GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – What a turnaround for the Trojans, going from a winless team in 2020 (0-8) to a 7-win group just last year (7-4). Coach Brian Herrick expressed his gratitude to his Trojan bunch, “They kept grinding, stayed positive, and started to make winning plays as the season progressed.” After Greenville’s 1-3 start, the Trojans recorded six wins in a row before falling to Farrell in the District playoffs (60-14).

The offense saw an increase in total yards (by 154 yards per game) and points scored (by 20 points per game) from 2020 to 2021. This year, the Trojans must replace their quarterback (Jalen Ritzert) and their standout rusher (Levi Swartz). The offense will have senior Jase Herrick (28 catches, 419 yards, 6 TDs) and junior Malachi Hyde (570 rushing yards, 4 TDs) back in the fold. Last fall, the Trojans featured four ball carriers who gained over 300-yards and were able to account for an average of 237.6 yards on the ground per matchup.

“Sophomore Nick Solderich and junior Noah Philson both had outstanding junior varsity seasons,” said Herrick. “They’ll compete for the quarterback job [this summer]. We love the potential of both kids have. Malachi [Hyde] along with Mason Dickens (373 rushing yards) and Aden Sasala (331 rushing yards) will be our leading runners. We will count on Jase [Herrick] as a receiver, runne, and part-time quarterback if necessary. We love his big-play potential. Jalen [Ritzert] and Levi [Swartz] will be hard to replace but we like our skill kids.”

Along the offensive line, Greenville will have a foundation of Tucker Musser, Cayden Nellis and Logan Leskovac all returning in 2022.

Defensive end Anthony Gentile (52 tackles, 11 QB sacks) has since graduated but the unit will return their leading tackler (Jase Herrick, 96) and a slew of key contributors from last year’s team (Malachi Hyde, 64 tackles; Mason Dickens, 48 tackles) among others.

Coach Herrick and his staff are high on their returning defenders. “Jase [Herrick] played safety, corner, inside linebacker and outside linebacker for us last year,” stated Herrick. “We’re looking forward to another big year from him. Malachi [Hyde], Mason [Dickens], Aden Sasala (49 tackles, 2 FR), Noah Philson (27 tackles) and Jack Strausser (44 tackles) are all returning starters also. We like the group we have coming back.”

The Trojans begin the 2022 season with a home game against Hubbard on August 26.

Greenville Trojans
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Brian Herrick, 16th season (99-69)
2021 Record: 7-4 (5-3), 4th place in Region 1
Last 5 Years: 25-28 (47.2%)
Home Field: Stewart Field
League: District 10, Region 3 (2A)
Base Offense: Wing-T
Base Defense: 4-3

Returning Starters
Offense: 6
Defense: 6

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 27.5 (28th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 27.0 (37th in Area)
Total Offense: 322.2
Rushing Offense: 237.6
Passing Offense: 84.6

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Jalen Ritzert – 924 yards, 48.2% (66-137), 8 TDs
Rushing: Levi Swartz – 1049 yards, 8.9 avg, 16 TDs
Receiving: Jase Herrick – 419 yards, 15.0 avg, 6 TDs
Tackles: Jase Herrick – 96
Quarterback Sacks: Anthony Gentile – 11

2021 Results
Farrell 60 Trojans 14*
Trojans 43 Conneaut 6*
Trojans 13 Harbor Creek 6
Trojans 49 McDonald 35
Trojans 35 Reynolds 21
Trojans 28 Mercer 7
Trojans 50 Kennedy Catholic 14
Wilmington 42 Trojans 15
Sharpsville 33 Trojans 7
Trojans 49 Lakeview 15
Farrell 58 Trojans 0
*-playoff

2021 District 10 Region 1 Standings
Farrell – 6-0 (11-1)
Wilmington – 6-1 (7-3)
Sharpsville – 4-2 (7-3)
Greenville – 4-3 (7-4)
Reynolds – 3-3 (7-5)
Mercer – 2-5 (3-6)
Kennedy Catholic – 1-6 (1-8)
Lakeview – 0-6 (2-7)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 26 – Hubbard
Sept. 2 – at Wilmington
Sept. 9 – at Slippery Rock
Sept. 16 – Farrell
Sept. 23 – at Sharpsville
Sept. 30 – Grove City
Oct. 7 – Iroquois
Oct. 14 – at Hickory
Oct. 21 – Sharon
Oct. 28 – at Harbor Creek