Under the guidance of Leonard Ford, the East football team went 5-4 last season, the Warriors’ first winning season in more than 20 years. However, the Warriors lost a big senior class, including standout quarterback Gary Brown. Jermaine Thornton will play QB for East this season, and in this video he’s shown throwing during a recent passing scrimmage. Ford talks about the team’s prospects for the season:
Here are some nominees for the Breakout Player of the Week. Remember, the winner will be honored in Friday’s edition of the Times-News. Vote for your favorite in the poll at the upper right.
Let us know if we missed a worthy candidate. We’re limiting nominees to one per school, and no winner can be nominated again.
Gary Brown, East: 11-of-21 passing 174 yards; 17 rushes, 127 yards, TD
Jared Burger, Union City: 24 rushes, 176 yards; TD runs of 4, 10 and 54 yards
Corey Dunton, Cambridge Springs: 65 yards rushing, 2 TDs, including game-winner in third overtime; 3 receptions for 33 yards; 77-yard kickoff return for a TD
Kevin Green, Strong Vincent: 9 rushes, 156 yards; TD runs of 80 and 30 yards
Richie Kolesar, Fort LeBoeuf: 13 rushes, 92 yards; TD runs of 1 and 34 yards
Jared Lane, Fairview: 17 rushes, 114 yards, TD in return from hamstring injury
Cory Lee, General McLane: 27 rushes, 180 yards
Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 15 rushes, 108 yards; TD runs of 1, 3, 3, 5 and 27 yards
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There were several football standouts this weekend. You pick the best. Or, let us know who we missed.
Casey Pace, RB, Fort LeBoeuf, 15 rushes, 179 yards, 2 TDs
Scottie Frisina, QB, Corry, 15-of-20 passing 250 yards, 2 TDs; 9 rushes
104 yards, 3 TDs
Justin Wiley, RB, Cathedral Prep, 18 rushes, 82 yards, TD; 3 catches
90 yards, 2 TDs
Shyquawn Pullium, QB, Cathedral Prep, 10 rushes, 120 yards, 2 TDs; 92 passing yards, 2 TDs
Zach Greenawalt, QB, McDowell, 16 rushes, 120 yards, 2 TDs
Pat Pascarella, RB, Bradford, 16 rushes, 242 yards, 4 TDs
Matt Sleppy, DB, Iroquois, 42-yard fumble return for winning TD
Cory Lee, RB, General McLane, 12 rushes, 108 yards, 2 TDs
Cody Crosby, QB, Eisenhower, 21-of-30 passing, 315 yards, 2 TDs
Gary Brown, QB, East, 10-of-13 passing, 195 yards, 3 TDs; 5 rrushes, 29 yards, TD
Josh Williams, RB, Girard, 7 rushes, 108 yards, TD runs of 65 and 23 yards
Here are some candidates for the top honors this weekend:
Brandon Akins-Jones, Strong Vincent: 7 rushes, 129 yards, TD runs of 1, 61, 9 and 38 yards.
Gary Brown, East: 7-of-10 passing, 107 yards, 2 TDs; 6 rushes, 61 yards, TD
Jordan Elchynski, North East: 22 carries, 131 yards, 2 TDs
Zach Greenawalt, McDowell: 11 rushes, 178 yards, 2TDs; 57-yard TD pass
Aaron Horton, Mercyhurst Prep: 12 rushes, 165 yards; TD runs of 12, 35 and 60 yards
Dakota Schultz, Saegertown: 9 rushes, 102 yards, 3 TDs
Corey McWilliams, Fort LeBoeuf: 5 catches, 109 yards, 2 TDs (now has six TD receptions in three games)
Trevor Litwiler, Linesville: 21 rushes, 174 yards, 3 TD; 5-of-9 passing, 106 yards, TD
Jordan Kerner, Fairview: 7 rushes, 100 yards; TD runs of 11 and 63 yards
Jared Burger, Union City: 23 rushes, 164 yards, 2 TDs
Shyquawn Pullium, Cathedral Prep, 7 rushes, 225 yards, TD runs of 54, 69 and 72 yards, 4-of-8 passing, 73 yards, 2 TDs
There were many other worthy performances this weekend — more than we can list here. Who would you vote for? Who did we miss? Let us know.
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Alondre Hamilton, East, 226 yards, 10 carries, 3TDs
Cory Lee, McLane, 29 carries, 139 yards
Parrish Brown, Iroquois, 95 yards rushing, TD, 84-yard kick return for TD
Tim Schwenk, Mercyhurst Prep, 106 yards rushing, 61-yard TD, key interception
Trevor Litwiler, Linesville, 4 rushing TDs, 1 passing TD
Or does someone else deserve the honor?
