2014 Southern Football Preview

2014 Southern Indians’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 2-8 (1-6), ITCL Upper Tier
Head Coach: Mike Skrinjar, 5th Season (25-16)
Division: 6
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2010< /br>
School Playoff Record: 0-1< /br>
Last League Title: 1977, tri-champs
5-Year Winning Percentage: 54.9%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Waterloo, 7
Sept. 5 – Streetsboro, 7
Sept. 12 – Columbiana, 7
Sept. 19 – at Leetonia, 7
Sept 26 – Lowellville, 7
Oct. 3 – Sebring, 7
Oct. 10 – at McDonald, 7
Oct. 17 – at Mineral Ridge, 7
Oct. 24 – Wellsville, 7
Oct. 31 – at Western Reserve, 7

Year in Review: The Indians suffered through a painful 2-8 campaign after posting three consecutive winning seasons. The offense was unable to get going as the Indians were held to single digits seven times and only managed to score more than 14 points once (19) all year. Southern scored an average of 7.1 points last season (61st among area teams) which was lowest total since 2004.

Their normally stout defense permitted 38.4 points to be scored in their eight losses. The Tribe hadn’t allowed as many points (33.0) in nine years (2004: 43.7).

Southern begins the season on August 29 at Waterloo.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 7.1 (61st in Area)
Rushing Offense: 131.0
Passing Offense: 33.3
Points Allowed Per Game: 33.0 (53rd in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Salineville
Loss of offensive standouts – Shilot & McKenzie.
Where will the offensive punch come from to replace the production that Michael McKenzie and Jared Shilot gave Southern over the past couple of seasons? Between 2010 to 2012, Southern averaged above 28 points per game each year. Just this past fall, McKenzie totaled an average of 6.2 yards per carry (147 attempts, 915 yards). Shilot, the school’s all-time leading receiver, threw for 98 yards, hauled in passes for 200 and scampered for another 193.

Question surrounds QB spot.
Last season, junior Gabe Richards and sophomore Michael Shope both spent time under center. This year, they’ll both be asked to increase their production wherever they line up on the field.

Return to the Lower Tier.
After spending a single season in the Upper Tier, Southern returns to the ITCL’s Lower Tier. The Indians posted a 15-6 mark during their last three seasons in that half of the league (2010-12).

Fact Finder: The Indians have won four consecutive season opening games…Recently, Southern has lost five straight games in the month of September and October. The Indians had won nine in a row in September prior to their current skid…Southern has lost five straight on the road and seven of their last eight away from Salineville.

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