Greenville won three District crowns in four years (1996, 1997, 1999) and appeared in six of seven District championship games (1995-1997, 1999-2001); however, the Trojans have not been able to get back to the title game since. With that said, you can’t knock the way this team has worked over the years. Greenville has advanced to the post-season in each of the last seven seasons. Last fall, the Trojans stunned Corry by rallying from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Beavers 35-28 on a Nick Black 4-yard plunge in the District Quarterfinals. Then, a heart wrenching double overtime loss to Wilmington (10-9) ended their season one step away from making their arrival in the District Championship.
The Trojans will have their work cut out for them playing in the highly competitive Region 3. Greenville has finished with a winning mark in conference play in five of the last six campaigns (2007-2009, 2011-2012).
Coach Herrick’s bunch will play host to North East in week one.
2013 Greenville Trojans’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Brian Herrick, 7th season (38-29)
2012 Record: 6-6 (4-3), District 10 – Region 3 (AA)
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost in District 10 Class AA Quarterfinals to Wilmington, 10-9
Returning Starters: Offense – 7, Defense – 7
Offense: Wing-T/Wing-T Spread Offense
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 19.3 (45th in Area)
Passing Yards: 77.8 (934)
Rushing Yards: 182.6 (2191)
Points Allowed: 22.2 (27th in Area)
Passing: Matt Jones – 63 yards, 33.3 (3-9) Comp %, 2 TDs
Rushing: Tyler Fattman – 167 att, 719 yards, 6 TDs
Receiving: Luke Houpt – 33 rec, 523 yards, 6 TDs
Tackles: Zach Miller – 139
Sacks: Trey Vanaken – 3.0
Interceptions: Luke Houpt – 2
Aug. 30 – North East, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – at Hickory, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – Saegertown, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at Sharon, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – at Grove City, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – Titusville, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – Northwestern, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Reynolds, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – Wilmington, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – at Harbor Creek, 7 PM
Offensive Strength: Despite the losses of Braden Gladysz (2nd-Team All-Region) and the Trojans’ center J.J. Hauck, Greenville’s line returns three starters. Seniors Mitchell Kalchthaler and Alex Ho should help establish the line of scrimmage along with junior Alex Gentile.
Offensive Weakness: Each of the past three years have seen the Trojan offensive output diminish (2010: 21.6, 2011: 20.0, 2012: 19.3). The offense will have a new signal caller as Jacob Riffe (851 yards, 8 TDs) graduated this past Spring.
Defensive Strength: Greenville’s front eight should be solid. Mitchell Kalchthaler, Justin Reynolds (208 tackles over past 2 years), and Alex Gentile (88 tackles in 2012) all return up front. Each of their linebackers will be back in the fall. Seniors Trey Vanaken (back-to-back 100 tackle seasons), Randall Peabody (95 tackles), and Matt Jones (206 tackles in 3 seasons) will lead the group while Zach Miller (139 tackles last year) and Nick Black (60 tackles) will both be juniors with lots of experience.
Defensive Weakness: The Trojans began last season by being outscored 68-24 in their first two contests. They finished the season by allowing 26 points or more in four of their last six games. The defense has improved from 2011 (31.4); however, if the Trojans are to take the next step – they will want to solidify the scoring defense.
Storylines Facing the Trojans
1. Leading Rusher Returns. Senior Tyler Fattman has led the Trojans’ rushing attack in each of the last two years. Fattman has accumulated 1,213 yards on 258 carries (4.7) and has scored 8 touchdowns on the ground during his career.
2. Houpt Stepped in Nicely to Replace Zahniser. The loss of Nico Zahniser (51 receptions, 897 yards, 13 TDs) was a huge void to fill following the 2011 season. Luke Houpt stepped in nicely to replace Zahniser as he caught 33 balls for 523 yards and 6 touchdown grabs. All of those stats led Greenville last fall. The 6’1 receiver has received some interest from schools such as Pittsburgh and Ohio.
3. Quarterback? Maybe the biggest question surrounding the team this off-season is ‘who will be the quarterback?’. Senior Matt Jones threw 9 passes last fall which 2 of them were completed for touchdowns. Sophomore Gage Gladysz will see plenty of opportunities this summer in camp.
Did you know?In 2009, Greenville had the 12th ranked scoring offense in the area (30.3).