McFadden

Maplewood’s J.D. McFadden is one of the top local players returning for the 2019 season. The senior QB threw for 1,392 yards and 18 TDs last year, as well as ran for 633 yards and seven touchdowns.

At the end of the 2018 football season, two District 10 teams left Hersheypark Stadium with championship trophies. Cathedral Prep hoisted its third-straight Class 4A title while Farrell claimed its own title at the Class 1A level.

A third team, Wilmington, was a state runner-up in Class 2A. And a fourth team, Sharon, was a state semifinalist in Class 3A. 

For District 10 football, it was a season like no other. 

But now it is 2019. The slate is blank once again. 

All 38 District 10 teams — plus DuBois and Conneaut (Ohio) — are striving to get to a state championship game, to get to the podium, to get to the hardware. And all of them start in the same place, 0-0.

Whether a team won it all, stumbled at the finish line or struggled and grinded all season long, its a new dawn and a fresh start.

With the season kicking off tonight, we’re going to take a look at all 40 teams. Who’s gone, who’s back and how far can they go?

 

REGION 1

— When discussing Region 1, one has to start with Farrell (15-0, 3-0 Region 1). The Steelers were virtually flawless all season long scoring 779 points while holding opponents to 117. 

Head coach Jarrett Samuels has moved on to coach at Thiel College. Former offensive coordinator Anthony Pegues steps up to the head position now and he must replace a lot of talent for the 2019 Steelers.

First off, region player of the year and Albany recruit Christian Lewis is gone after rushing 2,470 yards and 34 touchdowns. The passing game loses two key players in quarterback Kyi Wright, now at Pitt, and wide receiver Jourdan Townsend, now at Delaware. Wright tossed 29 TDs to just two INTs while throwing for 1,746 yards. Townsend reeled in 73 catches for 1,302 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Yet, somehow, Farrell is still viewed as the team to beat in Pa. PennLive has the team ranked first in 1A in its preseason poll.

Among the returning players for the Steelers are all-star receiver Brian Hilton (10 catches, 228 yards); first-team offensive linemen Garry Satterwhite, along with trench-mates Gary Hopson and Melvin Hobson; linebacker Tyrie Hammonds and secondary standout Juwon Samuels.

 West Middlesex (9-3, 2-1 Region 1) rumbled all the way to the District 10 Class 1A Championship with all-star running back Clayton Parrish bulldozing the way. 

With Parrish graduating, his 1,622 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns need replacing. The combination of Jason Davis and Zeb Rubaker could factor into that mix, with both getting some sporadic touches last year. Rubaker, for instance, caught 22 passes for 212 yards and two TDs.

West Middlesex is also losing quarterback Jake Bowen and wide receiver Kaz Hoffman along with star lineman Zach Long. 

 Reynolds (6-5, 1-2 Region 1) opened the playoffs with a convincing 36-0 win over Maplewood, but that followed with a meeting with Farrell. The Raiders dropped that one 62-6.

With some key players back in 2019, they’ll hope to give the Steelers a better test. 

Returning for the Raiders is second-team all-star back Jordan DeCarmen, a junior, who led Reynolds in rushing with just under 1,000 yards and in scoring with 10 touchdowns. DeCarmen will be without running mate Tyrese Baker, who had over 800 yards rushing and toted in eight TDs in 2018.

Dual-threat senior quarterback Sean O’Hara also returns for his senior season. He had 533 rushing yards and 480 passing yards with nine total touchdowns.

O’Hara’s top target, Chance Westover, graduated. But rising junior Aidan Mull, who was an all-star at wide receiver, is back to field catches. 

 Mercer (4-5, 0-3 Region 1) had a decent campaign under first-year head coach Keith DeGraaf. But DeGraaf hung it up after one year. That opened things up for new head coach Jeff Lockard, who will be the head coach for the first team after spending decades as an assistant.

