Coach: Brian Herrick (7th season, 38-29)
2012 overall record: 6-6
2012 region record: 4-3 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Corry 35-28 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Wilmington 10-9 in double overtime in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Braden Gladysz, Cole Weaver, J.J. Hauck, Jacob Riffe, Jacob Brown
Top returning players: Mitchell Kalchthaler, Luke Houpt, Tyler Fattman, Trey VanAken, Randall Peabody, Justin Reynolds, Alex Ho, Alex Gentile, Andy Jones, Matt Jones, Zach Miller, Nick Black
Assistant coaches: Kirk Smith, Mike Menold, Mark Karpinski, Mark Hayes, Brad Trezona, Steve Lewis, Aaron Zane, Gary Zane, Tim Strausser
Outlook: Greenville went through some heartbreak last fall. The Trojans fought their way to the playoffs before upsetting Corry. Greenville then took perennial powerhouse Wilmington to double overtime in the District 10 Class AA semifinals before losing 10-9. The Trojans are back this year to return to the postseason and make a run at the D-10 title. Greenville has some big holes to fill with the graduation of Braden Gladysz, Cole Weaver, J.J. Hauck, Jacob Riffe and Jacob Brown. Gladysz was voted to the all-region second team as an offensive lineman and Weaver was a second-team defensive lineman. Riffe might be the biggest loss at quarterback. He ran for 124 yards and one touchdown and threw for 815 yards and eight touchdowns. Riffe was a solid distributor of the ball on offense and his leadership will be missed.
With minimal graduation losses, Greenville will turn to its experienced players in Mitchell Kalchthaler, Luke Houpt, Tyler Fattman, Trey VanAken, Randall Peabody, Justin Reynolds, Alex Ho, Alex Gentile, Andy Jones, Matt Jones, Zach Miller and Nick Black. Fattman ran for 719 yards and six touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns as a junior to be voted to the all-region first team at all-purpose and punter. Houpt was an all-region first-team defensive back and second-team wide receiver. He led the Trojans with 33 catches for 523 yards and six touchdowns last fall. Kalchthaler and Gentile are returning starters on both the offensive and defensive lines, while VanAken and Peabody are returning fullbacks. Ho and and Andy Jones are also back on the offensive line. Reynolds will help fill out the defensive line, and VanAken, Peabody, Matt Jones and Miller are back at linebacker. Greenville also has plenty of new players that could contribute right away, including Cody Igersheim, Jacob Rickert, Garrett Stell, Lou Emmett, Stephen Herrick, Jacob Morgan, Cody Nellis, Devin Sulick, Ben Reiser, Tyler Gearhart, Garrett Oberle, Gage Gladysz and Casey Eells. Gage Gladysz and Matt Jones are likely to battle for the starting quarterback position in camp this year. Both could find the field even if they aren’t at quarterback. The Trojans are in a brutal region with tough teams.
Greenville starts the season at home against North East before immediately taking on District 10 champion Hickory on the road. The Trojans will need some stability at quarterback and to shore up the defensive backfield a bit. If Greenville can fill in its holes, look for the Trojans to not only make the playoffs, but compete for the region and district titles.
30 North East 7
6 at Hickory* 7
13 Saegertown* 7
20 at Sharon* 7
27 at Grove City* 7
4 Titusville* 7
11 Northwestern 7
18 at Reynolds* 7
25 Wilmington* 7
1 at Harbor Creek 7
*Region 3 games
Wednesday: Grove City