REGION 6 PREVIEW

 

2013 CHAMPION: *Cathedral Prep

OTHER PLAYOFF QUALIFIER: General McLane and McDowell (AAAA)

 

PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS

2012: ^Cathedral Prep

2011: Cathedral Prep

2010: *Cathedral Prep

2009: *Cathedral Prep

2008: *Strong Vincent

2007: #Cathedral Prep and McDowell tied for crown

2006: #McDowell

2005: #McDowell

*=also won district title, #=also won district Class AAAA district title, ^also won district and state titles

1. CATHEDRAL PREP RAMBLERS

HEAD COACH: Mike Mischler

2013 RECORD: 5-0 region (first), 13-1 overall (lost 42-47 to Bishop McDevitt in PIAA Semifinals)

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 60-12

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 103-31

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 10 (2004-2007 as Class AAAA team and 2008-2013 as Class AAA team)

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 6 (2005-2007, 2009-2010 and 2012-2013)

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 3 (1999 and 2000 were as Class AAAA team)

1999: lost 13-14 to Central Bucks West

2000: beat Central Bucks West 41-35

2012: beat Archbishp Wood 24-14

 

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 50.1 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 1

Amongst 14 Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in District 10 regions: 1

 

For a second straight regular season, the 2013 Cathedral Prep team averaged more than 50 points per game and with that came accomplishment came 11 all-region selections (six first team, five second team). But, unfortunately nine of those all-region picks were seniors leaving first wide receiver Charlie Fessler (41 receptions, 626 yards, six touchdowns) and second team guard Joe Trucilla, both of whom are now seniors, as the only returnees. Trucilla was joined as an all-region member on last year's line by Devonne Barnes (first team), Brian May (first team) and Ryan Dill (second team) and his list of mates on this year's unit includes fellow seniors Dominic Kramer (guard), Corey Fisher (center) and Tim Zieziula (tackle) as well as junior tackle Shane Scott. Two-time first team pick Alex Greenawalt (84 receptions, 1344 yards, 20 touchdowns over the past two seasons) and region player of the year and second team choice Felix Manus-Schell (70-749-13, last season) joined Fessler as all-region receivers in 2013 and senior Sam Sweny is the second starter this year. Quarterback Billy Fessler (178-for- 321, 3279 yards, 43 touchdowns, 10 interceptions - 56 rushes, 96 yards, six touchdowns) and all purpose back Jake DeHart (106 carries, 1134 yards, 18 touchdowns - 25 receptions, 418 yards, six touchdowns) are other first team all-region honorees that must replaced and William Norfolk (3-5-9-0-0 - 42-364-3) is the new signal caller with his senior classmate DeAngelo Malone  (24-201-3 - 12-395-5) the new halfback. Two more seniors complete the list of starters on offense in Dan Maloney at fullback and Jacob Galla at tight end.

 

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 10.1 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 1

Amongst 14 Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in District 10 regions: 1

 

Eight of nine all-region honorees from the 2013 Ramber defense are no longer around, including each of its first team honorees in defensive tackle Barnes (35 tackles, two sacks), inside linebackers Michael Parker (66 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two interceptions) and J.T. Joint (49 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception), strong safety Manus-Schell (35 tackles, five interceptions) and free safety Marlon Tyree (58 tackles, one sack, one interception). Trucilla (49 tackles, 5.5 sacks) matched his team choice on offense with the same honor on defense and is joined on the line by fellow tackle Zieziula with seniors Alex Kissell (25 tackles) and Jermaine Hunter (12 tackles) the defensive ends. Galla led last year's team with 87 tackles, adding 5.5 sacks, and is the middle linebacker, Maloney (15 tackles, one sack) is the SAM and senior Sean Harris is the WILL. Senior Maurice House led all returning defensive backs with 44 tackles in 2013 and is one of the starting cornerbacks, junior Ta'Nauz Gregory is the other, Malone is the free safety and senior Stevie Crockett Jr. is the strong safety.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Second team all-region kicker Zach Bednarowicz is back for his senior season and the new punter is freshman Joseph Mischler.

