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Posts tagged "Greenville football"
Posted: July 16th, 2014

Andy Jones

Alex Gentile

Nick Black

Greenville Trojans
Coach: Brian Herrick (8th season, 49-30)
2013 overall record: 11-1
2013 region record: 7-0 (champion)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Fairview 33-30 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Girard 16-14 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Luke Houpt, Tyler Fattman, Justin Reynolds, Trey VanAken, Matt Jones, Alex Ho, Sawyer Miller, Randall Peabody, Jacob Rickert, Mitchel Kalchthler
Top returning players: Nick Black, Alex Gentile, T.J. Fisher, Lou Emmett, Andy Jones, Stephen Herrick, Zach Miller, Devin Sulick, Jacob Morgan
Assistant coaches: Kirk Smith, Mike Menold, Mark Karpinski, Mark Hayes, Brad Trezona, Steve Lewis, Aaron Zane, Gary Zane, Tim Strausser, Denny Reynolds, Brent Zane, Ben Maund

Click below for the outlook and schedule.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 9th, 2013

Greenville's Tyler Fattman rushed for 719 yards and scored 10 total touchdowns in 2012.

Greenville Trojans
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

Luke Houpt

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

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 27th, 2013

Here is a look at the Greenville football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Greenville Trojans
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 at Karns City 10 a.m.
Aug. 23 Sharpsville 7
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 North East 7
Sept. 6 at Hickory* 7
Sept. 13 Saegertown* 7
Sept. 20 at Sharon* 7
Sept. 27 at Grove City* 7
Oct. 4 Titusville* 7
Oct. 11 Northwestern 7
Oct. 18 at Reynolds* 7
Oct. 25 Wilmington* 7
Nov. 1 at Harbor Creek 7

*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: July 11th, 2012

Greenville Trojans
Coach (season, record): Brian Herrick (6th season, 31-23)
2011 overall record: 4-6
2011 region record (place): 3-2 (third)
2011 playoff results: Lost to General McLane 54-32 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Tyler Gentile, Nico Zahniser, Randy Perkins, Corey Douglas, Ryan Polkabla, Jarid Manning
Top returning players: Tyler Fattman, Luke Houpt, J.J. Hauck, Braden Gladysz, Mitchell Kalchthaler
Assistant coaches: Kirk Smith, Mike Menold, Mark Karpinski, Mark Hayes, Brad Trezona, Steve Lewis, Andy Young, Aaron Zane, Gary Zane, Tim Strausser
Outlook: Greenville quietly had a solid season in 2011. The Trojans did enough to finish in third place in Region 3 and made the District 10 Class AA playoffs. Greenville took a huge hit to its offense through graduation. Tyler Gentile, a first-team all-region quarterback and second-team linebacker, is gone along with first-team wide receiver and defensive back Nico Zahniser. Zahniser was also named to the all-district team as a wide receiver. He finished with 897 yards and 13 catches on 51 catches. Gentile ran the Greenville offense from under center and completed 114-of-205 passes for 1,731 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 78 carries for 308 yards, including three touchdowns. The Trojans also lost Randy Perkins, Corey Douglas, Ryan Polkabla and Jarid Manning to graduation. Douglas was Greenville’s third-leading rusher with 263 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries and led the Trojans with 116 tackles. Perkins was fourth in receiving with six catches for 133 yards and one touchdown. The Trojans have some experienced players back but the graduation losses can be tough to deal with this fall.

Tyler Fattman, a first-team all-region selection at all-purpose as a sophomore, is back for the Trojans. he led Greenville with 335 yards on 67 carries, including one touchdown. He also had 19 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Luke Houpt is also back to help the offense after pulling down 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Houpt was voted to the second team as a wide receiver. Greenville has experience at some of the skill positions but the hole at quarterback is a big one to fill. Junior Matt Jones could step in and start right away as Greenville did not have a full-time backup last fall. Another positive sign is the experience on the line. J.J. Hauck was a second-team offensive lineman last year as a junior, while Braden Gladysz is also a returning two-way lineman. Cole Weaver and Mitchell Kalchthaler also bring senior leadership to the offensive and defensive lines. Trey Vanaken is back to anchor the linebackers and Jacob Riffe and Joacb Brown return as starting safeties. Vanaken was Greenville’s second-leading tackler with 114.

