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Posted: July 31st, 2013

Ehrin Lee

Todd Brown

Tom Hancock

Titusville Rockets

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.

Schedule
August
30 at Franklin 7
September
6 Reynolds* 7
13 Sharon* 7
20 at Wilmington* 7
27 at Hickory* 7
October
4 at Greenville* 7
11 Oil City 7
18 Grove City* 7
25 at Saegertown* 7
November
1 Warren 7
*Region 3 games

Thursday: Union City
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 31st, 2013

Strong Vincent quarterback Chris Starocci passed for 905 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2012. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News

Jayson Curry

Jared Carlson

Scott White

Strong Vincent Colonels

Coach: Scott White (4th season, 15-16)
2012 overall record: 3-7
2012 region record: 2-3 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Corey Henry, Hassam Farooq, Kyle Mathis, Chris Kirkland, Anthony Twillie, Tashan Mitchell-Jordan, Deshawn Salter, Donnie Tatum, Donald Bender

Top returning players: Chris Starocci, Jared Carlson, Jayson Curry, Kyle Pointer, Dajhere Pacely, Xzavier Warner, Thomas King, Myles Simmons

Assistant coaches: Dan Olson, Chris Spooner, John Ferraro, Shawn Carlson, Jeff Gibbens, Kevin Boxer, Bob Helsley, Jeremy O’Toole, Brian Bires, Jim Fuller, Will Lyons

Outlook: Strong Vincent seems to always come up with a contending team no matter how bad the graduation losses are. A slow start cost the Colonels last fall after losing three straight games to open the season. Vincent recovered to win three in a row, including a 21-14 win over Brashear, but losses to General McLane and McDowell knocked them out of the region race and out of the postseason. Vincent has its quarterback and a strong running back in Jared Carlson. The Colonels have experience on the offensive and defensive line but filling in the skill positions and developing new linebackers will be important this season. The Colonels open the season with Class AA power Hickory before back-to-back weeks with Cathedral Prep and Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius. Although an 0-3 start might not kill Vincent this season, avoiding it would certainly set the tone for the rest of the year. Strong Vincent has some holes to fill from graduation but the Colonels have experience as well. Vincent will need to replace several running backs, including Hassam Farooq, who ran for 415 yards and three touchdowns, as well as Chris Kirkland (240 yards, 1 touchdown) and Corey Henry (198 yards, 2 touchdowns). All three are gone to graduation, but the Colonels can turn to Carlson, their leading rusher, who had 443 yards and four touchdowns on 78 carries. Vincent also has its quarterback returning in Chris Starocci, who ran for three touchdowns and threw for 905 yards and seven touchdowns. Kyle Mathis, Anthony Twillie, Tashan Mitchell-Jordan, Deshawn Salter, Donnie Tatum and Donald Bender are also gone to graduation. Salter was voted to the all-region second team at offensive line. Mathis led Vincent in receiving with 12 catches for 131 yards, while Troy Honard graduated after hauling in 10 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Tyreek Green caught nine passes for 146 yards and one touchdown, but graduated, and Carlson had nine catches for 197 yards and one touchdown. Jayson Curry, Kyle Pointer, Thomas King and Myles Simmons are back on the offensive line, while Dajhere Pacely and Xzavier Warren could contribute at the skill positions. Vincent certainly has some work to do on defense. The Colonels lost eight of their top nine tacklers to graduation. Mark Akerly is the only top tackler back and he finished eighth in tackles for Vincent last fall. Donald Bender Jr. is a big loss after collecting six sacks last year, while Jordan-Mitchell and Divone Jones each had two. Jason Miller had two sacks as a sophomore and could step up this fall as a key member of the defense. The Colonels were hit hard by graduation, losing most of their speed and linebackers. Vincent will need several players to step up right away this year as the Colonels play in one of the toughest regions in District 10. Vincent allowed 72 points to Cathedral Prep and General McLane last year, which might have cost the Colonels a playoff spot. If Vincent can hold down the speedy and powerful offenses in region play, the Colonels could return to the postseason.

