Summer Huddle – Strong Vincent

   July 31, 2013 11:07 am    0

 

Strong Vincent quarterback Chris Starocci passed for 905 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2012. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News

Jayson Curry

Jared Carlson

Scott White

Strong Vincent Colonels

Coach: Scott White (4th season, 15-16)
2012 overall record: 3-7
2012 region record: 2-3 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Top players lost: Corey Henry, Hassam Farooq, Kyle Mathis, Chris Kirkland, Anthony Twillie, Tashan Mitchell-Jordan, Deshawn Salter, Donnie Tatum, Donald Bender

Top returning players: Chris Starocci, Jared Carlson, Jayson Curry, Kyle Pointer, Dajhere Pacely, Xzavier Warner, Thomas King, Myles Simmons

Assistant coaches: Dan Olson, Chris Spooner, John Ferraro, Shawn Carlson, Jeff Gibbens, Kevin Boxer, Bob Helsley, Jeremy O’Toole, Brian Bires, Jim Fuller, Will Lyons

Outlook: Strong Vincent seems to always come up with a contending team no matter how bad the graduation losses are. A slow start cost the Colonels last fall after losing three straight games to open the season. Vincent recovered to win three in a row, including a 21-14 win over Brashear, but losses to General McLane and McDowell knocked them out of the region race and out of the postseason. Vincent has its quarterback and a strong running back in Jared Carlson. The Colonels have experience on the offensive and defensive line but filling in the skill positions and developing new linebackers will be important this season. The Colonels open the season with Class AA power Hickory before back-to-back weeks with Cathedral Prep and Cleveland powerhouse St. Ignatius. Although an 0-3 start might not kill Vincent this season, avoiding it would certainly set the tone for the rest of the year. Strong Vincent has some holes to fill from graduation but the Colonels have experience as well. Vincent will need to replace several running backs, including Hassam Farooq, who ran for 415 yards and three touchdowns, as well as Chris Kirkland (240 yards, 1 touchdown) and Corey Henry (198 yards, 2 touchdowns). All three are gone to graduation, but the Colonels can turn to Carlson, their leading rusher, who had 443 yards and four touchdowns on 78 carries. Vincent also has its quarterback returning in Chris Starocci, who ran for three touchdowns and threw for 905 yards and seven touchdowns. Kyle Mathis, Anthony Twillie, Tashan Mitchell-Jordan, Deshawn Salter, Donnie Tatum and Donald Bender are also gone to graduation. Salter was voted to the all-region second team at offensive line. Mathis led Vincent in receiving with 12 catches for 131 yards, while Troy Honard graduated after hauling in 10 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Tyreek Green caught nine passes for 146 yards and one touchdown, but graduated, and Carlson had nine catches for 197 yards and one touchdown. Jayson Curry, Kyle Pointer, Thomas King and Myles Simmons are back on the offensive line, while Dajhere Pacely and Xzavier Warren could contribute at the skill positions. Vincent certainly has some work to do on defense. The Colonels lost eight of their top nine tacklers to graduation. Mark Akerly is the only top tackler back and he finished eighth in tackles for Vincent last fall. Donald Bender Jr. is a big loss after collecting six sacks last year, while Jordan-Mitchell and Divone Jones each had two. Jason Miller had two sacks as a sophomore and could step up this fall as a key member of the defense. The Colonels were hit hard by graduation, losing most of their speed and linebackers. Vincent will need several players to step up right away this year as the Colonels play in one of the toughest regions in District 10. Vincent allowed 72 points to Cathedral Prep and General McLane last year, which might have cost the Colonels a playoff spot. If Vincent can hold down the speedy and powerful offenses in region play, the Colonels could return to the postseason.

Schedule
August
30 Hickory 7
September
6 at Cathedral Prep* 7
14 at St. Ignatius (Ohio) 7
21 East* 1
26 Brashear 7
October
5 Central Tech* 1
11 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7
18 at General McLane* 7
25 at McDowell* 7
November
1 North East 7
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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