 196 yards and Nate Patten returns after hauling in nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown. The Big Reds will need several younger players to step up on the offensive and defensive lines after the graduation of all-region selections Dave Cox and Fair. West Middlesex had a big competition in camp last fall to fill out its offensive and defensive lines. The same could happen this season as the Big Reds look protection for their talented backfield. West Middlesex has two big road games early in the season at D-10 champion Lakeview and powerhouse Wilmington to go with home games against Farrell and Sharpsville. The Big Reds have one of the top backfields returning in Region 1 and they could be a contender for the region and district championships.

Schedule
August
29 at Cambridge Springs 7
September
5 at Lakeview* 7
12 Farrell* 7
19 at Wilmington* 7
26 Sharpsville* 7
October
3 at Mercer* 7
10 Youngsville 7
18 at Homer-Center 7
24 Reynolds* 7
31 at Fort LeBoeuf 7
*Region 1 game

Next up: Wilmington

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 9th, 2014
Ryan Shattuck

Ryan Shattuck

Kyle Kulka

Kyle Kulka

D.J .Fehlman

D.J .Fehlman

Warren Dragons
Coach: Greg Latimer (2nd season, 7-4)
2013 overall record: 7-4
2013 region record: 3-3 (fourth)
2013 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 55-25 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Luke Wortman, Cody Gunn, Geoff Stewart, Aaron Borger
Top returning players: Ryan Shattuck, Kyle Kulka, D.J. Fehlman, Mitch Labesky, Alex Streich, Devin Nowacki
Assistant coaches: Henry Borger, Chris Parks, Greg Miller, Kevin Reagle, John Hamm, Bob Flickner, Jeff Eaton, Matt Madigan, Ben Lobdell
Outlook: Warren had a tough transition to make late in the offseason as Greg Latimer took over as head coach. The Dragons were young in 2013 and still made a run to the District 10 Class AAA playoffs. Warren lost to General McLane but the Dragons gained valuable experience to carry over to this fall. D.J. Fehlman returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,079 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. Almost all of Fehlman’s top targets are back. Tanner Stanz hauled in 29 passes for 527 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Ryan Shattuck had 28 catches for 658 yards and nine touchdowns. Matt Hultquist returns with 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Kyle Kulka had eight catches for 129 yards and one touchdown. Kulka is Warren’s leading rusher after carrying the ball 83 times for 613 yards and six touchdowns, while Fehlman ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Fehlman is also a leader on defense as an all-region defensive back, but the Dragons will have to replace all-region linebacker Luke Wortman. Warren will also be without all-region lineman Geoff Stewart, but the Dragons have a solid offensive and defensive line back. The Dragons will deal with some transition this season as they dropped down to Class AA and moved to Region 3. Warren will have some interesting road trips to Greenville, Sharon, Corry and Grove City in region play. The Dragons also won’t know their Week 10 opponent until the second half of the season. District 9 has three Class AAA teams and the team not to play for the D-9 championship will travel to Warren. The Dragons are experienced and talented and could throw a wrench into the Mercer County dominance of Region 3.

Schedule
August
30 at Central Tech 7
September
5 Titusville* 7
12 at Greenville* 7
19 Hickory* 7
26 at Sharon* 7
October
3 Slippery Rock* 7
10 at Meadville 7
17 at Corry* 7
24 at Grove City* 7
31 District 9 opponent 7
*Region 3 game

Next up: West Middlesex

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 9th, 2014
Jake Kolodziejczak

Jake Kolodziejczak

Brody Mangel

Brody Mangel

Randy Gunther

Randy Gunther

Union City Bears
Coach: Randy Gunther (16th season, 58-95)
2013 overall record: 1-9
2013 region record: 1-6 (seventh)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Shane Russell, Storm McDonald, Logan Kallay, Brett Reynolds
Top returning players: Brody Mangel, Tyler Johnson, Austin Kesselring, Jake Kolodziejczak, Tanner Hancock
Assistant coaches: Paul Yoculan, Josh Kerns, Jim Sheldon, Frank Cutshall

Outlook: Union City will have an experienced offense back this season led by quarterback Brody Mangel. As a junior threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is joined in the backfield by Tanner Hancock, who ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns, as well as Josh Still. Jake Kolodziejczak hauled in 16 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and provides an outside threat for Mangel to throw to. The Bears return Tyler Johnson, Austin Kesselring and Brandon Kent on the offensive line as Union City looks to improve on scoring 19.5 points per game in 2013. The Bears will have to replace big-time lineman Storm McDonald, running backs Shane Russell and Bretty Reynolds as well as tight end Logan Kallay, but Union City has the experience and talent to be a tough offense to beat in Region 2.

