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Posts tagged "Harbor Creek football"
Posted: July 18th, 2014

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Silas Bretz

Harbor Creek Huskies
Coach: Ned Bailey (1st season)
2013 overall record: 1-9
2013 region record: 0-7 (eighth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Malique Mitchell, Dylan Squires, Rick Hoenes, Casey Krotoszynski, Jake Phillips, Matt Newara
Top returning players: Silas Bretz, Alex Locco-Nielsen, Nick Harayda, Christian Loeffler, Drake Heyer, Dan Decker, Jake Raymond, Nick Manna, Carter Catrabone
Assistant coaches: Gary Magorien, Joe Sanford, Kareem Carson, Dave McQuiston, Troy Budziszewski


For the outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: October 31st, 2013

Friday’s Greenville-Harbor Creek football game at Paul J. Weitz Stadium will double as a fundraiser for the AJO Forever In Our Hearts foundation.

A portion of the proceeds from the game’s ticket sales will go to the foundation named in memory of Alyssa O’Neill. The 2013 McDowell graduate was a freshman at Penn State Behrend when she suffered an epileptic seizure and died Sept. 4.

Her death has spawned a pay-it-forward campaign that has spread worldwide through social media. The movement is identified by the Twitter hashtag #AJO — O’Neill’s initials. The AJO movement also is bringing international awareness to epilepsy.

The first 1,000 fans who attend the game will receive a free #AJO Epilepsy Awareness bracelet. A 50/50 raffle and a Harbor Creek National Honor Society bake sale at the game also will benefit the foundation. General donations also will be accepted.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 11th, 2013

Harbor Creek Huskies
Coach: Dan Budziszewski (32nd season, 164-137-3)
2012 overall record: 1-9
2012 region record: 0-7 (eighth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jon Ward, Spencer Zeyfang, Jake Pound, Adam Renshaw, Anthony Concilla, Dave Lyon, Mark Fachetti
Top returning players: Malique Mitchell, Mitchell Fife, Casey Krotoszynski, Dylan Squires
Outlook: Harbor Creek went through some big struggles in 2012. The Huskies beat Iroquois 13-0 to start the season before losing their final nine games. This year’s squad is looking for a turnaround but first priority will be replacing all of the offensive production loss to graduation. Jon Ward, Spencer Zeyfang, Jake Pound, Adam Renshaw, Anthony Concilla, Dave Lyon and Mark Fachetti are gone to graduation. Ward was voted to the all-region first team at defensive back and second team, while Zeyfang (defensive line) and Pound (linebacker) were second-team selections. Pound led the Huskies with 472 yards and five touchdowns on 120 carries and caught 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Ward led the Harbor Creek offense under center with 919 yards and seven touchdowns. With no quarterback and half of the rushing production gone, the Huskies will need to retool right away in training camp. Mitchell Fife is back this season after rushing for 204 yards last year, which was second for Harbor Creek. Malique Mitchell is also back as the Huskies’ leading receiver. He hauled in 25 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns, while Dave Lyon had six catches for 101 yards. Casey Krotoszynski could see an increase in carries in the backfield. He was Harbor Creek’s third-leading rusher last year with 133 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. The Huskies started handing the ball off to plenty of underclassmen last year. Harbor Creek needs a quarterback to separate himself from the pack and he will have plenty of backs to hand off to. The Huskies will get training camp and their first game at Iroquois to build chemistry before region play kicks in with a brutal stretch of Fort LeBoeuef, North East, Northwestern, Girard and Fairview. Harbor Creek will need the younger players to step up this fall to avoid another one-win season.

