The Summer Huddle – Mercyhurst Prep

   July 16, 2009 3:00 am

 

Mercyhurst Prep Lakers
Coach
: Matt Morgan
2008 overall record: 5-5
2008 region record (place): 5-3 (tied for fourth)
Playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Tony Cordovano

Tony Cordovano

Top players lost: QB/S Marshall Huntsman, WR/K Ryan Cammidge, OL/DL Chawn McCowien, RB/CB Robert Carson, WR/S Tim Shaloiko, WR/DE Zack Miller
Top players returning
: RB/S Tyler Helffrich, TE/DE Eric Brandt, QB/CB Tony Cordovano, FB/DE Kris Kurzik, RB/S Aaron Horton, OL/LB Rob Kaiser, RB/DB Tim Schwenk, OL/DLTrevor Colvin,OL/DL Logan Woznicki,OL/DL Zach Palmer, OL/DL Brandon Czerwinski.
Key games: Sept. 12 vs. West Middlesex, Oct. 1 vs. Cambridge Springs, Oct. 16 vs. Eisenhower, Nov. 7 vs. Union City

Tyler Helffrich

Tyler Helffrich

Outlook: The first priority for the Lakers is to find a suitable replacement for Marshall Huntsman at quarterback. Senior Tony Cordovano is likely to take the snaps under center after being mentored by Huntsman last year. Mercyhurst Prep did lose top rusher Robert Carson to graduation, but Kris Kurzik, Aaron Horton and Tyler Helffrich, who all rushed for more than 230 yards and at least three touchdowns, are back. Two transfers — Rob Kaiser (Cathedral Prep) and Tim Schwenk (Harbor Creek) — will boost the Lakers on both sides of the ball. Kaiser will step into the linebacking role and could be one of the top players at his position in Class A. Schwenk has plenty of speed and could be Mercyhurst’s starting running back right away. Despite losing all-state selection Chawn McCowien, the Lakers have the rest of their offensive line back, including three-year starters Trevor Colvin and Logan Woznicki. The Lakers did not make the playoffs in a region that was for up grabs most of the year. Mercyhurst Prep just needed to win any of the three region games they lost by a combined 38 points. The most surprising loss came on the road to upstart Eisenhower 16-13. Mercyhurst Prep put up a solid fight against eventual region champion Saegertown but fell 14-0. Region 2 might be down again this season and with the Lakers having experience on the line, solid skill players transferring in and an experienced coach who has gone deep into the PIAA playoffs, Mercyhurst Prep could be a tough team to beat in Class A.

Schedule
September

4 at Mercer 7
12 West Middlesex 7
18 at Youngsville* 7
25 at Cochranton* 7
October
1 Cambridge Springs* 7
9 at Iroquois* 7
16 Eisenhower* 7
23 at Saegertown* 7
30 Harborcreek Youth* 7
November
7 Union City* 1

* Region 2 games

Friday: Region 2: Saegertown

 

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