2014 West Middlesex Football Preview

2014 West Middlesex Big Reds’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 7-5 (4-2), Region 1
Head Coach: Ed Roberson, 2nd season (7-5)
Class: A
Last District 10 Title: 2006
PIAA Playoff Record Since 2000: 2-3
District Playoff Record Since 2000: 13-4
5-Year Winning Percentage: 57.9%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Cambridge Springs, 7
Sept. 5 – at Lakeview, 7
Sept. 12 – Farrell, 7
Sept. 19 – at Wilmington, 7
Sept. 26 – Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 3 – at Mercer, 7
Oct. 10 – Youngsville, 7
Oct. 17 – at Homer-Center, 7
Oct. 24 – Reynolds, 7
Oct. 31 – at Fort LeBoeuf, 7

Single Season Leaders
Rushing Yards: Kyle Allen, 1534 (2008)
Passing Yards: Kolten Hoffman, 2401 (2006)

Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Eric Lucich, 1411
Passing Yards: Trey Staunch, 1277
Receiving Yards: Eric Lucich, 196

Year in Review: For the 11th time in the past 14 years, West Middlesex finished the campaign with a winning record. Prior to this current stretch, the school had produced just 8 teams which had finished with a winning record in 39 years.< /p>

The 2013 season didn’t start off as planned for first-year head coach Ed Roberson as the Big Red fell to Wilmington (28-10) in the opener. Middlesex went onto win their next four before faltering down the stretch to win just three of their final seven games which included their District Semifinal loss to Sharpsville (40-3).

Quarterback Trey Staunch scored a total of 13 touchdowns (7 passing, 6 rushing) while becoming one of only three signal callers to throw for over 1000-yards in back to back seasons (Kolten Hoffman & Jeremy Jansco) in West Middlesex history.

The 2014 season will begin with two straight road games versus Cambridge Springs and Lakeview before returning home for a week three test against Farrell.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 21.9 (40th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 193.1
Passing Offense: 106.4
Points Allowed Per Game: 21.2 (23rd in Area)

3 Things to Watch in West Middlesex
Captains Staunch and Lucich.
Seniors Trey Staunch (QB/LB) and Eric Lucich (FB/LB) return as the team’s captains and leaders. Staunch needs 199 yards passing to join two exclusive club of 3,000-yard passers at West Middlesex. Only Kolten Hoffman (5054) and Jacob Buzard (3531) have thrown for over 3,000-yards in school history. In 2013, Lucich became only the fourth player to rush for over 1,400-yards in Big Red history.

Scoring down.
The offense was able to score just 21.9 points per game and the defense allowed 21.2 last fall. In 2012, the Big Reds’ tallied an average of 33.5 points per game while their stingy defense permitted just 13.1, which was good for 2nd in the area. The last time, West Middlesex scored so few (21.4) and allowed so much (25.4) was in 2010. However, the next season, they increased their scoring by an average of 6.3 points per game and their points allowed decreased by 5.2.

Tradition of winning.
The Big Reds have built a winning tradition over the past decade and a half. Recently, Middlesex is one of only four area District 10 teams to finish each of the last three seasons with a winning record (Wilmington, Sharpsville, Hickory). Before last season, they had competed in the District 10 Class A Championship in back-to-back years for the first time in a decade (2002 and 2003).

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Trey Staunch – 1277
2012: Trey Staunch – 1468
2011: Jeremy Jancso – 1148
2010: Jeremy Jancso – 1045
2009: Kyle Wimer – 440
2008: Kyle Wimer – 437
2007: John Jancso – 511
2006: Kolten Hoffman – 2401

Rushing Yards
2013: Eric Lucich – 1411
2012: Luke Patten – 1515
2011: Colin Patten – 895
2010: Clay Allen – 604
2009: Nate Ash – 730
2008: Kyle Allen – 1534
2007: Kyle Allen – 841
2006: Josh Brown – 759

Receiving Yards
2013: Dillon Fair – 458
2012: Sage Pope – 556
2011: James Wills – 335
2010: James Wills – 320
2009: John Jancso – 144
2008: Ruan Chupak – 183
2007: Tyler Barris – 226
2006: Lucas Allen – 641

Fact Finder: West Middlesex has lost their last four season openers. However, the Big Reds have been able to compile a 67.4% winning percentage after the first week during that stretch…Middlesex has put together a nine game win streak in the month of September…Eric Lucich is 191 rushing yards from joining the 2,000-yard club. Something only three other players have been able to accomplish in school history (Kyle Allen, Luke Patten, RJ Bowers).

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