2014 Sebring Football Preview

2014 Sebring Trojans’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 3-7 (1-6), ITCL Lower Tier
Head Coach: Scott Springer, 4th Year (7-23)
Division: 7
Last Trip to Post-Season: Never
School Playoff Record: 0-0
Last League Title: 1973
5-Year Winning Percentage: 24.0%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Windham, 7
Sept. 5 – at Southington, 7
Sept. 12 – Malvern, 7
Sept. 19 – at Lowellville, 7
Sept 26 – McDonald, 7
Oct. 3 – at Southern, 7
Oct. 10 – Mineral Ridge, 7
Oct. 17 – at Wellsville, 7
Oct. 24 – at Western Reserve, 7
Oct. 31 – Leetonia, 7

2013 Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Nate Martin, 211
Passing Yards: Branton Alex, 5
Receiving Yards: Jarrod Hunter, 95
Tackles: Nick Rine, 64
Quarterback Sacks: Chris Clemens & Cody Dennis, 2.0
Interceptions: Josh Zmuda, 3

Year in Review: Sebring opened 2013 with two impressive wins including their home opener over eventual-playoff contender Southington (32-13). Through their first two, the Trojans averaged 30.5 points. From that point forward, Sebring lost seven of their final eight and only managed to post an average of 11.1 points. Throughout that stretch, only one of their opponents finished with a sub-500 record.

Despite Sebring’s 3-7 mark, it was a major improvement from the year prior when they finished with an 0-10 record. Both the scoring average (15.0) and the points allowed (35.0) improved from 2012 (12.0/40.3).

Graduating senior Dylan Mick put together a strong 2013 season. Mick averaged 6.3 yards per carry (1132 yards on 181 attempts) as he rushed into the endzone 10 times. Dylan also was the defense’s second-leading tackler (49). Mick’s classmate, Jerry Billingsley, threw for 188 yards and gained 357 stripes on the ground.

In Coach Springer’s fourth season at the helm, he returns many young and talented players who have had the experience of playing on Friday nights.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 15.0 (54th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 198.8
Passing Offense: 19.3
Points Allowed Per Game: 35.0 (55th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Sebring
Strong linebacker class.
Sebring will welcome back their leading tackler from 2013 in senior Nick Rine. The 205-pound linebacker recorded 64 tackles and jumped on one fumble recovery last season as he was nominated for the ITCL’s Honorable Mention. The Trojans return a pair of tough sophomore linebackers in Nate Martin (47 tackles, 2 INTs) and Jarrod Hunter (15 tackles).

Kicking game improvement.
Seniors Cody Dennis and Branton Alex both appear to improve once more on their kicking duties. Dennis, last fall, connected on his only field goal attempt and was 7 of 11 on extra points. Alex averaged 33.9 yards per punt while pinning the opposition inside the twenty, nine times. In 2012, Alex averaged 26.3 yards as he improved by almost 8 yards per kick.

Sebring’s Struggles in the Past?
Over the past five years, fans of Sebring football have seen a slow rise in their team’s productivity. The Trojans went back-to-back seasons (2010 & 2011) without allowing opponents to average 21-points or more. Despite a winless 2012, Sebring has scored more points over the last four years (667) than they had over the prior eight and a half seasons. From coach Jay Brophy to now coach Scott Springer, the Trojans have seen a resurgence that many hope to see continue.

Recent Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Jerry Billingsley – 188
2012: Josh Hurford – 693

Rushing Yards
2013: Dylan Mick – 1132
2012: Dylan Mick – 474

Receiving Yards
2013: Jarrod Hunter – 95
2012: Dylan Mick – 292

2013: Nick Rine – 64
2012: Dylan Mick – 50

Quarterback Sacks
2013: Cody Dennis & Chris Clemens – 2.0
2012: Zach Wagner – 5.5

Fact Finder: Sebring snapped a 9-year losing streak on opening day with their 29-27 victory over Windham…The Trojans have posted a 1-9 record in both September and October over their last ten outings in each month…Sebring has won just one of their last eleven home outings.

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