2014 Struthers Football Preview

2014 Struthers Wildcats’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 9-3 (3-2), AAC American Division
Head Coach: Curt Kuntz, 3rd season (15-7)
Division: 4
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2013< /br>
School Playoff Record: 3-5< /br>
Last League Title: 1997, co-champs
5-Year Winning Percentage: 50.0%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 28 – Campbell, 7
Sept. 5 – at Lakeview, 7
Sept. 12 – at Mogadore Field, 7
Sept. 19 – at Niles, 7
Sept. 26 – Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 7
Oct. 3 – Brookfield, 7
Oct. 10 – at Poland, 7
Oct. 17 – Canfield, 7
Oct. 24 – Howland, 7
Oct. 31 – at Hubbard, 7

2013 Underclassmen Statistical Leaders
Rushing Yards: Luke Witkowski, 1383
Passing Yards: Christian Nemeth, 9
Receiving Yards: Luke Witkowski, 198
Tackles: Cameron Suchora, 70
Interceptions: Anthony Farkas, 2
Quarterback Sacks: Cameron Suchora, 4.0

Year in Review: The Wildcats started 2013 by winning their first four contests including victories over Lakeview (35-14) and Brookfield (26-7). After dropping two straight to playoff teams (Hubbard & Poland), Struthers ended the season strong by outscoring their final four opponents in the regular season by a 140-46 margin. The ‘Cats defeated Lakeview (14-3) in the opening round before falling to the eventual state finalist, Cardinal Mooney (42-14).

Gary Muntean ended his scholastic career with 14 touchdown passes with just 3 interceptions on 164 passing attempts. Muntean passed for 3,087 yards over the past three seasons (28 TDs/8 INTs). Luke Witkowski finished 17 yards shy of 1,400 stripes on the ground as a junior. Defensively, Braxton Koup led the team with 87 tackles and Marcus Donnadio closed out the season with 6 interceptions.

Struthers will host Campbell in week one on Thursday, August 28.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 28.0 (24th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 213.2
Passing Offense: 111.4
Points Allowed Per Game: 15.6 (10th in Area)
Rushing Defense: 134.7
Passing Defense: 91.8

3 Things to Watch in Struthers
Production soared for Witkowski in 2013, will he play in 2014?
With the graduation of 1,500-yard rusher Dave Stewart, many didn’t know what the Wildcats would have in their backfield come last August. Well, they found out quickly as Luke Witkowski put together a monster junior campaign. Number 27 ran for a 7.6 yard per carry average while topping 1,300 yards on the ground (1383) and catching 17 balls out of the backfield. Witkowski tallied just 171 rushing yards on 42 carries (4.1 ypc) as a sophomore. Pending a lawsuit, Luke may or may not be able to play in 2014.

Defense stepped up.
Struthers received a major contribution from their defense in 2013. The defensive unit forced 28 turnovers (16 in 2012) and held the opposition to an average of 226 total yards per game (226.5). The Wildcats held their opponents to the lowest total of points (15.6) since 2001 (15.1).

Defensive line back in full force.
Senior linemen Cameron Suchora (70 tackles, 4 sacks), Jay King (49 tackles, 3 sacks), Austin Yemma (51 tackles, 2.5 sacks), and #54 Shemer Gilmore (23 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries) are all back this fall for the Wildcats.

Recent Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Gary Muntean – 1298
2012: Gary Muntean – 1176
2011: Tommy Kimbrough – 664
2010: Tommy Kimbrough – 1283

Rushing Yards
2013: Luke Witkowski – 1383
2012: Dave Stewart – 1596
2011: Dave Stewart – 721
2010: Jermayne Brooks – 791

Receiving Yards
2013: Nick Pollifrone – 302
2012: Tommy Kimbrough – 515
2011: Dylan Duchek – 469
2010: Kevin McDonald – 446

Fact Finder: The Cats advanced to the post season last fall for the first time since 1999…Struthers has won three straight season opening games…In October, the Wildcats have come away victorious in six of their last nine games in the tenth month on the calendar.

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