2015 Reynolds Football Preview

2015 Reynolds Football Preview
Head Coach: Josh Mull, 3rd season (7-13)
2014 Record: 3-7 (1-5), Region 1
5-Year Winning Percentage: 32.0%
Class/Region: A/Region 1
Returning Letter Winners: 22
Base Offense: Multiple formation power
Returning Offensive Starters: 7
Base Defense: Odd front defense
Returning Defensive Starters: 9

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 229.9
Passing Offense: 10.3
Total Offense: 240.2
Scoring Offense: 20.3 (39th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 23.5 (29th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Mike Millero – 1370 yards, 5.4 ypc, 16 TDs
Passing: Jacob Leipheimer – 46 yards, 29.0%
Receiving: Aaron Garansi – 5 catches, 25 yards
Tackles: Aaron Garansi & Mike Millero – 49
QB Sacks: Jared Uhrin – 3.0
Interceptions: Garrett Daniello – 3

2015 Schedule
Sept. 4 – Cochranton, 7
Sept. 11 – at Farrell, 7
Sept. 18 – Sharpsville, 7
Sept. 25 – at Franklin, 7
Oct. 2 – at Lakeview, 7
Oct. 9 – Wilmington, 7
Oct. 16 – Greenville, 7
Oct. 23 – at Mercer, 7
Oct. 30 – West Middlesex, 7
Nov. 6 – at North East, 7

Key Losses: Mike Millero ended his career at Reynolds last fall by posting 4301 rushing yards and 50 scores on the ground. The Raiders’ quarterback Jacob Leipheimer ran for 232 yards and completed 9 of 31 passes while being involved on 42 tackles on defense. The team will also be without their center, Jake Stoyer.

Key Returnees: Defensively, Reynolds returns 11 of their top 12 tacklers from 2014. Linebackers Aaron Garansi (49 tackles) and Sam Faber (33 tackles) join linemen Jared Uhrin (43 tackles, 3 sacks) and Cole Rickert (29 tackles) along with defensive backs Garrett Daniello (44 tackles, 3 INTs), Adam Ballish (43 tackles), and Dylan McDanel (20 tackles) all back for a group which allowed just 23.5 points and forced 2 turnovers (20) per contest.

Key Storyline: Entering coach Mull’s third season, the Raiders have shown that they are capable of consuming the clock (Time of possession: 38:57 in 2013; 30:09 in 2014) and posting a positive number in takeaways compared to giveaways (20 to 13 in 2014). The question is, will Reynolds make the jump this fall into a playoff team?

Strengths: Besides a strong defensive outlook this coming season, Reynolds also boasts a pretty strong running game despite the loss of Millero. In 2014 – Adam Ballish (195 yards, 4.9 ypc), Garrett Daniello (156 yards, 5.4 ypc), Dylan McDanel (156 yards, 6.2 ypc), and fullback Joel Leise (154 yards, 4.7 ypc) – rushed the ball for an average of 4.7 yards or higher and all accumulated over 150 yards on at least 25 carries. Also look for Damion Gearhart and Austin Carerra to receive some action this summer at running back. By returning 22 lettermen gives the Raiders a distinct advantage when speaking of the overall team experience.

Weaknesses: The balance on offense has seen a reduction from 2013 to 2014 under coach Mull. In 2013, the Raiders ran the football 85.6% – compared to just 14.4% pass. Last year, Reynolds ran 89.4% run plays (designed or not) compared to just 10.6% in the passing game. Not to say this is a weakness – however – a point of contention when looking at the numbers. The Raiders have averaged 20.4 passing yards per game over their last 30 contests. Now with the loss of two of their playmakers (Millero and Leipheimer) will be a challenge to replace. At this point – Reynolds hopes that either Daniel Blayney or Garrett Daniello will take charge as the team’s quarterback.

Game to Watch:October 16 vs. Greenville
…The Raiders were involved in three match ups last season which were decided by 8 points or less (0-3). One of those contests was the October 10th battle against rival-Greenville (14-7 loss). Always such an anticipated game at Reynolds, this year should be no different as these two teams will square off in week seven on the football calendar.

Region 1 Alignment
West Middlesex

Odds and Ends
…Last season, the program’s junior varsity team posted a 8-1 mark with the offense registering a 40 point per outing average in their 8 wins compared to just allowing 9.9 points in each of those contests. Their lone loss came on October 6 when they were turned away by Wilmington, 19-13.

500-yard Rushers since 2011
2014: Mike Millero, 1370
2013: Mike Millero, 1520
2013: Jacob Leipheimer, 555
2012: Mike Millero, 1281
2012: Kellen Gursky, 616
2011: Jalen Sims, 610

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

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