Lakeview has lost 18 of their last 19 matchups. On October 30, former coach John Falconi accepted an enrollment specialist position at Bethany College. In February, the Sailors hired Bill Hickman (a Plum High School graduate) to take over at the helm of Lakeview football.
Five years removed from their first District 10 championship (2013: 27-0 over Sharpsville), the Sailors will try and gain confidence moving forward and putting the program back on the map.
2018 Lakeview Sailors’ Football Preview
Head Coach: Bill Hickman, 1st season
Record: 0-10 (0-8), 9th place in Region 2
What you need to know about the Lakeview Offense
Over the course of the last two seasons, it’s been tough sledding for the Sailors offense. Lakeview has scored a total of 174 points over their last 19 games played (1-18). In 2015, the Sailors scored 220 points in 9 games (24.4 avg). The last Sailor to throw for over 500 yards was Zach Bigley in 2013 (683) when Lakeview finished 12-2. The graduation of starting QB Garrett Gadsby (51.7%, 82 passing yards, 356 rushing yards), Mitch Hansen (668 rushing yards) and Austin Mathieson (6 catches) will have an effect on the team early on this summer.
Key to the Lakeview Offense
The triple-option offense has been on coach Hickman’s mind since he was hired. The Sailors must learn the new offense as plans have been in the works to have this installed by week one.
What you need to know about the Lakeview Defense
Lakeview allowed an average of 49 points per game last Fall and 41.1 the previous season. The Sailors’ defense can only improve after those two seasons. The team returns a number of starters which includes rush end Jared Alcorn (40 tackles), linebacker Isaac DeVault (39 tackles) and safety Luke Hostetler (INT). Lakeview lost Garrett Gadsby (53 tackles), Justin Chaffee (45 tackles) and Aaron Moore (35 tackles) all to graduation.
Key to the Lakeview Defense
Nowhere but up after suffering through many difficult losses over the past two seasons. The defense must replace a number of graduated seniors. The team will have to get stronger and quicker this summer.
Offensive player to watch for
Junior/RB, Logan McFadden
…McFadden finished third on the team in rushing with 112 yards on 51 carries and a touchdown as a sophomore. He’ll look to be a pivotal piece of the Sailors’ rushing attack this season.
Defensive player to watch for
Senior/LB-DL, Jared Alcorn
…Last Fall, Alcorn improved his statistics from having 17 1/2 tackles as a sophomore to tallying 40 defensive stops to go along with a sack and an interception. Alcorn also averaged 29.9 yards per punt on 42 kicks.
Aug. 24 – Maplewood, 7
Aug. 31 – at West Middlesex, 7
Sept. 7 – Conneaut (OH), 7
Sept. 14 – at Wilmington, 7
Sept. 21 – at Seneca, 7
Sept. 28 – Sharpsville, 7
Oct. 5 – Northwestern, 7
Oct. 12 – at Greenville, 7
Oct. 19 – Mercer, 7
Oct. 26 – at Reynolds, 7
New coach. Home opener. The week 1 matchup with Maplewood has all of the ingredients to be a big time contest. The Tigers last took on the Sailors in the first round of the District 10 playoffs in 2013. The outcome was a favorable one for Lakeview – 61-6.
2017 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 9.4
Scoring Defense: 49.0
2017 Statistical Leaders
Passing: Garrett Gadsby – 82 yards, 51.7% (15-29)*
Rushing: Mitch Hansen – 668 yards, 6.3 avg, 6 TDs*
Receiving: Austin Mathieson – 6 catches, 45 yards*
Tackles: Garrett Gadsby – 53*
Quarterback Sacks: Justin Chaffee & Aaron Moore – 2.0*
Big 22 Recipients
2013: Blake Reddick