Coach: Tom Hancock (1st season)
2012 overall record: 3-7
2012 region record: 2-5 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jayce Corklin, Sam Bodamer, Xavier DeRose, Armand Rickerson, R.J. Christy, Bill Britain
Top returning players: Todd Brown, Ehrin Lee, Dylan Cole, Zack Carter, Cody Sines, Austin Christy, Ryan Caldwell, Dan Stearns, Jason Oakes
Assistant coaches: Marc Bodamer, Greg Houck, Chad Covell, Bryan Baldwin
Outlook: Titusville has a new coach in Tom Hancock this season. He has been a staple of Titusville football over the past two decades and his familiarity with the players will make for an easy transition. He will need several players to step up and prove they deserve to start this season. In fact, Hancock said the only position that might be decided going into camp is Brown at quarterback. With plenty of competition for playing time in camp, the Rockets could be a better team for is this season. Titusville has experienced players and Chase Ackerman and Cooper Lamey are two new players that could contribute this season. The Rockets will open the season at Franklin before getting right to region play with Reynolds, Sharon, Wilmington, Hickory and Greenville right in a row. That string is ended by rival Oil City in arguably, Titusville’s biggest game of the season. The Rockets will need to adjust to a new system and find some playmakers to help out Lee and Brown. Titusville’s success this season will depend on how quickly they adapt to Hancock’s system and come together as a team. Titusville will pretty much start over on offense with the graduation of Jayce Corklin, Xavier DeRose and Sam Bodamer. Corklin ran for 373 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 631 yards and three touchdowns. Bodamer ran for 124 yards and one touchdown, while DeRose ran for 625 yards and 12 touchdowns. DeRose also caught eight passes for 110 yards. Armand Rickerson, a tight end, is also gone to graduation after hauling in nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns last year, while offensive linemen R.J. Christy and Bill Britain are also gone. Corklin was voted to the all-region second team at quarterback, while Bodamer was voted to the second team at offensive line.
The Rockets return Ehrin Lee at running back, who had 90 carries for 503 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He will likely take on most of the workload out of the backfield, while Dylan Cole, Cody Sines and Dan Stearns could see carries as well. Sines ran for 97 yards last fall and Cole went for 51 yards. Lee also caught five passes for 84 yards and Sines had 98 yards on eight catches. Zack Carter is back at tight end, while Austin Christy and Jason Oakes will likely start on the line. Todd Brown was Corklin’s backup at quarterback last season and is in line to be under center this fall. Ryan Caldwell is back at wide receiver and could be Brown’s top target. Titusville lost two all-region players on the defensive side in the offseason. Corklin was voted to the first team at defensive back, while DeRose was a first-team linebacker. Bodamer is a big loss at linebacker, and Rickerson, A.J. Christy and Britain leave holes on the defensive line. The Rockets will turn to Brown, Lee, Cole, Caldwell and Carter in the secondary, while Sines could be a leader at linebacker. Austin Christy, Stearns and Oakes could be standouts on the defensive line this season.
30 at Franklin 7
6 Reynolds* 7
13 Sharon* 7
20 at Wilmington* 7
27 at Hickory* 7
4 at Greenville* 7
11 Oil City 7
18 Grove City* 7
25 at Saegertown* 7
1 Warren 7
*Region 3 games