His first order of business is replacing the team’s QB, as Dylan Hetrick graduated last year. Also  gone is all-star lineman Cam Peters, defensive back Brian Shevitz and receiver Zack Previty. 

Yet, Mercer’s offense brings back two playmakers that made the all-region team in RB Aidan Bright and tight end Ian Taylor. Bright was effective catching passes and running the ball. He ran for 468 yards and six TDs while adding 263 receiving yards and two scores from the air.

 

REGION 2

 Union City (7-4, 5-0 Region 2) was heavy on the seniors last season, and used that experience to pile up seven wins and claim the Region 2 championship, the first league title in the program’s history.

However, now the Bears have to restock, losing quarterback Blake Hornaman; running backs Brayden Kinney and Gavin Henry, who both eclipsed 1,400 yards last season; receivers Miles Parker and William Burgess; as well as a two-way standout on the line in Matt Long. 

The Bears should still be pretty stout up front with the return of all-stars Matt Krause and Ryan Brooks, who are now seniors. And they have some experience returning to the backfield in junior Logan Kesselring, who rushed for 273 yards last year.

Signal-calling duties will be taken over by senior Austin Jaquith. 

 Maplewood (6-4, 4-1 Region 2) came just one win away from winning the Region 2 title last season. And the Tigers have several returning players who are wearing that chip on their shoulders in 2019. 

Leading the way for the Tigers is senior quarterback J.D. McFadden, who passed for 1,392 yards and 18 TDs last season, and also led the team in rushing with 633 yards and seven TDs. McFadden’s top receiving target from last year is also back. His brother, Jesse McFadden, reeled in 24 passes for 649 yards and five TDs as a freshman a year ago. 

The Tigers are also returning almost their entire offensive line, led by first-team all-stars Bryan Kelly and Matt Niedbala, and further strengthened by Joey King, Steve Heme and Shawn Weigle. 

The team did graduate a hard-nosed runner in Chevy Blake last season. But Kaleb Donor could step up there. The receiving crew also lost a couple members, like Cameron Bienio and Ethan Wright. But returner like Levi Butryn and a newcomer in Clay Cox could provide some solid downfield targets. 

 After starting 2018 0-5, Cochranton (3-7, 3-2 Region 2) eventually found its stride and won three of its last four regular season games, later bowing out of the D-10 playoffs to West Middlesex in the first round. 

Then, many of the players who led the late turnaround for the Cardinals graduated, as the team said goodbye to 14 seniors. Among them were quarterback Kohl Bernarding (979 yards, four TDs passing; 589 yards, 15 TDs rushing); ball-carrier and linebacker Curtis Freyermuth (763 yards, five TDs); and leading receiver Garrett Long (21 catches, 351 yards, two TDs). 

So, it’s going to be a bit of a rebuild for the Cardinals. They found their new man at QB in 6-foot-2 sophomore Wyatt Barzak. And they have a slew of skill guys that will be filling Freyermuth’s shoes in the backfield. Among them is junior Jon Gallo, who rushed for 108 yards and two TDs, while catching 17 passes for 282 yards and a score as a sophomore. 

 Cambridge Springs (2-8, 2-3 Region 2) just couldn’t get any consistency last season, as injuries continually robbed the Blue Devils of athletes. 

The Devils are hoping they got that out of their system. And if they can keep their top 11 on the field, they should be OK. 

The team returns junior Trent Wheeler to quarterback, where he passed for 570 yards and three TDs. And Jared Taylor is back at running back after missing much of 2018 with an injury. Sophomore Garrett Hodak will also see some time in the backfield. 

The receiving corps lost quite a few members. And the Blue Devils will be looking at a committee of players to see who steps up. One candidate in the pass-catching scheme might be junior Jaden Grubbs, who is moving from running back to tight end. 

Two returning starters — junior Jacob Jones and senior Daymin Johnson — will lead the way on the offensive line.

 Eisenhower (2-8, 1-4 Region 2) had a tough 2018 campaign and now the Knights need to revamp its lineup following some key departures. 

