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Posted: July 25th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 35 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 35

That’s the number of points Wilmington scored in one of the greatest PIAA championships games ever played.

Wilmington became the sixth District 10 program to win a state football title in 2008. However, that didn’t become fact until after a second overtime session against Philadelphia West Catholic in the Class AA final at Hersheypark Stadium.

The teams went into overtime tied at 28. Each scored a touchdown during their possessions in the first OT, with the Greyhounds also reaching the end zone for seven points in the second.

West Catholic scored on its possession. However, instead of attempting a tying extra point and forcing a third OT, the Burrs opted for a title-winning, two-point conversion.

They lost the gamble, as Wilmington’s Shane Wagner tripped up star quarterback Curtis Drake inches short of the goal line. The ‘Hounds’ 35-34 victory meant they joined the 1989 Hickory Hornets (Class AA) and the 1997 Sharpsville Blue Devils (Class A) as PIAA football champs from Mercer County.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 24th, 2014

The full rosters — with jersey numbers, weights and positions — have been released in advance of Friday’s Save-An-Eye Game. Read more about the Save-An-Eye Game, including ticket information.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

Here’s a list of District 10 football players who have committed to play for colleges for the 2014 season. The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com would like readers’ help in pointing out any omissions. Comment below or send an e-mail to sports@timesnews.com. We’ll add them to the list and include them (if verified) in Kickoff magazine. The list includes scholarship athletes, non-scholarship recruits and preferred walk-ons.

Class of 2014
Name High school College choice
Tyrone Archie, Farrell — Clarion
Devonne Barnes, Cathedral Prep — IUP
Matt Brown , Cathedral Prep — Gannon
Dewayne Burns, Farrell — Clarion
Paul Carpenter, McDowell — Lock Haven
Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf — Thiel
Shaquwan Carson, Cathedral Prep — Edinboro
Jake DeHart, Cathedral Prep — Yale
Bryan Divido, Girard — Thiel
Austin Dudley, McDowell — Thiel
Joe Dunn, Girard — Thiel
Billy Fessler, Cathedral Prep — Penn State
Zach Fox, General McLane — Baldwin Wallace
Caleb Futscher-Decenso, Cathedral Prep — Notre Dame College
Bailey Giesbrecht, Northwestern — Edinboro
Josh Gillespie, North East — Mercyhurst
Alex Greenawalt, Cathedral Prep — Colgate
Luke Houpt, Greenville — Gannon
Shannon Jackson, Fairview — IUP
Alex Johnson, Eisenhower — Geneva
J.T. Joint, Cathedral Prep — Slippery Rock
Brett Kulka, General McLane — Maryland
Chris Laird, General McLane — Edinboro
De’quan Lewis, Hickory — Slippery Rock
Daulton Linton, Hickory — Duquesne
Felix Manus-Schell, Cathedral Prep — Slippery Rock
Warren Marlowe, Grove City — Youngstown State
Brian May , Cathedral Prep — Mount Union
Brian McNally, Girard — St. Francis
William Monono, Cathedral Prep — Slippery Rock
Ryan Morris, Corry — Gannon
Jake Murawski , Cathedral Prep — Allegheny
Randall Pebody, Greenville — Alfred
Blake Reddick, Lakeview — Edinboro
Justin Reynolds, Greenville — Waynesburg
Foster Reznor, Grove City — Gannon
Kyle Ritchey, Franklin — Westminster
Tyler Sanders, General McLane — Edinboro
Frank Serbati, Oil City — Allegheny
John Shelton, Eisenhower — Mount Union
Clay Smith, General McLane — Baldwin Wallace
Nate Smith, Corry — Lycoming
Cameron Spadacene, McDowell — Thiel
Tyree Spearman, McDowell — St. Francis
Ethan Stark, McDowell — Albany
Colin States, Iroquois — Westminster
Marlon Tyree, Cathedral Prep — Slippery Rock
Trey VanAken, Greenville — Hillsdale (Mich.)
Matt Voytik, Hickory — Duquesne

Class of 2015 (verbal commitments)
Charlie Fessler, Cathedral Prep — Northwestern
James Trucilla, Cathedral Prep — Virginia

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

Tyler Hammond

Chris Larsen

Jake Tarasovitch

McDowell Trojans
Coach: Brad Orlando (1st season)
2013 overall record: 7-6
2013 region record: 4-1 (second)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Allderdice 49-19 and Mifflin County 16-10 in overtime in the PIAA District 6-8-9-10 subregion. McDowell then lost to Pittsburgh Central Catholic 48-7 in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Jamie Szymczak, Eric Iavarone, Tyree Spearman, Cameron Spadacene, Tayhjal Williams, Andrew Hayes, Ethan Stark, J.J. Williams, Griffin Tevis, Scot Augustine, Luke Bailey, Tanner Decrapio, Paul Carpenter, Bryce Bone
Top returning players: Jake Tarasovitch, Chris Larsen, Fernando Frye, Chris Casella, Austin Becker, Jeremy Hermann, Tyler Hammond, Dane Eberle, Andrew Scheloske
Assistant coaches: Matt Melle, Ron Rudler, Aaron Slocum, Joe Magorien, Jim Skindell, Tim Campbell, Joe Wanson, Brian Ras, John Ferraro

For the team outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 24th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 36 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 36

That’s the number of touchdowns Mike Millero has scored for Reynolds.

