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August 26, 2013

High school football: Region 6 teams look to unseat champion Prep

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MEADVILLE — General McLane Lancers

2012 record: 9-3 overall, 3-2 Region 6

Head coach: Jim Wells (17th season)

Opening week opponent: Home vs. Fort LeBoeuf, Friday at 7 p.m.

General McLane lost plenty of talent to graduation and has to do quite a bit of rebuilding this season. But somehow that never seems to faze the Lancers. They manage to stay competitive year after year. And 2013 should be no different.  

The Lancers had three quarterbacks that graduated last year, each of whom threw the ball some but rushed it even more. Senior Zachary Fox looks to be the replacement under center. He’s expected to take plenty of keepers this year. When he does hand it off, it could likely go to senior Michael Suminski, who is the team’s top returning rusher from 2012 with 121 carries for 910 yards and 14 TDs. Other running backs in the rotation include Tyler Sanders, Zane Burger, Clay Smith and Jarrell Johnson.

Of that group, Johnson is the team’s top returning receiver with nine catches for 181 yards and a TD.

Strong Vincent Colonels

2012 record: 3-7 overall, 2-3 Region 6

Head coach: Scott White (4th season)

Opening week opponent: Home vs. Hickory, Friday at 7 p.m.

Strong Vincent has a couple good starting points this season with the return of  quarterback Chris Starocci and running back Jared Carlson. Starocci completed 56 of 104 passes last season for 905 yards, seven TDs and seven INTs. Carlson led the Colonels with 78 carries for 443 yards and four TDs in 2012. After those two, however, the skill positions will all be relatively new.

The line has experience, though. Four starters return in Jayson Curry, Thomas King, Kyle Pointer and Myles Simmons.  

East Warriors

2012 record: 1-8 overall, 1-4 Region 6

Head coach: Leonard Ford (6th season)

Opening week opponent: Home vs. Hickory, Friday at 7 p.m.

East’s biggest graduation last season was quarterback Jauwan Ford, who had held down the starting role effectively for two seasons. Last year, he completed 95 of 218 passes for 1,383 yards, eight TDs and seven INTs. Also gone is leading running back Craig Heidelberg; and the team’s leading receiver, Avery Kirksey.

The Warriors will need some younger players to fill those shoes. A strong candidate at running back is senior Anthony Gates, who last season was second on the team in rushing (71 carries for 321 yards) and third in receiving (19 catches, 246 yards). And senior Eddie Williams was the team’s second-leading receiver a year ago, grabbing 21 catches for 328 yards.

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