Summer Huddle – Northwestern

   July 22, 2013 11:12 am    2

 

Northwestern's Brandon Reiser piled up 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

Running back Austin Miczo had a standout sophomore season, rushing for 846 yards and seven touchdowns.

Nate Tewell

D.J. Hough

Northwestern Wildcats

Coach: D.J. Hough (3rd season, 12-10)
2012 overall record: 7-4
2012 region record: 6-1 (co-champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Hickory 48-22 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.

Top players lost: Garrett Behringer, Tom Head, Kyle McKeen, Grant Panko, Chad Roberts

Top returning players: Brandon Reiser, Austin Miczo, Sam Yochim, Josiah Friend, Braydon Wojtecki, Dylan Bird, Nate Tewell

Assistant coaches: Ron Glus, Dave Randall, Pat Camp, Dave Merritt

Outlook: Northwestern has made big strides the past few years under coach D.J. Hough. The Wildcats have made it to the playoffs the past two seasons and even shared the region title last fall. Northwestern will need to find a few playmakers to keep that success going. The Wildcats return a terrific rushing attack in Brandon Reiser and Austin Miczo, but the graduation of Grant Panko, Kyle McKeen and others will be hard to overcome. McKeen was voted to the all-region first team at wide receiver and second team as a defensive back. He caught 17 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns as a senior and was a threat to run and throw as well. Panko was a second-team punter and defensive back and ran for 199 yards and five touchdowns while throwing for 944 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mitch Wright also graduated after collecting 10 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns last year. Another big concern will be rebuilding the offensive and defensive lines. Tom Head and Chad Roberts are all-region first-team offensive and defensive linemen gone to graduation. Garrett Behringer, a first-team linebacker, also graduated in the spring. He also had six catches for 91 yards and one touchdown as a senior.

The Wildcats will turn to returning starters Sam Yochim, Josiah Friend, Braydon Wojtecki, Dylan Bird, Nate Tewell, Reiser and Miczo. Reiser was a second-team all-region running back after rushing for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns on 221 carries, while Miczo ran for 846 yards and seven touchdowns on 140 carries. Miczo also caught 10 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Yochim, Friend and Wojtecki are back on the defensive line, while Bird will lead the defensive backfield and Tewell is a rising kicker. Friend is the team sack leader and a big part of the defense. Nate Noe is also back on offense after rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns, while hauling in 11 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Northwestern will need several underclassmen to step up this year and Jay Clinger is in line to take over at quarterback. Clinger saw some playing time under center last year, completing 3-of-12 for 60 yards and one touchdown. The Wildcats have some work to do on the line and filling out the linebacker corps, but Northwestern looks like a team to beat in Region 4. The Wildcats play three of their first four games at home with a big road game at Girard in Week 3 and a huge showdown at Corry in Week 5. If Northwestern can get through the first half of the season without a region loss, the Region 4 race could come down to the Wildcats’ second-half road games at North East and Fairview.

Schedule
August
30 Meadville 7
September
6 Seneca* 7
13 at Girard* 7
20 Harbor Creek* 7
27 at Corry* 7
October
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7
11 at Greenville 7
18 at North East* 7
25 at Fairview* 7
November
1 Mercyhurst Prep 7
*Region 4 games

Tuesday: Oil City
–Tom Reisenweber

 

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2 Responses to “Summer Huddle – Northwestern”

  1. mchuskie says:

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