2015 Harding Football Preview

2015 Warren Harding Football Preview
Head Coach: Steve Arnold, 4th season (15-15)
2014 Record: 2-8 (2-4), Lake Erie League
5-Year Winning Percentage: 49.0%
Division/Region: 2/3
Returning Letter Winners: 16
Returning Offensive Starters: 8
Returning Defensive Starters: 7

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 212.0
Passing Offense: 25.4
Total Offense: 237.4
Scoring Offense: 17.4 (43rd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 24.6 (32nd in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Keemari Murry – 1178 yards, 6.7 ypc, 10 TDs
Passing: Lynn Williams – 140 yards, 30.4%, TD
Receiving: Marlin Richardson – 9 catches, 58 yards

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – Shaw, 7
Sept. 4 – at Cleveland Heights, 7
Sept. 11 – Massillon, 7
Sept. 18 – Fitch, 7
Sept. 25 – Ursuline, 7
Oct. 2 – Lakeside, 7
Oct. 9 – Boardman, 7
Oct. 15 – at Cardinal Mooney, 7
Oct. 23 – at East, 7
Oct. 30 – at Howland, 7

Key Losses: Harding lost two elite linemen in James Daniels (Iowa) and Javon Provitt (Kentucky). The duo has been the heart and soul of the Raiders’ rushing attack for the past few years. The team will also be without key defensive contributors in Hasan Muhammed, Quindez Stubbs, Kane Murray, Elijah Cofield and Jacob Thompson.

Key Returnees: Senior Keemari Murry has gained over 1,000-yards rushing in each of the past two seasons since taking over the role as the featured back from LeShun Daniels. Marlin Richardson is back after leading the Raiders a year ago in receiving with 9 catches for 58 yards. Junior Lynn Williams is back in the folding after throwing for 140 stripes while completing 30.4% of his tosses (17-56). Senior lineman Kaleb Jones is just as punishing on one side of the ball as the other.

Key Storyline: Since November of 2012, Harding has won just six of their last twenty contests (30.0%). Can the Raiders find their footing along a difficult path in 2015? Junior transfer Lynn Bowden comes over from Liberty following another dazzling season which saw him amass 1943 yards on the ground and 889 stripes through the air as he was involved in 39 offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, 14 passing).

Strengths: Along with Murry, the skill players on offense (Juwaun Pringle, Marlin Richardson, Tavon Hooks, etc) are as gifted as almost any grouping in the area. This should only help the Raiders’ chances at scoring more points (17.4) and gaining more yardage in the weeks to come (237.4) coupled with the arrival of Bowden.

Weaknesses: The play along the lines will be the factor in how successful this team will become. With the return and progression of players such as Myron Cunningham, Devin Stear, Juwante Harbin, Kaleb Jones, Darryl Rodgers and others could be the determining factor into how the season goes.

Game to Watch: September 18 vs Fitch
…The Raiders will play three of their four league opponents within a four week period (September 18 to October 9). Harding plays each of their former Steel Valley opponents this year – that stretch begins with Fitch.

New AAC Gold Division

Odds and Ends
Team Rushing since 2011
2014: 212.0
2013: 227.4
2012: 199.6
2011: 130.1

Recent League Finishes
2014: T-4th LEL (2-4)
2013: 4th LEL (3-3)
2012: 1st LEL (7-0)
2011: T-7th LEL (1-5)
2010: 2nd LEL (3-1)

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