30 at Iroquois 7
6 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
13 North East* 7
20 at Northwestern* 7
27 at Girard* 7
4 at Fairview* 7
11 Central Tech 7
18 Seneca* 7
25 at Corry* 7
1 Greenville 7
*Region 4 games

Friday: Hickory

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 15th, 2013

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

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted

Harbor Creek Huskies

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 17 TBA TBA
Aug. 23 General McLane 6:30
Regular season
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 30 at Iroquois 7
Sept. 6 Fort LeBoeuf 7
Sept. 13 North East* 7
Sept. 20 at Northwestern* 7
Sept. 27 at Girard* 7
Oct. 4 at Fairview* 7
Oct. 11 Central Tech 7
Oct. 18 Seneca* 7
Oct. 25 at Corry* 7
Nov. 1 Greenville 7

*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: August 30th, 2012

Front of the rivalry T-shirt sold to fans.

With the changing of regions and classifications, Harbor Creek and Iroquois haven’t met on the football field since 2004. The Huskies beat the Braves 38-6 at Paul J. Weitz Stadium. The two rivals will meet Friday at the same place at 7 p.m.


The game has been dubbed the “Battle for the Bridge” and more than 800 black shirts were sold to fans on both sides of the rivalry. The front of the shirt is shown to the right.

Updates from the game can be viewed on the blog beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. Fans can get updates from all 25 games involving District 10 teams and are encouraged to make comments and ask questions. Fans can also tweet score updates and photos from games using the hashtag #goerievarsity.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: July 13th, 2012

Harbor Creek Huskies
Coach (season, record): Dan Budziszewski (31st season, 163-128-3)
2011 overall record: 7-3
2011 region record (place): 3-3 (tied for third)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Beau Hill, Sean Kuzilla, Preston Meade, Chris Merritt, Lucas Morton, Jake Newara, Mitch Schauble, Paris Warner, Tyler Bretz, Brandon Phillips, Josh Kita, Chris Laboski, Jared Malinowski, Andy Smith, Pat Brennan
Top returning players: Anthony Concilla, Jake Pound, Adam Renshaw, Mark Fachetti, Jon Ward, Spencer Zeyfang, Mitchell Fife, Aaron Reese, Greg Schauble, Jake Tokarczyk, Tyler Grolemund, Austin Snyder, Anthony Trinchitella
Assistant coaches: John Ballard, Mark Brooks, Justin Blose, Dave Hoffman, Marty Dale, Andy Grove
Outlook: Harbor Creek had a tough ending to its season in 2011. The Huskies won seven games but were not given a spot in the District 10 Class AA playoffs. Harbor Creek was hit hard months later by graduation. The Huskies lost 17 lettermen, including Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Beau Hill, Sean Kuzilla, Preston Meade, Chris Merritt, Lucas Morton, Jake Newara, Mitch Schauble, Paris Warner, Tyler Bretz, Brandon Phillips, Josh Kita, Chris Laboski, Jared Malinowski, Andy Smith and Pat Brennan. Griffith ran the offense at quarterback and threw for 823 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries. Phillips, a first-team offensive lineman and second-team defensive lineman, is gone on the line along with Schauble a second-team offensive lineman and Meade, a second-team defensive lineman. The biggest problem for the Huskies could be in the backfield. Harbor Creek’s top four rushers are gone. Bretz, a second-team running back, ran for 1,082 yards and 13 touchdowns on 136 carries but is out of eligibility. Kuzilla was second with 608 yards and seven touchdowns, while Merritt was fourth at 139 yards and three touchdowns. Kuzilla was voted to the second team as a linebacker. Morton was voted to the all-region first team as a wide receiver and a defensive back. He caught 20 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns and pulled in four interceptions.

Harbor Creek has some experience back. Anthony Concilla, a first-team kicker, and Adam Renshaw, a first-team linebacker, return for the Huskies. Renshaw had 85 tackles last year, while Concilla connected on 28 extra points and three field goals. Harbor Creek has a total of 13 returning lettermen, including seven starters. Aside from Concilla and Renshaw, Mark Fachetti, Jake Pound, Jon Ward, Spencer Zeyfang and Mitchell Fife are back. Pound had 67 tackles last year, while Ward recorded 65 tackles and two interceptions.

