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
– Tom Reisenweber