Warren Kennedy made their way back to the post-season for the first time since 2009 following a 9-1 regular season which saw the Eagles score 30 points or more in each of their victories.
JFK began 2012 by winning each of their first three contests by a total of 18 points against South Range (34-25), LaBrae (31-24), and Girard (34-32). They then were shut out by Brookfield (35-0) in week four. Not to be discouraged, Kennedy won their final five games of the regular season before coming up short against Youngstown Christian in the Division VI Regional Quarterfinal, 20-14.
Coach Dave Pappada graduated his starting quarterback (Dominic Naples), featured runner (Alec Rossi) and top receiver (Robert Seger) on offense.
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The Eagles begin 2013 by hosting South Range on Saturday, August 31.
2013 Warren JFK Eagles’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Dave Pappada, 3rd season (14-7) at Warren JFK
2012 Record: 9-2 (5-0), North Coast League – White Tier
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Division VI Regional Quarterfinal to Youngstown Christian, 20-14.
Returning Lettermen: 16
Offense: Spread Shotgun/Pro I
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 31.4 (15th in Area)
Passing Yards: 96.0 (1056)
Rushing Yards: 196.3 (2159)
Points Allowed: 20.0 (22)
Rushing: Carl Zallow – 31 att, 251 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Chad Zallow – 6 rec, 79 yards
Aug. 31 – South Range, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – at LaBrae, 7 PM
Sept. 14 – Girard, 7 PM
Sept. 28 – Brookfield, 7 PM
Oct. 5 – at Cleveland VASJ, 7 PM
Oct. 12 – Holy Name, 7 PM
Oct. 19 – at Trinity, 7 PM
Oct. 26 – Sharpsville, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Cleveland Central Catholic, 7 PM
Offensive Strength: The cupboard isn’t dry in terms of skill position players. Yes, they lost Alec Rossi (971 yards rushing) and Robert Seger (434 yards receiving) to graduation. The Eagles welcome back Carl Zallow (251 yards rushing), Chad Zallow (6 catches), Royal Smith (152 yards rushing) and Austin Munno (6 catches) who all contributed last fall.
Offensive Weakness: Quarterback Dominic Naples was a big reason why Kennedy advanced to the post-season. Naples completed 59.1% of his passes (68-115) last season while rushing for 408 yards. As a junior, he was also effective gaining 246 stripes via the ground and connected on 56.1% of his tosses (74-132). He has since graduated so now the question is who will be the quarterback? The early favorite is Michael Roscoe.
Defensive Strength: The Zallow boys (Chad & Carl) return in the secondary which lost Dominic Naples, John Hilty, and Robert Seger. Look for Dante Munno, Royal Smith, and Zach Watt to all play key roles in the defensive backfield.
Defensive Weakness: The linebacker group appears to be a concern for Coach Pappada after the losses of Connor Jones, Michael Sajnovsky, and Alec Rossi.
Storylines Facing the Eagles
1. Point Production Increase. Can the Eagles keep pace with the amount of points they were able to post in 2012. In their 9 wins, Warren JFK scored 30 points or more in each of those outings. The bump of 9.4 points per game from 2011 (22.0 ppg) to 2012 (31.4 ppg) was the largest increase since 2002 (16.2 ppg) to 2003 (29.0 ppg).
2. Kicker Bofenkamp. JFK’s senior kicker Eric Bofenkamp (3-year letterwinner) compiled 59 points (38 extra points, 7 field goals) in 2012. He was named to the All-North Coast team. How will he perform in 2013?
3. Western PA Power comes to Warren. Sharpsville has won 44 games over the past four years. The Blue Devils will look to knock off the home standing Eagles of JFK on October 26.
Did you know? JFK won 53 games between 2003-2007.