The Huskies are strong up front against the run but their biggest problem could be in their own backfield. Harbor Creek has no experience back at running back and quarterback, leaving several opportunities for underclassmen. The Huskies open the season against rival Iroquois before a brutal five-game stretch against Fort LeBoeuf, North East, Northwestern, Girard and Fairview. Harbor Creek hits the road for three of its final four games but that home game could be the most important game of the year. The Huskies will take on Corry, which could decide Harbor Creek’s playoff fate.

31 Iroquois 7
7 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7
14 at North East* 7
21 Northwestern* 7
28 Girard* 7
5 Fairview* 7
12 at Central Tech 7
19 at Seneca* 7
26 Corry* 7
2 at Greenville 7
*Region 4 games

Saturday: Hickory

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 16th, 2011

Austin Griffith

Griffith put together a solid performance for the Huskies in a 24-19 come-from-behind win against Girard.

The 6-foot 1-inch, 152-pound senior completed 9-of-19 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including a 16-yard strike to Jake Newara in the fourth quarter to put the Huskies ahead for good.

Griffith is 16-of-26 this season for 223 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for one touchdown.

He is a big reason why the Huskies have started 2-0 this season.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2011

Each year, Erie Times-News staff members spend much of the summer gathering information on District 10 football teams for the Summer Huddle series, Kickoff magazine and print previews.

Despite all of the research, it’s inevitable that talented players on some teams will not catch our attention. Then, on opening night – bam! – a few players burst onto the scene with huge performances. It happened Friday. Here are a few players who slipped under our radar that we’ll be watching now:

DeShawn Coleman, Hickory: The 6-foot 1-inch, 175-pound junior ran for more than 150 yards in the first quarter alone against West Middlesex. He finished with 295 yards on 18 carries, including TD runs of 80 and 55 yards.

Corey Henry, Strong Vincent: In the preseason, we talked about Vincent quarterback Denzel Jones and running back Michael Neavins, but Henry’s emergence could make the Colonels a force. The hulking 6-foot 2-inch, 217-pound fullback gives Vincent an inside power game. He rushed 15 times for 115 yards Friday in a 42-28 victory over General McLane. Jones also looked sensational.

Nathan McLaurin, Cathedral Prep: With a top-notch quarterback like Damion Terry, all Prep needs to do is get the line to protect him and find some sure-handed receivers. The Ramblers found at least one premier receiver in McLaurin, a 5-foot 9-inch 153-pound senior. He had nine receptions for 122 yards, including TD catches of 36 and 7 yards, in a 25-20 loss to McDowell. McLaurin gives Prep three deep threats, along with Kimani Smith and Delton Williams.

Khyre Drayer, McDowell: Yes, Greg Garmon is an all-state running back who garnered much of our attention in the preseason. But Drayer is a nice change-of-pace runner who piled up 130 yards on 14 carries against Prep. The junior scored on runs of 6 and 71 yards. At 5 feet 10 inches and 225 pounds, Drayer is a nightmare to tackle if he has a head of steam.

Fred Epps, Meadville: Artrel Foster and Terence Goodrum entered the season as the Bulldogs’ two vaunted speed backs. Epps, however, gives the team an effective change-up inside. He rushed 22 times for 187 yards in the Bulldogs’ 33-14 win over Fairview.

Here are a few others who emerged Friday: Lakeview’s Blake Reddick (13 rushes, 120 yards, 53-yard TD run), Harbor Creek’s Austin Griffith (7-of-7 passing, 78 yards, TD and 6-yard TD run), Linesville’s Elijah Anderson (10 rushes, 157 yards, 59-yard TD run), Oil City’s Sam Owoc (10 rushes, 109 yards, 2 TDs) and Wilmington’s Ryan Crawford (5 rushes, 85 yards, 3 TDs).

