2016 Wellsville Football Preview

Toronto will play at Wellsville in week one.

Wellsville Tigers High School Football

2016 Wellsville Football Preview
Head Coach: Derrick Spann, 2nd season (5-5)
2015 Record: 5-5 (2-2), 3rd place in ITCL White
2016 Division/Region: 7/25

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Revisiting ITCL History
League Championships: None
Total League Record: 36-31 (53.7%)
Winning Seasons in League Play: 6 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Best League Record: 5-2 (2013, 2014)
Worst League Record: 2-5 (2012)

2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 22.7 (32nd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.8 (20th in Area)

2015 Results
Tigers 55 Southern 0
Columbiana 27 Tigers 7
Tigers 23 United 13
Tigers 41 Leetonia 6
Lisbon 33 Tigers 12
Western Reserve 35 Tigers 20
Tigers 23 McDonald 21
Tigers 33 Lowellville 0
East Palestine 31 Tigers 0
Toronto 22 Tigers 13

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Justin Miller – 492 yards, 9 TDs
Rushing: Michael Shope – 358 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving: Branzen Grodhaus – 27 catches, 176 yards, TD
Tackles: Michael Shope – 53
QB Sacks: Hayden Jackson – 8
Interceptions: Michael Shope – 5

Recent Tiger Post-Season Finishes
2014: Division VII (Region 23) Participant
2013: Division VII (Region 23) Semifinalist
2011: Division VI (Region 21) Participant
2001: Division VI (Region 23) Semifinalist

Recent AP First-Team selections
2013: Marcus Moxley, Sr/DB
2007: Nate Carman, Sr/DL
1995: Bo Carter, Sr/End
1994: Sean Wright, Sr/RB
1994: Eric Wolfe, Sr/LB
1993: Sean Wright, Jr/RB

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – Toronto, 7
Sept. 2 – East Palestine, 7
Sept. 9 – at Lowellville, 7
Sept. 16 – McDonald, 7
Sept. 23 – at Western Reserve, 7
Sept. 30 – Lisbon, 7*
Oct. 7 – Leetonia, 7*
Oct. 14 – at United, 7
Oct. 21 – at Columbiana, 7*
Oct. 28 – at Southern, 7*

Keys on Offense
Last year, a pair of underclassmen (Justin Miller and Will Grodhaus) led Wellsville to a 5-5 mark. Miller was 8 yards shy of throwing for 500. Grodhaus ran for 107 yards while tossing for 248. The team featured five players who ran for over 200 yards. Michael Shope led the team with 358 yards and 3 scores. Bradley Cline ran for 314 stripes while Andre Sloan (205) and Branzen Grodhaus (202) also eclipsed the plateau. Shope caught a pair of touchdowns and also returned a kickoff to pay dirt. Sloan was able to accumulate 125 yards receiving. Branzen Grodhaus led all receivers with his 27 catches and 176 yards. Number 22 was a dynamo returning punts as he gained 525 yards in that aspect of the game and scored a touchdown. At the tight end position, the Tigers will utilize Hayden Jackson and Hayden Dalrymple. Despite some inexperience along the offensive line, the unit will be anchored by Skyler Delauder, Justin Thirtyacre, and Ryan Miller.

Since September 26, 2008 – Wellsville is 37-2 when they compile 21 points or more in a single game.

Keys on Defense
There’s no question that you can’t expect to make up for the loss of Vince Giordano. Number 41 finished the 2015 campaign with 123 tackles, 20 of those for a loss, and 5 sacks. With Michael Shope (53 tackles, 6 INTs) and Branzen Grodhaus back in the secondary as well as rush end Hayden Jackson (8 sacks) and Bradley Cline in the center of the defensive unit at linebacker – the Tigers appear to moving in the right direction. Senior defensive end Hayden Dalrymple – who finished with 7 quarterback takedowns – also will be welcomed back into the fold. Norman Rudder and Skyler Delauder will form a solid tandem at tackle.

Final Analysis
The Tigers have held their own at home as of late. They’ve posted a 12-4 mark over the last three seasons in Wellsville. Over the last ten years, the Tigers have failed to finish with a winning record on their home turf only twice (2010 & 2012).

Coach Spann points out, “We should be fast on the defensive side of the ball, which will help with the speed of the teams we play. We have more experience than we had last year and we are hoping for an exciting season.”

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