All-star tailback Ethan Chambers graduated with a stellar senior season of 1,205 yards and 16 TDs. Also gone is top receiver Garrett Head; first team all-star defensive back Riley West and two all-star linemen in Joe Bauer and Jeremy Card also.

The good news for Eisenhower is that Owen Trumbull is back at quarterback for his junior year. He went 64-for-156 for 833 yards. He had seven touchdowns to nine interceptions.

 It’s been a long couple of years for Saegertown (0-9, 0-5 Region 2). Yet despite it all, head coach James Wolfgang got a pretty good number of athletes out for the team, has a pretty good core of seniors at nine strong, and senses an attitude in his players that they’re fed up taking L’s and are willing to work hard to change things.

The Panthers used a lot of different players in the backfield last season, and many of them are back. For instance, senior Alex Kightlinger will be back under center. And guys like Robbie Brown, Ethan Hayes and Jacob Reisinger will share carries.  

That crew will be led by an experienced offensive line that returns Reese Larson, Martin Kimmel, Josh Perrine, Nathan Barner and Zack Dalton.

 

REGION 3

 Defending Region 3 champ Conneaut (Ohio) (6-4, 3-0 Region 3) will be without running back Mike Williams, who was the region’s player of the year (1,035 yards, 18 TDs on the ground).

However, the passing attack for the Spartans still boasts some playmakers from a season ago. Back in the fold are both QB’s the team used last year — Rylan Davison, who passed for 736 yards and six TDs last season, and Brandon Smile, who passed for 285 yards and four TDs. Also back is the team’s leading receiver, tight end Richie Picard (21 catches, 270 yards, two TDs), and wideout Aidan Thomas (six catches, 73 yards). 

Even with Williams gone, the Spartans should be able to run the ball. Davison was the team’s second-leading rusher with 515 yards and 10 TDs. And Seth Fedor, who returns for his senior season, collected 500 yards and scored 11 TDs on the ground. 

Clearing the way for that rushing attack will be a couple returning all-stars on the line in Damon Bowers and Hunter Dale. 

 Northwestern (6-4, 2-1 Region 3) looks to compete with the Spartans for the Region 3 crown in 2019.

The Wildcats will have to do it without star running back Jeremy Dohanic. He had 741 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing and added 348 yards and four TDs as a pass-catcher a year ago.

Northwestern is returning both of the quarterbacks it used last year. Sophomore Ryan Tewell and senior Derek Albert. Senior Albert had 351 passing yards and 278 rushing yards last season. And Ryan Tewell, now a sophomore racked up 577 passing yards and four touchdowns.

They will have to find now targets to throw to, with the graduations of Dohanic, Tyler Sumner, Jarrod Glasl and Dylan Braden. But the QB’s should have time to find someone, as the Wildcats return three all-star linemen in Alex Rimel, Cole Bish and Kevin Gollmer.

 Iroquois (2-8, 1-2 Region 3) was led by first-team all-star running back Jeremy Laniewicz a year ago. He excelled with 1,262 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, the Braves will have to find a new back to lean on as Laniewicz has graduated. So did the team’s second-leading rusher, Matt Tarr, who was also an all-star linebacker. Also gone is last year’s QB, Matthew Alecci, who isn’t playing this year.

So, the Braves will be rebuilding in the skill spots. One starting point for the team is junior Dante Carr, who carried the ball 54 times for 176 yards and two TDs this year.

They do have a pretty experienced crew up front with the return of all-star Mitchell Northrup, as well as Brandon Fenno, Owen Peterson and Zach Barker.

 Seneca (0-9, 0-3 Region 3) had a rough season in 2018. And in 2019, will have to make do with their most effective player from last year, quarterback Wyatt Shaffer. He passed for 232 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions, but made his biggest impact on the ground, rushing for 901 yards and seven TDs.

