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Posted: July 19th, 2014

Iroquois Braves
Coach: Matt Morgan (1st season at Iroquois, 10th season overall, 78-33)
2013 overall record: 3-7
2013 region record: 3-4 (tied for fourth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Collin States, Alex Burgos, Brad Steen, Shane Tufts, Nate Badach
Top returning players: Brandon Rhoda, Dylan Carpin, Shamus Brady, Riley Weismiller, Nick Gibbons, Kyle Laniewicz, Nate Kightlinger, Tyler Barone, Jeff Ratiu, Matt McLean
Assistant coaches: Ryan Abbott, Nate Hain, Drew Botelho, John Graeb, Jim Vogt, Craig Tarr, Brian Martin

For the outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 19th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 41 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 41

That’s the number points Cathedral Prep scored to beat Central Bucks West in the 2000 PIAA Class AAAA final. The Ramblers became the fourth team from District 10 to claim a state championship with their dramatic 41-35 overtime victory at Hersheypark Stadium.

It was a historic game with an epic finish.

Prep’s victory not only represented the first of its two PIAA titles, but also ended CB West’s 59-game winning streak. One of the wins in the Bucks’ streak was their 14-13 victory over the Ramblers in the 1999 PIAA Class AAAA final.

A year later, the teams found themselves tied after four quarters of their rematch. CB West had the ball for the first possession in overtime, but were denied points when the Ramblers’ Dale Williams blocked Jim Wiberly’s 24-yard field goal attempt.

Prep only needed three rushing plays to score its decisive six points. Jawan Walker, who rushed for 163 yards, scored the last of his three touchdowns on a 4-yard carry.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 18th, 2014

Hickory Hornets
Coach: Bill Brest (5th season, 43-9)
2013 overall record: 12-2
2013 region record: 6-1 (second)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Fort LeBoeuf 56-7, Northwestern 52-14 and Girard 21-10 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Hickory then defeated Martinsburg Central 37-27 in the PIAA quarterfinals before losing to South Fayette 23-20 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Matt Voytik, De’Quan Lewis, Anthony Cannone, Daulton Linton, Dylan Brenneman, Tyler Reardon
Top returning players: Zach Cirillo, Lou Derloni, Chuck Carr, Austin Aikins, Nate Aikins, LaRon Allen, Anthony Nardone, Andrew Pryts, Jordan Wombacker
Assistant coaches: Jon Kolb, Mike Pilipovich, Dontell Morgan, Dave Bodien, Brad Paulson, Brandon Chambers, Mike Nardone

For the outlook and team schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Alex Locco-Nielsen

Nick Harayda

Silas Bretz

Harbor Creek Huskies
Coach: Ned Bailey (1st season)
2013 overall record: 1-9
2013 region record: 0-7 (eighth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Malique Mitchell, Dylan Squires, Rick Hoenes, Casey Krotoszynski, Jake Phillips, Matt Newara
Top returning players: Silas Bretz, Alex Locco-Nielsen, Nick Harayda, Christian Loeffler, Drake Heyer, Dan Decker, Jake Raymond, Nick Manna, Carter Catrabone
Assistant coaches: Gary Magorien, Joe Sanford, Kareem Carson, Dave McQuiston, Troy Budziszewski

 

For the outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 42 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 42

That’s the number of touchdowns Eisenhower graduate Steve Witte scored during his career.

Witte rushed for 3,115 yards by the end of his senior season in 1991. He helped the Knights reach the District 10 Class A finals in 1990 and 1991, which they lost each time to Iroquois.

Witte went on to play football for Clarion University, and was a member of the Golden Eagles’ team that reached the NCAA Division II semifinals in 1996. He was inducted him into Clarion’s athletic hall of fame in 2008.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 17th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 43 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 43

That’s the number of touchdowns McDowell graduate Jeff Davis scored during a high school football career that saw him inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame and have his No. 42 jersey retired.

Davis averaged an even six yards per carry as a running back in the late 1960s. He totaled 3,045 yards on 510 carries.

Davis was recruited by Ohio State, where his coach was the legendary Woody Hayes. He started as a defensive back in two Rose Bowls for the Buckeyes, including the 1974 game where they beat USC 42-21.