Schedule
August
30 Hickory 7
September
6 at Cathedral Prep* 7
14 at St. Ignatius (Ohio) 7
21 East* 1
26 Brashear 7
October
5 Central Tech* 1
11 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7
18 at General McLane* 7
25 at McDowell* 7
November
1 North East 7
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 31st, 2013

Slippery Rock Rockets
Coach: Brendan Hathway (4th season at Slippery Rock, 7th season overall, 16-16 at Slippery Rock, 33-22)
2012 overall record: 9-2
2012 region record: 6-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 46-42 in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Dylan Neal, Jeff Croll, Ryan Currie, Forrest Christmann, Spencer Rea, Bruce Pelletier, Joey Meyer, Cole McCandless
Top returning players: Ryan Bosch, Cameron Neal, Colton Raabe, Frank Conlon, Chris Gaul, Jared McDowell, Chris Reeseman, Brady Kalubec, Jake Whitmer
Assistant coaches: Fred Pryor, Ken Raabe, John Powell, Dave Bauer
Outlook: Slippery Rock went from winless in 2010 to a powerhouse over the past two seasons. The Rockets won nine games in 2012 and were close to knocking off General McLane in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs but fell 46-42. Slippery Rock has made big strides under coach Brendan Hathaway and will need to rebuild quickly this season to continue that high level of play. The Rockets lost four starters on both sides of the ball, including all-region first-team offensive linemen Dylan Neal and Forrest Christmann. Christmann was also voted to the first team on the defensive line and Neal was a first-team linebacker. Spencer Rea also graduated after being voted to the first team on the defensive line, and second-team quarterback Ryan Currie is gone as well. In fact, Slippery Rock’s only returning all-region player is second-team running back Frank Conlon, who ran for 895 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Currie is a big hole to fill after rushing for 749 yards and 18 touchdowns and throwing for 557 yards and five touchdowns. Jeff Croll, Bruce Pelletier, Joey Meyer and Cole McCandless will need to be replaced by younger players. The Rockets have Chris Gaul and Jared McDowell back at running back and Chris Reeseman at wide receiver. Ryan Bosch, Cameron Neal and Colton Raabe are back to anchor the offensive line. Bosch, Raabe and Neal will lead the defensive line, and Reeseman, Jake Whitmer and Brady Kadlubec are back in the secondary. McDowell returns at linebacker but the Rockets will need to fill in the rest of the starting lineup during camp. Slippery Rock has built a steady program and it will need to come through this fall after big-time graduation losses in the spring.

Schedule
August
30 Brashear 7
September
6 Meadville* 7
13 at Central Tech 7
20 at Bradford* 7
27 East 7
October
4 at Warren* 7
11 Grove City 7
18 at Franklin* 7
25 Oil City* 7
November
1 DuBois* 7
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 31st, 2013

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Coach: Paul Piccirilli (18th season, 154-50)
2012 overall record: 11-2
2012 region record: 5-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Cochranton 42-6, Lakeview 41-34 and West Middlesex 28-0 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Sharpsville then lost to Port Allegany 28-21 in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Tyler Luchey, Derrick Odem, Ross Llewellyn, Bryan Stafford, Joey Pagliaroli, Chris Przicina, Kaleb Robertson, Michael Ellison, Cody Hughes, Zach Stafford, Chris Williams, Alex Rogan
Top returning players: P.J. Campoli, Jacob Llewellyn, Derrek Smith, Adam Grimm, Tyler Wansack
Assistant coaches: Gary Baker, Len Grandy, Joe Joseph, Steve Summers, Rich Pavone, Pat Campoli, Brian Weber, Doug Levis, Brent Pavone, Bill Henwood
Outlook: Sharpsville will be an interesting team to watch this season. The Blue Devils have a strong program but were crushed by graduation in the spring. Sharpsville returns only two starters on offense and four on defense. Among the graduation losses are all-region first-team selections Chris Przicina (tight end), Tyler Luchey (wide receiver, defensive back), Bryan Stafford (quarterback), Kalen Robertson (offensive line), Cody Hughes (offensive line, defensive line), Joey Pagliaroli (kicker) and Derrick Odem (linebacker). Pagliaroli is also a second-team running back along with Ross Llewellyn. Zack Stafford was voted to the all-region second team on the offensive line, while Llewellyn was a second-team defensive lineman and Pagliaroli a second-team linebacker. Bryan Stafford was voted to the second team at defensive back and completes a big list of lost all-region players. Sharpsville returns guards P.J. Campoli and Jacob Llewellyn at guard on offense, but that’s it. Campoli was voted to the all-region second team. Longtime coach Paul Piccirilli will look for the other nine starters in camp this season. On defense, it isn’t much better. Campoli, a second-team linebacker, is back along with fellow linebackers Derrek Smith and Tyler Wansack. Jacob Llewellyn is back on the defensive line, but the other seven starters will come from camp. Sharpsville doesn’t return its quarterback or any rusher with more than 11 carries or with 100 yards. The Blue Devils also don’t have a player that caught more than one pass last year. Sharpsville has a strong enough program to fill in the holes with younger players but this will be a big test year for the Blue Devils. If Sharpsville can somehow find enough players in camp to fight through Region 1 this season, they could be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.

