2014 Wilmington Football Preview

2014 Wilmington Greyhounds’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 5-4 (3-4), Region 3
Head Coach: Terry Verrelli, 36th season (276-117-3)
Class: A
Last District 10 Title: 2009
PIAA Playoff Record Since 2000: 8-5
District Playoff Record Since 2000: 20-5
5-Year Winning Percentage: 72.9%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Grove City, 7
Sept. 5 – at Mercer, 7
Sept. 12 – St. Clairsville, 7
Sept. 19 – West Middlesex, 7
Sept. 26 – at Farrell, 7
Oct. 3 – Reynolds, 7
Oct. 10 – at Hickory, 7
Oct. 17 – at Lakeview, 7
Oct. 24 – Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 31 – Slippery Rock, 7

Year in Review: Wilmington started the season with a 5-2 mark, which included three shut outs, and looked destined for another playoff run. However, the Greyhounds lost their last two games to Sharon (35-21) and to Greenville, 41-21, and missed the post-season for the first time since 2004. The ‘Hounds allowed 76 points to be scored in their first seven games but permitted exactly that same amount in their final two.

Wilmington’s defense permitted a 16.9 point per game average last season. An impressive number but it ended the Greyhounds’ eight-year run in the top ten among area teams in points allowed. Still, Wilmington has not allowed their opposition to average 18-points or more in twelve years (2002: 21.8).

The Greyhounds will enter the 2014 season in Class A, not Double-A. Wilmington and Reynolds will both make the transition to take on the likes of West Middlesex, Lakeview, Farrell, and Sharpsville in league play. Wilmington will still face off against some powerhouses from Class AA in Slippery Rock, Hickory and Grove City. The season begins on Friday, August 29 when they’ll travel to face the Eagles at 7 PM.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 25.0 (30th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 16.9 (13th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in New Wilmington
Pitch and catch.
Senior Cody Llewellyn is back after throwing for 609 yards in 9 games while tossing 10 touchdowns compared to just 3 interceptions. Llewellyn connected on 39 of 85 passes for a completion percentage of 45.9%. Number 5 will have a familiar target in Marc Peoples. The 6’5 wide out caught 25 passes for over 450 yards and 7 scores.

September dominance.
Wilmington plays Mercer, St. Clairsville (OH), West Middlesex and Farrell all in the month of September. The Greyhounds have posted a 36-3 record in the month of September over their last 39 contests. That’s a winning percentage of 92.3%.

Verrelli’s 400th game.
Coach Terry Verrelli will coach in his 400th career game on Friday, September 19 when the ‘Hounds welcome West Middlesex. He’s managed to register 276 wins in 396 games (69.7%).

Fact Finder: Wilmington is one of three area schools to post a winning season in ten straight years (Hubbard & Crestview)…In the last decade, the Greyhounds had registered four consecutive double-digit wins (2006-09)…Wilmington has won their last six season openers.

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