Kennedy Catholic football preview

After an impressive week three victory over Mercer (18-13), Kennedy Catholic stumbled dropping each of their final seven contests. The Eagles were involved in four games which were decided by ten points or less (1-3).

Kennedy Catholic has compiled a 6-50 mark over their last six seasons. With that said, the coaching staff is hopeful that the program is on the way back to relevancy.

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The Golden Eagles will play two Saturday morning scrimmages in August against Neshannock and Cambridge Springs before beginning a three-game home stand to open the 2013 campaign.

2013 Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles’ Football Preview
By Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Archie D’Onofrio, 4th season (4-25)
2012 Record: 1-9 (1-5), District 10 Region 1 (A)
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 13.3 (60th in Area)
Points Allowed: 33.9 (54th in Area)

Returning Leaders
Rushing: Jacob Leipheimer – 46 att, 579 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving: Sam Crow – 22 rec, 224 yards, 1 TD

2013 Schedule
Aug. 31 – Bradford, 12 PM
Sept. 7 – Farrell, 12 PM
Sept. 14 – Mercer, 12 PM
Sept. 20 – at Sharpsville, 7 PM
Sept. 28 – Lakeview, 12 PM
Oct. 4 – at Union, 7 PM
Oct. 12 – Reynolds, 12 PM
Oct. 19 – West Middlesex, 12 PM
Oct. 25 – at Conneaut, 7 PM
Nov. 2 – Maplewood, 12 PM

Offensive Strength: The Eagles’ top rusher returns in 2013 while their top passer will head across the border. Junior Jacob Leipheimer ran for an average of 12.6 yards per carry in 2012 (46 rushes, 579 yards). The team’s signal caller Brennan Wassil has transferred after compiling an astonishing 62.6% completion percentage (109-174) for 1,518 yards passing.

Offensive Weakness: The loss of Jeff Thompkins will hurt the squad. Thompkins caught 42 balls for 846 yards while rushing for another 399 stripes. He scored 11 total touchdowns to lead Kennedy Catholic.

Defensive Strength: The group has improved since 2010 when the Eagle defense allowed an average of 43.6 points per game. Despite allowing five opponents to scored 40 points or more, they were able to limit the damage to 33.9 per game.

Defensive Weakness: It’s been seven years since Kennedy Catholic has fielded a winning team (2006: 7-5). It’s also been that long since the Eagles’ defense was able to prevent the opposition from averaging 32 points or more in a season (2006: 21.6).

Storylines Facing the Golden Eagles
1. Can Returning Receivers Step Up? Jeff Thompkins is a huge loss for any team. Kennedy will return a stable of capable receivers who may be able to pick up the pieces that Thompkins left behind. Senior Jacob Feeney caught 6 passes for 72 yards while his classmate and tight end Sam Crow hauled in 22 balls for 224 stripes. Jacob Reed (4 catches) and David Cathey (6 catches) also were productive in their limited amount of targets.

2.Offensive Outage.Kennedy Catholic’s offense has finished in the bottom five in points scored in the area in five of the last six years.

Did you know?Kennedy Catholic posted a combined record of 22-11 between 2004-2006.

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