Greenville Trojans 2021 High School football preview
GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Greenville is aiming for its first winning season since 2017 (9-3). Last season was the first in 15 years that the Trojans haven’t played in the playoffs (2005).
“We are delighted to start,” said coach Brian Herrick, who is entering his 15th season at the helm of Trojan football.
After last year’s winless season, he said they wanted to start playing competitive football again every week.
âWe hope to be competitive in Region I this fall. “
Greenville has had three coaches since 1969. Bob Ballock led the Trojans from 1969 to 1977, ending seven of his nine campaigns with winning records. Bob Stone took over in 1978 and coached the next 29 seasons, amassing a record 222-75-7. Herrick’s teams failed to post at least a 0.500 record on just four occasions (three of which were playoff teams).
The Trojans’ path to their goal will begin with welcoming Farrell on Friday August 27th.
2020 review: 0-8 (0-7), 4th place in Region 1 (Class 2A)
Coach: Brian Herrick, 15th season (92-65)
Overview of the Greenville Offensive
Pointing violation: 7.8 (58th in area)
Total offense: 168.6
Return Entries: 5
Key returnees: Mason Dickens, JR / RB; Nick Eynon, SR / OL; Anthony Gentile, SR / OL; Jase Herrick, JR / WR; Jalen Ritzert, SR / QB
Key losses: Rufus Byler, WR; Garrett Hilliard, OL; Cole Karpinski, TE
Name to watch: Jalen Ritzert, quarterback
The Trojans have averaged 45.2 passing yards over their last 29 outings. Quarterback Jalen Ritzert completed 44.7% of his 97 passes (43-97) while throwing for 509 yards and 4 scores as a junior.
âIt’s always nice to have your quarterback back,â Herrick said. âJalen will have a good year.
Greenville has seen a drop in rushing yards per game from 191.3 in 2019 to 94.6 yards per game in 2020.
The Trojans’ top two rushers were underclassers a year ago. Mason Dickens (sophomore) and Malachi Hyde (freshman) combined to run for 539 yards during their condensed eight-game campaign.
Greenville will also welcome back junior Aden Sasala, who is also in the mix.
âWe’re thrilled to have the three back,â Herrick said. âThey’re bigger and stronger this year, and they all have good running skills.
Junior wide receiver Jase Herrick caught 10 passes for 14.3 yards per reception a year ago.
âAt the end of the season, Jase was a starter on the sidelines and made some big plays for us,â Herrick said. âWe will count on him to lead a young group of wide receivers.
The Trojans will be without tight end Cole Karpinski, who will focus on wrestling this coming year.
The offensive line will be overhauled. Anthony Gentile and Nick Eynon will be their only two returning starters and are expected to anchor the line.
Greenville defense overview
Pointing defense: 34.3 (56th in area)
Return Entries: 5
Main returnees: Keagan Clark, SR / LB; Mason Dickens, JR / LB; Anthony Gentile, SR / DL; Jase Herrick, JR / DB; Jalen Ritzert, SR / DB
Key losses: Lane Fry, LB; Cole Karpinsky, DL; Isaac Sasala, DB; Ross Schwartz, DL
Name to watch: Jase Herrick, S
Greenville had allowed less than 20 points per game in four of the five years (2012-17). However, over the past three seasons (29 games), the Trojans have allowed an average of 30 points per outing.
Jase Herrick led the team in tackles (52) a year ago as a second-year cornerback. This year he will switch to free security.
âJase will be our defensive player this year,â Herrick said. âHe has had an exceptional 2020 season and we will need him to be a leader in a young high school. “
Jalen Ritzert intercepted two assists last year and was second for the team in tackles with 43.
Another key part of the Trojans defense will be Anthony Gentile. The senior lineman saw his contributions drop from 15 second-year tackles to 33 tackles last year.
âWe should have good speed in defense. Having said that, we will need a big improvement on this side of the ball to have a successful season, âsaid Herrick.
Classification 2020 Class 2A Region 1
Wilmington – 6-0 (10-1)
Farrell – 4-2 (5-3)
Sharpsville – 3-4 (3-5)
Greenville – 0-7 (0-8)
August 27 – Farrell
September 3 – Lake view
September 10 – in Sharpsville
September 17 – Wilmington
September 25 – at Kennedy Catholic
October 1 – Mercer
October 8 – in Reynolds
October 15 – in West Middlesex
October 22 – at Harbor Creek
October 29 – Conneaut