The Union City football team has an influx of young players, and the Bears are hoping they can bounce back from a 1-9 season.
The Mercyhurst Prep football team has a new coach for the first time in a decade. Jeff Root takes over the Lakers’ program as they move up to Class AA and move into Region 4. Watch the video preview and read the Mercyhurst Prep Summer Huddle preview.
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Kickoff on sale: Remember to pick up an edition of Kickoff, a 112-page District 10 football preseason guide in all Country Fair locations. Now on sale for $5.
The North East football team narrowly missed the District 10 Class AA playoffs in 2013. The Grapepickers are hoping to return to the postseason this season, thanks in part to a backfield with experience. Also, read the North East Summer Huddle preview.
Number of the day: 9
That’s the uniform number Harbor Creek’s Stephen Blose wore on Oct. 7, 2005, when he rushed for 488 yards and six touchdowns in the Huskies’ 56-22 victory over Fort LeBoeuf at Paul J. Weitz Stadium.
Blose was originally credited with 490 yards, but lost two when Harbor Creek’s statisticians reviewed the game tape. They did so because Blose’s total not only set the District 10 record for rushing yards in a game at the time, but also the PIAA mark.
Alex Cooley of Eastern York holds the current PIAA record going into the 2014 season. Cooley broke Blose’s mark twice (492 and 500 yards) during the Golden Knights’ 2012 season.
– Mike Copper
The Cathedral Prep football team reached the PIAA Class AAA semifinals in 2013, but the Ramblers lost a lot of experienced players to graduation. Learn more about the Ramblers in their video season preview.
Number of the day: 10
That’s the number of points Sharpsville scored to win the PIAA Class A championship game in 1997. The Blue Devils defense recovered a Riverside fumble in their own end zone with less than 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and then recorded an interception with 24 seconds left to preserve their 10-7 victory at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Sharpsville’s 10 points are tied for the second fewest by a winning team in the history of state championship games. Farrell, then a District 7 program, made its lone touchdown hold up for a 6-0 win over Southern Columbia in the 1995 PIAA Class A final.
The year after Sharpsville won its defensive meeting with Riverside, Allentown Central Catholic blanked Moon Township 10-0 in the Class AAA championship game. Selinsgrove also made a touchdown and a field goal hold for enough points in its 10-7 victory over Manheim Central in the 2009 Class AAA final.
– Mike Copper
The Corry football team will face a lot of change after a 3-7 season in 2013. The Beavers will have a new head coach in former assistant Adam Walstrom and a new league in Region 3. Here’s a look at the season ahead for the Beavers.
Number of the day: 11
That’s the number of seasons District 10 is about to begin since it implemented region play.
Before 2004, D-10 consisted of leagues and conferences for football. Its switch to region play was made to establish a more competitive balance among like-sized programs and make it easier to select playoff teams in the four classes.
McDowell (Class AAAA), Strong Vincent (Class AAA), Grove City (Class AA) and Sharpsville (Class A) were the D-10 champions after the first season of region action. Grove City went on to be the most successful of those four.
The Eagles reached the 2004 PIAA Class AA final, where Lansdale Catholic beat them 40-17 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Here is the original alignment of the District 10 regions in 2004, along with each region’s final standings:
Sebastian Curtin’s final season with Mercyhurst Prep’s cross country program doesn’t officially begin until Labor Day weekend.
That’s when the Lakers’ star senior will try to repeat as the varsity boys champion at the 41st annual McDowell Invitational.
However, nothing stopped Curtin from entering, and then winning, Sunday morning’s UPMC/Hamot 10K Mayor’s Cup Race. The event was again held in conjunction with Celebrate Erie activities.
Curtin crossed the Cup’s finish line first in 34 minutes, 26 seconds. He beat Dino Montagna, who’s coached runners at Fairview, by 7 seconds.
Former Fort LeBoeuf athlete Gabby Kennelley (41:06) was the overall women’s winner.
The McDowell Invitational, a traditional opener for District 10′s cross country season, returns to Brown’s Farm on Aug. 30. There will be a new varsity girls titlist, as 2013 winner Emma Verdonik graduated from North East.
– Mike Copper
Number of the day: 12
That’s the number of touchdown receptions Oil City graduate Ben Koyack had for the Oilers in 2010. His 1,031 receiving yards that season currently tie him with teammate Logan Lantz for the third most in District 10 history.
Koyack, who graduated as the district’s career leader in receiving yards (2,591), then committed to Notre Dame. Now a senior, he’s projected to be the starting tight end for the Fighting Irish when they open their 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Rice.
– Mike Copper