Junior Zack Mong and sophomore Alexzander Pring did get some experience last year. Pring rushed for 118 yards on 39 carries. Mong had 19 carries for 47 yards and a TD, and also led the team in receiving with six catches for 104 yards and a score.

 

REGION 4

 Wilmington (13-2, 3-0 Region 4) almost always boasts a talented squad on the gridiron. Yet, with a lot of talent there’s also a lot of talent that needs replacing. Few are able to do it year after year like the Greyhounds.

Nine all-stars have graduated from last year’s state runner-up squad, including four offensive linemen: Alex Ramirez, Colton Richards, Jordan Gray and Jimmy Reed.

Also gone is QB Robert Pontius, now at Robert Morris, who threw for 1,317 yards and 15 TDs. Another graduate was running back Cameron Marett, now at Slippery Rock, who scored 22 TDs and rushed for 1,763 yards.

It will probably become the Ethan Susen show now. Susen carried the ball 89 times for 897 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore last year.

Junior McConahy can catch some passes for the Greyhounds, grabbing 20 passes for 420 yards and four TDs a year ago.

Caelan Bender may be the next man up at QB after completing 6 of 7 tries for 169 yards last season.

 Sharpsville (8-3, 2-1 Region 4) had a senior-laden squad lead them to stellar season a year ago, halted only by Wilmington in the D-10 championship game. Many of their standouts are gone, however. 

Running back Kobe Joseph graduated, and will now play at Harvard, after posting a 1,196-yard season with 24 TDs. QB Nick Alexander also graduated after 2,234 yards and 21 touchdowns thrown in 2018. Linemen Drew Gordon and JaQuay Hubbard also graduated. Hubbard is now playing at Virginia. And top pass catchers Luke Levis (48 catches, 693 yards, 7 TDs), Joseph Bornes (452 yards, 33 TDs) and Max Messett (429 yards, 4 TDs) have also moved on.

Potential replacements in the backfield include junior Danny Henwood, who saw a little time at QB last year, and junior Tristan Besser, who had 33 carries behind Joseph. 

So, the team is low on experience, and reportedly small on the line this year. But one can never fully count out the Blue Devils.

 Last season was a rare down one for the Greenville (3-7, 1-2 Region 4) program. But there is still a lot of promise for the 2019 Trojans.

The team will have to replace a 1,000-yard rusher in Brady Gentile. But the Trojans do return quarterback Jon King (389 yards, 5 TDs passing last year). An they have a good committee of skill guys back, like rushers Isaac Sasala (238 yards, 1 TD) and Levi Swartz (163 yards, 1 TD) and receiver Blair Paxton (12 catches, 204 yards, 4 TDs).

The line returns fairly intact as well, led by all-stars in Justin Harbaugh and Aaron Solderich.  

 It was a crash course for Lakeview (1-8, 0-3) in 2018, as the Sailors started the season with a lot of new players and a new coaching staff and a fairly tough schedule. 

After a rough start, the Sailors started playing better ball, picking up a win over, picking up a win over Seneca and even giving Northwestern a run for its money. 

That’s where second-year head coach Bill Hickman is looking to build from this year. He’s had an entire year with his players, and many of them are coming back to show what they can do with a little more experience. 

The Sailors return all of their top skill guys from last year, including Kendall Crocker, Lane Barber, Logan McFadden, Burton Brocklehurst and Kiefer Guthrie. They have a sophomore quarterback who survived a trial by fire against some tough teams as a freshman a year ago. And their line is big and experienced, led by guys like Joey Katavitch, Isaac DeVault, Domanic Leonard, Mason Bevan, Dalton Mentch and Sebastian Hensch. 

 

REGION 5

 The Grove City Eagles (11-1, 4-0 Region 5) were undefeated and primed for a deep run in the state playoffs, but a stunning 23-6 loss to Sharon in the District 10 Class 3A title game ended the Eagles’ flight earlier than expected. The Eagles then lost six big-time starters. 

