2016 Ursuline Football Preview

Ursuline will play Benedictine in week one.

Ursuline Fighting Irish High School Football

2016 Ursuline Football Preview
Head Coach: Larry Kempe, 5th season (28-22)
2015 Record: 8-6
2016 Division/Region: 4/13

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2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 20.3 (36th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 21.9 (27th in Area)
Passing Offense: 69.8
Rushing Offense: 208.6
Total Offense: 278.4

2015 Results
Steubenville 28 Irish 0*
Irish 41 Crestwood 13*
Irish 27 Woodridge 20*
Irish 13 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 3*
St. Vincent-St. Mary 21 Irish 14
Irish 28 Mooney 6
Irish 23 Boardman 21
Massillon 49 Irish 18
Steubenville 48 Irish 12
Irish 33 Harding 22
Irish 33 Lake Catholic 12
Hoban 27 Irish 0
Benedictine 24 Irish 14
Irish 28 East 13
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Jared Fabry – 873 yards, 43.8%, 4 TDs
Rushing: Jared Fabry – 226 yards, 3.1 ypc, 5 TDs
Receiving: Daylen Harris – 15 catches, 224 yards, 2 TDs
Tackles: Spencer Warren – 62 1/2
QB Sacks: Jeff Marx – 6.0
Interceptions: Dakota Hobbs – 3

Recent Irish Post-Season Finishes
2015: Division IV (Region 11) Champion; State Semifinalist
2014: Division V (Region 15) Finalist
2013: Division V (Region 15) Participant
2012: Division V (Region 17) Finalist
2010: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Champion
2009: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Champion
2008: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Champion
2007: Division V (Region 17) Champion; State Finalist
2004: Division IV (Region 13) Semifinalist

2016 Schedule
Aug. 27 – at Benedictine, 7
Sept. 2 – at East, 7
Sept. 9 – at Hoban, 7
Sept. 17 – Massillon, 7
Sept. 23 – at Warren Harding, 7
Sept. 30 – Canada Prep, 7
Oct. 7 – Steubenville, 7
Oct. 14 – at Boardman, 7
Oct. 21 – Cardinal Mooney, 7
Oct. 28 – St. Vincent-St. Mary, 7

Keys on Offense
Ursuline lost their top three rushers from a year ago (Kimauni Johnson – 1287; Ty Spinks – 542; Deion Edwards – 433). However, the Irish do return an overabundance of underclassmen that have played well in limited action. Rising senior Dakota Hobbs gained 5.8 yards per carry (21 attempts, 121 yards) in 2015 while his classmate Daylen Harris toted the ball 25 times and scored twice (84 yards). Junior Joe Floyd also took 20 handoffs while gaining 120 yards on the ground for a 6.0 average. Behind center will be junior Jared Fabry – who saw success last Fall in his first year controlling the offense. Fabry threw for 873 yards (4 TDs) and ran for another 226 (5 TDs). Jared will have a full complement of receivers back led by Daylen Harris (15 catches, 224 yards), Dakota Hobbs (12 catches, 263 yards) and Anise Algahmee (11 catches, 106 yards).

Keys on Defense
There’s no denying it – the Irish lost a ton with the graduation of the likes of Jabbar Price (74.5 tackles, 13 sacks), Marcus Mosley (3 INTs), Deion Edwards, 32.5 tackles, 5 sacks), Dawalyn Washington (55.5 tackles, 2 INTs) and Nick Armeni (41.5 tackles). With that said, the Irish have pieces in place to have another strong season along the defensive side of the ball. Senior Jeff Marx (47.5 tackles) returns up front following his junior campaign which saw him take down quarterbacks six times. Anthony Howell also was involved on 3 quarterback takedowns a year ago from his rush end position. The team’s second-leading tackler – Spencer Warren (62.5 tackles) – will be back in 2016. In the secondary, the team welcomes back Dakota Hobbs (3 INTs) and Daylen Harris (22.5 tackles).

Final Analysis
In each of Coach Kempe’s four seasons at the helm of Ursuline football, the Irish have advanced to the post season by posting a 7-4 record in playoff competition. Coach Kempe is best known for his defensive prowess. In the post-season, Ursuline has held 7 of their 11 opponents to less than 21 points while giving up an average of 19.8 in the second season. Looking at what Ursuline has returning – one would assume that the Irish will be knocking on the door again for entrance into week eleven.

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