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Posts tagged "Meadville football"
Posted: July 19th, 2013

Ryan Harkness

Jake Jageman

Mike Feleppa

Meadville football

Coach: Mike Feleppa (2nd season, 4-6)
2012 overall record: 4-6
2012 region record: 2-4 (tied for fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Artrel Foster, Tyler Minnis, Taylor Dart, Trevor Martin

Top returning players: Ryan Harkness, Jake Jageman, Alec Lloyd, Josh Trimble, Tim Bolden

Assistant coaches: Ray Collins, Jerry Davis, Don Erdley, Brian Roberts, Jason Stearns, Andy Herbstritt, Paul Roiz, Doug Knauff, Shane Ream

Outlook: Meadville will be looking for some playmakers to step up this fall as coach Mike Feleppa enters his second season. The Bulldogs graduated Artrel Foster, Tyler Minnis, Taylor Dart and Trevor Martin in the spring. Minnis ran the offense at quarterback, throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns, while Foster ran for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught eight passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Foster was voted to the all-region first team at defensive back and second team as a running back. Dart is a big loss on the line as a second-team offensive lineman, while Minnis was a second-team defensive back. Martin was also an all-region selection on the first team at all-purpose. With plenty of leadership and production gone, the Bulldogs will lean on an experienced returning group, including Ryan Harkness, Jake Jageman, Alec Lloyd, Tim Bolden and Josh Trimble.

Harkness is an all-region first-team running back and ran for 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns on 206 carries as a junior. Harkness also led Meadville with 71 tackles, while Jageman had 57. Bolden is also back after rushing for 392 yards and one touchdown last year, and he caught three passes for 77 yards. Lloyd is back to anchor the line as a second-team lineman for the Bulldogs. Meadville will open the season at Northwestern and Slippery Rock before its home opener in Week 3 against East. The Bulldogs had a year to get used to a few system under Feleppa and barely missed the playoffs. If Meadville can find a leader at quarterback and fill in some other gaps, the Bulldogs could be an interesting team to watch in Region 5 this season.

30 at Northwestern 7
6 at Slippery Rock* 7
13 East 7
20 Warren* 7
27 at Central Tech 7
4 Oil City* 7
11 at Franklin* 7
18 at Bradford* 7
25 DuBois* 7
1 Conneaut 7
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 27th, 2013

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

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Meadville Bulldogs
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 Central Tech 10 a.m.
Aug. 23 at Wilmington 7
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 at Northwestern 7
Sept. 6 at Slippery Rock* 7
Sept. 13 East 7
Sept. 20 Warren* 7
Sept. 27 at Central Tech 7
Oct. 4 Oil City* 7
Oct. 11 at Franklin* 7
Oct. 18 at Bradford* 7
Oct. 25 DuBois* 7
Nov. 1 Conneaut 7

*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: February 6th, 2013

McDowell running back/outside linebacker James Conner signs his National Letter of Intent with Pitt Wednesday at the McDowell's lirbary. MATT MEAD/Erie Times-News

Today is National Letter of Intent Day, and many area football players and other athletes are set to sign with Division I and Division II schools or commit to program at other levels.

The Erie Times-News took a look at the area football players expected to sign today. Read a short bio on each player. Here’s the list:

Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
John Chereson, Cathedral Prep – Notre Dame (walk-on)
Erik Swanson, Cathedral Prep – Pennsylvania
Jake Plonski, Cathedral Prep – Mercyhurst
Nick Dubowski, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Brendan Klemensic, Cathedral Prep – Gannon
James Conner, McDowell – Pittsburgh (Update: Pitt reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Sean Gallagher, McDowell – Edinboro
Riley Dunbar, McDowell – Mercyhurst
DeShawn Coleman, Hickory – West Virginia
Dionte Pope, Hickory – Edinboro
Artrel Foster, Meadville – Temple
Quinn Thompson, General McLane – Connecticut (Update: UConn reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Aidan Graham, General McLane – Clarion
Nathan O’Brien, Eisenhower – Lock Haven
Aaron Lundmark, Eisenhower – Grove City
Logan Rickert, Reynolds – IUP

Following are the athletes from other sports who plan to sign today. Read a short bio on each athlete.

Eli Flynn, Cathedral Prep – Concord College (W.Va.)
Scott Hess, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Cross country
Ethan Louis, Cathedral Prep – Dayton
Austin Pondel, Corry – Penn State
Hunter Johnston, Saegertown –Dayton
Cory Kuzilla, Harbor Creek – California (Pa.)
Olivia Augustyniak, Mercyhurst Prep – Duquesne
Sarah Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep – Cleveland State
Track and field
Jaynee Corbett, Corry – Youngstown State
Maria Peluso, Fort LeBoeuf – Shippensburg
Evan Daley, Fort LeBoeuf – Clarion
Water polo
Michael Squeglia, Cathedral Prep – Gannon

Note: Coaches are encouraged to notify the Times-News if an athlete plans to commit to a college.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 is currently running a list of the top 50 football recruits in Pennsylvania. Reporter Andrew Shay has compiled the list, which includes five District 10 players.