Schedule
August
30 at Moniteau 7
September
7 at Mercer* 7
13 at Conneaut* 7
20 Kennedy Catholic* 7
27 Farrell* 7
October
4 West Middlesex* 7
11 at Wilmington 7
18 at Lakeview* 7
25 Bye
November
1 Sharon 7
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 31st, 2013

Sharon Tigers
Coach: Jim Wildman (1st season back at Sharon, 26th season overall, 208-76-6)
2012 overall record: 1-9
2012 region record: 1-6 (seventh)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jesse Rodgers, Wanya Smith-Austin, Michael Bonner, Jarrell Lampkins, Nate Jacoway, Kwentel Teague
Top returning players: Carnell Hawkins, Trent Mosley, Dustin Austin
Outlook: Sharon will look to go in a new, well old, direction as former coach JimWildman is back to coach the Tigers. Wildman will have some work to do to rebuild the program. Sharon lost all-region first-team quarterback Jesse Rodgers to graduation after he ran for 579 yards and 11 touchdowns and threw for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. The Tigers also lost second-team wide receiver Wanya Smith-Austin, who caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns last fall. Nate Jacoway had 12 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns but is gone as well as running backs Michael Bonner (161 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Jarrell Lampkins (133 yards). Sharon will be searching for playmakers and Carnell Hawkins could be one. As a junior, Hawkins ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 36 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns. Hawkins will likely play a big role in the Sharon offense and even threw a 56-yard touchdown pass last fall. On the line, Leo Reardon graduated but Craig Osmon is back on both sides of the ball. Beau Dignall and Greg Osmon are also back, giving the Tigers some experience to operate behind. With a new coach in place, chemistry and getting used to a new system are obvious concerns for Sharon. The Tigers play in arguably the toughest region in District 10 and it won’t be easy to rebuild in this season. Sharon will need to find new explosive playmakers to turn to or this could be a long year for the Tigers. Sharon opens the season with rival Farrell and will have the first half to come together as a team before playing Hickory, West Middlesex, Wilmington, Grove City and Sharpsville in the second half.

Schedule
August
30 Farrell 7
September
6 Saegertown* 7
13 at Titusville* 7
20 Greenville* 7
27 at Reynolds* 7
October
4 Hickory* 7
11 West Middlesex 7
18 Wilmington* 7
25 at Grove City* 7
November
1 at Sharpsville 7
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 29th, 2013

Quarterback Bruce Dunn helped Seneca win three of its final four games in 2012. The Bobcats hope to open the season with a similar hot streak. FILE PHOTO/Erie Times-News

Zach Muye

Kamron Brace

Dave Frank

Seneca Bobcats

Coach: Dave Frank (3rd season, 4-16)
2012 overall record: 3-7
2012 region record: 1-6 (seventh)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Luke Muye, Jake Wittman, Trevor Beiter

Top returning players: Zach Muye, Kamron Brace, Scott Groenendaal, Mike Gibbens, Bruce Dunn, Jaime Sommers, Jason Brown, Davyn Wettekin

Assistant coaches: Matt Glass, Joe Yuhas, Dave McQuiston, Mike Pettinato, Roach Hewitt, Jeremiah Decker

Outlook: Seneca seems to grow confidence each season under coach Dave Frank. The Bobcats ended the 2012 season with three wins in their final four games, including a 21-20 shocker over Class A powerhouse West Middlesex. Seneca limited North East to 14 points and held Youngsville and Harbor Creek to six points each in the second half of the season. The Bobcats have come a long way and shouldn’t be a team that other teams sleep on. Seneca has the right system in place and now needs players to step forward and take control. The Bobcats had 13 players carry the ball at least once last fall and need a running back or two to emerge as their primary backs. Seneca might not be able to win the region title just yet but keep an eye on the Bobcats as they could hang around for the final playoff spot in Region 4.

