2014 Farrell Football Preview

2014 Farrell Steelers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 4-5 (2-4), Region 1
Head Coach: Jarrett Samuels, 7th season (58-19)
Class: A
Last District 10 Title: 2010
PIAA Playoff Record Since 2000: 2-3
District Playoff Record Since 2000: 12-4
5-Year Winning Percentage: 70.5%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Erie East, 7
Sept. 5 – at Reynolds, 7
Sept. 12 – at West Middlesex, 7
Sept. 19 – Lakeview, 7
Sept. 26 – Wilmington, 7
Oct. 4 – at Ursuline, 1
Oct. 10 – Grove City, 7
Oct. 17 – at Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 24 – Mercer, 7
Nov. 1 – United (PA), 1

Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Brandon Gavins, 489
Passing Yards: Rob Guelledge, 370
Receiving Yards: Malachi Newell, 139
Tackles: Malachi Newell, 102
Quarterback Sacks: Derrick Carter & Angelo Jackson, 3.0
Interceptions: Alex Myers, 3

Year in Review: In Jarrett Samuels’ sixth year as the head coach of the Farrell football program, his team suffered through their first losing season (4-5) and the school’s first since 2006 (1-9). The Steelers began 2013 with a 4-1 mark; however, lost each of their final four contests by a combined score of 159-58.

Dewayne Burns led the team in rushing (868 yards) and receiving (14 catches, 270 yards) a year ago. Rob Guelledge (370), Ray Johnson (311) and Alex Myers (287) combined to throw for close to 1,000 yards (968) in 2013.

Farrell will be without their arch-rival, Sharon, on the 2014 docket. The Steelers will open play on Friday, August 29 when they battle Erie East at 7 PM.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 18.4 (48th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 22.9 (28th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Farrell
Explosive Gavins returns
Senior Brandon Gavins returns to the fold as the team’s top rusher after a 489 yard, 5 TD season on the ground (7.1 ypc). Gavins also caught 5 passes for 24 yards per reception (1 TD). John and James Jackson both will be back to contribute for the Steelers in 2014. The older Jackson, John (junior), carried the ball 14 times for 52 stripes. The younger James (sophomore) only toted the ball 3 times but gained 42 yards.

Newell is becoming a force.
Junior linebacker Malachi Newell led the team in tackles with 102 last season. Newell also had a quarterback takedown and caught 11 passes on offense for 139 yards. Malachi will be joined on defense by linemen Derrick Carter (45 tackles, 3 sacks), Chase Butler (22 tackles) and Angelo Jackson (36 tackles, 3 sacks). In the secondary, junior Alex Myers is back following a 34 tackles, 3 interception campaign.

Scoring down, again.
The Steelers averaged above 33 points per game from 2008-2010. Since then, Farrell has only been able to eclipse that mark 8 times in their past 31 contests. The Steelers have dipped below 20 points in the last two seasons for the first time in over two decades.

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Rob Guelledge – 370
2012: Joe Goudy – 642*
2011: Forrest Wested – 1208
2010: Forrest Wested – 682
2009: Danny Odem – 974

Rushing Yards
2013: Dewayne Burns – 868
2012: Dewayne Burns – 864*
2011: Jason Pinkins – 773
2010: Kevin Brodie – 1405
2009: Jamar Whitman – 967

Receiving Yards
2013: Austin Pickens – 300
2012: Marshaun Hyman – 201*
2011: Lawrence Hughes – 501
2010: Kevin Brodie – 319
2009: Dion Elam – 523
*-Regular Season Stats

Fact Finder: The Steelers have won five straight openers…Farrell has not won a game in October in their last five tries…In the past fifteen years, Farrell has only allowed opponents to score 21 points or more per game for a season three times (2006, 2011, 2013).

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