Fort LeBoeuf Bison
Coach: Jeff Nichols (10th season, 36-48)
2012 overall record: 5-5
2012 region record: 3-4 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Ian Sweeney, Nik Dombkowski, Joe Bugdon, Evan Daley, Sam Gambill
Top returning players: Cy Carroll, Nate Conti, Jacob Marzka, Austin Combs, Garrett Reinwald, Collin Fish, Jack Bridgeham Bengal, Anthony Rivera, Tyler Alexander
Assistant coaches: Jason Beer, Friede Lundell, Rich Kolahs, Adlin Strimmel, Dave Andrews
Outlook: Fort LeBoeuf got off to a quick 2-0 start in the region last year before running into several Erie County powerhouses to derail a chase for the region title. The Bison were young last fall, but if they can use that valuable experience to get better this year, LeBoeuf could be a dangerous team. The Bison will have to replace Ian Sweeney, Joe Bugdon, Evan Daley, Sam Gambill and quarterback Nik Dombkowski. Daley was voted to the all-region first team and is a big loss on defense, while Dombkowski has been a leader for LeBoeuf over the past few years. Dombkowski ran for five touchdowns as a senior and threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns as he facilitated the offense. Bugdon is another big loss in the backfield as LeBoeuf’s leading rusher. He had 586 yards and five touchdowns on 117 carries as a senior. Gambill was Dombkowski’s favorite target last year with 12 catches for 216 yards and four touchdowns.
With the starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading receiver all gone to graduation, the Bison will have some camp battles going on next month to fill out the starting lineup. Justin Galvin and Cody Falk were junior quarterbacks last fall and could be in the mix along with several underclassmen. Austin Combs, who will be a junior this fall, was the only other Bison to throw a pass last year as he went 1-for-3 for 33 yards and one interception. LeBoeuf has a strong group of experienced players back this year, including Cy Carroll, Nate Conti, Jacob Marzka, Garrett Reinwald, Collin Fish, Jack Bridgeham Bengal, Anthony Rivera, Tyler Alexander and Combs. Carroll ran for 578 yards and three touchdowns last year, while Combs ran for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Carroll, Fish, Combs and Rivera are returning running backs, while Marzka is a returning starter at wide receiver. Alexander, Reinwald, Conti and Bridgeham Bengal are returning starters on the offensive line. Conti was voted to the all-region first team at OL last year. LeBoeuf could also receive immediate contributions from the lower levels in Lucas Tokarzyk, Gabe Dylewski and Jacob Stull. The Bison have an experienced group of running backs to contribute in the Wing-T offense but LeBoeuf needs a quarterback to step forward and run the offense efficiently. The Bison open the season at rival General McLane and have a chance to win a few games in September before a crucial stretch in October. LeBoeuf will play Northwestern, Fairview and Girard in the second half of the season, which could determine if the Bison have a chance at the postseason.
30 at General McLane 7
6 at Harbor Creek* 7
13 Seneca* 7
20 at Corry* 7
27 North East* 7
4 at Northwestern* 7
11 at Cambridge Springs 7
18 Fairview* 7
25 Girard* 7
1 East 7
*Region 4 games
Here is a look at the Fort LeBoeuf football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.
All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.
|Fort LeBoeuf Bison|
|Aug. 17||Oil City||11 a.m.|
|Aug. 23||at Grove City||6:30|
|Aug. 30||at General McLane||7|
|Sept. 6||at Harbor Creek*||7|
|Sept. 20||at Corry*||7|
|Sept. 27||North East*||7|
|Oct. 4||at Northwestern*||7|
|Oct. 11||at Cambridge Springs||7|
*Region 4 games
It was the night of the sophomore running back in Region 4 Friday.
Three sophomores made impact performances in their teams’ winning efforts. Girard’s Kel Barnes led the way with 226 yards and two crucial touchdowns on 25 carries in the YellowJackets’ 24-7 win over rival Fairview.
Meanwhile, Northwestern’s Austin Miczo scored a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards in the Wildcats’ 35-6 win over Seneca. Another underclassman, junior Brandon Reiser, led Northwestern with 101 yards on the ground. Fellow junior Nate Noe had 54 yards, including a 43-yard first-quarter TD run.
