Aliquippa 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Perennial powerhouse Aliquippa has played in seven consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship games (winning four) and despite graduating seven All-Midwestern Athletic Conference players from last year's ...

Beaver 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Beaver won eight games last year, reaching the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 2003. Three offensive starters and six defensive starters return from that team. The Bobcats must find replacements ...

Beaver Falls 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Rebuilding is not a word often used around Beaver Falls, but there are plenty of spots that coach Ryan Matsook has to replace this year. Twenty-six seniors graduated from last year's team that won nine ...

Ellwood City 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

With the graduation of Jared Myers, Ellwood City has a big hole to fill but they have a number of players ready to step in. Myers was a first-team all-conference running back last season. He rushed for ...

Freedom 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

After reaching the WPIAL playoffs in 2012, Freedom struggled through a winless campaign last season. Things will not get much easier this year as second-year coach Tim Dubovi will rely on a number of sophomores ...

New Brighton 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Returning players on New Brighton got their first taste of postseason play last year after the Lions went 5-2 in the Midwestern Conference to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. Three first-team all-conference ...

Burgettstown 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Burgettstown, a program looking for its first win since 2011, gets a reprieve this year with a move out of the rugged Century Conference and into the re-formed Interstate Conference. Third-year head coach ...

Charleroi 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Donnie Militzer takes over as coach at Charleroi after spending one season at Gateway, where he led the perennial power Gators to an 8-3 record and a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal appearance. Charleroi ...

Derry 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Derry has turned to one of its former star players in hopes of injecting some wins into a program that has struggled mightily over the years. New coach Tim Sweeney is a 1985 Derry graduate who played ...

McGuffey 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

One of the top running backs in Class AA will try to carry McGuffey into the playoffs after the Highlanders fell short the past two seasons. Senior James Duchi (6-0, 201) rushed for 2,579 yards the previous ...

Mount Pleasant 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Mount Pleasant is fresh off an undefeated regular season and Interstate Conference title, but the loss of seven all-conference players — including the school's all-time leading rusher and passer — will ...

2014 Washington Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Washington's rushing attack suffered a huge blow when star running back Shai McKenzie went down with a season-ending knee injury the third game of the 2013 season. However, underclassmen running backs ...

Bentworth 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Back in the 1960s and 1970s when the Pittsburgh Pirates needed a manager, they would call upon Danny Murtaugh to lead the team, and he did so on four separate occasions that included two World Series championships ...

Leechburg 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

The Blue Devils look to junior Josh Stearman to take control of the offense, while the trio of Darius Bennis, Quinton Wolfgang and Colton Reed will pace the ground game. Jake Gard, Mike Kasanickey and ...

Clairton 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

First-year Clairton coach Wayne Wade said expectations remain the same for the Bears one year after the team saw its season come to a premature end with a 24-19 loss to Sto-Rox in the semifinals of the ...

Greensburg Central Catholic 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Greensburg Central Catholic made the WPIAL Class AA playoffs a year ago, just as it's done for the past decade. The Centurions look to play in the postseason again this year, but this time the path will ...

Jeannette 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Despite its new conference home, Jeannette will be sticking to the things that made it a Class AA power in the Interstate Conference. "We're going to stick with our wing-T offense," coach Roy Hall said. ...

Monessen 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

When a team loses 13 seniors from a Class A football team, some may think that the following season could be a problematic one. That might be true for some teams, but not for Monessen. Coming off a 10-2 ...

Riverview 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Riverview will look to its senior leadership to set an example of team over self; most notably the position change of fullback Dillon Provenza and receiver Jared Culligan to offensive line. "They totally ...

Serra Catholic 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Zac Quatrone was busy last year for the Serra Catholic football team. He figures to be even busier for the 24-player Eagles as he will play defense along with reprising his role as one of the most versatile ...