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Posts tagged "Maplewood football"
Posted: July 21st, 2014

Maplewood Tigers
Coach: Bryan Borkovich (3rd season, 7-14)
2013 overall record: 5-6
2013 region record: 3-4 (tied for fourth)
2013 playoff results: Lost to Lakeview 61-6 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Brandon Bishop, Tyshaun Johnson, Austin Binkert, Marcus Hays
Top returning players: Dane Barker, Miller Peters, Noah Marvin, Jeremy Dahl, Dustin Delo, Cody Bryan, Zack Wellman
Assistant coaches: Robert Finkbeiner, Nate Albert, Scott Palotas, Neil Falco, Shane Klingler

For the outlook and schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: July 19th, 2013

Bryan Borkovich

Austin Binkert

Maplewood Tigers
Coach: Bryan Borkovich (2nd season, 2-8)
2012 overall record: 2-8
2012 region record: 1-6 (tied for seventh)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Ethan Moody, Logan Battin, Nate Klingler, Justin Dahl

Top returning players: Miller Peters, Austin Binkert, Lance Smith, Ron Baldwin, Isaiah Stearns, Marcus Hays

Assistant coaches: Brian Lipps, Neil Falco, Bob Finkbeiner, Shane Klingler, Todd Oakes

Outlook: Coach Bryan Borkovich was able to get some experience last year as the new head coach at Maplewood. In his second season, Borkovich expects much more from the Tigers. Maplewood has some big holes to fill in Ethan Moody, Logan Battin, Nate Klingler and Justin Dahl. Moody is one of the biggest losses as he ran for 1,007 yards and five touchdowns on 181 carries. He also caught 10 passes for 96 yards and was voted to the all-region second team at running back. Battin was Maplewood’s top receiver with 18 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns. He was voted to the all-region second team at tight end and Klingler was a second-team linebacker. He collected 61 tackles and Battin had 62. Klingler also threw for 811 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and four touchdowns. Dahl was voted to the second team at punter and is a big loss at kicker, defensive back and wide receiver. The Tigers will also be without Josh Kohnen, who ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, meaning Maplewood will have no one back that ran for 25 yards or more last year. Kohnen also caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while David Jones is a graduate that had eight catches for 94 yards as a senior. Maplewood will also have no player that caught more than five passes last fall.

With most of the backfield gone, the Tigers will rebuild behind an experienced line. Miller Peters, Austin Binkert, Lance Smith, Ron Baldwin, Isaiah Stearns and Marcus Hays all return this season. Binkert, Smith, Hays and Baldwin along with Noah Marvin and Dustin Delo are back on the offensive line, while Binkert, Baldwin and Hays are returning starters on the defensive linemen. Peters is back at wide receiver as one of Maplewood’s few returning offensive weapons along with running back Isaiah Stearns. Stearns is a returning starter on defense and is expected to take on an expanded role on offense. Jeremy Dahl and Dane Barker are new players that could contribute right away. Barker is in line to compete for the starting quarterback position, while Jeremy Dahl could contributed at wide receiver and defensive back. There will be plenty of action in training camp as the Tigers look for a new backfield and three new starters at defensive back. Maplewood won two games last year and will need to address several needs to improve on that win total this fall.

30 at Reynolds 7
6 at Eisenhower* 7
13 Union City* 7
20 at Youngsville* 7
27 Iroquois* 7
3 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7
11 Saegertown 7
18 Cambridge Springs* 7
25 Cochranton* 7
2 at Kennedy Catholic noon
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 9th, 2012

Justin Dahl

Maplewood senior Justin Dahl contributed in any way that he could for the Tigers football team this fall.

The wide receiver/defensive back/kicker carried the ball six times, caught four passes for 91 yards and one touchdown and collected 32 tackles.

His biggest contribution, however, might have been on special teams. Dahl connected on 11 extra points this season and three field goals while averaging 32.7 yards per punt.

Among his three field goals was a clutch fourth-quarter kick last week to help a struggling Maplewood team beat Kennedy Catholic 9-6 and end the season on a high note.

