Northgate 2014 Football Preview

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Northgate welcomes back T.J. Wiley as coach as he returns following a one-year stint at Deer Lakes.

Wiley returns to a program that produced a 2-8 overall record last year, including a 2-6 mark in the Eastern Conference. The Flames will play in the reorganized Black Hills Conference this season.

The Flames' primary offensive threat is 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior quarterback Johnny Camello, a two-year starter who has seen varsity action since his freshman season.

Tailback Brett Howell (5-11, 185, Sr.) played his first two years at Northgate before transferring to Pickerington North in Ohio for his junior year. He returns to Northgate for his senior season. He brings some legitimate speed to the Flames offense, having been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.


Football: This 'sequel' excites new Northgate coach

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Joe Koch profiles new Northgate football coach T.J. Wiley.

"Second chances don't come often for too many people, but for T.J. Wiley, the former — and new — football coach at Northgate High School, a second chance is what he believes he has been offered.

Wiley resigned as Northgate's coach in 2012 to take the same job at Deer Lakes. His move followed a 2012 season that saw the Flames miss the playoffs when they lost their final regular-season game to Avonworth, 25-24.

But after a year at Deer Lakes, which saw the Lancers go 0-9, Wiley learned the football job was open at Northgate. He applied for the job and was appointed in February."



Boys Basketball: Northgate in playoff pursuit

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Northgate boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"The normal assumption for a high school athletic team is that team chemistry is often based on the amount of time spent together.

Athletes grow up through the system together and finish together as seniors.

That couldn't be further from the truth for the Northgate boys basketball team. The Flames have made the playoffs each of the past three seasons but don't count on playoff experience to play a factor in their final stretch run of the regular season.

Out of the five seniors on the team, only one has been through it all from start to finish. Mark Lodge has experienced the ups and downs with the Flames and is the only one who can relate to the Flames postseason run the past three years."



Football: Northgate's Girvin ignites Edinboro

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Post-Gazette writer Rick Davis profiles Jon Girvin, a Northgate graduate who is the starting quarterback at Edinboro University. Click here to read his story.

2013 1031 Edinboro Football(Photo: Edinboro University quarterback Jon Girvin, a Northgate High School graduate, has stepped in to lead the Fighting Scots. Edinboro University Photo)

"As a quarterback at Edinboro University, Jon Girvin is helping to prove that size really doesn't matter.

Northgate is a tiny high school located on Union Avenue in Bellevue, just north of Pittsburgh off Ohio River Boulevard, not exactly a hotbed of collegiate football talent being bombarded by salivating college coaches.

"We're not a big school, but there are some good players coming out of there," Girvin said. "I guess since it's a small school, Northgate doesn't get looked at very much.

"It is different playing in a little Single-A school against a bunch of Single-A football teams then coming here and playing against huge people. The PSAC has a lot of Division I dropouts.""



Northgate 2013 Football Preview

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The Flames look to build on last year's 5-4 season, but with only four seniors on the roster, this will be a young and inexperienced team.

Star quarterback Cody Walter (more than 1,600 yards offense last year) has graduated, and the position will be taken over by either Alex Marusic (6-0, 190, Sr.,) or Johnny Camello (5-10, 160, Jr.,). Camello threw four touchdown passes in a a part-time role at quarterback last season.

Marusic, a first-team all-conference running back last year along with Walter, is expected to help out in various roles.

"Marusic is going to be a 'do-everything' kind of guy for us and I'm excited to see what he's able to put together as a senior," first-year Flames coach Brandon LeDonne said.