Reynolds football preview

Between 2006-2011, the Reynolds Raiders won just six of 59 games (6-53). During that stretch, the offense was only able to muster 6.7 points per game.

Last fall, Coach Jerry Pacifico delivered the school and its community a winner. The Raiders closed out 2012 with a 6-4 mark and the highest scoring offense (24.9) since the turn of the century at Reynolds. Unfortunately, after last season, Coach Pacifico was forced to resign due to personal reasons. His replacement is an old face to those who follow Raider football, Josh Mull. The Lock Haven alum has served on the Reynolds’ coaching staff since 2004. “I feel that I have a good grasp on the principles that Coach Pacifico was implementing into our program, and I hope to continue the process,” said Mull. “Any success in the future is linked to [Pacifico’s] achievements.”

Within that successful season a year ago, week eight will resonate for some time with the Raiders. On that day, Reynolds fell to Greenville in overtime, 27-26, on a Cody Nellis touchdown run followed by a Casey Eels extra-point. Coach Mull recalls, “Missing the playoffs was hard on our kids, but having that loss come [at the hands of] our arch rival left a bitter taste that will hopefully fuel our preparations for the upcoming season. I’m not sure who circled the Greenville game on our schedule in the weight room [but they] put several stars around it. It should be another great game.”

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Hopes of another winning season will begin with a visit from Maplewood on Friday, August 30. “We know the task will be daunting,” says Mull knowing that the schedule is grueling. “[However], we embrace the challenge with earnest.”

2013 Reynolds Raiders’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Josh Mull, 1st season
2012 Record: 6-4 (3-4), District 10 Region 3 (AA)
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
Returning Starters: Offense – 8, Defense – 5
Offense: Multiple Formation Power
Defense: 46

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 24.9 (34th in Area)
Passing Yards: 17.9
Rushing Yards: 241.3
Points Allowed: 17.3 (18th in Area)
Passing Yards Allowed: 126.6
Rushing Yards Allowed: 94.3

Returning Leaders
Passing: Kegan Miller – 20 yards, 27.3 Comp % (3-11)
Rushing: Mike Millero – 214 att, 1281 yards, 16 TDs
Receiving: Levi Stoyer – 5 rec, 59 yards, 2 TDs
Interceptions: Mike Millero – 4

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – Maplewood, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – at Titusville, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – Grove City, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at Saegertown, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Sharon, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – at Wilmington, 7 PM
Oct. 12 – at Kennedy Catholic, 12 PM
Oct. 18 – Greenville, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – Hickory, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – at Mercer, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: The team features a 1200-yard running back. Last season, Mike Millero rushed for 1,281 yards on 214 attempts (6.0 ypc) as only a sophomore. Millero also scored 16 touchdowns.

Offensive Weakness: The offensive line lost Logan Rickert and Jamar Henry. Both players were anchors on a line which allowed its’ runners to eclipse 2400 yards (2413) and 32 touchdowns.

Defensive Strength: In 2012, Reynolds improved upon their defensive scoring average for the fourth straight year. In 2008, the defensive unit allowed 38.3 points compared to last year’s figure of 17.8.

Defensive Weakness: Reynolds lost an All-Conference defensive end, a defensive tackle and linebacker from last year’s group. Putting pressure on the opposing quarterback will be a must as the Raiders will attempt to improve on a 17.8 yard per catch average that their foes were able to rack up.

Storylines Facing the Raiders
1. More Passing for Reynolds? Senior Kegan Miller will take over the reins at quarterback for the departed Clay Stoyer. Miller threw 11 passes, completing 3 for 20 yards. “As a coaching staff, we met over the winter and discussed the importance of establishing our passing game in order to open up our offense, “said Coach Mull.

2. Continue to Win. Sustained success at Reynolds has not been easy for the coaches who have followed Frank Amato. The Raiders have had just two winning seasons (2012, 2005) over the past eleven years.

3. Force More Turnovers. A year ago, the Raiders’ defense recovered 14 fumbles; however, they were unable to intercept a single pass out of 157 attempts. The coaching staff will look add onto their overall scheme this fall to make life more difficult for those who pass the ball against Reynolds.

Did you know? Reynolds last won a regular season championship in 2001 when the Raiders finished unbeaten in the Mercer County Conference (AA).

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