2014 Springfield Football Preview

2014 Springfield Tigers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 7-3 (5-2), ITCL Upper Tier
Head Coach: Sean Guerriero, 8th Season (34-37)
Division: 6
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2011
School Playoff Record: 3-6
Last League Title: 2000
5-Year Winning Percentage: 52.9%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Brookfield, 7
Sept. 5 – at McDonald, 7
Sept. 12 – at Lowellville, 7
Sept. 19 – Jackson-Milton, 7
Sept. 26 – at Columbiana, 7
Oct. 3 – United, 7
Oct. 10 – at East Palestine, 7
Oct. 17 – Crestview, 7
Oct. 24 – at Lisbon, 7
Oct. 31 – South Range, 7

2013 Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Ryan Kohler, 1026
Passing Yards: Graham Mincher, 750
Receiving Yards: Mark Schuler, 154
Tackles: Randy Groves, 76
Interceptions: Ryan Kohler & Tim Vinkler, 1
Quarterback Sacks: Corey Stouffer, 3.0

Year in Review: Springfield began 2013 with a 5-2 mark; however, suffered two narrow road losses to Brookfield (30-27) and Crestview (37-27) which all but ended their playoff hopes.

Last fall, Springfield had their first 1,000-yard rusher since 2009 (Jimmy Zubick, 1302) in Ryan Kohler. Number 11 ran for a 7.5 yard per carry average (137 attempts, 1026 yards, 14 TDs) which was the highest such total at Springfield in the past decade. Kohler enters 2014 385-yards shy of 2,000 for his career on the ground.

The Tigers averaged the highest amount of points (31.1) last year since 2000 (33.1). It should be noted that Springfield averaged just 18.1 in 2012 so the increase was by 13 points. The defense allowed just 15.7 points (11th best in the area) which was a reduction of 8.6 points from the year prior. That also was the best improvement that the Tigers had seen since 2007 (27.9) to 2008 (17.2).

Springfield’s three losses came on the road against Brookfield, Crestview and South Range. This fall, the Tigers will have their chance at redemption as each will have to make the trek to Springfield Community Stadium.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 31.1 (14th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 189.0
Passing Offense: 122.1
Points Allowed Per Game: 15.7 (11th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in New Middletown
Offensive passing attack?
Graham Mincher and Hunter Snyder combined for 1221 yards passing and a completion rate of 57% a year ago. All three of their top pass catchers (Anthony Scandy, Mike Allgower, Jake Ohlin) have graduated, who combined for 72% of the team’s receptions.

Defensive front seven returns a bunch.
After major improvement on defense last year, the Tigers return a slew of talented players up front led by linebackers Randy Groves and Corey Stouffer, as well as, linemen Mark Schuler and Tim Vinkler. Groves led the team in tackles with 76. Stouffer ranked second with 73 and first in quarterback sacks (3.0). Schuler (67) and Vinkler (66) combined for 133 defensive stops. Also, senior Brian Swansiger returns up front following a 27 tackle season.

Schuler’s punting has many taking notice.
Over the last two seasons, Mark Shuler has punted the ball 62 times for an average of 37.1 yards. More impressive is the fact that Shuler has pinned his opponents inside the 20-yard line almost 33% of the time (32.3%).

Recent Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Graham Mincher – 750
2012: Hunter Snyder – 681
2011: Nick Russell – 2377
2010: Brad Ferraro – 873
2009: Brad Ferraro – 1032
2008: Matt Evans – 1152

Rushing Yards
2013: Ryan Kohler – 1026
2012: Hunter Snyder – 611
2011: Nick Russell – 653
2010: Tom Mastran – 496
2009: Jimmy Zubick – 1302
2008: Travis Richey – 584

Receiving Yards
2013: Mike Allgower – 459
2012: Mark Schuler – 161
2011: Joey Ohlin – 728
2010: Nick Russell – 281
2009: Jimmy Zubick – 307
2008: Jimmy Zubick – 454

Tackles
2013: Randy Groves – 76
2012: Alex Wharry – 83
2011: John Lavender – 100
2010: Matt Chopp – 73
2009: Jimmy Zubick & Matt Semach – 81
2008: Jimmy Zubick – 95

Interceptions
2013: Mike Allgower – 3
2012: Mike Allgower – 3
2011: Tom Mastran, Joey Ohlin, Nick Russell, & Brian Johnson – 2
2010: Ed Centofanti – 3
2009: Joey Ohlin – 2
2008: Ron Snyder – 3

Quarterback Sacks
2013: Corey Stouffer – 3.0
2012: Derek Gbur – 6.0
2011: Lenard Lewis – 4.0
2010: Matt Peterson – 3.0
2009: Dylon DeJane – 3.0
2008: Garrett White – 4.0

Fact Finder: The Tigers have had an underclassman lead the team in rushing in three of the past four years. Randy Groves became the first underclassman to lead Springfield in tackles since Jimmy Zubick in 2008…Springfield has won 11 of 15 games played in the month of September…The Tigers won all five of their home match ups at home in 2013. The year prior (2012), they lost each of their five outings in New Middletown. In 2011, Springfield finished 5-0 at home.

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