Seneca has most of its offense back this season but the Bobcats will need a running back to step up. Luke Muye graduated in the spring after rushing for 628 yards and five touchdowns last season. He also caught eight passes for 44 yards and leaves a big hole in the backfield. Seneca is also without lineman Trevor Beiter, who was a captain as a senior. Kamron Brace, an all-region second-team lineman, is back to anchor the offensive line along with Scott Groenendaal and Jason Brown. Brown was injured in the second week of the season last fall and finally recovered in the offseason. Mike Gibbens is also back from injury. He scored a touchdown in Week 1 and was the feature back before an injury sidelined him for the season. Bruce Dunn stepped up at quarterback last season to lead the Bobcats to three wins in last four games of the year. He ran for two touchdowns, and threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Davyn Wettekin brings experience back at running back and Jaime Sommers is a top returning wide receiver. Wettekin ran for 162 yards and Sommers caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Adam Fish was only a freshman last year but ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He could be part of a young group that steps up and contributes this season, including linemen Sam LaRoche, Noah Runser, Brandon Libra and skill position players Chris Hibbler and Cody Pregler. The Seneca defense started playing much better in the second half last fall.

After allowing 206 points through the first five games of the season, the Bobcats allowed 81 in the final five games, which included Corry, North East and West Middlesex. Seneca lost Muye, its second-leading tackler, to graduation along with terrific pass rusher Jake Wittman and Beiter. Wittman was voted to the all-region second team, but Seneca returns second-team linebacker Zach Muye. Groenendaal provides depth on the defensive line, while Sommers is a playmaker on defense. Jason Brown is back at linebacker, while Gibbens, Brace and Ian Moore could be important on the defensive line. Ryan Berti is also a player to watch at defensive back. Seneca has some holes to fill but the confident defense could be much-improved this season.

Schedule
August
30 Cochranton 7
September
6 at Northwestern* 7
13 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
20 Girard* 7
27 Fairview* 7
October
4 Corry* 7
11 at Youngsville 7
18 at Harbor Creek* 7
25 North East* 7
November
1 at West Middlesex 7
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 29th, 2013

Saegertown Panthers
Coach: Mike Rhoades (3rd season, 8-13)
2012 overall record: 1-9
2012 region record: 0-7 (eighth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Luke Carter, Brock Henderson, Kyle Wise, Matt Humes, Alex Barclay, Lance Neuschler
Top returning players: Trey Reagle, Ryan Kirdahy, Nick Rumzie, Willie Bernardo, Mitchell Schultz, Dustin Crum, James Taylor, Casey Fetzner, Austin Rhoades, Spencer Price, Allan Chess, Cody Rector, Christopher Gilchrist
Assistant coaches: Justin Catalano, James Wolfgang, Adam Horne, Mike Gregor, Josh Tomiczek, Mike Rhoades, Steve Tomiczek, Andy Eckart, Bill Swann
Outlook: Saegertown is in a tough situation. Last year an attendance bubble put the Panthers in Class AA. Saegertown will likely go back to Class A next fall but the Panthers would like to cause a little trouble in Region 3 before going back. The Panthers were young last fall, losing only a handful of seniors to graduation. Saegertown went through some growing pains and could be a team many teams foolishly overlook this season. The Panthers open the season at home against rival Cambridge Springs before heading to two potential playoff teams in Sharon and Greenville. The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the second half of the season with Grove City, Hickory and Girard. The Panthers are probably a year or two away still but they could be a dangerous team this season if they build their chemistry and develop some playmakers. Saegertown had a young and inexperienced team and it showed at times in 2012. Now, the Panthers are looking to use that experience to challenge some of the top Mercer County teams in Region 3. Saegertown will be looking to replace some of its offensive production that isn’t playing this season. Kyle Wise led the Panthers with 394 yards and two touchdowns on 83 carries but isn’t coming out for the team along with Lance Neuscheler (279 yards, 1 touchdown) and Matt Humes (226 yards, 1 touchdown). Saegertown will have James Taylor, who was the second-leading rusher last fall with 329 yards and two touchdowns. Trey Reagle is also back after rushing for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers had several players under center in 2012. Ryan Kirdahy will likely step forward and start at quarterback after throwing for 171 yards and two touchdowns in splitting reps last fall. Saegertown will have to replace Luke Carter and Brock Henderson, but Nick Rumzie, Austin Rhoades, Spencer Price, Allan Chess, Cody Rector and Christopher Gilchrist are back on the offensive line. Willie Bernardo returns at wide receiver and Mitchell Schultz, Dustin Crum and Casey Fetzner could see carries at running back. With Wise and Alex Barclay not playing this season, Saegertown will need to new players to step on defense as well. Wise led the Panthers with 57 tackles and Barclay had 47 last fall. Tyler McCray was third in tackles with 40 but he graduated. Rumzie collected 37 tackles as a sophomore and is back to help out along with Taylor, who had 25 tackles. Rumzie is back on the defensive line along with Crum, Rhoades, Price, Chess and Gilchrist. Reagle, Schultz and Taylor are back at linebacker and Kirdahy and Bernardao will provide experience at defensive back. The Panthers have some work to do in shoring up their defense. The Region 3 playoff teams scored a total of 200 points in four games against Saegertown in 2012. The Panthers need to slow down the speed teams in order to compete in region games.

