2015 Lakeview (PA) Football Preview

2015 Lakeview Football Preview
Head Coach: Dan York, 15th season (82-74)
2014 Record: 7-3 (5-2), Region 1
5-Year Winning Percentage: 66.7%
Class/Region: A/Region 1

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 288.7
Passing Offense: 35.9
Total Offense: 324.6
Scoring Offense: 27.6 (19th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 16.2 (14th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Austin Rice – 1287 yards, 8.3 ypc, 11 TDs
Passing: Clayton Miller – 359 yards, 32.7%, 2 TDs
Receiving: Jake Doddo – 7 catches, 153 yards, TD
Tackles: Jake Doddo – 96
QB Sacks: Tanner Reddick – 7.0
Interceptions: Clayton Miller, Colson Atwell, Austin Rice, & Jake Doddo – 2

2015 Schedule
Sept. 4 – at Youngsville, 7
Sept. 11 – at West Middlesex, 7
Sept. 18 – at Mercer, 7
Sept. 25 – Farrell, 7
Oct. 2 – Reynolds, 7
Oct. 9 – Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 16 – Saegertown, 7
Oct. 23 – at Wilmington, 7
Oct. 30 – Franklin, 7
Nov. 6 – Sharon, 7

Key Losses: Marquis Spence gained over 1500 yards on the ground (1586, 6.4 ypc) over the last two seasons while scoring 31 touchdowns. Now, the Sailors, must move on without their bulldozing back. Spence also played a key role on the defensive side of the ball where he eclipsed 70 tackles in each of the last three years (289 overall) while accounting for 5 quarterback takedowns. Also graduating was Clayton Miller, who was the team’s starting quarterback a year ago. Miller, filled in for their three-year starter Zach Bigley, compiled 313 rushing yards (2 TDs) and connected on 18 of 55 passes for 359 yards. Lineman Hunter Armstrong will be missed across the front line after a 76-tackle season with 3 and a half sacks.

Key Returnees: Austin Rice was a key factor in Lakeview’s rushing attack staying near the top of District 10 following a year which saw the Sailors accumulate over 288 yards per contest. Rice finished with an 8.3 yard per carry average and was able to accumulate 129 rushing stripes per game. Rice also has been a vital part on defense from his linebacker spot. Austin has been involved in 149 tackles over the past two years and has sacked the opposing quarterback – 5.5 times. Jake Doddo also returns for his senior campaign after a 21.9 receiving yard average (per catch) and a team-leading 96 tackles (with 2 INTs).

Key Storyline: The Sailors have compiled a 26-10 record (72.2%) over the last three years. In five of the last six seasons, Lakeview has held a winning mark. Can coach York continue this impressive streak?

Strengths: The defense should be strong as they return the likes of Rice, Doddo and a number of rising seniors including defensive back Colson Atwell (62 tackles, 2 INTs) and lineman George Hooker (38 tackles). The unit also welcomes back junior linebackers Braden Yeager (78 tackles) and Tanner Reddick (62 tackles, 7 sacks) along with defensive lineman Landon Yoder (38 tackles).

Weaknesses: Only losing six of thirty-one players to graduation from a year ago wouldn’t seem so dire. However, anytime a team loses depth across the line (4 linemen) and their quarterback (Miller), one has to be concerned.

Game to Watch: September 25 vs. Farrell
…Farrell not only defeated Lakeview during the regular season (21-12) but also eliminated the Sailors from playoff competition in early November (27-20).

Region 1 Alignment
Farrell
Lakeview
Mercer
Reynolds
Sharpsville
West Middlesex
Wilmington

Odds and Ends
Leading Rusher since 2009
2014: Austin Rice, 1287
2013: Blake Reddick, 2974
2012: Blake Reddick, 2091
2011: Blake Reddick, 1353
2010: Alex Patterson, 1407
2009: Kyle Scott, 1134

Leading Tackler since 2009
2014: Jake Doddo, 96
2013: Marquis Spence, 122
2012: Sam Breese, 101
2011: Sam Breese, 62
2010: Jake Novak, 90
2009: Jake Novak, 123

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

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