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District 9 Football Preview

With the 2013 high school football season starting Friday night, here is a quick look at the 25 District 9 teams.

2013 District 9 Schedule ׀ 2013 District 9 Rosters

A-C Valley

Head Coach: Brad Dittman (2nd season; 3-6)

2012 Record: 3-6

Two players to watch: QB Evan Redding (10-for-19, 83 yards, 2 TDs); RB Mike Suto (39 carries, 156 yards, 3 TDs; 21 catches, 199 yards)

Bradford

Head Coach: Jeff Puglio (5th season; 21-19)

2012 Record: 4-6 (District 9 Class AAA runner-up)

Two players to watch: RB Justin Fishkin (64 carries, 308 yards, 3 TDs; 4 catches, 68 yards), QB Sean Siffrinn (27 carries, 70 yards)

Brockway

Head Coach: Frank Zocco (2nd season, 9-3)

2012 Record: 9-3 (District 9 Class A Semifinals)

Two players to watch: QB Alec Shaffer-Doan (162-for-275, 2,472 yards, 27 TDs, 15 Ints); WR/RB Anthony Benson (39 catches, 784 yards, 10 TDs; 60 carries, 363 yards, 5 TDs)

Brookville

Head Coach: Chris Dworek  (19th season overall, 103-90; 18th at Brookville, 99-85)

2012 Record: 6-5 (District 9 Class AA Semifinals)

Two players to watch: RB Zach Vroman (136 carries, 1,117 yards, 8 TDs); OL Nate Nosker

Cameron County

Head Coach: Mike Kunes (1st season)

2012 Record: 2-8

Two players to watch: QB Tucker Britton (No stats available), Guard Cameron Horning

Clarion

Head Coach: Larry Wiser (25th season, 166-83-1)

2012 Record: 12-1 (District 9 Class A runner-up)

Two players to watch: QB John Katis (85-for-159, 1,638 yards, 22 TDs, 9 Ints); RB Damien Slike (109 carries, 847 yards, 10 TDs; 9 catches, 114 yards, 4 TDs)

Clarion-Limestone

Head Coach: Davey Eggleton (1st season)

2012 Record: 0-10

Two players to watch: QB Christian Bakewell (91-for-226, 1,082 yards, 8 TDs, 13 Ints); FB Chase Alcorn (No stats available)

Clearfield

Head Coach: Tim Janocko (29th season, 216-95-3)

2012 Record: 11-1 (District 9 Class AAA Champion; District 5-6-8-9 Regional runner-up)

Two players to watch: QB Christian Lezzer (55-for-102, 1,445 yards, 20 TDs, 8 Ints; 212 carries, 1,446 yards; 212 carries, 1,446 yards, 21 TDs); RB Tyler Stratton (147 carries, 1,143 yards, 15 TDs)

Coudersport

Head Coach: Chris Fink (4th season; 16-13)

2012 Record: 3-6

Two players to watch: QB Ethan Hite (52-for-115, 792 yards, 7 TDs, 7 Ints; 36 carries, 119 yards, 2 TDs); OL Forest Tuttle

Curwensville

Head Coach: Andy Evanko (14th season, 105-40)

2012 Record: 7-3 (District 9 Class A Playoffs)

Two players to watch: RB Zach Tibbens (196 carries, 1,462 yards, 20 TDs); OL Phil McCracken

DuBois

Head Coach: Frank Varischetti (6th season overall, 46-21; 3rd at DuBois, 16-5)

2012 Record: 8-2 (District 6-9 Runner-up)

Two players to watch: QB Gabe French (115-for-175, 1,546 yards, 17 TDs, 6 Ints);  WR Bryson Paulinellie (29 catches, 446 yards, 9 TDs; 20 carries, 138 yards; 3-for-7 passing, 43 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int)

Elk County Catholic

Head Coach: Tony Gerg (1st season)

2012 Record: 8-3 (District 9 Class A semifinals)

Two players to watch: OL Brady Garner, OL Nick Werner

Kane

Head Coach: Todd Silfies

2012 Record: 7-4 (District 9 Class AA runner-up)

Two players to watch: WR Jeff Kocjancic (63 catches, 756 yards, 10 TDs); OL Nate Moore