Poll results:

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Posted: July 18th, 2012

Maplewood Tigers
Coach (season): Bryan Borkovich (1st season)
2011 overall record: 2-8
2011 region record (place): 2-6 (tied for sixth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Kevin Coatoam, Dakota Keeno, Dylan Thomas, Akeem Jackson
Top returning players: Nate Klingler, Ethan Moody, Alex Marvin, Logan Battin, Austin Binkert, Justin Dahl, Sage Byham, Lance Smith, Mitch Worley
Assistant coaches: Neil Falco, Bob Finkbeiner, Brian Lipps
Outlook: Maplewood will look to turn things around under new head coach Bryan Borkovich. The Tigers will have a new system in place for offense and defense and building chemistry in camp will be the biggest priority. Maplewood will be without Kevin Coatoam, Dakota Keeno, Dylan Thomas and Akeem Jackson because of graduation. Coatoam led the Tigers with 887 yards and four touchdowns on 170 carries, while Jackson had 144 yards on 32 carries. Coatoam also led Maplewood with 13 catches for 50 yards. Keeno carried the ball 19 times for 131 yards and one touchdown. Keeno also led the Tigers with 80 tackles in 2011. If those weren’t big enough holes to fill, Thomas had 52 tackles and led Maplewood with three sacks last year. With most of the backfield gone, the Tigers will need several underclassmen to step up.

Quarterback Nate Klingler is back after throwing for 343 yards and one touchdown last fall. Ethan Moody could see an increase in carries after rushing for 130 yards on 27 carries last season. Moody also caught five passes for 63 yards and Justin Dahl returns as well. Dahl was the Tigers’ second-leading receiver with 167 yards on 12 catches and had two interceptions. Alex Marvin, Logan Battin, Austin Binkert, Sage Byham, Lance Smith and Mitch Worley also bring experience back for a young and inexperienced team. Smith was third with 34 tackles last year, while Byham was fourth with 27.

Maplewood fans have reasons to be hopeful this year. A new coach and a new system could translate into success. Bryan Borkovich spent three years as an assistant coach in the WPIAL and one year at Meadville and knows what it takes to turn a program around. The Tigers open the season with two home games against Reynolds and Eisenhower before a tough road game at Union City. Maplewood plays a total of six road games, including four of its last six in the regular season. If the Tigers can understand their new system and learn to win on the road, they could contend for a District 10 Class A playoff spot.

31 Reynolds 7
7 Eisenhower* 7
14 at Union City* 7
21 Youngsville* 7
28 at Iroquois* 7
5 Mercyhurst Prep* 7
12 at Saegertown 7
19 at Cambridge Springs* 7
26 at Cochranton* 7
2 Kennedy Catholic 7
*Region 2 games

Thursday: McDowell

– Tom Reisenweber

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 21st, 2011

Maplewood Tigers
Coach (season, record): Matt Crocker (6th season, 16-34)
2010 overall record: 6-4
2010 region record (place): 4-4 (fifth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jake Snyder, Jacob Potts, Josh Davis, Daishawn Mewborn
Top returning players: Nate Klingler, Logan Battin, Dakota Keeno, Kevin Coatoam, Eric Willey, Mitch Worley
Assistant coaches: Harry Zurasky, Nate Albert, Mike Reynolds, Matt Mangus
Outlook: Maplewood started 2010 as one of the hottest teams in District 10. The Tigers won their first five games before struggling in the second half to miss the playoffs. Jake Snyder, Jacob Potts, Josh Davis and Daishawn Mewborn graduated leaving pretty big holes to fill for the Tigers. Nate Klingler is back after taking over as quarterback late last season. He is joined in the backfield by Kevin Coatoam, while Dakota Keeno, Eric Willey and Mitch Worley are back to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Logan Battin is a leader for the Tigers and is a solid player on defense. Maplewood’s defense will be a strength this season but the Tigers need a few underclassmen to step into big roles on offense. Maplewood hopes to use training camp to work on fundamentals and work on offensive chemistry.

