2014 Hubbard Football Preview

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2014 Hubbard Eagles’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 12-1 (5-0), AAC American Division
Head Coach: Brian Hoffman, 8th season at Hubbard (61-20)
Division: 3
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2013
School Playoff Record: 9-12
Last League Title: 2013
5-Year Winning Percentage: 77.6%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Lakeview, 7
Sept. 5 – at Girard, 7
Sept. 12 – Kenmore, 7
Sept. 19 – at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 7
Sept. 26 – at Poland, 7
Oct. 3 – Niles, 7
Oct. 10 – Canfield, 7
Oct. 17 – at Howland, 7
Oct. 24 – at Northwest, 7
Oct. 31 – Struthers, 7

Returning Statistical Leaders
Rushing Yards: L.J. Scott, 1867
Passing Yards: Dom Pantone, 3
Receiving Yards: Isiah Scott, 290
Tackles: Matt Jones, 56
Interceptions: Isiah Scott, 3
Quarterback Sacks: David Margala, 8.5

Year in Review: During the regular season, Hubbard was able to win their fair share of contests by a large margin but also won three games by 8 points or less including a week two battle with Girard, 28-26. The Eagles advanced to their 12th playoff appearance in the last 15 years. There they knocked off Marlington (42-14) and Aurora (49-19) before falling to eventual state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (40-7) in the Regional Final.

Hubbard’s all-time leading rusher L.J. Scott continued to write his own records as he is closing in on the 5,000-yard rushing plateau for his career (4,657). Scott has also run for 60 touchdowns. Kennedy Catholic transfer Brennan Wassil completed 58.6% of his passes (75-128) in 2013 as he tossed for 1119 yards. Darnell Tate topped 1,400 receiving yards for his career last fall as he also scored 13 total touchdowns from the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Alex Mosora ended his scholastic career last fall with another 120 tackle season to go along with his 4.5 sacks.

Coach Brian Hoffman has won 75.3% of his games at Hubbard since taking over the program in 2007. His teams have been able to reach week eleven all but one year. Hubbard welcomes back 8 starters on offense as well as on defense. The Eagles’ season begins at home on Friday, August 29 when Hubbard takes on Lakeview.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 41.5 (3rd in Area)
Rushing Offense: 304.6
Passing Offense: 88.5
Points Allowed Per Game: 18.5 (14th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Hubbard
Great Scott!
In recent memory, there have been standouts like Anthony Smith (Syracuse), Shaun Lane (Ohio State) and Andre Givens (Bowling Green), all who were All-Ohio selections and went onto play football on Saturdays. However, L.J. Scott may (or may have already) eclipse each of them in terms of the way he will be remembered by football fans across the Valley. Listen to these numbers, Scott has run for 4,657 yards with an average of 9.0 yards per carry and 60 touchdowns. He has also caught 40 passes for 550 yards (13.8 ypr). On defense, he has intercepted 5 passes and has sacked the quarterback 5.5 times in his illustrious three-year career.

Second fiddle?
Junior George Hill returns to the mix as a 1,000-yard rusher. Hill put together a monster season by compiling numbers like 1,175 yards rushing and a ridiculous 11.8 yard per carry average. He only toted the ball 10 times as a freshman in 2012 (12.0 ypc) but he should receive a bevy of carries this fall. Last year, the Eagles averaged 304.6 yards per game on the ground. Hill has verbally committed to play football at Ohio State in 2016.

Too many stats to figure out.
Here’s a few numbers to chew on: During the regular season, the Eagles accumulated a +10 turnover ratio (27 takeaways/17 turnovers). Offensively, Hubbard finished the season for the 8th straight year by averaging 28 points or better. The defense saw a decline in the amount of rushing yards they allowed last year (136.3) compared to 2012 (186.4). Now, coach Hoffman views the biggest challenges for his team as finding a replacement to fill the void left by Vlassios Pizanias (K/P) and Brennan Wassil (QB).

Recent Leaders
< i>Passing Yards
2013: Brennan Wassil – 1119
2012: Brandon Harb – 1490
2011: Ashton Owens – 1064
2010: Mike Lopuchovsky – 1563
2009: Matt Shelton – 1993
2008: Matt Shelton – 918
2007: Marc Kanetsky – 2288

< i>Rushing Yards
2013: L.J. Scott – 1867
2012: L.J. Scott – 1614
2011: L.J. Scott – 1176
2010: Mike Lopuchovsky – 766
2009: Andre Givens – 919
2008: Andre Givens – 1272
2007: Robert Wigfall – 494

< i>Receiving Yards
2013: Darnell Tate – 396
2012: Darnell Tate – 595
2011: Darnell Tate – 409
2010: Danny Duvall – 480
2009: Danny Duvall – 691
2008: Danny Duvall – 358
2007: Mike Carnahan – 785

< i>Tackles
2013: Alex Mosora – 120
2012: Alex Mosora – 120
2011: Mike Tobey – 103
2010: Mike Lopuchovsky – 132
2009: Blake Novotny – 158
2008: Cody Kilar – 138
2007: Cody Kilar – 135

< i>Interceptions
2013: Bill Fisher – 4
2012: L.J. Scott – 3
2011: Darnell Tate – 2
2010: Mike Lupochovsky, Kory Hopkinson, & Tyler Duez – 4
2009: Chase Myers & Tommy Jackson – 4
2008: Sam Bellino – 5
2007: Andre Givens – 3

Quarterback Sacks
2013: David Margala – 8.5
2012: Mike Beem – 6.0
2011: Jeremy Kerola – 7.0
2010: Blake Novotny – 7.0
2009: Anthony Nadeja – 5.0
2008: DaShawn Liranzo – 9.5
2007: Matt Lopuchovsky – 6.5

Fact Finder: Hubbard has not had a losing season since 1998 (4-6) or a losing conference season since 1994 (1-5). The Eagles have the longest current streak of any area team with their 15 consecutive winning seasons…Prior to their last two season opening victories, the Eagles had lost 7 straight…Hubbard has put together five consecutive wins in the month of September and six straight in the month of October…Speaking of win streaks, the Eagles have not lost a home game in their past eleven tries.

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