Following the 2012 season (4-6), the Administration at Wellsville decided to reopen the coaching search. Dave Skinner, who had led the program since 2007 (32-29), had guided the Tigers to the post-season in 2011.
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In mid-January, Wellsville’s Board of Education announced their decision to bring in former Beaver Local head coach Rich Wright to lead the program into 2013. Wright had resigned after 2011 following a 14-year run as the Beavers’ leader which featured 6 playoff appearances.
“We have a great group of kids that works very hard,” said Coach Wright of his new team. “What we do (over the course of) these next ten weeks (in order) to learn the new system will be our key to success. (With that said) I expect to be a playoff team in 2013.”
2013 Wellsville Tigers’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Rich Wright, 15th season (83-66)
2012 Record: 4-6 (2-5), ITCL Lower Tier
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
Returning Starters: Offense – 8, Defense – 9
Offense: Hybrid Wing-T
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 21.4 (42nd in Area)
Passing Yards: 57.3 (573)
Rushing Yards: 225.9 (2259)
Points Allowed: 31.7 (49th in Area)
Passing: Jordan Sloan – 573 yards, 35.1 Comp %, 4 TDs
Rushing: Marcus Moxley – 126 att, 923 yards, 9 TDs
Receiving: Seth Bradford – 11 rec, 188 yards, 2 TDs
Tackles: Vinnie Giordano – 108
Sacks: Zach Mellott, Seth Bradford, Jordan Sloan – 1.0
Interceptions: Deshan Coles – 2
Aug. 31 – at Toronto, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – Southern, 7:30 PM
Sept. 13 – Lisbon, 7:30 PM
Sept. 20 – Leetonia, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Jackson-Milton, 7 PM
Oct 4 – at Lowellville, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – at Sebring, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – Mineral Ridge, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – at McDonald, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – at Western Reserve, 7 PM
Offensive Strength: With lots of talented runners, Wellsville increased their rushing totals as a team from 143.2 in 2011 to 225.9 in 2012. Marcus Moxley has led the group in each of the past two seasons (2012: 923 yards, 9 TDs). Brendon Carr (537 yards, 6 TDs), Zach Mellott (357 yards, 4 TDs) and Jordan Sloan (298 yards, 4 TDs) all return to carry the football.
Offensive Weakness: Inconsistency. In the Tigers’ 4-wins, they scored 28-points or more. During their six losses, Wellsville was only able to score 14-points once.
Defensive Strength: Team speed and experience will help the Tigers this fall.
Defensive Weakness: Coach Wright will attempt to turn around a defense which allowed the most points (31.7) since 2003 (34.2). In each of the Tigers losses a year ago, Wellsville permitted 40-points or more.
Storylines Facing the Tigers
1. Sixteen Seniors. Many of which have had tons of varsity game experience.
2. Moxley, Ready for a 1,000 Yards. Marcus Moxley has gained 7.4 yards per carry over the past two seasons (226 attempts, 1681 yards). This year, he appears ready to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau.
3. Sophomore Run Stuffer. Vinnie Giordano amassed 108 tackles as a freshman. Number 41 was in on a quarterback sack and forced a fumble from his middle linebacker spot.
4. Grueling League Schedule. The Tigers finish the season with four of their last five away from home including their final two contests at McDonald and Western Reserve. The home game in that mix is a match up against Mineral Ridge, who moved down to the Lower Tier.
Did you know?: The last Tiger to be named to All-Ohio First-Team in back-to-back seasons was Sean Wright (RB) in 1993 and 1994.