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Posted: July 10th, 2014

Farrell Steelers
Coach: Jarrett Samuels (7th season, 58-19)
2013 overall record: 4-5
2013 region record: 2-4 (sixth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Dewayne Burns, Tyrone Archie, Malik Graham, Austin Pickens
Top returning players: Rob Guelledge, Malachi Newell, Brandon Gavins, Romeo Jackson, Alex Myers, John Jackson, Davaughn Green, Derrick Carter, Angelo Jackson
Assistant coaches: Anthony Pegues, Bill Dungee, Vic Phillips, Omar Stewart, Troy Harrison, Dante Newell, Ken Avery

For the team outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 4th, 2013

Dewayne Burns rushed for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.

Farrell Steelers
Coach: Jarrett Samuels (6th season, 54-14)
2012 overall record: 6-5
2012 region record: 3-3 (tied for third)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Mercyhurst Prep 35-7 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals and lost to West Middlesex 42-0 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Rasheem Harrison, Mike Williams, Marshawn Hyman, Jalen Scott, Diallo Lewis, Joe Goudy

Top returning players: Dewayne Burns, Malik Graham, Malachi Newell, John Jackson, Derrick Carter, Tyrone Archie, Austin Pickens, Brandon Gavins, Rob Guelledge, Ray Johnson, Chase Cozart
Assistant coaches: Anthony Pegues, Omar Stewart, Dante Newell, Bill Dungee, Lamont Samuels, Victor Phillips, Troy Harrison, Paul Muhammad, Sam Phillips, Emil DeBonis, Gordy Somerset, Bill Marx, Lavar Howell, Brian Hilton, Anthony Pegues Jr.
Outlook: Farrell was able to not only make the playoffs but advance to the semifinals as coach Jarrett Samuels continues to rebuild the program. The Steelers have one of the most experienced teams back in Region 1, but they have some holes to fill. Rasheem Harrison, Mike Williams, Marshawn Hyman, Jalen Scott, Joe Goudy and Diallo Lewis are gone to graduation. Harrison was voted to the all-region second team at offensive line, while Lewis was a second-team linebacker. Hyman leaves a big hole at wide receiver. He led Farrell with 19 catches for 260 yards and one touchdown as a senior. Goudy is also a big hole to fill at quarterback. He threw for 763 yards and eight touchdowns last fall. While the Steelers have some starters to replace, they return Dewayne Burns, Malik Graham, Malachi Newell, John Jackson, Derrick Carter, Tyrone Archie, Austin Pickens, Brandon Gavins, Rob Guelledge, Ray Johnson and Chase Cozart.
Burns is an emerging Division I prospect after being voted to the all-region first team at all-purpose and second team as a defensive back. He led the Steelers with 955 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, while hauling in 17 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Burns is getting interest from Temple, Akron and Kent State, while Pickens is getting interest from Akron, Temple and Pitt. Pickens caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns last year and his presence is really felt on defense. Archie is the latest Farrell lineman to receive D-1 interest. He is getting interest from Pitt, Akron and Temple. Graham is back at running back as Farrell’s second-leading rusher with 241 yards on 40 carries last season. Farrell could also receive contributions from new layers Rashaad Phillips, Wandell Murray, Corey Hilton and Donald Phillips. The Steelers have plenty of talent back at the skill position and several solid linemen. Farrell will need to develop a new leader at quarterback, but the Steelers are a team to keep an eye on Region 1 this year.
30 at Sharon 7
7 at Kennedy Catholic* noon
13 West Middlesex* 7
20 Redbank Valley 7
27 at Sharpsville* 7
4 Lakeview* 7
11 Hickory 7
18 at Conneaut* 7
25 Mercer* 7
1 Bye
*Region 1 games
Friday: Fort LeBoeuf
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: August 30th, 2012

Get expanded coverage of District 10 sports every Friday with the Varsity Letter e-newsletter.

A new feature we’ll unveil this week is the Triple Option. Three games. Two prognosticators. One weekly showdown.

In Triple Option, high school beat writer Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik will make predictions about three D-10 football games they disagree on each week. See which games they pick, why they picked them and then track to see who gets them right.

This week, Tom and Jeff face off on the Conneaut-Girard, Sharon-Farrell and Mercyhurst Prep-Central Tech games.