The Trojans’ program doesn’t always make headlines but it seems to always be competitive. Greenville has turned into a yearly playoff team and will need a big season to return to the postseason in Region 3. Hickory, Grove City and Wilmington should be strong while Sharon could rebound. The leadership lost in Tyler Gentile and Nico Zahniser will be tough to replace but an experience line can solve a lot of problems. The Trojans open their season with the usual showdown against North East before an important home game against Hickory. Greenville also gets Sharon and Grove City with a tough road game at Saegertown mixed in during September. The Trojans should have a pretty good idea of what they need to do going into October to make the playoffs.

31 at North East 7
7 Hickory* 7
14 at Saegertown* 7
21 Sharon* 7
28 Grove City* 7
5 at Titusville* 7
12 at Northwestern 7
19 Reynolds* 7
26 at Wilmington* 7
2 Harbor Creek 7
*Region 3 games

Thursday: Grove City

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 13th, 2011

Greenville Trojans
Coach (season, record): Brian Herrick (5th season, 27-17)
2010 overall record: 5-6
2010 region record (place): 2-3 (fourth)
2010 playoff results: Lost 63-14 to General McLane in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Nick Stoyer, Nick Weaver, Mike Simons, Mike Black, Ryan Kuhn, Kevin Benson, Kyle Semroc

Nico Zahniser

Top returning players: Nico Zahniser, Tyler Gentile, Braden Gladysz, Randy Perkins, Kyle Petty, Luke Houpt, Tyler Fattman, Corey Douglas
Assistant coaches: Kirk Smith, Brad Trezona, Mike Menold, Aaron Zane, Mark Hayes, Mark Karpinski, Andy Young, Steve Lewis, Tim Strausser, Brent Zane, Gary Zane, John Reynolds
Outlook: Greenville will be young this fall after several standout players graduated. First team all-region selections Ryan Kuhn, Mike Simons and Nick Stoyer have graduated. Kuhn was voted to the first team as an offensive and defensive lineman, while Simons was first team as a kicker and punter. Stoyer was one of the top linebackers in District 10 but has moved on to college as well. Stoyer was a first team linebacker and second team tight end, while second teamers Kevin Benson (offensive line), Kyle Semroc (defensive line), Nick Weaver (linebacker) and Mike Black (linebacker) are also gone. Black led the Trojans with 1,083 rushing yards on 143 carries, including 10 touchdowns, while Weaver had 478 yards on 90 carries with seven TDs.

The Trojans won’t be starting over from scratch this fall. Quarterback Tyler Gentile is back after completing 73-of-137 passes for 999 yards and nine touchdowns last fall, while rushing for 223 yards on 47 carries, including one touchdown. He is joined in the backfield by Tyler Fattman, Corey Douglas, Nico Zahniser and Luke Houpt. All four backs rushed for over 100 yards last season and all by Houpt scored a touchdown. They should create a healthy competition in camp for carries, but the main focus of coach Brian Herrick will be to develop the offensive and defensive lines. The lines will play a crucial role this season in opening holes for the running backs and stopping the talented running backs from other Region 3 teams. Braden Gladysz is a returning two-way starter on the line and will look to lead the younger players.

Douglas was Greenville’s second-leading tackler last season with 84 tackles and will look to anchor the defense along with all-region defensive back Randy Perkins. The Trojans’ secondary will have its hands full with the speed and athleticism in Region 3 and could be the biggest key for Greenville. The Trojans have a brutal start to their schedule with talented North East in Week 1 and powerhouse Wilmington the week after. The schedule doesn’t get any easier as Greenville leaves town after the Wilmington game and doesn’t have another home game for six weeks. The only positive for the Trojans regarding their schedule is they will get Region 3 favorites Sharon, Hickory and Wilmington at home this fall.