Karns City

Head Coach: Ed Conto (24th season overall, 150-105-3; 14th at Karns City, 115-39)

2012 Record: 10-4 (District 9 Class AA Champion; PIAA quarterfinals)

Two players to watch: QB Tyler Kepple (88-for-173, 1,253 yards, 13 TDs, 6 Ints; 101 carries, 488 yards, 4 TDs); RB Wyatt Everetts (100 carries, 710 yards, 8 TDs; 16 catches, 301 yards, 1 TD)

Keystone

Head Coach: John Stiglitz (3rd season, 5-15)

2012 Record: 2-8

Two players to watch: QB Austin Chambers (No stats available); RB Zach Stiglitz (No stats available)

Moniteau

Head Coach: Cecil Blauser (1st season)

2012 Record: 1-8

Two players to watch: RB Dustin Geagan (180 carries, 973 yards, 11 TDs; 12-for-41 passing, 144 yards, 1 TD, 3 Ints); RB Trevor Shaffer (62 carries, 335 yards, 1 TD)

Otto-Eldred

Head Coach: Virgil Graham (4th season, 7-23)

2012 Record: 3-7

Two players to watch: QB Dakota Vaughn (71-for-151, 967 yards, 8 TDs, 13 Ints; 121 carries, 600 yards, 9 TDs); RB Sam Colebert (159 carries, 1,045 yards, 12 TDs; 13 catches, 215 yards, 2 TDs)

Port Allegany

Head Coach: Mike Bodamer (9th season, 56-32)

2012 Record: 13-1 (District 9 Class A Champions; PIAA Semifinals)

Two players to watch: RB Tyler Shaffer (51 carries, 573 yards, 11 TDs); QB Jordan Seefeldt (28-for-40, 229 yards, 3 TDs, 3 Ints)

Punxsutawney

Head Coach: Alan Nichol (9th season overall, 38-34; 5th season at Punxsutawney, 27-16)

2012 Record: 5-6 (District 5-6-8-9 Regional Semifinals)

Two players to watch: RB Christian Falgout (173 carries, 693 yards, 8 TDs); WR Clayton Dale (24 catches, 329 yards, 4 TDs)

Redbank Valley

Head Coach: Ed Wasilowski (14th season; 67-54)

2012 Record: 1-8

Two players to watch: QB Jake Dougherty (81-for-168, 701 yards, 4 TDs, 4 Ints; 117 carries, 259 yards, 6 TDs); RB Mark Strothers (2011 stats – Missed all of 2012 with injury – 774 yards, 7 TDs).

Ridgway

Note: Ridgway and Johnsonburg are cooping this season for the first time

Head Coach: Mark Heindl (6th season, 15-34)

2012 Record: 3-7 (Ridgway), 2-7 (Johnsonburg)

Two players to watch: QB Ben MacDonald (40-for-108, 752 yards, 5 TDs, 6 Ints for Ridgway); RB Sam Delhunty (105 carries, 451 yards, 4 TDs for Ridgway)

Sheffield

Head Coach: Dave Fitch (2nd season, 3-7)

2012 Record: 3-7

Two players to watch: QB Adam Higby (No stats available), RB Brandon Kipp (No stats available)

Smethport

Head Coach: Jim Berlin (2nd season, 4-6)

2012 Record: 4-6 (District 9 Class A playoffs)

Two players to watch: QB Dustin Zetwick (0-for-2 passing; 2 carries, 8 yards), OL Jordan Johnson

St. Marys

Head Coach: Joe Schlimm (124-106-4 overall; 10th season at St. Marys 44-47)

2012 Record: 5-6 (District 9 Class AA semifinals)

Two players to watch: RB Alex Feldbauer (268 carries, 1,705 yards, 25 TDs); OL Christian Keller

Union

Head Coach: Dave Louder (4th season, 20-12)

2012 Record: 9-1 (District 9 Class A playoffs)

Two players to watch: QB Lane Cicciarelli (5-for-8, 54 yards), WR Dylan Shirey (3 catches, 62 yards)

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Kunes, where did he come from before Cameron County?

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