The Bears have some big holes to fill left by graduation on defense. Russell was a standout running back but he was also Union City’s leading tackler with 71 as a senior. McDonald was a three-year starter on the defensive line, and Kallay will be missed on the defensive line as well. Reynolds is another big loss in the secondary for the Bears. Johnson and Kesselring are quick defensive ends that could disrupt the rhythm of a quarterback. Johnson is a three-year starter on the defensive line and Kesselring has started there the past two seasons. Hancock and Kent will be counted on the lead the linebackers and Mangel, Kolodziejczak and Still return in the secondary. The Bears allowed 41.1 points per game last season in their 4-4 defense and must be able to stop the run in order to get that average down this fall.

Union City has experience back, but the Bears have several areas that need to be addressed this fall. Union City runs a triple option offense and needs to fill in a fullback position as well as three offensive linemen. Coach Randy Gunther said that the defense needs huge improvements after last year after the Bears allowed too many points each game. Union City could receive some help from the lower levels as Riley Cross is an up and coming running back and linebacker, while Emmett Murphy is a wide receiver and defensive back. Union City struggled to get going in 2013 with a 63-6 loss to Lakeview right away and two tough road losses at Mercyhurst Prep and Maplewood. The Bears finally rebounded with a 50-19 win over Youngsville and they took Iroquois to overtime but they couldn’t slow teams down in Region 2. Union City will need a better start to grow confidence, but it won’t be easy with the schedule this fall. The Bears open at Class AA Seneca before welcoming Cochranton and Saegertown in back-to-back weeks. Union City also has to travel to Iroquois, Harbor Creek and Maplewood to go with home games against Eisenhower, Cambridge Springs and Corry. The Bears don’t have an easy schedule and they need their defense to step up in a big way this season.

Schedule
August
29 at Seneca 7
September
5 Cochranton* 7
12 Saegertown* 7
19 at Iroquois* 7
26 at Youngsville* 7
October
3 Eisenhower* 7
10 at Harbor Creek 7
17 Cambridge Springs* 7
24 at Maplewood* 7
31 Corry 7
*Region 2 game

Next up: Warren

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 9th, 2014
Easton Hogue, Titusville football, 2014

Easton Hogue

Todd Brown

Todd Brown

Titusville Rockets
Coach: Tom Hancock (2nd season, 1-9)
2013 overall record: 1-9
2013 region record: 1-6 (seventh)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Ehrin Lee, Mike Gionti, Zach Carter
Top returning players: Todd Brown, Brady Corklin, Chase Ackerman, Easton Hogue
Outlook: Titusville is looking to get the program headed in the right direction this season under second-year coach Tom Hancock. The Rockets won one game last fall and they haven’t been above .500 since going 9-1 in 2007. Titusville is 13-47 in the past six seasons and need to build confidence to start competing once again. The Rockets lost six seniors to graduation and will have most of their team back to keep building. Todd Brown is back at quarterback after a solid junior season, while Easton Hogue and Brady Corklin are top rushers returning for the Rockets. Cody Sines is back for his senior year after being a target for Brown to throw to, and Jason Oakes as well as Hogue return to lead the defense. Titusville begins the season with a tough three-game road trip to Franklin, Warren and Sharon. It doesn’t get any easier when the Rockets return home with region games against Slippery Rock, Grove City and Corry. Titusville has a rivalry road game at Oil City before region games against Greenville and Hickory. The Rockets have some work to do to get the program playing at a high level, once again. Winning games may not be as important as building confidence and competing in games this fall.

Schedule
August
29 at Franklin 7
September
5 at Warren* 7
12 at Sharon* 7
19 Slippery Rock* 7
26 Grove City* 7
October
3 Corry* 7
10 at Oil City 7
17 at Greenville* 7
24 Hickory* 7
31 Maplewood 7
*Region 3 game

Next up: Union City

–Tom Reisenweber

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