We’re sure more players will break out in the weeks ahead.

Posted: August 29th, 2011

The Erie Times-News and are continuing District 10 football preview coverage this week, leading up to Friday’s season openers. Starting Sunday, the preview coverage included Region 6, McDowell and Region 4. The coverage will continue through Thursday. Included in each preview are complete rosters for each team.

Earlier, the Times-News published the 112-page Kickoff preseason guide and posted the online Summer Huddle series on the Varsity blog.

Check out the links to the Times-News team previews:
Sunday: McDowell preview
Sunday: Region 6
Monday: Region 4
Tuesday: Region 5
Wednesday: Region 2
Thursday: Region 3
Thursday: Region 1

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 15th, 2011

Harbor Creek Huskies


Coach (season, record): Dan Budziszewski (30th season, 156-125-3)
2010 overall record: 4-6
2010 region record (place): 2-4 (fifth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: D.J. Cartney, Tim Schwenk, Cody Bootes, Andy Swindlehurst, Adam Weismiller, Mike Beskid, Tom Schauble
Top returning players: Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Preston Meade, Chris Merritt, Lucas Morton, Jake Newara, Brandon Phillips, Mitch Schauble, Paris Warner, Tyler Bretz, Anthony Concilla, Mark Fachetti, Adam Renshaw, Jon Ward, Josh Kita, Jake Pound, Aaron Reese, Spencer Zeyfang
Assistant coaches: John Ballard, Mark Brooks, Jake Wilczynski, Marty Dale, Andy Grove
Outlook: Head coach Dan Budziszewski mentioned right away that Harbor Creek must get off to a better start this year. The Huskies started 2010 with five straight losses and came one upset of Fairview short of making the playoffs. Harbor Creek can’t afford that kind of start in a brutal Region 4. The Huskies first must replace several standouts, including Tim Schwenk and D.J. Cartney. Schwenk was an all-region defensive back and Cartney made all-region on the offensive line. Also gone to graduation are starting quarterback Cody Bootes, Andy Swindlehurst, Adam Weismiller, Mike Beskid and Tom Schauble.

Harbor Creek does have some experience in backfield returning this fall. Tyler Bretz led the Huskies in rushing last season with 721 yards and eight touchdowns. He will likely be joined by Austin Griffith at quarterback. Griffith’s top target could be Lucas Morton, who led the Huskies in receiving last fall. Brandon Phillips, Mitch Scahuble, Preston Meade and Paris Warner are back to anchor the line, which must give Harbor Creek time to find holes to run through of find open receivers.

Adam Renshaw returns after a stellar sophomore season. He was the Huskies’ second-leading tackler in 2010 and could be an impact player as a linebacker. Another shot in the arm for Harbor Creek could be Sean Kuzilla. Kuzilla was a solid running back for Fort LeBoeuf last fall before transferring. The Huskies have 12 starters returning this season and if they develop some of the underclassmen, they could surprise a few teams.

Kuzilla will immediately head back to Waterford with the Huskies to open the season before Harbor Creek plays an important game at Girard. The YellowJackets are perennially a playoff team and the Huskies will likely need to beat them to get in this year. It doesn’t get any easier for Harbor Creek after that with home games against General McLane and North East. If the Huskies can finish September with even two wins, they should be in the race for a playoff spot at the end of the year.

2 at Fort LeBoeuf 7
9 at Girard* 7
16 General McLane* 7
23 North East* 7
30 at Warren 7
7 Titusville 7
14 Seneca* 7
21 at Northwestern* 7
28 at Fairview* 7
4 Central Tech 7

Saturday: Hickory

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 24th, 2010

Harbor Creek is coming off a 2-8 season, but veteran coach Dan Budziszewski and the Huskies are hoping for better results in 2010. Harbor Creek has a decent core of players returning and are hoping they can lead the team through a tough schedule: Here’s a look:

Posted in: District 10, Football

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