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Posted: July 6th, 2012

Farrell Steelers
Coach (season, record): Jarrett Samuels (5th season, 48-9)
2011 overall record: 6-5
2011 region record (place): 4-3 (tied for third)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Mercyhurst Prep 28-25 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals before losing to Sharpsville 36-0 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Jason Pinkins, Lawrence Hughes, Jamel Jordan, Forrest Wested, Anthony Perkins
Top returning players: Lance Messett, Dewayne Burns, Jalen Scott, Rasheem Harrison
Assistant coaches: Omar Stewart, Dante Newell, Anthony Pegues, Paul Muhammad, Tom Platteborze, Victor Phillips, Lamont Samuels, Troy Harrison, Sam Phillips
Outlook: After a one-year absence, Jarrett Samuels is back to coach Farrell. Samuels had plenty of success in his first stint with Steelers, including several District 10 Class A championships. Despite a down season in 2011, Farrell made the playoffs and even picked up a comeback win over Mercyhurst Prep. The Steelers will be without Jason Pinkins, Lawrence Hughes and Jamel Jordan because of graduation along with Forrest Wested, who transferred back to Franklin. Hughes was voted to the all-region first team at all-purpose and linebacker last fall, while Wested was a second-team quarterback. Hughes ran for 586 yards and seven touchdowns on 67 carries and caught 25 passes for 501 yards and seven TDs. Hughes finished with 86 points and leaves a big hole in offensive production. Wested is also a big loss after throwing for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns last fall. Pinkins ran for 773 yards and eight touchdowns on 111 carries and scored 58 total points. Jordan was a first-team defensive lineman and second-team offensive lineman. Jason Perkins also graduated after being voted to the second-team defensive line last year.

Farrell has a few experienced players back to lead a young team. Lance Messett is a first-team wide receiver and a developing college prospect. He caught 27 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. On the other side of the formation will be fellow wideout Dewayne Burns, a second-team defensive back. Burns caught 12 passes for 148 yards last season. Also back are Jalen Scott and Rasheem Harrison for the Steelers. Farrell, for the most part, is young this season and could go through some rebuilding pains. Samuels has the experience to find talented players and put them in the right spots, but how quickly his team develops will determine the Steelers’ fate this year. Farrell opens the season with rival Sharon in the annual Steel Bowl before two huge games in September against West Middlesex and Sharpsville. The Steelers also have Hickory and Wilmington on the schedule, meaning if they can get to the playoffs, they will certainly be battle-tested.

31 Sharon 7
7 Kennedy Catholic* 7
14 at West Middlesex* 7
21 at Redbank Valley 7
28 Sharpsville* 7
5 at Lakeview* 7
12 at Hickory 7
19 Conneaut* 7
26 at Mercer* 7
2 Wilmington 7
*Region 1 games

Saturday: Fort LeBoeuf

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 1st, 2011

Four area teams — one in each class — are ranked in the first Harrisburg Patriot-News state poll of the season.

McDowell, which competes in the WPIAL Northern Seven Conference, is ranked ninth in Class AAAA.

Grove City, the 2010 District 10 Class AAA runner-up, is No. 8 in AAA. Cathedral Prep, the two-time defending D-10 AAA champ, is listed under teams to watch.

General McLane is ranked No. 10 in AA after a 10-2 season in 2010. Meanwhile, Mercyhurst Prep is No. 10 in Class A.

Other D-10 teams to watch are Hickory and Sharon in AA and Farrell in A.

Click below to see the state poll:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 25th, 2011

Two District 10 teams are ranked and seven others are listed among “others to watch” in the Pennsylvania Football News preseason state rankings, which were released Wednesday night.

Cathedral Prep leads all D-10 teams with a No. 4 ranking in Class AAA. The Ramblers are coming off a trip to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals and return record-breaking junior quarterback Damion Terry.

Defending District 10 AA champion Sharon is ranked 10th in AA.

Meanwhile, listed among “others to watch” are the following D-10 teams: Grove City in AAA, General McLane, Hickory and Wilmington in AA, and Farrell, Linesville and West Middlesex in A.

