2016 Wilmington Football Preview

Wilmington will play host to Sharon in week one.

Wilmington Greyhounds High School Football

2016 Wilmington Football Preview
Head Coach: Terry Verrelli, 38th season (288-127-3)
2015 Record: 6-5 (3-3), T-3rd in Region 1 (A)
2016 Classification: AA

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2015 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 21.0 (T-34th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 23.3 (34th in Area)
Passing Offense: 119.0
Rushing Offense: 127.7
Total Offense: 246.7

2015 Results
Cambridge Springs 34 Greyhounds 6*
Greyhounds 42 Slippery Rock 23
Sharpsville 42 Greyhounds 7
Greyhounds 28 Lakeview 6
Hickory 42 Greyhounds 6
Greyhounds 21 Reynolds 7
Farrell 37 Greyhounds 6
West Middlesex 24 Greyhounds 7
Greyhounds 28 East Liverpool 13
Greyhounds 42 Mercer 0
Greyhounds 38 Grove City 28
*-Playoff game

Returning Statistical Leaders
Passing: Spencer DeMedal – 1246 yards, 54.5%, 10 TDs
Rushing: Spencer DeMedal – 513 yards, 4.3 ypc, 8 TDs
Receiving: Bryson Verrelli – 27 catches, 322 yards, 2 TDs
Tackles: Kyle Slicker – 61
QB Sacks: Kyle Slicker – 2.5
Interceptions: Cameron Marett – 3

Recent Greyhound Post-Season Finishes
2015: District 10 Class A Participant
2014: District 10 Class A Semifinalist
2012: District 10 Class AA Finalist
2011: District 10 Class AA Semifinalist
2010: District 10 Class AA Semifinalist
2009: District 10 Class AA Champion; Western Finalist
2008: District 10 Class AA Champion; State Champion
2007: District 10 Class AA Champion; Western Finalist
2006: District 10 Class AA Champion; Western Finalist
2005: District 10 Class AA Finalist

2016 Schedule
Aug. 26 – Sharon, 7*
Sept. 2 – West Middlesex, 7
Sept. 9 – at Lakeview, 7*
Sept. 16 – Sharpsville, 7*
Sept. 23 – at Mercer, 7*
Sept. 30 – at Reynolds, 7*
Oct. 7 – Greenville, 7*
Oct. 14 – at Hickory, 7*
Oct. 21 – Slippery Rock, 7*

Keys on Offense
Senior Spencer DeMedal finished his first season as the starter by completing 54.5% (103-189) of his passes while compiling 1246 yards through the air (10 TDs) and 513 via the ground (8 TDs). The ‘Hounds return a ton of experience in their rushing attack as well as in their group of pass catchers. Junior Jack Patton led all backs (a year ago) with 216 yards rushing (4.9 ypc). In 2014, Kyle Slicker gained 403 yards on 58 attempts (6.9 avg). Last Fall, he was only able to compile a stat line of 198 yards on 46 carries (4.1 avg). In 2016, as a senior, Slicker will look to get back to his 2014 form. Sophomore Cameron Marett led all Wilmington rushers (with at least 10 rushing attempts) with a 7.3 yard per carry average (25 rushes, 183 yards). DeMedal will have his core group of receivers back this Fall. Bryson Verrelli (27 catches, 322 yards) and Colton Marett (21 catches, 284 yards) both return as juniors. Kyle Slicker has caught 27 passes over the last two seasons for 326 stripes (12.1 ypr). Jack Patton also snagged 11 balls for a team-high 20.2 yards per catch (222 yards).

Keys on Defense
The defensive line will be a strength of this year’s team with Kyle Slicker (61 tackles, 2.5 sacks, Ryan Byler (32 tackles, 2 sacks), James Reed (18.5 tackles) and Alex Whitmore (22 tackles) all returning. Slicker finished 2015 tied with Spencer DeRosa with 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The secondary should also be strong with senior Spencer DeMedal (54.5 tackles, 2 INTs), Cameron Marett (41 tackles, 3 INTs) and Jack Patton (34.5 tackles) all roaming back there for the Greyhounds. Underclassmen Colton Marett (26.5 tackles), Isiah Gargiulo (25 tackles) and Robert Pontius (25 tackles, 2 INTs) will all be asked to continue their progress from a defensive standpoint.

Final Analysis
Wilmington had an eight-year stretch – from 2005-2012 – that saw the Greyhounds win the Region Championship 7 times as well as finish the regular season with unbeaten league mark 4 times. During that span, the ‘Hounds won 9 or more games seven times. Over the last three seasons (2013-15) – Wilmington has posted a winning percentage of 54.8% (17-14) overall and 10-9 in their Region play (Region 1: 2014-15; Region 3: 2013). Can they get back to their winning ways in 2016?

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