Central Tech Falcons
Coach: Rob Matz (6th season, 9-40)
2013 overall record: 3-7
2013 region record: 1-4 (fifth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Calvin Franklin, Josh Wells, Albert Jones, Eddie Tate, Anthony Duck, Devion Coleman, Tyrice Williams-Troop
Top returning players: Eric Mitchell, Samson Kafando, Gerwhan Wells, Kevin Askins, Rather Freeman, Demond Mitchell, Dmitri Allison
Assistant coaches: Jason Williams, Vince Senita, Chuck Carson, Maurice Goodwine, Merle Bouchat, Eric Jones, Michael Darnell
Outlook: Central Tech seems to be making progress each season even if it doesn’t show up in more wins. The Falcons are competitive in each game and have started to become a tough out each week. Coach Rob Matz is hoping Central Tech can keep taking steps toward making a District 10 Class AAA playoff appearance. The Falcons’ first job will be to replace several key players from last season. Calvin Franklin, Josh Wells, Albert Jones, Eddie Tate, Anthony Duck, Devion Coleman and Tyrice Williams-Troop are all gone to graduation and leave big holes to fill. Duck was voted to the all-region first team as an offensive lineman, while Tate was a second-team wide receiver and Wells was a second-team quarterback. Coleman was voted to the all-region second team on the offensive line, while Jones was a second-team defensive lineman and Tate and Franklin were second-team linebackers.
With everything Central lost to graduation, the Falcons will need to rebuild quickly in training camp. Eric Mitchell, Samson Kafando, Gerwhan Wells, Kevin Askins, Rather Freeman, Demond Mitchell and Dmitri Allison are back to lead one of the fastest teams that Matz has coached at Central. Dmitri and Malik Allison along with Kevin Leggett were part of a sprint relay team that qualified for the PIAA meet in the spring, while Mitchell qualified for states in the high jump. Central’s backfield will likely be Mitchell, Leggett and Dmitri Allison with Kafando playing as well. Allison started at free safety last season and will take over as running back and quarterback. Josh Wells is a big loss at quarterback after throwing for 696 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 541 yards and eight touchdowns. Franklin ran for 689 yards and eight touchdowns, while Mitchell is a returning second-team running back after rushing for 564 yards and three touchdowns on 67 carries. The Falcons also have some work to do at wide receiver with Allison moving to quarterback. Allison had 11 catches for 148 yards, while Tate caught 15 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Jones is another big loss after hauling in eight passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and Brian Kelly is gone after catching six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Kafando had six catches for 61 yards is the lone receiving threat back from last season. Gerwhan Wells is a returning fullback and the offensive line has a strong group back including Askins. Freeman and Demond Mitchell are leaders in the secondary and Allison will be back at free safety. Leggett is a junior that make a big impact right away along with classmates Jon Carder (linebacker), Terrell Ruffley (offensive line), Alex Dawson (offensive line), senior Malcolm Goodwine (offensive line) and sophmores Ben DeJesus (defensive line), Darryl Crosby (defensive line) and Keyshawn Husband (running back/linebacker). Central has improved each season and with a group of young, hungry players, the Falcons could surprise a few teams this season. Region 5 could be down this year, meaning an extra playoff spot could be on the line in Region 6.
30 Warren 7
6 General McLane* 7
13 Strong Vincent* 1
19 Meadville 7
26 at Bradford 7
3 at Cathedral Prep* 7
10 at Karns City 7
18 East* 1
24 at Conneaut 7
31 at McDowell* 7
*Region 6 game