Coach (season, record): Brad Wright (5th season, 15-26)
2011 overall record: 2-8
2011 region record (place): 1-5 (tied for fifth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Nathan Zigler, Chris Danielson, Bobby Atkins, Mack Engstrom
Top returning players: Austin Jerman, Mark Cecco, Mark Davis, Mike Manderfeld, Geoff Stewart, Luke Wortman, Jordan Willetts
Assistant coaches: Greg Latimer, Mark Bupp, Gregg Miller, Ken Hinton, Paul Genis
Outlook: Warren went through some changes in the offseason. With a few teams shifting around, the Dragons were taken out of Region 6 and put into Region 5. Warren is an instant contender in the region and could be a tough out this season. The Dragons will have to replace Nathan Zigler, Chris Danielson, Bobby Atkins and Mack Engstrom. Zigler was a second-team all-region wide receiver, who caught 52 passes for 732 yards and six touchdowns. Danielson ran for 127 yards and one touchdown as a senior and caught 21 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns. Atkins and Engstrom were all-region lineman this past year. Atkins was a second-team pick on the offensive line and Engstrom, a second-team defensive lineman.
Warren will have to plug some holes but the Dragons have its potent passing offense in place. Quarterback Austin Jerman, a second-team punter, threw for 2,206 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for 135 yards and five touchdowns. Luke Wortman returns in the backfield and could see a huge increase in carries this season, while wide receiver Jordan Willetts and tight end Mark Davis are also back. Willetts had 26 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns last fall and Davis had 35 catches for 551 yards and nine touchdowns. Mark Cecco, Mike Manderfeld and Geoff Stewart return on the offensive and defensive lines for the Dragons. Warren is in an interesting situation with a brand-new region. The Dragons have new opponents and have a solid chance at winning the region. Warren opens at East before a non-region game against Clarion-Limestone. The ensuing two weeks will be important for the Dragons. Warren travels to rival Bradford before hosting Meadville. Those two games could decide if the Dragons are serious contenders in the region or not. Warren later has a tough stretch against Slippery Rock, Corry and DuBois. If the Dragons can develop a few more targets for Jerman to throw to and make a concerted effort in stopping the run, Warren could not only contend for a playoff spot but for the Region 5 title.
31 at East 7
7 Clarion-Limestone 7
14 at Bradford* 7
21 Meadville* 7
28 Oil City* 7
5 at Slippery Rock* 7
12 at Corry 7
19 DuBois* 7
26 at Franklin* 7
2 Titusville 7:30
*Region 5 games
Sunday: West Middlesex
– Tom Reisenweber