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2019 Team Previews: Warren Dragons @WarrenFootball

Written by: on Friday, July 26th, 2019


2018 Season Record

2019 Schedule:





08-17 Punxsutawney  Punxsutawney (SCR) War Memorial Field 11:00 am
08-23 Fairview  Fairview (0-0) Keck Field at Jack Bestwick Stadium 7:00 pm
08-30 Fort LeBoeuf  Fort LeBoeuf (0-0) * Carm Bonito Stadium 7:00 pm
09-06 DuBois  DuBois (0-0) * War Memorial Field 7:00 pm
09-13 North East  North East (0-0) Ted Miller Stadium 7:00 pm
09-20 Meadville  Meadville (0-0) * War Memorial Field 7:00 pm
09-27 Oil City  Oil City (0-0) * Oil Field 7:00 pm
10-04 General McLane  General McLane (0-0) * War Memorial Field 7:00 pm
10-11 Corry  Corry (0-0) War Memorial Field 7:00 pm
10-18 Franklin  Franklin (0-0) * Franklin Stadium 7:00 pm
10-25 Saint Marys  Saint Marys (0-0) Dutch County Stadium 7:00 pm
Head Coach
Mark Morelli
Assistant Coaches
Greg MiIler – Offensive Line/Offensive Coordinator

Eric Rozanski – Receivers/Secondary/Passing game Coordinator

Kevin Reagle – Defensive Line

Andrew Morrison – JV Offense – Linebackers Shawn Wilson – JV Defense – Def. Backs Ken Hinton – Special teams – Offensive backs

Starters Returning
T – Jake Hayes Sr. – 6-2 215 CB – Anderson

G –Brent Young Jr. 5-9 190 CB – Arnold

C – Alex Zeigler Jr. 5-9 175 LB – Passmore

LB – Swanson End – Alex Anderson Sr. 5-9 150 DE – Jamo Douvlos Sr. 5-1 180

End – Ryan Arnold Sr. 5-7 140 DE – Alex Zarcizny Jr. 5-8 160

HB – James Swanson Jr. 5-9 190

HB – Micah Passmore Jr. 5-10 185 Kicker – Sawyer Mohney Sr. 5-6 125

Lettermen Returning
10 (returning starters) + 11 letter winners = 21 total Ethan Benedict Sr. 5-10 180 Kyle Swick Jr. 5-8 150

Tony Batiste Sr. 5-10 200 Donovan Fiscus Jr. 5-9 145

James Sorber Sr. 5-10 195 Dylan Stover Jr. 6-0 180

Blake Arnold Jr. 5-9 170 Gage Shaffer Soph. 5-11 185

Ethan Wilson Jr. 5-9 150 Logan Nelson Soph. 5-10 220

Tyler Noe Jr. 5-8 155

Key Newcomers
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What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
The key is maintaining the production we had from last season with the new faces this season. On paper, we feel we can do that, there should not be a big dropoff with the talent we have returning. “The theme this coming fall will be maintaining our success, that sums up our expectations for Year #3 at Warren” said 3rd year Head Coach Mark Morelli, who is entering his 39th year coaching football, “We had a group of kids last season who were determined to shed the loser image and they did that going 6-4, our first winning season since 2013.” “With that comes higher expectations this season. We have a lot of production to replace, Jake Kupchella, Marvin Bryant and Devin McMeans played a key role last season with our success, we also need to replace two linemen who anchored things up front for us, Justin Eck and Colin Salapek.” stated Morelli, “But our off-season was the best it has been since I have been here, we had kids make major improvements in the weight room and the cupboard is not bare, we do return some talented individuals.” Replacing Kupchella will be Micah Passmore, who Morelli feels could have started for most teams in the area at quarterback. James Swanson looks to take over Bryant’s backfield position, both receivers return and 3 of the 5 starters on the line return.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
Our last 3 games our defense played extremely well, we need to be more consistent throughout the entire season, not just 3 games. the Dragons return 6 starters but need to find a replacement for all league linebacker Aiden Morrison. “Our defense really closed out last season playing well, finding a capable leader to replace Morrison is going to be a key for us on that side of the ball.” said Morelli, “Having Sawyer back to kick for us is a huge plus, she did very well last season.”
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
We are very encouraged by the willingness of this team to pout the time and effort into the off-season, there is no reason to think that will not carry over into the season. The challenge is to maintain the standards that last years team set. We have not had back to back winning season since 2013, that is our goal this year, a winning season and make the playoffs.

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