2014 East Liverpool Football Preview

2014 East Liverpool Potters’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 5-5
Head Coach: Josh Ludwig, 1st Season
Division: 4
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2010
School Playoff Record: 2-4
5-Year Winning Percentage: 43.1%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Carrollton, 7:30
Sept. 5 – at Indian Creek, 7
Sept. 12 – at Salem, 7
Sept. 19 – at Cambridge, 7:30
Sept. 26 – Cleveland Central Catholic, 7:30
Oct. 3 – Wheeling Park, 7:30
Oct. 10 – at Oak Glen, 7
Oct. 17 – Buckeye Local, 7:30
Oct. 24 – Beaver Local, 7:30
Oct. 31 – Weir, 7:30

Year in Review: The Potters began 2013 with a 1-5 mark; however, the group rebounded to end the campaign at .500 (5-5). During their first six games, East Liverpool averaged just 10.5 points. In their final four matchups, the Potters scored a 32.8 average. During the final month of the season, Zach English ran the football 107 times for 766 yards (7.2 ypc).

Coach Rick Prescott spent three seasons (2011-13) trying to get his Potters back to the playoffs. During his time at the helm, the amount of players jumped by almost 30 within the last two years. In November, he stepped down from his coaching position to devote more time to his family. Prescott turns the keys over to his defensive coordinator, Josh Ludwig.

Ludwig and company will face a challenging schedule which features three road games in their first four matchups of the season. However, the Potters will have three consecutive games at Patterson Field to close out the 2014 season.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 19.4 (44th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 21.3 (25th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in East Liverpool
New head coach with a defensive mind.
Josh Ludwig graduated from East Liverpool in 2000. He went onto start at defensive tackle for the National Champion, Mount Union Purple Raiders in 2002. Ludwig most recently was the Potters’ defensive coordinator last fall. East Liverpool’s defense saw improvement in many areas last year including the amount of points which were allowed from 2012 (26.4) to 2013 (21.3). Ludwig will obviously be focused on the entire team but expect him to make certain he sees improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

Signal caller returns.
Senior Kade Reynolds returns after a strong finish to the 2013 season. In a week ten victory over Weir (49-33), Reynolds ran for a score and threw for two others to secure a 5-5 season. Number 9 will be without his 1,000-yard rusher (Zach English), who graduated this past spring.

Recently Sputtering Offense.
The resurgence of the scoring offense during their final four games of 2013 may be a sign of things to come entering this fall season. Over the last eleven campaigns, East Liverpool has only been able to manage to score an average of 20 points or higher twice (2010 & 2012). Coach Prescott’s teams were able to score the first (2013: 19.4) and third (2012: 26.4) highest totals during that stretch.

Fact Finder: The Potters have dropped nine of their last eleven opening day games…East Liverpool has tallied a 7-2 mark in their last nine games in the month of October.

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