2014 Poland Football Preview

2014 Poland Bulldogs’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 10-2 (4-1), AAC American Division
Head Coach: Mark Brungard, 10th season at Poland (69-33)
Division: 3
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2013
School Playoff Record: 14-12
Last League Title: 2009, tri-champs
5-Year Winning Percentage: 71.2%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Marlington, 7
Sept. 5 – Northwest, 7
Sept. 12 – at Boardman, 7
Sept. 19 – Bishop Watterson, 7
Sept. 26 – Hubbard, 7
Oct. 3 – Howland, 7
Oct. 10 – Struthers, 7
Oct. 17 – at Niles, 7
Oct. 24 – East, 7
Oct. 31 – at Canfield, 7

Returning Statistical Leaders
Rushing Yards: Marlon Ramirez, 465
Passing Yards: Dom Petrony, 500
Receiving Yards: Adam Wollet, 43

Year in Review: The Bulldogs scored 28 points or more in each of their first six outings in 2013. Poland advanced to the post-season with a 9-1 mark. Coach Mark Brungard’s group got by West Geauga in the first round (29-28 in overtime) before falling to eventual state champ St. Vincent-St. Mary, 35-7, in the Regional Semifinal.

Offensively, Poland was back to their old tricks by registering 32 points (32.2) and tallying over 350 yards per game. The Bulldogs have now put together eight consecutive seasons of averaging 23 points or more. Quarterback Jacob Wolfe threw for 925 yards while completing 65% of his passes (65-100) and 10 scores. Wolfe’s favorite targets were George Chammas (44 catches, 635 yards, 8 TDs) and Art Duran (27 catches, 361 yards, 5 TDs). Ross Gould accumulated 1,436 yards on the ground with 14 touchdowns and a 6.2 yard per carry average in 2013.

Poland is seeking their eighth straight playoff appearance in 2014. The Bulldogs will have back four starting offensive linemen including two-year starter Liborio Ricottilli. The Dawgs will open the season with 20 returning lettermen as they will face off against  against the Dukes of Marlington on Thursday, August 28..

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 32.2 (13th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 235.0
Passing Offense: 120.2
Points Allowed Per Game: 18.8 (15th in Area)
Rushing Defense: 124.3
Passing Defense: 133.9

3 Things to Watch in Poland
Strength again was defense.
The Bulldog defense forced 28 turnovers (18 INTs/10 fumbles) while allowing just under 260 yards per outing (258.2). Eight of the last nine seasons, Poland has held their opponents to less than 20 points per game for the season.

Passing the football?
Jacob Wolfe has since graduated. So has George Chammas, Art Duran, Ross Gould (7 catches, 70 yards), Tyler Evan (10 catches, 233 yards) and Jon Markota (3 catches, 50 yards). Senior Dom Petrony completed 34 of 74 passes (46.0%) in 2013 for 500 yards (7 TDs). Of the 99 passes which Poland’s quarterbacks were able to complete. Just 3 of them were completed to players who are returning this upcoming season.

Factor in return game.
Usually we bypass one of the most important keys to the game of football – the special teams play. Senior Austin Wilson gave Poland great field position when he’d touch the ball via his return game. Wilson averaged 11 yards per punt return and 26 stripes on kickoffs.

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Jacob Wolfe – 925
2012: Jacob Wolfe – 823*
2011: Colin Reardon – 942*
2010: Colin Reardon – 1530*

Rushing Yards
2013: Ross Gould – 1436
2012: Ross Gould – 871*
2011: Jerry Lawman – 1010*
2010: John Medina – 858*

Receiving Yards
2013: George Chammas – 635
2012: Anthony Marchionda – 512*
2011: Jimmy Morocco – 298*
2010: Darius Patton – 800*
*-Regular Season Stats

Fact Finder: Poland has won six of their last seven season openers. The Bulldog defense has held their initial opposition to just an average of 14.6 points…Poland has posted a 9-2 record in the month of October over their last 11. In September, they’ve won 28 of their last 33 contests…Poland is one of five area schools (Hubbard, Crestview, Western Reserve, Wilmington) to have posted a winning season in each of the last eight years.

2014 Roster
1 – Dan Klase, WR/DB (So)
2 – Dom Petrony, QB (Sr)
3 – Marlon Ramirez, RB (Sr)
4 – Dylan Garver, WR/DB (Jr)
5 – Tony Chiaro, QB/DB (So)
6 – Geno Petrus, TE/LB (Sr)
7 – Geno Centofanti, FB/LB (Jr)
8 – Josh Bader, TE/DE (JR)
9 – Anthony Calcagni, WR/DB (Sr)
10 – Tate Duarte, WR (Sr)
11 – Marty Malenic, DB (Sr)
12 – Tyler Smith, WR/DB (Jr)
13 – Alex Kotouch, WR/DB (Sr)
14 – Colt McFadden, WR/K (So)
15 – Nick Buccieri, QB/LB (Jr)
17 – Nick Burke, WR/DB (Sr)
18 – Bob Murcko, TE/LB (Sr)
19 – Tony Murcko, TE/LB (So)
20 – Reid Gould, RB/DB (So)
21 – Austin Connelly, RB/LB (Jr)
22 – Nick Meris, DB (Sr)
23 – Adam Wollet, TE/LB (Sr)
24 – Austin Wilson, RB/LB (Sr)
25 – Anthony Audi, RB/LB (Jr)
26 – Nick Romeo, WR/DB (So)
27 – Pat Havlin, TE/LB (So)
34 – Matt Duran, RB/LB (Jr)
36 – Tyler Skoloda, RB/LB (Sr)
44 – Pad Oshaughnessy, TE/LB (So)
45 – Brendan Schaal, RB/LB (Jr)
46 – Robert Devito, K (Sr)
49 – Ethan Moncilovich, DL (Jr)
51 – Justyn Maddick, OL/DL (Jr)
52 – Dante Peretti, OL/DL (So)
53 – Evan Brown, OL (Sr)
54 – Trey Ellis, OL/DL (Jr)
55 – Jacob Hawkins, OL/DL (Sr)
56 – John Socha, OL/DL (So)
57 – Mike Carney, OL/DL (Sr)
58 – Bill Rhinehart, OL/DL (So)
59 – Nick Petrolla, OL/DL (So)
73 – Liborio Ricottilli, OL/DL (Sr)
74 – Zach Norris, OL/DL (Jr)
75 – Evan Montgomery, OL/DL (Jr)
76 – Ted Sacco, OL/DL (Jr)
77 – Joe Bonarigo, OL/DL (Jr)
78 – Kyle Mccree, OL/DL (So)
80 – Kyle Roarty, WR/DB (So)
81 – Bryan Partika, WR/DB (Sr)
82 – Bill Homrighuasen, TE/DL (So)
83 – Trenton Lutz, WR/DB (So)
89 – Jacob Crawford, TE/DL (Sr)

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