Mohawk football preview

It has been quite some time since the Warriors of Mohawk have been relevant entering the month of November. This year, Coach Joe Lamenza hopes that changes with the amount of returning starters he has (8 offense/9 defense).

On the last Friday of the 2012 season (October 26), Mohawk played New Brighton tough right down to the wire before falling, 35-28. The Warriors finished with a 2-7 mark. Coach Lamenza says, “We ask for everyone to do their job. We need to get better consistency (from our players).”

With the likes of Aliquippa, Beaver and Beaver Falls in the Midwestern Conference – “we’ve got to bring it week in and week out,” commented Mohawk’s third-year coach.

The Warriors will begin the 2013 campaign by playing host to Freedom on Friday, August 30.

2013 Mohawk Warriors’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Joe Lamenza, 3rd season (2-16)
2012 Record: 2-7 (2-5), WPIAL Midwestern
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
Returning Starters: Offense – 8, Defense – 9
Offense: Multiple
Defense: 4-3

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 10.1 (62nd in Area)
Points Allowed: 33.7 (53rd in Area)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Gio Menachino – 273 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Shane McFarland – 134 att, 631 yards
Receiving: Mike Kurtz – 3 rec, 38 yards

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – Freedom, 7:30 PM
Sept. 6 – at Beaver Falls, 7:30 PM
Sept. 13 – Montour, 7:30 PM
Sept. 20 – at Riverside, 7:30 PM
Sept. 27 – at Aliquippa, 7:30 PM
Oct. 4 – Ellwood City, 7:30 PM
Oct. 11 – at Beaver, 7:30 PM
Oct. 18 – at Seton LaSalle, 7:30 PM
Oct. 25 – New Brighton, 7:30 PM

Offensive Strength: The 5’9, 165-pound Shane McFarland returns after leading the Warriors in rushing in each of the past two seasons. McFarland almost gained double the amount of yards last year (631) as he had two seasons ago (394).

Offensive Weakness: Mohawk’s offense has had its’ issues scoring the football. In each of the last two seasons, Mohawk has finished last in scoring (2011: 6.8; 2012: 10.1).

Defensive Strength: The defense improved from 2011 to 2012 by allowing almost 9 points less (42.3 compared to 33.7).

Defensive Weakness: With the improvement in scoring defense, the Warriors have still allowed 28 points or more in each of their last six seasons.

Storylines Facing the Warriors
1. Added Depth. The increasing number of players out for the team this summer gives the Warriors more depth than what they have had in recent memory.

2. Veteran Group. Coach Lamenza returns a veteran group which only lost five starters from last year’s team (17 return).

3. Breaking the Trend. Mohawk just completed their sixth consecutive losing season. As of late, the Warriors have accumulated just 4 wins in their last 27 games.

Did you know? Mohawk last advanced to the District playoffs in 2005 when they were ousted in the WPIAL quarterfinals by eventual PIAA Class AA champion, South Park (41-7).

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