Slippery Rock Rockets
Coach (season, record): Brendan Hathaway (2nd season, 0-10)
2010 overall record: 0-10
2010 region record (place): 0-6 (seventh)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Brandon Henry, Shawn McGonigle, Jack Viale
Top returning players: Dylan Neal, Sam Furrh, Chris Thomas, Ben Gaul
Assistant coaches: Josh Anderson, Travis Sarver, Ken Raabe, John McCall
Outlook: Slippery Rock will be searching for its first win under coach Brendan Hathaway this season and the Rockets have plenty of experience to make that happen. With only three key players graduating, Slippery Rock is trying to build the program in the right direction. Dylan Neal and Sam Furrh return after all-region years in 2010, while Chris Thomas and Ben Gaul are back as well. Joshn Antal, Nate Sekford and Mike Rummel are new players looking to make an impact on the varsity level right away.
The Rockets have a solid line from last year and had a good offseason in the weight room. The biggest key will be limiting turnovers. Slippery Rock has a brutal road game to start the year at Wilmington before a home opener against Franklin. The Rockets will need to come together as a team quickly in camp in order to improve on last year’s winless season.
2 at Wilmington 7
9 Franklin* 7
16 at DuBois* 7
23 Meadville* 7
30 at Corry* 7
7 Sharon 7
14 at Hickory 7
21 at Grove City* 7
28 Oil City* 7
4 Greenville 7
Look for the Kickoff magazine at a Country Fair near you beginning Aug. 15. The 112-page magazine previews the upcoming District 10 football season, including top returning players, schedules, stats and more.
Thursday: Strong Vincent
– Tom Reisenweber