District X Region 4 2023 Conference Preview
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Shane Lux | August 21, 2023
Head Coach – Josh Blood
Key Players Lost – Ethan Stright, Nolan Rados, Austin Hanna, James Schmidt, Luke Stright, Connor Perrye, Dawson Osborn, Cam Goldsmith, Ryan Green.
Key Players Returning – Logan Groover, Max Getz, Ben Easler, Colton Ellis, Christian Gillette, Nate Green, Joe Furgiuele, Griffin Braden, Drew Dygert.
2022 Season – 1-8
What to Expect – Second-year head coach Josh Blood expects his to improve from a 1-8 season last year with eight of eleven starters back on offense, including four of five offensive linemen. efensively Conneaut needs to replace four second-team All-Region 4 players from last season.
“In 2022, the only win for CASH was against Franklin, this year we hope to compete in every game and come out on top more than once. Many of the Seniors/Juniors have been starters since their freshamn year, and have seen a lot of playing time. They are prepared to turn thin s around. Conneaut Area has not won a home game in nearly three years. We have not had an above .500 record s nce 2017. We want turn that all around this year with a tale ted young group. We are likely to have a small senior class of 2-4 players, but a large ju ior class of 16. We should have a total roster of around 40 players which is impressive with such a small senior class. Two years ago CASH finished the season with only 15 players. We have a core of hard-working kids who haven’t missed any time in the weight room, Josh Blood.”
Head Coach – Matt Turk
Key Players Lost –
Hunter Marsteller QB, Drew Wilkinson TE/DE
Key Players Returning –
Jason Carey QB/DB, Chase Garin RB/DB, Alex Wible DE/TE, Cole Buckley WR/DB, Trystin Boocks WR/DB, Dreyden Payne WR/DB, Darrius Graham, OL/LB, Gabe Wright, OL/LBLandon Perry OL/DL
2022 Season – 0-10
What to Expect – The Knights have experience coming back this year with 8 starters on defense and 7 offensive players returning. Look for the Knights to make a run at the title.
Head Coach – Ray Collins
Key Players Lost – Gavin Longstreth, Khalon Simmons, Brady Walker, Amarri Lewis.
Key Players Returning – Nick Williams, Brighton Anderson, Ryan Reichel, Ty Tidball, Justice Esser.
2022 Season – 12-2
What to Expect – The reigning Region 4 champions will need to replace 4,368 yards rushing from last season’s quarterfinals team with the graduation of Khalon Simmons (2182 yards), Brady Walker (1548 yards), and Amarri L wis (638 yards). The three backs also combined to score 66 touchdowns. Meadville returns leading receiver Nick Williams from last year as well as Brighton Anderson who was second on the team with 68 tackles and led the Bulldogs with seven interceptions. Meadville will enter 2023 as the Region 4 favorite.
Oil City Oilers
Head Coach – Dan York
Key Players Lost – Carl Chelton, Dane Ley, Brayden Mcfetridge, Cam Crocker, Isaiah Robinson.
Key Players Returning – Hayden Wilson, Noah Sanchez, Kevin Pearsall, Ben Garland, Ethen Knox.
2022 Season – 7-3
What to Expect – Though the Oilers have some All-Region 4 players they need to replace, bringing back a player that rushed for over 3700 yards certainly helps in Ethen Knox. Knox also led the Oilers in interceptions with six while rushing for 41 touchdowns. Oil City also returns key players such as Kevin Pearsall who led the team with 75 tackles and was second on the team with eight sacks. Oil City will contend for a region title in 2023.
Head Coach – Mike Reynolds
Key Players Lost – Brock Covell, Owen Reib, Braden Johnson,
Key Players Returning – Ian McDonald, Jaxon Covell, Kameron Mong, J.J. Miller, Nate Stearns.
2022 Season – 3-7
What to Expect – Titusville will look to improve from their 3-7 campaign in 2022. The Rockets return quarterback Ian McDonald who passed for 686 yards and eight touchdowns last season, while leading rusher Jaxon Covell also returns rushing for a team-high 489 yar s and six touchdowns. Titusville will need to replace Brock Covell, who split time at quarterback, throwing for 673 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the team in tackles with 56 and interceptions with five.
Head Coach – Cody Bupp
Key Players Lost – Eric Dippold, Tommy Nyquist, Sam Harvey, Ben Hoffman.
Key Players Returning – Nick Pennucci, Cayden Wright, Alan McAllister, Ethan Senz, Luke Becker, Carter Pascuzzi, Colin Shene, Brandon Sutton.
2022 Season – 5-5
What to Expect – Warren will have a new look under first-year head coach Cody Bupp. The Dragons only return 2 starters on defense and four on Offense. They will replace four offensive linemen and need the group to build a repour quickly. They have a young roster that needs underclassmen to step up and make the jump this season. They are in a rebuild and looking to lay a foundation with a strong younger classmen group, that will need the seniors to step up and lead the way.
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