 

 

OUTLOOK

Cathedral Prep obviously lost a lot to graduation, but they are still far and away the team to beat in both the region and the district.

 

 

 

2. MCDOWELL TROJANS

HEAD COACH: Brad Orlando (first year)

2012 RECORD: 4-1 region (second), 7-6 overall (lost 7-48 to Central Catholic in PIAA Quarterfinals)

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 37-21

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 74-41

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 10

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 2 (2004 and 2008)

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 0

 

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 25.2 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 3

Amongst 14 teams Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in District 10 regions: 8

 

Under former Cathedral Prep offensive coordinator Brad Orlando, McDowell switches to a spread offense and leading the way for a third straight season is starting quarterback Jake Tarasovitch, who had a hand in 1109 yards of offense (562 passing, 547 passing) and 13 touchdowns (4-9) last year.  Each of McDowell's four all-region selections from 2013 graduated, including guard Scot Augustine, who was its only first team honoree. Senior left tackle Chris Larsen is the only returning starter on this year's line with the right tackle position between senior Andrew Scheloske and junior Josh Wolf,  the two starting guard spots between junior Nick Bizzaro (6'5, 296) and seniors Justin Siwiecki and Joey Wierzchowski and senior Fernando Frye the starting center. At running back McDowell features three experienced seniors in Jared Carlson, who carried the ball 155 times for 702 yards and 10 touchdowns in earning first team all-region honors at Strong Vincent last year, Tyler Hammond (91 carries, 490 yards, six touchdowns) and Austin Becker (78-348-2), while the top three receivers are seniors Chris Casella and Dan Jennings and sophomore DeeDee Szymczak.

 

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 25.4 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 3

Amongst 14 teams Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in District 10 regions: 7

 

The 2013 Trojan defense included seven all-region selections and of that group first team safety Tarasovitch (93 tackles, two interceptions) and second team linebacker Dane Eberle (83 tackles, two sacks) return. Tarasovitch was one of three all-region members in last year's secondary and he's joined in this year's by fellow safety Carlson and cornerbacks Szymczak and sophomore Tim Romanski. In the team's 4-3 defense Eberle is joined as a starting linebacker by sophomore Edward Nientimp and junior Jacob McAndrew with the line made up of four seniors in defensive tackles Frye (51 tackles) and Anthony Acquista and defensive ends Scheloske (51 tackles, two sacks) and Deshawn McLaurin.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Arvin Mekhi is the kicker, his junior classmate Dan Dalleo is the punter and the kick/punt returners are Carlson and Szymczak.

 

 

OUTLOOK

McDowell opens the season with games against two Ohio teams (Canton McKinley and Lake Catholic) before beginning region play at rival Cathedral Prep on September 12. Another interesting encounter will be on October 3 against General McLane in what will now be a preview of the District 10 Class AAAA Championship game with the Lancers making the jump to become the second D-10 team in the PIAA's largest classification.    

 

 

3. GENERAL MCLANE LANCERS

HEAD COACH: Jim Wells

2013 RECORD: 3-2 region (third), 9-4 overall (lost 21-63 to Cathedral Prep in district championship game)

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 49-13

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 100-26

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 10 (2004-2007 and 2012-2013 as Class AAA team and 2008-2011 as Class AA team)

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 2 (2005-2006)

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 1

2006: beat Pottsville 28-23

 

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 35.1 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 2

Amongst 14 teams Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in two District 10 regions: 4

 

