Meadville Tribune


August 26, 2013

Race to the top: Bulldogs chasing Slippery Rock for Region 5 crown


MEADVILLE — Bradford Owls  

2012 record: 4-6 overall, 2-4 Region 5

Head coach: Jeff Puglio (5th season)

Opening week opponent: At Kennedy Catholic, Saturday at noon

Region 5 was loaded with dual-threat quarterbacks that could air it out as well as tuck it and run. Bradford’s Matt Yurkewicz was one of those guys, passing for 459 yards and three TDs while leading the team on the ground with 829 yards and 12 TDs.

Former slot back Sean Siffrinn, a senior, will be taking over Yurkiewicz’s spot this year. Siffrinn will most likely be handing the ball off to Justin Fishkin. He was the Owls’ fourth leading rusher last season (50 carries, 291 yards, three TDs), coming after Yurkiewicz and fellow graduates Aaron Fishkin and Josh Corignani.

Siffrinn was Bradford’s top receiver last year (nine passes, 157 yards). With him at QB, the Owls’ best returning pair of hands belongs to junior tight end John Pantuso, a second-team all-region pick.  

Meadville Bulldogs

2012 record: 4-6 overall, 2-4 Region 5

Head coach: Mike Feleppa (2nd season)

Opening week opponent: At Northwestern, Friday at 7 p.m.

The 2013 Meadville Bulldogs football team is nearly an even split between returning players and new faces.

For instance, first-team all-region running back Ryan Harkness is back. He gained 1,130 yards and 13 TDs on 206 carries as a junior. He’s moving from fullback to halfback this year. But mostly new to the backfield will be halfbacks Jarrid Miller and Nathan Martin, both juniors, and Derek Niemann, a senior. Miller and Martin both had just a handful of carries last year.

Senior Caleb Schweter is a returning starter at wide receiver.

The line is another split. Senior Josh Trimble returns to center. Guards Jake Jageman and Louis Crawford are both returning starters. But the tackles — senior Caleb Graham and sophomore Jimmy Silvis — are new.

Overall, the Bulldogs have 11 seniors on the team. And their leadership is really going to help to bring those new starters along.

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