Burrell 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

... Kevin Horwatt, hope that football and the tighter bond the team has formed since the tragedy can help with the grieving process. The Bucs went 5-5 last season, finishing 4-5 in the Allegheny Conference. ...

Deer Lakes 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Steve Sciullo is a "football lifer." When he was named the Lancers' new head coach in April, Sciullo, a former NFL lineman, couldn't wait to get to work. "We want to raise the competitiveness of what ...

Freeport 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

If Freeport wants to avoid another less-than-stellar campaign, coach John Gaillot suggests his team focus more on starting strong instead of just finishing that way. "It's just how we start," Gaillot ...

Highlands 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

Highlands won't soon forget its playoff loss to Thomas Jefferson in last year's WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals, but as the Golden Rams make the switch to Class AA's Allegheny Conference, coach Sam Albert ...

Shady Side Academy 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

When Shady Side Academy coach Dave Havern talks about the losses of 2013 Post-Gazette North Xtra Fab 22 all-stars Chuck Calabrese and Dennis Briggs and Jarred Brevard, who all graduated last year, it's ...

Valley 2014 Football Preview

Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 7:00 am

First-year coach Muzzy Colosimo welcomes back 14 seniors from a team that went 6-4 and reached the WPIAL playoffs for the second year in a row. "There's talent here all through the program, and I think ...

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 ...