2015 East Liverpool Football Preview

2015 East Liverpool Football Preview
Head Coach: Josh Ludwig, 2nd season (0-10)
2014 Record: 0-10
5-Year Winning Percentage: 34.6%
Division/Region: 3/9

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2014 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 7.5 (56th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 34.2 (48th in Area)

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – Edison, 7:30
Sept. 4 – Indian Creek, 7:30
Sept. 11 – Salem, 7:30
Sept. 18 – at Wilmington (PA), 7:30
Sept. 25 – at Beaver Local, 7
Oct. 2 – at Martins Ferry, 7:30
Oct. 9 – Oak Glen (WV), 7:30
Oct. 16 – at Buckeye Local, 7
Oct. 23 – St. Clairsville, 7:30
Oct. 30 – at Weir (WV), 7:30

Key Losses: The graduation of Kade Reynolds will hurt the Potters on every level (offense, defense, special teams). Reynolds was an All-OVAC First Team selection last fall. The team will also be without WR/DB Jason Kutzner, linemen Dalton Cornman and Jared Yanik.

Key Returnees: The Potters return a bundle of experience led by junior quarterback Austin Mayfield and running backs Dillan Reynolds and Austyn Dozier. Up front, Charles Iacobucci, Ryan Tanner and Ryan Lilly are all back in fold again. Junior TE/DE Freddie Plum is back as well after a strong sophomore campaign.

Key Storyline: In year #1 of the Josh Ludwig era, East Liverpool had their issues moving the ball towards the end zone as well as slowing their opponents down. How will year #2 differ from year #1?

Strengths: Even with the loss of Reynolds and Kutzner in the secondary and Jared Yanik along the line, the defense appears to be capable of having a strong season with the talent that is returning. Up front the Potters have Plum, Lilly and Iacobucci while Dozier, Zach Gill, Reynolds and Mayfield are all back at the linebacker spots.

Weaknesses: In 2014, the East Liverpool defense allowed six opponents to score 40 points or more. The offense was only able to generate double digit outputs three times (most points scored was in week 10, 19). So, an upward climb in both categories would be logical with the amount of young kids who were playing last year.

Game to Watch:August 28 vs. Edison
…The Wildcats will play the Potters for the first time since 2005 (Potters won, 22-6). This matchup will be crucial for East Liverpool to see how far they’ve come since a winless 2014.

Odds and Ends
…The Potters have begun the season with a loss in ten of their last twelve openers. They’ve registered just two wins in their last seventeen games in the month of September.

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