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 30th, 2011

Farrell Steelers
Coach (season): Tina Slater (4th season)
2010 overall record: 10-8
2010 region record (place): 7-7 (fourth)
2010 playoff results: Lost to Cochranton in a District 10 play-in match.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Tyra Robinson, Lashelle Platteborze, Johntae Scott
Assistant coach: Marsha Fields
Outlook: Farrrell finished above .500 last fall and earned a play-in match against Cochranton. The Steelers are looking to take things a step further this season with no seniors gone from last year’s team. Johntae Scott (libero) and Tyra Robinson (outside hitter) are back after being named to the all-region first team to lead the way. Farrell plays in a tough region, including Sharpsville and getting to the playoffs won’t be easy. The key will be replacing a few transfers and developing some of the younger players as well.

12 at Sharon 7:15
13 Commodore Perry* 7:15
15 Lakeview* 7:15
20 at Reynolds* 7:15
22 Jamestown* 7:15
27 at Kennedy Catholic* 7:15
29 Sharpsville* 7:15
3 New Castle 7:15
4 at West Middlesex* 7:15
6 at Commodore Perry* 7:15
11 at Lakeview* 7:15
13 Reynolds* 7:15
18 at Jamestown* 7:15
20 Kennedy Catholic* 7:15
25 at Sharpsville* 7:15
27 West Middlesex* 7:15

Later today: Fort LeBoeuf

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 8th, 2011

Farrell Steelers
Coach (season, record): Tim Scarvel (1st season at Farrell, 6th overall, 18-32)
2010 overall record: 13-2
2010 region record (place): 7-1 (co-champion)
2010 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class A championship. Lost 48-8 to Clairton in the PIAA Class A semifinals.
Top players lost: Robert Trudo, Kevin Brodie, Jamar Whitman, Malcolm Hailstock, Donte Pegues
Top returning players: Lawrence Hughes, Forrest Wested, Mel Jordan, Diallo Lewis, Jamel Jordan, Jason Pinkins
Assistant coaches: Bucky Newell, Vic Phillips, Lamont Samuels, Omar Stewart, Frank Scarvel, Don Scarvel, Amp Pegues, Jim Cardamon
Outlook: Farrell’s powerhouse program will be under a new direction this fall after the resignation of coach Jarrett Samuels. Tim Scarvel, a Farrell graduate, takes over after stints at Reynolds and Kennedy Catholic. The job won’t be easy this season. The Steelers usually reload quickly and maintain its success, but several standouts from last year’s PIAA semifinal team graduated.

Kevin Brodie was one of the top athletes in District 10 last season and was named the all-district team at the all-purpose position. Brodie graduated as well as all-district lineman Robert Trudo, who is at Syracuse. The two will be tough to replace as well as first-team all-region linebacker Jamar Whitman and all-region members Malcolm Hailstock (defensive line) and Donte Pegues (defensive back).

A big positive for the Steelers is the return of quarterback Forrest Wested. Wested started 14 games last season and has developed into a leader for Farrell. He threw for 682 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore while rushing for 83 yards and two TDs. Wested will be important when helping the underclassmen develop, which his backfield could be full of. The only returning running back that had more than 100 yards last fall is Jason Pinkins (743 yards, 5 touchdowns).

Farrell’s high-flying defense will have several key members back. Lewis was the Steelers’ third-leading tackler with 87 tackles, while Pinkins recorded 85. Junior Billy Carthorn had three sacks last fall, while Anthony Perkins and Ryan Green each had 2 1/2 sacks.

There are a few question marks for the Steelers with a new coach and new system. The biggest hole to fill will be replacing Brodie. Brodie led Farrell in rushing (1,405 yards, 20 touchdowns), receiving (15 catches, 319 yards, 4 touchdowns), interceptions (9), fumble recoveries (5), punt returns (13 returns, 407 yards), kickoff returns (4 returns, 90 yards) touchdowns (33) and scoring (200 points). Farrell always has speed to burn but it will need to find a player to be the “X” factor that Brodie was last year. The Steelers will also need to develop a solid line in camp to support the depth at the skill positions.

Farrell and new coach Scarvel will find out how good they are in the first month of the season. The Steelers start with the annual “Steel Bowl” against rival Sharon before later taking on up-and-coming Mercer on Sept. 16. Mercer has consistently beat Farrell in the regular season in recent history. A week later, the Steelers will be tested by another Mercer County-power Hickory.

