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, ...

Freedom 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Freedom went 2-17 the past two seasons, has made only one playoff appearance in the past decade and hasn't finished with a winning record since 2004, but the Bulldogs could soon begin seeing more positive ...

Freeport 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

When Freeport quarterback Ryan Weigold (6-2, 205, Sr.) puts the ball in the air, he'll have plenty of options, as the Yellowjackets have one of the deepest, most talented receiving groups in Class AA. Leading ...

Highlands 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

Highlands is fresh off an Allegheny Conference title and its second consecutive WPIAL quarterfinal appearance, but coach Sam Albert said he hopes that success isn't on the minds of any of his players. "First ...

Keystone Oaks 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

When Keystone Oaks coach Greg Perry thinks about the upcoming season, some of the first things that come to mind are his 12 seniors. "Our seniors have never played in the playoffs," Perry said. "One of ...

McGuffey 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

In one way, McGuffey had a gift and a curse on its hands last season. The gift was James Duchi, who finished his stellar career with more than 4,000 yards rushing. The curse? Well, the Highlanders now ...

Mount Pleasant 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

One of the most consistently successful programs in Class AA is taking aim at another strong season. Mount Pleasant won the Interstate Conference title in 2013 and was the runner-up to Washington last ...

New Brighton 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

New Brighton qualified for the WPIAL playoffs each of the past two seasons, but this is a transition year for the Lions, who were hit very hard by graduation. That's not to say a third consecutive postseason ...

Quaker Valley 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

It's a season of change at Quaker Valley, as the Quakers move to a different conference and replace a handful of star players who were instrumental in the team's success the past few years. After spending ...

Seton-LaSalle 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

History suggests Seton-LaSalle will field another excellent team this season. How the Rebels go about doing it is where history might change its course. "We're going to be a different-looking Seton-LaSalle ...

Shady Side Academy 2015 Football Preview

Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 6:08 am

... the football and play good defense. That's our M.O.," said Havern, who is in his 11th season. The Indians have finished as one of the top three defensive teams in the Allegheny Conference each of the ...