2015 West Middlesex Football Preview

2015 West Middlesex Football Preview
Head Coach: Ed Roberson, 3rd season (17-8)
2014 Record: 10-3 (4-2), Region 1
5-Year Winning Percentage: 65.0%
Class/Region: A/Region 1
Returning Letter Winners: 9
Returning Offensive Starters: 2
Returning Defensive Starters: 5

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2014 Team Stats
Rushing Offense: 303.8
Passing Offense: 69.8
Total Offense: 373.6
Scoring Offense: 34.9 (6th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 14.4 (6th in Area)

2014 Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Eric Lucich – 2026 yards, 10.4 ypc, 28 TDs
Passing: Trey Staunch – 907 yards, 47.2%, 10 TDs
Receiving: Nate Patten – 14 catches, 168 yards, 3 TDs
Tackles: Eric Lucich – 120
QB Sacks: Josh Porterfield, 5.0
Interceptions: Andrew Long – 4

2015 Schedule
Sept. 4 – Cambridge Springs, 7
Sept. 11 – Lakeview, 7
Sept. 18 – at Farrell, 7
Sept. 25 – Wilmington, 7
Oct. 2 – at Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 9 – Mercer, 7
Oct. 16 – at Cochranton, 7
Oct. 23 – Homer-Center, 7
Oct. 30 – at Reynolds, 7
Nov. 6 – Fort LeBoeuf, 7

Key Losses: Trey Staunch was one of the school’s most outstanding athletes. Last season, Staunch threw for 907 yards (10 TDs) while rushing the ball for another 933 stripes (17 TDs). Trey also was effective on defense compiling 52 tackles and taking down the opposing quarterbacks four times. Staunch also served as the team’s punter – averaging 33.2 yards per boot – and the Big Reds’ primary kicker (23 extra points and a field goal). Running back Eric Lucich averaged 10.4 yards per carry (195 rushes, 2026 yards, 28 TDs). Lucich led the defense in tackles with 120. Nate Patten eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau (104) and led West Middlesex in receptions (14), receiving yards (168) and touchdowns (3). Defensive backs Andrew Long and Isaac Williams snared 4 and 3 interceptions, respectively, in 2014.

Key Returnees: Senior Luke Hemminger will be asked to increase his production from last year after a strong season. Hemminger ran for 607 yards and hauled in 11 passes for 155 stripes in 2014. Number 6 also led returnees in tackles (79). Hemminger’s classmate Josh Porterfield led the defense in quarterback sacks with 5 while being involved in 49 tackles.

Key Storyline: The Big Reds have played 50 games over the last four years, winning 34 (68.0%). This is the same school which had posted a 48.5% winning percentage during the previous four campaigns (2007-10: 19-21). Coach Roberson will have his work cut out for him as they must replace the production of many of their talented graduates. “As always, our expectations are very high,” says the third-year coach. “We also understand that we are inexperienced, so the coaching staff must do a great job of preparing our boys for the upcoming season.”

Strengths: Despite as refurbished defense, the Big Reds return a few key pieces from a group which allowed just 14.4 points per game. Linebackers Hemminger and Porterfield anchor the unit while defensive linemen Colton Smith (30 tackles, 3 sacks) and Jason Ash (32 tackles) will stabilize the Big Reds up front. Canyon Pratt also is back in the secondary after hauled in an interception and tackling 34 ball carriers.

Weaknesses: With such an overhaul on offense, defense and special teams – where will all of the production come from? The Big Reds lost the only player who has thrown a pass since 2012 (Staunch) as well as 82% of the total rushing yards in three graduates (Staunch, Lucich, Joey Trippy – 281 yards, 5 TDs) from a year ago. If that wasn’t enough, On defense the unit was ravaged by graduation to the tune of losing five of their seven top tacklers as well as the only two players to have had multiple interceptions and four of the six players to have accumulated multiple sacks.

Game to Watch: September 4 vs. Cambridge Springs
…A new look for one of the most consistent winners in the area as of late. Last year, the Big Reds got by the Devils in their season opener – 28-22. Cambridge Springs
went onto win Region 2 (7-0). Normally, not a marquee matchup but with the turnover that coach Roberson has seen this off-season makes this contest a must-see.

Region 1 Alignment
Farrell
Lakeview
Mercer
Reynolds
Sharpsville
West Middlesex
Wilmington

Odds and Ends
Leading Rusher since 2005
2014: Eric Lucich, 2026
2013: Eric Lucich, 1411
2012: Luke Patten, 1515
2011: Colin Patten, 895
2010: Clay Allen, 604
2009: Nate Ash, 730
2008: Kyle Allen, 1534
2007: Kyle Allen, 841
2006: Josh Brown, 759
2005: Steve Andrusky, 416

25-catch seasons since 2006
2013: Dillon Fair, 39
2013: Chandler Tyillian, 30
2012: Sage Pope, 38
2012: Jeremy Jancso, 32
2006: Josh Brown, 39
2006: Lucas Allen, 37
2006: Tyler Barris, 35
2006: Steve Andrusky, 31

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

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