Posted: July 6th, 2009

The Summer Huddle – Linesville

Linesville Lions

Coach: Pat Gould
2008 overall record:
10-3
2008 league record (place):
7-1 (Region 1 co-champion
Playoff results:
Lost to Farrell, 28-7, in the Class A District 10 championship game
Top players lost:
RB/DB Doug Farley, TE Matt Laird, WR/DB Evan Smith, OL/LB Eric Daniels, OL/DL Kris Tursky, LB Matt Laird
Top returning players: QB/DB/K Trevor Litwiler, RB/WR Jimmy Kearns, RB/WR Walter Litwin, RB/WR Jack Sindlinger, OL Tanner Urbanick, OL Dennis Diodati
Key games: Oct. 2 vs. Farrell, Oct. 16 at Saegertown

Trevor Litwiler, quarterack

Trevor Litwiler, quarterback

Outlook: Linesville lost to two teams all of last season. The Lions lost twice in the regular season: once to Region 2 champion Saegertown and once to Farrell. Linesville’s season ended when it faced Farrell again in the Class A District 10 championship game. In its two games against Farrell, the Lions were outscored 55-7. But Linesville still had a very successful season and was co-champions of Region 1, along with Farrell and Mercer. The Lions had four members of the first team all-Region 1 offense and three members selected to the first team all-region defense. Doug Farley and Trevor Litwiler made both first team offense and defense. Litwiler, a quarterback, is the only one of those players returning, but he’s a an elite player. Litwiler’s main targets, in Matt Laird and Evan Smith, graduated too. The Lions also had five total players split between the second team all-region offense and defense (two  offense, three defense) — including two graduating offensive lineman. Litwiler made the second team all-region team as the kicker. The offense next year is in good hands for Linesville. Litwiler threw for 909 yards on a 58.4 percent completion rate. He had 13 passing touchdowns and only five interceptions. He wasn’t a slouch in the ground game either. He ran for 763 yards and led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns. Farley led the rushing attack last year with over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns of his own. But he’s gone next season, and that offense will have to come from elsewhere. Litwiler had more than 48 percent of the Lions total yards gained last season. The defense loses key players as well. Litwiler was the only Linesville player who made all-region first or second team not to be a senior. The Lions have the players on offense to potentially replace Farley, but the defense also will need people to step up on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary. The team’s third, fourth and fifth leading rushers — Jimmy Kearns, Jack Sindlinger and Walter Litwin — all return and could vie for the starting running back spot. The Lions could repeat at region champs with a talent like Litwiler coming back, but others will need to assist him on both offense and defense.

Schedule
September
4    Cambridge Springs    7
12    at Kennedy Catholic*    noon
18     Lakeview*    7
25    at Mercer*    7
October
2    Farrell*    7
9    Conneaut Valley*    7
16    at Saegertown    7
24    West Middlesex*    7
31    at Sharpsville*    7
November
6    at Conneaut Lake*    7

* Region 1 game

Tuesday: Region 1: Mercer

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