Schedule
August
30 Cambridge Springs 7
September
6 at Sharon* 7
13 at Greenville* 7
20 Reynolds* 7
27 Wilmington* 7
October
4 at Grove City* 7
11 at Maplewood 7
18 at Hickory* 7
25 Titusville* 7
November
1 Girard 7
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 25th, 2013

Levi Stoyer

Mike Millero

Josh Mull

Reynolds Raiders

Coach: Josh Mull (1st season)
2012 overall record: 6-4
2012 region record: 3-4 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Logan Rickert, Jamar Henry, Kellen Gursky, Austin Mathews, Clayton Stoyer

Top returning players: Michael Millero, Levi Stoyer, Joe Yarzab, Gene Ringer, Jake Stoyer

Assistant coaches: Dan Gill, Brad Soyer, Marty Miller, John Tofani, Todd Daniello, Josh Wilkinson, Jerry Pacifico, Matt Dietrich, Ray Olsen

Outlook: Reynolds is looking to go in a new direction this season as Josh Mull takes over the program. Mull has plenty of experience as an assistant coach at Reynolds and was an assistant at Sharon as well. Mull and his staff will have some big-time players to replace this season. Logan Rickert, Jamar Henry, Kellen Gursky, Austin Mathews and Clayton Stoyer have graduated. Rickert and Henry were both voted to the all-region first team on the offensive and defensive lines, while Gursky and Mathews were all-region linebackers and Stoyer an all-region defensive back. Gursky was also Reynolds’ second-leading rusher with 616 yards and nine touchdowns, while Mathews ran for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Stoyer threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns, while Gursky had four catches for 60 yards.

Reynolds will turn to its experienced players in Michael Millero, Levi Stoyer, Joe Yarzab, Gene Ringer and Jake Stoyer. Millero ran for 1,281 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, while Levi Stoyer caught five passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns. He is a returning starter at tight end, while Yarzab, Ringer and Jake Stoyer are back on the offensive line. Michael Williams, Zane Barger and Logan Payne are three linemen that could push for playing time in camp. Adam Ballish and Curt Fowler return in the backfield, while the Raiders also have several talented freshmen that could compete for starting jobs. Kyle McConnell and Jack Mahlon are back at the skill positions, while Kegan Miller could start at quarterback. Sophomore Dan Blaney could also battle for the starting quarterback position. The Raiders have been flirting with a playoff spot for years but can’t seem to break through and make the postseason. Reynolds is hoping to break through in a brutal region with a new head coach. The Raiders open at home against Maplewood before a trap road region game at Titusville. The good news for Reynolds fans is they have the powerhouses in Region 3 spread out. The toughest region stretch could be taking on Sharon and Wilmington back-to-back in the middle of the season. The Raiders have plenty of experience but need several playmakers to step up this season.

Schedule
August
30 Maplewood 7
September
6 at Titusville* 7
13 Grove City* 7
20 at Saegertown* 7
27 Sharon* 7
October
4 at Wilmington* 7
12 at Kennedy Catholic noon
18 Greenville* 7
25 Hickory* 7
November
1 at Mercer 7
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 23rd, 2013

Logan Way had 1,100 yards receiving in 2012, good for second in District 10 history.

Matt LaVerde

Kevin Daly rushed for 1,374 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012.

