Summer Huddle – Strong Vincent

   August 8, 2014 11:00 pm    0

 

Tyvonn Green

Tyvonn Green

Kyle Pointer

Kyle Pointer

Scott White

Scott White

Strong Vincent Colonels
Coach: Scott White (5th season, 17-24)
2013 overall record: 2-8
2013 region record: 2-3 (fourth)
2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Chris Starocci, Jayson Curry, Xzavier Warner, Myles Simmons, Mark Akerly, Kevin Richardson, Anthony Taylor, Torret Benning, John Miller, Tyler Crispin
Top returning players: Kyle Pointer, Jon White, Tyonn Green, Jason Miller, Allan Luce, Brandon Williams
Assistant coaches: Dan Olson, Chris Spooner, Todd Stransenburg, Kevin Boxer, Bob Helsley, Brian Bires, Andrew Gillespie, Will Lyons
Outlook: Strong Vincent was hit hard by graduation on offense and will need multiple new players to step up this season. Among the graduates is quarterback Chris Starocci, who threw for 670 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Xzavier Warner ran for 154 yards as the Colonels’ third-leading rusher and is gone as well as leading rusher Jared Carlson. He ran for 702 yards and 10 touchdowns on 155 carries, but Carlson transferred to McDowell for his senior season. Brandon Williams and Tyvonn Green are back at running back for the Colonels. Williams ran for 286 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries in 2013, and Green had 131 yards and one touchdown. Green also caught nine passes for 90 yards and will be counted on to help in the receiving game as well with the departure of Mark Akerly and Dajhere Pacley. Kyle Pointer, Jon White and Jason Miller return on the offensive line Vincent needs to establish a new quarterback and get some receiver help to complement the speed they return in the backfield. Sam Peterson was the backup quarterback as a freshman last fall and could compete for the starting job, while Allan Luce, Donte Dunn and William Rickert could be in the mix at running back. Lucas Harden could step up and earn a starting spot on the offensive line.

Vincent will need a new set of leaders on defense this season with the graduation of four of their top five tacklers. Pointer came on as a big-time player on the defensive line and led the Colonels with 96 tackles, including 61/2 sacks. Vincent will have to replace Myles Simmons (56 tackles), Torrey Benning (46), John Miller (40) and Tyler Crispin (35). Carlson’s transfer will also affect the defense as he had 34 tackles as a junior. White and Jason Miller return to the defensive line, while Williams returns to lead the linebackers. Green and Luce are leaders in the secondary and will need some help to slow down the fast athletes in Region 6. Peterson, Dunn and Rickert could be the answer in the secondary as new players, and Harden and Tyler Pointer could contribute right away at linebacker. The Colonels had trouble slowing teams down last season and allowed 32.3 points per game. Vincent needs a better effort in reading offenses and the Colonels have to get physical to get to the quarterback and create turnovers. The Colonels held East to 14 points and Central Tech to 20 points in their only wins of the season but allowed at least 21 points in all eight losses. If Vincent can replace the speed lost to graduation and play disciplined defense, they will get give their offense a chance to win games.

Vincent is almost starting over in a sense with a revamped backfield, secondary and most of the offensive and defensive lines. The Colonels always seem to have athletes, but finding them the right roles will be important. Vincent needs a new quarterback and several running backs to step up and make an impact right away this fall. The Colonels have some big-time players back in Pointer, White, Green, Miller, Luce and Williams, but they’ll need a strong presence from new and younger players to add depth. Vincent will be tested right away with an opening game against Hickory before taking on Cathedral Prep and city rival Central Tech. The Colonels also travel to Conneaut and Meadville in back-to-back weeks to end the first half. The second half of the season could determine if Vincent has any shot at returning to the playoffs with region games against East, McDowell and General McLane. The Colonels are inexperienced but they only leave Erie County twice this season and both trips are to Crawford County. With General McLane moving up to Class AAAA, it appears one of the city teams could be headed to the District 10 Class AAA playoffs. If Vincent buys into its system and believes in each other, the Colonels could be back after a tough two-win season.

Schedule
August
29 Hickory 7
September
5 at Cathedral Prep* 7
13 at Central Tech* 1
19 at Conneaut 7
26 at Meadville 7
October
4 East* 1
10 at North East 7
17 McDowell* 7
24 Oil City 7
31 at General McLane* 7
*Region 6 game

Up next: Titusville

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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