Quarterback Brady Callahan, who is now playing for Westminster, threw 28 TDs to just six INTs and was second in the district with 2,660 yards. His top two receivers, Logan Lutz and Carter Chinn, graduated too. Lutz, now at Duquesne, was region player of the year after catching 75 passes for 1,264 yards and 16 TDs. Also gone is 1,000-yard running back Tyler Greer. And all-star linemen Nick Smither and Seth Davis have also graduated. 

Even so, Grove City is not a program to take lightly. 

The offense likely turns to Logan Breese at quarterback joined in the backfield with senior running back Colby Nelson. Breese threw for 150 yards and a touchdown in limited quarterback play last year while Nelson rushed for 867 yards and 13 touchdowns.

 Sharon (10-4, 3-1 Region 5) is the defending D-10 champ in Class 3A. The Tigers powered all the way to the state semifinal game only to fall to Aliquippa 41-7.

This year, Sharon brings back the air power. Senior Lane Voytik wound up as the District 10 passing leader with 2,757 yards and 28 touchdowns. All-star wideout CJ Parchman is back as well. Parchman totaled 1,105 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. Ty Eilam also returns after posting 58 receptions, 644 yards and seven TDs.

The balance of the Tigers’ offense was thrown off a bit by the graduation of running back Jordan Wilson, who amassed 1,929 yards and 26 touchdowns a season ago.

The Tigers’ will also need to get used to new leadership, as one-time West Middlesex helmsman Jason McElhaney takes over the reigns for longtime head coach Jim Wildman, who retired after last season. 

 There is excitement at Slippery Rock (7-4, 2-2 Region 5) with senior quarterback Vito Pilosi and running back David Duffalo back after leading the squad to a solid 2018 season.

They were two pieces of a lethal read-option attack last season, in which Pilosi rushed for 893 yards and 10 TDs while Duffalo had 416 yards and four scores. Pilosi also passed for 1,147 yards and 13 TDs. And Duffalo was his main target, catching 21 passes for 317 yards and three more TDs.

One element of that scheme is missing, however, with the graduation of running back Kaleb Kamerer, who gained 760 rush yards and 10 scores.

And there is some restructuring on the offensive line as all-stars Sean Northcott and Mitchell Houston have graduated.

 For Conneaut Area (5-5, 1-3 Region 5), Kyle Sheets and Peyton Hearn carried a lot of mail in 2018. But Sheets, who passed for 498 yards and rushed for 762, is now playing at Slippery Rock. And Hearn, who led the run game with 1,384 yards and 16 touchdowns, is now wrestling at Edinboro. 

The skill spots aren’t entirely devoid of talent, however. Senior Tanner Niemann got some starts at QB late last season, and eventually threw for 370 yards and two TDs. And tight end Noah Richardson returns after leading the team in receptions last year with 33 for 360 yards and a pair of scores. 

The Eagles have a host of players that can run the ball, like Devin Neal, Eli Boyce and up-and-coming sophomore Max Lewandowski. And they have some good hands in receivers Nate Bortnick and Jayden Onderko. 

However, they are short on experience. And the team faces a steep learning curve as it tries to make headway in one of the toughest regions in the district.  

 A storied Hickory (2-7, 0-4 Region 5) franchise stumbled last year, as it dealt with a slew of new players and a bunch of injuries. New head coach Billy Dungee, a former basketball standout at Allegheny College, will try to turn the program around. 

The Hornets turn to rising junior Michael Henwood to improve their record. Henwood led the team in passing and rushing last season. He threw for 592 yards and five touchdowns while adding 197 yards on the ground and a touchdown run. He was followed by Kam Fisher (193 yards rushing) and Hunter Stoots (117 yards, 1 TD) who also return. 

Graduated from the Hornets offensively was all-star wideout Michael Filardi who caught three TDs and tallied 439 yards. Also gone is senior QB Hayden Gallagher, receiver Asher Patton, and linemen Skylar Collins and Trever Lightner. The Hornets also need to replace star kicker Sam Scarton, who had seven field goals last year.

