2014 Reynolds Raiders’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 4-6 (2-5), Region 3
Head Coach: Josh Mull, 2nd season (4-6)
Last District 10 Title: 2005
PIAA Playoff Record Since 2000: 1-1
District Playoff Record Since 2000: 3-1
5-Year Winning Percentage: 28.0%
Aug. 29 – at Cochranton, 7
Sept. 5 – Farrell, 7
Sept. 12 – at Sharpsville, 7
Sept. 19 – Franklin, 7
Sept. 26 – Lakeview, 7
Oct. 3 – at Wilmington, 7
Oct. 10 – at Greenville, 7
Oct. 17 – Mercer, 7
Oct. 24 – at West Middlesex, 7
Oct. 31 – North East, 7:30
Rushing Yards: Mike Millero, 1520
Passing Yards: Garrett Daniello, 15
Receiving Yards: Jacob Leipheimer & Mike Millero, 13
Tackles: Mike Millero, 58
Quarterback Sacks: Garhett Frable & Cole Rickert, 1.5
Interceptions: Curt Fowler & Mike Millero, 2
Year in Review: Reynolds began 2013 with a 3-1 record under first-year head coach Josh Mull. However, the Raiders failed to register a victory in five of their final six contests to end the campaign with a 4-6 mark. Reynolds lost four games by two touchdowns or less. “Last year, we expected great things,” recalls coach Mull. “Things didn’t always go the way we had expected. Much of that had to do with the competition we faced week in and week out.”
The Raiders outgained the opposition by 399 yards, won the time of possession battle (38:57 to 27:42) and outscored them by 49 but as the second-year coach said it was another statistic which mattered. “The deficit in the win column (4-6) is the column which counts. We were close but we ended the season in disappointment.”
Mike Millero led the team in rushing for a second consecutive season. He ran for 1520 yards on 193 attempts (7.9 ypc) and scored 15 times. The tandem of Kegan Miller and Levi Stoyer connected on 8 passes for 197 yards and a score (24.6 avg). On defense, Stoyer led the Raiders with 5 fumble recoveries and finished second with 3.0 sacks. Leading the charge in taking down opposing passers was Kyle McConnell who had 3.5.
Reynolds moves to Class A along with Wilmington this fall. The Raiders return 19 letter winners including 9 starters on defense and 7 on offense. Coach Mull’s group will travel to Cochranton on Friday, August 29 for their season opener.
2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 26.1 (28th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 253.3
Passing Offense: 33.0
Points Allowed Per Game: 21.1 (22nd in Area)
Rushing Defense: 144.5
Passing Defense: 131.9
3 Things to Watch in Reynolds
Millero chasing history.
Almost 30 years have passed since Ron Park set the record for most yards rushing in school history at Reynolds with 4,537. Park ran for 1903 as a junior before following that campaign up with a 2174 yard performance as a senior in 1987. Fast forward to 2014, senior Mike Millero has an opportunity to surpass Parks’ record. Millero is just 69 yards shy of 3,000 on the ground.
Change on defensive.
This season, the Raiders defense will have a new look by converting over to an even front. Coach Mull believes that the even front will best suit the team’s personnel and gives them the best chance to compete in Region 1. Senior free safety Curt Fowler (27 tackles, 2 interceptions) will lead the defense along with Garhett Frable (14 tackles, 1.5 sacks) at tackle. Last year’s defense caused 26 turnovers.
Strength of offense is the line.
Reynolds returns four of their five offensive linemen from a year ago. Seniors Jake Stoyer and Mike Williams are both back along with junior Gene Ringer and sophomore Cole Rickert. The foursome helped Reynolds increase their rushing game from a team which averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2012 (457 attempts, 2413 yards, 32 TDs) to a 6.2 average in 2013 (411 attempts, 2533 yards, 32 TDs).
Recent Offensive Leaders
2013: Kegan Miller – 315
2012: Clayton Stoyer – 159
2011: Clayton Stoyer – 596
2013: Mike Millero – 1520
2012: Mike Millero – 1281
2011: Jalen Sims – 610
2013: Levi Stoyer – 197
2012: Kellen Gursky – 60
2011: Tyler Miller – 149
Fact Finder: The Raiders have won their last two season openers…Reynolds has had difficulty winning consistently in October, they’ve dropped fourteen of their last sixteen games in that month…The turnover ratio went from even (14/14) in 2012 to +18 (8/26) last fall. Reynolds defense did not pick off a single pass in 2012. Last year, they intercepted 10 passes…The Raiders have increased their point total in each of the last four seasons. Between 2006-09, Reynolds scored a total of 249 points. This past year, they tallied 261.