Outlook: Wideout Brandon Purk surpassed 1,000 receiving yards as a junior last season, a first in Mechanicsburg program history. Finding a QB to help Purk come anywhere close to those numbers if a priority. A strong second-half finish to last season should provide some momentum into this year.
High School: Mechanicsburg Indians
Division this season: VI
Division last season: V
Head coach: Kurt Forrest, fourth season at Mechanicsburg; 11-19 career record; 16-34 overall record as a head coach (spent two years at Bloom-Carroll before Mechanicsburg).
Assistant coaches: Jay Dee Hurst, Aaron Wynn, Scott Marsh, Chris Conley, Scott Blakeman, Dave Dingey.
2012 record: 4-6 overall; 3-4 OHC.
2012 highlight(s)/notable achievement(s): First 1,000 yard WR in school history (Brandon Purk).
5 key returners:
Brandon Purk, 6-2, 178, sr., WR/CB
Aeryton Erwin, 5-9, 167, jr., RB/DB
Tyler Lauchard, 6-1, 196 OL/LB
Dillon Hurst, 6-0, 195, jr., RB/LB
Luke Marsh, 6-2, 188, sr., QB/DB
Jim Gano, 6-0, 183, sr., OL/DL
Isaac Helmuth, 5-8, 235, sr., OL/DL
Grant Marshall, 5-11, 177, sr., OL/DL
David Harvey, 6-1, 163, so., OLB/TE
Tim Rader, 6-0, 160, jr., TE/WR/DE
Joe Ziegler, 5-9, 152, jr., WR/RB/CB
Logan Hartman, 6-1, 160, jr., WR/CB
Kaleb Romero, 5-9, 155, fr., QB/DB
Coaches comments: After finishing the second half of the season last year 3-2 we are looking to build on that momentum and keep it rolling into 2013. We return 17 starters and many are multiple year letter winners. If we continue to improve our tackling, take care of the football, and are willing to sacrifice for one another then we feel like we can compete for a league title.
8/13 @ BETHEL (Scrimmage), 5:30 PM
8/17 URBANA (Scrimmage), 10 AM
8/23 @ GRAHAM LOCAL (Jamboree Game), 7 PM
8/30 WEST JEFFERSON, 7 PM
9/6 FAIRBANKS, 7 PM
9/13 @ WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN, 7 PM
9/20 SOUTHEASTERN LOCAL, 7 PM
9/27 @ CEDARVILLE, 7:30 PM
10/4 TRIAD, 7 PM
10/11 @ WEST LIBERTY-SALEM, 7 PM
10/18 CATHOLIC CENTRAL, 7 PM
10/25 @ NORTHEASTERN, 7 PM
11/1 @ GREENEVIEW, 7 PM