2 at Sharon 7
10 at Kennedy Catholic* 12
16 Mercer* 7
23 Hickory 7
30 Conneaut Valley* 7
7 at Linesville* 7
14 West Middlesex* 7
21 at Sharpsville* 7
28 Lakeview* 7
4 Bye

Saturday: Fort LeBoeuf

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 8th, 2009

Two District 10 football teams — Farrell in Class A and Wilmington in Class AA — still are in contention for PIAA titles. Here’s a look at the complete PIAA schedule:


Bishop McCort (13-0) vs. Tri-Valley (9-4) at State College, 7 p.m.
Farrell (14-0) vs. Clairton (13-1) at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock, 7 p.m.
Championship game
Dec. 18

At Hersheypark Stadium
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Wilmington (13-1) vs. Greensburg Central Catholic (12-2) at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, Slippery Rock, 1 p.m.
Lancaster Catholic (13-1) vs. West Philadelphia Catholic (12-2) at Coatsville HS, 1 p.m.
Championship game
Dec. 19

At Hersheypark Stadium
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Archbishop Wood (11-2) vs. Selinsgrove (14-0), at Hersheypark Stadium, 7 p.m.
Manheim Central (14-0) vs. West Allegheny (12-2) at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, 7 p.m.
Championship game
Dec. 18
At Hersheypark Stadium
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

LaSalle College (12-1) vs. Ridley (13-1) at Northeast HS, Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
State College (11-2) vs. Cumberland Valley (12-2) at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona, 1 p.m.
Championship game
Dec. 19

At Hersheypark Stadium
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Posted: December 5th, 2009

District 10 is down to two teams. With the departure of Cathedral Prep, only Farrell and Wilmington remain.

This will be our final football Breakout Player of the Week vote of the season, but the basketball version of the award will begin soon.

Vote for your favorite in the poll at upper right. Voting will continue through Monday night.

Here are the three nominees:

Shyquawn Pullium, Cathedral Prep: In the final game of his high school career, Prep’s star quarterback rushed 16 times for 145 yards, including TD runs of 1, 10 and 64 yards.

Sutton Whiting, Wilmington: Rushed 15 times for 77 yards, including TD runs of 4, 1 and 2 yards, in Wilmington’s dramatic quarterfinal win.

Jamar Whitman, Farrell: Rushed 16 times for 152 yards, including TD runs of 39 and 8 yards. His 8-yard run in the fourth quarter was the game-winner.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: November 28th, 2009

We’re down to three District 10 football teams, and we’re down to three nominees for the Breakout Player of the Week award. Here are this week’s candidates:

Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep: 12 rushes, 139 yards; TD runs of 5, 17 and 39 yards. One reception for a 16-yard touchdown.

Sutton Whiting, Wilmington: Rushed 17 times for a team-leading 117 yards and all three of the Greyhounds’ touchdowns. His TD runs covered 1, 20 and 4 yards.

Preston Jefferson, Farrell: Recovered a fumble for a touchdown and scored on a 54-yard reception.

Voting in the poll at upper right will end Monday night. The winner will be featured in Friday’s Times-News sports section.

Posted: August 7th, 2009

Wilmington, the defending PIAA Class AA champion, highlights five teams ranked in the Pennsylvania Football News Preseason Rankings released this week.

The Greyhounds finished 2008 at 15-1, including a thrilling double overtime win in the state championship over West Catholic, 35-34. Greenville is the other D-10 team in the Class AA rankings as a team to watch.

Rivals Strong Vincent and Cathedral Prep are ranked in the top 10 in Class AAA. The Colonels won the District 10 Class AAA championship over the Ramblers in ’08. 28-0. Vincent lost several starters but has a solid offensive and defensive line coming back. The Colonels are ranked No. 6 in the state, while their playoff-rival Thomas Jefferson is No. 1.

Prep is ranked No. 9 despite having an average year in ’08. The Ramblers created a buzz around the state by hiring Mike Mischler to return as head coach coupled with the heavy recruiting by Division I schools of Shyquawn Pullium has Prep at a top 10 spot.

In Class A, Farrell and Linesville are ranked No. 6 and No. 9, respectively. The Steelers made a deep run into the PIAA playoffs in ’08 before losing to Clairton and Pitt recruit Kevin Weatherspoon. The Lions had an outstanding season last year but lose to Farrell in the District 10 championship.

Mercer and Sharpsville, two teams that could surprise some teams in Class A, are both listed as others to watch.

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– Tom Reisenweber

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