 

REGION 6

 Mercyhurst Prep (10-1, 6-0 Region 6) was a very tough team in 2018, and despite graduating a good deal of skill, the Lakers are still expected to be a tough out in the north. 

Among the losses for the Lakers were QB Mike Krafty (591 yards, 10 TDs passing); running back Zack Helsley, now at Mercyhurst University (1,520 yard, 25 TDs rushing); fellow backfield all-star Khalil Barnes, now at Notre Dame College, (1,250 yards, 13 TDs); and leading receiver Andrew Montefiori (11 catches, 188 yards, 5 TDs).

The Lakers will likely turn to Steve Smith, the rising junior was an all-star defensive back and also a big-play rusher, gaining 588 yards and scoring 14 TDs on just 41 carries. 

Smith has the benefit of an experienced line opening holes for him, with the return of all-stars Dylan Schley, Justin Gec and tight end CJ Liegl. 

 Harbor Creek (8-3, 5-1 Region 6) had an excellent season in 2018, nearly besting Mercyhurst Prep in the region title race despite some youth on offense. And that youth is back for more in 2019.

Quarterback Casey Smith and wide receiver Cody Smith were all-stars as sophomores last year. Casey threw for 755 yards and nine TDs, and three interceptions. Cody hauled in 28 catches for 383 yards and five scores. They’ll be joined once again by rusher Tyler East, who had 12 touchdowns and 1,298 yards as a junior. Cameron Williamson was the team’s second-leading rusher as a freshman last year, recording 236 yards and five scores. 

The Huskies’ line does have some holes to fill. But it does bring back all-region pick Nick Thompson. 

 The defense for Fairview (5-5, 4-2 Region 7) has a strong contingent back in 2019. A trio of all-stars strengthen each level : lineman Travis Schauer, linebacker Eli Larson and DB Mason Bender. 

Larson also is likely to take over for star running back and co-region player of the year Chris Mohra. Mohra had 21 touchdowns and 1,760 yards before graduating. Larson followed with 551 yards and four TDs.

Bender and junior Travis Burge each took snaps at quarterback last season and could factor into the rushing attack from that spot.

 Girard (5-6, 3-3 Region 6) will be without some talent in in 2019. The graduated leading passer Cam Feathers (364 yards, 2 TDs passing); their top two rushers in  Tyler Hawkins (769 yards, 8 TDs) and Corey Russell (500 yards, 6 TDs); and linemen like Derek Kovaly, Jon Ball and Tyler Graves.

Rising junior Austin Barrett brings some experience back. He ran for 341 yards and a touchdown and also did some passing, completing 14 of 23 tries for 286 yards and two scores. 

 Corry (4-6, 2-4 Region 6) played by-committee in several skill spots last year. So, while some graduated, the good news for the Beavers is that others will be back. 

For instance, passing leader Zack Lesher (309 yards, 5 TDs) is gone. But their next two passers, Nathan Shreffler (296 yards) and Trey Redrup (235 yards, 1 TD) return. The rushing unit also has some experience with the return of Landen Wis (683 yards, 6 TDs) and Logan Harrington (228 yards, 3 TDs). 

The team did graduate some all-stars, though, like lineman Isaac Keeler; defensive back Eli Eckonen; wideout Tyler Jackson; and quarterback/all-star DB Zack Lesher.

Putting the whole thing together will be new head coach Jeff Goodwill, who takes over from Brian Patten.

 North East (2-8, 1-5 Region 6) had a decent passing game in 2018. And QB Keyen Skrekla returns after throwing for 836 yards and nine TDs. Skrelka will need some new teammates to throw two after the loss of Lucas Russell (35 catches, 473 yards, 5 TDs) and Brock Conn (16 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD). 

