Coming off of their first playoff appearance in school history in 2011, the Eagles had an even better season last year which saw YCS come up one win shy of a regional crown.
The Eagles won their first five contests where the opposition was only able to manage 22 points combined. In week five, Youngstown Christian manhandled Mathews by a count of 84-12, on September 22.
In the post-season, the Eagles held off Warren JFK (20-14) and rallied past Malvern (25-20) to reach the regional championship. There, they met Mogadore – the same team who they had eliminated from the playoffs one year prior. In the 2012 Regional Final – the Wildcats got revenge, 42-20.
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The 2013 season gets underway with back-to-back road games at Lowellville and at Springfield before returning home to play Streetsboro on Saturday, September 14.
2013 Youngstown Christian Eagles’ Football Preview
By Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Brian Marrow, 7th season (40-24) at Youngstown Christian
2012 Record: 9-3, Independent
2012 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Division VI Regional Championship to Mogadore, 42-20, on November 16.
2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 32.3 (14th in Area)
Points Allowed: 18.5 (16th in Area)
Aug. 30 – at Lowellville, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – at Springfield, 7 PM
Sept. 14 – Streetsboro, 7 PM
Sept. 21 – Grand Valley, 7 PM
Oct. 5 – St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 PM
Oct. 12 – Vermilion, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Cleveland VASJ, 7 PM
Oct. 26 – Brookfield, 7 PM
Nov. 2 – at Gilmour Academy, 2 PM
Offensive Strength: The passing game should be in excellent shape with the return of senior Darien Townsend. The 5’8 play maker was at his best last season catching passes from Emmett Underwood and making defenders miss with his legs.
Offensive Weakness: The Eagles rushing attack may take a hit with the loss of their star tailback Ryan Grier and aggressive fullback Draevon Green to graduation.
Defensive Strength: Coach Marrow has had his fair share of exceptional offensive players over the years but it’s been the Youngstown Christian defense which has not taken a back seat. Over the last two seasons, the Eagles defense has ranked 7th (13.7) in the area in points allowed in 2011 and 16th (18.5) in 2012.
Defensive Weakness: YCS will see a bunch of new faces along the defensive front and in the linebacking core. Bobby Houston, Kaevon Green (former Defensive Player of the Year), Jarius Pettis, Melvin Gregory, Draevon Green and John Grizzard are all gone from last year’s regional final team.
Storylines Facing the Eagles
1. New Quarterback at YCS. The graduation of Emmett Underwood will put a new signal caller in place at Youngstown Christian. Last year, Paris Bennett was battling it out for the quarterback position. This year, Bennett is a senior.
2. Still, Explosive. The offense lost a ton of talent with the graduation of the Eagles’ quarterback (Emmett Underwood), tailback (Ryan Grier) and fullback (Draevon Green). However, YCS appears to still have a potent offensive attack led by wideout Darien Townsend. Number 2 has gained interest from Akron, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and West Virginia just to name a few.
3. Dubose Mans the Defense.In late April, Tymere Dubose verbally committed to play football in 2014 at Kentucky. The 6’5 athletic defensive end chose the Wildcats over Michigan State and West Virginia.
Did you know? Since beginning play in 2004, Youngstown Christian has only failed to reach a winning record twice during their nine year existence (2010 & 2004).