2015 South Range Football Preview

2015 South Range Football Preview
Head Coach: Dan Yeagley, 21st season (170-56)
2014 Record: 7-3 (5-2), ITCL Upper Tier
5-Year Winning Percentage: 69.8%
Division/Region: 5/15
Returning Letter Winners: 22
Returning Offensive Starters: 3
Base Offense: Pistol Wing-T
Returning Defensive Starters: 9
Base Defense: 50

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 334.5
Passing Offense: 111.8
Total Offense: 446.3
Scoring Offense: 45.0 (1st in Area)
Scoring Defense: 24.5 (31st in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Joe Alessi – 2507 yards, 12.9 ypc, 38 TDs
Passing: Ryan Miller – 1075 yards, 53.5%, 10 TDs
Receiving: Greg Dunham – 26 catches, 625 yards, 7 TDs
Interceptions: Nick Stanton – 3

2015 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Warren JFK, 7
Sept. 4 – Campbell, 7
Sept. 11 – at Western Reserve, 7
Sept. 18 – at Mineral Ridge, 7
Sept. 25 – Lisbon, 7
Oct. 2 – Springfield, 7
Oct. 9 – at United, 7
Oct. 16 – at Crestview, 7
Oct. 23 – Southern, 7
Oct. 30 – East Palestine, 7

Key Losses: The school’s all-time leading rusher – Joe Alessi – has graduated. During the past two seasons, Alessi has rushed for 4228 yards while scoring 67 combined touchdowns. The Raiders will sorely miss their quarterback Ryan Miller, who became one of only three signal callers to throw for over 1,000 yards twice at South Range (Donee Feren & Jim Sanders). South Range lost seven seniors who were selected to the conference First and Second-Teams (Joe Alessi, Travis Bernard, Zack Dolak, Derek Fickes, David McCabe, Ryan Miller, Jonah Wilson)

Key Returnees: Big play receiving threat Greg Dunham is back after enjoying a ton of success last year by catching 26 passes for 625 yards and 7 touchdowns. In five games last year, he topped 70 yards receiving, including a week 9 performance which saw #10 haul in 3 receptions for 144 yards (2 TDs). The development of Taymer Graham, Peyton Remish and J.R. Renforth was apparent last season, now we’ll see how far they’ve come throughout the off-season to bring the Raiders back to the playoffs once again.

Key Storyline: Just on paper, the new league appears to be a handful with the likes of Crestview and Springfield taking up residence in the division. Since 2010, the Raiders have posted a combined 6-4 mark against the Rebels and Tigers.

Strengths: Despite losing so much to graduation, the defense appears to be especially strong with J.R. Renforth, Greg Dunham, Nick Stanton, Peyton Remish, and Taymer Graham all returning. Last year, the Raider defense forced 16 turnovers compared to just 8 giveaways. The unit will want to improve on their 5.1 rushing yards per carry average. However, allowing just 6.2 yards per passing attempt seems to be right in line with what the staff is hoping to achieve this fall.

Weaknesses: Many onlookers will be focused in on how the line plays early on in the 2015 season. With the loss of Derek Fickes, Zack Dolak and Travis Bernard – it would seem as if there will be a drop off. However, senior Ryan Sympson will anchor a line which has shown promise during the summer.

Game to Watch: August 29 at Warren JFK
…The Raiders begin their season on Saturday night at Mollenkopf Stadium. Always an anticipated clash between South Range and the Eagles. This year, an all-important first three weeks, will be very telling on how the rest of the campaign will look for the Raiders.

New ITCL Red Division
Crestview
East Palestine
South Range
Springfield
United

Odds and Ends
1500-yard Rushers in School History
2014: Joe Alessi, 2507
2013: Joe Alessi, 1721
1993: Nathan Toy, 1660
2005: Matt Schlatter, 1602
1998: Nick Toy, 1520

Leading Receivers since 2010
2014: Greg Dunham, 625
2013: Zach Thorpe, 554
2012: Robby Seman, 828
2011: Robby Seman, 356
2010: Phillip Arsufi, 629

Recent League Finishes
2014: T-1st ITCL Upper (5-2)
2013: 1st ITCL Upper (7-0)
2012: 2nd ITCL Upper (6-1)
2011: 4th ITCL Upper (4-3)
2010: T-2nd ITCL Upper (5-2)

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