The team also needs to rebuild its rushing unit after the graduations of Alex Furmanek (912 yards, 10 TDs), Conn (687 yards, 9 TDs) and Lucas Russell (501 yards, 6 TDs).

One solution for the Grapepickers could be senior Dylan Sayers, who had 119 receiving yards and 93 rush yards a year ago.

 Parker Harvey carried a lot of mail for Titusville (2-8, 0-6 Region 6) last year, picking up 1,016 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Rockets will be without his services. 

They do bring back much of its air attack, though, with quarterbacks Garrett Knapp (443 yards, 5 TDs) and Boaz LaRocque (429 yards, 4 TDs) both back in the lineup. Also back is their top two receivers, Landon Palma (21 catches, 291 yards, 2 TDs) and Laird Stover (12 catches, 212 yards, 2 TDs). 

Candidates to pick up the slack in the run game are Charlie Nicholson and Ryan Bish.  

 

REGION 7

 In 2018, General McLane (7-3, 6-0 Region 7) took the region crown, but fell to Oil City in the District 10 Class 5A title game 14-12.

The Lancers are poised to contend again. Ben Howe-Jones, a first team all-star, had 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He’s back for his senior year. The Lancers will have to restock the depth in its rushing attack with the loss of Luke Dillen, Brett Horn and Dominic West. 

Quarterback Matt Leehan also returns. He had 156 passing yards and 145 rushing yards last season. All-star wide receiver Nate Jones is back as well. At 6-foot-4, he’s going to be tough to defend. 

 It was a season to remember for Oil City (10-2, 5-1 Region 7), as it won a D-10 title and made it to the PIAA playoffs.

But can the team move on after Christian Cole? The current Clarion University running back scampered for a District 10-record 3,252 yards and 46 touchdowns while capturing Region 7 Player of the Year.

Well, Cole might be gone, but the Oilers could still be tough. 

Back is QB Holden Stahl after throwing for 286 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 522 yards and four scores. Rushers Noah Petro (707 yards, 5 TDs) and Cam Russell (221 yards, 2 TDs) could pick up the copious slack left behind by Cole. 

The Oilers will have to rebuild much of the line, however, returning just one all-star in junior Mario Fontanazza.

 Fort LeBoeuf (5-5, 4-2 Region 7) lost a lot of skill players last year — QB Cole Dauson (665 yards, 3 TDs passing); leading rusher Tynan Mazur (853 yards, 10 TDs); top receiver Davontay Harris (13 catches, 230 yards, 1 TD).

However, the Bison have a few second-tier contributors who will get their time to shine. Running back Ben Turi had 61 carries for 360 yards and seven TDs last year. Andrew Lichtner followed with 55 carries for 214 yards and three scores. And Max Endres brought in 12 passes for 135 yards and a TD. 

Joe Gentile and Andrew Lichtinger are back to bring some all-star grit back to the Bison defense. Gentile is a defensive lineman while Lichtinger plays linebacker.

 DuBois (4-7, 3-3 Region 7) brings back one of the best connections in District 10. Senior quarterback Alex Kovalyak passed for 1,024 yards eight TDs last year. And tight end Chase Husted had 601 of those yards and scored three TDs. Both players return and can spark the Beavers’ attack in 2019.

The running game will need some patching, though. Rusher Eric Schneider graduated after gaining 793 yards and three TDs. Dylan McCluskey and his six touchdowns also are gone. Plus, DuBois lost three strong linemen as well in Blaise Carney, Jordan Frano and Jonny Pendleton.

 Warren (6-4, 2-4 Region 7) had a veteran group in 2018 and has plenty of spots to fill this year.

First off is QB Jake Kupchella. He tallied 2,234 passing yards and 21 TDs passing last year, and was the team’s second-leading rusher with 243 yards and four scores. His top receiver, Devon McMeans, also graduated after 28 catches, 660 yards and seven TDs. So did dual threat Marvin Bryant, who had 957 yards and 12 TDs rushing, as well as 27 catches, 471 yards and two TDs receiving. 

