2015 Poland Football Preview

2015 Poland Football Preview
Head Coach: Mark Brungard, 11th season (78-35)
2014 Record: 10-2 (4-1), AAC American
5-Year Winning Percentage: 72.4%
Division/Region: 3/7
Returning Letter Winners: 18
Returning Offensive Starters: 5
Returning Defensive Starters: 6

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 155.9
Passing Offense: 125.0
Total Offense: 280.9
Scoring Offense: 26.4 (24th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 13.9 (5th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Marlon Ramirez – 802 yards, 4.6 ypc, 9 TDs
Passing: Dom Petrony – 1250 yards, 59.0%, 16 TDs
Receiving: Anthony Calcagni – 18 catches, 354 yards, 3 TDs

2015 Schedule
Aug. 27 – Marlington, 7
Sept. 4 – Niles, 7
Sept. 11 – at Jefferson, 7
Sept. 18 – at Howland, 7
Sept. 25 – Edgewood, 7
Oct. 2 – at Struthers, 7
Oct. 10 – at East, 2
Oct. 16 – Lakeview, 7
Oct. 23 – at Hubbard, 7
Oct. 30 – Canfield, 7

Key Losses: On offense, Poland will feature a new look without QB Dom Petrony (1250 passing yards, 16 TDs), running backs Marlon Ramirez (802 yards, 9 TDs) and Austin Wilson (482 yards, 6 TDs) and receiver Tate Duarte (258 yards, 6 TDs). Wilson also served as the team’s punter where he averaged 40.9 yards on 15 kicks. Adam Wollet cannot be missed after his impact on the defensive side of the ball a year ago. Also, the Bulldogs will be without their stud lineman Liborio Ricottilli, who had a significant part in the reason that Poland had so much success running the football as well as passing it last fall. Rob Devito, who handled the kicking duties, connected on 27 of 28 extra points and 6 of 8 on the field goal variety.

Key Returnees: Senior Anthony Calcagni caught a team-best 18 passes for 354 yards (19.7 yard per reception) and 3 touchdown grabs. Dylan Garver hauled in 10 passes but he was more renowned for his play on the defensive side of the ball. WR/DB Tyler Smith returns after a solid junior season.

Key Storyline: An opportunity to win (count ‘em) two division titles in the same season has a strange but true ring to it. This season, both Poland and Niles will have that opportunity as they’re in the White and Red Divisions of the All-American Conference. With a program which has a streak of eight consecutive playoff berths – we shouldn’t expect anything less than a chance to see the Bulldogs contending for both titles in 2015.

Strengths: The Pro-Style offense which coach Brungard and his staff have run has been very efficient for many years. This year with a change at quarterback and running back, get ready to see more of the same. We expect some regression but with the way this offense operates, it shouldn’t be that significant as Poland will get their yards and their points in 2015. The unit returns three starters up front (Justyn Madick, Joe Bonarigo, Evan Montgomery) and their fullback (Nick Petrolla).

Weaknesses: Losing 17 seniors isn’t the best omen to signal progression moving forward. Along the offensive line, the Bulldogs’ must retool their line to replace the likes of Ricottilli and Evan Brown. On defense, Poland must revamp their group which saw players such as Jake Hawkins, Geno Petrus, Austin Wilson, Adam Wollet, Dylan Garver and company all have loads of success.

Game to Watch: September 18 at Howland
…Poland begins the 2015 season with back-to-back home games against Marlington and Niles. In week four, Howland will be waiting for a Poland team which knocked them off by a single point (18-17) on October 3. How will the Bulldogs’ respond to this revenge-motivated challenge from the Tigers?

New AAC White Division

New AAC Red Division

Odds and Ends
Leading Rusher since 2010
2014: Marlon Ramirez, 802*
2013: Ross Gould, 1436
2012: Ross Gould, 871*
2011: Jerry Lawman, 1010*
2010: John Medina, 858*

Leading Passer since 2010
2014: Dom Petrony, 1250*
2013: Jake Wolfe, 925
2012: Jake Wolfe, 823*
2011: Colin Reardon, 942*
2010: Colin Reardon, 1530*
*-Regular Season Statistics

Recent League Finishes
2014: 2nd AAC American (4-1)
2013: 2nd AAC American (4-1)
2012: T-2nd AAC American (4-2)
2011: 2nd AAC Red (3-1)
2010: 2nd AAC Red (3-1)

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