Last year the General McLane offense completed a "Perfect 10" as in for the 10th straight season the team averaged more than 30 points per game. To make it 11 straight the Lancers must replace each of their four all-region selections, three of whom were first team choices. Tyler Sanders was one of the first members as he led the team with 249 carries for 1580 yards and 24 touchdowns and at least early on the team will use a committee of backs to fill his place with senior Greg Streiff (84 carries, 493 yards, five touchdowns) and junior Joe Dunn (43-235-3) the most experienced of the group. Juniors Briggs Twitchell and Ryan Carpenter and seniors Mike Allison, Steven Shinn and Dylan Mitchell are the other who could see time at running back with senior Evan Dillen (three receptions, 42 yards, one touchdown) and junior David Ingalls the top receivers. Junior Kyle Sult is the new starting quarterback and the line must replace two all-region picks, including Brett Kulka, who was a first team selection both of the past two years. This year's line is made up of all seniors with guards Ian Mallory and Mike Novel both returning starters, Cubby Nesselhauf and Nate Laird the new tackles and Kendrick Storm-Bailey the new center.

 

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 20.0 points per game last season (not including playoffs)

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 2

Amongst 14 teams Class AAA-AAAA teams that competed in District 10 regions: 4

 

McLane's scoring defense improved by nearly a touchdown per game from 2012 to 2013 and just like on offense the two biggest holes to fill on defense are those left by first team all-region choices Sanders and Kulka. Sanders was a three year starter at linebacker and totaled 167 tackles, nine sacks and a pair of interceptions in that time and this year's linebacker core is led by Dillen (35 tackles, one sack and one interception) and Dunn (23 tackles, 2.5 sacks) with Twitchell and Carpenter the two new starters. Kulka was a two year starter at defensive tackle and had 106 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception during that period and four of the faces who make up this year's offensive line are also on the D-Line with Novel and Mitchell the tackles and Mallory and Storm-Bailey the ends. In the secondary Sult (27 tackles, three interceptions) and Ingalls are the safeties and Allison and sophomore Josh Sulz are the cornerbacks with Streiff (41 tackles, 1.5 sacks) and sophomore Ethan Laird also seeing time.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Dillen handles all kicking and punting responsibilities and the kick/punt returners are Allison, Shin and Twitchell.

 

 

OUTLOOK

After two straight years of losing to Cathedral Prep in the District 10 Class AAA championship game, McLane has made the jump to Class AAAA where it will compete with McDowell for district supremacy.

 

 

 

4. CENTRAL TECH FALCONS

HEAD COACH: Rob Matz

2013 RECORD: 1-4 region (fifth), 3-7 overall

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 9-41

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 18-80

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 0

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 0

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 0

 

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 20.0 points per game last season

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 4

Amongst 14 Class AAA teams that competed in two District 10 regions: 10

 

After averaging no more than 14 points per game from 2000-2010, the Central Tech offense has averaged more than 20 per contest in each of its first three seasons under coach Matz and last year's unit included five all-region selections, with offensive lineman Anthony Duck being a first team all-region choice. Eric Mitchell (67 carries, 564 yards, three touchdowns) is the only returning all-region member (second team) and he shares time at running back with fellow senior Samson Kafando, junior Eddie Leggett and sophomore Keyshawn Husband, whose older brother Eugene Husband was a star at Central a few years ago. Senior Gerwhan Wells is back as the fullback and, in the team's single wing offense, junior Dimitri Allison replaces second team all-region pick Josh Wells (696 yards passing, seven touchdowns, 12 interceptions - 541 yards rushing, eight touchdowns) as the starting quarterback. Junior Malik Allison is the split end and the top two tight ends are seniors Demond Mitchell and Jacob New. The line is made up of two seniors in center Malcolm Goodwine and guard Jeff Peyton and three juniors in guard Kevin Askins and tackles Alex Dason and Terrell Ruffley.

