2015 Sebring Football Preview

2015 Sebring Football Preview
Head Coach: Scott Springer, 5th season (12-28)
2014 Record: 5-5 (2-5), ITCL Lower Tier
5-Year Winning Percentage: 32.0%
Division/Region: 7/23

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 218.3
Passing Offense: 32.2
Total Offense: 250.5
Scoring Offense: 24.0 (33rd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 22.0 (26th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Nate Martin – 902 yards, 7.4 ypc, 8 TDs
Passing: Ty Breedlove-Wilson – 290 yards, 26.5%, TD
Receiving: Robbie Rouse – 14 catches, 268 yards, TD
Tackles: Nick Rine – 63
QB Sacks: Nate Martin & Alexander Wheeler – 2.0
Interceptions: Nate Martin & Robbie Rouse – 2

2015 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Windham, 7
Sept. 4 – Southington, 7
Sept. 11 – at Toronto, 7
Sept. 18 – Columbiana, 7
Sept. 25 – at East Palestine, 7
Oct. 2 – at Mineral Ridge, 7
Oct. 9 – Jackson-Milton, 7
Oct. 16 – Lowellville, 7
Oct. 23 – at McDonald, 7
Oct. 30 – at Western Reserve, 7

Key Losses: The graduation of such standouts as lineman Chris Clemens and key cogs as Cody Dennis (310 rushing yards, 34 tackles) and Nick Rine (280 rushing yards, 63 tackles) will be felt throughout camp. It’ll be interesting to see who will fill in those positions when the heat of August turns into the chill of September.

Key Returnees: Junior Nate Martin enjoyed much success last year running the football. As a freshman, Martin gained 211 yards on the ground (55 carries). Last fall, Nate gained 902 yards (7.4 ypc) and scored 8 times. Martin also was a major contributor on defense as he finished with 44 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 picks. Junior Robbie Rouse was the team’s big play threat through the air. Rouse hauled in 14 passes for an average of 19.1 yards per catch. Playing in the defensive backfield, he intercepted two passes. A player who went under the radar last year was junior Jarod Hunter. Number 24 was the Trojans’ second leading pass catcher (5 receptions, 15.8 ypr) and finished with 27 defensive stops.

Key Storyline: What a thrilling experience it must have been last fall for everyone involved in the Sebring football program to have completed the season without a losing record for the first time since 1992. This season, the expectations have been raised by their performance a year ago. With many young players in key roles – the question should be raised – why not this year again?

Strengths: On defense, the loss of Alex Branton (27 tackles) and Brett Weekly (23 tackles) will hurt, but the backfield will see the return of Robbie Rouse and Josh Zmuda (19 tackles). Offensively, coach Springer and his staff will look for ways to feed Nate Martin the football once again. Martin gained 41% of the team’s rushing yards in 2014.

Weaknesses: Blocking is always the key to establishing success on offense. Right now, that seems to be a question mark in camp. Losing the likes of Nick Rine, Alexander Wheeler and Cody Dennis on defense could put a major strain on the remainder of the unit as training camp wears on.

Game to Watch: August 28 at Windham
…The winning fever hit an all-time high in Sebring when they were undefeated after their third game of the season. On August 28, the season begins again with a match up against the Bombers. Can lightning strike twice?

New ITCL Blue Division
Jackson-Milton
Lowellville
McDonald
Mineral Ridge
Sebring
Western Reserve

Odds and Ends
Leading Rusher since 2012
2014: Nate Martin, 902
2013: Dylan Mick, 1132
2012: Dylan Mick, 474

Recent League Finishes
2014: 6th ITCL Lower (2-5)
2013: 7th ITCL Lower (1-6)
2012: 8th ITCL Lower (0-7)
2011: 5th ITCL Lower (3-4)
2010: 6th ITCL Lower (2-5)

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