– Mike Copper

 

Posted: July 16th, 2014

Grove City Eagles
Coach: Sam Mowrey (1st season)
2013 overall record: 5-5
2013 region record: 4-3 (fourth)
2013 playoff results: Lost to Northwestern 28-7 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Foster Reznor, Grant Craig, Shaun Smoker, Jared Sample, Ryan Palmer, Dustin Maine, Warren Marlowe
Top returning players: Jared Graham, Donny Sevin, Tanner Lucido, Boone Lyons, Jesse Hodge, Ian Craig
Assistant coaches: Todd Warner, Ty Thompson, Dwayne Lettie, Terry Ruffo, Marty Phipps, Jordan Patterson, Ty Wise, Derek Degraaf, Wade Patterson, Don Adams, Kevin Martin, Junior Saylor

Click below for team outlook and schedule.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 16th, 2014

Andy Jones

Alex Gentile

Nick Black

Greenville Trojans
Coach: Brian Herrick (8th season, 49-30)
2013 overall record: 11-1
2013 region record: 7-0 (champion)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Fairview 33-30 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Girard 16-14 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Luke Houpt, Tyler Fattman, Justin Reynolds, Trey VanAken, Matt Jones, Alex Ho, Sawyer Miller, Randall Peabody, Jacob Rickert, Mitchel Kalchthler
Top returning players: Nick Black, Alex Gentile, T.J. Fisher, Lou Emmett, Andy Jones, Stephen Herrick, Zach Miller, Devin Sulick, Jacob Morgan
Assistant coaches: Kirk Smith, Mike Menold, Mark Karpinski, Mark Hayes, Brad Trezona, Steve Lewis, Aaron Zane, Gary Zane, Tim Strausser, Denny Reynolds, Brent Zane, Ben Maund

Click below for the outlook and schedule.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 16th, 2014

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
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Posted: July 16th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 44 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29

Number of the day: 44

That’s the number of touchdowns Greenville running back Andy Blatt scored for the Trojans in 1991. The 264 points he compiled for from those scores remain District 10′s single-season record.

Second on that list is another Greenville graduate. Joe Korcinsky scored 41 touchdowns (254 points) for the 1996 Trojans.

Blatt’s record effort wasn’t enough to garner Greenville the district’s Class AA title in 1991. Hickory achieved that with a 21-20 win over the Trojans in the championship game.

Blatt later starred at Westminster College, leading the Titans to an NAIA national championship.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 15th, 2014

The rosters for the 76th annual Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye Game have been announced. The game will take place July 25 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Here are the players (in no particular order):

City roster
Dajhere Pacley, Strong Vincent
Josh Wells, Central Tech
Anthony Gates, East
Jamie Szymczak, McDowell
Jacob Murawski, Cathedral Prep
Tavaray Carr, East
Tyree Spearman, McDowell
Jarel Nelson, East
Eddie Williams, East
Eric Iavarone, McDowell
Chris Starocci, Jr., Strong Vincent
ShaQuon Thrower, Cathedral Prep
Calvin Franklin, Central Tech
Lucas Bailey, McDowell
Ethan Stark, McDowell
Xzavier Warner, Strong Vincent
Michael Parker, Cathedral Prep
Eddie Tate, Central Tech
Joe Swanson, Mercyhurst Prep
Tishar Moss, East
J T Joint, Cathedral Prep
Anthony Duck, Central Tech
Jaden Ocasio, East
Seth Hiegel, Mercyhurst Prep
Paul Carpenter, McDowell
Griffin Tevis, McDowell
Brian May, Cathedral Prep
Deiontre Plott, East
Devion Coleman, Central Tech
Albert Jones, Jr., Central Tech

County roster
Nate Noe, Northwestern
Joe Dunn, Girard
Nathaniel Smith, Corry
Malique Mitchell, Harbor Creek
Zach Fox, General McLane
Brian McNally, Girard
Logan Stearns, Northwestern
Michael McCloy, Fairview
Buster Johnston, Girard
Cy Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf
Michael Suminski, General McLane
Brandon Reiser, Northwestern
Michael Gibbens, Seneca
Clay Smith, General McLane
Tyler Sanders, General McLane
Shane Russell, Union City
Bryan Divido, Girard
Ryan Morris, Corry
Chris Laird, General McLane
Jordan Friend, Girard
Jason Brown, Seneca
Colin States, Iroquois
Nathan Conti, Fort LeBoeuf
Jeff Dann, Fairview
Bailey Giesbrecht, Northwestern
Ian Moore, Seneca
Nicholas Deaver, Girard
Matthew Costa, General McLane
Brayden Wojtecki, Northwestern
Kamron Brace, Seneca
Joshua Gillespie, North East
Kevin Burkholder, Fairview
Dylan Bird, Northwestern

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 15th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It is 45 days until the opening night of high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29.

Number of the day: 45

That’s the number of catches Franklin’s Nate Byham made for the Knights in 2004. His 883 receiving yards that season are the ninth most in District 10 history.

Byham went on to play for the Franklin boys basketball team which won the 2006 PIAA Class AAA title. He was recruited to play tight end for the University of Pittsburgh’s football team and was then drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.

San Francisco released Byham after he sat out the 2011 season on injured reserve. He signed with Tampa Bay and played the last two seasons with the Buccaneers.

– Mike Copper

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