2015 Struthers Football Preview

2015 Struthers Football Preview
Head Coach: Curt Kuntz, 4th season (19-13)
2014 Record: 4-6 (2-3), AAC American
5-Year Winning Percentage: 53.8%
Division/Region: 4/11
Returning Offensive Starters: 6
Returning Defensive Starters: 2

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 168.4
Passing Offense: 85.7
Total Offense: 254.1
Scoring Offense: 17.5 (42nd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.0 (18th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: A.J. Musolino – 646 yards, 5.5 ypc, 8 TDs
Passing: A.J. Musolino – 784 yards, 65.7%, 7 TDs
Receiving: Christian Nemeth – 22 catches, 158 yards
Tackles: Jalen Trimacco – 106
QB Sacks: Dakota Senvisky – 3.5
Interceptions: Anthony Farkas – 4

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Liberty, 7
Sept. 4 – at Sharon, 7
Sept. 11 – at Niles, 7
Sept. 18 – Jefferson, 7
Sept. 25 – at Canfield, 7
Oct. 2 – Poland, 7
Oct. 9 – Campbell, 7
Oct. 16 – Hubbard, 7
Oct. 23 – Edgewood, 7
Oct. 30 – at Lakeview, 7

Key Losses: Struthers lost 19 seniors to graduation including Jalen Trimacco (106 tackles), Cameron Suchora (67 tackles), Anthony Farkas (4 INTs), Christian Nemeth (22 catches, 29.0 yard per punt average), Anthony Clark (3 receiving TDs) and Austin Yemma (3 receiving TDs).

Key Returnees: A.J. Musolino continued the trend of Struthers’ quarterbacks to accrue a high completion percentage (65.7%). Musolino had his hand in on 49.7% of the team’s offensive plays last fall. Senior Dakota Senvisky is back after leading the team in sacks (3.5) and compiling 51 tackles. Junior Robbie Best had one less tackle than Senvisky (50) and picked off an errant Niles pass during their 27-0 win in week four. Austin Seifert carried the football 82 times for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Key Storyline: With a number of graduating seniors, coach Kuntz and his staff will have to replace some key pieces with an inexperienced collection of players. The schedule seems daunting as the young ‘Cats will have to find their legs early to make this a bounce back year.

Strengths: The play of junior A.J. Musolino would be a strength for any team after he enjoyed such a strong sophomore year, completing 65.7% of his passes while rushing for 646 yards. The defensive backfield took a hit with the graduation of Mark Caruso (33 tackles), Anthony Farkas (25 tackles) and Brett Nemeth (18 tackles) – but return Senvisky and Best which should prove to be a nice anchor come August.

Weaknesses: Losing five of their top seven tacklers hurts but the way the defensive line comes around will be a major focus for the staff. The Wildcats will be without Jay King (55 tackles), Shamar Gilmore (44 tackles), Marc Delsignore (36 tackles, 2 sacks) and Austin Yemma (32 tackles) up front.

Game to Watch: September 18 vs. Jefferson
…After a rare three-week road trip to open the schedule, the Wildcats return home to take on Jefferson. With five of their next six at home, Struthers could make a real push towards the playoffs.

New AAC White Division
Edgewood
Hubbard
Jefferson
Lakeview
Niles
Poland
Struthers

Odds and Ends
Leading Rushers since 2010
2014: A.J. Musolino, 646
2013: Luke Witkowski, 1383
2012: Dave Stewart, 1596
2011: Dave Stewart, 721
2010: Jermayne Brooks, 791

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

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