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2014 Lincoln Football Preview

Preview contains interviews with Rob Hawkins, Austin Benson & Jarrod Kellar

On paper, Rob Hawkins is the 'New' leader of Lincoln Football, but he is
hardly new to the program.  Hawkins has been a longtime assistant with the
Cougars and has coached many of the veterans on the LHS roster.

Hawkins has the luxury of welcoming back one of the state's elite signal
callers.  Second-team all-stater Jarrod Kellar threw for just under
22-hundred yards last season with 13 touchdowns.  Now in his third year as
a starter, he has no shortage of mentors to learn from, including a fellow
former Lincoln all-starter as his position coach and his father Mike, the
head coach at California, PA.

The line in front of Kellar includes returning starters Austin Benson,
Jacob Barr and A.K. Snyder.  But 12-hundred yard rusher Ty Seibel,
12-hundred yard receiver Dillon O'Dell and all-state kicker Emily Knight
have all graduated, leaving the Cougars seeking new skill players to step

After a 5-1 start last season, a 3-game losing streak left the Cougars as
the last team on the outside of the "AA" playoffs.  While a postseason
berth is a goal well in the future, the process of getting better every
day is the team's focus.

Rob Hawkins full interview (from 8/6) 


Philip Barbour 2014 Preview

Story includes interviews with Curtis Bodkins, Travis Pomp & Tyler Titchnell

Philip Barbour ended a 4-year playoff drought in 2013, falling at eventual state runner-up Wayne in Round 1.  3 of the 4 Colt regular season losses were by a field goal.  The goal now is to make postseason play a habit.

However, a large senior class led by all state defensive backs Andre and Dylan Johnson has moved on.  The search for young players to fill key roles continues.

Quarterback Tyler Titchnell was pressed into quarterback duty due to injury early last season, and he settled in nicely.  As a junior, Titchnell completed over 61 percent of his throws and he tossed eight touchdowns.

While the backfield and receiver spots will lack experience, the strength of the Colts can be found on both front lines.

Full interview with Curtis Bodkins (from 8/13)


Fairmont Senior 2014 Preview

Preview includes interviews with J.L. Abbott, Joe Harold and T.J. Jones

The page turns to a new chapter of Fairmont Senior football. With the book closed on athletic greats like Austin Norman, Luke Hrapchak, Neil Scherich and Noah Harmon, the Polar Bears must reload at nearly ever skill position.

The younger guys have seen where hard work can get them at year's end. Last season FSHS submitted Keyser in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Bridgeport. Dominic Smith had to fill in at quarterback in that game and looks to build on his performance with a 3-way competition at signal caller before week one. A lot of numbers comprise the Polar Bears' roster including a 3-deep offensive line. All good components for a team that runs a no-huddle offense to confuse and catch defenses out of position.

2014 opens with another semifinalist from last season as Senior will travel to Robert C. Byrd week one.

Full interview with Fairmont Senior Head Coach J.L. Abbott


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