West Middlesex Huge Reds Excessive Faculty Soccer Preview 2021
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – In 2020, West Middlesex lost three games to teams that together set a 26-3 record. The Big Reds dropped a heartbreaker in the opening round of the District 10 Class A playoffs in double overtime (22-21) against Eisenhower. West Middlesex, however, have ruled out Mercer for their fourth win of the year in the regular season finale.
West Middlesex have only lost one season since 2010 (2017: 2-9). That is a span of 11 years.
The Big Reds kick off the 2021 season in Sharpsville on Friday, August 27th.
Record 2020: 4-3 (4-2), 2nd place in Region 1 (Class A)
Trainer: Mark Means, Season 4 (20-10)
West Middlesex crime preview
Scoring Offense: 22.4 (36th in the range)
Total violation: 265.9
Recurring starters: 4
Main returnees: Colby Johnson, JR / WB; Blaiden Parcethich, SO / OL; Luke Rupert, JR / OL; Ian Smith, SR / FB; Christian Snyder, JR / WB
Key Losses: Nick Gearhart, OL; Nick Kobielus, OL; Eddie Lowe, WR; Alex Rea, WR; Chris Smith, WR; Ty Tate, QB; Caleb Turcotte, OL
Name To Look For: Ian Smith, FB
Ty Tate graduated last spring after starting the last two seasons under center. Number 17 ran for 8 scores and completed 54.8% of his passes for 805 yards as a senior. Last year was the second time in five years that four different recipients caught 10 or more passports. The quarterback job can be either Blaze Knight or Logan Shrawder.
A big void is left with the completion of three all-region linemen (Nick Gearhart, Nick Kobielus, Kaleb Turcotte). Middlesex will have another pair of starters (Bailden Parcetich and Luke Rupert) in the mix. There are also Kyle Hurley, Terry Grimwood and Noah Schmitt.
Ian Smith is returning for his senior season after rushing to 90 dead (4 TDs) at team-high 412 yards during the shortened year.
“Ian loves the game of football,” said Coach Means. “He’s going to play with a small chip on his shoulder this year. Ian plays a crucial role in our flex-bone offensive on the full-back position. We expect a great year from him. “
In addition to catching 14 passes for 140 yards, Colby Johnson ran for 202 streaks and scored 3 goals on the ground.
“Colby will be a big part of the offensive. He has a lot of speed and is also strong, ”said Means.
Junior Christian Snyder is expected to play a key role in the full-back and could have time as a full-back.
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West Middlesex Defense Preview
Scoring Defense: 13.1 (4th in the range)
Recurring starters: 3
Main returnees: Colby Johnson, JR / DB; Luke Rupert, JR / DL; Ian Smith, SR / LB; Christian Snyder, JR / LB
Major losses: Nick Kobielus, DE; Eddie Lowe, DB; Alex Rea, DB, Chris Smith, DL; Ty Tate, DB; Caleb Turcotte, DT
Name To Look For: Colby Johnson, DB
Defense has been the anchor of the Big Red’s identity since Mark Means took over the program four years ago. In 2018 they allowed 16.2 points per game. In 2019, this value fell to an average of 14.9. Last year the defense only allowed 13.1 points per contest.
The Big Reds defense lost five all-region selections. However, the unit is returning their top tacker from a season with senior linebacker Ian Smith (60 tackles). Colby Johnson will be back in the group after intercepting a pass and 30 defensive stops in his sophomore year.
At the forefront, Luke Rupert is returning to his tackle spot for his junior season. Terry Grimwood, Kyle Hurley and Nathan Jones will all play more important defensive roles this season. Christian Snyder will join Smith as a linebacker.
“We hope Ian step up and lead the defense this season,” said Means. “Christian [Snyder] develops into a very good linebacker. He has all the intangibles to be great. “
In the second round, Big Reds Brandon Flanigan, Declan Sweitzer, Blaze Knight and Tanner Shick will team up with Johnson.
2020 Class A Region 1 place in the table
Reynolds – 6-0 (9-1)
West Middlesex – 4-2 (4-3)
Mercer – 2-4 (3-5)
Kennedy Catholic – 0-6 (0-7)
August 27th – in Sharpsville
September 3 – Wilmington
September 11th – at Kennedy Catholic
September 17th – Mercer
September 24th – in Reynolds
Oct 1 – at Farrell’s
October 8 – Union City
Oct. 15 – Greenville
October 22nd – lake view
October 29th – at Eisenhower’s