2014 Youngstown Christian Eagles’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 2-7
Head Coach: Brian Marrow, 8th season at Youngstown Christian (42-31)
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2012
Last League Title: 2008, tri-champs
School Playoff Record: 3-2
5-Year Winning Percentage: 52.8%
Aug. 29 – at LaBrae, 7
Sept. 6 – Wellsville, 7
Sept. 12 – at Streetsboro, 7
Sept. 20 – Warren JFK, 7
Sept. 26 – at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Oct. 10 – at Vermilion, 7
Oct. 18 – at Steubenville Catholic Central, 7
Oct. 24 – at Brookfield, 7
Nov. 1 – Gilmour Academy, 7
Year in Review: Last year, the Eagles faced one of the toughest schedules in all of (Division 7) Region 23. Of their nine opponents, five advanced to week eleven and just one of their foes (Vermilion) finished with a losing record. Lowellville was the only opponent from Division 7 on the 2013 docket.
Youngstown Christian will be without Paris Bennett, Tymere DuBose and Darien Townsend this coming season. Bennett completed 56.4% of his passes (79-140) for 1288 yards while connecting on 17 touchdowns. DuBose, a Kentucky recruit, sacked opposing quarterbacks 9 times. Townsend caught 38 passes for 684 yards and scored 21 total TDs.
The Eagles will open play against LaBrae and Wellsville before visiting Streetsboro and then returning home for a contest versus Kennedy. In the second half of the season will feature games against St. Thomas Aquinas, Steubenville Catholic Central and Brookfield.
2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 22.0 (39th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 36.7 (56th in Area)
3 Things to Watch in Youngstown
History repeats itself.
When Youngstown Christian allows their opponents’ to average 28 points or better during the season, they haven’t had a winning campaign. In 2004, the Eagles’ defense allowed 44 points as they finished 0-8. Fast forward six years to 2010, YCS finished 1-9 as they permitted 37.1 points. Just last year, the Eagles allowed 36.7 points and ended the 2013 season at 2-7. Coming off of two seasons where the Eagle defense ranked in the top 20 among area teams in points allowed, last year saw a regression to 56th among 62 schools (36.7 ppg). The total was the highest since the team’s first year of football in 2004 (44.0 ppg).
The Eagles have lost three of their last four games played in the month of September. Prior to this skid, YCS had registered a record of 7-1 in the ninth month of the year.
Infusion into the offense.
Since 2004, Youngstown Christian has only been held below a 20-point average twice (2010: 19.0 & 2004: 7.6). When an offense loses players such as Paris Bennett and Darien Townsend, the impact is felt across the board especially at small schools. However, coach Marrow has been able to resupply the talent pool with many gifted players. Can that trend continue?
Fact Finder: Youngstown Christian has lost five of their last seven openers. In those contests, the Eagles have been only able to manage an average of 15.8 points.