As a senior-to-be for the Raiders, Millero goes into their 2014 season as District 10′s active leader in career rushing yards. He’s gained 2,643 2,945 yards. (Official stats were updated by Reynolds.)

Millero can add to his career total when Reynolds opens with a non-region game at Cochranton.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Terry Verrelli

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 37 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 37

That’s how many seasons, including the upcoming one, Terry Verrelli has been the head coach at Wilmington.

Between 1978 and 2013, Verrelli’s teams have won 276 times. That statistic makes him the most successful football coach in District 10 history, with former Warren coach J.B. Leidig second at 270.

It should be noted that all of Verrelli’s wins between 1978 and 1993 were when Wilmington was a member of District 7.

Sharon’s Jim Wildman (214 wins) is second on that District 10 list among active coaches, and fifth overall.

The highlight of Verrelli’s tenure was Wilmington’s 2008 season. The ‘Hounds, in one of the greatest PIAA championship games ever played, survived Philadelphia West Catholic 35-34 in a Class AA final that wasn’t determined until the second overtime.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Carm Bonito, in 2008

Friends and family will say farewell to Fort LeBoeuf coaching great Carm Bonito today at his funeral in Waterford. The longtime, beloved football coach and athletic director died July 15 at the age of 91.

This is also Save-An-Eye Game week, and some fans might not know that Bonito had an extensive history in the all-star game.

Bonito, a 1941 Wesleyville High School graduate, played in the second Save-An-Eye Game on Dec. 6, 1940, when the game was played immediately after the high school season. He was a member of the East team that beat the West 12-7 on an icy Veterans Stadium field.

Bonito also was a coach for the County on four occasions. He coached in 1953 when the City won 12-6 and in 1958 when the City claimed a 13-6 win. In 1963, he was on the staff when the County lost 18-0.

Bonito was on the winning end years later when he was an assistant in the 1999 game. The County emerged with a 23-9 victory in that game.

 

 

 

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 38 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 38

That’s the number of touchdowns Wilmington graduate Chris Burns scored in 2007. His 228 points that season rank fourth on District 10′s all-time list trailing only Greenville’s Andy Blatt (264 in 1991) and Joe Korcinsky (254 in 1996), and Mercyhurst Prep’s Aaron Horton (230 in 2010).

Burns helped Wilmington win the District 10 Class AA championship in 2006 and 2007. They comprised the first half of four consecutive titles for the Greyhounds.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 21st, 2014

Maplewood Tigers
Coach: Bryan Borkovich (3rd season, 7-14)
2013 overall record: 5-6
2013 region record: 3-4 (tied for fourth)
2013 playoff results: Lost to Lakeview 61-6 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Brandon Bishop, Tyshaun Johnson, Austin Binkert, Marcus Hays
Top returning players: Dane Barker, Miller Peters, Noah Marvin, Jeremy Dahl, Dustin Delo, Cody Bryan, Zack Wellman
Assistant coaches: Robert Finkbeiner, Nate Albert, Scott Palotas, Neil Falco, Shane Klingler

For the outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 21st, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 39 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 39

That’s the number points Hickory scored to beat Wilmington in the 2012 District 10 Class AA final. The Hornets claimed the second of their three consecutive titles in that class with a 39-7 rout of the Greyhounds at Slippery Rock University’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Hickory’s run to its third consecutive District 10 Class AA championship saw the Mercer County program score more than 50 points in its quarterfinal victory over Fort LeBoeuf and semifinal win over Northwestern. Girard gave the Hornets a game in the 2013 final before succumbing 21-10.

Strong Vincent will host Hickory at Veterans Stadium in the school’s 2014 opener.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 20th, 2014

Lakeview Sailors
Coach: Dan York (15th season, 75-71)
2013 overall record: 12-2
2013 region record: 5-1 (champion)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Maplewood 61-6, Mercer 52-21 and Sharpsville 27-0 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Lakeview then lost to Clarion 35-20 in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Zach Bigley, Conner Stankovich, Blake Reddick, Brandon Rice, Zach Van Dusen, Matt Sterling, Kyle Canon, Larry Yoder, Doug Hawks, Stan Mellott, Sam Breese
Top returning players: Marquis Spence, Hunter Armstrong, George Hooker, Austin Rice, Jarrett Troy, Zac Shoup, Marcus Bowser, Clayton Miller
Assistant coaches: Mike Grimm, Dave Skinner, Hans Koller, Bill Heber, Ritt Smith, Jeff Allay

For the team outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 20th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 40 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 40

That’s the number of touchdown passes Mercer quarterback Logan Clarke has thrown going into his senior season.

Clarke enters the Mustangs’ 2014 opener at Eisenhower as District 10′s active career passing leader. His 3,733 yards through the air rank 16th on that list.

Clarke only needs 221 yards to break into District 10′s top 10 for that category.

– Mike Copper

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