Quinton Reed

Oil City Oilers

Coach: Matt LaVerde (6th season, 27-27)
2012 overall record: 4-7
2012 region record: 2-4 (tied for fourth)
2012 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 56-35 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Taylor Stamm, Jericho Hartle, Logan Johnson, Evan Carll, Sam Owoc, Colt Cunningham, Zach Bruce, Marvin Barclay

Top returning players: Quinton Reed, Kevin Daly, Logan Way, Jesse Rice, Trent Zdarko, Frank Serbati

Assistant coaches: Nick Woods, Chris Delmonaco, Tim Reed, Eric Cole, Brian Yeager, Bundy Fulmer, Matt Miller

Outlook: Oil City made its way to the District 10 Class AAA playoffs before running into a tough team in General McLane. In a wide-open Region 5, the Oilers are looking to take a step forward and contend for the region title. Oil City will have to replace Taylor Stamm, Jericho Hartle, Logan Johnson, Evan Carll, Sam Owoc, Colt Cunningham, Marvin Barclay and Zach Bruce. Stamm, Hartle, Johnson, Carll and Owoc graduated, while Barclay transferred and Cunningham and Bruce are not playing this season. Stamm threw for 1,274 yards and 11 touchdowns last season in six games, while Owoc ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns last fall. Carll was voted to the all-region first team at linebacker, while Hartle and Johnson are big losses on the line. Johnson was voted to the all-region first team at offensive line.

Quinton Reed, Kevin Daly, Logan Way, Jesse Rice, Trent Zdarko and Frank Serbati are back this season to lead the Oilers. Reed was voted to the all-region second team at offensive line last year and is one of the rising linemen in District 10. Daly is back at running back and linebacker. He ran for a school-record 1,374 yards and scored 16 touchdowns to be voted to the all-region first team. Way is another offensive weapon after being voted to the all-region first team at wide receiver and all-district team. He caught a school record 1,100 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Rice collected 104 tackles and was voted to the second team at defensive back, while Zdarko was voted to the all-region second team at all-purpose and defensive line. Serbati has dealt with injuries the past two seasons but has the ability to be one of the more explosive players in the area. Oil City could also receive big contributions from Seth Fisher, DeWayne Crawford, Tanner Harris, Alex Hargenrader and Jackson McFall this season. Fisher, Crawford and Harris could become starts on the line, while McFall could battle Zdarko for the starting position at quarterback. The Oilers have some work to do in filling on the offensive and defensive lines and need a quarterback to step up. Oil City starts the season at Corry before a non-region showdown with General McLane in Week 3 and three huge region games in the first half of the year. If the Oilers can address their needs in camp, look out for Oil City this season.

Schedule
August
30 at Corry 7
September
6 Bradford* 7
13 General McLane 7
20 at DuBois* 7
27 Warren* 7
October
4 at Meadville* 7
11 at Titusville 7
18 Karns City 7
25 at Slippery Rock* 7
November
1 Franklin* 7
*Region 5 games

Wednesday: Reynolds
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 22nd, 2013

Northwestern's Brandon Reiser piled up 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

Running back Austin Miczo had a standout sophomore season, rushing for 846 yards and seven touchdowns.

Nate Tewell

D.J. Hough

Northwestern Wildcats

Coach: D.J. Hough (3rd season, 12-10)
2012 overall record: 7-4
2012 region record: 6-1 (co-champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Hickory 48-22 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Garrett Behringer, Tom Head, Kyle McKeen, Grant Panko, Chad Roberts

Top returning players: Brandon Reiser, Austin Miczo, Sam Yochim, Josiah Friend, Braydon Wojtecki, Dylan Bird, Nate Tewell

Assistant coaches: Ron Glus, Dave Randall, Pat Camp, Dave Merritt

Outlook: Northwestern has made big strides the past few years under coach D.J. Hough. The Wildcats have made it to the playoffs the past two seasons and even shared the region title last fall. Northwestern will need to find a few playmakers to keep that success going. The Wildcats return a terrific rushing attack in Brandon Reiser and Austin Miczo, but the graduation of Grant Panko, Kyle McKeen and others will be hard to overcome. McKeen was voted to the all-region first team at wide receiver and second team as a defensive back. He caught 17 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns as a senior and was a threat to run and throw as well. Panko was a second-team punter and defensive back and ran for 199 yards and five touchdowns while throwing for 944 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mitch Wright also graduated after collecting 10 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns last year. Another big concern will be rebuilding the offensive and defensive lines. Tom Head and Chad Roberts are all-region first-team offensive and defensive linemen gone to graduation. Garrett Behringer, a first-team linebacker, also graduated in the spring. He also had six catches for 91 yards and one touchdown as a senior.

