Coach: Jarrett Samuels
2008 overall record: 12-3
2008 region record (place): 7-1 (Region 1 co-champion)
Playoff results: Won the District 10 Class A championship; advanced to the PIAA semifinals before losing to Clairton 24-21.
Top players lost: OL/DL Terry Perfilio, RB/LB Lamont Hailstock, WR/DB Donte Pinkins, OL/DL James Strozier, WR/DB Terrell Jackson, TE/DE Norman Blue
Top returning players: WR/DB Dion Eilam, QB/S Dan Odem, RB/LB Ron Jackson, WR/DB Preston Jefferson, OL/DL Robert Trudo, RB/LB Ramon West.
Key games: Sept. 4 at Sharon, Sept. 11 vs. Mercer, Sept. 19 vs. Reynolds, Oct. at Linesville
Outlook: The Steelers were one of the best Class A teams in the state last season and were a field goal away from advancing to the PIAA championship. What’s scary about Farrell is that it didn’t lose that much from last year’s team. Dan Odem emerged as a solid quarterback when he was on the field last season and seemed to find the open receiver every play. Odem is also a double-threat when he takes the snap with enough speed to burn defenses. Odem did lose a few targets in Donte Pinkins, Terrell Jackson and Norman Blue, but with Dion Eilam and Preston Jefferson returning, Farrell should be fine. As far as the running game, the Steelers never really solidified their offense around one back. Whether it was the reason the offense was potent or not, Farrell won’t be crushed by graduation with a few of its platooned running backs returning. The bread and butter of the Steelers’ run to the D-10 title was their defense. The defense was intense, fast and tough. After Farrell’s season-opening losses to Sharon and Mercer, a stretch where half of its starters weren’t on the field with different reasons, the Steelers allowed 61 points in their final eight regular-season games. During the District 10 playoffs, Farrell allowed a touchdown to Linesville in the championship but finished outscoring its opponents 84-7. The Steelers finished with five shutouts in 2008 and could have a stronger and quicker defense this season.
4 at Sharon, 7
11 Mercer*, 7
19 Reynolds, 7
25 Conneaut Valley*,7
2 at Linesville*, 7
9 West Middlesex*, 7
16 @ Sharpsville*, 7
23 Lakeview*, 7
30 at Conneaut Lake*, 7
7 at Kennedy Catholic*, noon
* Region 1 game
Friday: Region 1: Kennedy Catholic