Finally, Fort LeBoeuf sophomore Collin Fish scored a critical 2-yard TD and finished with 44 yards rushing in the Bison’s 17-14 win over Harbor Creek. Meanwhile, junior Cy Carroll led the Bison with 140 yards rushing.
Here’s a link to Friday’s District 10 statistics and state scores.
Fans can get an early look at their favorite District 10 football teams Saturday at scrimmages throughout the area.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s scrimmage schedule:
Cathedral Prep at Harbor Creek, 9 a.m.
Cochranton at Keystone, 10 a.m.
Ellwood City at Grove City, 10 a.m.
General McLane at Corry, 10 a.m.
Farrell at Union, 10 a.m.
Franklin at Sharon, 10 a.m.
Iroquois at Conneaut, 10 a.m.
Karns City at Greenville, 10 a.m.
Lakeview at Maplewood, 10 a.m.
McDowell at Seneca Valley, 10 a.m.
Meadville at Central Tech (Veterans Stadium), 10 a.m.
Mercer at Saegertown, 10 a.m.
Neshannock at Kennedy Catholic, 10 a.m.
Northwestern at Union City, 10 a.m.
Sharpsville at Reynolds, 10 a.m.
Slippery Rock at Wilmington, 10 a.m.
Strong Vincent at Fairview, 10 a.m.
West Middlesex at Hickory, 10 a.m.
Youngsville at Eisenhower, 10 a.m.
Fort LeBoeuf at Oil City, 11 a.m.
Hollidaysburg at DuBois, 11 a.m.
Warren at St. Marys, noon
Bradford at East (Veterans Stadium), 1 p.m.
Seneca at Cambridge Springs, 3 p.m.
Titusville at North East, 6 p.m.
Mercyhurst Prep at Girard, 7 p.m.
Fort LeBoeuf Bison
Coach (season, record): Jeff Nichols (9th season, 31-43)
2011 overall record: 2-8
2011 region record (place): 1-5 (tied for fifth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Mike Hall, Jacob Holes, Chris Kula, Jeremy Powers
Top returning players: Evan Daley, Nate Conti, Ross Barnett, Nik Dombkowski, Joe Bugdon, Jake Heynoski, Justin McClelland, Cy Carroll
Assistant coaches: Justin Blose, Freide Lundell, Tom Blose, Adlen Strimel, Adam Wolstrom, Dave Andrews, Tim Simon
Outlook: Fort LeBoeuf went through some growing pains with a new coach last fall. The Bison won only two games in a brutal Class AAA region. LeBoeuf dropped to Class AA in the offseason and could be a contender right away in Region 4. The Bison will have to replace Mike Hall, Jacob Holes, Chris Kula and Jeremy Powers. The four impact players graduated and leave some big holes to fill. Hall was LeBoeuf’s second-leading rusher at 568 yards and two touchdowns on 88 carries last season. Kula had four catches for 123 yards as a senior, while Holes ran for 503 yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries and caught four passes for 162 yards.
With plenty of offensive production lost to graduation, LeBoeuf will need several underclassmen to step in. The Bison has some experience with Joe Bugdon, Nik Dombkowski and Cy Carroll back. Bugdon led LeBoeuf with 665 yards and five touchdowns on 163 carries last year and he caught four passes for 67 yards. Carroll ran for 158 yards on 20 carries but the biggest boost is the return of Dombkowski. Dombkowski ran the new Bison offense from under center and threw for 441 yards. He also ran for 193 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Evan Daley, Nate Conti, Ross Barnett, Jake Heynoski and Justin McClelland are also back. Daley was voted to the all-region second team as an offensive lineman and linebacker, while Barnett was a second-team defensive lineman.
LeBoeuf has a new region and a new class to compete in. The Bison will revert back to their roots with a schedule loaded with old Erie County League teams. In fact, LeBoeuf’s only non-ECL opponents are Cambridge Springs in Week 7 and East in Week 10. The Bison face a brutal test right away with General McLane and four tough opponents in September. If LeBoeuf can survive the first half of the season with three wins, its games with Northwestern, Fairview and Girard in October will be important in the playoff chase.