The Wildcats will turn to returning starters Sam Yochim, Josiah Friend, Braydon Wojtecki, Dylan Bird, Nate Tewell, Reiser and Miczo. Reiser was a second-team all-region running back after rushing for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns on 221 carries, while Miczo ran for 846 yards and seven touchdowns on 140 carries. Miczo also caught 10 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Yochim, Friend and Wojtecki are back on the defensive line, while Bird will lead the defensive backfield and Tewell is a rising kicker. Friend is the team sack leader and a big part of the defense. Nate Noe is also back on offense after rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns, while hauling in 11 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern will need several underclassmen to step up this year and Jay Clinger is in line to take over at quarterback. Clinger saw some playing time under center last year, completing 3-of-12 for 60 yards and one touchdown. The Wildcats have some work to do on the line and filling out the linebacker corps, but Northwestern looks like a team to beat in Region 4. The Wildcats play three of their first four games at home with a big road game at Girard in Week 3 and a huge showdown at Corry in Week 5. If Northwestern can get through the first half of the season without a region loss, the Region 4 race could come down to the Wildcats’ second-half road games at North East and Fairview.

Schedule
August
30 Meadville 7
September
6 Seneca* 7
13 at Girard* 7
20 Harbor Creek* 7
27 at Corry* 7
October
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
11 at Greenville 7
18 at North East* 7
25 at Fairview* 7
November
1 Mercyhurst Prep 7
*Region 4 games

Tuesday: Oil City
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 21st, 2013

Jordan Bryan is likely to have an expanded role in North East's backfield this season.

Brendon Tinko

Mike Macaulay

Matt Shesman

North East Grapepickers

Coach: Matt Shesman (20th season, 105-90-1)
2012 overall record: 7-4
2012 region record: 4-3 (tied for third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Grove City 56-14 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Corey Voorhis, Tyler Koszewski, Rocky Owens, Tyrus Murphy, Brett Swan, Steve Kocher, Chase Doyle

Top returning players: Jordan Bryan, Josh Gillespie, Jeff Smith, Mike Macaulay, Brendon Tinko, Ben Stritzenger, Craig Zuccolotto, Jarod Rathman, Grayson Hill

Assistant coaches: Shawn Humes, Bill Renne, Joe Shesman, Curtis Bailey, John Beaumont, Tom Pyle, Steve Righi, Bob Sensor

Outlook: North East had another season with two 1,000-yard running backs and a trip to the playoffs in 2012. The Grapepickers will need to rebuild quickly to return to the postseason this fall. North East lost Corey Voorhis, Tyler Koszewski, Rocky Owens, Tyrus Murphy, Brett Swan, Steve Kocher and Chase Doyle to graduation, while defensive starter Hunter Emerson transferred to Cathedral Prep. Voorhis ran for 1,125 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns to be voted to the all-region first team at all-purpose and defensive back. Owens ran for 1,490 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns. He was voted to the all-region second team at running back and linebacker. Koszewski, a first-team defensive lineman and punter, hauled in five catches for 90 yards and one touchdown and had six sacks as a defensive end. Murphy and Swan were voted to the all-region second team on the offensive line, while Kocher had two interceptions and Doyle connected on 29 extra points and two field goals last season.

With plenty of size and production gone, the Grapepickers will look for playmakers in camp. Jordan Bryan, Josh Gillespie, Jeff Smith, Mike Macaulay, Brendon Tinko, Ben Stritzenger, Craig Zuccolotto, Jarod Rathman and Grayson Hill are all back to lead the young team. Macaulay took over at quarterback last fall and threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns and collected two interceptions on defense. He will be back under center, while Bryan looks like a starting running back. Bryan ran for 70 yards on 12 carries. Tinko is back at wide receiver after hauling in six catches for 140 yards last fall, while Bryan caught three passes for 14 yards. Gillespie, Stritzenger and Andrew Phelps are back to anchor the offensive line, while Stritzenger and Rathman are returning starters on the defensive line. North East has a strong linebacker corps back with Hill, Zuccolotto, Macaulay and Smith, while Tinko and Bryan are back to start in the defensive backfield. North East could also receive contributions from up and coming underclassmen Jonah Sargent, Josh Hecht, Kevin Cooney, Trey Tanner, Tyler Carris, Matt Huntley, Kyle Helffrich, Logan Reynolds, Garrett Owens, Luke Still and Nic Hupp. Tom Rust transferred in from Titusville and could be a starter in the defensive backfield this season. North East needs several running backs to step up this season for the ‘Pickers. North East will open at developing rival Greenville before its home-opener against Corry. The ‘Pickers have a loaded schedule, including East and Strong Vincent, but they will get to host Fairview, Girard and Northwestern. If North East can develop as a team and find some steady backs before the second half of the season, the ‘Pickers could be headed back to the postseason, once again.

