Mars 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

Coach Scott Heinauer has led the Planets to 13 playoff appearances in 14 years. The Planets have made seven consecutive postseason appearances since moving up to Class AAA. Mars tied for third place in ...

Montour 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

The Spartans have made eight consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances and played at Heinz Field three times during that stretch. Last season, they placed third in the Parkway Conference and finished with ...

Moon 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

Brendan Hathaway wasn't looking for a new coaching job. But when an opportunity fell in his lap, he couldn't pass it up. Hathaway had just completed his fifth season at Slippery Rock High School. "I ...

Ringgold 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

The Rams placed second in the Big Nine Conference last year with 7-1 record. They advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals before losing to eventual champion Central Valley, finishing the season with ...

Thomas Jefferson 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top four teams in Class AAA 16 of the past 17 years. During this stretch, the Jaguars have won or shared 15 conference titles and placed second the other two years. Coach ...

Trinity 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

Jon Miller may be a graduate of Peters Township, but he feels right at home at Trinity. Miller is the Hillers' new coach. He was hired in March, then received a bonus in June when the district hired him ...

West Allegheny 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

West Allegheny has won seven WPIAL Class AAA football titles with coach Bob Palko at the helm. The Indians came within one victory of claiming another last season after a 35-28 loss to Central Valley in ...

West Mifflin 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

The Titans earned a fifth consecutive WPIAL playoff berth last season. They tied for third place in the Big Nine Conference and were defeated by Indiana in the opening round of the playoffs. The Titans ...

Yough 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:09 am

The Cougars went from being the largest Class AA school in 2013 to being the smallest school in Class AAA in 2014. The results were not good, as the Cougars went winless in the Greater Allegheny Conference ...

Aliquippa 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Many believe Aliquippa will make it to Heinz Field to play for a WPIAL title this fall. In other words, the expectations remain the same as always. In the past 15 seasons, Aliquippa has played for the ...

Beaver 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

... touchdowns. Wise already owns a scholarship offer from BYU. Several other Division I schools are showing interest. "We expect a lot more than a great football player. We hope that the leadership traits ...

Beaver Falls 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Beaver Falls went 7-3 last season and qualified for the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. The Tigers did it with just 11 seniors and with the majority of their starters being underclassmen. The ...

Burgettstown 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Wins haven't been commonplace at Burgettstown over the years, but Mark Druga hopes to change that. Druga, an assistant at Burgettstown since 2007, was named head coach in April. He replaces Terry Havelka, ...

Burrell 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Burrell didn't win a game last season, so the Bucs have turned to a former star player to help reverse their fortunes. Dave Bellinotti takes over for Kevin Horwatt, who was not retained after four seasons. ...

Carlynton 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

The Cougars are seeking two important things — coaching stability and wins. They think they've found one. They hope the second won't be far behind. Scott Yoder begins his first full season as head coach ...

Charleroi 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Second-year coach Donnie Militzer said the Cougars are ready to do something they haven't accomplished since 2004 — make the playoffs. A big reason for the optimism is the return of Brock Shannon (5-8, ...

Deer Lakes 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Steve Sciullo is a former NFL offensive lineman who is in his second season as coach at Deer Lakes. It just so happens that the strength of Sciullo's team appears to be its offensive line. And, boy, it ...

Derry 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

... championship team. "We set the bar high. We're only concerned with how well we play. As long as we play our style of football, we'll be OK." Quarterback Trey Friedline (6-1, 175, Sr.) started all 10 ...

East Allegheny 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

... the most credentials on the team. He's the most football aware kid I have. We won't win too many games that he doesn't play well." Smith isn't the Wildcats' only impact skill player. Rocco Dunn (6-1, ...

Ellwood City 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Just as was the case last season, the Midwestern Conference is loaded with excellent running backs. And while some of the ones from teams like Aliquippa and Beaver Falls might get most of the attention, ...