Salem football preview

For the second time in five years, Salem failed to register a single win during a season. The stats looked eerily similar to that of 2008. Last fall, the Quakers averaged 17.1 points per game and in 2008 they were able to manage 16.6. The defense permitted 36.5 points in 2013 while five years ago they allowed 39.4. The silver lining is that Salem advanced to the post-season for the first-time in school history in 2009. Can they duplicate that success?

Coach Ron Johnson enters his second season on the job. During Johnson’s first four years at Canton McKinley (2008-2011), the Bulldogs compiled a 31-16 record and advanced to the playoff each year. Coach Johnson will be without Second-Team All-NBC member Jake Carner (WR/DB) and players who were honorable mention honorees in Brenden Webb (WR/DB) and Mike Madison (WR/DB).

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The Quakers will welcome both Liberty and United in back-to-back weeks to begin the 2013 season.

2013 Salem Quakers’ Football Preview
By Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Ron Johnson, 2nd season (0-10) at Salem
2012 Record: 0-10 (0-7), Northeastern Buckeye Conference
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 17.1 (53rd in Area)
Points Allowed: 36.5 (58th in Area)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Trace Jenkins – 1638 yards, 52.4 Comp. % (131-250), 14 TDs
Tackles: Logan Taylor – 118

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – Liberty, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – United, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – at East Liverpool, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at Louisville, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – at Alliance, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – Minerva, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – at Marlington, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Carrollton, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – Canton South, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – West Branch, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: Coach Johnson will have his junior quarterback Trace Jenkins back for the upcoming season. Jenkins completed 52.4% of his passes (131-250) for 1,638 yards. The 6’0 signal caller tossed for 9 scores during conference play last season.

Offensive Weakness: Scoring the football has been an issue for Salem over the last two seasons. In 2011, the Quakers averaged only 15.6 points and last year they increased that number to 17.1. A year ago, the offense was only able to muster four touchdowns twice.

Defensive Strength: Salem’s leading tackler is back for his senior campaign. Linebacker Logan Taylor was named to the Northeastern Buckeye’s First-Team after a season which saw him accumulate 118 tackles including 22 for a loss.

Defensive Weakness: The defense allowed each team they faced to score three touchdowns or more. They faced six opponents who posted 40 points or better.

Storylines Facing the Quakers
1. League Play on the RoadSalem opens the conference season with four of their first five contests on the road. The Quakers have dropped their last six NBC road games over the past two seasons.

2. Confusing Numbers. Don’t be fooled by the record (0-10) or the amount of points which the Quakers gave up last season (365). Salem was in and had opportunities against some of the area’s best team a year ago. In week one, Salem was edged by 9-3 Liberty (21-17). United got a fourth quarter touchdown from Garrett Beech to prevail 35-28 in week two. In the season finale, the NBC champion West Branch Warriors held off a late Quaker rally to win 21-13.

3. Big Play Skill.Haeden Panezott and Marcus Crittenden both return for their senior seasons. Panezott had a streak of four consecutive weeks where he scored a touchdown of 60-plus yards. On September 28, Haeden scampered 64-yards to pay dirt against Canton South. The following week, #8 ran 65-yards for a score versus Alliance. On October 12, he caught an 80-yard touchdown strike from Trace Jenkins against Minerva. Finally in a week nine matchup with Louisville, Panezott went 65-yards on a kickoff return for six points. Crittenden’s 90-yard kickoff return against Canton South has been talked about since September 28. Both players look to be in line for more big plays in 2013.

Did you know? Salem has compiled a 1-9 record in August in their last 10 games in the eight month of the year. Their lone win came against LaBrae (28-21) on August 27, 2010.

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