Micah Passmore should ease some of the loss. Along with 231 yards rushing, he also caught 23 passes for 326 yards and two TDs. Senior Ryan Arnold also had a solid year receiving with 16 catches for 391 yards and four scores. 

The Dragons just need to find the right QB to get them the ball. 

 Franklin (3-7, 1-5 Region 7) has got several pieces back this year, including the ones that make up the Knights’ fearsome passing attack. 

Quarterback Ian Haynes has become one of the most prodigious arms in District 10 history. Last season was his best yet, as he completed 159 passes for 2,398 yards and 25 TDs. His top two receivers return in Cade Adams (49 catches, 976 yards, 10 TDs) and Dorian Gordon (34 catches, 368 yards, 4 TDs). The team’s leading rusher, Eli Stewart, is also back (219 yards, 2 TDs), and is another target for the passing game (31 catches, 478 yards, 7 TDs). 

If the Knights can find a little bit more stopping power on defense, they can be a contender this year. 

 Meadville (0-9, 0-6 Region 7) had four winning seasons in a row before the bottom fell out last season. Afterward, the Bulldogs did a lot of soul searching (and a lot of weight lifting) and have arrived for 2019 determined to make last year seem like an unfortunate blip. 

They’ll be taking on that task with several new pieces to its skill set. The running back corps will be led by full back Aryan Cotterman and half backs Hayden Parks, Chandler Edwards and Griffen Buzzell. As a plus, they will run behind an experienced front line featuring returning starters Dominic Foote, Parker Lord, Tommy Pollard, Logan Haun and Matt Eidbo.

And, with the graduation of Colin Kilburn, Meadville will have a new quarterback in Landon Beck. And he’s expected to take a more proactive role in the yardage this year, airing it out a little more while also tucking and running at times.

 

REGION 8

 In 2018, Cathedral Prep (13-3, 2-0 Region 8) took the state championship for the third straight year, topping Imhotep Charter 38-7 in the Class 4A title game. 

The Ramblers graduated a ton of great talent, like QB Regan Schleicher, now at Clarion (1,312 yards passing, 922 yards rushing); running back Billy Lucas, now at Duquesne (2,084 yards, 26 TDs); and kicker Colin Kelly (eight field goals). 

And yet, it’s still Cathedral Prep. The Ramblers are going to be just fine. 

Quarterback Collin Johnson, who had started before getting injured and yielding the spot to Schleicher, is back. He passed for 899 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Top pass-catcher Jack Oedekoven (37 catches, 769 yards, 10 TDs) also returns.

Luke Sittinger is the heir apparent at running back after posting 670 yards and six TDs in 2018.

 Erie (2-7, 0-2 Region 8) hasn’t had it easy since last year, losing a few players to neighboring schools, most notably last season’s region player of the year Danny Blue (905 yards, 9 TDs rushing) to McDowell.

The running game had already suffered hits with the graduation of JaGannon Williams (724 yards, 5 TDs) and Tony Foster (416 yards, 5 TDs); and the passing attack lost Tay Carr (13 catches, 184 yards, 2 TDs). 

On the plus side for the Royals, they bring back their leading passer, Trevon Tate (238 yards, 2 TDs), and a decent receiver in Darius Wall (5 catches, 93 yards, 1 TD). 

 McDowell (7-5, 1-1 Region 8) is the reigning 6A champ in D-10 and has the returning pieces for a repeat, as well as a nice run at states.

QB Chris Juchno returns as a junior after tossing 16 TDs and 1,531 yards. Former Erie High rusher Danny Blue now joins Elijah Lopez in a fearsome backfield. Lopez rushed for 765 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Blue had 905 yards for the Royals. And all-star widereceiver Matt Beneski caught 40 passes for 507 yards, 5 TDs.

The Trojans defense will need some patching after the graduation of seven all-stars from last year. 

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