2016 Grove City Football Preview

Grove City Eagles High School Football

2016 Grove City Football Preview
Head Coach: Sam Mowrey, 3rd season (3-17)
2015 Record: 1-9 (1-6), 7th place in Region 3 (AA)
2016 Classification: AAAAA

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2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 14.8 (45th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 33.8 (47th in Area)
Passing Offense: 155.6
Rushing Offense: 105.7
Total Offense: 261.3

2015 Results
Lakeview 31 Eagles 12
Warren 26 Eagles 22
Hickory 42 Eagles 6
Farrell 44 Eagles 9
Sharon 35 Eagles 6
Eagles 34 Titusville 6
Greenville 28 Eagles 7
Slippery Rock 52 Eagles 18
Corry 36 Eagles 6
Wilmington 38 Eagles 28

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Kameron Patterson – 1433 yards, 55.7%, 10 TDs
Rushing: Kameron Patterson – 320 yards, 3.0 ypc, 3 TDs
Receiving: Brayden Martin – 31 catches, 341 yards, 2 TDs
Tackles: Cordell Sanders – 58
QB Sacks: Zach Herndon – 3.0
Interceptions: Nick Davies – 3

Recent Eagle Post-Season Finishes
2015: Did Not Qualify
2014: Did Not Qualify
2013: District 10 Class AA Participant
2012: District 10 Class AA Semifinalist
2011: District 10 Class AAA Champion; Western Semifinalist
2010: District 10 Class AAA Finalist
2009: District 10 Class AAA Finalist
2008: District 10 Class AAA Semifinalist

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – General McLane, 7
Sept. 2 – Warren, 7*
Sept. 9 – at Conneaut, 7*
Sept. 16 – Franklin, 7*
Sept. 23 – at Oil City, 7*
Sept. 30 – Slippery Rock, 7
Oct. 7 – at DuBois, 7*
Oct. 14 – at Fairview, 7
Oct. 21 – Meadville, 7*
Oct. 28 – at Sharon, 7

Keys on Offense
Senior quarterback Kameron Patterson has connected on 248 of 444 passes (55.9%) for 3,215 yards and 32 touchdowns throughout his varsity career. Kameron is on pace to eclipse the school passing record. “We believe that Kameron now has a solid grasp of our system,” says coach Mowrey. “If he can become a player-coach type leader on the field, he has all the skills to have a huge season.” This year, Patterson and his teammates will look to avenge recent history.

Over the last two seasons, the offense has struggled to mount much of an offense in terms of rushing yards per game.
Recent Woes on Offense
2015: Rushing: 105.7 ypg; Passing: 155.6; Total: 261.3 ypg
2014: Rushing: 137.0 ypg; Passing: 188.1; Total: 325.0 ypg
2013: Rushing: 248.3 ypg; Passing: 59.8 ypg; Total: 308.1 ypg

The last time, a non-quarterback ran for over 100-yards was in week ten of the 2014 season when Tanner Lucido ran for 127 yards against Northgate. Between 2009-2013, the Eagles featured at least three rushers per season who amassed 400 yards. Since then, they’ve only had one back compile a 400 yard season (Tanner Lucido, 518 in 2014).

In a limited role in 2015, Trey Adams ran for 202 yards (4.5 avg) and 2 scores as a sophomore. Senior Cordell Sanders gained 102 yards on 34 carries last season as well. “We’re counting on our front five to open holes for Sanders and Adams in order to create more balance for our offense,” points out coach Mowrey.

While Grove City is searching for answers running the ball, their pass catchers have been solid. Junior Brayden Martin caught 31 tosses for 341 yards (2 TDs). Logan Lutz, a sophomore, snagged 23 receptions for 342 yards (14.9 avg) and 4 scores. Seniors Nick Davies (19 catches, 300 yards) and A.J. Turner (13 catches, 250 yards) also provide consistency on the outside.

Keys on Defense
Grove City appears to have a solid foundation up front on defense. Senior linemen Tyler Locktosh (45 tackles, 2 sacks) and Zach Herndon (40 tackles, 3 sacks) both return while Grove City features a couple of linebackers who have fans feeling optimistic (Cordell Sanders – 58 tackles; Kyle Barger – 38 tackles; A.J. Turner – 30 tackles; Trey Adams – 30 tackles). Sanders will step in at middle linebacker after playing last year along the outside. Replacing Brandon Dennis and Deandre Byers is the defense’s first priority in camp. Nick Davies (3 INTs) and Brayden Martin (INT) will be back in the secondary.

Final Analysis
Playing in the new Region 5 division –with the likes of Conneaut, Meadville, and DuBois – will be challenging. Line play will be the key in achieving success. The Eagles are led by seniors Tyler Locktash, Jared Reppart, Zane Fuss, Zach Herndon, and Billy Briggs (who’s returning from an injury) and junior Logan Minch. With a senior quarterback (Patterson) and young (but experienced) talent will make for a very interesting season at Forker Field.


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