2014 Howland Football Preview

2014 Howland Tigers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 4-6 (0-5), AAC American Division
Head Coach: Dominic Menendez, 2nd season (4-6)
Division: 3
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2012< /br>
School Playoff Record: 6-10
Last League Title: 2012
5-Year Winning Percentage: 76.4%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Kenmore, 7
Sept. 5 – at Warren Harding, 7
Sept. 12 – at Lakeview, 7
Sept. 19 – at Canfield, 7
Sept. 26 – Bowsher, 7
Oct. 3 – at Poland, 7
Oct. 10 – Firestone, 7
Oct. 17 – Hubbard, 7
Oct. 24 – at Struthers, 7
Oct. 31 – Niles, 7

Year in Review: After beginning the season with a 4-2 record, Howland fell in each of their last four games. The Tigers streak of reaching the post-season ended at six consecutive seasons. Howland scored 21 points in a game just once (28-22 over Marion Harding) last year.

The Tigers return senior running back Jaquore Marrs, who finished eight stripes short of 1,500 all-purpose yards. Marrs finished third with 1,309 rushing yards in the American Division. He also returned punts for a 18.4 average.

Coach Dominic Menendez will look to get his Tigers back on track as they’ll begin the season with a matchup from Kenmore on August 29. Then, three big road tests will await (Harding, Lakeview), Canfield).

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 15.1 (53rd in Area)
Rushing Offense: 164.4
Passing Offense: 57.7
Points Allowed Per Game: 19.6 (19th in Area)
Rushing Defense: 212.6
Passing Defense: 86.4

3 Things to Watch in Howland
Defense still solid.
Despite struggling through a losing campaign, the defense was still stout. The Tigers held the opposition to an average of 19.6 points per game. That marks the eighth straight season that Howland has not allowed the opposition to average 20 points for the season. The Tigers also won the turnover ratio as they were +8 in that category (24 takeaways/16 giveaways). The loss of T.K. Fortson will leave a huge hold in the defense. Last year, Fortson made 149 tackles and 6 quarterback sacks.

Re-dedication to the offense.
Last season was a tough year for the offense. The Tigers accumulated just 222 total yards per game while scoring 19 touchdowns from scrimmage. Those numbers were down significantly from 2012 when Howland posted a 323 yard average and scored 41 touchdowns during the regular season.

Emergence of Victor Williams.
The sophomore Williams helped the Tigers in each aspect of the game from special teams to offense and defense. Victor led the team in receiving with a 17.2 yards per reception average and 13 catches. Williams also returned kicks for scores and recorded interceptions and sacks on defense last fall.

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Ross Griffin – 555
2012: Eric Lockney – 1097
2011: Brendan Cope – 497*
2010: Tim Parana – 652*

Rushing Yards
2013: Jaquore Marrs – 1309
2012: De’Veon Smith – 1838
2011: De’Veon Smith – 2161*
2010: De’Veon Smith – 1670*

Receiving Yards
2013: Victor Williams – 223
2012: Chris Maze – 391
2011: Matt Hayes – 280*
2010: Dan O’Brien – 296*
*-Regular Season Stats

Fact Finder: Howland has won eight straight season openers…The decline in points scored a year ago (26.9 in 2012 to 15.1 in 2013) was the largest reduction in five years (32.9 in 2007 to 19.0 in 2008)…The defense allowed 14 passing yards less last year (86.4) than the prior campaign (100.9)…The Tigers have dropped their last four games away from Lomardo Stadium.

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