2016 East Palestine Football Preview

Salem versus East Palestine in week one.

East Palestine Bulldogs football – Palestine, Ohio

2016 East Palestine Football Preview
Head Coach: Tony Foster, 4th season (11-20)
2015 Record: 7-4 (4-0), 1st place in ITCL Red
2016 Division/Region: 5/17

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Revisiting ITCL History
League Championships: 1 (2015)
Total League Record: 21-46 (31.3%)
Winning Seasons in League Play: 2 (2009, 2015)
Best League Record: 4-0 (2015)
Worst League Record: 0-7 (2006, 2013)

2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 33.1 (10th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 22.0 (28th in Area)
Passing Offense: 239.5
Rushing Offense: 120.0
Total Offense: 359.5

2015 Results
Sandy Valley 28 Bulldogs 14*
Bulldogs 26 South Range 25
Bulldogs 61 United 26
Bulldogs 35 Springfield 17
Bulldogs 47 Crestview 34
Bulldogs 56 Leetonia 14
Bulldogs 41 Sebring 7
Lisbon 42 Bulldogs 30
Columbiana 28 Bulldogs 23
Bulldogs 31 Wellsville 0
McDonald 21 Bulldogs 0
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Parker Sherry – 1320 yards, 55.2%, 15 TDs
Rushing: Parker Sherry – 890 yards, 7.0 ypc, 11 TDs

Recent Bulldog Post-Season Finishes
2015: Division V (Region 15) Participant
2009: Division V (Region 17) Participant
2002: Division IV (Region 13) Semifinalist

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – Salem, 7
Sept. 2 – at Wellsville, 7
Sept. 9 – at Columbiana, 7
Sept. 16 – Lisbon, 7
Sept. 23 – at Sebring, 7
Sept. 30 – Leetonia, 7
Oct. 7 – at Crestview, 7*
Oct. 14 – at Springfield, 7*
Oct. 21 – United, 7*
Oct. 28 – South Range, 7*

Keys on Offense
Sophomore Parker Sherry is back under center after enjoying much success as a freshman. Sherry threw for over 1,300-yards and ran for almost another 900. The Bulldogs lost a ton of talent at the skill positions with the graduation of Josh Pickett (1300-yard rusher), Jarrod Figley (24-yards per catch average), Ryan Ross, and Grant Wagner. The line play should be a real strength of the team as many contributors will return up front.

Keys on Defense
Defensively, the Bulldogs lost a ton with the graduation of their strong senior class. However, Trevor Kimmel and Vinnie DeLaRosa both return to anchor the defensive side of the ball. The defense went from allowing 40 points per game in 2014 to a unit which allowed just 22 points per outing.

Final Analysis
When we saw Jarrod Figley carry out the “EP” flag in mid-November before the Bulldogs’ playoff contest in Magnolia, we knew that this team had arrived. A six-year playoff drought was in their rear view. Although Sandy Valley eliminated East Palestine from the first round (38-14) – these Bulldogs, which began the season with a 1-3 mark, had won six straight to close out the year which included a monster win over Crestview (47-34) and a one-point victory (26-25) over South Range in the regular season finale.

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