2015 Hubbard Football Preview

 2015 Hubbard Football Preview
Head Coach: Brian Hoffman, 8th season at Hubbard (73-21)
2014 Record: 12-1 (5-0), AAC American
5-Year Winning Percentage: 79.7%
Division/Region: 4/11
Returning Letter Winners: 19
Returning Offensive Starters: 5
Returning Defensive Starters: 4

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 358.8
Passing Offense: 74.1
Total Offense: 432.9
Scoring Offense: 42.8 (2nd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 13.7 (4th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: L.J. Scott – 2819 yards, 9.6 ypc, 38 TDs
Passing: Cam Ingram – 953 yards, 57.8%, 12 TDs
Receiving: Isiah Scott – 32 catches, 599 yards, 10 TDs
Tackles: Drew Bencetic – 119
QB Sacks: Zach Hover – 15.0
Interceptions: Ethan Wassil, Brett Lopuchovsky, & L.J. Scott – 5

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – Norwayne, 7
Sept. 4 – at Girard, 7
Sept. 11 – at Edgewood, 7
Sept. 18 – Lakeview, 7
Sept. 25 – Howland, 7
Oct. 2 – at Niles, 7
Oct. 9 – Jefferson, 7
Oct. 16 – at Struthers, 7
Oct. 23 – Poland, 7
Oct. 30 – at East, 7

Key Losses: Eight of the seventeen seniors were recognized on the Northeast Ohio Inland All-District team in late November. Losing the likes of L.J. Scott, Matt Jones, Tyler Taafe, Isiah Scott, Zach Hover and Drew Bencetic can cripple a team’s chances of succeeding. L.J. Scott (Michigan State) turned in another banner season after rushing for 2819 yards (38 TDs) and intercepting 5 passes on defense. Jones was recruited by West Virginia’s line coach Ron Crook to play at guard for the Mountaineers. The 6’4 bruiser finished with 47 tackles and 3 sacks on defense. Taafe, a Toledo Rocket, closed out the season with 99 tackles and 7 quarterback takedowns from his linebacker position. Isiah Scott will be playing for Bo Pelini at Youngstown State after finishing off a strong senior year at Hubbard with 4 interceptions and a team-best 32 catches, 599 yards and 10 touchdown grabs. Hover (87 tackles, 15 QB sacks), David Margala (93 tackles, 5 QB sacks) and Bencetic (119 tackles) will be missed on defense after enjoying much success over the past two years. Hover compiled 139 tackles, Margala posted 143 while Bencetic had 174 defensive stops in two campaigns. Ethan Wassil also put together a strong senior year after closing out his prep career with 72 tackles and 5 picks. Not to be missed in all of the graduating seniors is place kicker Cameron Syersak – who connected on 70 of 78 extra point attempts and was 3 of 4 on his field goal tries.

Key Returnees: George Hill is back for his senior season. Hill has accumulated ten 100-yard games and 2401 rushing yards in his career as an Eagle. Cam Ingram finished his first season at Hubbard by tossing 59 of 102 passes (57.8%) for 953 yards, 12 touchdowns with just 1 interception. Ingram also gained 295 yards on the ground while scoring 6 times. Seniors Brett Lopuchovsky (53 tackles, 5 INTs), Dom Pantone (50 tackles), and Tyreek Daniels (47 tackles) should all give the defense a lift while juniors Sal Pesce (77 tackles) and Dillon O’Hara (32 tackles) will be the anchor towards a bright future.

Key Storyline: After posting a 32-3 record over the last three seasons against opponents who aren’t St. Vincent-St. Mary, the Irish ended the Eagles’ season in each year. Can Hubbard rebound to find the same type of success this year?

Strengths: Without L.J. and Isiah, one may think that it would be impossible to duplicate the success that the Eagles have had producing the amount of points and yards that they’ve become accustomed to. Heck, Hubbard has eclipsed the 230 rushing yard total in 17 of their last 18 games. Over the last four seasons, the Eagles have topped 300 total yards in 41 of the team’s 48 contests. With George Hill (1106 rushing yards, 13 TDs) and Cam Ingram back in the fold, it wouldn’t be out of the realm to think that Hubbard’s offense will be able to achieve the same type of success – not to that same level – moving forward. Tyreek Daniels averaged 7.1 yards per carry on 20 attempts last fall.

Weaknesses: The defense last year held their opponents’ to an average of 13.7 points. After losing their top four tacklers, the team’s top five sack artists, and 18 of 22 interceptions – you’d have to think that there is a regression which is going to take place on that side of the ball. Hubbard lacks experience up front as the group will need to gel in camp quickly. Also, special teams will see a change with the departure of the team’s kicker (Syersak) and the Eagles’ punters (B.J. Franzaglio and Isiah Scott).

Game to Watch: August 28 vs. Norwayne
…An interesting matchup in week one to say the least when the Bobcats of Norwayne leave Wayne County to head to Hubbard to take on the Eagles. Norwayne has missed the playoffs the last two years after advancing to week eleven and beyond in three consecutive seasons (2010-12).

New AAC White Division
Edgewood
Hubbard
Jefferson
Lakeview
Niles
Poland
Struthers

Odds and Ends
4-interception seasons since 2008
2014: L.J. Scott, Brett Lopuchovsky, & Ethan Wassil, 5
2014: Isiah Scott, 4
2013: Bill Fisher, 4
2010: Mike Lopuchovsky, Tyler Duez, & Kory Hopkinson, 4
2009: Chase Myers & Tommy Jackson, 4
2008: Sam Bellino, 5

Leading Receiver since 2007
2014: Isiah Scott, 599
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

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

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