Coach: Leonard Ford (6th season, 16-32)
2012 overall record: 1-9
2012 region record: 1-4 (fifth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jauwan Ford, Willie Horne, Avery Kirksey, Pat Williamson
Top returning players: Tavaray Carr, Anthony Gates, Jarel Nelson, Tishar Moss, Jaden Ocasio, Johnathan Sanchez, Deiontre Plott, Eddie Williams
Assistant coaches: Ron Hayes, Eddie Williams, Tony Hollingsworth, Ben Fennell, Mike Cutte
Outlook: East went through a tough 2012 season and will need to rebuild quickly to avoid another down year. The Warriors’ biggest need will be at quarterback. Jauwan Ford, a second-team quarterback, graduated in the spring. He ran for 148 yards and six touchdowns and threw for 1,383 yards and eight touchdowns. Ford played a huge role in East’s lone win over Central Tech by throwing for the game-tying touchdown and rushing for the game-winning TD. East also lost all-region linebacker Willie Horne, along with Avery Kirksey and Pat Williamson. Heidelberg ran for 332 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors in rushing. Kirksey was East’s top receiver with 28 catches for 567 yards and six touchdowns.
East does have a strong group of experienced players back, including Tavaray Carr, Anthony Gates, Jarel Nelson, Tishar Moss, Jaden Ocasio, Johnathan Sanchez, Deiontre Plott and Eddie Williams. Plott is back to anchor both the offensive and defensive lines, while Gates, Carr and Moss are back to fill in the backfield. Nelson could step in and start at quarterback this year and Ocasio will also help on the line. Gates was East’s second-leading rusher last year with 321 yards, and he caught 19 passes for 246 yards. Williams was second in receiving with 21 catches for 328 yards and Moss had 100 yards receiving on 10 catches. East will also have a wide receiver in battle as the line and backfield are basically set. Demetrius Figueroa, Fred Rowry, Deavin Gregory and Freddie Gregory are new players to varsity that could step up and contribute right away for the Warriors. East will open the season with four “road” games in their first five, including three games at Veterans Stadium. The Warriors have a brutal second-half schedule, including big games with General McLane, McDowell and Cathedral Prep. East will need to develop a leader at quarterback and a set of receivers for him to throw to in order to turn things around and win more than one game this fall.
30 at Warren 7
7 Central Tech* 1
13 at Meadville 7
21 at Strong Vincent* 1
27 at Slippery Rock 7
4 General McLane* 7
11 at North East 7
19 McDowell* 7
25 Cathedral Prep* 7
1 at Fort LeBoeuf 7
*Region 6 games