Strong Vincent Colonels
Coach (season, record): Scott White (2nd season, 4-6)
2010 overall record: 4-6
2010 region record (place): 3-3 (fourth)
2010 playoff results: Lost 35-7 to State College in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional.
Top players lost: Andre Evans, Aaron Bell, Tony Twillie, Raheem Smith, Kareem Smith, Josh Marques
Top returning players: Denzel Jones, Corey Henry, Kyle Bogel, Matt Rodgers, Blake Quirk, Tashan Mitchell, Chris Kirkland
Assistant coaches: Dan Olson, John Ferraro, Tracy Lindsey, Kevin Boxer, Joe Gabbard, Justin Griffith, Scott Bylerly, Andrew Parker, Jim Grygier, Jim Fuller, Alan Kavelish and Sean Carlson
Outlook: Strong Vincent coach Scott White is looking for a leader to step up this year. The Colonels lost their leadership halfway through last fall and Vincent exited the PIAA playoffs in a subregional. Denzel Jones could be that leader in his third year as the starting quarterback. Jones is a speedy dual-threat to throw and run with the ball and could emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in District 10 this season. In the backfield he will have Mike Neavins returning along with Chris Kirkland. Also back are Corey Henry, Kyle Bogel, Matt Rodgers, Blake Quirk and Tashan Mitchell. Quirk has size at 6 feet, 5 inches to anchor the line, while Bogel and Mitchell could be big contributors on the line as well. Vincent will need to develop a strong backfield and some positions on defense in order to advance further in the playoffs this fall. The Colonels ran into some turnover and discipline problems in the PIAA playoffs against State College. Vincent will have a nine-game schedule to prepare and improve this year, including games against powerhouse teams like General McLane, Cathedral Prep and North East.
2 at General McLane 7
10 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
16 at Cathedral Prep* 7
23 Warren* 7
30 at East* 7
7 at Oil City 7
15 at Central Tech* 7
22 North East 7
28 Bradford* 7
Look for the Kickoff magazine at a Country Fair near you beginning Aug. 15. The 112-page magazine previews the upcoming District 10 football season, including top returning players, schedules, stats and more.
– Tom Reisenweber