2016 Lakeview Sailors Football Preview

Lakeview's first home game of the season will be in week three when they host Wilmington.

Lakeview Sailors High School Football - Lakeview, PA

2016 Lakeview (PA) Football Preview
Head Coach: John Falconi, Jr. – 1st season
2015 Record: 6-4 (2-4), T-5th place in Region 1 (A)
2016 Classification: AA

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2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 24.4 (28th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 22.1 (29th in Area)
Passing Offense: 37.7
Rushing Offense: 241.8
Total Offense: 279.5

2015 Results
Sailors 31 Grove City 12
Sailors 16 Franklin 13
Wilmington 28 Sailors 6
Sailors 2 Saegertown 0 (forfeit)
Sharpsville 39 Sailors 6
Sailors 30 Reynolds 29
Farrell 49 Sailors 8
Sailors 37 Mercer 0
West Middlesex 22 Sailors 16
Sailors 68 Youngsville 7

Returning Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Tanner Reddick – 336 yards, 5.9 ypc, 7 TDs
Receiving: Tanner Reddick – 9 catches, 139 yards
Tackles: Braden Yeager – 68
QB Sacks: Tanner Reddick – 3.0
Interceptions: Braden Yeager & Garrett Gadsby – 2

Recent Sailor Post-Season Finishes
2015: Did Not Qualify
2014: District 10 Class A Participant
2013: District 10 Class A Champion; Western Semifinalist
2012: District 10 Class A Semifinalist
2011: Did Not Qualify
2010: District 10 Class A Semifinalist
2009: Did Not Qualify

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – at Mercer, 7*
Sept. 2 – at Sharpsville, 7*
Sept. 9 – Wilmington, 7*
Sept. 16 – at Reynolds, 7*
Sept. 23 – Greenville, 7*
Sept. 30 – Hickory, 7*
Oct. 7 – Slippery Rock, 7*
Oct. 14 – at Sharon, 7*
Oct. 21 – at Mercyhurst Prep, 7
Oct. 28 – Lutheran East, 7

Keys on Offense
Gone from last year is their starting quarterback (Jake Doddo) and their two-time 1,000-yard rusher (Austin Rice) who has both since graduated. Doddo ran for 8 touchdowns and amassed almost 500-yards (491) rushing while throwing for another 339 yards. Rice finished his prep career by gaining 2429 yards on the ground (20 TDs) over the last two seasons. This year, Tanner Reddick appears to be the likely candidate to carry the load for the Sailors’ offense. Reddick has rushed for an average of 5.9 yards per carry (130 attempts, 762 yards) throughout his career while scoring 14 times on the ground. The senior also caught a team-leading 9 passes for 139 yards in 2015. Depth at offensive line has many inside the program pointing to as a real strength of the team.

The Sailors will prepare to adapt to a brand new spread and multiple I-formation offense under coach Falconi. This will most likely land players in different roles from where they were accustomed to last year.

Keys on Defense
Senior linebacker Braden Yeager has accumulated 146 defensive stops in two seasons (2014-15). Yeager will be joined by his classmates – Wyatt Armstrong and Tanner Reddick. Armstrong finished with 52 tackles while Reddick led the team with 3 sacks and closed out last Fall with 45 tackles. In the defensive backfield, Owen Clayton (27 tackles) and Cole Richael (25 tackles) both return. Juniors Andy Hailey (24 tackles) and Kyan Reynolds (13 tackles) will look to improve the defensive front.

Final Analysis
In mid-January, Dan York and the entire coaching staff was let go after 15 years at the helm which saw the Sailors accumulate a 88-78 record. Three months later, Lakeview’s School Board hired Farrell graduate John Falconi, Jr. – who worked as an assistant at Lowellville and Lisbon over the past five years. Falconi stresses, “We will do our best to match up with each team and win as many games as we can.”

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