2015 Hickory Football Preview

2015 Hickory Football Preview
Head Coach: Bill Brest, 6th season (54-12)
2014 Record: 11-3 (5-2), Region 3
5-Year Winning Percentage: 81.8%
Class/Region: AA/Region 3
Returning Offensive Starters: 9
Returning Defensive Starters: 7

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 178.1
Passing Offense: 112.4
Total Offense: 290.5
Scoring Offense: 31.1 (13th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 11.3 (2nd in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Chuck Carr – 1437 yards, 5.7 ypc, 21 TDs
Passing: Luke Brennan – 946 yards, 55.7%, 10 TDs
Receiving: Andrew Pryts – 47 catches, 697 yards, 11 TDs
Tackles: Andrew Pryts – 62
QB Sacks: Jordan Wombacher – 12.0
Interceptions: Lou Derloni – 4

2015 Schedule
Sept. 4 – Strong Vincent, 7
Sept. 11 – at Sharon, 7
Sept. 18 – at Corry, 7
Sept. 25 – Warren, 7
Oct. 2 – Slippery Rock, 7
Oct. 9 – at Greenville, 7
Oct. 16 – at Wilmington, 7
Oct. 23 – at Grove City, 7
Oct. 30 – Titusville, 7

Key Losses: The defense took a hit this past spring by the graduation of defensive linemen Jordan Wombacher (12 sacks), Austin Aikins (8 sacks), and Zach Cirillo (43 tackles) s well as linebacker Lou Derloni (55 tackles) and cornerback Noah Bianco (3 interceptions).

Key Returnees: The Hornets return their starting quarterback (Luke Brennan), standout running back (Chuck Carr) and their top pass catcher – Andrew Pryts.

Key Storyline: Prior to Bill Brest’s arrival, the Hornets had posted double digit win totals in a single season just three times in school history (1988, 1989, 1991). In his five years (2010-14), Hickory has accomplished that feat four consecutive seasons (2011-14) while winning the District 10 crown each year. Can the Hornets continue at this pace?

Strengths: Obviously, the offense should once again take off in 2015. As a freshman, Brennan was pitted against one of the top signal callers in WPIAL history in South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh (Duquense) in the Class AA Western Final. In defeat, one must think that the future is awfully bright in Hermitage. Luke completed 68 of 122 passes (55.7%) for 946 yards and 10 touchdowns (2 INTs). His primary ball carrier will be junior Chuck Carr. As a sophomore, Carr gained 5.7 yards per tote and scored 21 times. In the passing game, Brennan will have his favorite two targets back in the fold as Andrew Pryts (47 catches, 697 yards, 11 TDs) and Joey Dejulia (35 catches, 446 yards, 3 TDs) both return for their senior campaigns. If that wasn’t enough, the team returns each of their starting offensive linemen from last year’s group (Nate Aikins, LaRon Allen, Anthony Nardone, Dylan Mitchell, Gary Facemyer).

Weaknesses: Replacing a defensive line which was ravaged by graduation (Zach Cirillo and Austin Aikins) and also finding a kicker/punter to fill in where Jordan Wombacher had been so vital for the past four years. Jacob Scarton will fill in as the team’s primary kicker.

Game to Watch: September 11 at Sharon
…A special rivalry has been built between Sharon and Hickory over the years. This should be nothing less than another great clash in Mercer County.

Region 3 Alignment
Grove City
Slippery Rock

Odds and Ends
Leading Rushers since 2010
2014: Chuck Carr, 1437
2013: Lou Derloni, 979
2012: DeShawn Coleman, 1730
2011: DeShawn Coleman, 2391
2010: Marlon Pegues, 1649

4-interception seasons since 2013
2014: Lou Derloni, 4
2013: Andrew Pryts, 5
2013: Anthony Cannone, 5

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

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