Shay ranks Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster as the No. 1 recruit in Pennsylvania. Foster, an Alabama recruit, has made several All-America teams.

Check out the top 50 list. Here’s how District 10 players rank, along with their college choices:

9. Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep quarterback, Michigan State
12. Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep defensive back, Michigan State
16. DeShawn Coleman, Hickory RB, West Virginia
17. James Conner, McDowell RB/OLB, Pitt
38. Artrel Foster, Meadville DB, Temple is providing a countdown of the top 20 leading up to the Feb. 6. signing day. James Conner is featured today.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: September 21st, 2012

Nathan Martin

The Meadville football team needed someone to step up Saturday against East.

Standouts Artrel Foster and Tim Bolden were sidelined for various reasons and sophomore Nathan Martin was one of several players to fill the void.

Martin ran for two touchdowns and caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the first half to help the Bulldogs knock off the Warriors 41-30.

Martin finished with 22 yards on seven carries, but his three first-half touchdowns were crucial for Meadville to build momentum in the non-region win.

Ryan Harkness led the Bulldogs with 226 yards and two touchdowns 27 rushes, and Trevor Martin added 130 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushes.

Poll results:

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Posted: September 15th, 2012

Final update
Meadville beats East 41-30.

Update No. 23
Prep defeats Lake Catholic 37-6.

Update No. 22
Meadville in control 35-15 in the fourth quarter, while Prep is leading 37-0 over Lake Catholic in the fourth.

Update No. 21
Midway through the third, Meadville leads East 28-15. Late third, Prep leads Lake Catholic 37-0.

Update No. 20
Terry with his third touchdown pass and the rout is on. 34-0 Prep over Lake Catholic with less than one minute left in the half.

Update No. 19
Damion Terry keeps it for a 10-yard touchdown. Prep jumps out to a 27-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half.

Update No. 18
Damion Terry finds Jake Plonski from 10 yards out. 20-0 Prep after the PAT was blocked. 5:30 left in the first half.

Update No. 17
East leads Meadville 9-7 after the first quarter.

Update No. 16
Delton Williams returns a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. He also had a 90-yarder against Strong Vincent. 14-0 Prep in the first.

For earlier updates, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted in: Football
Posted: August 11th, 2012

Quinn Thompson

DeShawn Coleman

Damion Terry

Artrel Foster

Meadville’s Artrel Foster is the latest in a series of District 10 skill-position players who have committed to major colleges.

When Foster announced that he had picked Temple recently, he became the fourth high-profile skill-position player from the district to commit to a major college before his senior season.

Foster joins Cathedral Prep quarterback Damion Terry (Michigan State), Hickory running back DeShawn Coleman (West Virginia) and General McLane tight end Quinn Thompson (Connecticut) on that list.

At least two other skill-position players in D-10 are being recruited: McDowell running back/defensive end James Conner and Cathedral Prep running back/safety Delton Williams. Pitt is among those interested in Conner, while Williams has more than a dozen offers, including Michigan State and Nebraska.


Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 10th, 2012

Meadville's Artrel Foster shakes off a would-be Fairview tackler in 2011.

Artrel Foster

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey is reporting that Meadville running back/defensive back Artrel Foster has committed to Temple.

Foster has topped 1,000 yards rushing for two consecutive seasons going into his senior year. However, Pompey reported that the 6-foot 1-inch 180-pound Foster is expected to play cornerback or safety with the Owls.

Foster rushed for 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010 and followed up with 1,205 yards and 10 TDs in 2011. He was one of three 1,000-yard rushers for the Bulldogs in 2011.

Fred Epps (1,722 yards, 22 TDs) and Terence Goodrum (1,392 yards, 14 TDs) also topped 1,000 yards, but both graduated. That will make Foster the primary rusher for Meadville this season.


Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 20th, 2012

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach (season): Mike Feleppa (1st season)
2011 overall record: 7-5
2011 region record (place): 3-3 (fourth)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Slippery Rock 43-7 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals before losing to Cathedral Prep 49-7 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Terence Goodrum, Fred Epps, Zach Towers, Corey Lynn, Alex Minnis
Top returning players: Artrel Foster, Tyler Minnis, Taylor Dart
Assistant coaches: John Amato, Ray Collins, Brian Ford, Joe Marsteller, Jason Stearns
Outlook: Meadville boasted an impressive rushing attack in 2011 with three 1,000-yard rushers. The issue facing the Bulldogs is two of those rushers have graduated. Terence Goodrum, an all-district running back, ran for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns on 196 carries. He was voted to the all-region first team as a running back and defensive back and finished with five interceptions. Also gone is Fred Epps, a first team-running back and second-team defensive lineman. He ran for 1,722 yards and 22 touchdowns on 227 carries as a senior. Meadville will also be without Zach Towers, Corey Lynn and Alex Minnis. Towers was voted to the first team at punter and linebacker, while Lynn and Minnis were second-team offensive and defensive linemen. Towers led the Bulldogs with 153 tackles, while Minnis and Lynn had 98 and 82, respectively. Lynn and Towers had six sacks each and Epps had three. In addition to graduation losses, Meadville coach Ken Achenbach resigned in the offseason and Mike Feleppa takes over.

Meadville is almost starting over this season with a new coach and a new system. The Bulldogs have some experience back to lean on with Artrel Foster, Tyler Minnis and Taylor Dart. Foster was a first-team defensive back and a second-team running back, while Minnis returns at quarterback and Dart is a standout lineman. Foster ran for 1,205 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and lead Meadville in receiving with 174 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Minnis threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two as a junior. The Bulldogs will need big-time contributions from their returning underclassmen this season to stay competitive in Region 5.

Meadville’s speed and athleticism was hard to slow down in 2011. The Bulldogs lost most of that speed to graduation but have a steady player in Artrel Foster to build around. Meadville will need to figure out its identity quickly in camp with plenty of new faces. The Bulldogs open the season with two games at home but the second will be an important game against Slippery Rock. Region 5 is in transition this year with new teams Bradford and Warren while Corry and Grove City departed. There doesn’t seem to be a true favorite in the region, making each region game important this fall. Aside from an interesting region schedule, the Bulldogs locked up three Class AAA games that could be important wins on their playoff resume. Meadville takes on East and Central Tech before a Week 10 showdown with newly-formed Conneaut. Conneaut seems to be a natural rival with Meadville right away and their game in Week 10 might be an elimination game for an at-large playoff spot.

31 Northwestern 7
7 Slippery Rock* 7
15 at East 7
21 at Warren* 7
28 Central Tech 7
5 at Oil City* 7
12 Franklin* 7
19 Bradford* 7
26 at DuBois* 7
2 at Conneaut 7
*Region 5 games

Saturday: Mercer

– Tom Reisenweber

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 23rd, 2011

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach (season, record): Ken Achenbach (18th total season at Meadville, 22nd season overall, 122-89-6)
2010 overall record: 5-6
2010 region record (place): 4-2 (tied for second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 34-31 to Corry in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals
Top players lost: J.D. Andrews, Calvin Heagy, Aaron Lloyd, Kevin Thompson
Top returning players: Terence Goodrum, Artrel Foster, Fred Epps, Zack Towers, Corey Lynn, Alex Minnis, Travis Jensen
Assistant coaches: Mike Feleppa, Ray Collins, Brad Schnauber, John Amato, Jason Stearns
Outlook: After a tough start in 2010, Meadville won five of its last seven games to get into the playoffs and lose an overtime-heartbreaker to Corry on a blocked field goal. The Bulldogs are looking for a faster start this season and a return trip to the District 10 playoffs. Meadville has plenty of speed to burn in the backfield with the trio of Artrel Foster, Terence Goodrum and Fred Epps. The three make up one of the fastest set of skill position players in D-10. As iof that wasn’t enough speed for Meadville, Zack Towers also returns to provide depth at running back.

The Bulldogs will look to replace a few standout players, including Calvin Heagy, J.D. Andrews and Kevin Thompson on the line as well as quarterback Aaron Lloyd. Tyler Minnis could step in as the starting quarterback, while Corey Lynn and Alex Minnis are back to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Travis Jensen returns to lead the wide receivers, while Mark Miller could earn a starting spot at receiver as well. Taylor Dart and Adam Kilburn are up-and-coming linemen that could make a difference on the varsity level this fall.

Expectations are pretty high for the Bulldogs this year with the amount of size, speed and experience back. Their biggest roadblock in Region 5 will be Grove City and they might get a matchup with perennial power Cathedral Prep in the playoffs. Meadville needs to adapt to coach Ken Achenbach’s system and trust in it this season. The Bulldogs bought in during the 2010 season but not until late in the season. Meadville starts the season with two interesting games against Fairview and Bradford before a rematch in Corry on Sept. 16. The biggest Region 5 game of the year may come two weeks later when the Bulldogs host Grove City.

2 at Fairview 7
9 Bradford 7
16 at Corry* 7
23 at Slippery Rock* 7
30 Grove City* 7
7 at DuBois* 7
14 General McLane 7
21 Oil City* 7
28 Franklin* 7
4 at Titusville 7

Sunday: Mercer

– Tom Reisenweber

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