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