2 North East 7
9 Wilmington* 7
16 at Titusville* 7
23 at Grove City 7
30 Bye
7 at Northwestern 7
14 at Reynolds* 7
21 Hickory* 7
28 Sharon* 7
4 at Slippery Rock 7

Thursday: Grove City

– Tom Reisenweber

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.

For the complete rankings, click below

– Tom Reisenweber

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Posted: July 21st, 2009

Greenville Trojans

Coach: Brian Herrick
greenville2008 overall record: 8-3
2008 region record (place): 5-2 (third place, Region 3)
Playoff results: Lost to General McLane 42-28 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: C Alex Palmer, DE Andy Bayer, LB Taylor Malson, WR Rich Herron.
Top underclassmen: RB R.J. Malson, DE Dillon Sarcinella, WR/DB Nate Houpt, RB Dylan Zuschlag, OT Steve Pfaff, OG Pat Matusz, QB David Holiga.
Key games: Sept. 12 Wilmington, Oct. 23 at Sharon, Nov. 6 Slippery Rock
Outlook: Wilmington has to be considered the Region 3 favorite going into camp — only because the Greyhounds are the returns champions, but because they also were the 2008 PIAA Class AA titlists. Having said that, Greenville has to be considered a serious challenger given the talent expected to return for third-year coach Brian Herrick. There’s a chance the region title could be determined as early as Sept. 12, when the Greyhounds visit Stewart Field. … The Trojans return six players who were all-region selections last season. They also welcome back their leading rusher, passer and receiver. … Dylan Zuschlag averaged more than six yards per carry and led Greenville with 1,150 yards on the ground, including 255 yards and four TDs in the playoff loss to General McLane. Zuschlag received most of his handoffs from David Holiga, who completed nearly half of his attempts (55-of-112) for 610 yards and four touchdowns. Zuschlag caught 11 passes for 159 yards and three scores. Those figures were equaled or surpassed only by Nate Houpt, who hauled in 33 catches for 419 yards and three scores. … Greenville figures to be strong on both sides of the line. Holiga lost center Alex Palmer to graduation, but still should have all-region linemen Steve Pfaff and Pat Matusz for protection.

5 North East 7
12 Wilmington* 7
18 at Titusville* 7
25 at Chestnut Ridge 7
2 at Grove City 7
9 at Oil City* 7
16 Hickory* 7
23 at Sharon* 7
30 Reynolds* 7
6 Slippery Rock* 7

*Region 3 game

Wednesday: Region 3: Hickory

Posted: July 12th, 2009
Wilmington's Derrick Burns, one of the top running backs and linebackers in District 10, already has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Wilmington's Derrick Burns, one of the top running backs and linebackers in District 10, already has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Region 3 was the best Class AA region in 2008 with the best AA team in the state: Wilmington. The Greyhounds blew through the regular season schedule not losing on region game before making an impressive run to the PIAA championship. In fact, Wilmington’s only loss last year was a surprising 22-21 setback to Karns City in the final regular-season game. The Greyhounds return plenty of starters and should be a force once more in the region. Sharon is perenially a tough team but still fell short to the Greyhounds. Slippery Rock almost pulled off the upset of the year as the Rockets pushed Wilmington to overtime in the District 10 championship. Region 3 had three of the final four teams in the D-10 playoffs, including both teams in the title game. Here is a look at last year’s final standings:

Region 3
Region Overall

x-Wilmington 7-0 15-1
z-Sharon 6-1 10-2
z-Greenville 4-2 7-3
z-Slippery Rock 4-2 9-3
Titusville 2-5 4-6
Hickory 1-6 2-7
Oil City 2-4 3-6
Reynolds 0-6 0-9
x-region champion
z-qualified for playoff spot

Key 2009 games: Sept. 25 Slippery Rock at Sharon, Oct. 9 Wilmington at Sharon, Oct. 30 Slippery Rock at Wilmington
Predicted champion: Wilmington

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