Schedule
August
30 at Greenville 7
September
6 Corry* 7
13 at Harbor Creek* 7
20 Fairview* 7
27 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
October
4 Girard* 7
11 East 7
18 Northwestern* 7
25 at Seneca* 7
November
1 at Strong Vincent 7
*Region 4 games

Monday: Northwestern
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 21st, 2013

Mercyhurst Prep's Nick Evanoff passed for 426 and seven touchdowns in 2012.

Chris Kickel

Joe Swanson

Matt Morgan

Mercyhurst Prep Lakers

Coach: Matt Morgan (9th season, 75-26)
2012 overall record: 8-3
2012 region record: 6-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Farrell 35-7 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Tom Higgins, Alec Parsons, Cornelius Barclay, Joe DeSanti, Kyle Drabic, Ryan Connor

Top returning players: Joe Swanson, Eric Baer, Scotty Gorring, Chris Kickel, Nick Evanoff

Assistant coaches: Ryan Abbott, Rich Krafty, John Graeb, Pete Szoszorek, Scott Gorring, Nate Hain, Jayson Nickson

Outlook: Mercyhurst Prep is going to have to dig deep to get through this season. Currently, the Lakers have 21 players on the roster. Mercyhurst Prep has dealt with smaller rosters in the past, but 21 players can pose issues if injuries start to occur. Tom Higgins, Alec Parsons, Cornelius Barclay, Joe DeSanti, Kyle Drabic and Ryan Connor are gone to graduation, while the Lakers lost more than 10 players to transfer or other reasons. Barclay was named to the all-district team at linebacker after recording 74 tackles as a senior was one of the top running backs in the area. Barclay ran for 1,783 yards and 26 touchdowns and caught eight passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Barclay was voted the Region 2 player of the year and was voted to the all-region first team at running back and linebacker. The Lakers were gutted on the line as Drabic, Parson and DeSanti were first-team offensive linemen, while Parson was a first-team defensive lineman. Higgins is another big loss as a first-team linebacker. He had 61 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Higgins also ran for 696 yards and six touchdowns and caught six passes for 70 yards. Connor ran for 522 yards and four touchdowns and had four interceptions, while Garrett Palmer had 60 tackles and four interceptions. The Lakers also lost Brandon Peebles, who transferred to McDowell. He caught seven passes for 53 yards and one touchdown, and he had 61 tackles.

Mercyhurst Prep will look to its experienced players to lead a young team. Joe Swanson, Eric Baer, Scotty Gorring, Chris Kickel and Nick Evanoff are back this fall, while Tommie Elias, Ryley Moneta, Seth Hiegel, Mike Sweeney, Josh Yochim, Daavon Davis could contribute as well. Swanson had 44 tackles last year and is moving from tight end to fullback and linebacker, while Kickel is a returning starter on the offensive line. Baer is back at running back and linebacker and Evanoff returns at quarterback and defensive back. Evanoff threw for 426 yards and seven touchdowns last year and will be important as a leader, while Baer ran for 47 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Baer will be the primary running back to fill out the backfield with Evanoff. The Lakers must stay healthy this year or the second half of the season could be tough to get through. Mercyhurst Prep coach Matt Morgan mentioned that several players will be asked to play three positions to help on offense, defense and special teams. Region 2 is wide open this season but the Lakers’ depth could be a big issue. If Mercyhurst Prep can deal with its numbers issue and come together as a team, the Lakers could be in contention for a playoff spot, once again.

Schedule
August
31 at St. Joe’s 3
September
6 Union City* 7
13 at Cochranton* 7
20 Eisenhower* 7
27 at Youngsville* 7
October
3 Maplewood* 7
11 Mercer 7
18 at Iroquois* 7
25 at Cambridge Springs* 7
November
1 at Northwestern 7
*Region 2 games

Sunday: North East
–Tom Reisenweber

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