31 General McLane 7
7 Harbor Creek* 7
14 at Seneca* 7
21 Corry* 7
28 at North East* 7
5 Northwestern* 7
12 Cambridge Springs 7
19 at Fairview* 7
26 at Girard* 7
3 at East 7
*Region 4 games
– Tom Reisenweber
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Fort LeBoeuf had battled with traditional District 10 power Sharon throughout last week’s game before the Bison trailed 36-35 midway through the fourth quarter. Then Kevin Gardner delivered in the clutch.
Gardner, a senior, kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 minutes remaining to give the Bison their winning points in a 38-36 victory. Earlier in the game, Gardner had connected on all five of his extra-point kicks.
He now has three field goals and 17 PATs for 26 points this season.
Gardner is the only athlete in District 10 to win two Breakout Player awards in two different sports this season. Earlier, he won the Soccer Breakout award.
Poll results below:
Hall had quite a night Sept. 30 in the Bisons’ 33-7 victory over Central Tech.
He entered the game with 153 rushing yards in four games. However, he more than doubled his total by rushing for 192 yards on seven rushes, an average of more than 27 yards per carry.
The 6-foot 1-inch 175-pound senior used the inside counter to break off a series of long runs, including touchdown runs of 36 and 55 yards.
Hall’s big game gave him a team-high 345 rushing yards on just
34 carries. He will lead the Bisons against Girard tonight.
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The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com are continuing District 10 football preview coverage this week, leading up to Friday’s season openers. Starting Sunday, the preview coverage included Region 6, McDowell and Region 4. The coverage will continue through Thursday. Included in each preview are complete rosters for each team.
Earlier, the Times-News published the 112-page Kickoff preseason guide and posted the online Summer Huddle series on the Varsity blog.
Fort LeBoeuf Bisons
Coach (season, record): Jeff Nichols (1st season at Fort LeBoeuf, 8th season overall, 29-35)
2010 overall record: 2-8
2010 region record (place): 1-5 (sixth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Casey Pace, Nate Carr, Brandon Bradney, Jake Green, Sean Kuzilla, B.J. Arrowsmith, Dan Kress, Ryan Cragle
Top returning players: Mike Hall, Jake Holes, Evan Daley, Nick Dombkowski
Assistant coaches: Justin Blose, Freide Lundell, Lou Benko, Adlin Strimmel, Steven Blose
Outlook: Jeff Nichols revitalized Mercyhurst Prep’s program in the late 19990s and will look to do the same thing in Waterford after a down year in 2010. Nichols was a perfect fit as he teaches in the Waterford School District and is the LeBoeuf baseball coach.
The Bisons struggled in ’10 with a two-win season and a turnaround year won’t be easy in a brutal region. LeBoeuf has to deal with teams like Cathedral Prep, Warren, Bradford and the City schools in Erie as well as tough non-region games against North East and Sharon.
LeBoeuf will almost be starting over from scratch. Casey Pace, Brandon Bradney, Nate Carr, B.J. Arrowsmith, Dan Kress and Jake Green are all talented players but are gone through graduation, while Sean Kuzilla transferred to Harbor Creek. Pace was an all-region linebacker, while Bradney made the all-region team as a tight end and Green and Carr as all-region linemen. With almost all of the skill position starters gone, the Bisons will have a new look this fall.
Nichols will look for the next standout players in camp, while Mike Hall, Jake Holes, Evan Daley and Nick Dombkowski are returning starters. Dombkowski was the only one in the group to see carries last year, but he didn’t get that many. Dombkowski did split time with Arrowsmith at quarterback and could step into the starting role this season. The rest of the backfield will be filled during camp and will need to develop some chemistry quickly.
2 Harbor Creek 7
10 at Strong Vincent* 7
16 Warren* 7
23 at Bradford* 7
30 Central Tech* 7
7 at Girard 7
14 at Sharon 7
21 Cathedral Prep * 7
27 at East* 7
4 North East 7
– Tom Reisenweber