Jonathan Culp enters his second season as the head football coach of Newton Falls. On September 14, the Tigers knocked off Girard – 27-14. Since that victory, the Tigers lost their final six games by a combined score of 273 to 65. Eight opponents were able to post over 43 points against the Newton Falls defense on the campaign.
The offense will be without quite possibly their most explosive weapon in C.J. Gregory, who gained 929 yards on 196 carries last fall (12 TDs). Gregory also returned 31 kickoffs for an average of 22.3 stripes.
Newton Falls is trying to end a three-year streak which has seen the Tigers compile just a 5-25 record.
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Coach Culp’s bunch will host both Rootstown and Brookfield to open the season.
2013 Newton Falls Tigers’ Football Preview
By Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Jonathan Culp, 2nd season (1-9)
2012 Record: 1-9 (1-6), All-American Conference – National Division
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 15.9 (54th in Area)
Passing Yards: 65.2 (652)
Rushing Yards: 181.3 (1813)
Points Allowed: 44.8 (61st in Area)
Passing Yards Allowed: 125.6 (1256)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 276.5 (2765)
Passing: Brandon Fuller – 548 yards, 46.7 Comp. % (69-148), 2 TDs
Rushing: Brandon Fuller – 130 att, 795 yards, 8 TDs
Receiving: Derek Walton – 18 rec, 207 yards, 1 TD
Aug. 29 – Rootstown, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – Brookfield, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – at Norton, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at Girard, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Champion, 7 PM
Oct 4 – Jefferson, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – at LaBrae, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Liberty, 7 PM
Oct. 25 –Campbell, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – at Lakeview, 7 PM
Offensive Strength: Quarterback Brandon Fuller returns for his senior season. Last year, he ran for 795 yards (6.1 ypc, 8 TDs) and tossed for another 548 (69-148) stripes. Fuller will have two of his top three receivers back in 2013 (Derek Walton & Jared Crowder).
Offensive Weakness: Over the last three seasons, the Tigers have struggled to score the football. In their last thirty games, Newton Falls has averaged 17.0 points per contest.
Defensive Strength: A pair of First-Team All-AAC (Jared Crowder & Derek Walton) and Second-Team (Brandon Fuller & Zachary Battisti) return to help a defense which permitted the opposition to score 44.8 points in 2012.
Defensive Weakness: The run defense has allowed opponents to gain over 238-yards per contest while tacking on a 6.1 yard per carry average in each of the last three years.
Storylines Facing the Tigers
1. Can the Defense Slow Down Opposing Offenses? Since the Tigers’ last winning season in 2009 (7-3), the defense has allowed their opponents to score 1,111 points. That’s an average of 37.0 points per game.
2. Rootstown Added. The Rovers have been added to Newton Falls’ 2013 schedule. Rootstown won their first two contests of 2012 by knocking off Sebring and Jackson-Milton. However, the Rovers failed to win a single game the rest of the way to finish 2-8. Rootstown replaces Southeast on the Tigers’ schedule.
3. Nine-Year Struggle. Newton Falls has had just one winning season over the course of the last nine years (2009: 7-3). The Tigers have accumulated a 7-18 league mark since the All-American Conference was formed in 2008.
Did you know? Last year, Newton Falls scored a total of 23 rushing touchdowns compared to 9 in the previous season.