Sebring football preview

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Following back-to-back 4-win seasons, the Trojans took a step back finishing winless for the first time in four years (2008: 0-10). Sebring allowed each of their final seven opponents to score 41 points or more during that stretch. Within those seven weeks, McKinley’s opponents’ finished with a winning percentage of 55.6% (40-32).

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Sebring begins the new season with a visit from the Bombers of Windham on Friday, August 30.

2013 Sebring Trojans’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Scott Springer, 3rd season (4-16)
2012 Record: 0-10 (0-7) ITCL Lower Tier
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
Offense: Multiple
Defense: 4-3

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 12.0 (61st in Area)
Passing Yards: 69.3 (693)
Rushing Yards: 92.1 (921)
Points Allowed: 43.3 (60th in Area)

Returning Leaders
Rushing: Dylan Mick – 132 att, 474 yds, 2 TDs
Receiving: Dylan Mick – 17 rec, 292 yds, 2 TDs
Tackles: Dylan Mick – 50
QB Sacks: Dylan Mick & Aaron Ostrosky – 3.0
Interceptions: Jerry Billingsley, Cody Dennis, & Dylan Mick – 1

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – Windham, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – Southington, 7 PM
Sept. 14 – at Cleveland VASJ, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at McDonald, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Mineral Ridge 7 PM
Oct. 4 – at Jackson-Milton, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – Wellsville, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – Western Reserve, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – at Leetonia, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Lowellville, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: Dylan Mick was the life force of an offense which produced 12 points per game during the season. Mick led the team in rushing (474 yards, 3.6 ypc) and receiving (17 catches for 292 yards).

Offensive Weakness: The passing game will be hurt due to the loss of the Trojans’ quarterback (Josh Hurford) and two of their top three receiving options (Zack Jackson and Zach Wagner). Hurford was the lone First-Team All-ITCL selection a year ago. Josh threw for 693 yards while completing 46.5% of his tosses (60-129) while scoring 3 touchdowns on the ground. Jackson was the Trojans’ second leading receiver with 13 catches for 111 stripes. Wagner was utilized in the rushing attack (288 yards, 7.4 ypc) and as a receiver (10 catches for 119 yards).

Defensive Strength: Sebring returns their top four tacklers from a year ago (Dylan Mick, 50; Jerry Billingsley, 40; Alex Wheeler, 35; Cody Dennis, 34). The core of linebackers should be better with the experience they gained last year. Look for Dennis and Mick to lead that group.

Defensive Weakness: After two very productive seasons which saw McKinley only give up an average of 20.5 points (409 points in 20 games), the defense allowed their opponents to double that figure in one season (43.3 ppg, 433 points in 10 games).

Storylines Facing the Trojans
1. Stop the Bleeding. Sebring has lost twelve straight games since week nine of the 2011 season.

2. Defense Reverting? Hopefully, last year was just a blip on the radar when Sebring allowed 43.3 points per game. Between 2001-2009, the Trojans defense permitted 3,623 points which tallied to 40.3 points per game in 9 years.

3. Junior Class. Last year, a handful of sophomores stepped in to play key roles for the Trojans. Cody Dennis (RB/LB) toted the ball for a touchdown (23 yards) and also took down 34 ball carriers on the defensive side of the ball. Alex Wheeler finished third on the team with 35 tackles. Defensive backs Diamonte McMullen and Branton Alex also closed out the year with the same amount of tackles (22). Zane Twaddle totaled 14 defensive stops from his line position. A lot will be asked of the junior class this season.

Did you know? Since the ITCL was formed in 2006, the Trojans have won 5 of 49 games. However, those 5 victories have come in the last three seasons.

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