Coach : Leonard Ford
2008 overall record: 1-8
2008 region record (place): 0-4 (5th, Region 6)
Playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 AAA playoffs
Top players lost: QB/DB Corey Ratliff, WR/DB Derrick Allen, RB/DB Dion Amison, WR/DE Jerrod Gibbs, DB Willie Bolden, OL/DL Josh Manning, WR/LB Qiydaar Muhammad
Top returning players: RB-WR/LB Alondre Hamilton, WR/LB Peter Hamilton, WR/DB James Paul, WR/DB Maximo Sanchez, QB/WR Gary Brown, WR/DB Jeff Ranson, OL/DL Dejon Sheppard, RB/DB Shaliel Glover, WR/DB Jermaine Thornton, WR/DB Dealrus Nolen WR/LB Levante Ford LB, QB/DB Jermaine Gillespie, OL/DL Damien Jefferson
Key games: Sept. 4 vs. Franklin, Sept. 26 at Central Tech, Oct. 10 vs. Bradford, Oct. 17 vs. Warren, Oct. 23 vs. Strong Vincent
Outlook : East had one of its most competitive seasons in a while in 2008, the Warriors’ first season under coach Leonard Ford. The Warriors picked up a win at Warren and came within one score of winning two other games. However, East finished the year just 1-8 and was last in Region 6. Facing three non-conference opponents from Region 5 in the first three games, East almost stole the season opener at Franklin, falling 35-28, and was competitive with Region 5 champion Grove City, losing only by 15. The Warriors also dropped a tough Region 6 opener at the hands of their rivals, the Central Tech Falcons, 16-8 and scored 18 points against Cathedral Prep. The Warriors picked up win at Warren, 21-10. East lost a dynamic pair from their spread passing offense, all-region quarterback Corey Ratliff and receiver Derrick Allen. Ratliff, who threw three TD passes in the Save-An-Eye Game, is now at Cheyney University. East does return James Paul, who led the team with 542 yards receiving on 23 receptions for an impressive 23.6 yards per catch. Gary Brown, who completed 20-of-52 passes for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2008, will be in the mix to replace Ratliff at quarterback. Jermaine Gillespie also will be competing for minutes under center and Alondre Hamilton will be in the conversation as well. On defense, where the Warriors run a 4-4 and nickel packages, Alonde and Peter Hamilton return at the linebacker position after second-team all-region seasons. Alondre Hamilton’s minutes will be managed on the defensive side as he looks to become the new feature player on offense after the graduation of Ratliff. In the defensive backfield, the Warriors will bring back Jeff Ranson and Max Sanchez, who combined for five of the team’s nine interceptions last season. The team will play the same schedule as last season, with home and away teams being flipped. The home opener vs. Franklin will be a good test for the Warriors as they prepare for the Region 6 schedule. That game, Sept. 26 at Central and Oct. 26 home vs. Warren are all games that East has a legitimate chance to win. Sharing Veterans Stadium, the Warriors will play two “road games” inside a very familiar building along with the five true home games on their schedule. Ford feels that last season’s team was athletic, but this year they have the muscle and mental strength that they may have been lacking in 2008. The team should be more familiar with the new coaching staff and system. If the Warriors can build on last season and use their young talent well, 2009 could be another step in the right direction for a program constantly looking to return to its glory days.
Sept. 4 Franklin 7
Sept. 11 at Grove City 7
Sept. 18 at Meadville 7
Sept. 26 at Central Tech* 1
Oct. 2 at Cathedral Prep* 7
Oct. 10 Bradford* 1
Oct. 17 Warren 7
Oct. 23 Strong Vincent*
Oct. 29 Corry 7
*Region 6 game
Sunday: The Summer Huddle series concludes with District 10 Class AAA champion Strong Vincent.
The final four days of our Summer Huddle series will begin Thursday with a look at Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers will be followed by Central Tech on Friday and East on Saturday before the series closes with a look at District 10 Class AAA champion Strong Vincent.
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Strong Vincent and Cathedral Prep were the two best teams in Region 6 last year and it looks like they will be again this fall. Region 6 will expand in 2010 as DuBois will join District 10 for football only. The Colonels seem to keep reloading each year and will be a contender in Class AAA despite losing playmakers like Deonte Flemings, Robert Joyce, D.J. Barney, Brandon Marlow, etc. The Colonels’ defense and offensive/defensive lines didn’t lose a ton of players and should be strong again. The Ramblers are back under coach Mike Mischler and could give Vincent trouble this season. Prep all-around athletes Shyquawn Pullium and RaSean Thrower will be utilized in different ways and could be the keys to Prep’s season. The 2008 D-10 Class AAA final was all-Region 6 and it very well could be again this season. Vincent advanced to the PIAA semifinals but fell to playoff-rival Thomas Jefferson. Here is a look at last year’s Region 6 standings:
x-Strong Vincent 4-0 13-1
z-Cathedral Prep 3-1 7-5
Bradford 2-2 5-5
Central Tech 1-3 1-9
East 0-4 1-8
z-qualified for playoff spot
Key 2009 games: Sept. 25 Cathedral Prep at Strong Vincent, Oct. 16 Strong Vincent at Bradford, Oct. 30 Cathedral Prep at Bradford
Predicted champion: Cathedral Prep