3 at Kennedy Catholic 12
9 Eisenhower* 7
16 at Youngsville* 7
23 at Union-Rimersburg 7
30 at Cochranton* 7
7 Saegertown* 7
14 at Union City* 7
21 Cambridge Springs* 7
28 Iroquois* 7
4 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7

Friday: McDowell

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 3rd, 2009

Maplewood Tigers

Matt Crocker

Matt Crocker

Coach: Matt Crocker
2008 overall record:
2008 league record (place):
1-7 (tied for eighth in Region 4)
Playoff results:
Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost:
RB/S Nick Bancroft, RB/LB Jeremy Dunn, RB/LB Justin Marvin, WR/DB Mark Kohnen
Top returning players:
QB/LB Broc Baker, RB/LB Matt Graff, WR/CB Daishawn Mewborn, QB/DB Zach Marvin, RB/LB Cody Covine, C/DL William Carlson.
Key games:
Sept. 4 vs. Cochranton, Sept. 11 vs. Seneca, Sept. 18 at General McLane.

Broc Baker, QB

Broc Baker, QB

Outlook: The Tigers started strongly last season, beating Cochranton 12-6 and Seneca 27-18 to set up a Week 3 matchup with General McLane. However, McLane routed Maplewood 56-0, and the Tigers went on to lose seven of their final eight games. Their other victory was a 20-6 non-region win over Reynolds, which finished the season winless. The Tigers lost a lot of experienced players to graduation, including do-it-all running back Nick Bancroft. He led District 10 with 56 receptions while piling up 662 receiving yards. Bancroft also rushed for 169 yards and scored four touchdowns. Leading rushers Jeremy Dunn (518 yards) and Justin Marvin (319 yards) also graduated. The good news is that the Tigers will have an experienced

William Carlson

William Carlson

quarterback in senior Broc Baker. He completed 111-of-230 yards for 1,342 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing 11 interceptions. However, Baker lost his top two receivers in Bancroft and Mark Kohnen (22 receptions). Big-play receiver Daishawn Mewborn (10 receptions, 212 yards, 2 TDs) should be Baker’s primary target this season. Meanwhile, underclassmen will have to emerge at running back. Line play will be crucial for the Tigers’ offense because of the team’s lack of experienced runners. Coach Matt Crocker is pleased with the returning core of lineman. Most of the Tigers’ line is back after several sophomores received substantial playing time last season. Carlson, who is about 6 feet 5 inches, 310 pounds, leads that group at center and on the defensive line. Crocker said the defense improved last season but had a tendency to give up the big play. With Baker leading the way, if the Tigers can stay healthy, they hope to make strides this season in a tough Region 4.


4          Cochranton      7
11        Seneca*           7
18        at General McLane*     7
25        Fort LeBoeuf*  7

2          at Northwestern*          7
9          at Reynolds      7
16        at Fairview*     7
24        at Girard*         7
31        North East*      7

6          Harbor Creek* 7

*Region 4 game

Tuesday: Region 4: North East

Posted: July 12th, 2009
Fairview's Jared Lane is the top returning rusher from Region 4 after piling up 1,153 yards last season.

Fairview's Jared Lane is the top returning rusher from Region 4 after piling up 1,153 yards in 10 games last season.

When Region 4 was created, District 10 almost recreated the Erie County League. The only stranger was Maplewood and the only teams missing were Corry and Iroquois. North East surprised a few people and played its way to the region championship over former Class AAA team General McLane.  North East’s only problem last year was running into a hot, underrated Slippery Rock team in the D-10 playoffs. McLane, on the other hand, was the only Region 4 team to advance past the first round of the D-10 playoffs. The Lancers knocked off a tough Greenville team but couldn’t handle eventual PIAA champion Wilmington. McLane will have to replace all-around athlete Kellen O’Neill to run the offense. Fairview and Girard were right in the thick of the region race for most of the year but ran into injury problems late. With the ‘Pickers and Lancers losing important starters to graduation, Region 4 is up for grabs this season: Here is a look at last year’s standings:

Region 4
Region Overall

x-North East 8-0 9-2
z-General McLane 7-1 9-3
z-Fairview 6-2 7-3
z-Girard 5-3 7-4
Fort LeBoeuf 4-4 4-6
Seneca 2-6 3-7
Northwestern 2-6 3-7
Maplewood 1-7 3-7
Harbor Creek 1-7 2-8
x-region champion
z-qualified for playoff spot

Key 2009 games: Sept. 11 General McLane at North East, Oct. 9 Fairview at North East, Oct. 30 Girard at Fairview, Nov. 6 General McLane at Fairview, Girard at North East
Predicted champion: North East

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