 

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 25.5 points per game last season

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 4

Amongst 14 Class AAA teams that competed in two District 10 regions: 8

 

Last year was the first time since 2006 that Central held opponents to average of fewer than 30 points per game, but to improve on that the team must replace each of its three second team all-region selections. As many as nine players that see time on offense could see action on defense as well, including cornerbacks Husband, Malik Allison and Demond Mitchell. Safety Dimitri Allison, defensive ends Ruffley and Eric Mitchell, inside linebackers Kafando and Gerwhan Wells and outside linebacker Leggatt are the other players who could go both ways. Senior Rather Freeman is a fourth player who could see time at corner, senior Raheem Sims and sophomore Duane Conner are both options to start at the outside linebacker spot opposite of Leggett and senior Ian Simmons, junior Joe Sanfelice and sophomore D.J. Crosby rotate at the two defensive tackle positions.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Eric Mitchell handles all kicking and punting responsibilities, Dimitri Allison, Kafando and Leggett are the kick returners and Demond Mitchell is the punt returner.

 

 

OUTLOOK

With all-region players gone at seven positions, from the outside looking in, this might appear to be a rebuilding year for the Falcons, but from the inside that isn't the case at all. Coach Matz believes this year's team is much stronger than last year's and if the Falcons can run the ball, play good defense and limit turnovers than they can be serious playoff contenders and possibly do some damage when they get there.

 

 

5. STRONG VINCENT COLONELS

HEAD COACH: Scott White

2012 RECORD: 2-3 region (fourth), 2-8 overall

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 25-27

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 77-39

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 7 (2004-2009 as Class AAA team and 2011 as Class AAAA team)

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 3 (2004 and 2007-2008)

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 1 (as Class AAA team)

1991: beat Conestoga Valley 29-21

 

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 14.6 points per game

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 5

Amongst 14 Class AAA that competed in two District 10 regions: 12

 

Last season was the first since 1999 that Strong Vincent averaged fewer than 17 points per game and to improve this year's team must replace its only first team all-region selection Jared Carlson (155 carries, 702 yards, 10 touchdowns), who transferred to McDowell. Junior Brandon Williams led all returning players in all rushing stats (41 carries, 286 yards, two touchdowns) and is the starting fullback with senior Tyvonne Green the left halfback and junior Davahantae Barnes the right halfback. Seniors Quran Sims and David Difilippo are the wide receivers and junior Rashaurd Taylor is the tight end. The line is led by senior Jon White with junior Kane Patrone and sophomore Lucas Harden the guards and fellow juniors Jaycob Caban and Mark Dahlkemper the tackles. Sophomore Sam Peterson is the new starting quarterback and completed one of four pass attempts for 52 yards in mop up duty last year.

 

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 32.3 points per game last season

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 5

Amongst 14 Class AAA that competed in two District 10 regions: 10

 

Senior, first team all-region selection, Kyle Pointer (96 tackles, 6.5 sacks) is joined as a starting defensive tackle by White with Caban and Taylor the defensive ends. Williams led all returning linebackers with 31 tackles in 2013 and is joined on the outside by junior Tyler Pointer with Patrone the middle linebacker. In the secondary Sims and junior Jaylin Lee are the cornerbacks, sophomore Will Lyons is the free safety and freshman Lucas McDaid the strong safety.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Dahlkemper is the kicker, junior Donte Dunn is the punter and kick/punt returners are Green and Lee.

 

 

OUTLOOK

The ultimate goal for Strong Vincent is to reach the playoffs, but the immediate goal is to get better each week, play as a team and focus on the positive and not the negative    

 

 

 

6. EAST WARRIORS (no information provided)

HEAD COACH: Leonard Ford

2013 RECORD: 0-5 region (sixth), 0-10 overall

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: 15-34

CUMULATIVE RECORD IN LAST 10 YEARS: 18-78

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 1 (2011)

DISTRICT TITLES IN LAST 10 YEARS: 0

PIAA FINALS APPEARANCES: 0

 

OFFENSE

Averaged 10.0 points per game last season

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 6

Amongst 14 Class AAA teams that compete in two District 10 regions: 13

  

 

DEFENSE

Allowed 41.8 points per game last season

RANK

Amongst six teams in region: 6

Amongst 14 Class AAA teams that compete in two District 10 regions: 13