2014 East Football Preview

2014 East Panthers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 1-9
Head Coach: P.J. Mays, 2nd season (1-9)
Division: 1
Last Trip to Post-Season: 1997
School Playoff Record: 1-2
5-Year Winning Percentage: 28.0%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Lakeside, 7
Sept. 5 – University, 7
Sept. 12 – at Westlake, 7
Sept. 19 – at New Philadelphia, 7
Sept. 26 – at Canton Central Catholic, 7
Oct. 4 – Canfield, 2
Oct. 11 – Fitch, 2
Oct. 17 – Ursuline, 7
Oct. 24 – at Poland, 7
Oct. 31 – at Edgewood, 7

Year in Review: Since the Panthers’ 46-0 shutout victory over Lincoln West in week two, East allowed each of their final eight opponents to score 34 points or more. The Panthers fell to 1-9 after their season-ending eight-game losing skid.

Entering his second season at the helm, P.J. Mays will attempt to guide his team to their first winning season in eight years. The last coming in 2007 when the Panthers finished 8-2 (first year in the new school).

East opens the 2014 season with a Thursday night road contest at Lakeside on August 28. In the middle of the schedule, the Panthers will play host to Canfield, Fitch and Ursuline in successive weeks.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 18.0 (49th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 37.6 (57th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Youngstown
Addition of 3 to the Schedule
Last season’s schedule saw just three schools who finished with a sub-500 record. In their four games against playoff teams, East averaged 13.5 points per game. This year, the Panthers will face three new teams (Ursuline, Edgewood, University), all of whom completed the 2013 season with a combined record of 10-20.

Scoring on the increase.
Through their first seven games a year ago, East averaged 15.1 points. Over the course of their final three, the Panthers tallied a 24.7 average against St. Thomas Aquinas, Poland and Niles. In 2007, East finished the season with a 23.9 scoring average. Since then, they’ve only managed to score an average of 16.4 over their last 60 games. With the departure of Jawuan Jones (571 receiving yards, 263 rushing yards) from the team, East will have to rely on others to take over some of the offensive responsibility.

Faltering Defense.
In East’s first two seasons (2007-08), the defense held the opposition to an average of less than 18-points per game in each season. However, over their last five campaigns, the defense has allowed 21 points or more in each season including their highest total (37.6) just last year.

Fact Finder: East has lost seven straight games in the month of October and have accumulated just a 3-7 mark in September over their last ten…Despite dropping their last two lid lifters, the Panthers have compiled a 3-4 record on opening day since 2007…The Panthers have dropped their last nine on the road…East is one of five area schools to have gone six years without a winning season (Beaver Local, Kennedy Catholic, Lisbon, Sebring).

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