2014 Brookfield Football Preview

2014 Brookfield Warriors’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 8-3
Head Coach: Randy Clark, 10th Season (53-42)
Division: 6
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2013
School Playoff Record: 5-4
Last League Title: 1998, co-champs
5-Year Winning Percentage: 63.6%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Springfield, 7
Sept. 5 – at Independence, 7
Sept. 12 – Campbell, 7
Sept. 19 – at Huron, 7:30
Sept. 26 – Warren JFK, 7
Oct. 3 – at Struthers, 7
Oct. 10 – Edgewood, 7
Oct. 17 – at Conneaut, 7
Oct. 24 – Youngstown Christian, 7
Oct. 31 – at Beaver Local, 7

Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Nate Morrison, 567
Passing Yards: Augustus Necastro, 1389
Receiving Yards: Kasey Tingler, 272

Year in Review: Following another strong season, Brookfield has won 29 games over the course of the past three campaigns (29-6). Prior to this current run, the Warriors had won 29 games over a stretch which spanned the previous eight years (29-51).

In 2013, Brookfield had to replace Jeremy and Jimmy Quinlan along with Ryan Mosora, Derek Sulick, David Jamison, Tyler Miller, and Ron Kirla among others. Coach Randy Clark’s team had a collection of experience and youth which helped propel the Warriors past such teams as Springfield (30-27), Warren JFK (28-14) and LaBrae (37-21) in the season finale. Sophomore signal caller Augustus Necastro put together a season which was in line with Jeremy Quinlan’s 2012 campaign in terms of passing the football. Necastro completed 54.5% while tossing for 1389 yards. Quinlan, a more dangerous quarterback by using his legs, threw for 1272 yards and completed 53.8% in 2012. Joey Clark (980 rushing yards), R.J. Leon (447 receiving yards), Tom Wike (102 tackles) and Jamar Tarver (10 sacks) added senior leadership to the group.

Brookfield has increased the competition once again this coming season with match ups at Independence and Huron added onto the slate. The Warriors will be challenged again by Springfield, Campbell, Kennedy and Struthers as well. Coach Clark is one win shy of tying John Delserone’s school record of 54 victories (54-24-1, 1974-81). He’ll have an opportunity to tie his record when the Warriors travel to Springfield in week one.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 22.1 (36th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 156.6
Passing Offense: 128.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 19.5 (18th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Brookfield
Strong defensive core returns.
The loss of Jamar Tarver (72 tackles, 10 sacks) and Bradley Bridge (40 tackles) will hurt but the team is confident in what they have coming back up front. Senior Tom Hutchison returns after a 44 tackle campaign. A pair of defensive tackles, junior Josh Sinkuc (18 tackles) and sophomore Carmen Furrillo (17 tackles), will be asked to see their playing time increase this season. Across the rest of the defense, senior linebacker Chris Johnson had a stellar 2013 with 68 tackles and 3 sacks. In the secondary, opposing offenses will have to deal with safeties Nate Morrison (80 tackles) and Caleb Hunkus (43 tackles) as well as sophomore corner Brian Hiner who intercepted a pair of errant passes a year ago.

Clark’s influence.
Before this recent three-year run, Brookfield had just one winning season (1994: 10-2) since 1991. That stretch saw six different head coaches lead the Warrior program. Now, in his tenth season, Clark has established Brookfield as one of the premier programs in all of northeast Ohio. Next season, the Warriors will rejoin the All-American Conference.

Seven point eight.
Last year, Nate Morrison ran for an average of 7.8 yards per carry to lead the Warriors’ ground game. He picked up 567 yards on 73 carries. Morrison also was efficient in the passing game by catching 24 passes (2nd on the team) for 210 yards (4th on the team). This season, Nate is back for his senior year.

Recent Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Augustus Necastro – 1389
2012: Jeremy Quinlan – 1272
2011: Brandon Mosora – 333*

Rushing Yards
2013: Joey Clark – 980
2012: Ryan Mosora – 2149
2011: Ryan Mosora – 1915*

Receiving Yards
2013: R.J. Leon – 447
2012: Collin Harkulich – 455
2011: Collin Harkulich – 377*

2013: Tom Wike – 102
2012: Jimmy Quinlan – 156
2011: Jimmy Quinlan – 112*

Quarterback Sacks
2013: Jamar Tarver – 10.0
2012: Ron Kirla – 7.0
2011: Ron Kirla – 4.0*

2013: Tyler Hailey – 3
2012: Collin Harkulich – 8
2011: Mike Johnson & Derek Sulick – 5*
*-Regular Season Statistics

Fact Finder: The Warriors have won three straight opening day games, outscoring the opposition 107-43…Brookfield has almost an identical record in the month of September and October over the past three plus years. In September, the Warriors have compiled a 12-2 mark in their last fourteen games. In October, they’ve tallied a 12-1 record over their last thirteen games…Brookfield has won 10 of their last 11 on the road and 15 of their last 17 at home.

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