2015 Springfield Football Preview

2015 Springfield Football Preview
Head Coach: Sean Guerriero, 9th season (41-41)
2014 Record: 7-4 (5-2), ITCL Upper Tier
5-Year Winning Percentage: 55.8%
Division/Region: 6/19

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 218.5
Passing Offense: 110.4
Total Offense: 328.9
Scoring Offense: 33.9 (7th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.3 (19th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Ryan Kohler – 1667 yards, 7.6 ypc, 29 TDs
Passing: Graham Mincher – 1205 yards, 69.1%, 10 TDs
Receiving: Ryan Kohler – 28 catches, 394 yards, 4 TDs
Tackles: Ian Grdina – 128
QB Sacks: Mark Schuler – 4.0
Interceptions: Brandon Chamberlain – 3

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Brookfield, 7
Sept. 4 – McDonald, 7
Sept. 11 – at Cuyahoga Heights, 7
Sept. 18 – at Western Reserve, 7
Sept. 25 – Southern, 7
Oct. 2 – at South Range, 7
Oct. 9 – Columbiana, 7
Oct. 16 – at East Palestine, 7
Oct. 23 – Crestview, 7
Oct. 30 – United, 7

Key Losses: You have to look back to 2009 when the last time a Tiger ran for over 1000 yards in a season (Jimmy Zubick, 1302). Over the last two campaigns, Ryan Kohler accomplished that feat as a junior (1026) and as a senior (1667). Kohler ended his prep career with 3282 rushing yards with 50 TDs via the ground. Wideout Nate Simboli picked up where Anthony Scandy and Mike Allgower left off in 2013. Simboli caught 24 balls for a team-high 411 yards and 4 scores. On the defensive side, Ian Grdina – last year’s leader in tackles (128) – was joined by Tim Vinkler (106 tackles, 3 sacks), and Brian Swansiger (61 tackles, 3.5 sacks) as only three of a large senior class who all contributed to becoming one of the most feared defenses in the ITCL.

Key Returnees: Senior quarterback Graham Mincher returns after completing 69.1% of his tosses (96-139) for 1205 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mincher also utilized his legs by rushing for an average of 5.4 yards per carry and 8 scores. Since taking the keys of leading the offense in 2013, #10 has completed 154 of 236 passing attempts while throwing 17 TDs compared to 9 interceptions. Junior Frankie Centofanti was used sparingly on offense but when he had his chances – he averaged 7.7 yards per touch (19 rushes, 140 yards; 7 catches, 59 yards).

Key Storyline: How will Springfield look when they begin play at the end of August? So many pieces to replace, with such a challenging schedule, will the Tigers be able to get back to the playoffs this fall?

Strengths: Coach Guerriero appears to have a pack of talented ball carriers returning in Centofanti, Hunter Troggio (76 yards), Austin Trebella (70 yards) and Joey Santangelo (42 yards). With junior Russell Seymour headlining the group up front – it appears as if Mincher and the offense will not be a stagnant group with so many key contributors from a year ago.

Weaknesses: Let’s state the obvious – the team has been ravaged by graduation. On defense, the Tigers will be without their top eight tacklers and return just a total of 2 sacks and an interception. Also, who is going to catch Mincher’s passes on offense? Springfield’s top five pass catchers have all left.

Game to Watch: August 28 at Brookfield
…I’m not sure if there is a high school team in the area with a more daunting task ahead of themselves through the first month of the season. Games against Brookfield, McDonald, Cuyahoga Heights and Western Reserve is a who’s who of talented football teams. If there’s one to be said, the Tigers will find a lot about their team prior to fall officially beginning. Springfield will be tested when their new league opens play on October 2.

New ITCL Red Division
East Palestine
South Range

Odds and Ends
Leading Rushers since 2006
2014: Ryan Kohler, 1667
2013: Ryan Kohler, 1026
2012: Hunter Snyder, 611
2011: Nick Russell, 653
2010: Tom Mastran, 496
2009: Jimmy Zubick, 1302
2008: Travis Richey, 584
2007: Nate Schuler, 369
2006: Nate Schuler, 436

Leading Tacklers since 2008
2014: Ian Grdina, 128
2013: Randy Groves, 76
2012: Alex Wharry, 83
2011: John Lavender, 100
2010: Matt Chopp, 73
2009: Jimmy Zubick & Matt Semach, 81
2008: Jimmy Zubick, 95

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

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